Stepping into August, it is my birthday month. I feel very energised ever since the transiting Sun moves to Leo, where my natal Sun is located. Often I write on birthday cards with "many happy returns" as greeting note. Have you ever wondered what it means precisely? It is a blessing that the return of the transiting Sun conjunct your natal Sun will bring you auspicious moment and a general dose of positive energy. It is possible to have different kind of returns for example Mars return, Venus return or lunar return. On birthday time it is the return of the Sun that we are celebrating, and the transiting Sun takes approximately a year to come back to the same zodiac degree – hence technically your birthday could be a day or two off before or after your actual date of birth.
I thought it is interesting to share my approach on astrological prediction. As people who know me my mind is not particularly clever so when it comes to calculation and analysis I take the broad strokes and make things simple as best as I can. A lot of times seeing the big picture will be all that is necessary to make sound decisions. My approach can do just that. And then if my clients want the specifics, I will move on to use Tarot as a divinatory tool. That's why I love to use both as with them we can be comprehensive, or at least try. Before Tarot I used to do horary chart on specific issues, I don't use this branch of astrology now, because to me Tarot is faster and more colourful. Also because horary needs a lot of precision and detailed observation which is taking me forever. Horary astrologers are clever tribe. Okay I just digressed.
Here is what I do for astrological prediction, and I will try to explain this with the least technical astro jargons:
I usually do a 'big' prediction once a year during birthday time. I will look at the profection time lord of the year, this shows pretty much the key theme of that year. I will study the profected house of the Ascendant, the condition of its ruler and the planets in that house. Then I will print off a monthly profection sub-lord list for my clients, explaining to him the secondary key theme of the 12 month starting from his birthday.
I will computer-calculate a Solar return chart, firstly looking at the house where the Sun is located. This is another clue on the theme of the year. I will study the Ascendant of the Solar return chart, overlay the chart with the client's natal chart to find out where the Solar return Ascendant is located in the natal chart. I will also look at the condition of the Moon, Part of Fortune, MC and Mercury in the Solar return chart in relation to the natal chart. Then I will observe the transiting Jupiter and Saturn in the natal chart, and after that follow my intutition to check anything else that pops up. With all these notes usually there will be double whammies found which will give supporting evidence to my chart interpretation.
Once the story is told, I will move on with a Tarot reading, which could be a 12 month prediction or a Celtic cross reading addressing a specific issue. To me this will be enough to give quite a vivid picture of the coming 12 months from the birthday. See, it is not so dfficult, or is it? I look forward to be of service to you one day, my friend.