May 2016 Astrology Column

Transformational Astrology

May 2016

– by Henry Seltzer


The astrology of May features Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto. This is a complex month when inner planet retrogrades bring a sense of confusion and potential upset, switching gears, and when all three outer planets are once again very much in evidence, signaling transformation. Mercury is retrograde for the entire month, and then some, when you take the period of its retrograde shadow into account. Mercury stations direct on Sunday, May 22nd, one day after a dramatic Full Moon that is closely conjunct retrograde Mars, so that this is one particularly strong weekend of the entire Mercury retrograde period. Mercury finally escapes its retrograde shadow next month, on June 7th. It is also fascinating to note that when the New Moon comes along, on Friday, May 6th, the Sun and Moon make a grand trine in Earth signs with Jupiter and Pluto, bringing the volatile forming square between Jupiter and Saturn fully into the picture, and Uranus-Pluto as well. This grand trine is formed once again when Mercury stations two weeks later, at 14 degrees of Taurus. Jupiter in mid-Virgo stations this month also, and remains in all month in close contra-parallel with Neptune in Pisces, opposite Jupiter. With all the outer planets triggered in this way, what we have is another rather intense monthly cycle, with plenty of introspective moments and with other-dimensional intimations that nudge us into the personal evolution that our higher selves have apparently long ago signed up for.


Venus is the personal planet that pairs with Mars, as in female – male energies, and as exemplified also by the fact that they rule the opposite signs of Libra and Aries, Taurus and Scorpio. For almost the entire month of May, Venus is in Taurus, the sign she rules, and is therefore quite strong, especially at the time of the May 6th Taurus New Moon when she also makes an inconjunct aspect to retrograde Mars, now running backward through the sign of Sagittarius. Venus makes another contact with retrograde Mercury in Taurus, a conjunction, on Friday, May 13th, in the exact timing also of the First Quarter Moon. These interesting combinations with retrograde personal planets signify an emphasis on areas that Venus rules: art, beauty, earth magic, connecting with others around us and especially with important partners. These subjects are therefore on our minds and in our hearts for most of the month, when we will be looking beneath the covers of our artistic and our relationship dynamics for the underlying motivation.


With Jupiter and Saturn coming into the third and final pass of their perfect square alignment, this is also an exciting month for their own contrast in archetypal energies. Jupiter stations to direct motion on May 9th, the same morning when Mercury conjuncts the Sun, marking one peak of the retrograde period. The New Moon of May 6th makes a potent grand trine with Jupiter and Pluto, repeated when Mercury stations direct on the 22nd, so that all through the month this dance of the social planets is very much emphasized. Everyone therefore gets a big hit of applied philosophy now, and of social responsibility, recognizing where they might be able to plug themselves in for the purpose of creating a better system. In the most positive way of seeing this, there is a sense of joy through limitation, as Jupiter enhances the normally depressing character of restrictive Saturn, as well as a sense of healthy grounding imparted to the Jupiter people in the group, those with strong Jupiter in their charts or a Sagittarius emphasis.


Uranus and Pluto remain in square, with no further exact hits, but still only separated by five or six degrees, as they receive an unusual level of emphasis also, throughout the month. Uranus and the new planet, Eris, are close to exactly conjunct, which will perfect next month. Pluto gets a boost as well, from Saturn all month long, and from the New Moon of the 6th, Mercury-Venus on the 13th, and by Mercury’s station to direct motion on the 22nd. Because Saturn and Pluto continue in their close parallel aspect, existing structures of society are dying and new ones arising to take their place, which is also happening on an individual level. There is inevitability to the sense of revolutionary progress indicated by these further developments of the Uranus-Pluto square, as this intense and pivotal year of our supremely fractious decade continues to unfold.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). Welcome to the creative chaos, Aries. Trickster Uranus is quite active in your sign, and so surprising events continue to confound and enlighten you. The drumbeat of change is sounding loudly, at least to your inner ear. Following up upon the intensity of the past few months, things are settling down a notch for you, with Mars, your ruler, moving backward, although you still feel the evolutionary pressure upon you. You are in a relatively internal mode, looking inside yourself for the best answers to questions of career direction and worldview. You are reviewing and revising nearly everything, including your self-definition, while attempting to understand the amazing metamorphosis that you find yourself in the midst of. This is daunting and yet makes the most positive form of sense, when you can let yourself be open to all your possibilities.


TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is a huge month for you, Taurus, and one in which you are driven to introspective self-reflection, there to contemplate the true meaning for you of love and life. Many things are altering for you this year in terms of basic beliefs and inner understanding, and this is one subject of your current meditations, as the strong retrograde of Mercury through your sign takes you to the inside, and allows your mental horizons to expand in unexpected ways. Most significant perhaps will be your intuitional response regarding your possibilities for partnership. You are discovering new ways to apply your creativity and to recognize the highest within yourself, while making the most of the important relationships in your life. Your learning curve is immense and challenging, yet when you can hold on and simply feel into the rising tide within, there are great rewards to be gained.


GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is another amazing month for you, Gemini, when not a great deal is visible, or initially known, especially to those around you, and yet much is going on beneath the surface layers of your personality. Partnership is key for you, with a self-reflective stance, so that matters related to significant others and to steering the course of your life are up for studied curiosity and profound introspection. You are looking beneath the covers of your life to discover the deeper motivation. A dreamy idealism pervades your thoughts and your career choices now, so that the path with heart is the only path that truly interests you. You will find that the primacy of inner over outer events does not make this month uneventful, and that heading into the last ten days you will encounter a shift in attitude and in circumstance that might prove even more dramatic.


CANCER (June 21-July 20) This month is a time of realignment to your purpose, Cancer, as you delve deep inside yourself for the answers to mysterious questionings that somehow seem to deserve a response. Partnership in your life continues to transform and to inspire you. The ongoing retrograde of Mercury throughout the month gives you pause, nudging you to reconsider factors of life direction. You are being granted intuitional glimpses of other-dimensional realities beyond the physical, and you may well feel that there is a unique message contained within, that only you can truly understand. You are dealing with practical real-world requirements, and yet tuning in to what you hold deep inside yourself that transcends these nuts and bolts requirements. Your career agenda continues to change in unknown ways, and you find that it must satisfy a deeper purpose than the superficial rewards of commerce in order to be truly satisfying to you.


LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a paradoxical month for you, Leo, a time when you are charging ahead and also stopping still, filled with enthusiasm for outer events and simultaneously pulled to the inside, there to contemplate recent changes in perspective. With the Sun in sectors of your chart associated with outer world concerns and proclivities, this is a big month for going strong with your public persona, while the presence of Saturn in your creativity sector slows you down considerably and the retrograde of important inner planets further engenders deep contemplation of what is going on inside you. This contributes to your ongoing investigation of where you are truly headed. It is a juggling act to gracefully handle these two ways of approaching the world, and yet the universe is calling you to make a supreme effort. When you do, the rewards are great, especially over the long term.


VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) The astrological currents are surprising you and your sense of order this month, Virgo. Some things that are old, and also something new, is coming your way. You are spending a significant amount of time in deliberation, attempting to forge a better fit between inner intention and worldview. Travel and educational plans may have to be revised, postponed, or re-imagined while you are engaged in re-thinking how your understanding of the world around you conditions your outer world persona. You might also be casting a critical gaze upon what you have going, discovering the one nagging difficulty in the midst of what is otherwise all right. When you are not worrying about your future you are in a dreamy and idealized state of mind where good fortune prevails and almost anything goes, as you continue to slowly transform along very different lines than you had originally planned.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another quite interesting and significant month, Libra, not so good for plowing ahead with ordinary tasks, although perfect for understanding yourself in general, and your relationship connections in particular. Your ruler, Venus, located in a sensitive position of your chart, makes mid-month contact also with retrograde Mercury, and forms important aspects too with retrograde Mars, implying relationship concerns. With Mars also retrograding through Sagittarius, corresponding to your communications sector, your outreach to peers is awkward but profound, and allows you to comprehend many facets of where you stand with ongoing inner work that you are beginning to more fully acknowledge. Journaling your ideas and feelings is extremely helpful. All this adds up to an introspective and self-reflective time, when your knowledge will grow regarding what is going on for you beneath the surface layers of your psyche, and with partnership connections that you cherish.


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is highly educational monthly cycle for you, Scorpio, in an unusual way. Your intellectual curiosity and deeper purpose is aroused concerning the relationships in your life, seeing how they serve as a lynch pin connecting you to where you make your most fundamental stand. You are investigating that to which you most profoundly aspire, and how you conceive in a practical way, and yet in the most idealized fashion, the steps ahead that will ultimately take you there. This is distinctly a precious opportunity to forget business as usual and to concentrate on your inner prerogatives and priorities to the extent that you can. You are on a self-imposed mission to more fully understand what is going on both within yourself and with respect to important others in your life, and the way that these two key subject matters relate to your own expanding worldview.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a month of contradictions, Sagittarius, that presents you with also a plethora of new realizations. These could involve limitations not previously recognized, or heeded. There is a great chance for a new sense of freedom to ultimately emerge, perhaps even as a result of towing the line and giving in to the very obstacles that have recently turned up to beset you. With the retrograde through the early degrees of your sign of normally outward-directed and action-oriented Mars, you have been quite introspective in recent weeks, and this stance continues and even intensifies in the current time frame. You continue to be fortunate in outer world circumstances, although this is alloyed with caution, and offset by extra-heavy responsibilities; you are joyous in a contained way. All the while, you are mulling over your situation and striving for purity in your approach.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a time of confronting self, Capricorn. Your deep unconscious is calling to you, in some ways quite subtly and in others more and more loudly. The astrological energies of this current month assure you that something of the nature of your inner world will continue showing its hidden face to you over the course of another intense and quite interesting monthly cycle. A potential conflict is evident, in that a struggle exists on some level in finding and promoting those beliefs of yours that do not contradict what you feel intuitively on the inside. As life goes on all around you, you continue to be aware of the wellsprings of your motivation operating beneath the surface layers. You are exploring new high-water-marks of self-expression, and yet also looking more closely into the underlying mechanism of the very creativity that you bring forward.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is another intense and interesting month for you, Aquarius, in the midst of a relatively contemplative period. Much of the action is hidden from your conscious view, and makes itself known to you by indirect means. You have a lot going on. As you reconsider recent career choices in the context of familial concerns, you focus more comprehensively on the direction your life is going, and sense that an important connection exists between issues of intimacy, taking place at almost unconscious levels, and on the other hand your decision process for your next real-world move and he practical planning of how to put your best foot forward. Once you sort through the confusion, there are real consequences for seeing your way through to a better match between outer accomplishment and psychic spaces within you, with which you have recently been getting more familiar.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a largely internal month for you, Pisces, one in which the intense learning curve of the past few months continues. The exciting New Moon of the first full weekend of May takes place in your sector of communications, curiosity and learning, thus surging fresh energy toward an inner mandate for you, changing the way you see yourself and the world around you. There is opportunity now for looking more thoroughly into partnership, with new eyes, and to link concepts of relationship to the specifics of your own journey of more fully discovering who, at base, you really are. The values and the internal resources that you bring to the table for this noble task have been polished to a sparkle of perfection, and are ready for you to take the final plunge, breaking through the waterfall mist of superficial appearance into the heart of the matter.





Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website, His new book about Eris, the planet beyond Pluto only recently discovered, in 2006, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon.

Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at




Transformational Astrology – April 2016 by Henry Seltzer

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by Henry Seltzer


The astrology of April features Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Coming off the twin eclipses of March, this month’s astrology might seem a bit tame by comparison, being in large part about slowing down and taking stock. Those potent configurations of the previous month featured the active presence of the outer planets, most notably Uranus and Pluto, still in their storied square alignment and highlighted by the Jupiter-Saturn square that peripherally aspected them both. In mid-April, both Pluto and Mars turn retrograde, to join in the recent retrograde motion of Saturn, while by month’s end we have the second period this year (out of four) of Mercury in its retrograde mode, still in Earth signs. This time it’s Taurus. Later this year, Mercury will retrograde in Virgo during September, and in Capricorn from mid-December to January. With Mars, in mid-month, stationing to retrograde motion, and with Saturn also now in retrograde, both in close parallel to a stationing Pluto, April is a month of stop-and-go; mostly stop. Mars symbolizes forward motion, and when in retrograde, and additionally in connection with a relatively stationary Saturn and Pluto, there is loss of forward momentum and a corresponding increase in introspection. We might be inclined to dwell on the past, as well as on the potential to learn from our successes, and even more importantly from our mistakes; and these can be valuable lessons.

