Introducing The Returns

All planets intermittently return to the position they were in at the time of one's birth. We say "many happy returns" when wishing friends a happy birthday — for a birthday marks the completion of the Earth's journey around the Sun and back to the place it was in one year previously, and indeed when we were born.

The most interesting return influence is that ofJupiter. It takes 12 years to orbit the Sun — and so every 12 years we get our Jupiter Return. Incidentally, this is one indication where Chinese astrology and Western astrology meet: in Chinese astrology, the year of our sign — the Monkey, the Dog, or whatever — comes round every 12 years and is said to be propitious for us. As will be seen, these indications are very similar to those of the Jupiter Return.

The Saturn Return occurs roughly every 30 years, so we experience our first as we approach 30, the next as 60 looms, and as more of us are living much longer, we experience our third when we are 90 years old.

The influence of Uranus is very powerful. The planet takes 84 years to orbit the Sun. Therefore, we get our quarter Return when we are 21, our very strong half-Uranus Return at around 40 to 42, and our full Uranus Return at 84. Chiron takes some 50 years to come back to the position it was in when we were born.

Chinese astrology and

Western astrology share similarities when It comes to the Jupiter Return, which, like in Chinese astrology, follows a 12-year pattern.

Chinese astrology and

Western astrology share similarities when It comes to the Jupiter Return, which, like in Chinese astrology, follows a 12-year pattern.

This astrological clockface illustrates, in a sense, how planets revolve on their orbits and return to former positions at regular intervals - an area of astrology know as "the returns".

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