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“It is How We Want and Need to Be says the Natal Ascendant in the Solar Return MC”

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Solar returns has always been one of my favorite techniques in predicting what might be in store in the coming year. Working from one of my friend’s charts, where I am able to observe my predictions, I have always learnt something I didn’t expect. There has been times when working through my observations that I noticed something was happening which I missed when I first delineated the chart. This became evident when I began studying the Natal Ascendant that coincides with the MC or the tenth house of the solar return, that something unusual was about to unfold. The energies and the results differ in degrees depending where it falls in the house, from being very helpful in bringing our standing among our community into fruition, to where one needs to actively make it happen.

The MC, also written as the midheaven describes what we may think is our true vocation or calling in life we wish to present to the world in order to fulfill our unique potential. Where as IC, the opposite house in the chart, the fourth house angle describes the foundation of who we wish to be and what will sustain and nourish us, and at the same time is the source of what motivates us. Whether the angle of the natal ascendant is on the MC or tenth house, it generally is a good indication in influencing one’s destiny in orienting the directions the individual prefers to take. Rather then going with the flow where life is taking the individual, the person needs to have control of it. This generally happens when the native feels the outer circumstances that are happening are going in the wrong path. The person may not be sure of the course to take, but is certain a change is needed and is taking action.

This I noticed in a chart of a co-worker I recently looked at, that the year would go pretty well for him, especially where the finances were involved, but the career situation seemed questionable and unstable. It made me wonder, how could that be? Financially I realized his income came from several sources, so how was the tenth house of career involved? Looking at it more closely I realized, it wasn’t how others saw him. It was how he saw himself, and how he needed to change that view of himself in the larger picture. It was whether the company out grew him, or did he actually out grew the company? That what he wanted from them, he no longer expected and he needed to see the situation in its true light. How he saw himself and how the company saw him needed to change, this change of attitude would help make everything he touched more successful in the coming year.

In conclusion I really feel the Natal Ascendant that coincides with the midheaven or the tenth house of the solar return makes a difference in how we see ourselves in our careers. What we thought was important and necessary in our standing among our peers is being questioned by us. It does mot seem to involve the company or how others see us, but seems to involve our thinking and our thoughts of where we need to be at this time. Especially if the natal fourth house is located in the solar return first, indicates a change. The change in our residence or the change in our thinking will give us a new perspective in how we see things. Whatever the change will be or how subtle or potent it will make itself felt will come from within and not from a source outside of oneself.

“Delineating a Solar Return Chart as if was a Horary Chart is Mind-boggling”

One of the methods in delineating what is going to happen in the coming year besides the method of profections, progressions, firdaria, transits, my favorites are the solar and the lunar returns for the period of time in question.  Morin felt that the method gave him many clues to the coming year, and with the confirmation of at least three other indications would substantiate what is about to occur, as long as the promise of what was going to happen was indicated by the natal chart.  In that sense I feel Morin thought destiny could not be change if the promise of what was to come was not indicated by the natal birth chart.  What could changed and to be improved upon, is how we would live our destiny and the quality of the promise given at birth.  Any suggestions or methods that will help me in working with the returns, I become very excited about and I usually need to practice and use it with my delineation to see if it would improve and increase the accuracy of my forecasting of the influences for the coming year.

So I became very excited when I came across a question in one of the astrology forums on the internet in which the person asked about delineating the return as if it was a horary chart.  As I thought about it, I began to realize how mind-boggling it was, and why I didn’t see this before in dealing with this technique.  A Solar Return chart is calculated for the exact moment of the individual’s birth time for the year in question to forecast the general outlook the person may look forward to during that period of time.  The return becomes a map pointing to where the action is, by the emphasis on certain houses, planets and signs.  This is very similar to a horary chart, as the horary chart is the birth map of the question asked by the individual of the astrologer.  The solar return is also asking the question, the question involves the condition of the individual for the coming year.  By seeing it as a horary chart, certain aspects of the chart immediately will jump out and become the focal point we need to deal with first.  The ascendant, the midheaven, the Sun, the Moon, and the houses the planets are in, gives us a quick clue to the in-depth delineation we are about to embark upon.

