The Solar Return rising, also known as the Ascendant, is a significant element of the Solar Return chart. The rising sign represents the beginning of the Solar Return chart and is associated with your outward personality, appearance, and how you approach life during the specific year covered by the Solar Return chart. The Solar Return rising sign influences how you present yourself to the world and how others perceive you during the year. It can describe your physical appearance and the qualities you emphasise. The rising sign often reflects your personal goals and initiatives for the year. It indicates the areas of life where you may be more assertive and proactive.
When trying to understand the Solar Return Ascendant, it's important look at the rising and find the same sign that sits in your natal chart. For example, if you have Pisces in your 7th house in your natal chart, and Pisces becomes your Solar Return rising, this places a focus on relationships as the 7th house is now the rising house.
If the sign in your natal chart is intercepted, (this is when that sign does not rule a house and there are 3 signs in one house) and is the rising sign in your Solar Return chart, this is usually a year where your will feel held back. For example, if Aries is intercepted in your natal chart and is now your Rising in your Solar Return chart, you will likely experience some issues with energy, action and desire.
Aries Rising In The Solar Return
With an Aries Rising, you're inclined to take the lead in the realm of your natal chart where Aries exerts its influence. This assertiveness can translate into an eagerness to make things happen. However, it's important to watch for impatience or impulsiveness that may surface in this area.
The year ahead presents you with opportunities for adventure and transformation. Your newfound courage allows you to embrace change and attract fresh circumstances, people, and experiences. Your approach to life is notably direct during this time, though others might perceive you as more self-focused than usual.
Decision-making is swift, and your physical activity level is likely to increase. Be mindful of the need for balance as you navigate the opportunities and changes that come your way. Look at the condition of your Mars to figure out where you are going to put your energy.
Taurus Rising In The Solar Return
With a Taurus Rising, your focus naturally gravitates toward domestic matters and financial stability. This year is marked by an overarching sense of steadiness and reliability. These matters may be influenced from the house you have Taurus in your natal chart.
Your approach to life takes on a conservative and practical tone. You tend to resist major changes and may meet new initiatives with skepticism. Your preference leans toward maintaining the status quo, and you may not be actively seeking novel experiences or new connections.
This period might be characterised by inertia and a reluctance to embrace change. However, it's worth noting that your patience and steadfastness can be quite attractive to others. You might also feel a heightened desire for beauty, both in your surroundings and possibly in a pursuit to enhance your personal appearance. Look at the condition of your Venus to get more of an insight with stability.
Gemini Rising In The Solar Return
With a Gemini Rising, your natural inclinations lean towards being outgoing, sociable, and incredibly inquisitive. You have a genuine zest for engaging with the world and people around you. However, it's important to acknowledge that your attention span may be relatively short, and you can sometimes find yourself involved in multiple endeavors simultaneously. Your wide-ranging interests are both a strength and a challenge, as you might struggle to bring ongoing projects to completion before your attention shifts to another area.
Your open-mindedness leads you to explore numerous possibilities, perhaps at times, too many. This might make it challenging to stick to commitments consistently. It's valuable to embrace your versatility while also finding ways to maintain focus and follow through on your commitments effectively. Look at the condition of your mercury to see where your learning and interests is likely to take place.
Cancer Rising In The Solar Return
With Cancer Rising this year, your emotions are readily apparent, and you find yourself wearing them on your sleeve. Your heightened sensitivity places an increased focus on the need for security and emotional well-being.
Your attention naturally turns toward your home life, family, and domestic concerns. This period may prompt more introspection than usual, as you reflect on your roots and emotional foundations.
It's worth noting that during this time, you might grapple with oversensitivity and defensiveness, stemming from your strong desire for security. As Cancer's ruler, the Moon offers significant insights into the areas of life where you may experience instability and change, which, in turn, leads you to guard and protect your sense of security. The house your moon sits in is the house you will experience many changes.
The year I was a cancer rising was terrible for me. I was evicted from my home and was essentially homeless. I had to move back to my mothers and back and forth in and out of london. I didn't have a lot of stability. Cancer sits in my 2nd house in my natal chart where I have Jupiter conjunct Chiron and Chiron opposite my Capricorn moon in the 8th house. This was also a Moon year in annual profections for me. Chiron exaggerated the pain of letting go something that i was far too attached to. But it was the best thing that ever happened to me as it put me in a position to eventually purchase property 12 years later.
Leo Rising In The Solar Return
With Leo Rising this year, a powerful drive to express your creativity comes to the forefront. You may notice an increased involvement with children or heightened romantic inclinations. The house you have Leo in within your natal chart is the house that is rising in the solar return and where you will want to shine the most.
This is a year when your physical appearance and overall demeanor become notably important, especially because Leo presides over the first house and holds the role of the Solar Return chart's "star" – the Sun itself. You might find yourself embracing a more dramatic and expressive approach to life. Alternatively, your focus may be directed towards children, hobbies, or other areas of life influenced by Leo, depending on your personal preferences and life circumstances.
For instance, I experienced Leo rising in my Solar Return charts during the years I welcomed two of my children into the world, both of whom had Leo Ascendants. It's essential to consider the house position of the Sun in your chart, as it will indicate the specific areas of life where you have an exceptional opportunity to express yourself and your creative energies.
Virgo Rising In The Solar Return
With Virgo Rising this year, your primary focus shifts towards your work, daily habits, overall well-being, and routines. It's a time when the spotlight is on these practical aspects of life. The house you have Virgo in your natal chart is where your focus is likely to be.
This year may not be particularly dramatic or eventful. Instead, it could be a period during which you find yourself engrossed in making necessary adjustments to various aspects of your life or potentially wrestling with concerns and challenges. While it may seem like a somewhat unremarkable year, it's likely to be quite busy as you navigate your daily responsibilities and tasks.