That is not the whole story, however. There is also in these April skies a strong presence of Jupiter and Uranus, and these two planets are all about leaving the past behind. The April 7th New Moon conjuncts Uranus, in close conjunction also with the new planet, Eris, which greatly emphasizes his presence.  Jupiter is very prominent also, standing alone in the relationship-oriented side of the April 7th New Moon chart. Thus we have, along with the holding back of this period of time, as symbolized by a stationary Saturn, and by Mars retrograde, a strong impulse to get to the next stage of our evolutionary development. And let us not forget, in the midst of strange defeats and ongoing violence, that these are also very sincerely positive times; we can ride that hope represented by strong Jupiter toward a better future for ourselves and for generations to come. In a significant symbolic chime with a move toward internal reflection that this retrograde month implies, Uranus also symbolizes deep intuitional knowledge that comes unbidden when we can half-close our physical eyes to see it.

As far as the Mercury retrograde period that is just around the corner is concerned, beginning on the 28th of this month, it is interesting to note that Mercury spends nearly ten weeks in Taurus, from early April to June 12th. As related above, this is an especially introspective time, as we also have Mars making a rare retrograde from this month through to June 29th – only re-entering Sagittarius, the sign he now occupies, in early August. We therefore have quite a strong retrograde presence of personal planets for all this springtime, implying that forward momentum is slowed. As astrologer Carolyn Casey is fond of saying, just as the water in the irrigation ditch slows down, in order that it might better be absorbed, so too our understanding of the metamorphosis that we are currently going through will benefit by the dose of self-reflection that this period brings.

Meanwhile the beat for massive change goes on. With Uranus and Pluto both emphasized this month, Uranus by its New Moon placement and Pluto by his station, early on the 18th, and by his close parallel all month long with Saturn, we continue to have the unmistakable presence of major transformation in our personal lives, as is evidenced in the surrounding culture as well, throughout the remaining years of this tuning-point decade, through to 2020.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is a big month, Aries, a continuation of everything that has been happening for you all this difficult and changeful year, and yet as well a new departure. Since the last half of March you have been enjoying the homey feeling of the Sun in your sign. As April comes on, you face the prospect of your ruler, Mars, slowing and then turning to retrograde motion for several months, beginning with his station on April 17th.  This brings an introspective attitude that is just right for absorbing the multiple lessons that have been coming your way by cosmic messenger all this year. This has been a time of radical transformation of real-world goals and of even your most basic sense of identity. Now, as you slow down in terms of outer achievement, you have therefore a better chance for increased awareness to really sink in.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). Your future is summoning you, Taurus, and your own creativity responding, as has been true for many weeks now. With the advent of this new month, your deep unconscious process is fully up for you as well – so that you might find that mystical realities are more present to you than anything else you might be tempted to consider ‘real.’ The unknown and largely unacknowledged part of your psyche that lies hidden behind and beyond the stricter regimens of your conscious mind is fecund and inviting. You disregard the urges of this inner world to your peril. Your dreams are not only the thoughts of this vast realm, but are messages from your higher Self. This is a call to action of a very different and far more rewarding variety than the dictates of consensus thinking or your own early conditioning might indicate.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is another interesting and intense month for you, Gemini, as you continue to navigate the cosmic currents of a powerful time of change, for you and for everyone around you. This particular month is rather mysterious in its import and its impact, and this even affects your work in the world, giving you an intimation of other dimensions, and affecting the way that you see further and more mystical ramifications to what you are currently achieving. You are likely to be experiencing strong feelings – hints of what lies under the surface layers of your mental process, recognizing that this in some manner informs all that you say and do. Relationship with actual partners is in a process of slowing down, in order that you might more fully explore the underlying motivation of the bond that you have with them, or the potential for partnership connection.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a big month for applied knowledge, Cancer, when your curiosity is at its peak and when you might be able to take what you have gathered and use it to good purpose as you continue to steer your life into new directions. This has been a year of transformation and growth, and this month also adds to this evolutionary thrust, and contributes to pursuing your deepest intentions for yourself in terms of outer accomplishment. Potentially brilliant ideas contribute to your higher mind agenda for a vision of meaningful change. Your thoughts are original and even startling; it is an excellent time to be thinking outside of any particular box. You are also likely to be adopting a more service-oriented sense of responsibility toward active partners in your life and toward the surrounding society at large.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an exciting month for you Leo, with a series of bright ideas coming your way that elevate your comprehension of your current cycle of personal development. Although you continue to find yourself in fortunate circumstances, it has also been a difficult beginning of the year, including interior trials that have produced much food for thought.  Now you are beginning to reap the benefits in terms of expanded awareness, especially to the extent that you can remain as open as possible to all your possibilities. Your productivity is coming to a distinct standstill, which can be seen as a further trial, or else an opportunity for meditative understanding to take root on the inside of your mind. In the second half of the month, while slowed down in terms of outer concerns, internal pursuits yield rich rewards.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is another month of serious inner exploration, Virgo, although your situation is not at all dire. You are enjoying your time on planet Earth quite well, lately, even as you struggle to redefine yourself in the face of increasing awareness of your own dark places. The urge to dig deep and to make yourself over is very strong within you, and you will find a great deal of enlightenment by simply staying centered and taking in the information that you find deep within you. The light of awareness slowly dawns, with patience and with studied effort. You are changing in the way that you externalize your productive efforts, and how you represent yourself to the world around you, over the course of this climactic year of change. This is in large part because your idea of who you are, as an individual and in relationship, is radically transforming.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another amazing month for you, Libra, part of the beginning of a difficult but ultimately satisfying year, as you incorporate partnership into your life as a growing and more conscious act of sharing. You are in some ways disappearing into relationship with important others, and yet, miraculously, are rediscovered and transformed by these significant connections into an even stronger and more durable construction of you. This month continues your process of increasing awareness of how deep the changes within you truly go. The New Moon of the second week brings great energy for relationship alteration, along with startling new interpersonal revelations. You are profoundly changing at the very core of your being. Your internal universe speaks to you more powerfully than ever, and provides the vital link that you are beginning to more fully recognize between inner and outer experience.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is another noteworthy month for you, Scorpio, after a perhaps rather difficult beginning of the year. In spite of coming closer to seeing your most problematic underlying issues exposed during the eclipses of March, you remain fundamentally optimistic, as indicated by the strong presence of fortunate Jupiter in your sector of future plans. The mid-month retrograde of your ruler, Mars, casts an interesting air of introspection over the proceedings. The last half of the month is not therefore a time for rapid forward movement with outer world concerns, being better suited for contemplating the changes that are still evolving within you. You might also find increased inspiration for dealing with relationship issues in a new way.  This inner mandate for understanding yourself in deep connection to important others in your life is where your most significant progress will be made.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a season to remember, Sagittarius. While paying the closest possible attention to closeted home truths, you are nevertheless sizzling in outer world achievement and moving into a bright new beginning for your creative juices to flow. Your inner process has been up for you, but this month you are feeling your way out of a maze of inner uncertainties into a bright new sky of greater conscious participation in your own spiritual unfolding. You are, as well, refining your sense of life mission and finding collaborative innovation for your artistic process, all with the help of significant persons in your life. If inner and outer are two sides of the same coin, yours is spinning. It is important to recognize that in spite of worldly success that dazzles, your interior universe is whispering that you cannot have the one without the other.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a time of rapid-fire change and yet also stillness, Capricorn. Your very self-definition is shifting in an unknown way, as indicated by the highlighted presence of transformative Pluto in your sign, and also by the changeable archetype of Uranus in your sector of root psychological stability. These planetary energies have been located in these same sectors for many months now, but the pace of change is getting quicker and the pressure is mounting for something in your life to dramatically alter, especially if you have tended to ignore earlier and subtler cosmic messages.  And yet, the double-retrograde this month of your ruler, Saturn, along with feisty Mars, means that your activities are slowing down, and going internal. This takes place in your sector of unconscious process, so that by this means, you are better able to get a read-out of what is going on beneath the surface layers of your suddenly quite complex personality.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a big month for you, Aquarius, as indicated by the energy currently at your disposal, and by the enthusiasm you feel for deep inner knowledge to more consciously emerge. As you explore what is exemplified by your own inner world, you are also refining your experience of intimacy with important persons in your life. The New Moon of April 7th is a particularly significant timing for you, since it almost exactly conjuncts your ruler, Uranus, in a sector of your solar chart symbolizing curiosity and learning. This represents a new thrust of your thought process, and of your deep intuitional awareness that goes beyond thought. You are seeking nothing less than a new worldview that makes sense to you personally, taking your profound inner vision, perhaps best represented by concepts of Spirit, and transforming this into your own particular metaphysics and a new level of practical understanding.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an interesting monthly cycle for you, Pisces. After the rush of activity accompanying the eclipses of March, affecting your sign quite strongly, a time of consolidation is at hand. You are very aware of important partnerships in your life, as you have been all this year, and are meditating on how relationship reflects back upon your own arc of development. You are also earnestly studying how to produce results from your activities in the public sphere. The resources that you need to make things happen in your public statement, including financial resources, have been subject to quite a few fluctuations lately, and this accelerates over this current monthly cycle, so that you benefit from learning to make accommodation to this situation. This is also a time of slowing down in order to more fully appreciate the reality of what you have going on.



Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. His new book about Eris, the planet discovered in 2006, beyond Pluto, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon and at AFA. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at

Transformational Astrology for March 2016 by Henry Seltzer

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by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of March features Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, along with two extremely powerful eclipses. The March 8th New Moon and solar eclipse takes place in Pisces, near Mercury and Neptune, and makes aspects to all the other outer planets, including Saturn in mid-Sagittarius. Jupiter is also featured in the solar eclipse energy, across the Zodiac from the Pisces lineup and exactly opposed to the Sun and Moon. There is therefore an optimistic cast to this timing, and we also have the difficulty of the polarity of conservative Saturn in aspect with revolutionary and explosive Uranus, its antithesis. Uranus is still in close aspect with transformational Pluto. The Uranus-Pluto square, now fading, is still quite important as a guiding factor for this spring, and beyond, remaining with us in Spirit as we gain in awareness of the massive changes that are taking place within us, and around us. We must soldier on, aiming toward a more sustainable future, for ourselves and our culture, crowded together in the fragile and beleaguered lifeboat of this planet that we call home.

Venus is found in mid-Aquarius as the month begins, getting ready to cross into mystical Pisces on the 12th, when she will square Mars in the early degrees of Sagittarius. Mars is thus emphasized in the mid-month timing, and slowing down as well, getting ready to station in mid-April. This slowing down is making his energy more seriously available to us even now, in the latter half of the current month. There is the energy to be out and doing, represented by Mars, and yet also a way that this energy can be directed inwards, as suggested by the current emphasis on Pisces, in symbolic chime with the twelfth solar sector of unconscious process. And this is what the coming Mars retrograde suggests, as well, another introspective turn to the inside.

Saturn too is stationing to retrograde motion, and quite soon, transpiring on March 25th. This enables a strong and resistant force to even more greatly emerge: a studied avoidance of any form of change whatsoever. It is so intensely powerful that the solar eclipse Sun and Moon strongly aspect Jupiter and Saturn, in forming square alignment, and Uranus and Pluto also, the harbingers of inevitable revolutionary adjustment. With Mercury involved we are becoming even more aware of the deep necessity for massive change to take place, before we arrive, in some distant yet foreseeable future, safely home.

Mercury is conjunct idealistic Neptune in the solar eclipse configuration, signifying the emergence of greater consciousness of inner realities, and then, by the time of the mid-month quarter moon, is to be found in direct aspect to Uranus and Pluto. This leads up to Mercury’s conjunction with the Sun in the timing of the Equinoctial lunar eclipse and Full Moon of Wednesday, March 23rd, the week before the Easter holiday weekend.

