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Planets In Solar Returns by Mary Fortier Shea


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Astrology Books:  Planets In Solar Returns by Mary Fortier Shea

Throughout this book, Planets In Solar Returns, 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.

Title:  Planets In Solar Returns
Author:  Mary Fortier Shea
Isbn:  9780962662683
Year:  1998
Format:  Paperback, Revised Ed (Reprinted 2004 - 2007)
Category:  Astrology Books

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Planets In Solar Returns by Mary Fortier Shea. Here is everything you want to know about Solar Returns!  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.

1. Information based on the author's experience interpreting hundreds of Solar Return charts for clients.
2. 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.
3. An interpretation of each planet in every house of a Solar Return—the most important factors in Mary Fortier Shea's experience.
4. A guide to "timing" in the Solar Return coordinated with transits, secondary progressions, and solar arcs.
5. A chapter on combining natal charts and Solar Returns in a double wheel technique.

Throughout this book, Planets In Solar Returns, 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. Mary Fortier Shea covers both positive and negative possibilities for the different Solar Return placements and configurations she discusses.

Review:

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; Mary Shea's book specializes in the psychological issues represented in the solar return chart.

Mary 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. Mary Shea 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 - Mary Shea 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, Mary 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, Planets In Solar Returns 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.

Retrograde planets, hemispheric emphasis, element and mode balance are covered before a discussion of planets paired by aspect. The main part of her text, however, is the planet's position by house, which Mary Shea has found to be the most important influence. (This work emphasizes reading the solar return chart as a separate chart, without reference back to the natal.) Mary Shea writes for at least a page on each planet in each house, making this a very thorough text. She reports many events from her client files, with the view that the actual events have been motivated by the inner urges.

I have refereed to Mary Shea's work often in working with solar returns and have recommended it to those ready for a new focus in their studies. Mary Shea is positive, growth oriented, experienced, and communicates in a very clear and well organized way. (For readers familiar with the earlier version, this edition has expanded sample charts and interpretations, as well as some new graphics.)

reviewed by Mary Plumb of "The Mountain Astrologer Magazine" in the jan/feb 2000 issue


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