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Solar Power: Planning Your 2021

I recently attended a talk by naturopath and astrologer Kira Sutherland where she provided some great tips for bridging astrology and natural remedies to focus on wellness for the year ahead. While the talk had many good insights and focused heavily on harnessing Saturn in Aquarius and Hygiea in Leo for cultivating healthy habits, one of my biggest takeaways was a brief digression into noting one’s personal Solar Power days for the year.

So, what are Solar Power days? And how does one go about identifying them?

First, let’s talk a bit about the Sun. While the luminaries can be associated with many things in astrology, they play a prominent role in specialized areas like electional or medical astrology. The Moon generally represents all things related to the body, emotions, cycles, habits, fertility and fortune. Meanwhile, the Sun correlates with one’s energy levels, vitality or prana.

On days when our natal Sun is well-aspected, we receive an energetic boost or “zhuzh” from the universe. These are our Solar Power days. On the corollary, when it is poorly-aspected by transit, we can find our battery running low. Think of these as Solar Depletion days. It is at these times that we may be more susceptible to illness or just feeling like we are running on fumes.

With the start of a new year, this is a great time to plan ahead and identify those dates and then notate them in our diaries or calendars. For our Solar Power days, this is a great time to take advantage of the cosmic boost, while on our Solar Depletion days, we may want to make sure we don’t push ourselves too hard or maybe even plan a little TLC on those specific days.

So, now to go about identifying them.

Solar Power days are the soft aspects with your natal Sun (conjunction, trine), while the Solar Depletion days are those days with hard aspects to your natal Sun (opposition, square, quincunx). For reference:

  • Conjunction = 0 degrees aka your "solar return" or birthday (Solar Power)

  • Square = 90 degrees (Solar Depletion)

  • Trine = 120 degrees (Solar Power)

  • Quincunx = 150 degrees (Solar Depletion)

  • Opposition = 180 degrees (Solar Depletion)

First, locate the degree of your Sun in your natal chart. Identify the above aspects based on your natal chart. Then use an ephemeris to determine which days this year the Sun will be at those particular degrees and make note of them in your diary.

Example. Person with natal Sun at 12 degrees Virgo.

Solar Power days

  • 12 degrees Virgo (conjunction);

  • 12 degrees Capricorn & 12 degrees Taurus (trines)

Solar Depletion days

  • 12 degrees Sagittarius & 12 degrees Gemini (squares);

  • 12 degrees Aquarius & 12 degrees Aries (quincunxes);

  • 12 degrees Pisces (opposition)

Next, use an ephemeris to see which dates the Sun will be transiting those degrees during 2021. In the case of the example above:

2021 Solar Power days

  • January 3rd

  • May 3rd

  • September 5th

2021 Solar Depletion days

  • February 1st

  • March 3rd

  • April 2nd

  • June 3rd

  • December 4th

Hopefully this little trick helps you in your annual planning!

In peace & love,


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