We are therefore blessed with greater conscious participation in everything that is going on for us, right now, the forceful symbolism for both moving ahead, and for holding back.  The ultimate outcome of this current struggle is not however in doubt. When Saturn and Uranus get into a tussle, Uranus, and the future, always win.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This month, Aries, represents yet another dunking in the transformational stew that you practically swim in these days, with more to come as the year continues to unfold. You are very aware, although perhaps only peripherally, of what is going on beneath your obvious surface layers, and how much that underworld of your personality contributes to who and what you really are. This shows up in the cosmic currents swirling about you, reflecting the building power of these transformational times. Your inspirational vision is over the top, while the very way you have of putting yourself out into the world around you, its style and content, is a moving landscape that is slowly becoming more familiar. Learning and understanding are the keys that enable you to emerge from the intense trials of this year more whole than when you started.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). You are coming into your own, Taurus, and yet you are also distrustful of this same cosmic attunement. A powerful streak of idealism runs through your every thought this monthly cycle, along with practical considerations that are emphasized for you right now as well, and are very much a chime with your fundamentally Earth orientation. You are focused on a more compelling future course that matches your soul orientation, as you gain greater conscious awareness of what truly motivates you. Anything that you authentically wish for at this time is very likely to come to pass. You must, of course, back up your vision with sincerity and hard work. You are seeking commitment for a path in greater alignment with your most deeply cherished values, and this is the direction in which the universe, conspiring with your higher self, is urging you to move.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an amazing month for you, Gemini, one for which your recent meditative stance over the first six weeks of the year has you well prepared. This current month, you have a solar eclipse in your career sector, opposite optimistic Jupiter. In some sense, for you right now, the sky is the limit. This is not a matter of profession only, but applies to every way that you show up in the world and exteriorize your contributions. Partners serve as mentors for this project, and their voices, although perhaps completely different in perspective from your own, act as counter-point and foil for what you bring, promoting greater awareness on your part for that which you have on offer. This gift of yourself also closely involves talents and proclivities lying deep within you. Because these rarely see the light of day, they become all the more important for you to express.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a month of many and varied inputs and outcomes, Cancer, as you continue this season of your life that involves deep-seated transformation of where you are coming from, and whither headed. Along with riding these cosmic currents, there is also, for you to deal with, your quite understandable holding back from commitment to major change. Although this is scary, you are, for the most part, handling the multiple tugs, pushes and pulls upon you now with an optimistic frame of mind, and heart, ready for whatever comes. It is helpful, as you go, to be content to find yourself where you really are, and not to wish for anything different. You are in exactly the right place, mentally and emotionally, as you search out the correct response, for you, to the evolutionary pressure upon you in these times of intense metamorphosis.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is the time of your life, Leo, and you want to be sure to take the fullest advantage. With the lead-up to the advent of the spring, comes a cavalcade of fresh ideas and meaningful perspectives on what you are truly up to. This is a rapidly changing landscape of possibilities and epiphanies leading you to a new way of seeing yourself and your productions as part of a larger picture of societal advancement. Your dreaminess is legendary, as well as the fundamental optimism of your approach, beginning in the second week of the month with a powerful solar eclipse in your intimacy sector. This positive and forward-going energy is however offset by a competing sense of realism and conservative holding back. Surprises abound, as you dive through this hoop of fire into what is shaping up to become your new reality.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) You are entering into another amazing period of growth, and potentially of change, Virgo. Partnership has long been a source of inspiration, and also confusion for you, with a good dose of transformation as well. Your own sense of artistic self-expression has been another moving target lately, with rich rewards in the offing once you see clearly what it is that you truly want, and head in that direction. Emotional instability is one term for what you have been feeling lately, although another could be  – internal rearrangement of emotional priorities. You are in motion, no doubt at all about that, and unsure of where you will end up. And, in another way, this feels strangely exhilarating, like leaving the country of your birth for exotic lands and novel customs that you might, in the end, grow to enjoy.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) Your changes are still in process, Libra, with not all the returns being in; you have the excellent chance this month to make adjustments to your approach, and thus to the eventual outcomes. The investigation of your inner world is totally up for you now. The topic of your explorations over the first half of March will relate more to your individual journey, with unexpected inputs from trusted persons in your life, that help to guide you, while the last half, punctuated by a lunar eclipse in your sign, will be the stronger experience, and filled with consequences applying to the very concept of relationship for you. This entire period is filled with intimations of what your higher self has to offer regarding your journey into the discovery of a greater sense of meaning and life purpose.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is your time to shine in your artistic self-expression, Scorpio, as you face outer-world optimism and interior shifts. Your creativity might also have to be of a special kind that takes your unconscious motivations more firmly into account. The time might be past for overlooking this little-understood and under-acknowledged part of your personality. You are riding a wave of enthusiasm that has been in symbolic chime with your ruler, Mars, in your own sign, which is a changing landscape for you over the course of a strange spring that takes you further to the inside of your psyche. In what is perhaps a logical outcome of better and more integrated connection with your own deep emotions, as you enter into new relations with your own inner world, you also forge new ties with important others in the three-dimensional outer world of your senses.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) You have quite a lot going on right now, Sagittarius, as has been the case all this year. Your luck still holds. A prominent presence of your ruler Jupiter, located in your career sector, sparks your success-orientation. You might be in possession of public accolades flowing to you in buckets, recognizing that this positive factor has also largely been achieved by good old-fashioned hard work. Your communication skills are excellent right now, in spite of the serious cast of many of your observations. It is easy to get distracted by all this wonderful outer-world success, causing you to ignore private issues that have perhaps been gnawing at you from the sidelines of your attention. And yet these must factor in as well toward your triumph or you risk a hollow victory that leaves out what might ultimately count as your most important result.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a pivotal month for you, Capricorn. You have an extremely active chart right now, with many positives, especially in terms of your own expanding worldview. Having gone through the recent retrograde of Mercury through your sign, from the very beginning of the year, you are engaged in getting your thoughts into order in a new way, and with renewed inner vision. Most poignantly, for you right now, the dark unknown parts of yourself are calling. The unconscious theme being softly expressed becomes loud and clear when you attune your hearing to its subtle message and half-close your eyes to see it. Your life is in obvious flux; seeking stability does not work so well for you in this timing, so that you might need to rely instead on your faith in the universe not to let you down, but rather to sustain you through stormy circumstances.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is the first month of the rest of your life, Aquarius. You are in the midst of a powerful resurgence of values and learning that will carry you forward through to the remaining months of this pivotal year. This is of course a continuation of where you already are, in your steep pathway of development that has continued from 2012 onward, and yet in many ways a new departure. Your transformation involves the way you see into your depths, and how you communicate about it. You are going all out for unfamiliar ramifications of self, independent of what consensus outlooks might have to say. You are also taking in the point of view of a trusted few, those that align in certain distinct ways to your own. This makes of your growth adventure a rich amalgam, when you allow this in, of joint perspectives.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an amazing month for you, Pisces, one in which your continuing worldly success becomes a fulcrum for active alterations in self-concept, in synchronization with a notable solar eclipse in your sign. This extra-potent New Moon, made more so by its outer planet connections, takes place near the beginning of the second week of March, on Tuesday, the 8th.   Leading up to this time, you are in many ways in preparation for its arrival, which you could experience as a distinct shift, favoring both the impact of important partners upon your life, and, as well, what you receive from deep intuitional wellsprings within. Your recent focus on your outer world contribution expands to your private sphere and personal proclivities where you truly find your life substance. Your concept of where you are heading, a moving target lately, transforms still further in the course of this climactic period of major change.



Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. His new book about Eris, the planet discovered in 2006, beyond Pluto, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon and at AFA.
Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at

Transformational Astrology for January 2016 by Henry Seltzer

astrologyTransformational Astrology for January 2016

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of January 2016 features Mercury in retrograde, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, and Eris. As we slide into the new year we are treated to a large dose of outer planet interaction that ensures that the major changes of the past year are far from over. The old lunation cycle from mid-December had its kick-off with Mars opposite Uranus, and the new one that begins with the late Capricorn New Moon of the evening of January 9th takes place a few degrees from Pluto, as the square between them narrows in exactitude to less than one and a half degrees. This emphasizes over the course of the present month the powerful factor that these “gods of change” represent, although according to modern thinking about the symbolic influence of such World Transits, this configuration will remain active until the end of the present decade. For more information regarding this revolutionary and evolutionary combination, see the remarkable book Cosmos and Psyche, by Richard Tarnas. Since Mercury is about to turn retrograde, on January 5th lasting to the 25th – and beyond, when we take the period of the ‘retrograde shadow’ into account – traveling mainly through the sign of Capricorn as it does, we are now in a thoughtful period, with plenty of energy for introspection, and for questioning whether the logic of the material world has sufficient answers to the fundamental questions of our 21st Century existence.

This is a big month for Capricorn, with Mercury retrograding though and with Pluto occupying the middle degrees of the sign. At the timing of the January 23rd Full Moon, Mercury is closely conjunct Pluto, with Uranus is close square, and we also have the entrance of Venus into the sign, occupying the first degree of Capricorn and aspected by the Sun and Moon in opposition. It is therefore in the final week of the month when we may be having the most direct insight into the radical changes that we can still feel ourselves to be in the very midst of.

Because Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler, is also prominent in these January skies, and coming into aspect to Pluto and Uranus over the next few weeks, this is also a time of increased polarity, when the urge to move ahead with novel vision is contrasted with an equally strong desire to stay in one fixed place, adhering to the rapidly fading legitimacy of an often-dysfunctional status quo. It is true that we need the new idea that comes along just in the perfect timing to carry us away from what has gone before, and equally that we need to sometimes take a conservative approach to unbridled change.

The recent Christmas Day Full Moon featured many aspects to the new planet, Eris, discovered as recently as 2006. This new astrological archetype is now in the same astronomical category as Pluto. I have been able to demonstrate that Eris is related to taking a definitive stand within oneself for deep soul intention, and I therefore refer to Eris as a Feminine Warrior for soul purpose. I feel that in this powerful turning of the year timing, every individual is encouraged to take a strong stand for what he or she most deeply believes. The December 7th station of Jupiter, in Virgo, tightly aspects Eris, so that the inconjunct aspect between them is never more than one degree away from exact, strengthening Eris in her influence, over the course of an active month.

With all these outer planets thus engaged, we have before us a somewhat difficult month of profound change, during which we will gain a better understanding of our existential situation. Mercury in retrograde motion throughout implies that we will be looking inward more readily than outward, and yet that is exactly where the most profound information for us will likely be found.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is an especially important time for you, Aries, as the New Year gets underway. You might have been able to observe the concentration of energy recently that has characterized this decade of the “turbulent teens.” The storied transit of Uranus and Pluto in square has been particularly significant for the members of your sign, and the intensity continues to grow. Evolutionary changes are coming down upon you, and, with Mercury retrograding through your career sector, new ways of conceptualizing the world around you. You are making some very different choices regarding how you show up in the world, and these will very likely change their stripes yet again over the course of another amazing year. You have the vision to succeed in a quite different way than where you started, including novel and expanded ideas on what the very concept of success really means to you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). These are trying times for you and for everyone, Taurus, as you enter into a new phase in your quest for wholeness. This is an important month for progress of a distinctly solitary and spiritual variety, although there are partnership considerations that are also front and center in your life. With Mercury retrograde after the first week, it is also likely to be a case of three steps forward and two steps backward. You are feeling your way forward through inner storms and unexpected realizations. Partnership is powerful for you now, and not in the least bit simple, nor easy. As your worldview shifts in subtle ways and then shifts yet again, you are discovering both the joys and the limitations of experiments in intimacy that, once you can master them, hold before you the promise of a vastly fuller life experience.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This month is a time of hope and also of confusion, Gemini. You may have the feeling that great realizations are about to dawn, and if so, you are not far wrong. Your emotional world is turning topsy-turvy, with the retrograde of your ruler, Mercury, through your intimacy sector, which is also the sector of depth exploration. After the 5th, the date of Mercury’s station, you are very internal, for the entire remainder of the month. You are mulling over your key relationships in attempt to better understand their dynamic, and finding new impulses for life direction from an interior standpoint. There could be sudden impulses that come up, or formerly hidden inner wounds that pop to the surface when you least expect it. With conscious effort and determination, all of these inconsequentials fall away, transformed by the magic of self-love.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is another month of relative intensity for you, Cancer, as you deal once more with issues that have been up for you all this past year, with an enlarged perspective. The outer planets of Uranus and Pluto are still powerfully placed in angular sectors of your solar chart, and, ready or not, you are transforming in every portion of your life, leaving behind that which no longer serves you. This affects you most of all in the way that you show up for significant partners in your life, or for potential partners, and the way that, as a result, they show up for you. The inner journey with which you are currently involved takes you through some scary sites inside you, and yet these very places are the ones where you can learn to be more fully present with yourself, and hence, with others.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an exciting time to be alive, Leo. So much has changed and yet nothing is very visible. Life goes on, the New Year comes and goes; business is as usual, although perhaps with unusual flair. Everything is happening below the surface. So much that is unseen, unknown to the view of normal waking consciousness, yet is there when you choose to look with an inner gaze. What are you cooking up in the secret pots within? So much to think about, and to work out concerning life direction and relationship to significant persons in your life. There are concepts of service to others to mull over, and to community, that have likely been percolating through your subliminal awareness for most of this past year, and that are now gaining traction. These are preparing, soon, to blossom into new reality.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) You enter upon another eventful month, Virgo, especially in terms of your own ongoing evolution in consciousness. A time of challenge is behind you, which, if you have responded to in a positive frame of mind, has been a terrific catalyst for change. The way that you show up in the world creatively is one important focus; your metamorphosis there has been building up over the past year. This is a time of looking within yourself for new recognition of what is actually driving you in this area. Transformation is inevitable, and you can go gladly, or resisting. If you have been holding the line against changing yourself, you will now face a greater inundation of uncertainty and adjustment, and in any case, new awareness comes flooding in. It is, not yet, the time to act upon new realizations, although soon it will be.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) Your series of transformative experiences continues into the New Year, Libra. This first month turns out to be yet another period of getting in further and deeper with discovering what you are truly up to. It has been a difficult time in many ways, with a slowing down of communicative outreach with your peers. Home and family concerns are preeminent right now in your ongoing metamorphosis, as you explore the inner meaning of events and try to find a more solid grounding. You are seeking a more inclusive worldview, no longer running in the narrow channels of conditioned response or consensus thought but more free-form, and one that makes the most sense possible out of your deep unspoken wisdom. Relationship with significant persons in your life becomes a source of inspiration that has the unexpected benefit of pulling you through, in spite of everything.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You still find yourself in the transformational stew, Scorpio, even after boiling and bubbling away for so many months, and even years, perhaps, in this state. What this truly means is that there are ways that you have not yet completed an important evolutionary journey; a contractual mandate from your higher self that involves both deep process and altering conditioned patterns of responses, based on the inner knowing that has been very powerful for you in recent weeks. The month of January being one of transition, into the new year, and with Mercury retrograding through your sector of learning and communicating, and with your ruler, Mars, entering your sign, you are in a good place to search deeply within yourself and to think your way through to a further transformation along the lines of your own interior mandate for growth and change.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is an important month for progress, Sagittarius, although not of the ordinary kind. The affairs of the world are being kind to you right now, in a continuation of the previous month of December, so that things are well in the more obvious ways; public recognition and good fortune have been rather loyally dogging your footsteps. Regarding all matters connected with outer world achievement, you are making quite a successful run at it. It is more of an interior set of priorities that has you grasping for a new and more meaningful grip. Your finances in particular are the subject of intense self-reflective inner scrutiny, as though you could change the numbers on your bank account by staring at them. A great transformation is now possible, whereby your entire relationship to wealth and economic well being changes. This could involve your attitude toward the material as much as the figures of your balance.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are caught between a rock and a soft place, Capricorn, as the strange cosmic tides of this turning of the year continue to surprise and transform you. You are blossoming into the next version of you; a personage that you have often glimpsed but seldom fully seen, and which is yet your secret fondest hope for yourself as you grow. Acknowledging change is essential. Your deep intuition serves you well to the extent that you are able to open to it, allowing you to remain ready and willing to move through your major changes. You must, of course, keep something of the old status quo, not completely abandoning your existing self, even as you stay tuned to your future as revealed by inner guidance. This is your mantra that held true for December, and is even truer of this first month of 2016.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This New Year is an emerging new world for you, Aquarius, starting from the inside out. The girl in the movie that clicked her heels three times, to allow her dreams to come to pass, has nothing on you. You are excited just to be alive. You find yourself in motion, with powerful vision beckoning you onward, toward a brighter tomorrow. Now all you have to do is stand unwaveringly behind your convictions and you can make this all come true, on the basis of sincere belief alone, although this is easier to say than to accomplish. There continues to be a huge learning component to your adventures. You suspect that your inner world has much to impart regarding the philosophical struggle to develop and articulate a brand new personal mandate, and your inner guidance is telling to go ahead and jump right in.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) The beat of change goes on for you this month, Pisces, although with a twist. You are actively receiving honors for public pursuits and responsibilities, and yet dissatisfied when this becomes your entire focus. While you remain fully aware of your changes, with realizations coming at times quite suddenly, you are also likely to be far more introspective than usual. You could find yourself thinking about where you are heading, and to what extent this is consistent with deeply held beliefs and your desires for your own spiritual growth, as your life moves forward. You are also equally mulling over how you fit yourself to society’s direction, as you see it evolving. In this regard you might also find that significant partners in your life are especially helpful, in encouraging you onward and in seeing that in their support you find a grounding for your own inner purpose.

