An interpretation of the solar return chart only makes sense against the backdrop of the natal chart. It makes little sense to interpret it on its own. The following list includes the main criteria for interpretation:

The Solar Ascendant: It shows an individual's approach to life in general in the coming year.
The Solar Medium Coeli: It shows the general aim in the coming year.
These houses will be activated:
The natal houses in which the solar Ascendant and Medium Coeli fall.
The natal house and the solar house in which the ruler of the solar Ascendant stands.
The solar house in which the Sun stands.
Any solar house with three or more solar planets in it.
Planets which aspect the axes in the solar return chart - they are particularly significant if they are conjunct the Ascendant.
Repetition of aspects: Aspects that occur in both the solar chart and the natal chart are particularly significant. When this happens the themes this aspect represents in the natal chart are emphasised and can find new forms of expression or impetus. For example, if there is a square between Saturn and the Sun in the natal chart and a trine between the same two planets in the solar return chart, the horoscope owner will probably find it easier to cope with Saturn/Sun themes in the coming year.
Any planets in the natal chart which receive many aspects from solar planets will be activated in the coming year.
It is not necessary to carry out such a detailed psychological interpretation of the solar return chart as is the case with the natal chart. It is possible to be far more concrete - although this doesn't mean [[Event Prediction|prediction of events]]. The natal chart reveals the deeper motivations whereas the solar return chart is more concerned with current events.

The Sun is not the only "planet" for which it is possible to erect a return chart - this can also be done for the Moon (Lunar Return Chart), for Mercury (Mercury Return Chart), Venus (Venus Return Chart) and Mars (Mars Return Chart).