When the transiting Sun returns to the exact place it was during your birth, by zodiac sign and degree, it’ll signify the activation of your solar return. Out of all the planetary returns, a solar return is probably the one that you are most familiar with. Solar returns are an annual alignment that we celebrate as our birthday. It’s a cosmic indication that we are a year older as we have completed another cycle around the Sun.
Solar returns strengthen the influence of your Sun sign— so, if you’re a daring Aries Sun, you’re more likely to initiate your birthday plans but get riled up of things don’t actualize as you imagined.
Solar returns aren’t just charged by the placement of the Sun in your birth chart. It’s also dependent on the condition of the transiting Sun as it crosses over that placement. You have to pay attention to the transits (real-time astrological energy) on your birthday to foreshadow how the day will unfold for you. Similarly, Solar returns strengthen the influence of your Sun sign— so, if you’re a daring Aries Sun, you’re more likely to initiate your birthday plans but get riled up of things don’t actualize as you imagined. As the planet that oversees your being, vitality, and presence in the world, these themes are amplified on your solar return, making you more likely to process who you are becoming and where you want to go next in life.
It makes sense why your solar return is one day out of the year where you’re almost guaranteed to receive more attention and recognition — the Sun is the planet of ego and light after all. Whether it’s directly or energetically, you command attention on your birthday. This is why disappointments or getting caught up in superficialities can happen if things don’t go as you’d planned. Solar returns create a blend of energy between who you think you are and what you believe you deserve. Anything happening outside of your own world will seem unimportant to you at that moment, and you’re likely to take it personally if the people in your life don’t pay you the same attention.
You’re more susceptible to ego wounds during your solar return — the type of emotional bruises caused by an attack on your pride, identity, or self-worth. It’s common to take things more personally or to have a very self-interested perspective and “Why me?” attitude. The ego is fed by factors outside of yourself and solar power is fuelled by external praise and reward. Yes, solar returns are your time to shine, but there are more positive ways to channel this magnetic energy.
On your next birthday, notice when you are getting too caught up in how the day should unfold. Turn your attention back toward yourself, regardless of what others are doing. Get clear on your aspirations for the next year and envision the highest version of yourself that you are becoming. How do they live life and take to the spotlight? How can you make a conscious effort to become this person each day? Celebrate yourself and set the right energetic tone for the year ahead of you.