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. His new book about Eris, the planet discovered in 2006, beyond Pluto, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon and at AFA.
Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at

An Action-Oriented and Enlightening December by Henry Seltzer

An Action-Oriented and Enlightening December

by Henry Seltzer


The astrology of December features Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, Pluto, and Eris. The Full Moon in Gemini that preceded the beginning of December featured Saturn in perfect square with Neptune, a configuration that continues in more subdued form through the ending the year, returning to exact in the spring of 2016. This collision of essentially antithetical elements will create changes in both, as each responds to the other’s archetype. The wild fantasies and escapism that are the specialty of Neptune will have to be toned down somewhat, while the stodgy and unimaginative nature of a conservative viewpoint will be dragged out into the shape-shifting vastness, light, and compassion of Neptune.

New realizations abound. Uranus, featured in last month’s astrology also, and thus highlighted throughout the ending of the previous month and the beginning of this one, gets a huge boost in the Friday, December 11th, New Moon, when Mars is exactly opposed, lending added energy, as the New Moon degree makes a constructive aspect as well. With Uranus opposite Mars in the New Moon chart, the possibility of unexpected events, even accidents, is also strong.

Offsetting this, Saturn is coming more firmly into the picture, being aspected by the Last Quarter Moon of Friday, December 18th and by Mars, in the recent Full Moon, as well as Venus in the timing of the Sagittarius New Moon of December 11th. The conservative viewpoint represented by Saturn should serve to calm things down and damper the native enthusiasm of a stimulated Uranus in Aries. Saturn in his own right signifies the wisdom that arises through bitter experience, difficulties overcome, character constructed. Although transpiring more slowly with Saturn, the outcome is more certain, and the lessons are well learned. Saturnian slowness has its positive side, similar perhaps to how the water in the irrigation ditch needs to slow down, in order to be fully absorbed.

Uranus too has his charms, in the instant epiphany that needs no logical flow to arise, a sense of unique participation and shortcut twists to the perception of the greater truth in any particular matter or occasion. In these late fall skies, Uranus is located near the new planet Eris, the better to exercise these trips along the high road, promoting deep soul intention in support of intuitional leaps of imagination and thinking outside the box. Eris is also directly supported in these powerful December lunation configurations, being closely aspected by Jupiter in the second half of the month, beginning with the December 11th New Moon, and in perfect square to Mercury in the Christmas Day Full Moon of December 25th. This implies that we will be thinking about where we would like to place our energy in the year ahead, in a way that is more greatly in alignment with our deepest soul intention.

All this is prelude to the Uranus-Pluto square, returning to less than two degrees by the end of December, and less than one degree by the middle of January, 2016. This is the evolutionarily formative aspect that also signals breakdown of the old structure to make way for the new. For a while there is chaos – until the dust can settle, perhaps into a new pattern altogether. Uranus is the awakener, while Pluto is the wrecking ball that makes way for the new dwelling that is yet to emerge from the ashes of the old. As they say regarding Pluto’s dire changes and the disruption thereby experienced, “do not dwell on the chaos but await the birth.”

ARIES (March 20-April 19) This month looks to be an exciting one for you, Aries, continuing a trend. All your recent cycles have been interesting. You have emerged from a thoughtful and impactful month of November to enter into the current monthly cycle with all your cylinders firing. Your inner explorations have yielded unexpected riches as many new realizations have flooded in, regarding both practical reality and cosmic consciousness, enabling you to make some amazing progress in eliminating old patterns of behavior that no longer serve you. There are further surprises in store for you this month, as well as twists and turns of an expanded viewpoint. Your palpable relationship orientation furthers your own development, along with your dedication to trying the novel approach that has not yet been thought of, in a concerted attempt to generate a large piece of your vision as concrete reality in the year ahead.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19) This is a time of wonder and accomplishment for you, Taurus. You are way out there with what you desire, and also taking particularized steps to determine which of all your goals might be concretely achievable. You have a vision now for future possibility that quite surpasses anything that you have come to, prior to this moment in time, and this idealized and even fanciful future vision might yet ultimately come to pass. There is a real dedication to your purpose that spurs you on, although it is perhaps mainly a spiritual mission that most inspires you. In this context, relationship is quite important, and equally idealized, and also connects you to those deep unknown parts of yourself that you are attempting to get a better handle on, and that it is vitally important for you to further explore.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20) This month represents an interesting end to a fascinating year, Gemini, one that has seen further transformation of your intended life path in unexpected ways. This month, partners come more fully into the picture, both as mentors and at times as critical voices that serve to underline your own way of looking at things. As you act upon this new emerging worldview, and proceed to recreate your pathway forward, you are concentrating on discovering more of what you hold inside. Maintaining this connection allows you to forge ahead in a way that is consistent with inner prerogatives of which you are gradually becoming more aware. As you explore further ramifications of partnership with significant others, and your relationship dynamic in general, you make progress toward better understanding yourself. A career picture is beginning to come together in your mind that is fully idealized, with yet entirely practical overtones.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is another rather intense month for you, Cancer. Your transformation is ongoing and it includes partnership as a distinct component, and as well the concept of service to others, for the simple love of it without regret or feeling pressured. These can in fact be useful watchwords for you now, as you ascend the dynamic developmental arc of this cycle. Inspiration comes to you in many ways, not the least in the form of intuitive flashes from the underground world of your own psyche that lead you from below. These transcend the level of normal consciousness and affect you in all ways, to the extent that you can open to them. Career hunches suddenly become real. They seem to come from right out of the clear blue sky and yet, magically and surprisingly, call you into deeply felt action.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an exciting time to be alive, Leo, in terms of inspiration, and the courage to just be yourself, with more insights flooding into your awareness every day. Intimate partnership is another source of potency for you now. Your urge toward romanticism is strong, so that you might envision future possibilities for yourself, or potential shifts in your behavior, that are too grand to be concretely realizable. Your ideas could be blue-skies idealized, although countering this tendency there is also a strong groundedness to your approach now, especially at the very beginning of the month. The tug-of-war between fantasy and practicality continues in muted form into the second half of December, accompanied by a strongly creative streak that seeks to burst through any and all barriers to success, and to make it on strictly your own terms.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) You enter upon a deeply thoughtful month, Virgo, as you cross to the ending of a climactic year. There is an inspirational process at work within your psyche that you do well to attend to, getting past the details of daily living to absorb a big-picture and more fully idealized viewpoint on life and love, and engaging in a process of half-closing your eyes to see the greater reality available to your intuitive gaze. You are in a place of contemplation and of seeking to understand and draw from your own roots, falling back on family connections and home life, and what you hold deep inside. You are fundamentally optimistic now, and sure of your own inner connection to that which moves you deeply, stemming from your most cherished values, even though it might be for you alone that these make sense.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another amazing month of insight and of major change, especially with regard to relationship issues that have been percolating through your awareness for the entire year, and in which you are only perhaps now seeing significant movement. Insights keep coming, rapid-fire, regarding significant partners in your life, and the very mechanism of your relating. You are seeking a concept of right action, based on a deeper understanding of where your life is actually heading. This involves a glimpse of the hidden working of your own unconscious, that has been somewhat of a moving target for you lately, and with which you are coming into fuller connection. Your concentration on mental issues has been profound; you are bent on exploring further ramifications of your worldview as you seek an idealized form of mission statement that more completely represents all that you hold inside.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You are exploring your world this month, Scorpio, in ways both inner and outer, and you might be having a hard time distinguishing which carries the greater burden of reality. On the heels of an interesting previous monthly period of self-exploration, and accompanying new vision, you necessarily and logically come to a follow-up in this current timeframe in which the factors in your daily life, in the light of recent revelations, expand and take on new symbolic meaning. Full-on enlightenment flickers in and out of your mental apparatus, and through your depths, and yet, somehow, remains just out of the reach of your conscious view. Relationship is especially important to you now, as you begin to see the ways in which you interact with partners, and as you also project expectations and even hidden areas of your psyche onto these important others in your life.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is another amazing month for you Sagittarius, with plenty of energy for both play and productive creativity. You are taking in the feedback of significant persons in your life in a new way, as you continue to progress through important changes. Events may present you with surprising and even startling information that contribute to your ongoing transformation of values, and this monthly cycle is also characterized by a restless attitude toward anything in your life that feels stuck or outdated. You know in an intuitive fashion what your path must be, and now you are acting on these realizations. You are perhaps in the process of declaring this important truth for yourself, or, if not, you are feeling the urge to get on with the discovery of what you know that you must do, in order to be soul-satisfied.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are fumbling into paradise, Capricorn, and your communication shows it. A growing awareness has taken you to previously hidden areas of your psyche. Your heart is filled with wonder and your mind is wandering away in strange lands. You are mentally distant, and yet you remain productive, perhaps in some very new and different ways. A vast field of inquiry has yielded up some gems that will take time to better assimilate. In the beginning ten days of December you are spending a great deal of time mulling over just what has recently occurred, and attempting to fathom it, while the latter part is consumed by putting together the strands of what you have discovered, allowing your interior garden to bloom. No matter how unfamiliar are the various realities that you currently inhabit, the rewards of staying open to your experience are manifest.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) Your learning goes on apace, Aquarius, with life-direction at the heart of the issue. Idealized solutions appear and then disappear, and always you are just a bit closer to what you truly want. By paying attention to your basic values, as you can discern them, you are coming at the world in a new way. You are so good at going with the flow, that as you tumble through the plethora of revelations coming at you all the time these days, some are sticking. You could be nearly be swept away by the vast tides of realizations, until you learn to surf their waves and slow down enough to absorb what the universe is trying to teach you “by hook or by crook.” Understanding leads to right action, and this in turn leads to further goals, all stemming directly from your current advanced state of intuition.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) The beat of massive change keeps on, Pisces, and if anything seems only to be getting more intense. Your ongoing readjustment of values in response to epiphanies and outer-world decisions – and as well your ongoing researches into your own inner world – has left you a little breathless and yet ready for more. Your views have also been colored by recent difficulties with old patterns of behavior too stubborn to completely disappear. While reaching for the stars, you are grounded in practicality, and in the concerns of important and yet mundane requirements. You benefit from staying as open as you possibly can to any and all information that comes your way, and by listening intently to your intuition. There is a creative instability in all your choices now, that leads you onward into novel and unproven ground, making this month the ideal setting for breakthrough.



Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. His new book about Eris, the planet discovered in 2006, beyond Pluto, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon and at AFA.

Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at


A Powerfully Transformative November by Henry Seltzer

astrology-NovA Powerfully Transformative November

by Henry Seltzer


The astrology of November features Mars, Chiron, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, and Eris. The astrological symbolism for the first part of the month harkens back to the mid-October New Moon that began the lunation cycle that is still active over the first ten days of November. That Libra New Moon featured a strong presence of Uranus, as well as Pluto, Mars, and Saturn, as indicated by the Sun and Moon in opposition to Uranus, the conjunction of Mars and Jupiter in a close trine with Pluto in mid-Capricorn, and the highlighted presence of Saturn, aspected by Mercury, Venus and the New Moon. The implication is that while surprising results have become the norm, with the potential for anger to surface, due to the active Mars-Pluto connection, there have also been ameliorating factors such as the strong presence of Saturn, symbolizing a contrasting manner of studied and measured action.

Saturn is greatly featured all this month, having recently crossed into Sagittarius, abandoning the depth orientation of Scorpio in favor of the wild open spaces represented by this freedom-loving Fire sign. This is a time when Saturn’s powers of contraction and limitation seem somehow less darkly and pessimistically restrictive, being rather more generously inclined toward mentoring and the learning of important life lessons.

The astrological archetype of Uranus, emblematic of trickster surprises and sudden enlightenment, is also strongly featured throughout November, because at the timing of the November 11th New Moon standing in inconjunct (or quincunx) aspect to Jupiter, and to the Sun and Moon, forming a yod. There are likely to be many surprising twists and turns of circumstances that may lead to unexpected wisdom. Uranus is also aspected by Jupiter and Venus as the month gets underway. The contrasting energies of Saturn and Uranus, strong in this month’s astrology, create a push-pull thrust for studied action in favor of necessary change. We have the simultaneous desire to adhere to existing life patterns (Saturn) no matter what, together with the concept of abandoning these as proves necessary, on the basis of deep intuition that brings stunning awareness (Uranus) of an enlightened position on the needfulness of radical transformation to the basic structures of our lives.

Chiron, the Wounded Healer, is located in the same degree of Pisces that Uranus occupies in Aries, and is thus also powerfully highlighted in these late fall skies. Venus and Mars were exactly opposed to Chiron at the timing of the October 27th Full Moon, just a few days before the beginning of the month, while the Scorpio New Moon of mid-November continues the strong presence of Chiron by trine, his position in mid-Pisces, and by an extremely close opposition from Jupiter. There could therefore be undercurrents of activity below the surface layers of our psyches that have to do with buried places within us, the residue of early trauma that remains unresolved. We win when we pay the closest possible attention to everything that happens to us now, especially in terms of interpersonal connection, both within and below the surface layers of our personalities. By becoming more conscious of our early wounding, and accepting ourselves in this way, we have the capacity now to move beyond previous painful circumstances, and to heal in these dark places within us

The new planetary archetype of Eris is similarly triggered at the timing of this month’s New Moon, and also the Full Moon of November 25th, another extremely powerful lunation. Eris represents a Feminine Warrior energy in support of deep soul intention. Her highlighted presence toward the end of November and on into next year, particularly over the summer, about six moths away, acts as a powerful stimulus for standing up for what we most profoundly believe, vitally necessary in these times of individual and cultural metamorphosis.

Heading into the ending of a climactic 2015, Pluto and Uranus are drawing nearer to being once more in perfect square with each other, just as they were at the beginning of the year. We still therefore remain in the transformational stew that is the hallmark of this extremely potent decade. We are changing, at times slowly and at times by means of the rapidity of sudden epiphany concerning our situation, as indicated by the powerful positioning of Uranus during this turning of the year. We are enjoined by the cosmos to do our best to stand and deliver, coming always closer to embodying the deep soul purpose that we hold inside ourselves, as we can manage to discern it.

ARIES (March 20-April 19) This is another untamed month for you, Aries, amidst a series of such cycles. You are filled with energy for escapades of a quirky kind, as you discover new meanings in partnership connection that inevitably lead you back to your own arc of development. By fits and starts you are finding your way home to your own inner truth. This is more than a little wild, and yet also informative, allowing you to see more deeply into what is going on for you near the end of a powerful year. You are finding that the changes in your career and professional life, with which you have been involving yourself for many months, do not abate but rather intensify, although perhaps with a richer pay-off in terms of more complete understanding of your situation, and of the profound process in which you currently find yourself.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19)  A vitally informative month is coming up for you, Taurus, one that finds you in a process of arriving closer to discovering your life purpose, and the underlying worldview that supports it. You are also investigating, by means of intuition, the depths of your own inner world. As you do, you perhaps encounter a strong commitment, through the subtleties and the veiled illumination of the hidden places within you, to better understand your inner world. Partners become extraordinarily important in this enterprise, providing both mirror and foil for your own depth explorations. You are focused on accomplishment of an unusual kind, so that it is not achievement in career and profession, alone, which moves you. Inner intention provides a more important set of priorities, which must be acknowledged in order for you to experience true and lasting success.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20) You come upon an exciting month, Gemini, as you propel yourself forward into new ideas about your life direction. You have been reviewing your situation over the course of a perhaps difficult summer, when your self-expression has been the subject of a great deal of meditative inquiry. Surprising events and sudden epiphany continue to light your way forward, so that you are constantly processing the multitude of your potential plans. You could also be tuning more intently to the residue of early trauma in the hidden places of your unconscious, and the effects of these upon you, now, in your current stage of greater maturity. Inner investigation is called for, and extremely valuable. It serves you when you remain as aware as possible of whatever prevents you from following the star of your inner purpose that guides you onward.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is another amazing month for you, Cancer, when you are dealing with innovation and fresh insights at multiple levels of your being. Your professional life has many facets now, with twists, turns, and surprises, so that you find yourself struggling how best to make your way forward. It might take a move to the inside. The question of your fundamental life direction concerns achieving joy as well as practicality, while engendering soul growth. This applies to key areas for you: family ties, self-expression, and relationship. There is a way in which partners, both intimate and professional, hold the key to navigating concepts of higher purpose. You are coming into contact now with a set of values that transcend egoic concerns, and superficial rewards of the marketplace, in favor of what might only be capable of being discerned from a deeply interior perspective.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an amazing month for you, Leo, as you near the completion of a momentous year. The beat of major change continues apace, possibly involving your work environment or health regimens, with most recent developments being sudden, and filled with unexpected enlightenment. You are finding your way into greater clarity concerning what life is about for you, this time around, and communicating to others around you, with verve and élan, the profound inner truth that you feel. In many ways what is your lifeblood right now lies in reaching out to simpatico peers, and also family members, and you are focusing much of your creative effort in this direction. You are feeling into what you might be able to conceive as a mission of service to the greater good, as you make your way toward greater understanding of your soul-level life path, in alignment with deep intention.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) Your values are on the line, Virgo, as you come to a time of decision, after recent passages of profound introspection. You are subliminally very aware of your unique point of view, that represents an invitation from deep inside you; a level of intuition that always tells you true as long as you can muster the trust to open to it. Your artistic self-expression has been rocketing through a series of changes for many months now, which have been major in their impact, and you are still coming to further layers of the onion. Inner realms hold the key to plans and shades of awareness that have long been locked up inside. When you take the opportunity to explore these deeper areas of your being, you ultimately come to a more integrated sense of yourself; arriving at one measure of what your life is all about.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another highly significant month for you, Libra, as you come closer to understanding your inner as well as outer layers of motivation and life direction. In many ways, your unconscious process is calling upon you to recognize and respond to its profound information, with your actions, and by paying attention to inner priorities. New concepts of self-definition are part of this inquiry, in response to the recent New Moon in your sign. You are dwelling in spaces of visionary imagination, so that you do well to write down your dreams when you awake, or to journal regarding your self-discovery. Your ongoing investigations, both internal to yourself and regarding your relationship connections, speak to where your life is taking you, and how best to navigate the new psychological territory that you find yourself entering.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a very interesting month for you, Scorpio. The recent New Moon from the previous month brought surprises with it that you are perhaps working through only now. These more specifically involve your workplace or your family dynamics or perhaps habitual health regimens that you are revising. The subsequent Full Moon in your opposite sign a few days past implies that your thinking regarding the very concept of partnership is also coming into a new phase. Recent contemplations of your inner world have brought up issues of motivation for what you most truly desire to accomplish, long-term. Ultimately, you are seizing the moment provided by this month, and punctuated by the New Moon of November 11th in your sign, to take renewed inspiration and practical steps toward for what you might be willing at this point to term your life mission.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is another climactic monthly cycle for you, Sagittarius. What you are all about right now hinges on career and outer world performance and its accolades, with, however, significant stirrings beneath the surface layers of your personality. You have been going all out in a mode of serious commitment to your work in the world, discovering further ramifications as you go. As is becoming more and more obvious, you are slowing down in order to go within, and this is part of an ongoing transformation of values that has also claimed a great deal of your attention, in hidden ways. You begin to feel inner priorities to be as important as outer ones. Your intuition is sizzling, and leads you to unique self-expression that more fully encapsulates the true you, that is only just now in the process of being revealed.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is an excellent month for progress, Capricorn, although not of the more obvious kind. You are still mightily transforming, and as you do, are drawn to inner realms of dream imagination, unfamiliar, and yet perhaps the place where your most important product lies. You could benefit from writing down your dreams, as you reflect on where your life is taking you at this critical juncture. Everything becomes clearer when examined from the standpoint of deep intuitional knowing. You encounter leaps in understanding, and also in personal impact, once you accept the information that is coming to you in this way. Your work in the world thus assumes importance not only in and of itself, but also for your continuing process of spiritual evolution. The seeming sacrifice is minor on your part. By honoring these inner realms, you enable your entire being to prosper.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is another amazing month for you, Aquarius, providing new vistas of growth and consciousness. Your ongoing and rather intense experience has been epic in terms of personal evolution, in matters of relationship connection and developing worldview. You have recently been engaged in ratcheting up your commitment to a path forward for yourself that makes better sense for you, long-term. The recent Full Moon of late October, just a few days before the beginning of the current month, was powerful for you, and represented an integration of mind and heart, enabling you to navigate public presence with an eye to inner realities. You are growing in awareness, and in understanding. You are revisiting the realms of your unconscious places, mining these vast spaces within you for the gold of a better and more complete revelation of your own deep intention.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) The social and visible world, and its limitations, are very much with you this month, Pisces. You are yet also quite importantly dealing with more subtle vibrations that emanate from deep inside. A shake-up of everything that exists at your surface layers thus makes up one stream of the cosmic energy flowing through you. Your commitment to your endeavors in the world, and their payoff, thus interacts with matters that arise directly from your own deep center, and you seek a big-picture viewpoint that embraces both. Your intuitional sense is correct, that to neglect these hidden places within you would be to imperil your outer world progress as an incomplete or empty exercise. In the context of your depth investigations of issues beneath the surface layers of your psyche, partnership is powerful for you now, and could provide one key to their resolution.

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available  on his website. His new book about Eris, the planet discovered in 2006, beyond Pluto, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon and at AFA.
Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at


Transformational Astrology for October 2015 by Henry Seltzer

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for October 2015  

by Henry Seltzer


The astrology of October features retrograde Mercury, with Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. All three major outer planets are highlighted in the timing of the very powerful Virgo New Moon and Solar Eclipse of September 12th that initiated the lunation cycle of the current month, bringing their enlightening and transformational effects to greater consciousness. This emphasis on major changes still taking place within us continues to the ending of the year. The eclipse also connects us to Saturn, as does the recent Lunar Eclipse Full Moon from the last few days of September. Saturn is also emphasized this month as a consequence of his mid-September entrance into Sagittarius, ending the era of Saturn in Scorpio, which has lasted for the previous two and a half years. We are in for a very focused and limiting time, as we encounter difficulties in making our way forward with our task list, and as the emphasis on brass tacks reality that is Saturn’s trademark totally makes itself known. On the other hand, if we are serious about trying to take them in, the experiences of this month will provide us with life-long lessons.

The solar eclipse powerfully activated the trickster archetype of Uranus, by a close inconjunct aspect. Since the October 12th Libra New Moon is also opposed to trickster Uranus, within one degree, we might well find that unexpected events will surprise and confound us, and feel deep within us the yearning for a new and powerful future vision, the trademark of this outer planet energy. As much as we are pulled in a conservative direction by strong Saturn, we are driven to new limits of spontaneity and daring by the highlighted presence of this visionary energy for change.

