by Henry Seltzer
December’s astrology is extraordinarily wild, even in the midst of the series of intense months we have been seeing lately, and features Venus, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. This is the month that Venus turns retrograde, which only happens every two years or so, each time ultimately introducing a new vision of the feminine. The Venus Retrograde begins on the very day of the Winter Solstice, December 21st and Venus remains in Capricorn about four months in all, until early March. With the heliacal rise of Venus as the Morning Star that takes place on January 17th, Venus begins her Capricorn cycle lasting for 584 days. This is a no-nonsense business orientation for the feminine planet that implies the further empowerment of women in our culture. Just as it was in the sixties, feminism is on the rise, as a definite rousing element of the ethos of these fractious times.
Jupiter, have recently changed to retrograde motion last month, is coming into a renewed opposition with Pluto that becomes activated by month’s end. This makes for a very strong ending to the year as both Mars and Jupiter line up in their respective opposite signs to Uranus and Pluto. Additionally, in the current month, with the timing of the First Quarter Moon of December 9th, Jupiter makes a Grand Trine with Saturn and the Moon. This indicates that while we might have a rocky beginning to the month in many ways, the resolution is nearer to hand then we might imagine and depends on emotional connection and faith that the universe actually has our back.
In this regard, it is interesting to note that one of the cosmos’ best messengers, the planetary archetype of trickster Uranus, is highlighted this month by his station to direct motion that happens at the time of the December 17th Full Moon. Uranus is thus standing nearly stock-still in the sky for the entire month, and is very much emphasized. All in all, Uranus occupies the same degree, and almost the same minute, within ¼ of a degree, for the entire month. With such a strong presence of Uranus in the sky all month long, what is available to us now is a powerful sense of intuition and also the occurrence of surprises leading to unexpected enlightenment.
Uranus, as it stations, also strongly aspects the planetary archetype of Chiron, the Wounded Healer. This implies that intuitional information is also available for detecting where you could have been wounded in your self-esteem in the past, and how such ancient trauma might be currently affect you to this day, becoming lodged somewhere deep inside yourself and seldom consciously accessed. Simply increasing your awareness of these dark and hidden places within you can lead to healing.
The big news this month is, again, Uranus and Pluto. Their square, still close and now intensely triggered, speaks to necessary transformation coming down, in the life of the collective, and in our individual lives as well. Pluto is the wrecking ball, acting in concert with Uranus, symbolizing the vision that supports taking drastic evolutionary action. I know that this message seems a bit like a broken record, always the same thing, repeating. It is an important message nonetheless and speaks to our times, both collectively and individually. The aspect is tight over this end-of-year period, and is triggered by the December 2nd New Moon right at the very beginning of the month. The Uranus-Pluto archetypal combination then returns to greater significance by the time of the Last Quarter Moon of December 25th, Christmas Day. In this final mid-week of December, Uranus in Aries is opposed by Mars in Libra while Pluto is widely opposed by Jupiter, with the Sun and Moon also in Cardinal Signs. This is a very powerful configuration, as is also the chart for New Year’s Eve a week later on, presaging a difficult beginning for 2014.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). Although you are making terrific headway, your massive transformation is not anywhere near complete, Aries. This month you are shifting, along with the cosmic tide, into higher gear. Important partners provide new twists, and become an increasingly vital priority for you as the month unfolds. You are coming into a greater understanding of what you are really up to, at soul-level, both in terms of outer performance and interior realignment. Having just gone through a cycle of inner renewal and reexamination, you are more than ready to move ahead, spurred also by the changing of the year, and the perspectives of helpful partners. Your higher mind vision of where you could be with your life is profound, and speaks to you of unknown vistas that lie ahead, yet to be explored.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19).This is an interesting and quirky month for you, Taurus. You are being pulled like taffy in several different directions all at once. Not the least of these is toward stability and along the lines of responsible partnership. Surprises also abound in the relationship area as well. There are also major implications for inner exploration, and for discovering a better basis for your work in the world, as you ease into a stronger interior foundation that is slowly emerging over the course of an intense year. In the transition to 2014 and beyond, the energy for profound and meaningful change doesn’t stop, or slow down, and might even be said to speed up. The activity takes on a different coloration and form of integration however as the ending of this powerful year continues to unfold.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an important month for remembering who you really are, Gemini. Relationship is on your mind in a big way, and in a manner that involves a sense of self-reliance together with an important and ongoing examination of your own inner word. It is perhaps a paradox that to be totally familiar and comfortable in your connection with significant others in your life, you must first be completely transparent and conversant in your own understanding of what makes you yourself tick, but it is nonetheless simply so. Old patterns of behavior based on prior wounding are also likely to arise. You are delving into the mysteries of life and this includes a healthy connect with your own demons – especially with the ones who are the angels in disguise.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a time of reaffirming your most basic truth, Cancer. Home, family and tribe, always important for you, gets an additional boost through this month’s cosmic currents that affect you most strongly where you are most deeply invested. Your voyage of discovery leads you to more profound connection with others, and with your own process as well, exteriorized out into the world at large. You are seeking a better match with soul purpose as you are coming to know it. Your dharma, or the your soul work that you came into this lifetime to perform, becomes clearer by the day. This month, you have an excellent chance to start fitting the pieces together in a more inclusive picture that allows the world its due, and partnership also, and yet enhances your own powerful sense of mission.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) It’s a paradoxical and in some ways difficult month, Leo. This is for you an essential time of regaining a more fun-loving sense of identity, and yet also represents a further searching out of the hidden places within you. Inner voices speak and, suddenly, your outer work comes to an inevitable pause. The New Moon at the very beginning of December signals expanded self-expression, which is just your cup of tea, to be enjoyed under the limelight. And still, the dark unknown within you calls, making you aware of the deeper questions, the ones without answers. Epiphanies flow and lead you toward important realizations and a renewed sense of soul purpose. No final solution exists, nothing but the determination to explore; to seek, perhaps to find, and never to give up.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month you are entering into a very special time of exploring your roots, Virgo. Home, family, holidays, chilling with close friends, social groups that you favor, some or all of these are there for you to savor. As you morph and grow in self-understanding you are still finding that lightening flash of sudden illumination of dark places within you in the most unlikely of places and coming out of near tears with a smile put there by unexpected connection. You have been these past several weeks on a huge learning curve, no mistaking that. There are still further waves of fruitful exploration still to come, but you might be able to pause for a moment to glance behind you and see just how far you have truly come.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) Your transformational saga continues, Libra. One action-packed month follows upon another as December begins to unfold. The seismic shocks that have been running through your life lately take on new dimensions in this late fall period, which has a lot to do with how you relate to important others and to family and tribe. Interesting twists and conundrums add a very different flavor to this month’s events surrounding this major theme, as your learning curve intensifies and as communication to others around you becomes even more the keynote to your evolving process, leading to further revelations and relationship activity after the middle of the month. Through the course of this climactic month, you are coming to see others in your life, including important family members, in a new way, as a fundamental component.
SCORPIO(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) The beat goes on, Scorpio. Another interesting month ensues, to close out what has been, on reflection, a rather trying and yet exciting year. You are getting a foundational feel for what you truly value and this is the heart of your current experience as you move further along the arc of your personal development and into an extremely powerful end-of-year time frame. It benefits you to continue to explore along the lines of accommodating to spiritual as well as practical realities, and to recognize where you can find the golden mean of allowing both of these almost antithetical sides of life to coexist. Over the long run, you win when you can travel your path of learning and growth without sacrificing earthly needs. This puts you in the right space to continue to move forward.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is the month you have been waiting for, Sagittarius, one of unexpectedly enhanced creativity and greater spiritual grounding that runs all the way through you from your toes up to your head. As this monthly cycle unfolds, you are linking play and work in a meaningful way that enhances both. After assiduously dealing, over a period of months, with the parts within yourself that were wounded in the distant past, you are being given another chance to work your issues from a new angle. This is so, as long as you are willing to witness your behavior from a dispassionate position, while staying as open as you can to non-judgmental acceptance of everything that continues happening to you. When you allow yourself to let go of what no longer serves you, it turns out to be the most magical of seasons.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is an interesting and even quirky month for you, Capricorn, when you are more fully coming into yourself while exploring your roots. Over these first few weeks, with one important part of your mind you are quietly internal as is perhaps typical for you for this time of year. You are also unusually expansive and future-oriented with an urge to be out and doing, so that this is a paradoxical period. The Winter Solstice, as the Sun enters your sign, is always powerful, and this time even more so, with overtones of deep reflection and a reexamination of partnership and your own creativity that extends well into the New Year, as you continue to find ways to visualize the potential for significant connection with others to revitalize and empower your life.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a time of terrific outer world presence and performance, Aquarius, with yet a distinct pull to the inside. In the midst of a fundamentally future-oriented month, with a powerful focus on being visible out in the world, you have the overtones of deep internal process to consider, as you make your way forward. Your plans are brilliant and will serve to align you with important direction long-term. There could also be old patterns of behavior that you have grown increasingly conscious of over these past few months and that could in some way be coming to a head. If so, simply witnessing and quietly observing of your reactions takes you a very long way. Since your life consists of both sides now, it benefits you when each is equally honored.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) It seems that the universe is really out to amaze and startle you with its wonders, Pisces, and that, as another remarkable month ensues, these include a glimpse of your own interior process, perhaps the greatest wonder of all. You are flying straight, right on target for career goals, yet you also find yourself in fluctuating circumstances requiring cosmic grace to get you through. Your finances could be shifting once more, and your course on your own future evolution has yet to present you with your final certificate even though many hours have been spent on the leaning. Through it all, a fundamental optimism prevails. Another important step forward can at least be taken over this powerful cycle that is currently unfolding, one that involves a detour into your own inner workings.
By Henry Seltzer
The Astrology of November features an eclipse plus Mercury, Venus, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Mercury of course is in full-on retrograde as the month begins, stationing to direct motion on Sunday the 10th and only escaping its retrograde shadow on the 27th. Most of the month will therefore represent a time of missed connections and mechanical breakdown, where you might have to do the thing three times to get it right. This is an excellent opportunity to turn inward, to journal, and to experience your authentic self.
The Uranus-Pluto square is very much with us as well, being exact on November 1st in an extremely volatile configuration that includes retrograde Mercury in conjunction with the Sun, so that we are at one peak of the entire retrograde period. Both the Sun in its forming eclipse and Mercury are in close aspect with Chiron, Pluto and Uranus, with Mars is opposite Chiron and trine Pluto. The implication is that we will start off the month of November with a bang not a whimper… or perhaps with both at once.
The Solar Eclipse and New Moon taking place on Sunday, November 3rd, is kind of a big deal, with this same configuration highlighted by the eclipse degree which is in turn in close conjunction with Saturn as well. Meanwhile Mercury has slipped a couple more degrees backward and is conjunct the nodal axis. Since the energy of an eclipse lasts longer, for as much as six months, we are in for a very intense end-of-year period. It is quite significant to note that the Uranus-Pluto square, coming up for yet another exact hit in the spring, on April 21st, is triggered by the November 25th Last Quarter Moon and the December 2nd New Moon, as well as by the chart for the New Year. A tough early going for 2014 is definitely presaged, and this puts quite an interesting spin on the next dates for economic policy show-down on Capitol Hill, which are January 15th and February 7th. It is also increasingly obvious that major changes in political realities in this country and for the world in general are vitally necessary for the health of the planet and for ourselves.
