- The Solar Return Report
- This Year's Major Theme
- This Year's Personal Matters
- This Year's Challenges
- This Year's Lessons
- This Year's Journey
- The Birth Chart
- The Birth Planets
- The Birth Aspects
- The Solar Return Chart
- The Solar Return Planets
- The Solar Return Aspects
Born: 09 Feb 1979, Beijing, China. Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
There are actors who spend 20 years working and still don't achieve what I've achieved so quickly. So I think my only course of action is to work as hard as I can, not just for the sake of the film, but also to prove to these people that I do have talent.
Zhang Ziyi is considered one of the four most bankable young actresses from Mainland China in the early 2000s who rose to international fame with her role as Jen in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), winning the Independent Spirit Awards for Best Supporting Female.
Zhang began studying dance at a young age and at 11, joined Beijing Dance Academy, a boarding school she disliked because of the competitive rivalry. At age 15, she won the national youth dance championship and began appearing in television commercials in Hong Kong. Subsequently, she went on to graduate from China's prestigious Central Academy of Drama.
The following is Astrology Yard's interpretation of Zhang ziyi's birthday horoscope also known as a solar return chart.
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Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again
Many people are familiar with their own astrological sign because Sun sign astrology is popular in today's culture. Taking this one step further extends the understanding of astrology from the Sun sign to other planets and aspects of astrology that interplay at the moment of birth. A chart is produced that astrologers can interpret. What you may not know is that astrologers can also calculate a chart for each of your birthdays, and these charts can predict the patterns that you might experience in the forthcoming year. This is because each year the Sun does a full revolution of the zodiac. Therefore each year the Sun returns to the exact position of your birth chart Sun. Wherever you are in the world we can calculate this birthday chart. This chart is called a Solar Return; hence the saying "many happy returns". This chart represents the opportunities and challenges of the forthcoming year. It should also be read in conjunction with your birth chart to fully understand the lessons and opportunities available to you in any given year.
When using these Solar Return interpretations, please bear in mind that, inevitably, every chart will contain some contradictory influences. As a result certain interpretations of different items in the same chart may seem difficult to reconcile. However, this may still be an accurate reflection of your chart, as it is likely that you do experience conflicting desires, events and circumstances in your life. Usually an astrologer will synthesise these apparent contradictions in order to present a cohesive and meaningful interpretation of the dilemmas of the chart.
Please also be aware of the fact that each person possesses both positive and negative influences in the chart, and therefore in their lives. The challenge is to accept and overcome the negative influences, so that we can successfully focus on manifesting the positive traits or qualities. This report outlines both influences, and therefore helps us to rise to the challenges during any given year. Any advice given is meant to be an aid the individual in taking responsibility for his or her own life. Ultimately the decision rests with each individual.
And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your yearsUS 16th President
The Ascendant indicates your primary focus of the year. It shows your main direction and how you are likely to go about achieving your goals. The Ascendant indicates whether you are more likely to be self-motivated, or whether you are more likely to rely on other people during this year.
The Ascendant is in Leo
Your birthday chart Ascendant is in a masculine Fire sign indicating that this is a year in which you are a go-getter. If you are usually more reliant on other people, this year you are champing at the bit to march to the beat of your own drum. You would like to act as you see fit, free of restrictions imposed by other people's expectations. You are self-motivated, more of a leader than a follower. You are unlikely to wait for other people before you take action, even if this is your usual modus operandi. Patience is in short supply this year. You want action. Your creative fires are burning.
Leo is a showy and creative sign and therefore you are more likely to be in the limelight this year. This could be literally stepping onto a podium, stage or in front of a class, or your talents could be recognized in other ways. Perhaps you take on the role of President of a local organization, or you receive a promotion in your work. As the character Forrest Gump says in the 1994 film of the same name, life is “like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.”. This year you are presented with a very large box of chocolates and you can choose what takes your fancy. It may be beneficial to focus on your own needs this year, particularly if you are spoilt for choice. In which area would you really like to shine? What is most important to you? Once you have answered these questions, then you can focus on enjoying the opportunities and basking in the limelight.
The Sun is very important when interpreting a Solar Return chart given that the chart is based on the Sun. It indicates the major theme of the year depicting the area in which you would really like to shine. Parts of your life that have been seemingly unimportant in previous years can become very important once the Sun shines its light in a particular house of a Solar Return chart.
