Very important rules for Solar Returns

1. The Twenty days before and after a birthday are very important, in both positive and negative terms. Often, in those days, the most important events of the entire year take place; it is foolish to think that a Solar Return may have its effect months or weeks in advance or be delayed in reference to the date of a birthday;

2. Your birthday is really a very special day in which extraordinary events may occur;

3. If there are birthdays close together in your family, those days become “explosive”; true fuses around which more events tend to be concentrated;

4. If the Ascendant or a stellium (three or more planets) or the Sun of a Solar Return fall in the 1st, 6th or 12th house, almost without any difference between them, the year will probably be a difficult one, ruinous, dangerous, negative all round and not specifically for health or work reasons or in terms of affections; if you really cannot leave (in other words get a relocated Solar Return), try to use the rules for exorcising the symbols, for example, an aimed surgery. Never try to get important medical examinations or surgical operations twenty days before or after your birthday, as well as the birthdays of the persons who are closest to you; a serious disease may also come along in a year in which the Solar return is very positive: this depends on the fact that, for example, a carcinogenic process, which started seven or ten years earlier, at the point of maturing, will necessarily come out and no RSR will change things; in these cases, however, a good RSR in progress can significantly aid recovery in relation to the disease; a Saturn, a Uranus, a Neptune or a Pluto can be placed in the 1st, 6th or 12th house of Solar Return, but obviously if they can be avoided, it is better to do so; let's not forget that if the SR is negative, the negative events may not necessarily take place during the year (from birthday to birthday), but if negative events occur then the SR is certainly negative;

5. All of the above also applies to Mars in the 12th, 6th or 1st house of Solar Return: this placement, even alone, is able to ruin a year that was meant to be positive, as a result of other elements regarding transits or Solar return;

6. When examining the Solar return chart we recommend only taking into account a few but certain elements: a) where Solar Return Ascendant falls compared to the birth houses; b) where a Solar Return stellium falls compared to the houses of Solar Return; c) where the Sun of Solar Return falls compared to the houses of Solar Return; d) where the bad ones fall (but above all Mars) compared to the SR houses; e) subsequently, but only subsequently, other positions of the planets in the houses; we recommend decidedly not to take other elements into account, such as for example if the planet is retrograde or if it makes a positive or negative aspect, because such elements do have a very low value, in the order of a decimal fraction compared to the numbers of the listed positions; if the Mars that falls in the 6th house is supported by trines and sextiles, in practical terms the result will be the same as that of an injured Mars;

7. The 7th house almost always regards documents with tax stamps, trouble with the law, possible conflict with justice, all kinds of wars, tensions of all kind, strong quarrels, disagreements with partners or separations, declared animosity, even attempts on your life or damage to your property;

8. Jupiter in the 2nd, 7th and 8th house both in a Solar return chart or transiting in a birth chart, acts as a bistable oscillator, in the sense that it tends to invert the pre-existent situation: if there is calm it brings on a storm and if there is a war it helps to bring back peace;

9. The values of the 2nd and 8th house indicate, in the majority of cases, large outgoings of money, really big money losses and much less incoming money; if the subject has big on-going financial problems, the last thing that is needed is to place a Jupiter in the 2nd or 8th house;

10. The 11th house often relates to death and mourning, much more than the 8th house (in 90 % of cases, an 8th house emphasis by SR or by transits, tells us about financial problems rather than death); in spite of this we must not avoid using it: you only die once and during your lifetime there are only a few significant deaths; the same thing applies for the 3rd and the 9th with respect to accidents, and the 5th with regard to your children and so on;

11. The trines and the sextiles of Uranus and Neptune are often above all announcers of bad luck (also, trines and sextiles are often bringers of bad things);

12. In the respect of transits the semi-squares and sesqui-square are of huge importance, exactly like the squares and oppositions; instead, semisextiles, sextiles and quincunx have a very low level of influence, or even no influence at all;

13. The Ascendant in the 10th house of a Solar return almost always brings exceptionally positive things; on the contrary Jupiter on the Midheaven of the Solar return, has a lower influence than the Ascendant in the same position;

14. The Ascendant in the 10th house, when simultaneously there is a bad transit of Saturn or Uranus or Neptune or Pluto, to the Midheaven, or in negative aspect to Ascendant, Sun or Moon (including conjunctions), produces noteworthy breakdowns: quite prominent damage, that is not at all negligible; it is much better, if you do not have a lot of experience, to place Jupiter close to the Midheaven, or even Venus or the Sun, rather than an AS in the 10th that, in many cases, may strongly damage the subject concerned;