It is interesting to note that Neptune is also highlighted in recent lunations, and comes up again as Mercury stations on the 10th in exact trine to Neptune, and with the Last Quarter Moon of the week of Thanksgiving, taking place on November 25th. Neptune in its own sign of Pisces represents a necessary turning to the spiritual side; this is an otherworldly dimension of higher reality that is also a confusing side as far as business as usual is concerned.
Alongside the collective changes that we can all see coming down, there are personal ones that are perhaps even more urgent, and that we can witness in the development of in our own individual lives. These, too, peak over this intense season between the ending of one climactic year and the early going of the next. Uranus and Pluto have a total of seven exact hits of their square, with the after-effects lasting until very nearly the end of the decade. These next two, counting the current month of November and April, 2014, are the fourth and fifth, and in some ways the most intense of the lot of them. We are all caught up in the fires of transformation, exploring the places in our lives where we are stuck in some dysfunctional way. And these stuck places, while they must indeed eventually yield in favor of our continued spiritual evolution, do not yield gracefully.
Only consciousness provides a way forward, so that we owe it to ourselves to be as aware as possible, as consistently as possible, for the sake of our children’s children, and for ourselves.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is a wild month for you, Aries. Everything in your life has turned topsy-turvy, and yet with a secret purpose; a special form of enlightenment that involves concrete action toward inner goals rather than outer. Your approach to the world of business and career is in deep transformation, that is true, but the secret to what might be called winning is that you deeply tune in to every nuance of what your soul is trying to tell you. This does not necessarily lead to success in the eyes of the world, but it is the key to unlocking your own sense of inner happiness, which in turn will lead you through to where you really need to go. What follows is that you will eventually get everything that you truly want.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). Your world is still transforming, Taurus, and you along with it. The pace of change even accelerates as the year winds down, and you find yourself going all out for understanding. Partnership with significant persons in your life is more important than ever this month, as you reexamine its foundations with yourself. You are puzzling over both where your life is currently leading you and also what has engendered the pain of the separation you may feel, as you move forward into your more authentic self. When you examine your own hidden motivations you discover the true gold of your circumstance, involving relationship with important others in a new way, and an unfolding sense of new levels of self-acceptance. The reward is ultimately in the journey, and in the realizations that it brings.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a strange and wonderful monthly cycle for you, Gemini. The meditative period of the Mercury retrograde is quite special, and for your sign in particular. You have entered into a thoughtful period of time and when the end of the month rolls around, could find that you know yourself just a bit better as a result of your recent musings. There is a focus on soul-purpose that is as remarkable as it is productive of fresh insights. You have an unusually high degree of service-orientation now as well, so that, along with the prayer of St. Francis, you might be willing to state: “Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved as to love.”
CANCER (June 21-July 20) All your systems are go, Cancer, as you continue forging ahead to the inside. With the impetus of the Mercury retrograde in your sector of self-expression, the creativity that you unleash will naturally be more of an internal affair. Your inner perspective informs and underlies all that you see and do. Meditation and journaling opportunities are recommended. You are transforming mightily in your self-concept and in the way that you see yourself going forward into a new world, in terms of career, for yourself personally, and as this relates to more global considerations. Your evolving partnership dynamic is also a potent focus for you now. Fears may still come up but with a philosophically viable approach they decline in their importance, and in their former power to derail you from your soul intention.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a powerful month of realizations, Leo, and also in some ways a confusing time as well. You are being pulled to the inside, in a form of meditative trance or dream, and it is difficult for you to imagine how to react or if any conceivable reaction is appropriate. A multiplicity of realities keeps swimming into your view, as though you were suspended above a deep-sea garden with many and varied fishes and alternately immersed. The picture that emerges when you reflect might simply be too vast to accommodate with your logical mind; and yet, still you try. Exhilaration, trepidation and transformation are all part of the mix, as well as release from fears in favor of basic movement forward, one foot ahead of the other, into a brand new universe of your own contrivance.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month is another that will test your soul, Virgo, but in a good way. As you navigate the inner fires of these powerful days you have the opportunity to burn off all that is not truly serving you. Your exploration of your own hidden places continues. The dramatic transformation of your creative output over this year has been productive of new insights, and now these very realizations take you into new directions. With Mercury in retrograde motion over the first ten days of this month, everything is stop and go. A contemplative stance takes you further along the path of your spiritual evolution than a strictly outer orientation. The fun comes from discovering what treasure you will be able bring with you as you rise back up to the surface.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an amazing month for you, Libra, a continuation of the series of deep changes that you have been encountering all year long. As you head toward year’s end, the cosmic tugs on your consciousness become if anything more extreme. This is transformation from the very base of your being outward, and it involves a new mandate for others in your life as well as for yourself. Family and home will never be the same. Thoughtful reflection provides more profound seeing for issues such as material versus spiritual reward. You are, through it all, making your move to the inside, there to discover both pain and joy. The pain can be the stimulus for process. Others provide inspiration but in the end, you have got to be the one to light your own fire.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a season of deep work, Scorpio, but the rewards are correspondingly weighted. Some painful places inside yourself are being exposed to the light of a more conscious understanding. It helps to remember that any difficulties that you may encounter along the way are there for the surmounting of them. You are engaged in a tremendous learning curve, based on forging better communications with others around you, leading you into new mental and emotional territory. There are concepts that you are ready to abandon, making room for the new. Your very self-definition is a moving target now, a kaleidoscope of wonder. You are also finding inspiration in ordinary day-to-day routines which, when you look at it right, become suddenly charged with meaning. In the simplest of things, you might find intimations of life purpose.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is another in a series of intense monthly cycles for you, Sagittarius. The good news is that you are in many ways more ready for it that you were even a few short months ago. It has been a trying year, and as it comes to the end, perhaps even more so, but the silver lining is in increased self-knowledge applying to the deeper layers of your being, and in a better understanding of others as well as yourself. Many areas of your life are currently affected, including your creative self-expression, which is sizzling and transformatively oriented, but the most significant progress is happening on the inside. Your dreams could be quite active now, and definitely worth writing down. Inner and outer are but two sides of the same coin and the one informs the other.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a magical month for you, Capricorn, in some ways the culmination of a transformative year of change. With the New Moon and Solar Eclipse taking place in your sector of goals and societal involvement, you are networking like mad and placing your bets on a more positive future than has been the recent past. This involves partnership with others, and a re-orientation of values, family life, and even your concept of personal identity. With Mercury retrograding through this same sector you could be massively re-thinking how your operate in the world and where you are heading, so that it pays to wait until at least the second half of November before making any drastic moves. Still you can plan, and dream, intending to refine your vision still further toward month’s end.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a season of change for you Aquarius, as you take on the world around you in an entirely new way. You have been mulling over your approach to outer world performance since Mercury turned to retrograde motion in your sector of career and professional life, over the final ten days of October. You are finding that spiritual goals eclipse material ones in allowing you to arrive at an internal accord within yourself. Equally present are questions about finance and how to gather your resources to prepare for achievement in a way that does not violate your principles. Communication with others around you is one key to the puzzle, and is productive of a series of unexpected revelations over the course of this month that will help to see you through.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an amazing month for you, Pisces, full of what could be construed as trials, and yet, when you look beyond the difficulties, replete with progress of an unusual kind. A powerful eclipse early in November takes place in your higher mind sector, leading to starting new conclusions of an interior variety. You are in any case looking within, in a symbolic chime to the retrograde of Mercury through this same sector. Old habitual patterns that you are more than ready to move beyond could also arise for the healing. While painful places within you are revealed, a startling series of epiphanies opens inner doorways in a way that more than compensates. In spite of all appearances to the contrary, the world is what you make of it.
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. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.
The Astrology of September features Mars, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Mars entered Leo just before the beginning of the month, and thus becomes an astrological factor that is even more feisty than usual. He stays in this compatible Fire sign all month long, and is therefore emphasized. There is also an inconjunct made from a stationing Pluto on September 11th, the twelfth anniversary of 9-11, which is part of a yod formation to Mars involving both Chiron and Pluto, so that this is a time when emotions of pain and anger may run high. In addition, Mars makes several close aspects at the key lunations to Neptune in Pisces, bringing in a shape-shifting quality to this monthly period as well, a time when reality seems only as real as our idea of it, and chameleon-like, changes to fit changing circumstances or momentary moods.
Chiron too is greatly emphasized in this month’s configurations. Chiron represents the archetype of the Wounded Healer, and, accompanying these powerful archetypes for change, represents the pain of leaving behind what no longer works for us. Then, too, an important part of the transformation that will become increasingly necessary as this tumultuous decade unfolds is the recognition of where we have, in the past, been wounded and how we can help ourselves to heal. When you first, acknowledge and then accept the places inside yourself where the residue of early trauma remains, you can begin to welcome all the various parts of yourself to the table. This sets in motion a powerful healing effect, so that as you continue to witness the events of your life, and your responses to them, to begin to unwind the twists and turns of childish reactions to prior wounding.
Pluto, in Capricorn, stations to direct motion on September 20th, just before the weekend of the Fall Equinox, and only 2 ½ degrees away from his forming square with Uranus, which will perfect at the end of October. This will be the fourth hit out of a total of seven, with effects lasting throughout the decade. Uranus and Pluto in combination means that whatever has outlived its utility will have to go. Although this can be a difficult process unless we are prepared to let go, just as with the pruning of a rose bush the ultimate effect is for the benefit of new growth. The triggering of these two outer planet heavyweights becomes more frequent in the weeks ahead leading up to their exact hit on November 1st and still activated during the seven weeks that follow in the run-up to the year’s ending
A close sextile aspect from Saturn also increasingly triggers the Uranus-Pluto square as the month unfolds, so that the momentum builds over the weeks ahead for a more powerful dose of this radical revolutionary and evolutionary combination. Bringing Saturn into the equation increases the momentum for structural changes of lasting value that will eventually coalesce.
We are, all of us, still in process, and after several years of this beginning of this decade of the tumultuous teens, what is more, starting to recognize it. Mary Oliver’s poem The Journey sums the situation before us quite nicely when she begins “One day you finally knew what you had to do and began/ though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice … Little by little, as you left their voices behind,/ the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds,/ and there was a new voice, which you slowly recognized as your own.”
ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is a startlingly intense and mystical time for you, Aries. Your very concept of who you are and whither going might be called into question multiple times during the course of this month. Wild ideas keep coming to you, and yet, while these concepts might seem strange to the ordinary run of superficial events connected to consensus thought, as you align more closely with your own inner truth, you feel their important connection to life purpose. Partnership is potent for you now. You might feel as though intimate connection holds important lessons for you, and that it is difficult to move forward in the way that you would fully wish without absorbing some of these clues for growth, and that you have to take almost everything that is happening to you on both outer and inner levels into account in order to fully benefit. Although you have perhaps not fully acknowledged it, you are in the midst of massive change, and there is no way around but only through.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19).You are coming from an essentially good place, Taurus, making the best of challenging circumstances. Partnership has powerful lessons for you now. A responsibility there could be feeling like a burden, or holding you back. Is this strictly a matter of other people’s expectations and of outer events, with little to do with your own process – or is it somehow a part of yourself that you struggle with? You have a need for inner freedom that is hard to get a handle on and is yet fundamental to your process of detaching from old and outmoded beliefs and perceptions. The pain that you feel could be a question of getting used to a different internal mandate for fundamental change, not only for yourself but also for the society that surrounds you, from which you inevitably draw nurture.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a terrific time of great change for you, Gemini, even though its raw power might at times be a bit difficult to take. Considerations of home, family and tribe loom large for you. You are coming into yourself in a new way over the course of this monthly period but you first must wrestle with a few dragons inhabiting the deep inner spaces within you. They become less scary as you get to know them. Old patterns, perhaps stemming from early childhood trauma, have held you in thrall for far to long, and are at last ready to shift. It takes a combination of imagination and determination as well as the recognition of the need to make significant changes. Fortunately you now have all three of these in large supply.