The Sun is in the 6th House
It is time to focus on your lifestyle. This could range from a new health regime, to a new job or it could involve a complete change of scenery. This year you are prepared to change your habits. You are not necessarily going to change your life direction, but rather the details of how you live your life. The emphasis is on the minutiae rather than the big picture. Therefore this year is the ideal time to turn your attention to goods and services. How long since you had your car serviced? Do you need to change a washer in a leaking tap? Does your pet need vaccinations? These are the sorts of daily chores that need your attention right now. If you have been putting off renovations then you may need to do some updating of your house right now. However, the emphasis is more likely to be on health and occupation. You are likely to maintain your current career choice, but office politics may influence your choice of work place. Your role at work may change, become more demanding or you may change work places or employers, or become self-employed. If you are already self-employed then you may simply change your daily work practices by employing someone else to carry out tasks that you would normally undertake yourself. If you have been overworked then you can opt to downsize or delegate some responsibilities. If you are unemployed then you are likely to spend a lot of time and energy searching for a job, and are likely to find one. This year presents an opportunity for you to change your daily habits, and to improve your organization skills and lifestyle. Daily life is likely to be busier, rather than calmer, this year. Therefore it is time to rearrange your calendar. Holidays won't just happen. You have to schedule relaxation time. You may benefit from starting meditation or yoga practices. It is important that you schedule in time for fitness. This year presents an excellent opportunity for you to improve your diet, take up a fun and healthy activity and have a health check. In fact you are likely to be required to have a health check or get fit as the result of a work project. Perhaps your boss signs you up for a gym, or perhaps you are self-motivated to join a health club. Either way it is the ideal time to improve your fitness levels and address any niggling physical ailments. Listen to your body. You may also be drawn to small animals, perhaps adding a pet to your household, or focusing more on a current pet. It is time to dwell of minor adjustments rather than major changes. The more that you pay attention to the details now the more that you are able to enjoy your home and personal life in the following year.
1st House Cusp is in Leo
The Sun also shines its rays on a different area of your annual chart when taking into account rulerships, a system used by astrologers to link planets and signs. In your case your annual Sun is ruling the first house of your chart indicating that one of the additional themes of your year is self-realisation. You are focussed on matters to do with your own health and happiness, and learn a lot about your own strengths and weaknesses. It is time to rely on your own resources, and assert yourself.
The Sun is Opposite Jupiter
The beneficial planet Jupiter is shining its powerful rays on you indicating that you can enjoy a year of growth and success. Good fortune is with you. More than ever you are able to see your own life in terms of the big picture, as if you were observing a fortunate character in a paperback novel, an epic film or a theatrical production. You are able to be the leading man or lady in your own life story, and to enjoy the journey. However, you may come across these discoveries are a period of soul-searching. You are not handed your good fortune on a silver platter. Rather you have to seek nuggets of wisdom as you journey through this year. At times you are likely to feel like a super hero, able to “leap tall buildings in a single bound”. You are optimistic, gladly trying out new activities and ventures. You may even journey to a different location in order to gain experience in a certain field, or to learn more about yourself. Despite some setbacks, you are generally lucky as others notice your natural enthusiasm and willingly lend a helping hand. In fact you may receive rewards from people in high places. This is one of those years when doors open almost as soon as you state your request. It is almost as if you have your own personal genie in the sky, granting your wishes. If you are young then you may attract some benefactors this year, those who wish to see you do well in life and are willing to go out of their way to offer a lending hand. In fact this ability to be a magnet for a beneficial mentor, teacher, or benefactor can occur this year no matter how young or old you are. You are popular, happy-go-lucky, free to explore new options and able to take great strides towards your goals. However there are some pitfalls along your life path and you need to be wary so that you can make the most of the good fortune that comes your way. You don't want to squander opportunities. For one, you need only beware of expecting too much, and becoming greedy. An unassuming eagerness for advancement and adventure is one thing, self-importance is quite another. An attitude of gratitude goes a long way to helping you on your journey. If your ego is starting to become over-inflated think of this quote from the famous Walt Whitman, “henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.” In other words start to spread good fortune for others, rather than seek it for yourself. This is also your year to become a benefactor, teacher or mentor.
The Sun is Opposite The Ascendant
The focus is on other people rather than yourself this year. Alliances of all kinds are likely to be highlighted. This is your year to assess your needs when it comes to partnerships, whether personal or business. If you are flying solo then you are likely to meet someone who challenges your single status. As a result you may make a commitment either to your solitary way of life, or to a more serious commitment such as living together or marriage. If you are married then you may be more focussed on your partner's needs than your own right now. Any changes in your partner's life, are likely to affect your lifestyle. Joint decisions are likely to feature more largely, and you may have to put some of your own plans on hold, or consider them in the light of your beloved's needs. Of course, this may challenge you to reassess the validity of your bond. Nevertheless the focus remains on the partnership and its effects on your life.
The greatest comfort of my old age, and that which gives me the highest satisfaction, is the pleasing remembrance of the many benefits and friendly offices I have done to others. -- Marcus Cato Roman Statesman.
