Each year, right around the time of your birthday, the Sun returns to the exact position it was in at the moment of your birth. This is considered to be your own personal New Year, and it's known as the Solar Return. Astrologers have found that if you study the positioning of all the planets at that moment -- their relationships to each other and their placements in the signs -- you can gain insight into the upcoming year, until the Sun returns again.
As you may have noticed, most people tend to feel pretty good on their birthdays, and that's because of the positioning of the Sun. It's a time of gifts, celebrations, milestones and reuniting with old (and new) friends and family. It's a time to rejoice in all that's happened in the past and to prepare for what's to come. And the Solar Return reading (also known as a Solar Resolution) can help you prepare by providing explanations and advice about the influences of the year to come. More than a typical astrology forecast, the Solar Return is all about you and your place in this world. It offers a revealing look into the progression of your life and how you can make the most of the events to come -- it's a great way to celebrate your future!
Solar Return Year : 2013
Recognition and Rewards: The Sun
Sun conjunct Mercury: Think Fast
Your mind and mouth will be moving a mile a minute for an entire year -- and you'll be able to use that to get the job or the romance.
Sun trine Pluto: Life-changing Experiences
You are extremely perceptive, and you have the opportunity to use that to reach a new level of transformation and self-understanding.
Sun sextile Saturn: Disciplined And Loving It
You're a go-getter -- a workaholic, but only in the best way. You just can't sit still until whatever project you're working on is finished.
Sun opposition Neptune: Blind Faith Won't Work
You're more gullible than usual. Your goal for the year is to get a better grasp of who you are and not blame others for your troubles.
Mind Expansion: Mercury
Mercury in Virgo: Constructive Criticism
It's easy to become too negative, but if you can find a proper balance, you'll become constructively critical. The latter is more helpful.
Mercury trine Pluto: Exploring The 'self'
That deep and probing mind of yours needs to head inward. Don't be afraid to just let your thoughts go -- it's time for self-discovery.
Mercury sextile Saturn: A Transfer Of Knowledge
Persistence is all you need to get the job done well, and you've got it in spades. Call upon your personal experiences to help others.
Mercury opposition Neptune: Getting The Facts Straight
Filtering out all the excess information around you will be quite the challenge, and you could become easily confused and overwhelmed.
Love and Romance: Venus
Venus in Libra: Creating Beauty
It's your mission in life to create a more beautiful world -- or to at least seek out all that is beautiful. Add splendor if life gets dull.
Venus square Pluto: Controlling And Possessive
Your dark and controlling side will be taking over your sensual expression. Relationships will be about who has the power emotionally.
Venus opposition Uranus: The Choice: Romance Or Independence
Love and freedom will both be calling out to you. Which one do you choose? Don't be surprised if the rest of your life seems rocky as well.
Venus square Jupiter: Going To Excess
The word 'limit' won't be a part of your vocabulary. You'll go to excess with everything pleasurable; be careful you don't go overboard.
Ambition and Desire: Mars
Mars in Cancer: Emotional Understanding
Your emotions play a key role in all of your associations and relationships, but you may be frightened by your abundance of sensitivities.
Travel and Finding Truth: Jupiter
Jupiter in Cancer: The Big, Big Picture
You'll be able to understand the bigger picture in the largest possible context, and to grasp the future implications you and yours.
Jupiter trine Saturn: Realizing Life Goals
You have the ability to dream up just about any goal, and then work with all your might to make it a reality. Set your sights high.
Jupiter opposition Pluto: Your Hidden Truths
Tempting as it is to make this year about digging up hidden truths about others, you really need to spend the time figuring out yourself.
Jupiter square Uranus: Taking Autonomy Too Far
Independence is great, but if you go too far in your efforts to be free, you could end up committing self-sabotage and losing freedom.
Responsibilities and Restriction: Saturn
Saturn in Scorpio: Sexual Control
Who's in control will be an important factor in all of your personal interactions, particularly those pertaining to sexual relationships.
Saturn trine Neptune: Two Worlds Merge
Your conscious and unconscious worlds are merging harmoniously, and your dreams will become a reality. Creative endeavors will succeed.
Saturn sextile Pluto: Increased Inner Strength
Your inner strength will increase exponentially, and you'll be able to handle any catastrophe -- or pleasantry -- that comes your way.
This Year's Karma: North Node
North Node in Scorpio: Plunging Into The Future
Your future is powerful and intense, and you will only reach your full potential if you approach it with a powerful and intense energy.
Neptune in Pisces: Altruistic Motives
Unconditional compassion and enlightenment are what you can expect to achieve as you develop a connection with everything around you.
Pluto in Capricorn: Societal Transformation
It's up to you to try to take on some of society's most sticky issues. You should start small this year and focus on your family or town.
Uranus in Aries: The Energy Of Life
The energy coursing through you has the power to bring about radical change. Your ideas will be creative, and you'll easily take action.
Neptune sextile Pluto: The Cycle Of Life
You will come face to face with the cycle of life, and you will try to understand it. Will you succeed? The effort is really more important.
Uranus square Pluto: Pressure Buildup
Your life's like a tea kettle that's about to start whistling. There's so much buildup that it must explode. But then you can start afresh.