CANCER (June 21-July 20), Welcome to the next stage of your voyage of inner discovery, Cancer. This is an enormously potent time for you, as the year begins to wind down and as the transformational pressure mounts upon you yet again. You are in a mode of brilliant ideas, leading to innovative future plans, so be sure to write them down. Journaling in general is recommended now because of your healthy self-focus and your growing recognition of internal patterning. The massive changes that you are in the midst of now have everything to do with relationship factors of adjustment and enlightened understanding of old dysfunctional patterns, and yet in another way are all about you and your own ongoing process of getting to know yourself better, from the inside out.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) The summer madness continues, Leo. This is an exciting month for you, when healing, creativity and unexpected enlightenment abound, with also the not unlikely chance for a curve ball of two coming your way as well. A painful process can become a joyous one as lessons are absorbed deep down under your skin; nothing about what is going on for you right now is superficial. As you dig into the practical side of your life, new ways of seeing and of becoming are right around the corner. You are feeling simultaneously a big push to go forward and other cosmic forces that are putting the brakes on hard to stop any and all forward momentum right in its tracks. This is only frustrating if you decide that it is, since everything that is happening to you now is also a huge learning opportunity.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) The stars are inclining in your favor, Virgo, although you might not know it yet; it’s a very special birthday season that is upon you. Only a possible series of difficult interactions between you and significant partners could slow you down, and yet this simultaneously represents your opportunity for growth. In terms of relationship, you could perhaps encounter some degree of confusion as to what is truly going on, detect a tendency on your part toward self-deception or bask in the glory of a lovely illusion that could turn out to perfectly match up with the ultimate reality that you experience. This is all happing in the context of massive ongoing identity shifts so that it helps to remind yourself that you, after all, are your most important product.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is your time to shine, Libra, as your social interactions continue to speed up and expand out. And yet, lots more is going on beneath the surface than is readily apparent. You are discovering more of yourself at deep levels than you originally bargained for. And yet, self-knowledge, like rainbows or butterflies, can never be too much of a good thing. By mid-month your character-building moments mount, as the accumulation of profound life changes intensifies and gradually percolates up to consciousness. You are asked to supply a goodly amount of determination for your true goals; your difficulties could bog you down, although faith in your process is there in abundance for you and will take you far. You are on the right track when you feel the world turning beneath your feet and realize that it is your own motion that you are sensing.
SCORPIO(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is an excellent month for progress, Scorpio, as the path ahead of you becomes while not easier, at least more obvious. You are settling into your vision questing journey now, and nothing can derail you. This is one of those tides in your affairs that can be very productive for you if you go with it like a bold surfer of new waves. You have the ability this month to vision new possibilities for yourself into being. There have lately been cosmic factors that seemingly hold you back but in fact lend focus and concentration to your efforts at redefining yourself. Your creative self-expression is mystical and partakes of unknown qualities, which, if you were to more thoroughly and unflinchingly explore them, would lead you to a treasure house of untold spiritual riches.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) You are on a wild ride lately, Sagittarius, and it is not ending yet. You are fortunate now in outer circumstances and in taking advantage of a combination of good luck and skillful management, plus your recent proclivity for seeing more deeply and of working with helpful partners. This all comes with a responsibility to take account of inner priorities as well as solving the conundrums of the outer. There is treasure that you must somehow reach, guarded in a cave in deep waters and by a series of mean and graceless dragons. As soon as one is slain, another arises to take its place. This might seem discouraging except for the fact that, every time, something important is gained, a new foothold on your spiraling climb upward and into the light of your more conscious understanding.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This continues to be an interesting year, Capricorn, especially so as you head into year end. All the outer planet archetypes are heating up once again, those starry messengers that are indicative of the vast changes taking place within you personally and also in the world at large. You have both physical and metaphorical journeys before you in this transitional month. Surprising enlightenment is always just around the corner for you these days, it is only that you have to know where to look, and be willing to take the chance. Your very idea of your own basic identity is up for grabs, and you also might feel that your dwelling space is in more than one kind of flux, symbolic of a sketchy sense security or a house built upon a moving carpet. When you let go of any and all preconceptions you are very much on the right track.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are really cooking, Aquarius. This is an incredible time of multifaceted activity and of also plumbing your very depths for their ultimate philosophical essence. You are very aware of your outer world responsibilities, and satisfying a fair number of them with grace and style. Thus you are busy doing exactly what you came into this world to do, although in another way, you are still a babe at the breast of the universe trying to find out what it is that you truly are up to. Cosmic energies conspire to teach you – through the agency of scintillating communication with others in your circle of peers, and as well through your own dream fantasies and waking visions – more of what your higher Self yet wants to make of you as you pass through this exciting amalgam of earthly and spiritual planes.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an important month for you, Pisces, in the midst of an important year of transition. In spite of encountering difficulties, you are getting stronger and more comfortable now with your own transformation, and also in recognizing that this is not change for the sake of change, but rather resulting from a series of signals that the universe is moving in some very definite directions, and is taking you along with it. You are forging new strength and a new determination to thrive in terms of your own priorities. You are going through not so much an identity crisis as an identity explosion, at least in metaphorical terms. When the pieces are ready to return to earth, they fall, but not by chance. They will take up a new configuration far closer to what you truly feel is important to you, on the inside.
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. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.
The Astrology of August features Chiron, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Mercury is now in direct motion, and escapes its retrograde shadow on August 4th. This is a major shift in the energy, especially since Mercury goes right into Leo, by August 8th. Up to now, and continuing into the present month of August, it has been a powerful time for the Water, or feeling element, where three important planets reside: Jupiter in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in its own sign of Pisces. At the beginning of the month, Jupiter moves away from the trine with Saturn and Neptune, and comes into opposition with transformative Pluto and then, following that, into square with Uranus by the time of the New Moon of August 6th. This is a powerful configuration, redolent of intuitional leaps and new beginnings in the realm of ideas and inventions. The New Moon also strongly aspects Chiron, the Wounded Healer, in Pisces, bringing in with this crucial timing another dose of the feeling element.
Jupiter in Cancer, the sign of its exaltation, is powerfully activated currently, making strong aspects to Pluto and to Uranus as the month continues to unfold. Uranus, recently stationing to retrograde motion, is moving extremely slowly now and is thus even more powerful, as it moves backward through the middle decant of Aries, preparing to intersect with Pluto once more in the fall, on November 1st. The trickster archetype is alive and well, as dramatically strange headlines continue to reinforce, and represents the chance for unexpected enlightenment in our own lives as well, as events continue to conspire in bringing the potential for flashes of intuitional information and for startling epiphanies.
The Saturn-Neptune trine that has been so dramatically present all through July, now begins to fade, but remains as a background factor, with its symbolism of grounded spirituality and yet also an uncertainty with regard to outcomes. A T-square to Saturn at the very beginning of the month sets the tone for the continuation of this interesting and ultimately educational dynamic, while at month’s end, Neptune is also activated, by opposition from the Sun at the time of the August 28th Last Quarter Moon.
Uranus and Pluto in combination are also powerfully configured in this month’s patternings, as they begin to form again toward the next exact hit of their square aspect, the hallmark of this decade, coming up once more in the fall for the fourth of seven times. Jupiter begins the month of August in opposition to Pluto and ends in perfect square to Uranus, emphasizing their planetary aspect of revolutionary activity in both our individual lives, and in the life of the collective.
The most exciting – and yet also perhaps daunting – factor in this month’s astrology is Chiron, the Wounded Healer, which is triggered at the time of the August 6th New Moon, and then again at the time of the Full Moon of August 20th by a trine from Jupiter and an ongoing aspect from Uranus. Venus begins the month in opposition to Chiron, so that, especially in the early part of the month, relationship issues could be a factor in triggering our deeper wounded places.