The Moon is also an important indicator in a Solar Return chart. Generally speaking the Moon shows which areas of your life are likely to undergo change during the year. More specifically the Moon shows your personal needs. Your individual needs and urges are likely to trigger changes in your life during the course of the year.
The Moon is in the 2nd House
It is time to make changes to the way that you handle your finances. This time you need to follow your heart, as much as your head. The reason is that the Moon in this part of your chart indicates that your financial needs are important. You feel the need for security, so how can you best attain this need. In some cases this can also indicate that now is the right time to purchase a home of your own, if you have not done so previously. If you are young and searching for security then this year you have the opportunity to purchase or build your own home, either on your own or with a loved one. If you have been living in rental accommodation, at any age, then you may now feel the urge to buy a house. It may be that you seek financial security through other means. Depending on other aspects of your astrology chart, you may receive financial assistance that helps you feel more secure. Alternatively you may change your job, seek a promotion, or start a new moneymaking project. It is the ideal time for you to ask yourself some tough questions about what makes you feel financially secure, and then to make the changes that support these self-discoveries.
In the same way that you need to focus on moneymaking ideas, you also need to reassess your spending habits. You may find that your personal requirements have changed, and therefore you need to change your spending habits. Learn all that you can about the flow of money and then apply it to your own situation so that you can benefit from an increased sense of abundance by the end of this birthday year.
The Moon is in Libra
Your emotional Moon is in an intellectual Air sign indicating that this is a year when your feelings may feel somewhat out of kilter with your thoughts. Logic does not apply when it comes to personal matters and right now you may feel imbalanced as your private life changes. It is time to gain a new understanding of your emotional needs, and your circle of friends, family and loved ones may change as a result. Try to remain open in your communications, and be patient with yourself and others. If you are feeling strong emotions then you need to count to ten before you speak, otherwise you may regret words spoken in haste. If you take the time to analyse your feelings then you can communicate with clarity.
Your Moon is in the diplomatic sign of Libra, but you may not be feeling very tactful. Relationships with loved ones, in particular those close to home are highlighted during this year. You have a strong need for harmony, but this is not necessarily achievable. You want to be surrounded by peace, quiet and beauty - easy-going family members, an aesthetically pleasing home, beautiful flowers and artistry of all types. Depending on other aspects of your astrology you may or may not achieve this equilibrium this year. On the positive side you may have more opportunities for pleasure trips and socially pleasing outings with friends and family. You may also enjoy outings to art galleries, museums, theatre, and the ballet. However, it is also likely that your patience is going to be tested by loved ones, and your powers of diplomacy put to the test. You may find it difficult to relate to others in a rational and logical manner because your emotions are so intricately involved with loved ones. A creative or artistic hobby may be soothing. Perhaps this is a good moment to take up a pleasurable activity that has always attracted you. Distracting yourself from other people's problems may be just what you need. However sooner or later you need to decide just how much you are willing to give of yourself to your loved ones - when to say “no” and when to say “yes”. Appeasing others is not always wise. By all means practice your powers of diplomacy this year, and spend time with loved ones, but you also need to ensure that your own needs for positive and supportive relationships are met. The time is right to attract like-minded people into your inner circle.
The Moon is Quincunx Neptune
Your emotions are undergoing subtle changes this year. This is not a year for sudden awakenings, or realizations, but rather it is a time when you content to sit back and let things flow in your private life. You are likely to be quietly absorbed with something or someone. On a mundane level you may be engrossed in a passive activity, such as watching your favourite movies or television programs. You may immerse yourself in an artistic project or redecorating your home. Your relationships with loved ones may subtly change. Feelings of tenderness are likely to emerge. You may care for someone young or old, someone dear to your heart. Alternatively, you may fall in love with someone, losing yourself in the romance and illusion of being at one with another person. As your personal needs little by little change, then so may your domestic arrangements. You may move home. If this is the case then it is likely to be a temporary move, closer to nature or to an isolated place. Once you have satisfied your need for peace and quiet, you may yearn again for a change of scenery. It is difficult for you to be satisfied by mundane or practical matters this year. You are seeking something magical. At times you may feel lonely, isolated and perhaps even a little depressed when your private life fails to live up to your expectations. If you become too morose then you would be well advised to seek the wise counsel of a friend, or professional consultant. However, you can also direct some of your aspirations into a creative or artistic project. You may also benefit from taking care of someone close to you, focusing on their needs rather than your own. Nevertheless this is your year for discovering your own softer side. Adjust your ambitions, and look for deeper meaning in your relationships and private life.
The Moon is Semisquare The Ascendant
This year you seek more emotional satisfaction. You are experiencing a change in your personal circumstances, one that perhaps also affects your closest associates. It is time to take care of yourself, to focus on your physical and emotional needs rather than striving to make your mark in a professional realm. Right now you need to question your personal goals, how you nurture yourself and those around you. Even if you cannot change your circumstances immediately, you are likely to benefit from asking pertinent questions about your physical and emotional health and well being.