15. During days in which there are many contemporary aspects, both positive and negative, significant events could take place, so it’s better to focus on our observations and put us in a state of watchful defence;

16. Some of the most dramatic moments in a life arrive when transiting Saturn or Uranus, or Neptune, or Pluto, in hard aspect to natal Sun, Ascendant, Midheaven or Moon, are added to an Ascendant, a stellium, a Sun or a Mars of Solar return in the first, sixth or twelfth house of the Solar Return;

17. Every planet placement in a birth chart is enhanced by the transits and by the Solar return; if a person, for example, has a bad aspected natal Uranus in the eighth house, when transiting Uranus form an opposition to that placement, you can expect serious financial troubles;

18. The positive effect of the tenth House of the Solar Return can also be about a single event and not necessarily a numerous series of positive events;

19. We must never forget that there are three relevant variables, which explain how a life evolves: genetic information, that is the biological inheritance from the parents transmitted through deoxyribonucleic acid, the astral conditioning and the social, economic, cultural, historical and political conditions of the place in which one is born and lives;

20. In order to predict when the events reported by a Solar return will take place, which is indeed a very difficult task, it’s useful to consider the Lunar returns as well as the transits of the fast moving planets;

21. We should not interpret the transiting planets in the houses of the birth chart in the same way as we interpret the planet house positions in the Solar Return;

22. If the indications of the transits and of the Solar return are contradicting each other, it is necessary to do the following; in the presence of very hard and threatening transits and a neutral, not dangerous Solar return, we will not have to worry because the year will not be marked by dramatic events; if alternatively, the transits are not very significant, almost neutral, not at all fearful, and instead, the Solar return is bad, heavy, even only with an Ascendant in the first, sixth or twelfth house, then we should certainly expect a very insidious and negative year. The Solar return sky has much more influence than the birth one with the relative transits: therefore do not deceive yourselves, that in a year with the Sun in the first house, you will be protected by a transit of Jupiter in good aspect with your natal Sun; in the same way do not worry too much for a Uranus that transits in aspect to your natal Mars in the twelfth house if you have got a good relocated Solar Return;

23. Within which orb a transit should be considered active? There is no a strict rule, and in any case it depends on the transiting planet which form the aspect; the fast moving planets, like Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars, may generally be perceived 5 degrees before and after the exact orb of the aspect (such as a conjunction, square, sextile, etc); generally the transits of Jupiter and Saturn can be considered active within a 3 degrees orb before and after the exact aspect; instead, for Uranus and Neptune, the orb to use is between 1 or 2 degrees, but at times they have impact even with wider orbs if for example at same time are involved transits of fast moving planets that acts as a trigger; instead, for Pluto which moves very slowly and can remain for years in the same spot, we must consider at most a 1 degree orb, except for the cases described above; as far as the semi-squares and the sesqui-squares are concerned, it is better to use tight orbs as 2 or 3 degrees for the fast moving planets and 1 or 2 degrees for the outer planets;

24. The transits of Mars tend to be perceived in advance, in the sense that the applying transits of Mars are more powerful than the separating ones; but this should not be considered an absolute rule;

25. Transits must be considered both negative and positive at the same time, whether they are square or trine transits; to understand whether a transit will affect in a positive or negative way, it has to be carefully analyzed the Solar return;

26. It is better to remember that often the eighth house regards prison; the Sun and the Ascendant in the eighth house, if really necessary, and if there are no particular risks for the subject, may be allowed but for no reason can we place a stellium in the eighth house, because it could have the same negative impact of a stellium in the three very dangerous houses (the first, sixth and twelfth);

27. Due to the slowness of all planets during their periods of retrograding the same transit, instead of occurring just once, will happen at least three times; The first (called first pass) when the planet is still direct; the second (called second pass) when the planet is retrograde; and the third (called third pass) when the planet has resumed its forward or direct motion. These transits are far more important than others;

28. The transits of the planets, especially the slow ones, even in the empty houses, are extremely relevant and they give us very precious information;

29. The way a transit affects the subject is determined by his natal chart. In order to predict the effects of a particular transit, it is very useful to ask the person what happened in the past when the same transit occurred; for example, a passage of Jupiter in the second house may bring a lot of incoming as well as outgoing money, and in order to make reliable predictions, it is useful to ask the person what happened in his life twelve years before when the same transit took place;

30. One of the fundamental rules for interpreting a Solar return chart is that of giving very little importance to the angular aspects that planets make to each other, and great importance instead to the placement of the planets in the houses of a SR chart;