There was already in this summer’s configurations a strong pull to the profound unconscious depths that lie within us, and this gives us yet another chance to look more closely at where we have in the past been wounded and how these early experiences play out in current circumstances, creating patterns of stuck places that will not respond to efforts at healing them until we are willing to apply our compassionate embrace to their issues. Only when we can accept ourselves at these deeper levels will we be able to move beyond knee-jerk reaction to a calm and studied response to interpersonal issues, as they arise.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is an interesting summer, Aries. You are meeting self in novel ways, in the wake of the meditative Mercury retrograde period from last month in your sector of home, family and tribe. You have been experimenting with familial connection in many different modalities. And yet, all your relations take you further into your own world, awaiting you in intriguing fashion, as long as you have the patience and the inclination to explore your vast and yeasty inner terrain. As you continue to find a subtle and somewhat nebulous satisfaction in getting both further and more mystically structured, you are experiencing startling new insights almost daily. The real task for you is merely to remain as receptive as possible, and to stay fully open to all your possibilities.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is your time to shine, Taurus. Your self-expression is very active now. Having survived last month’s retrograde of Mercury through your communications sector, you are in a very different place regarding life and love than you were last month; and still journeying. This month gives you the chance to ground yourself as you also continue to explore your depths in ever new and ever changing ways. The best method of approach might be to regard everything that happens as an on-going learning experience applying at all levels. You find that the perspectives of others become even more valuable after they have been allowed to percolate for a while through your unconscious. It no longer works to dismiss what you cannot directly see, feel and hear with outwardly directed senses.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). Your personal times are certainly still changing, Gemini. This is a time of reorientation for you, following the month-long retrograde of your ruler, Mercury, through your sector of resources and values. You are seeking to relate to others around you in a new way, and perhaps to neglected parts of yourself also. You have been taken rather far toward the inside, and are now seeking to integrate the information that you have gained over this sojourn, like a deep-sea diver coming up with treasure. This month is an excellent opportunity to journal or put your thoughts down in written or even spoken form. In this you are aided by the recognition of the paths of others, in some ways different but in other ways similar to your own.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a month of vision and of new awakening for you, Cancer. You are stirred in unexpected ways at this time. Since the recent month-long retrograde of Mercury through your identity sector has passed, you are also likely to be mulling over the events in your life with the idea of rewriting the script. You are determined at this time to stand strong in a more uniquely individual attempt to be yourself and nothing but. You are feeling a sense of graceful epiphany and also sensing the transformational pressure to use this sense of fortunate progress to get on with what, indeed, you now feel that you came here to do; however that idea strikes you and whatever the task is that you feel most connects you to your deepest purpose.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) Your intuition is sizzling, Leo. You have been on a weeks-long sojourn through the dark spaces behind your normal waking awareness and have emerged refreshed; you are now ready to take up the outer layers of the planetary ebb and flow with fresh vigor. Something in your day-today round of service to the surrounding collective is changing over time, and changing forever. The insights that you have gained over the recent month of meditative reflection do not stop coming, but rather intensify. As the summer wears on, in this your birthday time of the year, you are still continuing to delve into secret depths, perhaps with more focused concentration. Further exploration reveals greater hidden treasure in the form of old patterns that you are now ready to move beyond.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) The inner exploration keeps building, Virgo. This is a month of breakthrough and integration, following and partially based upon the recent retrograde of your ruler, Mercury, through your sector of friendship and group affiliation. You have therefore been reviewing and renewing yourself with regard to your societal participation, attempting to find the fit that will take you to the next level of your life purpose. You are more ready to make use of what you have gleaned from self-examination, and yet still in many ways dwelling within unconscious realms as you push forward into further discoveries. By staying open to your inner world you find new ideas and cosmic epiphanies that shake you up in a good way, and that create a new form of intimacy with others as well as with yourself.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) Your journey toward wholeness continues, Libra, as you vision new possibilities for yourself that has a broader scheme as its basis. This is an important time of internal change and reorientation; another period when what is happening on the outside does not reveal anything close to what is actually going on within you. The recent retrograde of Mercury through your career sector symbolized a thoroughgoing review and re-examination of your goals for your work in the world. This combines with a newfound determination to succeed within the framework of a more solid understanding of yourself that takes your deep interior process more fully into account. You are receiving loads of intuitive information from partners as you move toward a more compassionate embrace of the universe that surrounds you.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is another in a long series of interesting months for you, Scorpio. The transformational pressure that you have been experiencing lately does not let up, although it changes in form and dimension. You are in the midst of a powerful learning experience that has been spurred on by the recent retrograde of thoughtful Mercury through your higher mind sector, culminating in realizations that take you beyond previous limitations to your evolving worldview. This month is equally strong in bringing you to a new sense of purposeful intention regarding outer world commitments and career priorities, as well as new forms of self-expression generally. The surprising revelations of the early going might force departures from preexisting plans but are also just one further reminder to stay flexible.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) Your momentum of intense change is on-going, Sagittarius. This summer has been a powerful time of inward realization, with the long and intense Mercury retrograde contributing, a trend that continues into the current month. This is an action-oriented month for you, although again mainly action on the inside, since your hidden places remain an important focus. You are a voyager in search of intimacy and connection, recognizing more and more clearly that the investigation begins with your own inner depths. There are dimensions to your recent experience that defy rational description, and that can only be referenced by a process of deep intuition. You are on a spelunking expedition to your inner world that will eventually bring up treasure, and it is fortunate that you now have the tools available to you to dig down.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The road is its own reward these days, Capricorn. You are on a transformational mission, as you have been for many months now, and you no longer even care very much where it might lead you. Fuzzy logic has taken over. Especially over the course of this slightly insane summer, you are finding spiritual sustenance in unusual places, and more specifically in the process of investigating your own inner depths. Your explorations on the inside involve intimate others, and helpful partnerships of all kinds, as well as important soul connection that serves as a catalyst to your own inner alchemy. Friendships are in flux, along with the group affiliations that you favor, as your worldview morphs to accommodate new ways of being in the world. For you right now it is truly stated that the way down and the way up are one and the same.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are getting on with it, Aquarius. As you head into your own unique future tense, there are, in addition to the angel presences of your deep unconscious process, connections with significant others that guide you in your researches and assist you in finding your way. Coming out of a relative fog, you are making a fresh start on relationship; while at the same time you are also more fully aware than ever of a cosmic mandate to remain yourself at all costs. This current month is in one way a preparation for a more arduous time of even greater transformation, still to come over the latter part of this year and on into the next, that affects your entire understanding of your own inner world, the place where you are truly yourself and no one else.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is another in a long series of life-changing months, Pisces. You are coming into yourself in new ways, and perhaps in sturdier fashion, following the tangle of last month’s Mercury retrograde experience in your self-expression sector. A fundamentally optimistic outlook has prevailed, but has also encouraged you to rethink and to in some manner redefine yourself. In the present month of August, a softer and more resilient you is emerging with however a continuation of the serious purpose and the sense of limitation that you have been feeling lately. There are definitely angels in the woodwork that are ready to come to your aid as you fight the good fight, struggling to understand and eventually transmute into gold your plans for a future that you can really live with.
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. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.
The Astrology of July features Mercury, Chiron, Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune. Mercury is in retrograde in Cancer throughout the month, when you take the period of its retrograde shadow into account. Mercury changes to direct motion on July 20th and escapes its retrograde shadow in early August. The usual symptoms of missed connections and mechanical breakdowns are likely to be present, with the inner reflection that is also characteristic of this period as our mental process runs backward. Searching within is made all the more poignant by the realization that important choices eventually need to be made if life is to go on in the most valuable way. This summer might be just the time to rethink core beliefs regarding where your life is taking you; it could be amazing to contemplate what you can indeed accomplish when you reorient yourself to soul purpose.
Perhaps the biggest news of these current configurations is the long-standing trine alignment between Saturn and Neptune, which lasts all month long. Jupiter, having moved into Cancer, forms its own trine with each, making a grand trine, getting stronger throughout the first half of July and peaking on and after the July 12th weekend. The energy of Jupiter is to expand and make more prominent. Saturn in Scorpio represents, paradoxically, a shutdown of emotional connection together with a concentration and a focus there. We stop, look and truly listen to what our deep inner voices are saying. When farmers want the water in the irrigation ditch to really soak in, they slow down the flow. As we do, it helps if we can attempt to be as free as possible from any and all preconceptions or agendas, trying for simple presence.
Neptune is equally prominent, in the Water sign of Pisces, in very nearly exact trine to Saturn, with Jupiter in trine with each for the first two thirds of the month, through the Full Moon of the 22nd. Mars also comes along by the 16th to add an even stronger burst of energy to the Saturn-Neptune trine. Neptune represents the unknown, elusive and illusional part of our inner world that reaches beyond the everyday one of getting and spending, connecting to dimensions that transcend the physical plane. When you enter Neptune’s realm, a certain suspension of belief is required, and this helps in getting closer to understanding yourself at the deeper emotional levels that the Water signs imply. You could think of this powerful mid-month grand trine, with Mercury retrograde, as a respite from business as usual, and from the angst and fraught decision-making of these climactic times; an energetic promotion for our society’s long-overdue evolution toward a more compassion-oriented network of interconnection.
Chiron, the Wounded Healer, also prominent in Pisces, represents another factor in the current cosmic landscape of planetary archetypes. Chiron is aspected by Venus at the moment of the New Moon, and by Mercury when it stations to direct motion on the 20th. Chiron represents, as Neptune does, and as the Water signs in general point to, the deeper and more unconscious parts of ourselves, and the parts most likely to be overlooked by our everyday minds. Underneath the surface there may lurk vestiges of ancient trauma, since we typically could have closed off access to the memories of inner childhood wounding as too painful to admit to conscious awareness at the time. We are being given another chance to accept and acknowledge these walled-off parts of ourselves by the prominence of Chiron in this monthly cycle, together with the inner orientation provided by this concentration in the Water element.
Summing up, this month’s powerful Saturn-Neptune trine gives us a break from day-to-day concerns and angst. This last is represented more by the Uranus-Pluto square, still active and returning with yet another exact hit in the fall. We are on the path, like it or not, and entirely prepared or not, and there is nothing to do about it except to put one foot ahead of the other with as much consciousness as we can muster. We benefit along the road by taking a rest from our labors and peering inside ourselves to obtain what glimpses we can of our deep inner process.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). You are paradoxically expanding your vision outside of yourself by traveling within, Aries. In the midst of an active summer full of the outdoors, you are taking a trip into the vast and yeasty interior of your psyche, delving down to discover your own hidden spaces. Mystical progress surpasses run-of-the-mill achievement in aliveness for you right now, and for the richness of the reward also. Your intuition is sizzling, as it has been for many weeks and months, although with now perhaps a greater edge, since you are more open to receiving the amazing information that comes through your angel guidance from your Higher Self. As you meditate on the ultimate importance to you of home and family, radical change continues unabated in how you see and do your outer world contribution.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is a dynamic month for you, Taurus, one where expectations falter and inner trumps outer in significance. Being true to yourself might turn out to be more valid than success by any other measure. Since Mercury remains in retrograde through your communications sector, you might miss the mark on keeping caught up, while staying current within an important meditative awareness of personal issues. There is room for confusion and illusion as well as the excitement of finally taking significant steps with ditching old patterns or at least getting a better handle on them by catching yourself in the act. Partners can appear as mentors now, or else personify that critical voice reminding you of parental issues that you are more than ready to discard and move beyond.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a special month for you, Gemini. With Mercury retrograde in your sector of values and resources, you are spending some serious time rethinking all your possibilities. It is perhaps strange, and definitely confusing, to be so internally motivated. You are questioning your foundations, and this could be a good thing, allowing you to see beyond the superficial reasons for doing what you do. With one part of your being you are very aware of ancient patterns stemming from old wounds that could be holding you back from your life’s fullest expression, while another side of yourself goes along with the daily business of living. The sunlight shines into these darker places at times like this, when you can forge a connection between incongruous parts. Good fortune follows sincere inquiry.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a powerful time of empowerment for you, Cancer, and a thoughtful and almost meditative one as well. With Mercury retrograding through your sign, nothing appears the same as it was. You will come out the other side by month’s end, a little mixed up but definitely further along that when you started. You have all the keys at your fingertips, and have, perhaps, only to find the will to use them, and the daring within your thought process to make sudden departures away from previous norms. The universe is calling you to attempt a mystical slant-wise approach to all your conundrums, so that they disappear as they were and become minimized from the standpoint of this slightly different perspective, as though you were able to apply new combinations to old locks.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) The time is right for exploring interior realms even more fully, Leo, as you link your head more up with your heart. Your usual out there persona is taking a break this month and it gives you the chance to meditate on what lies within. Strange happenings could transpire to affect both business concerns and your relationship scene, and these could throw a temporary monkey wrench into anything that you have entirely planned out. In a time of Mercury retrograde you can expect the unexpected. Such starting events do succeed in bringing enlightenment in unusual ways. While not a good time to make anything happen according to a pre-arranged agenda, on the other hand this is an excellent time to journal or to simply reflect on where your life is leading you.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an interesting month for you, Virgo, but not one for making large-scale investments in a wavering series of targets. Since your ruler, Mercury, is retrograde all month long, in your sector of friendship, societal connection, and future plans, you are likely to be tempted to change course with life direction and social groups that you favor not once, but several times. You are in the midst of deep reflection, that’s for sure, and spending time thinking over and then again re-thinking all that you do to connect up with where you feel your life heading these days, and how you involve yourself in greater social commitment. Although not good for new decisions, this is nevertheless an excellent period for depth research, into these and other, more personal, issues.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an entirely multifaceted month for you, Libra. On the one hand, with expansive Jupiter and the New Moon lighting up your career sector, you have all cylinders firing as you get ahead in outer world pursuits with verve and panache. On the other, Mercury is retrograde there all month, and the recommendation is for allowing the murky stream of your life activities to settle and clear before making any drastic forward-going decisions. If you are stung by vague fears and internal controversies, you are right on time with how the cosmic forces now incline. The good news is that you will emerge out the other side in August both more informed as to your inner world and, from this integrated place within yourself, better able to make good choices.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a mystical month for you, Scorpio. In the midst of an action-oriented summer that is full of surprising turns of events, you are spending much of your time meditating on how you make sense of your surroundings. New perspectives beckon, and threaten to confuse, as you continue to handle a sense of limitation in your activities while simultaneously accepting that a very foggy and unconstrained sense of yourself and your happenings continues to bemuse your soul. You desire above all to get further into your own internal truth of these matters, which is anything now but simple, and in pursuit of that aim are going out on some very spacey and otherworldly limbs. Although the truth will set you free, discovering which of many truths you intend to subscribe to is quite another story altogether.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a month of emotional logic and intelligent feeling tone, Sagittarius. Key relationships in your life are getting a boost and this involves greater closeness with others, as indicated by the retrograde of Mercury through Cancer and the subsequent entrance of Jupiter there. All this is true, and yet the most important intimacy that you can discover is within yourself. While you encounter greater closeness with significant others you are exploring your depths with similar passion; and the one feeds directly off the other. You are meditating on inner attitudes, and prior wounding, to the point where you almost cannot distinguish your inside from your outside. This can be maddening but ultimately gratifying as you find in the end that you are more integrated in your feeling nature and as a result more whole.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The cosmic energy is right for relating, Capricorn. At the same time you are mulling over the essence of what relationship really means to you as you partake of the meditative spirit that is another hallmark of this month’s energy. As you chart newer and more open paths toward a livable future, attempting to integrate strange information from the very deepest parts of your psyche, you are making a fresh start on joint solutions that include others in the mix as well as yourself. Others count with you very much right now, and can be helpful in business arrangements. You have a tightrope to walk between paying respect to the opportunities represented by honoring your partnership connections of all kinds and continuing to toe the line for fostering your own self-development.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are fairly bursting at the seams this month, Aquarius. Something is pulling you to excel and not in the usual ways of the world but with your own voice, although discovering what exactly that might mean for you might be an odyssey in and of itself. Meanwhile you are also, in view of the retrograde of Mercury passing through your sector of higher purpose, thinking carefully in a deep form of meditation regarding the life choices that you have made in the past and where you are now headed with them. Something important is calling you, and it comes from deep inside yourself, and it is uniquely your own. All the talking and purportedly causal thought process of the normative world around you cannot touch it. Only your intuition holds the key.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a month of conditional empowerment, Pisces. Your playful expression is sizzling and your sense of what you bring to the table, especially in terms of artistry and creative vision. You are feeling also the constraint of wanting to be fully in alignment with inner purpose as you are coming to know and understand what, indeed, that might truly consist of. Mercury is retrograding all month long through the self-expression sector of your solar chart and you might be spending more time in quiet inner contemplation of who you really are than in spinning out that overflow of personality into the world around you. As you go through this monthly cycle you will come much closer to getting a handle on a big-picture viewpoint that has both its fanciful and as well its practical elements.