The planet Venus sheds light on the personal areas of love and finance in the forthcoming year. This planet of love tells you whether or not personal relationships are likely to be prominent during the year. If you are single then are you likely to attract a significant relationship? If you are married is this a year of romance and fun, or perhaps one in which you tackle a few changes.
Venus is in the 8th House
Hidden forces affect your love life and your finances this year. When it comes to your love life you are about to come face to face with your own strong feelings in regards to an intimate relationship. If you are single then you are likely to feel a magnetic attraction to someone else. For inexplicable reasons you are drawn to this person. Whether or not you pursue a sexual relationship, you are likely to seriously question your own needs and desires when it comes to marriage and commitment. In some way this person represents hidden desires within your own psyche. It is up to you to face your own fears and move forward on your own journey. This could mean facing a fear of intimacy and making a joyous commitment, or it could mean turning away from a less than desirable relationship that is simply a balm for a fear of loneliness. If you are married then this year is likely to see a change of direction based on your own or your partner’s desires. Underlying tension may arise as you and your spouse tackle previously suppressed feelings. Questions surrounding the sharing of material resources are also likely to arise. Initially you may feel caught between two worlds as you realize that this relationship and your current situation needs to change, yet are unsure how to move forward. Money matters may be contentious. You need to proceed with caution both emotionally and financially. Imagine that your current problem is like a large ball of tangled twine. You need patience as you untangle the twine, piece by piece. Eventually with persistence, you are elated by your ability to resolve a problem with useful results. The same can be said for your love life, and money matters. Ancient astrologers consider the planet Venus to have a positive influence. Therefore you are likely to benefit from any resulting changes that can be achieved by your investment of time and money in important matters. You may also receive an expected monetary gift such as a lottery win, profit on an investment, a tax return or an inheritance. You are likely to invest this windfall in something that gives you and your loved ones pleasure, an artistic work or project, or perhaps in redecorating your home.
In some ways the earth's seasons may be having a profound effect on your life right now. You seek pleasure and comfort through heat or cold. If you are a person who loves the heat, then you are likely to take a vacation in warmer climates, and may be tempted to make the move more permanent. If you are oppressed by heat then you may take a holiday or migrate to colder climes. The same can be said for city and country folk, and beach and mountain lovers. This is your opportunity to take a risk, to discover where you belong, and enjoy the pleasures of nature.
Venus is in Pisces
The planet of love is in a Water sign this year indicating that you seek sensitivity and understanding in love. You are more likely to be focussed on caring and sharing rather than material matters. Feelings are important right now. If you are single and looking for a lover, then you yearn for someone who is simpatico, sharing or supporting your passions. You are well advised to avoid anyone who expresses harsh words. If you are attached, then you enjoy relaxing with your loved one in beautiful natural surroundings, at artistic or inspirational events, or perhaps even on a spiritual retreat. The key is for you to feel emotionally safe and in tune with your partner. Look at other aspects of your annual chart for more details on your love life and money matters.
Venus is Sextile Pluto
You are about to make some profound discoveries and changes when it comes to love and money. This could involve a commitment to someone you love, such as marriage, purchasing a house together or deciding to start a family. You could also start a family business under the influence of this combination of planets. While you are making big decisions that change your marital and monetary status, over the course of the year you are also likely to become more and more focussed on everyday patterns, how the minutiae reflect the larger issues at hand. The psychological side of relationships is highlighted. If you are living a solitary lifestyle then you become increasingly aware of your own needs for independence versus dependence, and how these affect your desire, or not, to be in a close and intimate relationship. If you are in a relationship, then you are likely to become increasingly aware of the interactions, the nature of sharing within the relationship, and whether or not your own needs are being met. This can be an intense process, even if you are in a loving and supportive union. Little things can take on larger than life proportions right now, and you need to do a little soul-searching to find their origins, gain insights into how they affect your love life and make the appropriate changes. Your spouse may not realise just how much the little everyday things are affecting your attitude to love and money right now. Therefore you would be well advised to keep the lines of communication open. The more that you can understand express your deepest feelings and desires, the more satisfying your love union becomes. As a result the changes that take place can be profoundly happy ones.
