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The Solar Return and Progressed Solar Return Charts

They say it’s your birthday
It’s my birthday too, yeah
They say it’s your birthday
We’re gonna have a good time
I’m glad it’s your birthday
Happy birthday to you

The Beatles; The White Album; November 1968; (Lennon/McCartney)

Turning 57 today and reaching his third Metonic Solar Return, your correspondent is happy to be alive. Having been given a terminal prognosis in December 2009, with the oncologist stating that there were only ten months left to live, this retired astrologer has spent the past year spiritually preparing for death, while practicing gratitude for each day that he is still alive and able to appreciate life.

Robert Blaschke, SR 2010

At the ages of 19, 38, 57 and 76, one finds that he has completed a Metonic Cycle (1) and that his Solar Return will have both Luminaries in the same Zodiacal degree area as at birth. This cycle is significant in that it indicates a conclusion of a 19-year chapter of life, with a new opportunity to realign the soul with the original spiritual purpose of one’s life. At 57, what one has accomplished since the age of 38 will now feel like a distant past receding into one’s memory, as the soul takes on a new mission in life.

For this astrologer, having founded Earthwalk School of Astrology in February 1992 at the age of 38, his retirement from private practice and teaching due to his health problems feels like a major life cycle has concluded. The path to peace of mind can now be found through the willingness to accept a simple fact of life – all things must pass.

Similar to the 18.6-year precessional cycle of the Nodal axis through the Zodiac, in which the third Lunar Node return occurs just prior to the 56th birthday, astrologers know that the years between the second progressed Moon return at age 54 1/2 and the second Saturn return at age 59 are highly significant. Ideally, at that time, a transition in life takes place away from one’s career goals and the soul now moves toward the development of a philosophical understanding of the meaning of one’s life.

In his Solar Return today, your correspondent is delighted to find a 9th house accidentally dignified Jupiter (also in dignity in Pisces), stationary direct, and in close trine to the Sun. This most fortunate aspect with the greater benefic should bring the necessary contemplative reflection over the next year in order to perceive the meaning of his life; as well as also serving to preserve the health (ruler of the 6th house) while bestowing hope, the enjoyment of good friends, and having a positive outlook on life.

For an independent individual with nine planets Eastern in his nativity, it will be a year of appreciation for the relationships in his life with nine Solar Return planets in the Western hemisphere. A joyous 5th house Sun is exactly the ticket for a weary soul who has endured a lot of physical pain, and the retrograde Venus (ruling the 11th) in dignity in the 4th has already begun to show her stuff through the recent visits of old friends from high school coming to our house for delicious meals, a glass of French red wine, much laughter, lots of love, and fond remembrances of our youthful escapades and follies.

Lest he forget during lighter moments the Sword of Damocles that hangs over his head, in which further tumor recurrence and additional metastasis of the cancer could occur at any time, the exact conjunction of Pluto and the North Node in the 6th house of health should keep this astrologer unwavering in his appreciation for the gift of life, and help him stay focused through daily prayer about the possible nearness of his death at a time known only by his Creator.

The Solar Return is calculated for the exact time that the transit Sun conjoins the natal Sun each year. These charts, in order to be precise, must be calculated to the nearest degree, minute and second of solar Zodiacal longitude, as the Sun moves one minute of arc in about 24 minutes of time. A forecast for the year between birthdays can be found in these horoscopes, and they reflect the transits that are in place at the time of the birthday. These transits hold their influence for a full year.

The seriousness of your correspondent’s medical condition could be seen in the exact Saturn-Pluto square forming at his last birthday, with the greater malefic in the 6th house. Perhaps it was the Mutual Reception between the Sun and Mars that helped to strengthen the will to live. The chart ruler, Venus, in detriment and in an angular square to Mars, brought on a plethora of physical misery during the last twelve months; with Mars-ruled infections, rashes, inflammation, and acute physical pain being the crosses to bear. The closest aspect to the Sun is always crucial in the Solar Return, and the exact trine to Uranus provided the necessary metaphysical understanding about one’s preparation for death and dying.

At age 56, Uranus arrives at the waning trine to its natal position. This marks the 2/3 point in the 84-year Uranus cycle. Both Dane Rudhyar and Alexander Ruperti wrote (2) about the significance of this aspect and how it symbolized a possibility for a Third Birth, one in which the soul could ideally begin to “radiate through the personality that spiritual essence which was its destiny to manifest.” This would only be possible, however, if the individual had “assimilated into his conscious ego some of the contents of the collective unconscious” (since a Second Birth at the waxing trine of Uranus to its natal place at age 28).