With the attitude of approaching the solar return delineation as a horary, one can get to the point of the question immediately without any hesitation, describing the conditions and the events of the period in question.  Seeing it in this way we get rid of the clutter, and begin to concentrate and to deal with what truly concerns us at the moment.  And that is the conditions, the potentials, the possibilities, the discoveries and the adventures that await the individual during this period of time.  It also gives us a picture of where the person is at mentally, physically, spiritually and how quickly if at all, the individual will react to any situation during the coming period of time.  Looking at the return chart as a horary, one begins to see the period of time in relation to the individual, instead of the individual first, and then relation to period of time.  In this way the delineation of the coming year leaves the ordinary and may become the extraordinary.  In working with several charts in this way, it is mind boggling how much more colorful, more precise and more detailed the delineation becomes when using all the steps and rules associated with this method.

“Is The Ascendant Me or the Me I Want Others to See, or Things I Can Not Change?”

As an astrologer who realizes that one is studying a subject that seems never ending as one continues the journey, one begins to take for granted the steps one has put to memory, and uses almost daily.  This came to my attention recently when I was asked the question: Please define the ascendant and explain how it is connected to astrological theory.  A simple question I thought at first, but then when I actually thought about it, I realized it wasn’t as simple to answer.  If I were asked the same question when I first started in my studies, my answer would be different.  How I see it now, and what I was taught seems to be as different as the shades of gray from black to white.  It all depends where in the shades of gray really defines what you mean.

The ascendant or what we as astrologers normally call the rising sign is the zodiacal degree and sign ascending on the eastern horizon at the specific time and location of the birth of whatever type of chart we are studying.  The chart could be calculated for the birth of an individual, horary question, an event, or a beginning of a project.  In one word, the ascendant indicates the time of a beginning, and the description of that beginning.  Since the ascendant is specific in its calculation, its description, environment, conditioning and the circumstances particular to that particular moment and place is expressed and revealed.  The ascendant is important in the delineation of any type of chart, as it gives a quick summary of what the situation is at the moment without synthesizing the whole chart.  One should never give an opinion of a chart without completely studying it. 

If one is considering a natal chart, it describes the physical appearance and the overall health of the individual and those qualities which the individual deem important to express in his everyday dealings with others.  The ascendant is how each individual has learned to express those qualities in order to cope with unfamiliar and uncomfortable circumstances.  The ascendant becomes a shield and a mask as a defense mechanism to make life easier and to guard the sensitive areas that make up our character and personality.  In describing a horary, question, an event, or a beginning of a project, the ascendant describes the surroundings, the atmosphere, the location, and the state of affairs happening at the moment.  Especially with a horary, the description if accurate, will determine if the calculation of the chart was correct, and give the delineator confidence that the interpretation is on the right track.  This is also definitely true and important in working with a natal chart,

Unfortunately, most people think the Sun sign or the ascendant will give a true picture of the individual, but the truth of the matter, they only give one side of the personality, and not the whole picture.  It is like looking at one side of a building, one is not getting a full picture of what we are seeing.  The same is true in delineating a chart, one needs to synthesize everything to come to the true picture of the individual.  Originally I felt like other astrologers that the ascendant is what the individual in question wants you to see, and not necessarily who the individual really is.  And the tenth house is the individual that the person wants the world to see in public.  I have slowly begun to change my opinion of the ascendant, in that I still feel, it is what the person wants others to see.  But, that the ascendant also shows those characteristics the person wishes to hide, but the person can not, for what ever reasons that exist.  For example, if we are taller or shorter then we wish to be, our height is something we can not hide.  I have noticed through my delineations that the ascendants exposes more than what we wish others to see.  In summation, the ascendant expresses the person, the individual wants others to see and those he may wish to conceal, but can not hide or change.

No Pain No Gain Shouts the Natal Midheaven Conjunct the Solar Return Ascendant”

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.