Venus is Sextile The Midheaven
This is a year of good fortune in your public life, which could also benefit your personal life. You may make a change in your profession that has benefits for other aspects of your life. For instance you may apply for and accept a new job in an area that brings greater enjoyment and financial reward, or you may receive an anticipated promotion with an offer of more money or other job perks. It is also possible that a financial boost makes it possible for you to retire in comfort, or to take up a course of study that you have always wanted to pursue or to indulge in an artistic interest. Your career may take a more creative or artistic path this year. It is also possible that the financial rewards that you receive also benefit your love life. For instance you may have been saving money so that you afford a special marriage ceremony. Your new job or position now enables you to go ahead with your plans. Perhaps you are already married and now want to support your partner to improve his or her career. You now have the funds to do so. Career benefits may come through a prominent woman, or your marital status may change and hence trigger a pleasurable life direction. Whatever your personal circumstances this year the planet of love and pleasure is prominent in the career and marriage sector of your annual chart indicating lady luck is with you. So you are well advised to explore your possibilities and make the most of the opportunities that come your way.
If we could be twice young and twice old we could correct all our mistakes.
The planet Mars tells you about your assertion and drive for the year. It depicts what motivates you in the current year, and what desires drive you most powerfully. Are you ambitious for professional power, or do you desire a meaningful relationship? Are you likely to be highly motivated, or perhaps ready to sit back and cruise for a while? These are the types of questions answered by the qualities of the planet Mars in your birthday chart.
Mars is in the 8th House
It is time to dig deep and find the courage to make the changes that you know have been needed for a long time. If life had seasons like the earth, then you are in a winter season. You are clearing, pruning, hibernating, living off the stores of past seasons and spending many hours regenerating underneath. It may seem like your life is dormant, but it is not. You are looking for the resources, the courage and fortitude to face some of your own life challenges. You are brave and resourceful, able to acknowledge that you have made your own choices, and that life is not always easy. You may be grieving the loss of someone near and dear, or perhaps just the loss of dreams of how things could have been. Prayer, meditation, consulting spiritual teachers and readers, and support groups may all be of great comfort right now. Remember that you do not have to face hardships on your own. You may also find comfort in the “Serenity Prayer”, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”Your passion is strong right now, and you recognize the right of all people to be treated well, to share resources wisely and to live with integrity. You have the guts to alter your life, where necessary, to reflect these values. In other words your gut instinct is strong, and you are willing to use it to improve the quality of your own life, and those closest to your heart. Make sure that you stay focussed on all that is positive, all that you have built, and have hope that the losses that may be incurred right now are only temporary. Hope can be a strong motivating force in your life this year. Whether you realize it or not you are building a better world for yourself and your loved ones.
The planet Uranus is one of disclosure. It reveals the areas that you need to change during the course of your birthday year. If you are the type of person who anticipates and embraces new experiences then you are likely to delight in the challenges, and instigate a few of your own in the area highlighted by this unpredictable planet. If you tend to prevaricate, preferring the comfort on known situations, then you are likely to be in for a few surprises. This erratic planet does not recognise safety and security. Its task is to help you to grow beyond your limitations. You can either accept or resist the challenge and see what happens as a result.
Uranus is in the 9th House
This is an exciting and possibly unsettling year generally speaking, as your routine is prone to interruptions. You may or may not be aware of what is disrupting your usual routine, however; the general sense of unease is because your belief system, on which you base many decisions in life, is changing. Beliefs vary from the most basic edicts about yourself such as “I am a responsible family person” to the more profound spiritual creeds. This year you have the opportunity, and possibly the obligation, to challenge your set of beliefs to make sure that they still hold true. For instance you have always yearned to have children, believing that you would enjoy parenthood. This year you discover that perhaps you are more of a freedom-loving individual than you had realised and that perhaps a family would be restrictive. If your beliefs no longer hold the same truth then it is time for you to question what edicts can be discarded, and what new ones can be adopted, and your life alters as a result. If you are young then you may not have formed set beliefs yet, and this year provides you with opportunities to make changes that help you explore. An older more mature person may also feel the need to break away from convention in order to explore meaning in life. You are keen to push your boundaries of intellectual understanding. You may start or end a study course, travel unexpectedly, re-locate, or start or stop an association with a religious or spiritual association. If you do travel, then it is likely to be an unexpected opportunity rather than a planned holiday. Your religious affiliations are likely to be unconventional this year. You may break away from fundamental beliefs and become fascinated with an unorthodox group. It is important that you allow the process of exploration to unfold. If you try to control the flow of knowledge that is coming your way, then you may end up stuck between a rock and a hard place, as the cliché goes. Your beliefs have changed and you know that you cannot stay in your current situation, but you are frightened to move into unfamiliar intellectual territory. Think of yourself as an adventurer or an astronaut and enjoy the freedom and exhilaration of the journey into the unknown.
Peace can be deceptive. True peace comes when life is balanced, when you are living true to yourself and are sincerely happy with your life choices. You respect other people and assert your own needs and wishes, and live your life with integrity. Sometimes it appears that your life is peaceful, but you are really just sweeping things under the proverbial carpet, keeping the peace by swallowing your own needs or biding your time until events or people force you to make the necessary changes. You can be assured that the powerful planet Pluto will shine a bright light in one or more areas of your birthday chart and you will see your own process very clearly. If you are living your life true to yourself then you are likely to reap benefits from this planet of transformation. However, if you have been dodging the truth then events or people are likely to change.