Robert Blaschke, SR 2009

Also at age 56, a multiple of eight years, a seventh Sun-Venus recurring synodic cycle commences and this is reflected in the Solar Return for that birthday by the Sun and Venus having both returned to the same Zodiacal degree area as at birth. An eight-year relationship cycle draws to a close, and a new karmic chapter begins. (3) At his last birthday, this astrologer had a 7th house Venus, within four degrees of his natal Venus, along with an angular Moon conjunct the Descendant, exact to 03′ of arc.

The happiest event of this past year has been the return from South Africa to the U.S. in April of my fiancée, Carol. Without her love, companionship and daily help with my disabled condition, I would have been unable to survive and weather the onslaught of the physical pain brought on by a severe and nearly lethal infection in September. Along with my 30-year old daughter, these two splendid women (who have a synastric Moon-Venus conjunction between their two horoscopes) have been the Light and Love of my life. (4) That Venus-Mars square, of course, produced some spectacular arguments; however, the affection and good feelings would always return soon afterwards! I have to say that with the 8th house Mercury, the thought of dying was on my mind constantly ever since I received the terminal prognosis.


Alan Leo, writing in The Progressed Horoscope, (5) spoke of one’s Progressed Birthday each year, when the transit Sun would conjoin the secondary progressed Sun. This event takes place as many days after your birthday as your age. He wrote that “in the case of highly strung and sensitive people, after the age of thirty these natives would perhaps live more through the progressed rather than their radical horoscopes.” Following this, Leo also stated that “it was not until the transit Sun had conjoined their progressed Sun each year that a renewed impulse of vitality and energy would be experienced.”

The above tri-wheel chart shows this astrologer’s nativity in the inner wheel, secondary progressions calculated for 56 days after his 56th birthday (15 November to 10 January = 56) in the middle wheel, and his Progressed Solar Return for January 10, 2010, when the transit Sun precisely conjoined his secondary progressed Sun, in the outer wheel. The two tables below the chart show that the calculation of the Progressed Birthday was made to the degree, minute and second of longitude for the transiting Sun. (6)

Blaschke, Pr SR

The Progressed Solar Return is every bit as relevant each year as the standard Solar Return. In fact, for sensitive souls, after the age of thirty, this Progressed Birthday horoscope may even be more accurate than the chart calculated at the birthday. In the case of your correspondent, the rising degree was exactly conjunct his Pluto during a year with death knocking on his door; the Moon was exactly conjunct his natal Sun, and a Sun-Venus superior conjunction occurred in a year when his fiancée returns; and retirement is clearly seen in this chart with a 12th house Mars. An angular Neptune is on the Descendant, rather fitting for Carol and the sacrifices she has made to love a guy in my condition.

Tri-wheel 2011

Looking ahead, 57 days after my birthday today brings us to January 11, 2011. On that day, the transit Sun will conjoin my secondary progressed Sun, a day later than last year because I am one year older. The ruler of the Progressed Solar Return, an exalted Mars exactly conjunct my natal North Node, looks promising and with a Sun-Mars conjunction in the PSR 3rd house, Volume VI will perhaps get written.


(1) The Astrologer’s Astronomical Handbook; Jeff Mayo; L.N. Fowler & Co. Ltd.; 1965. After a period of 19 years, New and Full Moons recur on the same days of the year. The Metonic Cycle is 235 synodic lunar months, or 6939.69 days in length; exactly 19 years.

(2) Cycles of Becoming; 2nd Edition; Alexander Ruperti; Earthwalk School of Astrology; 2005.

(3) See the author’s Astrology: A Language of Life; Volume IV – Relationship Analysis for a more detailed analysis of this 8-year cycle.

(4)  With a Fallen Moon and a Venus in detriment, both in Scorpio, the fiancée and the daughter were concerned with his possible death.

(5) The Progressed Horoscope; Alan Leo; L.N. Fowler & Co. Ltd.; London; 1906.

(6) Some astrology software programs will calculate transit-to-progressed aspects; but only to the day and do not include the time. One has to manually calculate exactly when the transit Sun and the secondary progressed Sun both arrive at the same second of arc.

© 2010 Robert P. Blaschke

Mr Blaschke is author of the Astrology: A Language of Life series in five books: Progressions; Sabian Aspect Orbs; A Handbook for the Self-Employed Astrologer; Relationship Analysis; and Holographic Transits. His books and class, lecture and workshop CDs can be found at: Earthwalk Astrology.



