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Planets in Solar Returns:

Yearly Cycles of Transformation & Growth - 3rd Edition

Here is everything you want to know about Solar Returns! The information is based on the author’s experience interpreting hundreds of solar return charts for clients. Included is an explanation of the significance of interceptions, retrogradation, aspects, hemispheric or quadrant emphasis, and the preponderance or lack of an element or quality. An interpretation of each planet in every house of the solar return is given as this is the most important factor in Mary Fortier Shea’s experience. Mary also gives a guide to “timing” in the solar return in coordination with transits, secondary progressions, and solar arcs. Interpretations with both single solar return chart wheels and double chart wheels with the natal are demonstrated.

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.

Review: Astrological Society of Connecticut Newsletter 10/2021

Mary Shea's book is like my "Bible of Solar Returns"

by Deane Driscoll

You should see my poor (but very well loved) original copy of Mary Shea's Planets in Solar Returns! (pages full of yellow highlighting and copious comments are now in plastic page protectors in a 3-ring binder). My daughter has several times threatened to purchase a new one for me, but I have always declined for the simple reason that I have penned many notes in it over the years and at this point I would be lost without it. It's like my own personal Bible of Solar Returns.


During the past 25 years, I have read at least two dozen other books specifically devoted to the solar return chart, but I always return to Mary Shea's. Because even after all this time, it's still the best one out there. I recommend it to students and professionals alike. What can I say? If Mary had a fan club, I would be the President.

THE TRADE PAPERBACK IS AVAILABLE from Mary Shea directly, at most foreign and domestic Amazon websites, at other various online booksellers around the world, and at your local bookstore through Lightening Source and Ingram Distribution - ISBN 9781930310254.

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