As my study and research into interpreting solar returns continues (which is a chart to determine the influences for the coming year) especially with the writings of Morin and his contemporaries, more questions than answers come to mind. One author implied that when the natal midheaven conjuncts the solar return ascendant, this would designate change, promotion, or something beneficial involving the career or standing among the community, will befall the individual in question. This made sense as the midheaven appears to move towards the ascendant instead of vice or versa which in my opinion should make this beneficial aspect be experienced without too much effort or difficulties. This I did not find to be the case in several charts I have been studying which I do not mean to imply something good did not happen, but the recognition and monetary rewards was connected with doubt, fear, anxiety, difficulties and hard work. This befuddled me, until I followed the first basic rule of Morin to always compare the natal to the solar return when coming to any conclusion of what the New Year will bring. I noticed that aligning the two charts that the solar return ascendant was square the natal, and bingo the light bulb turned on.
I began to give this situation more attention, since I noticed that in some instances it may be possible for the aspect to be a trine or a sextile, making it easier to achieve recognition for one’s effort, then with a square. Would the amount of difficulties each individual experienced in achieving the accolades of praise, color their feelings about it? Did one work harder from the very beginning, and the other was just at the right place, at the right time? All kinds of questions were whirling in my thoughts, and no answers were forthcoming. All was a mystery to me, and I was beginning to wonder if I had just opened a can of worms. As I continued to ponder, I slowly came to the realization that it depended on the sign these two points or angles were in, and the degree of the rulers and the aspects they were making with one another. The essential dignities and what houses were involved and interacting with the situation. All this needed to be considered before one could make a judgment whether either aspect is better than the other. Both brought the same honors, but the degree of difficulty and the amount of joy and satisfaction may have been different for each, or was it?
The thick and thin of it is that I believe each aspect has its own difficulties, tribulations and hardships in reaching the recognition and the rewards. One with the square had worked hard and that it needed to justify the decision made. Where as the other may have been in the right place at the right time, but needed to prove the honor given was well deserved and not misplaced. With the natal midheaven approaching the solar return ascendant, it gives us the indications that the time of fulfillment has come. As Morin always emphasized, the chart only indicates, and as individuals, we make the final decision. Remember this important point that the Universe may present us with the opportunities, but we must have the ambition, the wisdom and the knowledge to work with it to achieve our desires. In conclusion I have come to the realization the square is the better aspect to have and to deal with, if I had the choice. Because, after all the hard work, what we learnt and what we achieved through experiencing these difficulties can never be taken away from us. That the deterrents and hardships in the long run will enrich our lives, and the honors we receive will be most appreciated because of the obstacles being placed in our path have been overcome. This square aspect teaches us to appreciate and to have gratitude for all the good that comes to us, no matter what we achieve.