Pluto is in the 5th House
The powerful planet Pluto is highlighted in the area of creativity and fun. This is not a straightforward year. In some ways you are reassessing, at a very deep level, what it means to truly express yourself. Perhaps you have felt stifled in your life and have resisted your creative urges? Perhaps circumstances have prevented you from enjoying life? This year you are no longer able to submerge your own urge for fun and artistry. Submerged desires bubble to the surface. You could find yourself acting in ways that seem alien, wanting to explore areas that previously held no attraction. You may be secretly attracted to someone from your past, or someone who represents how you would truly like to be now. It is time for a deeply-felt need for expression to be born. You could literally give birth to a child, perhaps even as a result of a surprise pregnancy. On the other hand an artistic project could be born. It is also possible that a romantic liaison emerges during this year. Whatever the scenario you can be sure that your deepest desires are coming to the surface. The more that you embrace these possibilities with an open heart and mind, the less likely you are to become involved in fruitless activities. You are being challenged to see the truth about what needs to be born in your life, and to then make the appropriate changes. The more that you resist the more that you are likely to be challenged during this year. It is time to dig deep and face the facts that you have known for quite some time - you need more fun, romance and creativity. You are seeking inspiration and freedom from mundane matters. You may delight in the arts as a way of self-discovery. If you have always wanted to write, sing, dance, act, join a circus troupe or design your own business then this is the year to start exploring your options. This is not an orderly year, but a messy exploratory one. As author A A Milne said, “one of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.” This is your year for making exciting discoveries.
Pluto is Trine The Midheaven
This is a year of transformation. You could literally change directions by changing professions, becoming the president of an association, retiring from your work or a public office role, marrying or divorcing. These, or any other potentially life changing decisions, may at first seem challenging, but ultimately are bridges to a more authentic life. It is also possible that you continue of your current life path, however; this is likely to occur only after you have reassessed your ambitions. Perhaps you have reached a milestone birthday and hence are reassessing your life in the light of what you have already achieved and what you had hoped to achieve. It is time for an honest appraisal of your ambitions and achievements. You are likely to suffer if you compare yourself to other people in a negative light. It is better if you can view your so-called failures in a kind light, remembering the lessons learnt and the wisdom gained. For instance perhaps you are single and you have always longed to marry the right person and have children. If it is not too late then you need to take an honest appraisal of why you have not created this life for yourself. Are you secretly afraid of the responsibility of taking care of vulnerable young children? Are you afraid of intimacy, or perhaps a lack of personal freedom, that may result from marriage? Or are you honestly the type of person who would prefer to “marry” your profession? Only you can honestly answer these questions. The planet Pluto is demanding that you do a little soul-searching this year and reassess your life in the light of truth. If you are older then your options may be limited in that you can no longer realistically have a child of your own. Nevertheless you could marry someone with small children and become a stepparent. You may also be ready to retire from public life, and hence are coming to terms with your past choices and future options. Whatever your situation it is time to undergo an honest appraisal of your life direction and make the necessary changes to ensure that you are on course, whether this involves adjusting your role or your attitudes.
Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.
The planet Mercury helps you plan your year ahead. The Messenger of the Gods in a Solar Return chart indicates whether or not you are encouraged to forge ahead with your plans, or perhaps better advised to wait another year before moving ahead. This is particularly true for any area of your life connected with communications, study, business and transport.
Mercury is in the 6th House
As they say “a change is as good as a holiday”. It is time to have a change of scenery, or to alter your lifestyle. Daily habits come under the microscope. If you have been living a healthy and happy lifestyle then you only need make minor adjustments. However, if you have formed some bad habits then you need to take stock, prioritise and adopt new healthy habits. This could include changing your diet, starting a new exercise regime or perhaps cutting back on your work hours to make way for more rest and relaxation. Your calendar is likely to fill up quickly with commitments. Nevertheless you need to keep a check on your energy levels. This may be your year to start practicing the word “no”. If you have experience any niggling health problems then this is the year in which to seek professional advice. It is unlikely that you will experience any major physical problems. Rather you need to look at the areas where your mental attitude is stressing your body. If you worry too much then start the daily practice of yoga, meditation, tai chi or walking in nature. You may also enjoy looking after, or working with small animals. If your long working hours are stressful then cut back, delegate or stand firm on what you can and can't do. You may need to change jobs. This is not a complete career change, but rather a chance to work in a healthier environment. If you are overworked in your family life then start delegating jobs, or perhaps find the funds for some domestic help. Think of your body and health in the same way that you would your car. Your car needs petrol, oil, water, regular cleaning inside and out, servicing and replacing of small parts. Funnily enough the human body can be the same. Your lesson this year is to pay attention to your anatomy, clean and service what you can and feel reinvigorated as a result.
