Solar Return and the Intent for the Next Year

Birthday is a terrific time to appreciate the development of the past year and look forward to a new cycle of growth. As the Sun returns to its natal position each year, it shines light on our core life intent and makes it easier for us to live from our center (i.e. the place of rest, peace, power and authenticity). Many people consult their astrologers around their birthdays for this very reason.

Today is my Solar return, and I wanted to meditate a bit on the core life intent represented by my natal Sun:

Sun’s Sign & House Placement
My Scorpio Sun in the 8th house suggests that one of my core life intent is to heal and integrate a wide range of human emotions, from the deepest feelings of anger, fear and shame to the height of joy, unity and compassion. The 8th house association with “matters of death” in this case also suggests a process of ego transformation, which is basically dying to your old self again and again.

Position of Sun’s ruler: Pluto
The position of the Sun’s ruler may also illuminate where the core focus of life will be. Scorpio Sun’s ruler is Pluto, and in my case Pluto is found in the 7th house of relationships with others. This has varied implications, from whom I will forge lasting significant relationships (people with deep insights and emotional intensity) to what will catalyze my transformation.

The “T” Word Is…
Transformation is a euphemism for the intense emotional process that involves many unpleasantness (for me, at least.) Typically you don’t “transform” when everything is going great in your work, relationship and family – so universe sends you challenges. Repeatedly. Until you get it.

Recently the challenge that has been coming up for me was how to let go of needing people’s approvals in order to feel okay. A situation has come up where I felt attacked and disapproved by others, which really bothered me for days.

To come back to my center, I had to let go of my pride again and again, which definitely felt like dying – but otherwise I couldn’t function in compassion. I’m learning that forgiveness is a gift not for others but myself, and that my pride has to die in order for me to give this gift to myself.

Operating From the Center : Intent for the Next Year

For centering, meditation helps, and so does contemplative physical exercise. I started the morning with some tai chi and meditation, and I feel more centered than I have in days. For today, my practice will be to operate my whole day from this restful place. For this year, my intent will be to keep discovering what takes me away from the center, and to keep letting go of my old emotional wounds as they surface, so more of my inner light can come forth.

If you recently had your birthday or are expecting one soon, what does your Sun’s (and its ruler’s) placement suggest your core life intent is? What can you do this year to live more from that intent? Please feel free to share through email or comments.

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

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  1. Hi Hiroki
    I really love your blog, glad I'm subbed to you!
    My solar sun is in the 10th with Pluto just sneaking into the 12th. I've had Jupiter in there for the last year, as well as Neptune for a very long time it seems, but then its happy in its home!
    Anyways it feels wonderfully appropriate to have my sun there, coz I'm really wanting to focus on my career and where I'm going in life. Its so important as I've been in admin (medical mostly) for years and my soul/heart is crying out for more! So we'll see how 2010 goes, I'm quite excited about next year actually, feels like a big change year and next year I'll be 50 so Chiron is hovering closer to its own position (its in the 12th as well, just near the ascendant). Cheers Lisa :^)

  2. Dunyazade says:

    My SR was in August. This year I have Sun in Leo conjunct the Ascendent in Leo (SR) by 6 degrees. One thing is interesting: this Ascendent (SR) is conjunct by degree by my natal Vesta (which is in my 9th house). All of this tells me:

    – This is the year of Me, Me, MEEEEEE!
    Yap. I'm doing something which I consider Sacred (Vesta) – will be dedicating this year to writing (just hope I'll have the discipline to carry it trough).
    The writing will not be focused in spiritual things (9th house), however I want to dedicate a month to just focus on astrology (maybe writing about Pluto, I don't know yet). Sometimes I feel I should just be writing about astrology – that my knowlege about it would improve Big Time.

    Anyway. Relating to your SR:
    – sun in the 8th, ruler Pluto in the 7th: have you consider the possibility that, perhaps, this year you might be losing someone?

    I don't wanna sound pessimistic, sorry. I just wanted to point out that this is one of the many possibilities. Anyway: you'll tell us in a year what happened (or not).

    Hvae a good year :)

  3. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Dear Lisa,

    Thanks for sharing – sounds like an exciting development may be around the corner!


  4. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Hi Dunyazade,

    Actually I was talking about the natal Sun position there (guess the title is confusing), although I imagine this subject of core intent could be applied to a Solar Return chart interpretation.

    I personally don't use SR chart, as they just tend to echo the transit/progression measurements anyway – I know many people use and swear by SR charts, so to each his own.

    Best wishes for your year of writing!


  5. Hiroki,

    Happy belated birthday! I so admire your blog, and your willingness to put it out there (I think I've said this before). The eighth house, as you've said allows us to really plunge deeply into the tougher feelings and emotions. I have Saturn in Capricorn there opposing my natal sun in the second, and I tell you, I'm still trying to get a handle on it, after all these years. I can identify with you, having your Sun in Scorpio placed there. The great thing about the placement is that it's Scorpio in Scorpio's house, and so, on some level, I'm sure you feel right at home living with shadows.

    Blessings to you in this your birthday season.



  6. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Thank you Jan,

    Appreciate the kind words!

    Best regards,

  7. msfullroller says:

    Hi Hiroki,

    I also have an 8th house Sun, conjunct Mars in Aries. So my Sun's ruler is in this house.

    Does this mean that I more often than not be the initiator of ego transformation or am I way out in left field? lol The 8th house has me confused as does the 12th house.

  8. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Yes it's one of the possibilities, although with Aries there may be less introversion and more outward action.

    8th house has lots of other manifestations besides ego transformation, so we always need to look at the whole chart.


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