  1. Thanks, Robert, for another great article, and best wishes from all the staff here at TMA!!

  2. Dear Correspondent—Happy Birthday & Cheers to the Light and Love and coming Volume VI in your life!

  3. Robert,

    I did not know of your illness. It is good that you have your loving woman and daughter and friends to help to see you through. Many blessings, Barbara

  4. What a gift of time and energy to be giving us. You have inspired me to pay closer attention to all I love and cherish. Great love and blessings to you.

  5. Dear Robert,
    Happy Birthday! You can count on my ongoing prayers for your health and well-being. I love your books – they continue to teach and inspire. Thanks much for the article as well.
    With love and respect,
    Doris Maat

  6. Dear Robert,
    First off, Happy Birthday! I had the pleasure of talking to you on the phone several times right before your life changing events. I’ve been reading your articles and blogs wondering from time to time how you are. It is so womderful that you are celebrating your birthday today and sharing your charts with us. What a gift! As someone who is also turning 57 this year and embarking on a long awaited astrological career, it has been a priviledge and inspiration to cross paths. With love and blessings, Lauren

  7. Dear Robert
    Happy happy birthday! thanks for writing a great article about a so seriously and hard time in your life.
    Best wishes
    PS. Hope you will have time and energy to write volume VI 😀

  8. What a wonderful gift to the astrological community, Robert, for you to share your insights as you pass through this momentous time in your life. Thank you, and warm best wishes to you and yours.

  9. Robert, You continue to give to and enlighten the astrological community. Thank you for this wonderfully informative article on a little known
    technique. You are a radiant star in our universe and I pray you will be with us many more years. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love and blessings to you and your cherished ones. MaryAlice

  10. Robert, thanks. I always remember our time together in the OAA.

  11. The Oregon Astrological Association wishes you the best birthday today Robert. We continue to send you healing vibes from one of your former residences across this beautiful country. I will announce your celebration of another birthday this weekend at our lecture. Keep your ears open to hear us sing Happy Birthday to you!
    Your old friend who gleefully shares the same age,
    OAA President, Robert’s former post

  12. Namaskar Robert.
    Wisch you all the best!

    On the website: Cyberworld khaldea, they have published the lost writings of Dane Rudhyar. He, Dane, has a other view and experience on the solar return. You and others can read this article: Official birthday and solar return by D. Rudhyar

    with regards from Dhyana(Netherlands)

  13. Robert, it’s wonderful to hear from you. You’ve been on my mind often as I hoped good health would return you.
    You’ve accomplished and contributed more in life than most could in a thousand. And for that I am ever grateful.

  14. Happy Birthday, Robert.

    You’ve given me a sense of peace reading about your journey updates. You may not be teaching in traditional form, but you continue to shine your light and be a teacher in a more meaningful form, for me at least.

    Sending you healing light and love.

    Debbie Leaper

  15. Happy Natal and Progressed Solar Returns to you!

    Every time I read your writings, I learn so much. Thank you for continuing to write, even during your pain and illness.

    Just yesterday on your birthday, I rec’d this email:
    “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside of us while we live.”
    A synchronistic nudge for you to work on your legacy–Volume 6. I am praying for you.. with gratitude.

  16. Happy Birthday, Robert. May you enjoy each and every day.
    Thanks for sharing your insight. May healing energy permeate you and light the way. Big Aloha from Hawaii.

  17. Dear Mr. Robert Blaschke, Happy Birthday to you and thank you so much for your new article, in which we all can learn more about astrology, our loved discipline and art. I deeply hope that you can write in the future many new books for us and teach us more and more. You are an astrologer full of knowledge, wisdom, spirituality and light. Be sure that I’m sending to you many prayers from my country in Europe. May God Bless You ! Roberto Minichini , Italy

  18. Robert,

    So good to hear from you again, you have been missed and I too did not know you were sick. I wish you all the best and thank you so much for your astrology classes a long long time ago in Portland and your support over the years as I learned astrology. Big big blessings to you and your family. Margaret

  19. Belated happy birthday Robert; this was a wonderful article on a difficult subject. Thank you for sharing this part of your journey with such clarity and dignity. I particularly enjoyed the way you threaded through several cycles and could see clearly how they were working together in your readings. Your approach to the eventuality of death is admirable. You are embracing the lessons without “giving up” as evidenced by your very much aliveness. I hope that I can do as well when faced with my own mortality. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for teaching. Thank you for being such a good example.

