Personal Moon-to-Sun Returns 2; A superior charting & interpretive method for astrological lunar returns
Transiting Moon to natal Sun Returns bring the two powerful astrological symbols, the Moon and Sun, along with the chart’s Ascendant into an effective tool for both tracking and predicting everyday life.
- The natal Sun represents one’s lifestyle, direction and core character as it has become established in adult life.
- Transiting Moon represents the daily changes that unbalance life and prompt us to address those changes.
Return charts focus on angular natal and transiting planets. These angular planets are the initiators of attitudes, actions and situations that life and the chart reflect in each other. Interpreted in ‘everyday’ terms, this tool provides early-studies, hobby and professional astrologers with a highly effective ‘go-to’ tool for prediction.
All phases of calculating and interpreting these charts, along with numerous example charts are provided. All charts are accompanied with brief analysis, many provide astrological stories that bring depth and context to the charts. Since many early-studies astrologers are limited by their use of Internet software, there is a free-to-download, free-to-use, easy-to-use open-source software program that is illustrated, step-by-step, that facilitates these Return chart calculations.
Preface: It Always Comes Down To This. We prepare for a client reading; natal, progressed and transit charts, midpoints, eclipses. And then comes a question: “When am I likely to . . .” and the whole reading goes off on a new tangent. The preparatory work goes out the window. This Preface frames the issue and presents a scene from early in David Bowie’s career to show how such a situation can be handled.
Chapter One: Moon-to-Sun Return Chart Concepts. Starts by discussing conventional Lunar Returns and the important distinctions relative to Moon-to-Sun Returns. The several layers of interpretation that can be utilized, doubled up planets (similar to ‘mutual reception’ except that signs are replaced with angles and houses). Charts bring these concepts to life.
Chapter Two: Advancing Moon-to-Sun Charts. The easiest and most intriguing charting method ever devised — one click and you are viewing a day in the life of . . . All of the techniques demonstrated here in the Ninthhouse blog site are presented with chart examples. With a focus on angular planets, interpretation and forecasting comes down to a few easy-to-apply steps.
In the next several chapters the unique and effective tools for using Moon-to-Sun Returns are presented. These tools are all familiar to the astrologer, but are used in different ways.
Chapter Three: The Part of Fortune and The Ascendant. When working with the Sun, Moon and Return charts, the relationships of these two powerful bodies shapes the whole charting and interpretive approach to astrology. The Ascendant becomes highly relevant, emphasizing the role of ‘houses’ in these charts. The Part of Fortune shows how and where the day’s Sun-Moon energies are focused. Balancing the Sun and Moon energies in relation to our chart and life style in the face of intrusive changes in daily life is important to our well-being and success.
Chapter Four: Mon-to-Sun Return Themes. The twelve house locations for a t/Moon-to-n/Sun Return placement, and the twelve pairs of house locations for a t/Moon-opposite-n/Sun Return placement are explored in this chapter. The basics are easily explained, the results are highly effective in prviewing any Return chart.
Chapter Five: Calculating Moon-to-Sun Returns. With computers, chart calculation is typically quite simple. Most moderately priced and higher priced astrological software can easily provide these specialized Return charts. Lower priced, hobby-level and Internet-based software may not be effective. This chapter shows how to use all levels of software to calculate these charts and even provides a free-to-download, free-to-use and easy-to-use comprehensive software application for readers to use.
The next chapters take the reader into further levels of charting and interpretation.
Chapter Six: Eclipses and Lunations. This extensive chapter follows the several years of Amanda Knox’s life in Italy where she was accused of murdering her college roommate. The charts show how various eclipses added insight into the happenings in this twisted story.
Chapter Seven: Working with Alternate Charts. Amazingly, a Return chart based on a natal “noon” chart produces a chart very close to a Return chart based on a “timed” natal chart. The reason relates to the relative motion of the fast Moon and slow Sun. Anita Moorjani was very ill and later ‘died’ in the hospital, only to recover in a few hours time fully cured of the cancer that had destroyed her body. This story not only illustrates how “noon-natal charts” are used but takes us into displacing the MC into the ninth house and eleventh house cusps to reveal very different perspectives on our experiences.
Chapter Eight: Interpreting Houses in Moon-to-Sun Return charts. Each house relates to other houses. Understanding these house relationships can deepen our understanding of the Return chart and actually make or interpretation work easier. Houses, in Return charts, become more important than ‘signs.’
Chapter Nine: Everyday Planets. Angular planets often have aspect relationships to other planets, natal or transiting. This chapter addresses each ‘planet’; Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Part of Fortune, MC and Ascendant in terms of pairings with other ‘planets.’ Each planet is also defined in terms of character traits, attitudes and perceptions, feelings, actions and activities, situations and environments, career and avocation. This is a concise reference tool.
Chapter Ten: Dealing With Everyday Life. This chapter presents a real, as it unfolded, life story of a woman dealing with a series of events in her life. A phone interview and e-mail correspondance frames this exploration. A ‘Look-Ahead-Diary’ format was provided to guide her actions and serve as a reference to what would and did happen over the course of a few months time. The ‘Look-Ahead-Diary’ technique is one that astrologers can easily adapt when using these Moon-to-Sun Returns charts.
Chapter Eleven: Summarizing What Has Been Presented. With the array of rich material presented earlier in the book, it seemed appropriate to take the reader thru a summary of each and every tool previously presented so as to tie it all together.
Chapter Twelve: Example Charts. Thirty seven sets of Return and Advanced charts, and the stories that they represent, provide a rich reference library of examples and study guides. For each chart the primary patterns are noted and explained.
This review should serve the reader in assessing the value of this book for their needs. I have placed all of the essential information and insights gained in the past three years while working on the almost two thousand charts that formed the basis of my experience with these Returns. It was three years ago that I discovered a small booklet by Therese Sweeney, written in 1981, which advocated the use of Moon-to-Sun Returns. One example chart was presented. Recognizing the value of what she was proposing, and with the help of a computer, I developed and refined the techniques presented here and shaped them into the best forecasting tool that I have discovered in forty five years of astrological practice. Dave.