“Never Judge a Book by its Cover or be Proven Wrong Resounds Mercury in its own sign”

Ever since my first astrological consultation, I have been in awe of Mercury and its influence and energy it has on my thoughts and actions.  With the continuation of my interest in the subject matter and with the many classes and books, the respect and my understanding of the planet has only grown.  With the planet and the midheaven in the sign of Gemini, and my ascendant in Virgo and being in the ninth house, how is it possible for me to think differently?  Growing up in a culture and a time where the emphasis is on education and the ability to acquire it is always at one’s finger tip, the aptitude to use the energy and power of Mercury is essential.  At a very young age I have been very curious of everything that was revolving around me and I realized early in my growth, if I was to get a handle on what life had to offer me I needed to buckle down and pay attention.  Early in my education I noticed I was not able to concentrate on any subject for too long without going to the next interesting thought or idea on the horizon.  I learnt the hard way that if I was to attain any competence in any subject I needed to persevere and work diligently until I mastered it, which at times took awhile and a lot of attentiveness.

When I began to acquire the knowledge of what Mercury in its own sign stood for, I began to wonder why it never fit the description of whom I really was.  I never felt that I was intellectual and definitely, when it came to quickly grasping a subject matter and deciphering what was needed and the ability to communicate that knowledge was difficult for me.  I learnt early in life that I needed to address this problem every moment of the day and in everything I did.  Learning anything was never easy and it took time, concentration and hard work which were needed to achieve the final results.  What always befuddles me was how everyone around me always thought it came easy and that it was a gift that was inherent in me.  Many astrologers have told me how lucky I was in having Mercury so prominent in my chart.  I always had a respect and a place of honor for the planet, but never thought I had the qualities or talents I was suppose to have.  It may appear to others I did, but I always felt I worked very hard to get to the point where it seems to others as an easy step for me.  Don’t get me wrong, it is not that I don’t think Mercury is not active and working hard for me, but not in the way I was taught the planet would and should be active in my chart.  I wouldn’t know what I would do without its energy and help in my life. 

I was beginning to feel that in some way I was responsible and guilty of not using the planet to its fullest potential or that my birth chart was wrong.  My conviction that the natal chart gives an accurate picture of the individual was being tested until a couple of years ago I ran across some ancient text giving a different meaning for Mercury in Gemini.  Recently I came upon an article by Seven Stars Astrology entitled “Mercury in Gemini, Mercury in Virgo – Not strong for the Intellect” which reinforces what I was beginning to appreciate, giving references, supporting the idea that Mercury in a mutable sign was weak and not as desirable as the other signs.  I am sure that others who have this planet as described would be devastated by the meaning, but I felt relieved that it was not me, not working with what was given to me, that was the problem.  It has been instilled in me by my first teacher that the Universe may give you a difficult aspect, but at the same time the Universe will give you something to overcome the difficulties if one will work it and develop it.  With the help of Saturn in Gemini and the beneficial aspect of Jupiter in Cancer, it has given me a fighting chance to work with what I have.  This proves to me to never to judge a book by its cover or what I thought something meant or stood for in delineating any chart.

“Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Who is the Ruler of them All?”

One of my favorite tales of good over evil, or right over wrong is Snow White and her adventures over her step mother the queen.  Many versions and interpretations of the story have been made, but one of my favorite parts of the narrative is when the queen looks into the mirror and says “mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”  There are times as I perform my morning ritual, I say to myself as the image looks back at me, what have I done and what defines and characterizes who I really am?  More than once, as an astrologer I have wondered what planetary influences have made a difference in all my actions and thoughts.  I have been taught that the ruler or hyleg of a natal chart is one of the deciding factors, but this never sat well with me.  I have always thought that there was one planet that determines how we wanted others to see us, and another planet that influences how we really are and are seen by others.  One morning as the question continued to disturb me, I looked into the mirror and as the image stared back, I asked myself “mirror, mirror on the wall who is the ruler of them all?” 

 

In the beginning I have always considered my astrological studies as a serious hobby, it is no wonder I was not concern with my career preference, but how well I might succeed in the choice I had made when I went for my first astrological reading.  What I remembered of the reading I had, are but shadows of the truth, and the memories are unreliable and unforgiving.  I realize now, that I heard what I wanted to hear, and what was actually said to me is lost forever in time.  This made me wonder if we always hear only what we want to know, and is that one of the reasons we have missed opportunities that are passed over in our observations, conversations, experiences and travels which might have given us a different and more beneficial outcome?  Meditating on this I began to wonder if it was Mercury or was it another planet or the house that determines how we see things?    Thinking about this I realized that if I wanted to see how others saw me, it must be the tenth house which describes how we want to achieve our happiness and to be respected by others.  It seems to me that the planets in the house indicate what my career choices might be and how they may turn out, but the ruler of the house is the underlying factor which colors and inspires how we accomplish our desires. 