Mercury is in Aquarius
The ideas are flowing fast this year with your annual Mercury in a social Air sign. Gatherings of all kinds are likely to provide plenty of stimulation this year. You may take a real interest in other people's news, learning much about your friends, family, colleagues and also the world at large. While the creative ideas flow, you may have difficulty concentrating on one task at a time. Your challenge is to avoid being distracted by social events, and people who just love to chat. Of course if you are happy to socialize, network and achieve very little else intellectually this year then you can cheerfully do so. However, if other aspects of your life demand results then you need to make sure that you apply yourself to the tasks at hand. If you have given your word then you need to follow through with action. Otherwise your reputation may suffer as others become weary of broken promises. Don't try to talk your way out of trouble, or lash out with a sharp tongue. Ask for help and delegate where possible. This year you can enjoy improved communications in most areas of your life, and may even delight in the stimulation of juggling many activities. You are mentally sharp and inventive. As a result creative projects and business decisions may come easily to you.
Mercury is Sextile Saturn
The decisions that you make now have long term consequences. For this reason you are more serious than usual, reflecting on past mistakes and making careful plans. Your lesson is to avoid dwelling too much on the past, otherwise you may become despondent, more focussed on looking backwards rather than planning the present and the future. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and you need to remember that right now you have the wisdom of hindsight. Use this wisdom to make decisions now. You are focussed on duty, and may have a heavy workload at home or at work, or perhaps both. You may be responsible for young children, your own or other people's. Your responsibilities may weigh heavily on your shoulders. If this is the case you may benefit by drawing up a schedule and a budget, and making sure that you plan a little rest and relaxation. If you cannot afford the time or money to take a long holiday, then plan short breaks, even if you stay at home. This helps lighten the load. Your tendency to view events and people seriously can be a bit onerous this year, both for yourself and other people. You may be more pessimistic and obsessive than you realize. This is why it is vital that you make time for recreation, and keep a positive outlook. If you notice any signs of mental fatigue, then you may benefit from speaking to a mentor, or counsellor. You may enjoy concentrating on a project that requires concerted mental effort. This may take your mind off other serious matters. You can research, deliberate and present the results in a judicious manner. Your time-management skills are excellent. Once again you need to ensure that your attitude is optimistic. Guilt, worry, self-blame, and self-criticism are to be avoided at all costs. You need to ensure that you are not the scapegoat for other people's problems that you face up to your responsibilities but that you also adopt a mind-set that encourages compassion, kindness and love.
The planet Jupiter tells you about the opportunities and benefits that arise during the course of the year. Good news, new prospects and a sense of well being are associated with this beneficial planet.
Jupiter is in the 12th House
The more that you support other people this year, the better of that you will be. You may be embroiled in some tricky situations but you have the uncanny ability to rise above the dross and make gold from any situation, as long as you honour others as well as yourself. Situations that arise this year are likely to have ramifications for years to come and so you want them to be positive. It is time to look after the needs of other people, taking a positive and optimistic outlook on any demands or changes that occur this year. You're more likely to work behind the scenes rather than taking on a public role, and you would be wise to refuse to accept public accolades right now. It is not that you don't deserve them, but rather that it is your turn to benefit privately from most matters. If you step into the public arena then you may seem grandiose, and undeserving. This just happens to be a year when anything other than humility can backfire. You are to learn everything that you can from behind the scenes from those more experienced. This way you stand to benefit. Your good works won't go unnoticed, but it is best if you are not seen to be boastful or taking credit when it is due elsewhere. Your support of those around you is more likely to reap you benefits than anything else. It's possible that you spend time in an institution such as a hospital, clinic or museum, perhaps working in such an institution, or even opting to learn some skills through volunteer work. If you do have an active public life, then you benefit greatly from extended periods of time spent in seclusion. You've a great respect for ancient wisdom, the spiritual teachings of past civilisations. You may benefit from a tarot or astrology reading this year, helping you to understand the underlying forces that are at work in your life right now. Although you may suffer setbacks this year, these are followed by successful periods as the Angels are watching over you.
Timing is an important aspect of life. People often comment on being in the right place at the right time. The planet Saturn can support us when it comes to timing. Is the time right to take up a new venture, or would we be better advised to shoulder our current responsibilities for a little longer? These are the types of questions that the nature of the planet Saturn can reveal when reading a Solar Return chart.