Mercury remains in retrograde though the early degrees of Libra, through October 9th, in the sign ruled by Venus, so that the relationships of our lives are subject to extra scrutiny. This focus on relationships is enhanced by Venus in close square to Saturn in the timing of the mid-month Libra New Moon. Venus is also parallel to Mars in the sign ruled by Mercury. It is quite interesting as well that as Venus squares Saturn, the New Moon almost exactly opposes Uranus, bringing both of these antithetical archetypes to bear. As we experience sudden events and epiphanies, especially in regard to our relationship patterns, simultaneously the cautiousness of Saturn keeps us from getting too far ahead of ourselves.

Chiron, the Wounded Healer, is also highlighted this first half of October, being exactly opposed to the recent mid-September solar eclipse. This means that we will have, once again, the opportunity to confront ourselves in the hidden complexes inside us, raised to greater conscious awareness by interpersonal interaction. These are the likely result of early childhood trauma that has been walled away from our more conscious understanding. We win when we can face ourselves squarely in these dark places, without reactivity, judgment or shame, and simply witness our behavior for what it is, the crying out of a painful child-like being living relatively unheard and unknown deep within us.

As we go through our necessary transformation, brought about in part by internal wounding, we might also reflect that the end of the year that is looming will bring back the closer connection between Uranus and Pluto, as we saw at its beginning, and the major revolutionary and evolutionary changes that their combination signifies. This entire decade is predicated on societal and individual change that is both inevitable and vitally necessary if we are to make the planet and ourselves more whole.


ARIES (March 20-April 19) Your intense transformational impulse continues, Aries, and currently involves taking a closer look at the important relationships of your life. You are coming at these from a deeply introspective place, searching out your own involvement. You are perhaps better aware than ever of the mistakes of the past, and what is more, willing to move beyond recrimination and blame, even for yourself. One difficulty you might encounter is that, by opening to your inner process, you give up a false sense of certainty and security. In this transitional inchoate state of mind, confusion reigns, although not forever. Your task, as you can muster the courage to achieve it, lies in watching and waiting for an inner miracle to take place, whereby you feel your steps turning toward a higher sense of purpose, and of presence, finding that within yourself.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19)  You are feeling the pressure to succeed, Taurus, but in a way that does not count as achievement in the eyes of the world. This involves an interior component of accomplishment that is even more real. You are now very alive to inner realms, in synchronicity with the astrological currents swirling around and through you in this important timing. As a result, a portion of your more normal existence seems to be on hold. Your relations with significant others, and with home and family concerns also, has been the subject of a great deal of reflection lately, as you seek the deeper meaning. Your connections with others are slowed, and given a great weight of analysis, to the extent that you can make time for this activity. You are delving down in order that you might rise above, in a manner that reflects fresh knowledge and new purpose.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20) Your self-expression is on the line, Gemini, as you slide into an introspective and deeply transformative month of October. This will see you through many changes, especially in regard to your point of view on what taking place deep within you. There is a definite adjustment underway to the fashion in which you put yourself out there, both creatively / artistically, and also in terms of presentation and goal-orientation. This could seem unique to your present circumstances but has in actuality been building up for some time. You might be questioning every aspect of how you show up in the world. Especially after mid-month you find yourself straining at the bit to be pushing off in new directions. Partnership connection only seems to hold you back, by interjecting a sobering brand of realism. The situation is actually, in the long run, on your side.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is an interesting, intense and introspective month for you, Cancer. Even while your outer world presence is going through its own dramatic evolution, at times rapidly, you are very much drawn to the inside. You are delving into important issues of security and nesting while also exploring your beliefs, and those ideals that you most profoundly espouse in pursuing a path to greater integration and wholeness. Inner wounding is also likely to come up, in a novel manner that gives you a better chance to bring to greater consciousness hidden factors of your personality, likely based on early trauma, that you can now perceive as inhibiting your growth. As you deal with these difficult yet timely issues, partnership considerations are paramount. Along with your basic way of showing up in the world, your patterns of relationship connection are irrevocably changing.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a time of transition and trial, Leo, and yet is ultimately beneficial for you. The travel bug might bite you around mid-month, and in any case there will be significant revelations regarding worldview. Your communicative outreach has been somewhat curtailed lately as a more introspective mood has overtaken you, consistent with the retrograde of Mercury. This makes for a truly terrific time to meditate on your situation, and to journal. The transformational pressure from last spring is still active. This has perhaps been slumbering within you, and is stirring to greater wakefulness this month, and as you head into the ending of the year. In spite of recent gains, doing things in the same old way is no longer cutting it. A mystical exploration is underway, as part of a deep process within you, and you do well to recognize its strangeness as your friend.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) You are riding the wave, Virgo, in the timing of this significant monthly cycle. With the recent Solar Eclipse in your sign, you have before you now an opportunity to remake your world and yourself also. There are internal places and difficulties that you will be required to contend with, because, like any birth, this one could be painful. Your new life is well worth the effort that it costs, as you find your way into greater self-acceptance. Old wounds of interpersonal connection could come to the surface, as you take a closer look at everything that you hold inside. Your current focus on home and family concerns, including your dwelling space, serves you well as you struggle, somewhat, to define yourself. You win by staying true to your evolving core values and defining characteristics, as you come to better know them.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an interesting month of ups and downs, Libra, as you turn to inner process and work though adjustments to your self-concept and your relationship dynamic. You have recently been through many shifts in point of view, and many questions concerning your role, both within the confines of relationship and on your own. Your inner world is strongly calling you, and the discovery that follows of what lies beneath the surface of your mental process, while not always easy to assimilate, is illuminating, and full of long-term lessons. The mid-month New Moon in your sign leads you to further unexpected events as well as insights coming your way through the agency of helpful partners. You are filled with a new mandate for growth, and win when you simply let go, content to wait for the sediment to settle before knowing exactly to what end the river of your life will flow.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is, in essence, another month of powerful change for you, Scorpio, to the extent that you are able to open to it. You are trying to piece together a novel agenda for yourself that takes your interior process more completely into account. Several sets of clues have likely pointed the way for this shift, in the weeks that followed the recent solar eclipse, and you may be excited to follow these to wherever they might lead you. You also might want to note that there are some astrological factors leading you onward, and others that, rather than progressive change, lead you into stasis. A bit of each side of these energies is very appropriate, as long as you can make the great conceptual leap of embracing paradox as a fundamental aspect of the human condition, including your own.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is another exciting, and perhaps somewhat difficult month for you, Sagittarius, when you are drawn to both outer world achievement and as well to inner matters. You are attracted to making your mark on the society that surrounds you, and feeling good about your prospects, yet also perceiving how completely your success hinges on the way that you navigate the tricky waters of your own interior depths. As you become more familiar with what is going on for you beneath the surface, so too will you find greater happiness in simply doing your thing, and in meeting your responsibilities and commitments as you do. You can either consider yourself constrained by these, or else, in a sensation of freedom, feel totally in charge of your own destiny. This happens when you make conscious choices out of where and how you participate, consistent with your most profound soul intention.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a powerful month of achievement, Capricorn, and yet also a time of uncertainty and of trial. It can also be a period of unprecedented growth, as long as you can detect, through self-examination, your true agenda. In spite of outer success, you are very much pulled to your inner world, and might be feeling that business as usual is no longer working for you. This feeling of both success, and as well the need for further investigation of the deeper layers of your personality, grows as time goes on. The thoroughgoing transformation of your very identity, and of your worldview, proceeds apace, and gets stronger heading into the close of this rather intense year. Understanding yourself at deep levels is the key to finding a way forward that is consistent with both outer and inner priorities.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is another rather intense month of growth and change for you, Aquarius, the more so when you are willing to open to the messages arriving to you from the depths of your unconscious process.  It has been a wild ride, these past few weeks, and this continues through all of October, with even greater opportunities to enlarge your viewpoint, both in ways that are organized and not so much, being rather spontaneously in the moment. Your educational system is now highly tuned, and yields rewards commensurate with the energy that you are able to supply to this investigation. You might well find yourself communicating to your peers or writing down even your farthest-out conclusions. The second half of the month sees you in a marvelous place to make progress on your most important product, yourself.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are coming up on a very interesting and rather intense month, Pisces, in some ways a continuation of recent weeks. While remaining quite private and even introspective, you are very aware of outer world responsibilities and commitments, and are enjoying the associated accolades for your achievements in this area. With Mercury retrograding through your intimacy sector, you are also reconsidering many aspects of your relationship dynamic and, potentially, the internal wounding that may sometimes block your best efforts there. Meantime, partnership in your life is a vital and active force, catalyzing you in ways that you did not previously know were possible. As you delve into your own internal patterns and proclivities, your life direction is slowly altering, in recognition of your own deep process, and the urge within you to forge a better match with your most profound soul intention for this lifetime.



Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. His new book about Eris, the planet discovered in 2006, beyond Pluto, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon and at AFA.
Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website

Transformational Astrology for September by Henry Seltzer

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by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of September features Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, Neptune and Chiron. Saturn is emphasized this month as a consequence of his mid-September entrance into Sagittarius, ending the era of Saturn in Scorpio, which has lasted for the previous two and a half years. The mid-Virgo New Moon and Solar Eclipse of September 12th also aspects Saturn in the final degree of Scorpio as he prepares to slide into Sagittarius a few days later. This New Moon opposes Chiron and makes a close inconjunct aspect to Uranus. These two powerful astrological archetypes remain almost exactly thirty degrees apart for the entire month of September.

Neptune is also emphasized as well in this month’s astrology, in part because triggered, just before the month began, by the Full Moon in Pisces, and in part because the powerful eclipse that kicks off the second half of the month has Jupiter in forming opposition with Neptune. The numinous, idealized, and somewhat confusing archetype is therefore very much with us as we navigate the strange waters of September.

September is rather extreme as far as inner planet retrogrades go, with both Venus and Mercury participating in turn. Relationship-oriented Venus remains in retrograde motion as the month begins, stationing to direct motion on the 6th. This timing implies that, for all of us, relationship and financial issues will have their thoughtful and internalized side for at least the first half of the month. Then, in Libra, ruled by Venus, and equally concerned with issues of relating, Mercury retrogrades on September 17th for the remainder of the month, and on into October. The Mercury Retrograde period will likely exhibit the usual symptoms of missed connections, and of mechanical and communicative breakdown, as well as the opportunity to continue the self-reflective theme of the first half of the month, and this would be especially true with regard to the key relationships in our lives. This second half of September makes for an excellent time to journal regarding where life and love is taking us, this time around.

Chiron, the Wounded Healer, is also highlighted in this month’s configurations, and symbolizes early wounding that could arise for healing and renewal in the midst of this crucial time. The strong presence of Chiron in this summer’s series of powerful lunations indicates that you might find that reactivity arises, which in the end yields great rewards when examined. In the process, your investigations could lead you downward, into the very depths of your psyche.

September is the gateway to a quite climactic year-end as well, in which Pluto stations to direct motion, toward month’s end, and as Uranus and Pluto therefore begin to draw near each other once again in forming aspect. Although they no longer touch, in perfect square formation, in December and January they come to less than two degrees. Our transformations are still upon us, and they reflect the cultural changes that we encounter in the surrounding collective. We affect as well that larger outcome by our most concerted efforts to take the high road in all out dealings, and to seek to embody our deepest values, most idealized sense of ethics and powerful concept of right relationship, to the extent that we can manage these lofty goals.