  20. dear Robert-what a wonderful omen to have the Sun trine Jupiter on your birthday. Thank you for taking the time and effort to further teach us some of your wonderful insights and expand our working knowledge of this fabulous language we share. I love to take the time and follow up on everything you bring. I join the other friends and collegaues in wishing you a hale and hearty new year.

  21. Dear Robert, Very Very Happy Birthday and Great Peace and Healing be with you.
    Many More Progressed days = a year for you. May you continue to bend time to your will, dance your purpose and may you write your future books as gifts of guidance for us all.
    wow! I am awestruck by your strength, honesty, spiritual maturity, grace, truth, power, strength and clarity.
    I will send Medicine Buddha prayers to you, Robert.

  22. Dear Robert

    Very sorry to hear about your health problems, but I am glad to know you have so much support. Jupiter trine Sun means earth is not done with you yet! You will be in my prayers.

    P.S. You might check out to see if there is any information that might help you.

  23. hi Robert

    I am so happy to see you still being productive and making the most of every day. I would be thrilled if you could send me something for memberletter or even if you give me permission to repeat this article. We are doing the November December issue now, which is totally on line, and this would be a wonderful article for the holiday season…or any other.

    Let me know

    love, ronnie

  24. Dear Robert, Abundant blessings for your birthday and the years beyond! I’m so glad to see you are still posting!
    I met you about ten years ago at a small workshop in Portland, Oregon and signed up for your newsletter shortly after. I looked forward to that newsletter because it was so interesting, accurate and wise. When you stopped writing it a couple years back because of your health, I was very concerned for you and have sent you Light ever since. It clearly has been a harrowing and painful journey and I’m so glad you have had Carol and your daughter to help you recently.

    My very best to you and yours on this Thanksgiving Day!
    Bless, Bless…

  25. Dear Roberto,

    Felicity! 🙂 Carpe diem! Happy Day! 🙂

    “Happy to be alive, practicing gratitude for each day, and, able to appreciate life”.

    … Music to my soul, sayeth my Sun tr Neptune (a habit I picked up from YOU, btw);) Congratulations on a successful LIFE,
    Mr. Blaschke!
    BE surrounded by LIGHT and LOVE the rest of your days BE peaceful Robert.
    Above all, experience CONTENTMENT
    on a soul level, knowing that you HAVE accomplished what you came here to do.
    Move through the threshold of your North Node without fear. It is there (I know you Will correct me if I am wrong, heh, teacher?) @26 Capricorn, I will meditate upon your passing. See you there my friend, no doubt, better people, heh?
    Finally, leaving the past, may you not have to repeat the challenging aspects you’ve had to endure this go around.
    For all to know, you devoted your life purely to the advancement of your knowledge. Pure, Virgoan precision and exactitude! 🙂
    Excellent, Mr. Blaschke! Bravo, Robert!

    Your teaching opened the universe within me. For that, I am eternally grateful.
    See ya later, dude. Until we meet again…


  26. Thank you for your article. I’m glad the Pluto is sextiling the Moon, and the Saturn is sextiling the Mars, Mercury in the 2010 Solar Return. Wishing you more comfort, and health than you’ve been through.


  27. I send some very belated Birthday Blessings to you. I found this article while googling Progressed Lunar Returns. Now I know a few other cycles as well.

    I’m very sorry to hear that your illness has caused you so much pain in the past year and hope that you are finding some relief by now. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us. I sure do hope that you will write Volume 6. Your Progressions book is one of my favorites.


  28. Dear Robert,
    I’m saddened to read about your illness. I’ve wondered why I hadn’t been receiving your excellent newsletters. We met in Ashland through Anne & Mary in 2001 and I’ve had the pleasure of having several sessions with you. Our birthdays are days apart so I’ve always appreciated your stellar insights.
    My prayers, thoughts and blessings are with you during this time. I’m so glad you are surrounded by loving family and friends.
    I’ve always been in awe of the volume and depth of your work over the years. But in this moment am just so deeply touched by the generous gift of yourself that you have so humbly bestowed on your community.
    Many, many blessings to you, dear soul.
    Follow your heart as you told me once.
    Marsha (in N California)

  29. Dearest Robert,

    I am so very happy to find this- your updating article about you! It’s fascinating astrologically and helps us all to feel more at peace about what you have gone through and about what’s happening now. Amazing really.

    I miss your excellent astrological guidance more than I can express!

    With love, affection, and best wishes for the new year,


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