 

Through trial and error in studying several charts it appears the ruler of the tenth house colors and directs how we as individuals do things and how others perceive us.  Working with my own chart, since Mercury is the ruler of my tenth and first and is located in the ninth house, which influences all my thoughts and actions.  Mercury is a kindred spirit in everything I do, so I never realized its importance, until I really looked at it closer.  The planet not only influences my other planets, but how I used it was indicative of my success and how people saw me.  Looking at the chart of a coworker I wanted to see if there was something that I had not seen before that gave a clearer picture of how she came to choose her career.  She had the Moon as ruler of the tenth in connection to Venus in the fifth and Jupiter in the twelfth, which gave me the impression that her appearance and abilities were an issue.  In climbing the corporate ladder she deals with the axiom “never judge a book by its cover” in demonstrating and proving her abilities.  I was cautious in repeating my observation, but she assured me that I was on the right track.  Next time we decide to delineate a natal chart with clarity and color, it is my opinion we need to say to ourselves “mirror, mirror on the wall who is the ruler of them all?”

“The Choice and the Order of the Astrological Keywords Determines the Clarity”

I have many fond memories of the hours I have spent in class instruction from a person who looked more like she should be teaching cooking on television, instead of astrology.  As with trying to be a good cook, one always needs to have the basic knowledge and skills of the kitchen, before venturing further if one is to be competent enough to complete a meal that one might enjoy and feel satisfied with.  One of the basics my teacher emphasized was the importance of keywords in delineating any chart.  Keywords and our ability to work and to combine them are the fundamental rudiments needed to create and weave a picture from the aspects of the planets with new and different insights.  She gave us many examples of unusual ways to tie the keywords together to give diverse view points.  As one puts into action these methods, they become so part of one’s routine, that in time one forgets when and how it all began.  As time goes by, we begin to simplify and pass over some of the important steps to hasten the process.  This definitely happen to me, as I was gently reminded about the past when I was reviewing my class notes.  I have totally forgotten about what steps I have dropped or lost through time using keywords until they were brought to my attention again.

My renewed awareness of the subject matter came to the forefront as my interest in the early astrological writers has increased.  With my concentration and curiosity becoming more intense in the method the early stargazers used in determining and delineating a chart with such precision, I began to notice how subtly the keywords were used in their delineations.  What clinched this for me is when I read an article by David Roell of Astrology Center of America, whom I deeply respect, giving credit to the keywords for his excellent interpretation of the chart of Howie Mandel.  One thing I felt my teacher did not emphasized enough was the use of the elements and the essential dignities in choosing the keywords and the importance of their level of influence in their reaction to each other.  When assigning keywords to the planets, signs, aspects and houses, the condition they are in, in respect to the whole chart needs to be considered before making any judgment.  Arrangement of the keywords in the order of their strengths is another important consideration, as this will subtly influence the delineation.  What I have noticed is that these subtle forces are like Trojan Horses which can and are the deciding force of victory or defeat.  In other words the subtle influences can make a difference between a good or better interpretation of any chart.

I have also been taught that to get a quick analysis of the person of the chart, the best way is to evaluate the Sun, the Moon and the ascendant of the chart.  The Sun giving the essence, the Moon the giver and who nourishes, the ascendant is the picture of the person the world sees.  For an example in my own chart Virgo is on the ascendant with Gemini on the midheaven, the Sun in Taurus and my Moon in Gemini.  Mercury is happy and works well with Gemini and Virgo, while the Moon is nervous and the Sun in Taurus is indifferent.  In arranging the keywords, Mercury attributed to Virgo and Gemini are first, then follows Taurus, which is the subtle key to it all.  I have never felt that Virgo represented me; as most astrologers assumed I am a Gemini and I never was too articulate about my appearance or my surroundings, and this always befuddled me, until I saw the importance of keywords.  Knowledge is important like the chart indicates, but a possession not being put to good use or appreciated is not in the nature of the bull.  This makes Taurus the Trojan horse which upsets the applecart.  The choice and the order of the keywords determines the clarity, as my own chart has definitely given me more meaning, compassion and understanding of myself.  This is the power and the gift of the keywords.

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