1953 Tropical Solar Return

Marilyn Bell’s 1953 Tropical Solar Return; an exercise comparing different types of Solar Return charts

The First In A Series Of Charts comparing Tropical and Sidereal Solar Return and Daily charts.

Following Marilyn Bells 1953 birthday she went on to accomplish a notable feat, she became the first person to ever swim the 40 mile distance across Lake Ontario.  Before we get to that subject, let us take a look at her 1953 Tropical Zodiac based Solar Return, interpreting it as would many astrologers using methods given in many current and popular books.  Later we will compare a precession-corrected Solar Return using my methods.  We will initially look at the charts as if we, the consulting astrologer did not know of her significant achievement that was to take place many months later.

The Tropical 1953 Solar Return Chart

1)  Transiting Sun-Saturn-Neptune-Sun/natal is in the 2nd house; suggesting that a personal sense of value could be achieved this year if she practiced the self-discipline that would be required of her.  The presence of Neptune indicates idealism, dreams and self-vision will be part of her focus for the year.  2) To make the situation more critical, natal Asecendant and Mercury conjuncts transiting Neptune, adding to the implied personal vision/dreams that she felt were important to her at this time.

3) Transiting Moon is at the Descendant with natal North Node at the IC; Moon at this location highlights a need for recognition and acceptance by another, the acceptance of support and encouragement from others, while the natal N.Node points to new friends and new approaches to setting one’s own values.  The chart’s orientation places the natal Moon in the 8th house, opposite the busy stellium in the Libra 2nd house — essentially this Tropical solar return chart echos the natal theme with the natal Moon at the natal Descendant.  4) Transiting Mars in the 1st house conjuncts natal Neptune; This configuration energizes Marilyn’s dreams and self-vision, adding power to the transiting Neptune over the natal Ascendant and Mercury.

5)  It is easier to see the relationships between all of these critical players in her 1953 Solar Return chart if we create a Similarity Diagram, such as follows:



This manner of representing the planets and angles of the chart makes it clear that the whole Ascendant-opposite-Moon pattern is being activated this year by the Sun and Neptune.  It doesn’t take much of a stretch to see that transiting Saturn near the Sun-Sun-n/Asc.  position broadly links to t/Mars-n/Neptune opposite n/Saturn.  One can stretch to find a lot of connections here, the question is, “can one make logical sense of them such that they can be used to help the client.”  The point is that we can choose to include all or many of these patterns, or we can be selective and choose only those that are within close orb of the classical aspects.

If we knew, as a consulting astrologer, that Marilyn Bell was a swimmer with big goals, we could look at transiting Neptune conjunct natal Ascendant and Mercury and say, “You will be taking a trip by water” or we might see transiting Saturn conjunct the chart’s Sun-Sun and say, “You will be required to study and train very hard this year.”  How would that help the client? When would these statements be mare applicable in the  coming year, or at a specific date?

This takes us to the next question:  When will these primary indications likely take place? In my next posting we will look at some of the more typical approaches taken by Tropical Astrologers.  Meanwhile, questions and comments are always welcome, here, or via my e-mail at dadsnook@charter.net       Dave


About dadsnook

Dave has been exploring cyclic astrology since the mid-1970's. CYCLIC astrology utilizes both Return charts and planetary-pair cycles for short-term prediction. These practices and nine years of archived material are available for study or reading at ninthhouse.wordpress.com A new book, Personal Prediction ISBN 978-9-615-63033-5, has been published and the MC-Solar Cycle technique is now supported through a recognized software provider so that all students and practicing astrologers can apply these techniques for their own use. Recently, Dave has been exploring a new charting format:, transiting Moon to natal Sun Return charts. These moon-sun returns show how we can maintain or deal with change in our lives. A book, Personal Moon-to-Sun Returns 2 has been released in 2015. Contact Dave for details at dadsnook@charter.net Dave is a retired business systems analyst and automation systems engineer, enjoys woodcarving and tarot in addition to astrology.
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One Response to 1953 Tropical Solar Return

  1. dadsnook says:

    I first discovered Marilyn Bell in a birth chart data book, Profiles of Women, many years ago. I looked at the S/R and daily charts and decided to keep them for future use in a book. Now, 15 years later, I’ve used them on this blog site. I do have the book almost finished, but Marilyn Bell’s story is not in there as it did not fit the “teaching” needs of the book in terms of the examples used.

    http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Main_Page is the URL for one of the best chart data sites available on the Internet. You can find thousands of known people listed there with biographies.

    As for the techniques I use, they are derived from the Sidereal practices of Cyril Fagan who re-presented the Sidereal Zodiac in the mid-1900’s. I have adapted some of his practices to improve the interpretive results and accuracy that I get from using these cyclic charts. Dave


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