by Henry Seltzer
The Astrology of June features Mercury, Venus, Saturn, and Neptune. Mercury resides in the sign of Cancer for the entire month of June – and also throughout July – because of its upcoming retrograde on June 26th, a week after the Summer Solstice of June 20th when the Sun itself enters Cancer. Thus, in the last week of June and for the first two thirds of July, and potentially into August, we will likely suffer the usual Mercury retrograde symptoms of mechanical breakdowns and mismatched communications, while our interior dialogue looms large and feels more profound.
This is the second such period in 2013. You might reflect back on whatever happened for you in late February. All three Mercury Retrograde periods this year, including the one coming up next October, are in fact in Water. Since Mercury symbolizes a mental energy, and the astrological element of Water represents the emotions, these times are edgy, as Mercury is not entirely at home there. You could look at this in two ways. On the one hand, everyone’s thoughts are confused and “at sea” so to speak; and on the other our emotional detectors are on alert and are more directly stimulated, improving the connections within ourselves between mind and heart.
Venus, too, is emphasized in June’s configurations. At the time of the June 8th New Moon and slightly before, Venus aligns into a very close Grand Trine with Saturn and Neptune. All through the first week of the month, in fact, either Mercury or Venus participates in combination with these outer planet energies, which are in and of themselves antithetical to one another. Saturn and Neptune’s close trine, lasting through to mid-August, does allow them to have a constructive dialogue with each other, and with these two inner planets that represent factors of mentality, communication, and relationship connection.
Each of us is therefore pulled in two very different directions all through the month, and especially in the early going. Saturn has the symbolism of restriction and limitation, serious purpose. Relationships partake of that energy, meaning that you could encounter obstacles, forcing you to evaluate the degree of serious purpose that you bring to each partnership encounter. Can you go the distance, make things work out in spite of everything?
Meanwhile, with Neptune in the mix, fantasy and idealization have their full sway, a feeling that no obstacles, or boundaries, even exist. We can dream, and perhaps deceptively imagine, all kinds of ideal circumstances that fly in the face of reality, or perhaps – by taking the other side into account of what we can visualize and plan for – we can come to ground our vision more concretely. I like Richard Wilbur’s poem, called Mind, which has the opening lines
Mind in its purest play is like some bat
That beats about in caverns all alone,
Contriving by a kind of senseless wit
Not to conclude against a wall of stone.
We might think of this as the corrective influence of Saturn upon mental function. There are limits to thought, such as the paradigms of science, that constrain it: not everything is possible. On the other hand, just as the paradigm of Newtonian physics had to yield to the more complex vision of Einstein, and just as the current materialistic world view must eventually yield to a more spiritually inclusive one, there are those moments which could be characterized as Neptunian – escaping the boundaries of time and space.
His poem concludes
And has this simile a like perfection?
The mind is like a bat. Precisely. Save
That in the very happiest intellection
A graceful error may correct the cave.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). You are tumbling into excitement these days, Aries, so that you don’t always know which end is truly up. Your inner world is calling out to you from a subtle otherworldly dimension, and you ignore it to your peril, even as you also continue to pay important attention to the normal run of day-to-day commerce and connection. Communication is a big part of what you do right now, and of how you make sense of what you do. You are enjoying the recent steep learning curve, even as you sometimes feel confused by it. You do better when you can throw away any and all preconceptions and simply accept the various happenings, however strange, as the universe speaking to you in all its multiplicity of colorations.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is an interesting month of contrasts for you, Taurus. You are learning as you go, and the lessons are all-consuming and profound. Partners seem like mentors and also magicians. You feel as though you are plugged into a kind of cosmic network that downloads a high-volume set of glimpses of the very architecture of the universe to your almost unbelieving eye and then vanishes when you blink, leaving only a puff of smoke. Your idealism and faith in your potential only fails when you happen to look down. This is a heady ride that leaves you with more questions than answers; you are however grounded in a sense of relationship to the surrounding cosmos, and, through faith, riding the wave of your future expectations toward a completely unknown destination.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an important month of discovery for you, Gemini, beyond your usual curiosity-seeking mental apparatus, a time when both your head and your heart are fully engaged in wrestling with false gods and looking inside yourself for the answers that conventional thinking has denied you. With this month’s New Moon in your sign, you are making a fresh start. Your financial and other resources are very present for you now, and are equally in transformation. A fresh breeze is blowing through, allowing grace to enter. You are stepping into a uniquely different future plan with new possibilities opening up, so that you do not necessarily have to be continually re-running the same old script. It’s all up to you, which can be both scary and exhilarating.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is an intense period of time for you, Cancer, and one in which you must be prepared for a series of significant ongoing inner realizations that will take you far beyond where you thought you were. You have a sense of vital internal responsibility that seems to steer you to what is totally right, or considered in some way wrong, but such judgments could also prove illusory. You are full of the surface qualities of life, so that it is difficult to discern which, inner or outer, is the most attractive. Each is a telling path for you right now, in your journey toward wholeness. Your mystical self-expression and your feelings in general, as always, play an all-important role as you come more fully into yourself; as you are and as you will become.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) The world is opening up to you, Leo, at times rather suddenly. This is by means of inner rather than of outer exploration, and results in some measure of misstep or perhaps confusion aboveground. Like the observer in a glass-bottomed boat, you can marvel but you cannot enter into the interior realms you silently witness, and yet the glimpse that is afforded you influences all your future activities. As you continue radically transforming in your conception of your path forward, you are steadily becoming more consistent with soul purpose. Further, your process of discovery jumps ahead in its acceleration over the course of this month and an active summer. Although many weeks and even months have gone into this exploration, and many more might be required before it is anything like complete, you are on your way.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) You shine in accomplishment right now, Virgo, as career and professional objectives prove expansive, although with a strange twist to the inside. The complete picture for you right now must involve the dark and somewhat confusing spaces hidden deep within your psyche. At the same time, the link in your mind’s eye between values, concept and execution has never been stronger. As much as you are summoned to outer world activities, you are equally brought back for a meditative take on what is perhaps the real story. Opportunities are huge, and speak to you powerfully, and yet your future direction seems incomplete unless you take into account this dark and unknown part of yourself that is crying out for attention in such a way that you are actually beginning to hear its call.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an interesting month, Libra, filled with contemplation, daydreaming, and with concrete action in your very best interest. You are taking your enlightenment straight up these days, no longer on the rocks, and you win when you make the most out of this new-found sense of grace unfolding. You are dwelling in the arms of the universe, resting within a sacred circle of perfection, with the only rule that you need to obey being that you recognize radical life change as the only constant. Unexpected enlightenment from many sources school you to no longer ignore this potential for transformation. Your changes are far from the superficial layers of your personality and instead run quite deep. Your continued success in the outer planes depends upon your adherence to an internal mandate that your first priority is to grow in your understanding.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a time of enormous transformation, Scorpio, for everyone around you and for you in particular. Even for someone who makes a habit out of constantly changing and evolving through many worlds, this month could represent something of a special stretch. You have been frustrated lately, perhaps, with the presence of Saturn in your sign, slowing down the rhythm to a snail’s pace. The energy has been building for quite some time and now evolutionary forces are conspiring to allow you an outlet in terms of creative visualization and by means of a hole punched through into a completely different dimension. It is your imagination that provides the key. And it is the honesty of the cosmos, rather than the mere reality mode of consensus thinking, that, in providing your own specific kind of truth, will indeed set you free.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) You are opening up to the universe within yourself, Sagittarius. This is a summer season of in-depth spiritual bonding with others and, through inner work, for establishing a better connection also with yourself. New relationship energy is coming in, and as always when the cosmos washes over you, some parts of yourself must be let go as other parts are strengthened. Such profound change has been prepared for by a process of depth exploration of your relative unconscious places that has taken place over the past few weeks and months. This process will eventually lead you to a more integrated approach; a marriage of right action and intelligent goal formation that will lead you, not into the promised land, but rather into the places that your soul journey has prompted you toward.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The time could be right for an enormous shift, Capricorn. You have likely known for many weeks now that big changes were in store for you. The pressure of these transformational alterations has been building. Intuitive information from deep inside, plus recent partnership perspectives, and the unexpected enlightenment provided by members of your family, household or tribe, together are facilitating a radical departure from your the outmoded norms of the past. You could find yourself mulling over where exactly your personal evolution might be taking you these days, perhaps toward a destination more in line with deep soul purpose as you are coming to know it. As you re-think the details of your relationship connection and focus to an even greater measure on inner understanding, you are getting closer and closer to making your move.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are full to the brim with accomplishment in the eyes of the world, Aquarius, although lately it all seems a bit hollow. The responsibility that results is definitely a two-edged sword that has the illusion of great success, while also some unexpected drawbacks, limiting you from being all that you can be. You are reinventing yourself in some important fashion, and, as you do, finding that it might be inner rather than outer priorities that hold the most sway. A process of spontaneous internal combustion has given you a very different idea of your future than you had previously entertained, and it involves getting to know yourself better at the deeper levels of your psyche. You might just need to abandon ship on everything that stands in the way of achieving these softer and more mysterious aims.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are slowing down in order to gather to your fullest momentum, Pisces. This is a powerful month for you, consisting of both contemplation and purposeful action. With all the multiplicity of possibility that you feel, you might have to make a pause to more closely examine what you actually want, as you enter your next stage. Perhaps this space of quiet time will allow you to get the greatest benefit from consulting what deep intuition is trying to tell you. Home in all its symbolic meaning is an important focus as you begin to narrow down and close in on what you truly desire. You may find that, indeed, your connections with your own roots and with inner promptings grow stronger, with the unexpected result that you find yourself planning for a future more consistent with soul purpose.