31. The danger of a stellium in first or twelfth house of the SR must be considered even if it splits up in equal or unequal parts, between the houses; a stellium between the twelfth and the first is equal to a stellium in the twelfth, even if, for example, Jupiter is in the twelfth house and Venus and Mercury in the first;

32. Another extremely important rule you must follow is to avoid the placement of a potentially dangerous planet or of the ascendant near the cusp of the first, sixth or twelfth house, the distance from the cusp must be of 2 and a half degrees; it is worth verifying whether this distance remains intact also by subtracting 15 minutes from the birth time;

33. Remember that Saturn always gets the better of Jupiter, Venus, Sun etc; therefore, it goes without saying that we cannot, for example, place a Saturn near the Midheaven, thereby deceiving ourselves that the Sun and Jupiter in tenth will counterbalance its negative effects; for the same reason, bearing in mind the importance of “Gauquelin’s plus zones”, it’s useless to put for example a Jupiter in the tenth house, within five degrees from Midheaven, and a Saturn at the same distance, in the ninth house: in the end the second will prevail and for what concerns work / emancipation / success / prestige we will have a year decidedly marked by Saturn; the same applies if we put Saturn and Jupiter in the seventh or in the second house and so on.

34. It is strongly advisable not to place Saturn and Mars in the same house of SR, whatever it is, except for the 3th and 9th house. If not, you may suffer serious harm as a result of this.


1. From the standpoint of its expressive and operative power, the Lunar return has a much lower impact than the Solar return within which it acts;

2. The Lunar return can never subvert the general indications of the Solar return that contains it;

3. The Lunar return can only have a modulating effect with respect to the Solar return in progress. Through a relocated lunar return for that specific month we can improve our sentimental life if the same was already valorised in the Solar return by for example a positive emphasis on the 5th house;

4. The Lunar return can be very useful for dating the events inside the current Solar return;

5. A relocated Lunar Return cannot replace a relocated Solar Return: if the subject doesn’t travel on his solar return, and then regrets it, he cannot think of replacing the effect of a missed relocated solar return with 12-13 relocated lunar returns;

6. Exploiting the synergy effect, it is possible and useful for a certain month to travel on a Lunar return, along with positive transits and with a good relocated solar return in progress, to perhaps obtain, what we desire in that month and not in another;

7. Those who can afford it in terms of money and time, can certainly obtain fantastic results by travelling on their solar return and on every lunar return of that specific year;

8. The preceding rule is certainly true, although we need to add that often it is useless, superfluous, and redundant, for the reasons which apply to the preceding rules;

9. Even an apparently terrible lunar return cannot cause serious damages if it acts within a good relocated solar return;

10. Even an apparently marvellous lunar return will bring few results if it takes place within a weak relocated solar return;

11. We might decide to travel on our lunar return accepting to put, for example, an Ascendant of the LR in the radix twelfth house, if at the same time this allows us for example, to position a beautiful Venus – Jupiter conjunction in the fifth house: if this sector is enhanced in the current relocated solar return, this conjunction might bring you a new and happy loving relationship, without causing you any serious health problems, but perhaps give you a simple cold;

12. The reading of the Lunar return is practically the same as that of the Solar return, except for the rules we have already described;

13. The Lunar return, like the Solar return, is always "aimed", even if you decide to remain in the city where you live;

14. Also for the RLR, as with the RSR, it is sufficient to stay for 1 minute in the return location when the lunar return occurs; if you are not sure of your time of birth, it is possible to remain in that place chosen for an hour before to an hour after the moment of the return; to remain in that location all day 24 hours or longer does not make any sense;

15. In Ciro Discepolo’s books you can read differing opinions of other astrologers about relocated solar return and lunar return and the relative answers of Ciro Discepolo;

16. If the lunar return goes in a direction that is exactly the opposite to the solar return that affects the entire year, the result you are looking for will hardly be realized. For example, if you have placed a narrow Mars - Saturn conjunction (if possible it is always best to avoid it) in the fourth house and then you move for a relocated lunar return to put a Jupiter-Venus conjunction in the fourth house of the lunar return chart, perhaps to try to buy or sell a property at their best, the result will be almost nil;

17. It’s not true that by putting a Mars in a fourth house of a relocated lunar return we may cause problems for our parents, rather this placement will increase our personal focus on the problems of our parents; the same applies in reverse, for a Venus in the fourth house;

18. As for the RSR, also the RLRs can help quite a lot in correcting our birth time; in fact, after a month, the astrologer is able to understand if the Mars in a lunar return has fallen in the third or fourth house.

Print this article

Copyright 2011 © Astrology online - All rights reserved