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Planets in Solar Returns: Yearly Cycles of Transformation & Growth Paperback – February 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0962662683 ISBN-10: 0962662682 Edition: Revised

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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Twin Stars Unlimited; Revised edition (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962662682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962662683
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The text is the result of 10 years research into solar return charts. The new, revised edition has 50 pages of new information added including numerous chart examples.

From the Back Cover

Here is everything you want to know about Solar Returns!

Information based on the author's experience interpreting hundreds of Solar Return charts for clients.

An explanation of the significance of interceptions, retrogrades, aspects, hemispheric or quadrant emphasis, and preponderance or lack of an element or quality in a Solar Return.

An interpretation of each planet in every house of a Solar Return - the most important factors in Mary Fortier Shea's experience.

A guide to "timing" in the Solar Return coordinated with transits, secondary progressions, and solar arcs.

A chapter on combining natal charts and Solar Returns in a double wheel technique.

Through this book, Mary Fortier Shea concentrates on a complete description of possibilities. Her examples range from spiritual transitions, starting a new business, love affairs, marriage, issues involving children and parents, health, education, writing and publishing books, relocation, income changes, career transitions, and much more. She covers both positive and negative possibilities for the different Solar Return placements and configurations she discusses.


More About the Author

Mary Fortier Shea, M.A. Counseling Psychology, is an internationally acclaimed author, lecturer, counselor, and professional astrologer in private practice since 1978. A lifelong student of mysticism and metaphysics, Mary integrates spiritual principles with psychological concepts to foster personal growth, give clarity to life purpose and vocation, and harmonize the body, heart and mind. For the past 30 years, Mary has developed and conducted creative education programs on astrology and pathways to Higher Consciousness. She presently lives in Connecticut and continues to write on these topics. You can view her most current writings and contact information on her website at www.maryshea.com.

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Clearly written,easy to read,concise.
IRSAN ISYBANI
THAT is bringing divination down to a single page with astrological glyphs in a circle, to be interpreted by a good astrologer.
Barbara Hamaker
The book still gets five stars because it deserves it.
M. Miller

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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a revised edition of a book originally published in 1992. Mary Shea, who has a M.A. in Counseling Psychology, has written a comprehensive book on the subject of solar returns. The author has found solar returns to be most useful for understanding self development and inner growth; her book specializes in the psychological issues represented in the solar return chart.
Ms. Shea's counseling talent is well represented as she describes the range of issues likely to manifest in any year, along with valuable advice on how to make best use of the time. The author has a mature understanding of the kinds of personal issues that can emerge in an astrological consultation; i.e. self esteem, creativity, intimacy issues, anger, making this an excellent reference for those astrologers working with clients. The ideas given here can be applied in client work; it is constructive throughout and contained within the scope of most astrologer's skills. Although she addresses a wide range of possibilities - from spiritual transitions to business concerns - she stays within the range of issues that most astrologers can safely address in a consultation; this work is not designed to trigger emotional minefields or process very difficult therapeutic issues.
In the beginning of her text, Ms. Shea demonstrates the cyclic patterns that the Sun and Moon make in successive solar return charts - a phenomena that occurs if one stays in the same location (and is not too far south or north in latitude). One of the strengths of her book is in placing the solar return in a cyclic context, showing how one can take advantage of opportunities for each year while preparing for the next year.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Miller on October 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a seminal book in 20th century astrology. It is strikingly accurate, and very accessible to a reader who may have never understood the concept of solar returns prior to reading it. The writing style belongs to a professional psychologist without being clinical. The book makes the novice want to check solar returns for the past decade on every chart that they follow, in order to understand how the author's extensive insight applies to real situations.

So what's wrong with the update? Many readers are probably curious how Chiron and the Nodes fit into a Solar Return (SR) picture, but the updated version attempts no new discussion.

A discussion of SR planets that fall very close to the SR Ascendent or Midheaven would have been most useful (the author highlights the possibilities inherent in a SR transit of the Ascendent without considering the unique interpretations associated with such a placement, regardless of transit). In the event that there is no difference, such an insight from an author with Shea's platform would have been instructive for the less experienced.

A little more synthesis of outer planet placements might have also helped. Read this book carefully, and even a novice can figure out that a SR with an 8th house Sun, 1st house Uranus, and 10th house Pluto will be an utter make-or-break year for a subject. To her credit, the author does cover less obvious combinations than this one, but she doesn't do it quite enough to satisfy.

And one other thing that I really hoped to see that wasn't there. Some discussion of folks who have travelled more than once to adjust their SR charts. She relates one example of a woman who overused this strategy until it was no longer effective for her.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
This new addition of the author's old work adds even more great information to a wonderful book! Shea's description of the planets in Solar Return Houses is practically infallible.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ebi Poweigha on October 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book five years ago, and have referred to it so much my copy is tattered and scribbled in. I love this book. I love everything about this book, including the areas I feel Ms. Shea is weak in. Her psychology training shows clearly, as her psychological interpretations of the Solar Return planetary placements is spot-on. She has not been wrong about any one placement on that level.

On the other side of things, her interpretations of the events that accompany a particular placement are usually terrible, or way off the mark. This is fine for someone familiar with astrology enough to know to ignore those parts; I give her five stars for even trying. I wish the aspects would be described more fully, but am glad she included them, and with her usual psychological accuracy.

She goes into some depth about the cycles that pervade Solar Returns, which is lovely since one might not notice that right away (especially if the reader is young). She also describes the effect of hemisphere, quadrant, and element on the Solar Return. This book is highly complete, thoroughly written, and gives you a solid understanding of Solar Returns without cluttering your head with jargon (astrological or psychological).

It's a wonderful book!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Darrel W. Gunter on July 17, 2006
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Ms. Shea puts the annual "solar return" into the larger perspective by giving us the astronomical pattern the "solar returns" follow. This book and Mr. Merriman's revised and updated "solar return" book together will give you everything you need to make your annual "solar return" understandable in both the practical sense and in the larger picture. Then, hopefully, you can take the authors's sugestions on celebrating and using it, as well!
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