It might feel as though you're investing substantial effort in preparations, even though the specific purpose or goal may not be entirely clear. For deeper insights into which areas of life require your attention and adjustments, pay attention to Mercury's placement in your chart, as it can provide valuable clues. The house your Mercury is positioned in will be where your routines are likely to change.
The year I was a Virgo Rising, I met a Virgo Rising, Pisces moon man who moved into my home. The relationship moved very quickly and there was a load of drama between us within the home. Virgo sits in my 4th house of home in my natal chart and Jupiter was in Virgo retrograding in my solar return detailing opening my home far too quickly and being optimistic. There were other placements that indicated relationship issues at home but this was the pain problem.
Libra Rising In The Solar Return
With Libra Rising this year, your primary focus centers on the need for compromise, careful consideration, and harmonious balance. Your overarching goal is to seek equilibrium in various aspects of life.
The position of Venus in your chart can provide valuable insights into the specific areas of life where you're compelled to foster this sense of balance. You may find that relationships and partnerships take the forefront, or you might embark on a new partnership that demands a significant portion of your time and attention.
As you navigate the year, you may often find yourself making accommodations and seeking to appease others. It's essential to strike a balance, avoiding the extreme of excessive compromise or becoming overly concerned with avoiding conflict. Interestingly, having a Libra Ascendant in your Solar Return chart can manifest in a year marked by marriage or divorce, highlighting the profound contrasts this sign can encompass.
In many cases, it proves to be a joyous and harmonious year, where life appears to flow smoothly due to your efforts in maintaining peace and balance in all aspects of your life. The house your Venus sits in will be the area where you require balance and harmony.
Scorpio Rising In The Solar Return
With Scorpio Rising this year, intense and profound emotions rise to the surface. This year tends to be marked by deep introspection, leading you to reevaluate and potentially cut off aspects of your life that appear shallow or unfulfilling on a profound level.
This may be a period when your demeanor appears somewhat unyielding or distant, and you may even find yourself severing relationships or distancing yourself from specific social activities. The exact impact largely depends on the natal house brought to the forefront by the Solar Return Ascendant.
Alternatively, it can also be a year when you become extremely fixated on certain matters, perhaps to the point of obsession. In any scenario, you embrace a resolute persona to effectively navigate the necessary changes that you recognize must occur in your life. The house your Mars and Pluto sits in is where you are likely to experience your need to defend or transform.
Sagittarius Rising In The Solar Return
With a Sagittarius Rising this year, a heightened sense of adventure and restlessness takes hold this year. This could be driven by a feeling of recent limitations or a sense of being trapped in a rut, motivating you to seek new experiences and break free from these constraints.
The exact destination may be unclear, as you find yourself yearning for change and exploration without a precise direction. In some instances, legal matters may demand your attention during this period.
You may find that you attract support from others or discover reasons for increased hope and optimism in your life. The positioning of Jupiter in your chart offers insights into what specifically ignites your spirit, provides you with a renewed zest for life, or fosters a sense of hopefulness.
However, it's essential to exercise caution and avoid overestimating your abilities during this year. Pay close attention to important details, including financial responsibilities like bills that require payment, and resist the temptation to gloss over them. The house your Jupiter is positioned in is likely to be where you are going to experience a need for expansion and where limitations are to be released.
Capricorn Rising In The Solar Return
With a Capricorn Rising year, your primary attention is directed towards your obligations, career-related matters, and the practical aspects of your life, including material concerns. This year, you may strongly sense the imperative to take your responsibilities seriously, and Saturn's placement in your chart can provide insights into the origins and specific areas of this sense of duty.
You become increasingly aware of the need for more control, whether over your life or your own actions. This heightened awareness may prompt you to adopt a more serious and disciplined demeanor, as you grapple with feelings of undervaluation or a desire to assert yourself more effectively.
It's crucial to avoid letting your sense of responsibility morph into rigid, black-and-white thinking that fails to consider a more balanced and flexible approach. Striking a balance between duty and personal well-being is key during this time.
The year I was a Capricorn rising was a transformational year. I met my partner one year who ended up being the father of our child 5 years later. It was also the year my business boomed. 5 years later, I was a Capricorn rising again and a new mother! As the 8th house in my natal chart is capricorn, it represented a huge transformational year for me. But As my moon is also in capricorn in my natal chart, it highlighted taking on board a load of responsibilities not just with being a new mum but from my family which was very heavy for me.
Aquarius Rising In The Solar Return
With an Aquarius Rising year, you're likely to feel a heightened need for independence and individuality during the year. This could inspire you to break free from your usual patterns and reveal a fresh and different aspect of yourself.
A degree of emotional detachment and stability is expected, which may influence your interactions and relationships. If you typically don't exhibit stubborn or highly individualistic traits, those around you might be taken aback by your behavior during this period.
While embracing your newfound independence and individuality, it's important to be mindful not to distance or alienate those close to you. Balancing the expression of your uniqueness with maintaining meaningful connections with others is a key consideration.
Pisces Rising In The Solar Return
With a Pisces Rising year, you may find yourself immersed in a profoundly dreamy and potentially aimless year. Your inclination leans towards dwelling in a world of dreams rather than attending to the meticulous details of daily life. During this time, you may choose to retreat into solitude, working on endeavors behind the scenes or nurturing a stronger need for privacy. This is a good year to be patient. If you are trying to progress your career, you may feel as though you are not gaining as much success as you expect. You may need to place your focus back onto you instead of the external desires.
This year may take on an "escapist" quality, where you're drawn to escape from the rigors of reality. A hidden or private element could occupy a significant portion of your thoughts and time throughout this period. It's common to experience a sense of restlessness, accompanied by concerns about what the future holds, which may be at the core of your desire to retreat from the world.