The Astrology of May features Mercury, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and two eclipses. Mercury runs through Taurus during the first part of May, being conjunct to the May 9th Solar Eclipse taking place in the 20th degree of that sign, which also conjuncts the South Node of the Moon and makes a quintile aspect to idealistic Neptune. Mercury then enters Gemini, the sign of its rulership, on the 15th, just in time to host the Sun for the powerful Gemini-Sagittarius Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse of May 24th, the third eclipse in just this one thirty-day period, encouraging us to think as well as feel our way through. Eclipses are more intense lunations – as recent headlines also indicate – making these transformative times that we are currently managing to live through even more poignant and accelerating the drum beat of change.
The big news this month is the converging of Uranus and Pluto for their third encounter of the close kind. This happens on May 20th. There were two previous exact hits last year of their revolutionary and pressure-packed square, out of a total of seven, with reverberations echoing down to the final years of these “Turbulent Teens.” We are, all of us, caught up in the vice of change and we might as well acknowledge this simple and straightforward fact. No one will emerge in the same condition as they started. The culture itself will undergo massive and radical transformation before we are finished, or else we are finished in quite another sense of the word. We must hang together now in collective action that is both local and ultimately global, or we will dangle separately.
Not only is Uranus in Aries amped up, bringing unique ideas and out-of-the-box strategies to bear, but also Pluto is emphasized in Capricorn, representing societal structure, which indicates that the very bedrock of our individual as well as our collective lives must transform. What is dysfunctional and outmoded in our approach will have to be pruned away. This is also the sign of Saturn’s rulership, and as this two-month period unfolds, Saturn in fading sextile to Pluto begins to make an increasingly close trine aspect to Neptune. We can dream big during this period, and we can also see our dreams come crashing down to a more practical level. When that happens the recommendation is that we do not despair. It is rather – having utmost faith in the universe, whether termed Spirit, or higher Self, or angel guidance – that we choose to rebuild as necessary.
The otherworldly Neptunian archetype is not only aspected by the May 9th New Moon eclipse but also is extremely activated by the May 24th event, when the Sun and Moon in exact opposition make a T-square to Neptune. This is a time when idealism holds sway, and when this can and will be confused with illusion, potentially tinged with self-deception or even outright deception that we might encounter on th part of others. The upside of all this Neptune energy is that we can more fully appreciate that we live in a magical and multi-dimensional world, where everything that we see and hear tells only a small part of the story. As the poet William Blake reminds us, “How do you know but every bird that cuts the airy way, is an immense world of delight, closed by your senses five?” And we ourselves are like those birds, when we can suspend disbelief and open our minds to the parts of ourselves that allow us to dream.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is the time of your life, Aries, and you must employ it. Coming on the heels of a surprisingly intense start to the springtime, you have before you a great month for looking within yourself and for getting things done. You are exploring all facets of profession and career development, and as you do, consistently finding new wrinkles regarding your work in the world that bring primary focus to those issues that truly matter to your personal evolution, long-term. The rest you are increasingly able to let go. Your finances are on your mind as well, but, again, you win by picking and choosing only those aspects that further your personal evolution. Your ultimate goal is to be all that you can be and to become all that you can, in good conscience, become.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is an exciting time to be alive, Taurus. You are joyfully participating in higher meaning along with the plain and difficult task of walking your walk as you work your path. You are also finding stern guidance from mentors in your life, who provide one key to your movement forward. Your worldview could be even more dramatically shifting, as multiple epiphanies tumble into your awareness. Along with an openness to compassionate communication within your circle, you possess a powerful idealism as to outcomes and an unwillingness to let anything get in the way of your dreams. You are crossing over, and it makes less and less sense to deny it. In following the impulse of your heart you make it easier to integrate your deeper feelings and for others around you to do likewise.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a subtly exciting period of time for you, Gemini, as you work your edge and explore the boundary between ideal and real. The first half of the month you are extremely tied to your inner world, engaging in a dreamy time that is also productive of new insight. Then, leading up to the Lunar Eclipse of May 24th in your opposite sign, you are fully re-entering the world of events and social interaction, with the additional advantage of the distinct memory of your time that has been spent in other-dimensional super-realities. You are finding that the more you look, the more you recognize the unseen world within you. The hidden realm within you carries more weight than you might have imagined, informing and underlying everything that you say and do.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a potent month, Cancer, with the prospect of extra energy as future plans expand in innovative ways. You are cautiously optimistic as you make your move, and as partnership considerations in your life continue to transform. The eclipses of this powerful monthly cycle shore up the spiritual basis of how you see yourself progressing, and symbolize a more satisfying process that could nevertheless feel confusing when seen as a strictly mundane set of circumstances. Your worldview is expanding, although in somewhat nebulous ways. As you make definite advancement toward important life goals you are simultaneously distrustful of that movement forward. You must constantly ask yourself the all-important question of whether your angle of adventure matches your most profound soul purpose, and if so, then take that as a yes and forge ahead.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a powerful month of new initiatives for you, Leo. Career and public life are truly up for you this month, with the attendant set of logistics and choices for making that happen. There is now more than ever the added subtext that of all your career choices it is only the professional path with plenty of heart that actually interests you; it is your soul needs that are the most urgently calling out to you. You posses an intelligent and forward-looking attitude that takes you far, especially when you allow yourself to recognize that your priorities are changing in ways that were previously unforeseen. It’s always possible to ignore the new mandate and continue with former habits, but the evolutionary pressure upon you is strong, so that you might just need to go with it.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) Your destiny is calling, Virgo, and it is a high-priority message. Recent depth explorations have given you new perspectives, critical to your chances for true forward movement. Like the extra-high tide that comes only once, this opening can be seized at the flood for great and fortunate progress, or left unanswered. An idealized and almost dream-like experience of relationship is part of this. Even though the temptation is strong to follow the crowd, or your partner, you find when you check inside that you must remain true to yourself at all costs. Illusions glimmer, offset by critical voices within you, but these contrasting factors can be navigated successfully when you keep your eye on the prize. As your radically altered self-expression reveals, you are transforming at the core and there is no looking back.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) Your exciting voyage has only just begun, Libra. You are exploring the world around you through intimate connection with others and a powerful component of that process takes you right back to yourself. It is vitally important for you to recognize the degree to which you are becoming more familiar with yourself in these deeper places, and how that increase in understanding eventually morphs into enhanced feelings of personal security, and a better sense of your own home base. New perspectives come to you rapid-fire in the course of this month’s evolutionary journey of unfolding wisdom. They bring a glimpse of the ideal that you would very much like to aspire to, and might yet find the capacity for. An interesting amalgam of heart and mind takes you both farther out and simultaneously further in.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is an exciting moment for you, Scorpio. You are learning constantly these days, with not all of the lessons planned, although the ones that come crashing in out of the blue somehow still seem to fit. Your evolutionary path is new, and yet also partakes of traditional ways of looking at the world. You are adjusting to a sense of limitation, allowing for it and making it work for you. Key relationships in your life have also taken on a novel form of luster, with perspective changes that are major; some pieces familiar, with a different twist, while others entirely unique in your experience. This is all part of an ongoing metamorphosis that affects everything, and that allows your everyday practice to shine with a subtle light that illumines distant horizons of meaning.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This month represents your next step, Sagittarius, although at least initially things might look sketchier than that. There is a crux of transformational energy directed toward you and through you that allows you to make a significant move. This seems confusing at times, but actually represents steady momentum along the evolutionary arc of personal development that you have long been sensing. Relationship is a huge factor in this transition, and helps you to make space for both thinking and feeling your way through. You are challenged to make use of a growing sense of practical spirituality that is being presented to you by the cosmos, in order that you prosper internally. This creates a lasting adjustment to your relationship dynamic that allows your partnerships to breathe, and the rest of your life as well.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The adventure continues, Capricorn. This is a difficult period in some ways, as deep transformational change is not an easy path. Acting in accordance with core-level principles becomes a studied artistic expression and remains a work in progress. You are finding that the urge to simply be yourself and for discovering what that might truly mean for you has crucial ramifications for how you set your future course. There is a way that you can remain perfectly happy, in spite of circumstances, in spite of everything; this is an elusive target, requiring a leap of faith. You are setting new standards for accomplishment, which have recently tended toward inner achievement prioritized over outer. Now, this month, you are perhaps beginning to admit this to your conscious awareness as an explicitly stated goal.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are turning to the inside, Aquarius, at the same time as you continue to bask in outer world achievement. As you come to understand your own deeper motivation, an evolutionary pressure builds within that inspires you to learn a new language of the soul. Communication and learning are your favorite things, and this is where you are truly at, as information – amidst a series of profound changes – continues to pour forth from you and to you. The world of events and of outward presentation is one important key to who you are, and yet you are beginning to acknowledge that your performance also rests on another base; a reality orientation of a subtler kind. This one brings your hidden places to light and allows the dark and relatively unconscious parts of yourself to join in and to finally have their voice.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) An unusual season holds sway, Pisces. You are coming into yourself in some very novel and exciting ways, so that you discover a renewed sense of inner purpose. Security is there for you in plentiful supply, with a feeling of extraordinary confidence at the very core of your being that does not correspond to any easily recognizable cause. You seem to be clutching at the void and yet it is creative, graspable, only not in ordinary terms. You require a sort of double-vision to maintain your equilibrium now, a willingness to let the cosmos have its way with you; all the while the deal remains in effect that when you need to return to mundane affairs for this or that particular moment you will be able to.
TRANSFORMATIONAL ASTROLOGY – April 2013
The Astrology of April features Venus, Mars, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus and Pluto. These last four are in relatively close aspect to each other, with the Uranus-Pluto aspect, the much-discussed Uranus-Pluto square, moving to within 2 degrees of exact by the time of the April 10th New Moon in Aries. Regarding the revolutionary archetypal combination of these two powerhouse planets, the precise months of their exact square aspect this year are coming up in May and September. By the time of this New Moon configuration, Chiron in the same degree of Pisces as Pluto in Capricorn is in thus in perfect sextile with Pluto, while Saturn makes a perfect quincunx to Uranus, sextile to Pluto and a trine to Chiron.
This same New Moon, taking place on Wednesday, April 10th in the 21st degree of Aries, conjuncts both Mars and Venus. The Aries line-up at the time of this New Moon includes Uranus also. Regarding Mars and Venus, it turns out that these male and female personal planets are within a few degrees of each other for the entire early part of this month, with Venus beginning by trailing Mars, then passing, so that they are within orb of a conjunction until the 15th of April, when Venus enters Taurus. Mars enters Taurus himself on the 20th but it will be almost two years before they are again as close together in the sky as they were over these first two weeks of April.