Saturn is in the 4th House
“Get your house in order” is the message for this year. This refers to any housing situation whether you are living a solitary lifestyle or sharing in a big household, dwelling in a tent or in a mansion. This is your year to take a good, hard look around at where you live, face the fact that something significant has to happen and take control, in the most positive sense of the word. This may involve a physical move to a different location, or you may be required to renovate. If you have been ignoring leaking taps, cracks in the walls, outworn floor coverings or any matter of household chores, then this year you need to fix each problem. Of course, this may involve some tightening of your financial budget in other areas, so that you can channel funds into your home, but it is likely to be worthwhile. The lesson this year is to undergo a little short term discomfort for the long term benefits of a solid, durable foundation. Part of the edict “get your house in order” also refers to making decisions regarding your family situation. It is possible that your household has changed in recent times, or is currently altering. As such you may have to move into a smaller, bigger or different house. It is time to start house hunting. You may decide to set up a home office, so that you can combine home and work. Either way, this is your year to clear out cupboards, clean all surfaces, rearrange your furniture, landscape your garden, paint the outside of your home and, if applicable, start house hunting. Even, if you have been living an itinerant lifestyle, you are still likely to have decisions to make regarding the longevity of your current situation. The time may have come for you to settle down, at least for one year. Whatever your situation it is time to face that one chapter of your private life has ended, and to embrace the work involved in preparing for a new episode.
Sow a thought, and you reap an act
Sow an act, and you reap a habit
Sow a habit, and you reap a character
Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.Modern Author
The planet Neptune represents all that is ethereal in our world, and challenges us to develop qualities such as faith, hope and love even in the face of adversity. Under the influence of Neptune we can soar to great inspirational heights, however; if we are not careful then we can also sink into despair and disillusionment. The test is to look beyond the superficial and find meaning in our lives. The planet Neptune in our annual chart can indicate where to look.
Neptune is in the 7th House
Your attitude to love and marriage is changing in subtle but irrefutable ways. This could be because you are about to make a major commitment, or because your partner is undergoing changes that have implications for your life. Whether you are single, casually involved, or in a committed partnership, the time has come to ponder on love, marriage and your life. In particular it is time for you to renew your faith and hope in the power of love. Whether you choose to live a solitary life, or one intimately connected to a significant other, this year you need to open your heart and find true love. This process may be a lengthy one in which you need to find time to ponder on past relationships, and truly let go of any pervading bitterness. You may need to also say farewell to a current love, if you feel that the relationship waters are too murky. Depending on your age and your relationship history, perhaps you need to heal some of the fears that you have about being hurt by an intimate relationship. In her book, “The Age of Miracles”, author Marianne Williamson says, “Connection with a lover is intoxicating because it reminds us of our union with God; separation is so devastating because it reminds us of what it feels like to be separate from him.” This subtle subconscious motivation empowers the bliss of love, but it also triggers the fear of abandonment and the pain of losing love. This is your year to transcend your personal relationship fears and to reconnect with love of God. This may involve dissolving expectations of other people - your partner, your ex-lovers, your parents and society in general. It is also necessary to practise the art of forgiveness. It is time to forgive, not forget, the hurts and wrongdoings experienced in relationships with your loved ones. If you are currently intimately involved with a lover or partner then you may be changing the way that you view your beloved in subtle ways. As you heal the past and emerge as person seeking true love, then you are likely to either fall deeper in love with your partner, or perhaps the sorrowful realisation dawns that your current partnership is to be dissolved. Your insights may also be applied to any business partnerships, or political alliances that you are involved with. You seek mergers that bring joy and meaning to your life, rather than those who might be undermining your sense of self-worth. During the course of this year you may also discover a need to share your insights with other people. As a result you may explore the possibilities of becoming a counsellor, spiritual healer or teacher, or perhaps you consult such experts. Ultimately this is your year to discover the meaning of love, whether this is through love and partnership, or as a result of a stronger union with God, or your higher self, depending on your beliefs.
The North Node
The Nodes highlight the areas of your year that are destined to occur no matter what you do. When you look back on your life you can see moments when the coincidences just seemed too uncanny - a chance meeting, a phone call out of the blue or an instant of being in the right place at the right time. The Nodes can give hints of which areas of your life are attracting the Fates attention right now.
The North Node is in the 3rd House
Your journey now involves communication and communication networks. If you want to spread the word about anything personal or professional then now is the time to speak up. You are likely to meet people who help you voice your message whether verbally, written or via the internet. Your life’s journey is about to reveal ways in which you can express your true self. You can promote your own professional interests, or you may speak up on behalf of others. Either way the Fates ask that you view these opportunities selflessly, rather than through a mindset of egotism. The path that you are required to take now is one of walking side by side with colleagues, friends, and family members, not of forcing issues. Watch for destiny’s signposts, listen to the unspoken messages of those around you and tune into your own intuition.
Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character;/ Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.Modern Author