AND THE SOLAR RETURN MAP
©2000 By David Meadows
NOTE: The following is an excerpt from Meadows, David: Where
in the World With Astro*Carto*Graphy, Tempe, AZ:
American Federation of Astrologers, 1998.
The solar return chart is calculated for the date and time when
the sun returns to its exact position in the natal chart. This occurs
once a year, either on the birthday, the day before or day after.
Astrologers cannot agree on which location should be used to calculate
a solar return chart. Some say that the birthplace should always be
used, no matter which location a person lives. Others insist that
the place of residence should be used for the solar return chart.
Then there is the theory that a person can change a solar return
chart by being in a different location for their birthday. E.g. a person
goes on holiday for two weeks in Spain and celebrates a birthday there.
As this person was in Spain for their birthday, then the co-ordinates
of the holiday location should be used for the solar return.
The problem of deciding which location to use for a solar return is
avoided when Astro*Carto*Graphy is used. When a solar return is drawn on
a map of the world the planetary influences can be found at any location.
Prince Charles was 39 years old when the skiing tragedy happened at
Klosters. His 39th solar return is drawn for 8:17:59 am GMT on
November 15, 1987, in London. From this information it is now
possible to draw an Astro*Carto*Graphy map for the solar return.
The next problem that an astrologer faces when calculating
a solar return is whether or not to allow for precession. In astrology
two types of zodiac can be used, the tropical zodiac and sidereal zodiac.
Each year when the sun returns to 0 degrees Aries this is not the same
place in relation to the fixed stars. The vernal equinox
(0 degrees Aries) moves backward 50.25 seconds each year through
the fixed stars. This movement is called precession.
The effects of precession become more noticeable when a solar
return is calculated. At age 18, the difference between a solar
return calculated with and without precession will be 6 hours!
The difference is 12 hours at age 36 and an entire day at age 72.
Using Prince Charles' natal chart, this time I calculated his 39th
solar return allowing for precession. When we compare the two types of solar return charts
for Prince Charles the angles are in completely different positions.
With precession, the Midheaven is at 14 Aries 11, and without it,
it is at 27 Virgo 47. Likewise, the Ascendant with precision is
5 Leo 58, and without it, it is 1 Sagittarius 57. This will
obviously make a tremendous difference when an Astro*Carto*Graphy
map is drawn for both types of solar return charts.
The key question is which type of solar return chart is used
in Astro*Carto*Graphy? Having used both types of Astro*Carto*Graphy
solar return maps it was very clear to me which chart was the correct
one. An Astro*Carto*Graphy solar return map with precession was the
one that provided accurate information.
After I arrived at this conclusion I asked Jim Lewis if he had done
any research with Astro*Carto*Graphy solar return maps. He told me
that his research showed that solar returns with precession were
the most effective when applied to Astro*Carto*Graphy.
The Astro*Carto*Graphy solar return map shows
the temporary influences for one year. The information obtained should
be added to that found with Cyclo*Carto*Graphy to get a broader view
of the temporary influences. With the Astro*Carto*Graphy solar return
map further information is found about the temporary influences
at specific locations.
An Astro*Carto*Graphy solar return map is interpretated in
the same way as the usual Astro*Carto*Graphy map, i.e. planetary
lines and latitude crossings at a location.
Quite amazingly, MA IC is exact at Klosters. This shows the
possibility of accidents when pushing himself to the limit,
especially in any kind of sports. It could also show family
arguments and disagreements.
The Astro*Carto*Graphy solar return map for Charles' 39th
birthday shows very clearly that it would be a dangerous time for Charles to visit Klosters.
The potential danger shown at Klosters on his Astro*Carto*Graphy map was
triggered by the solar return MA IC exact there.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Meadows is a British astrologer who lives
in Munich, Germany. In March 1986 he attended a weekend seminar on
Astro*Carto*Graphy by Jim Lewis. Shortly after, he passed Jim Lewis'
exam and became an Astro*Carto*Graphy certified interpreter. Since
then he has specialised in Astro*Carto*Graphy and relocation astrology.
Working as a semi-professional astrologer he has clients all around
the world and is recognised as one of the leading experts on
Astro*Carto*Graphy. See his Blog on AstroMapping Here
Since moving to Munich in 1991 he has achieved more in life
than during the rest of his time in England. Astro*Carto*Graphy has
changed his life for the better, and now he wants to pass this knowledge
on to other astrologers. He is the author of the book Where in the World
with Astro*Carto*Graphy, which was published in Arizona. As you would
imagine, he used his own Astro*Carto*Graphy map both for his move to Munich and to find a publisher
for his book.
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CREDITS: The background tile came from ABC Giant.
The maps are from a free geographic clipart collection at Graphmaps.
The animated globe is by Iband.