Relationship issues take on a special quality over this first half of the month. There is a conscious and an urgent effort to achieve connection, and a testing quality to the connection achieved. It is interesting as well to note that while as the month begins, Venus is in the sign ruled by Mars, while by the last third of the month we find that Mars has entered Taurus, the sign ruled by Venus, which Venus then occupies. We therefore have a two-week period of Marsy relationship energy that is very action-oriented, yielding eventually to a more Venus-like period in the second half that is rather than urgent, is slower and more peaceful, relating for the pure physical pleasure of connecting.
Chiron, the Wounded Healer, remains in the picture of this month’s energy in its combination with Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. At the time of the April 10th New Moon, it is possible for relationship fears to come up, especially relating to the fear of control either imposed upon you, which might represent your own projected authority, or else imposed by you on another. Either of these situations could be difficult, depending on your prior situation, especially regarding experiences arising out of the ancient past such as early childhood wounding. And yet fear is always an illusion.
There is a great mandate for change that is upon us now, both individually and culturally, so that the fear of change is another significant factor in this month’s astrology. We might recognize our dysfunction with certain issues, and yet hold onto it for all that we are worth to avoid the uncertainty of a changed situation that corresponds to the healing of these issues. This is the great conundrum of our times, applying equally to personal relationship wounds and to our society’s inability to deal rationally with problems such as hunger, environmental degradation and global warming. Only by somehow putting aside our fear of an unknown future can we proceed.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is an amazing and transformative month for you, Aries. You are full of energy as everything that was building comes together, like a compressed spring bouncing free. You potentially need to be wary of even too much exuberance and enthusiasm. In the midst of a complex month that includes unexpected shifts in the psychic weather, beware also of reactive responses to sudden twists and turns of fate. It might be better to withhold judgment over whether any particular event bodes good or ill; after all, the one can sometimes morph into the other with amazing rapidity. Good advice that never seems to go out of style comes from the Chinese sages of the Tao Te Ching when they make the claim that success and failure could be considered as equal ailments.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This continues to be an interesting and quite rewarding period of time for you, Taurus, especially in terms of internal over external rewards. For the first half of an empowering month of April, you are reaching for the gold ring down inside; living within the illusory domain of a land of dreams, only partly involved with the machinations of the so-called real world. This changes dramatically after mid-month, but for these first two weeks you are dwelling into your own recent researches into a fully altered life direction, inwardly tuned in to otherworldly realms within you that contribute more than you might think to your everyday actions and decision making. By month’s end, new initiatives abound, made more poignant and emotionally realized by the weeks that you have spent dreaming the dark into renewed life.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an amazing month, Gemini, when you are coming into some very new goals and plans. For you, this springtime month of April begins like a lamb and then begins to roar. With the advent of the Aries New Moon on the 10th, you begin a journey of exploration that takes you into some very altered and excitingly novel life directions. You have in some ways lately been putting yourself through the wringer, and everything in your everyday existence now begins to shine with renewed and purposeful meaning. You do well to reassess yet again your chances in the light of this fresh understanding, and yet if you resist the changes that the cosmos is offering there is no downside; the intensity of your situation will merely repeat until you get the message.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) It’s an interesting springtime that is emerging for you, Cancer. Through all the ups and downs you are experiencing a strong inner presence that transcends everything more mundane and sustains you through the rough places as you rethink your conscious priorities. Your inner guidance is more available to you than ever; it reflects back on and informs your higher mind viewpoint on your situation. Career and profession represent the dominant theme for you right now, pulling together nearly every other element of your life. It’s not that you are living strictly for your work in the world; it’s that your work focalizes all other aspects of your life and brings them into a form of integration that is new for you, going beyond anything that you have previously experienced.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) It’s a long road that has no turning, Leo, and you are more than ready for a change. Startlingly novel perspectives are emerging to provide you with the perfect opportunity to experiment. You are on an important verge. You have for many weeks been delving down deep inside yourself, into the secret and hidden places of your soul, searching for answers and finding partial ones, or just getting confused. The magic of existence has perhaps been right there at your fingertips all along, yet remained obscure. Starting now you are wrapping all your previous experience into a ball; a new kind of knowledge that you can roll with you into an amazing and colorfully altered set of potentials; a different future than what you had been visualizing, but still, somehow, the right one.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is the first month of the rest of your life, Virgo. Important relationships have been mightily morphing recently and can now be seen in a new way. Is it the partnership itself that has changed, or merely your perception? Problems that as recently as last month seemed too vast are somewhat settling into place at last. This is not to say that no difficulties remain; it is more that these are present in less gigantic proportions, assuming their rightful place in the natural order of things – a part of the cosmic landscape. You are potentially feeling the vitality and freedom of a new mandate that allows you to step forward into wholeness. This applies to the evolving structure of your relationship dynamic and also to the dark places within yourself; now suddenly illuminated..
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is a pivotal month for you, Libra, in the midst of a crucial year. Partnership is very much on your mind. While this seems like business as usual, below ground the tectonic plates are shifting. Your metamorphosis involves taking personal responsibility for your own arc of development as you allow your interaction with others to inform your inner work. Relationship at times seems to flood you, and all this focus on others is powerful, but less so if only the warm security bath of a double fantasy. Somehow this experience of significant connection with others can and must be brought back home to your own evolving self-concept, as you forge ahead on your own unique path. Then you are set up in such a way that relationship in your life works to guide your own profound process of increasing awareness.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) There is transformation in the air for everyone these days, Scorpio, and for you perhaps even more so. You are on the verge of new discoveries regarding gains in transcending a sense of limitation that you sometimes feel and additionally how you relate to important others in your life while proceeding along your own unique path of self-development. These last few weeks and months have been a time for getting your ducks in order and your act to where you would like it to be, in such a way that you might now be ready for launch. You are finding within yourself an unusual degree of dedication to finding the true fit between you, partners and soul purpose. You benefit by continuing to incorporate – to the extent that you can let it in – surprisingly deep intuitional clarity regarding these matters.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a productive period for you, Sagittarius, in which you might find the resolution for several recent conundrums. There is a shift in the cosmic weather that presages if not exactly an easier passage, then at the very least a more fruitful one. You are in some sense being reborn in the current monthly time frame, particularly in the way that you apply your creativity. You are also, after a period of thoughtful reassessment, moving past some of the intensity in dealing with issues of self and other, working out where full-on partnership with significant others makes sense for you and where you must find your own way. You win when you allow key relationships in your life to breathe, fostering closeness and creative tension and even distance in equal measure, neither actually taking over and swamping the boat.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is an important time of getting back to your roots, Capricorn. There is an emphasis on home, family and tribe, a sense that this area of your life provides for you important connection to the earth, and to your sense of ease and safety in a chaotic world. This thought could apply to your physical home or to the figurative baseline established by familial connections with those who are important to you in this way. As you enter into a new monthly cycle, you might find that home is suddenly a living experience, part of a significant experiment in discovering for yourself new pathways forward that can outshine previous limitations and undo the conditioning of prior situations. Your heart is stirred and shaken, producing surprising and almost entirely positive results, especially when you take the long view.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a fascinating, difficult and ultimately rewarding period for you, Aquarius. You have been through a confusing time of reorientation. Informed by the reflective stance that you have been taking lately regarding inner priorities, you are beginning this month to spring forward into renewed action. Your real-world focus is amazing right now, and you are also beginning to trust that inner guidance could become an immense factor for you as you explore the full range of your possibilities. Working within the framework of consensus thinking is one thing, perhaps not truly satisfying, while putting your shoulder to the wheel in support of what you fully believe in, down to the ground, might yet be tentative. This month constitutes a time of experimentation and intense learning, when some of the answers that you seek begin to swim into view.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This season represents a new dawning for you, Pisces. An exciting month of renewed energy for projects and for stabilization makes up for a shaky start to the year. You are seeking a toehold on reclaiming ownership of your life purpose. This follows upon a time of personal reassessment and of questioning family values as the psychological basis for your own feelings of security. You have taken in recent events, and emerged out the other side with a firmer grasp on your own internal wounding. You are coming to see this as, rather than a stigma, part of an important process of growth, the acknowledged result of poorly digested prior run-ins with figures out of early childhood. The enlightenment from this period that you are now passing through is you most important product. It comes slowly but inexorably and it is lasting.
The Astrology of March features Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Chiron and Pluto. Mercury is still in retrograde from late February, and only escapes its retrograde shadow on the 6th of April. Therefore the entire month of March will be one that partakes at least to some extent of the usual Mercury Retrograde symptoms of missed connections, communication mishaps and mechanical breakdowns. These interesting phenomena can usually be traced to false assumptions or overlooking something on the part of our own mental apparatus, and do not seem to much affect those persons born with Mercury retrograde natally.
Venus, relationship planet and the astrological archetype of beauty and the arts, is also highlighted this month, now in Pisces and there conjuncting Neptune. The March 11th New Moon in Pisces also conjuncts Venus, so that a softer and more compassionate take on inter-personal connection is even more than usual on our minds and in our hearts. Additionally, with the Mercury retrograde period ushering in a more thoughtful attitude, the focus of our meditations will likely be the very nature of our world as a relationship planet, as well as on our various relationships, our soul’s life blood.
The same New Moon that features Venus is accompanied by Mars leaving Pisces and entering into its own sign of Aries, there to come into closer and closer conjunction with Uranus as the second half of this month unfolds. This brings a series of sudden surprises and an extroverted counter-point to the internal energy of the Mercury retrograde. The possibility of accidents cannot be ruled out so that it is best to proceed with caution. We might continue our month-long meditation by focusing on the many ways that we bring one-pointed and self-motivated activity to the altar that relationship provides. When we more closely look, and look truly, we are able to recognize where indeed the very structure of our lives must radically transform.
Meanwhile, Jupiter in Gemini, ruled by both Mercury and, in esoteric terms, Venus, is once again the focus of a yod formation from Saturn and Pluto – as was found at the time of the Winter Solstice on the 21st of December, 2012, and also in the chart for the New Year. Saturn with Pluto represents the radical transformation of structures; our own, and in the life of the surrounding collective. The Jupiter emphasis lends an optimistic air to the proceedings as we continue to explore what we need to do – both individually and as a society - to make the necessary life changes that will enable us to get through this pivotal year, recognizing it as one important turning point of a turbulent decade.
