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Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2004 7:37 pm    Post subject: Solar REturn book? Reply with quote

CAn anyone recommend a good text for reviewing Solar REturn charts?

thank you,

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Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2004 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Granny,

The best book I have come across on Solar Returns is by Mary Fortier Shea called 'Planets in Solar Returns - Yearly Cycles of Transformation and Growth.' It's not a cheap book but then I probably bought it when the Aussie dollar was particularly bad. It is definitely a book worth having if you like working with SR charts.

Another book you may want to look at is by Ray Merriman and is called 'The New Solar Return Book of Prediction.' Ray is a very well respected astrologer, particularly in the field of financial astrology. His book on Solar Returns is interesting but I can't agree with his method of finding the spot in the world that will give the best SR chart (ie setting your intentions for the year and finding the location that will support those intentions) and flying there for the day. Of course, I'd be happy to do some research into this area and fly somewhere in the world for each birthday but these days I barely have the train fare to the airport.
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Posted: Sat Dec 11, 2004 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sue, I have to agree about Mary Shea's book on solar returns, and confess I haven't looked at the Merriman book. My only question about Shea is that she clearly states that a solar return should be looked at just like a natal chart insorfar as predicting for the year, and not be compared to the original natal chart. This does simplify things, but of course, as always, other astrologers profess to do the opposite and compare the two.

One of my favorite books on predicting is Celeste Teal's Identifiying Planetary Triggers. In it she unites the many predictive techniques, including the solar return, and shows how together they paint a whole picture. Teal devotes an entire chapter to solar returns, and like Shea she looks at the individual soar return chart in itself. However, Teal's book goes further and puts the predictive methods together, such as secondary progressions, planetary returns, and so on and uses all of them to explain what is happening in one's life so that one can better deal with the situation.

I like this book because it is easy to read and understand, and fits nicely in with my idea of astrological sythesis as opposed to just looking at one thing like the solar return chart.

Feel free to disagree with me. Smile
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Philip Graves

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Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 6:30 pm    Post subject: Books on solar returns Reply with quote

Hello Deb - and everyone.

I haven't had the opportunity to read most of these yet, but there are quite a few other books on solar returns out there. There is an archive of the extensive former stock list of the (long defunct) Astrology Bookshop in London as it used to be before a change of management several years ago, which makes for very useful investigation when one is looking to learn up on a particular area of astrology by buying the classic texts on it! - from there, click "Progressions and Returns", and you will see titles by Marc Penfield and Cynthia Bohannon in addition to the two already mentioned in this strand. However, whether or not either is an improvement on or adds anything worth paying the price of the book to Mary Fortier Shea's work I would rather doubt.

But there are two other modern in-print ones that are widely recommended: "Solar Returns Formulas and Analyses" by Nance McCullough, and 'Interpreting Solar and Lunar Returns" by Janey Stubbs and Babs Kirby

Additionally, there some classic texts on solar returns that are available second-hand or, in the first case, new, which I personally intend to investigate in the future, when I have the requisite time and money, including:

"Astrologia Gallica Book 23: Revolutions" by Jean-Baptiste Morin
"Interpreting Solar Returns" by James Eshelman (rare and expensive second-hand)
"Solar and Lunar Returns" by John Filbey (rare and expensive second-hand)
"The Technique of Solar Returns" by Alexandre Volguine (expensive second-hand, but still listed for sale new in the original French at a more affordable price from and

Then there is also the Project Hindsight volume "On Solar Revolutions, Part II" by Abu Ma'Shar. I'm not sure if any copies of this are left, and it's a pity that only Part II ever appeared. I was much too late in learning astrology at a more advanced level to sign up for the original Project Hindsight subscriptions, so I missed out on this - and have not seen any copies second-hand. Nonetheless, I'm much looking forward to Professor Charles Burnett's eventual publication of his work-in-progress translation of Abu Ma'Shar's "Great Introduction to the Science of Astrology", which Professor Burnett expects to be published in three or four years from now. But I honestly don't know whether Abu Ma'Shar's treatise on solar revolutions formed a part of the Great Introduction or was an entirely separate work!

Finally, siderealists champion a work by Donald Bradley on solar and lunar returns. This is likely to be the last on my list of priorties, even though it is supposed to be very good of its kind!

Well, I hope if nothing else that these additional titles lead anyone reading this who wants to know all there is to learn about solar returns to some further investigations!

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