Every year the Sun returns to the exact position it occupied at the moment you were born.  This is the Solar Return.  This may be the date of your "birth day", the day before, or the day after, but it is when the Sun returns to the exact degree, minute, and second of your birth Sun.  The Ascendant, the Midheaven, the Nodes, and the planets, other than the Sun, will most likely be different from your natal chart as they reflect the current transits of the planets and where they will fall into your "new" birth chart for the year.

The Solar Return chart is cast for the location in which you currently live or where you will be on the day of your return, rather than for the location of your birth.  This is because the exact moment of the return will be dependent upon where you are on planet Earth when the return takes place.

By erecting a horoscope for the exact moment of return, we create the Solar Return chart, a chart showing what is in store for your coming year.  Through the Solar Return chart you can see what the year's focus will be for you, its challenges, enjoyments, and triumphs.

The chart is only applicable for 1 year and then a new Solar Return chart will come into existence for the following year at the next Solar Return.  Analyzing the Solar Return chart can help to understand the issues of the year as well as the benefits and opportunities.