When I came to the section of the book I'm using that deals with Venus, it was mentioned that Venus returns to approximately the same position in the solar return chart every 8 years. It was suggested that one take a look at previous solar return (SR) charts when Venus occupied the same location that it will in the coming year.
I'm not sure why I didn't do this last year, when I worked with this book for the first time, but I tried it this time nonetheless.
Backing up 8 years from the coming solar return, that was the time that my mother moved from a rehabilitation facility to home hospice, i.e. the beginning of the end for her. It was also the last time that I attended the main annual North American conference in my academic discipline. I'm planning to attend that conference this year.
Backing up 8 years further, my husband and I were in our first house and were--naturally--working on home improvements. (This year, once again, seems to be one for home improvements.) I was living in the Atlanta area at that time, had made friends with some gay Muslims, and was looking for a local tariqat affiliation.
Backing up 8 years more, I was teaching as a graduate assistant for the first time.
8 years prior to that, I was a senior in college, dealing with love life complications and trying to figure out what to (attempt to) do for a career.
8 years prior to that, I was in 8th grade, having just returned to public school after spending a year at a private school.
8 years prior to that, I was in kindergarten.
Each time, Venus was in late 21 or early 22 Virgo, in the 1st house of my natal chart, and direct (i.e., not retrograde).
A number of notable beginnings, and endings.