ARIES (March 20-April 19) Welcome, Aries, to the roller-coaster ride brought by this end of summer. You have an impulsive urge toward freedom from all constraints and yet also a feeling of renewed relationship connection, as paradoxical as that combination might seem. One outcome could be that you go for greater spaciousness in the context of existing relationship, while another is that you find the freedom that you seek within your own mind and heart, while reflecting on the relationships in your life and the way in which these impact your objectives. This is so even as you search within yourself for what your true goals actually are. There is a current running through you of deep unconscious process, implying that your dreams are likely to be vivid and revelatory. Your deepest soul intention, revealed to your conscious mind perhaps only in fits and starts, is what most intrigues you now.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19)  This month marks the close of one phase of a powerful period of self-study, Taurus, as is indicated by the recent retrograde of your ruler, Venus, continuing through the first weekend of September. You are mulling over habitual patterns in your life, reassessing nearly everything. You also possess a powerful idealism regarding life direction, and the concrete steps that you might take in order to get yourself there. Your intuitional awareness is quite strong now, so that it pays to tune in. Your self-expression and creativity come more fully into play during the second half of the month. There is a potent dose of spiritual content implicit in the road that you are beginning to travel, although because your current goals are not entirely of this physical world, the inner mandate that you feel can be confusing as well as inspired.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20) You are coming to an interesting and somewhat paradoxical month, Gemini.  While in many ways feeling the restrictions and constraints of the physical world, especially perhaps as expressed to you by the need to compromise with points of view other than your own, you are yet also filled with a sense of idealism that will not admit to any form of limitation in seizing upon what it is you most deeply desire. You are inspired and visionary in the way you see your future unfolding. Your communicative outreach has been a huge focus lately, with an introspective tinge, as evidenced by the way you come from such a very deep place in your recent utterances. This continues into the second half of the month as you enter into a meditative space that takes you even further to the inside and then back out again, deepening your creativity.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is another amazing month for you, Cancer, with developments in both inner and outer realms. You are feeling your way into greater reliance on your own set of values, independent from the effects of early conditioning or others’ expectations. As you rely more on your own powerful intuition to guide you, even with career decisions, you might begin to see yourself trending toward a strong sense of inner purpose that has come to preside over your recent attitudes and beliefs. These inner factors emerge into sharper focus over the course of this current month, especially during its second half, when you are even more introspective, and when partners may play a significant role in helping you to establish your own mission statement. A mystical truth is revealing itself to you, as you have the courage of your convictions to open to this outlandish, and yet strangely familiar, information.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a very interesting monthly cycle for you, Leo. The self-reflective recent retrograde of Venus through to the middle of your sign, just ending in this first week of September, is matched after mid-month by the equally introspective retrograde of Mercury in your communications sector, slowing you down and taking you to internal places, especially with regard to the way that you reach out to others. You are this month redefining to some extent your notion of who you are. Partners are encouraging and also bring a mystical point of view, which could perhaps be confounding or confusing. This month is an excellent time for new insights regarding where you are heading toward the end a crucial year.  It might be best to watch and wait, silently witnessing everything that is going on beneath the surface layers of your personality.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an intensely introspective month for you, Virgo. The retrograde station of your ruler, Mercury, takes place on September 17th, in your sector of resources and values.  Leading up to this date as well, you are deeply delving into your own internals, intent on coming up with the gold ring of enhanced awareness. The mid-September Solar Eclipse in your sign will also prove illuminating, long-term. You are facing squarely into structural alterations within your psyche, and adjustments in response to issues of home and family that have recently come up for you. In dealing with all this it is helpful to focus on your deep intuition and intense idealism, especially in the context of the key partnerships in your life. While sometimes confusing these inner messages from your higher self can provide you, when you ask, with exactly what you need.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another powerful month for you, Libra. You are meditating on where your life is leading you while at the same time, swinging for the outfield, really going for what you most deeply believe. Yu have been going through an introspective time. The retrograde of Mercury through your sign, beginning on September 17th, initiates a continuation of this inner work, when you are even more completely caught up in life direction and what your sense of identity actually means. As you navigate these intense currents, your intuition is vitally important. The information that comes to you could be disguised as thoughts, or as dreams, or daytime dream visions, or possibly as suggestions from dependable partners. It is in any case there for you to pick up on, just when you need it the most, provided that you are willing to trust in the universe to deliver to you its truth.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a potent transitional time, Scorpio, as you head into the closing months of a powerful year. You are more fully aware of what you want, both in terms of outer world achievement and inner realities that you have been recently exploring. Your important relationships and your work in the world are strangely linked as the month begins, and in the case of each, you are asking interesting questions about what is going on beneath the surface level of your more obvious motivation. In the second half of the month, after the September 12th Solar Eclipse and the onset of Mercury retrograde, you more thoroughly explore your own inner workings. You are blessed with optimistic visions for a more viable future in alignment with your core values, which are available to the extent that you can simply believe in yourself to deliver them.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is another month of transformation, Sagittarius, perhaps with new insights and changes of direction. The retrogrades of personal planets have put you in an introspective mode, looking more closely into your choices and relationship patternings for the underlying motivation. You are going all out for professional achievement and acknowledged accomplishment, and generally finding it. There are, however, important opportunities for your improved understanding of your own inner world that are not to be missed. Being so busy, you might be tempted to disregard the inner in favor of the outer, although this could prove to be a grave mistake. Just as you put effort into surmounting your more obvious obstacles, whatever is going on within the hidden places of your psyche, it will yield great rewards now for you to try to tackle the mysteries there. This alone leads you to true outer world success.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a month of deeper realization, Capricorn. You find yourself on a quest to explore thoroughly that which is below the surface layers of your thoughts and your personality. Everything else takes on a secondary importance, including your work out there in the world of commerce. This might in any case, especially over the second half of the month, become a situation of two steps forward and three steps backward, of reaching for the golden ring of personal achievement and never quite managing to close your hand upon it.  A new basis for action has to wait until sometime later in the fall. Inspiration flows into your mind from somewhere deep inside you and lights the way to a more emotional grasp on a new kind of truth, far beyond that which passes for wisdom in the restricted rationality of consensus thought.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is another introspective month, Aquarius. From the timing of mid-August, you are dwelling on communicative outreach, and your curiosity for what is going on with you knows no bounds. You are dealing with issues of self and other, the gifts and also the drawbacks of life in the physical plane that includes the impact of important partnerships, and as well a good dose of re-thinking the deeper meaning of relationship connection. You are essentially fortunate in your finances, although the details are nebulous and perhaps shaped by your faith in others, and of the steadying presence of a benevolent cosmos to come to your aid. In the background of all this, as you continue searching for a more thorough understanding where you are heading, and why, you are looking serenely and seriously into studied alignment with your most cherished values.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a month of confusion, illumination and a call to service, Pisces. You might discover that one or another of these predominates, depending on where you are on your own particular arc of development. Partnership is powerful for you right now, and you are also looking more closely into your relationship dynamic for clues to intimacy with significant partners and with your own deep places. You are finding yourself in others to an extent, especially during the second half of the month, following the extremely powerful New Moon Solar Eclipse in your opposite sign. You are also looking inward, attempting to solve the puzzle of your existence as you come into better alignment with your profound soul intention. The important thing is that you recognize that the ultimate reward is your understanding of who you are, deep down, independent of other voices or points of view.

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. His new book about Eris, the planet discovered in 2006, beyond Pluto, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon and at AFA.
Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website

Transformational Astrology for August – by Henry Seltzer

astrology JuneTransformational Astrology for August

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of August features Venus, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, Eris and Chiron. Saturn is emphasized this month as a consequence of his station to direct motion, at the very beginning of August, in square with Jupiter, implying that your faith might in some ways be tested during this monthly cycle. Saturn also participates in a remarkable configuration at the timing of the August 6th Last Quarter Moon, with Jupiter, Mercury and retrograde Venus in perfect square with Saturn in late Scorpio. Saturn thus adds concentrated mentation, a sense of restriction, and focus to the investigation of all our relationship activities.

Venus is now in retrograde, as of the last weekend in July, as we have been writing about, and is also very much highlighted in the configurations of August. Venus was square Saturn as it stationed, on August 1st, and will be conjunct the August 14th New Moon that continues the current monthly cycle into the final weeks of the month. Retrograde Venus implies that the areas of life that fall into her purview – love relations, commerce, and as well artistic creativity – all will be up for revision and review as we awaken to our highest vision for ourselves, moving forward.

This is indeed a terrific month for transformation of all kinds, because Pluto, featured in the recent mid-July New Moon by virtue of his opposition by a close Mercury-Mars conjunction, is also prominent in the configurations of August. This is most notable in the Last Quarter Moon of August 6th, when the Sun and Moon aspect Pluto, and in the August 14th New Moon in the last third of Leo, when the Sun and Moon are found in bi-quintile aspect to Pluto, with Mercury in forming trine and Mars in contra-parallel. We have been encouraged all year to make major changes, as an essentially benevolent cosmos keeps repeating the message, and the hour is growing late.

Eris was also extremely highlighted in the late-Cancer New Moon from the middle of last month that exactly squared her, while Uranus was slowing down in the sky and getting ready to station a mere three degrees away from a perfect conjunction with Eris. Looking at this significant aspect from one angle, there are surprises in store, especially regarding the way that we align with our deep soul intention, and as well, surprising enlightenment. Prominent Eris magnifies the effects of Uranus, while the Uranus emphasis on Eris implies that in fits of epiphany we are all getting in closer touch with what truly moves us, at soul-level.

Chiron, the Wounded Healer, also highlighted in this month’s configurations, occupying the same degree and minute of mystical Pisces where Uranus stationed, in the last decant of Aries, symbolizes early wounding that could arise for healing and renewal in the midst of this crucial time. This is an indication that old patterns that you are ready to shuck could arise in a sudden fashion, providing insight, and that the way past various problems that reoccur could take the form of a pathway forward that in the process leads you downward, into the very depths of your psyche.

In the midst of another rather intense monthly cycle, we are therefore confronted with what could turn out to be unpleasant realizations. These can however be regarded as a learning experience, and an impetus for change. We certainly have it in us to transform, based on the promptings of our angel guidance, or our deepest intuition, which comes to the same thing in the end. It is not the dreamy result so much as the getting there that deserves our fullest attention. The journey toward wholeness may in some way prove to be its own reward.

ARIES (March 20-April 19).  The time may have come for you to stand and deliver, Aries. For many weeks and months, now, there has been a sense of transformation unfolding. With the advent of this summer’s potent energies, a new and different catalyst has arrived that might enable you to make a more a definite commitment to your spiritual essence. Courage for change seems to rise up within you, and at the same time you find yourself questioning many factors within your relationship dynamic. Working through these may indeed be one key to beginning to move in a new direction, letting go once and for all of trailing through existing ruts. It is perhaps only the fear of change that holds you back; if so you might try the effect of letting go, yielding to the delicious and even delirious excitement to see what actively awaits you around the very next bend.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This is a darkly illuminating month, Taurus, especially for consideration of the important relationships in your life. You are delving down, since mid-July, into the vast and yeasty spaces below the surface layers of your personality. You are also investigating more closely the concept of your artistic vision and self-expressive creativity, and how these relate to your core issues. As you move to more thoroughly explore your key partnerships and your profound inner process, you are also looking more closely into your deepest soul-level intention. You won’t really come up for air until after the summer has nearly passed, with the September station to direct motion of your ruler, Venus. At that time, the new knowledge that you have gained will be your reward for paying the closest possible attention, during this crucial period, to everything that has been going on inside you.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This represents another exciting month for you, Gemini, and presents an opportunity to follow through on a series of important changes over past months that have been gradually gaining greater acceptance and inclusion. The timing of this most recent blossoming begins with the New Moon of mid-July, and might continue in its greatest intensity through to the end of August and a little beyond. The transformational impact symbolized by a prominent Pluto is taking firmer root in the fertile ground of your unconscious process. Uranus, in your sector of societal connection and future plans, also contributes to the startling vision that appears before you, when you half-close your eyes to truly see. This implies making a stand for what you most deeply believe, by taking your deep interior process more fully into account and forging a new alignment of outer intention and inner realities.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is an important time for you Cancer, as you head into the remainder of an intense summer season. Questions of self-definition are percolating through your awareness, while your astrological weather inclines you toward self-reflection, transformation of your relationship dynamic, and rededication to the life path that makes the most sense for you going forward. You are in alignment with a big-picture service orientation. You benefit from staying true to your innermost goals. You now possess an action agenda with yet a strong introspective element, in the midst of an unexpectedly significant and thoughtful period when your values are shifting, especially in the area of partnership and family dynamics. What might color your move toward greater wholeness are therefore issues of self and other, as you deeply study your inner world and your surroundings with ever more profound and serious intention.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an important and complex month for you, Leo, when you will get closer to understanding yourself at deeper levels. You who live so close to the surface of life must at times descend to taste the richness of your own inner world, which seems invisible and yet actually underlies much of what you say and do. This has perhaps come home to you quite poignantly in recent weeks in symbolic chime with the mid-July New Moon gathering of planets in sensitive areas of your solar chart. Your creativity and your core issues are inevitably tied to each other, and you are serious about pursuing the connection. You are fortunate in your circumstances now, and lucky also to have the chance to more deeply delve into what satisfies you with a sense of true accomplishment.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is a poignant month for you, Virgo, and a key timing for change. Your creative output, and as well your offspring in a physical sense, make up a growing factor in the manner in which you live your life, and in how you find your satisfaction. More and more you are choosing the deeper path as the best way through, honoring a part of yourself that you cannot see clearly, although you know is there. Your artistic self-expression is in definite metamorphosis. You have been having intimations of what is going on for you beneath the surface layers of your personality, and with this current monthly cycle some part of this investigation is coming to a head.  This is all part of finding your way to a more integrated self-concept that in addition to the outer sides of your personality prioritizes the inner.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another exciting month of change for you, Libra. Your deep intuition knows what you want, yet in a somewhat indefinable way.  Your presence in the world and your pathway forward have become driving factors for you, and for weeks you have been applying your creativity to these goals. You will spend the remainder of the summer, at least in part, in profound meditation on where your life is headed, and the ways that your current scheme has a strong philosophical and partnership component. You are still changing mightily in the way that you see your deep inner process and its ramifications in your home and family setting.  What might be truest for you is that alignment with your deepest soul intention has become your key to success in the most general sense of that term.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a powerful month for change, and for setting intention, Scorpio, as you necessarily slow down in order to take in. You have for much of these past few weeks been aware of extra energy trending toward the transformation of your worldview and of the way that you reach out to others around you and communicate your deepest truth. You are reaching for a new plateau of comprehension regarding both your basic natural epistemology and your sense of mission, including a service orientation. Your inner mandate is that you act on this understanding in new ways that are more consistent with deep soul intention, thereby bridging the gap between private knowledge and public statement. Significant partners in your life are the subject of your most serious meditation and decidedly helpful in allowing you to make your own way forward.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a powerful month for you, Sagittarius, when many things in your life could alter, and when you are experiencing your creativity in a multiplicity of ways. Whatever you find yourself doing must be accompanied by a sense of deeper purpose. The necessary earthly factors for you to survive materially are an important part of your meditations now, and the subject of important lessons, although your finances might be only peripherally involved. You are spending a great deal of focus on trying to stay in touch with your own inner process. Regarding your artistic creativity, which is varied and also variable, whatever you come up with that is not fully in line with what you feel to be your highest mission will be seen as less important, while whatever is in alignment with that soul purpose will be greatly blessed.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is the time of your life, Capricorn. Your personal roller coaster of a summer continues with an interesting month that brings massive metamorphosis to the extent that you are ready. Partnership is an important area for you, full of introspection and course correction, and with information and activity flow that helps in sorting out your own life path. The extra burden of this month will be slight for one who has been doing their spiritual homework; although if on the other hand you have postponed dealing with your issues, the time has come. As you take up your challenge you achieve a better handle on what you are currently up to, and begin to more fully understand what parts of yourself you must leave behind, in order to inhabit the future space corresponding to your true heart’s desire.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is an interesting and active month for you, Aquarius, representing a continuation of your process of transformation and integration that has been active with you all this year. You are combining the parts of your self that are visible with those that are unknown, hidden deep inside, perhaps becoming projected onto partners and close friends. You may have been making terrific progress, and yet still need that extra gesture on the part of the cosmos. When you are sincere in your inquiry, you might find that an almost magical intervention is possible, that will not only aid you on your quest but point the way to finding the wisdom concealed within your journey. When you are in the right place with your inner presence, you find that doors open where you had formerly thought that there were none.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19)  A complex monthly cycle awaits you, Pisces, when your creativity and your ability to vision new possibilities for yourself are being further tested and seasoned. This is a time of introspection, generally, and of looking more closely into your relationship dynamic. This includes various aspects of the way that you connect with others, including your communicative outreach, partnership of all kinds, and the deeper bond formed through intimate contacts. Day-to-day events and your workplace environment are perceived to be in contrast with that which is beyond any tinge of the mundane world of your physical senses, yet equally fundamental. You are getting to the crux of sorting out the arc of your life direction, which is an evolving landscape for you recently. You succeed to the extent that you more clearly recognize that your inner world holds the key to your future well being.

