17 SOLAR RETURN REPORT FOR BRENDA in the past, and finally moving beyond it. What comes forward into the light of day for better understanding and acceptance may also include problems in handling aggression from others. With Mercury in flowing aspect to Saturn in your Solar Return chart, over this twelvemonth period leading up to your next birthday there is an emphasis on structuring your mind. It could be that these types of issues stem from early experiences either as a child with parental trauma or as a young person dealing with your peers. It's likely that you will now confront your own past wounds in this area in a more assertive and proactive way. You are beginning to learn firsthand how to become more assertive, not from the standpoint of bluff and bluster, but rather from the standpoint of a deeper sense of selfconfidence. There is also the potential for anger to come up over the course of this year, which will have the effect of tuning you in to where you have been traumatized in the past and where you still hold onto patterns of behavior that no longer serve you in the present. You have the potential to use this spiritual sword with greater wisdom, cutting through any sense of intimidation that previously held you back from personal renewal. Mercury in sextile (within 4.5 degrees) with Saturn The planetary energies flow together, open into new possibilities, new connections. This is a year-long period when you will take a turn towards more serious thoughts. It's possible that you will concentrate your mental powers on one or two specific projects or learning endeavors in order to insure they are completed with precision and perfection. You could also have a major decision to make this year, perhaps concerning a matter ruled by the house in which Mercury is placed. It could be a difficult judgment, and one where it is important to consider long-term benefits above all else. The decision you do make must therefore be made carefully. This serious cast of mind is sobering. Difficulties may arise, but they are in your life right now for the purpose of growth. You are being called to realistically assess a situation and make necessary adjustments that will lead you toward greater mental maturity. After this twelve-month period when you are able to so concentrate your thinking and your focus has passed, you are likely to be forever changed. You might look back on this time period to find that you retain the gift of a systematic mindset that continues to help you ground your ideas into tangible reality.
18 SOLAR RETURN REPORT FOR BRENDA Mercury in opposition (within 4.5 degrees) with Uranus The planetary energies are polarized; outer events stimulate their interaction; integration is the challenge. With Mercury in dynamic aspect to Uranus in your Solar Return chart, over this twelvemonth period leading up to your next birthday, there is a mental emphasis on freedom of thought and the uninhibited expression of your ideas. This is a year-long period when It is likely that you will be feeling the contrast between your original and progressive thoughts and the drag of consensus thinking. Your conversation, while inspired, might leave others behind, as your mind is able to leap tall concepts in a single bound and you could throw them off at the curve. You also have the potential for making sudden and disruptive decisions that you could come to regret later on, or for breaking down your ideas as they appear, without giving them the chance to fully materialize. You could also suffer from anxiety or nervous tension since your mind is so zapped with novel thought patterns. This will continue unless and until you can manage to start trusting your intuition. You win in this way when you decide to "go with the flow" wherever it takes you. You will also benefit from tempering your wildest notions with a measure of caution and circumspection. Over this year-long period your intuition provides much valuable information, coming to you in flashes of insight. It helps to recognize that this year is unusual, and that your electromagnetically charged thoughtforms will refuse to be confined. These higher frequency vibrations can get you into trouble but will also bring you ideas that are not usually acknowledged within the limits of purely physical reality. An inventive or even eccentric mind combined with such an enlightened intellect can take you far this year. This is especially so if you have the courage of your convictions, and when you combine these with a dash of practicality to see your vision through. Mercury in quintile (within 1.2 degrees) with Pluto The planetary energies are positively linked, subtle, and spiritual in dimension. With Mercury in minor flowing aspect to Pluto in your Solar Return chart, over this twelvemonth period leading up to your next birthday your mental emphasis is on your ability to penetrate consciously into the deepest levels of your own and others' needs and desires. Over the course of this year-long period, you have the ability to see deeply into your own