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. His new book about Eris, the planet discovered in 2006, beyond Pluto, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon and at AFA.
Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at  HYPERLINK “”


A July Month of Transformation and Deep Recognition by Henry Seltzer

astrology JuneA July Month of Transformation and Deep Recognition

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of July features Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Eris. This makes for a potent mix, as Uranus draws nearer and nearer to Eris before stationing to retrograde motion a few degrees away, on July 26th. Neptune and Pluto are both prominent in this month’s astrology, being aspected by Jupiter and Venus in the New Moon timing, and because the Sun and Moon in opposition at the very beginning of July make a trine and sextile to numinous Neptune, while Mercury and Mars in close conjunction exactly oppose Pluto at the mid-July New Moon in late Cancer, just as the Sun and Moon make a close square to Eris. Venus was in close aspect to the late-Gemini New Moon that began the current cycle, from the middle of the previous month, as well as being conjunct Jupiter and trine Uranus/Eris at the timing of the July 1st Full Moon, so that relationship themes are prominent throughout the month.

It is in fact a strong Venus cycle that we find ourselves in all this summer. In recent days, we have been able to see Venus and Jupiter as quite brilliant in the evening skies, drawing closer. They are heading to an exact conjunction in the early hours of July 1st, the same day as the Full Moon, when these two are also in extremely close trine with an empowered Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries. There is thus currently an innovative spirit at work in all our relating, and our attempt to better understand the way that relationship patterns work themselves out in our lives. This is even more true over the next two months, as we head into the July 25th retrograde of Venus, beginning in Virgo, and subsequently traveling backward through Leo all the way to the 15th degree, where she stations direct on September 9th. She will disappear from the evening skies to begin her sojourn “in the underworld,” when closest to the Sun, from August 9th to the 26th. August 26th is the time of her Heliacal Rise when she reappears as the Morning Star to begin a new 584-day cycle, this time associated with the sign of Leo.

Jupiter precisely trined Uranus at the timing of the mid-June New Moon that began the current cycle, and in the Full Moon of July 1st, in conjunction with Venus, remains trine to both Uranus and to Eris, greatly emphasizing their influence, and indicating a month of breaking free of barriers to more fully realizing your deepest soul intention. I have written about Eris extensively, and find her to be a very important planetary archetype, a Feminine Warrior energy for Soul Purpose. Through strong Eris transits such as this one, depending on how her current position at 23 degrees of Aries strikes your natal chart, you will find a greater connection with and determination for what you came into this lifetime to achieve.

The end of July will be an extremely interesting and intense timeframe. Saturn in Scorpio eventually stations to direct motion, but not until August 1st; Uranus stations retrograde in this same timing, on July 26th, only three degrees away from a stationary Eris, thus bringing this brand new astrological archetype into far greater intuitive understanding. The final week of July is therefore a very mystical juncture, jump-starting one’s quest for soul intention. With Venus in retrograde in this last week of July, continuing over the course of August and early September, we will be somewhat isolated from free-flowing connection with others, and more greatly invested in our depths, as we are likely closely examining the impact of relationship on our lives and as we seek to better understand ourselves in these deeper layers of the psyche.

ARIES (March 20-April 19).  This month is amazingly powerful and productive for you, Aries, especially within your own private spaces. You are likely talking up a storm, ever since the late-Gemini New Moon from the middle of last month, with a strong urge to be connected with helpful partners in a meaningful and more fully energized way. This impulse has a contributing factor of being in strong alignment with finding your own way forward into the world, independent of the influence of early conditioning or consensus viewpoints. You are partnering up with important others in your life in a new way – and as you do allowing for more than just a touch of the deeply hidden and very mystical part of yourself to rise to the surface. The adventure of this summer is life-changing; all the more so, the more that you can allow yourself to let go and simply flow with it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This is an amazing month for you, Taurus, full of internal progress opening mystical pathways forward into a more profound future self, which has, paradoxically, a decidedly practical component for you as well. Recent financial ups and downs have served to grant you a vital process of learning and also of unlearning. Something about family – and your inner core knowing – is completing a major shift; so that over the course of this rather exciting monthly cycle you are coming home, in a metaphorical and perhaps even a literal sense. You experience an unexpected perceptual click, a figure-and-ground reversal, and the puzzle pieces spring into place. Everything that was needed to be understood is suddenly conveyed, in instant epiphany, as though, through the many months and even years of preparation, your vision had only now decided to dream itself into realistic activation.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a magic month for you Gemini, full of bright ideas, as you come closer into who you really are. You have it in you now to transcend previous high water marks of personal achievement, with the accent on the personal. You are engaged in finding your own unique destiny, and as your highest, and perhaps your only priority, responding to that soul-level impulse from deep within that really speaks to you. Others have their differing viewpoints, and the contribution of your early conditioning still rings strongly in your psyche, but these pale to insignificance compared to what only you can ever understand about your own pathway forward. The indications are there for positive outcomes. Additionally, the self-satisfaction you gain by following your inner voice brings to you your truest measure of success.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) Mystical realities beckon to you, Cancer. Over the period of the recent intense Mercury retrograde, you have been through an interesting and philosophical process on pieces of yourself that are deep inside you, which this month yields greater clarity. Partnership is vital to you now as well, in part because of what this important area can do for you in terms of more fully understanding what is truly going on, both on the outside and within. Your beliefs are shifting in the direction of greater acceptance of the unseen and the unknown, which only makes sense considering what there is to discover in these very significant hidden realms. Your logical mind has issues with this, but then again, your logical mind must at times admit that it does not altogether run the show.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an important month of change for you, Leo. You are filled with optimism for new ideas, and for the strange learning now coming your way, epiphanies and realizations that are imbued with a powerful sense of deep purpose. Success in the eyes of the world is within your grasp, and depends in part on your commitment to service to others. The first half of the current month represents the best chance that you will have all year to visualize new future worlds for yourself into concrete manifestation. When you think big and stay true to your most deeply cherished values, you will be richly rewarded; if not immediately, then over time. You are getting a novel handle on projects that are, in essence, educational, while yet taking you far afield from the academic pursuits of the ivory tower.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is a very unusual and vitally interesting time for you, Virgo, when the accumulated changes of the past few months and even years are coming to a head, reaching for a new conclusion. You have been questioning many aspects of your outer world involvement, which you are also beginning to see as only one of several varieties of truth that are available to you. It is partly a question of values, and of which of the inner tugs of intuition you are ready to put your metaphorical money on. Partners are an important focus, truly life changing, and redolent also of emphasizing inner priorities. Although overtly professional fronts are claiming a great deal of your attention, you are yet acknowledging that much of your work at this time is on the inside.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is a pivotal month for you, Libra, as you remain optimistic about future possibilities and continue along your chosen road. These past few months and even years have been revelatory, and in this current monthly cycle you are bent on enhancing your understanding of more of what you are truly up to. Your evolving worldview, and your basic idealism, blazes bright for a meaningful mission statement to share with the world around you, and with important persons in your life. Relationship with trusted partners represents an increasingly powerful area for you, providing significant additional inspiration for your ongoing spiritual development. You are maturing beyond where the strictures of ordinary consensus thinking would have led you, finding your own pathway forward, aiming to eventually become the person who you have all along, in some deep portion of your psyche, known that you were meant to be.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is an interesting month for you, Scorpio, full of life-changing excitement, and yet also representing a time that might seem to provide more questions than answers. Over the course of recent months there has been a thoroughgoing transformation of the way that you see the world around you, and in the way that you share your most profound truths concerning your situation. This monthly cycle finds you even more completely drawn to service orientation as a life path. You are working creatively with intimate partners in your life, demonstrating in your finer moments a mystical sense of oneness with the universe and, indeed, all of life. This is a time for delving in deep inside yourself, to try to find a better connection with those you love, and with yourself at these deeper levels of your being.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) Another vitally interesting month awaits you, Sagittarius, especially for the excitement of ideas and of creativity in reinforcement of their outreach. You are moving fast and with spiritual depth, in support of soul purpose. You are also this month continuing your deep examination of partnership in an even more active way. This you can construe as an attempt to expand your worldview to more fully include the nuances of what relationship to significant others in your life truly means for you. There is a liberating as well as a limiting effect, so that your basic urge for freedom is not in the end curtailed, but rather advanced. These more far-reaching implications of what you are up to on the inside do take an intensity of investigation in order to fully appreciate, and will repay that study with a growing illumination over time, as part of your ongoing transformation of values.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is an important month for you, Capricorn. Your soul intention that comes from deep inside is speaking its truth so much more clearly to you now that you have no real choice but to listen, even though the message is an unusual one, and a departure from existing tracks that you have been circulating in for such a very long time. You wind up peering over the top of the next ridge of your steep ascent, toward further goals that await you during the remainder of the year. The major development that you find yourself in the midst of has taken a new turn lately, providing a link between what you feel, at the deeper regions of your psyche, needs to happen, and your actual plans that are being manufactured at the surface layers of your personality.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This month is an important one for you, Aquarius, as you continue to get a better grasp on your creative self-expression – along with its roots that lie deep within your psyche. You are focusing in particular on your professional productivity and reputation as you go even further toward understanding your deepest layers, communing with your own inner world. You are forging in this current month an outer world presence that is in better alignment with internal idealism and your truest values. Relationship is a moving target for you these days, an expanding vista that takes your core purpose and your home environment more completely into the picture. As you study with more deliberate intention the way in which you profoundly connect with significant others in your life, you are simultaneously furthering your own self-development.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a time of great intensity for you Pisces, as you continue to explore issues of identity and self-definition. You are coming through darkness into light, which paradoxically depends on your taking a tour of the darkness first. You are completing an important part of a journey that began months and even years back, and this time around finding out more about yourself at deep levels. Your inspiration springs from profound intuitive sources and implies a new level of commitment on your part, which while it takes you more deeply within, also leads you to more fully explore your communicative outreach to others. Issues of home and family are important now and present you with certain elements of deep intuition and also of the dark and unknown spaces within.

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. His new book about Eris, the planet discovered in 2006, beyond Pluto, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon and at AFA.
Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at  HYPERLINK “”

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