Chiron, the Wounded Healer, is also very prominent in this month’s configurations, being increasingly aspected by Jupiter, and by retrograde Mercury as we make our way through March. This indicates a primary focus on the challenges as well as the rewards of this period. We are caught up in a struggle to accept the necessity of massive change. There is also the realization that, as we do go along with the flow of the cosmos working itself out through our lives, our relationships must also undergo continual adjustment and repair. It is important to recognize that change opens the door to healing, and is vital, representing the only way that we will be able to make our necessary transition into wholeness.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). You are coming into your own, Aries, although you might not yet know it. The recent cosmic emphasis implies that in order that you take full advantage of your opportunities, it is more important than ever that you make fundamental changes in your mission statement. You are in a good place to aim carefully, and it is vital that, as you do, you take inner priorities more fully into account. With Mercury retrograde all month long, this is not the time to push ahead without carefully thinking everything over, and from several different standpoints. You win when you base your thoughts on your deeper feeling level, making use of the powerful intuitive information that currently floods into your being. There, true information is to be found whenever you can make space and allow it to come in.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). It is a brand new world for you, Taurus, as the winter of your discontent begins to fade and you enter into a springtime of renewed opportunity. You are benefiting from recent realizations regarding partnership priorities and how these affect your world view, and, going forward, on your life in general. You are mulling over your actual plans for a more vitalized soul future, but you are still learning how to navigate the incredibly powerful mix of energies that swirl around you. Next month will be a better time to finalize important decisions that are still coming into being – currently stewing in the reflections of a thoughtful March time frame. For now, you do well to continue to watch and wait, and enjoy your growing confidence as well as the trepidation of anticipated new birth.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This continues to be a powerful and an optimistic time for you, Gemini. You have been in an essentially optimistic place, despite being put through the wringer lately. The transformational beat continues into the heart of yet another intense year. You are coming now to a marked shift in your energies, with your ruler, Mercury, retrograding through your sector of career path and productive works. You are entirely serious about understanding your actual life mission, that which will make you not only successful but also happily so, and now is the time to solidify those gains, as you pause to collect yourself. On into April it will be soon enough you to be pressing ahead with a new mandate for a future that you can not only live with, but for.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) It’s an interesting time for you, Cancer. You know you’ve been through something major over these last few weeks, and it is still ongoing, although it might be hard to pin it down exactly what it is. Your emotional center has been rocked; there is an evolution that is taking place within you. The result over this current monthly cycle is a new world view and new vision for where you are potentially heading. A deep exploration has come about without specific planning, as though a hidden passage through the center of the earth had suddenly opened up at your feet resulting in free fall. Where you will land only goddess knows, but it certainly won’t be Kansas anymore, or anything at all like the place where you began.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an interesting month of introspection, Leo, with the retrograde of Mercury through your sector of personal evolution, and following the intensity of the last days of February when everything seemed to fall apart only to pull together again in new ways. You have been caught up, for many weeks now, in the exploration of your interior process, leading to a better, further, and deeper commitment to yourself. You are beginning to entertain, in a new way, the idea that you include Spirit as a normal part of your waking life. It suddenly becomes important that you allow family and relationship with others to rise nearer to the top of your priority list. You are digging deep over this month and the next, first preparing, as you refine your purpose; and then, finally, as you are ready, to act.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is quite a time you are having here in the first few months of 2013, Virgo. Now, with six planets in your relationship sector, including Mercury in retrograde, you are deeply committed to partnership concerns, and also to refining and reformulating your viewpoint on life and love. This is a time of plumbing your spiritual depths, and regarding relationship, of both rampant confusion and also the discovery of ethereal beauty emerging, unannounced, between the lines of everyday occurrences. You could also be discovering that you just can’t push the river, but must let it roll on with a life of its own to which you are merely witness. Even though tempting, you might need to put the attractive magnet of outer world pursuits on hold this month as you sort things out.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) You are seeking fulfillment amidst the ordinary, Libra. You are making a breakthrough to new levels of understanding, of yourself and of where in the world your life could be heading, although the details are more than a bit confusing, mystical and vague. Since Mercury is also retrograde until the first week of April, when you take into account the period of the retrograde shadow, it may be best not to try too hard. You win if you can wait to forge ahead with plans until you have a good sense of what you really want, down within the deepest centers of your being. One stage of this evolving process, when significant others enter even more into your picture, takes place with the Full Moon in your sign during the last week of March.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is an important time, Scorpio, when you are continuing to explore your inner world, and when you have also been feeling your way into a better relationship with your own personal power. When you think that you have the capability of exerting the most control is when, paradoxically, you have the very least. Over the course of this current month, your self-expression and creativity is blazing up in a new fashion that takes your deep unconscious process into better account, recognizing that at base, not everything you do is fully conscious. You are on the way to affirming your path forward in a very different way, one that rather than the misplaced conditioning of an era that has lost its relevance to your present understanding, takes soul purpose more firmly into account.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) You are on a roll, Sagittarius, but it is not all easy. As an intense winter makes way for spring via the dynamic transition point of the recent February 25th Full Moon, you are even more greatly focalized on important interpersonal connections. These include relationships with significant others, and also those with home, family and tribe; where you find that you are reviewing and renewing your priorities. There might be a better way forward than you have previously attempted. This is correlates as well to the psychological basis of your security, and you might find that in the course of these investigations you are discovering what makes you tick, deep down inside. As you do, you gain a better grasp on a top-to-bottom integration that brings you into closer connection with others and ultimately, with yourself.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is an interesting time for you, Capricorn, especially for learning new things about yourself. A tremendous transition period has been underway for many weeks, affecting how you see yourself moving forward into the uncertainty of a changed and changing world, and you remain in the thick of it. There is a way that you have never fully explored what might be termed soul purpose to the depth that you are exploring it now. You are refining your perception of what this means in terms of life direction and how you can best respond. With Mercury currently retrograde, it isn’t the time to push the river. The moment for more concerted action will come mid-April. For now, it makes for the perfect time to write down your observations or to discuss them, and to quietly watch and wait.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is an important time of transition, Aquarius, as you more fully explore public persona and simultaneously your role as a creative and free individual. You are examining your position through the wrong end of a telescope, looking in a new way at the details of how you live your life, and it becomes an excellent time to journal or to meditate on these observations. You are very much in the physical world, and yet not really of it. While still remaining the proving ground of practicality, your world has turned into a symbolic statement of how you connect with others around you, and with your own inner universe. You see both these ideas in a kind of double-vision that will drive you mad if insist on simple logic rather than choosing a mystical approach, and simply enjoying the ride.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a powerful time for you, Pisces, one of meditative reflection and self-definition. With the timing of the recent very intense Full Moon in your opposite sign from the last week of February, and the simultaneous retrograde of Mercury through your identity sector, you have turned an important corner. While still engaged with the world, you are spending a large amount of your time simply thinking and feeling. There is a way that you are becoming more aware that, along with recognizing scholarly sources of information, there are vast realms of knowledge concealed within the intimations of your almost entirely unconscious deep intuition. Although you are gaily participating, socially interacting, this void of profound silence within you might be the one thing that is really worth a listen.
The Astrology of February features Mars, Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Chiron and Neptune, together with a Pisces line-up of planets that takes place in coordination with the February 9th Aquarius New Moon. All month, from the evening of February 1st on, Mars is in the very interesting and mystical sign of Pisces, where there is definitely a softer and more subtle approach to his feisty and normally outer-directed energy. It’s as though that energy were turned inside and tuned to distant dimensions – more appropriate to poetry and music than to the active and assertive nature bordering on aggression that is normally associated with the fiery Red Planet.
Mercury joins Mars in Pisces around the time of the New Moon, and closely conjoins Chiron as it does so, making a tight triple conjunction, which is additionally within orb of conjunction with Neptune in the early degrees of the sign. Saturn is stationing in the mid-month time frame, in trine with these three planets, and in bi-quintile to revolutionary Uranus, to which the stodgy and conservative energy is antithetical. Revolution is in the air, as it has been for these last few years, and there is also a considerable conservative backlash that is becoming even more intense as this second climactic year in a row – 2013 – gets underway.
Jupiter is also nearly stationary in the sky at this time and therefore more powerful, having recently completed its station to direct motion as the month begins. This would be a celebratory time frame were it not for the Saturn emphasis and the square between Jupiter and Chiron that is quite close as the month begins, and that remains with 2 degrees of exact until April. The Virgo Full Moon takes place on February 25th with the Sun conjuncts Chiron and the Sun and Moon make a T-square to Jupiter.
In the final weekend of the month, on Saturday, February 23rd, Mercury retrogrades in Pisces, in conjunction with Mars. The Mercury Retrograde period of time, famous for missed connections and mechanical breakdowns, is thus underway just as the extremely powerful Virgo Full Moon also appears on the scene. We are drawn even more to the inside. The retrograde lasts five weeks or so, even past the station to direct motion on March 17th, since it has still at that point to make up its lost zodiacal longitude. This entire period is a great time for reflection and looking within, not so great for direct action.
We are facing enormous change, both as a culture and individually, as we struggle to keep up with what is going on in the society that surrounds us, and in the light of further revelations that we keep encountering. We are getting more conscious, and it is a spiral, so that we continually return to the same place that we started, but with a little more awareness.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). Life continues to amaze and inspire you, Aries, to the point that you are wondering where it will take you next. As you continue to catch lightning in a bottle socially, and as your visioning for a better future outlook continues to grow and morph, you are paradoxically more than ever invested in the unseen world of your internal process. Day-dreams can be useful and open you to new possibilities. The meditative stance that you are holding space for can guide you if you allow it to. You are engaged in nothing less than a thorough-going reassessment of what you stand for and how to plug yourself in, as appropriate to your inner purpose, and you win when you are able to relax and let yourself go into the flow.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). Your cosmos continues to surprise and confound you, Taurus. Even as you revel in outer world pursuits, it is essentially a mystical space in time that you are entering over the course of this monthly cycle. You are also likely to encounter potentially painful issues with group dynamics, rumbles of interpersonal dysfunction that come back to haunt you. These may in fact stem from old patterns that you are more than ready to outgrow and only need one more push of conscious recognition to do so. Acceptance and honoring these dark places is one vital key to moving beyond them so that they are no longer so major. You have a wellspring of intuitional information. New perspectives are flooding in, as well, to take advantage of as you grow in awareness.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an important month for you Gemini, and a rather strange one. You will be tested in ways that you had not fully imagined before now, and that mere logic does not give you the glimmer of a handle on, with important repercussions in the outer world of business and professional persona. A vague and subtle sense of spiritual purpose is slowly gaining ground over mundane concerns, and that is confusing to them. This becomes even more pronounced the last week of the month with the retrograde of Mercury through your career sector. You are striving as usual for the gold ring of achievement, but with a difference. Although somewhat preoccupied by run-of-the-mill issues and goals, you might also be able to say, with the poet, that “everything is holy now.”
CANCER (June 21-July 20) These are potent times for you, Cancer, the culmination of the last several weeks of changes and challenges especially in the way that you practice the art of relationship. This month could find you somewhat reclusive in terms of outer-world connection – preferring instead to inhabit a space that is expansive on the inside – and if so, it might be for the purpose of getting into closer touch with yourself at these inner levels; exploring the vast, dim and yeasty reaches of your unconscious process. You are discovering new avenues of higher mind connection that take you on a trip that is not physical but is instead a journey to the center of the personal unconscious portion of your very own universe.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an interesting, exciting and challenging period for you, Leo, one in which your curiosity is highly aroused. It is a stimulating time both intellectually and also spiritually. Ideas are your friends right now, and partners in your life are extremely important as well, in part because of the additional perspectives that they bring. You are a seeker after truth, and find yourself in favor of a new way of life that will clear some of the cobwebs away between what you have and what you are actually wanting. Home and family is another important area for you right now, and issues there pave the way for you to establish your own sense of where you are headed, perhaps by offering a contrasting sense of limitation that enables you to see exactly where you need to break away.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an amazing month for you, Virgo. You are enjoying life in general and feasting on your relationship dynamic in particular. Things are likely to be going well for you these days in terms of your outer world pursuits, which are both fortunate and spiritually motivated. Surprises abound, and the flow of brilliant ideas is constantly renewing itself. This is also an incredibly active month for the key relationship in your life, both business and personal. Your participation in this important area is idealized, potentially painful and a bit confusing. The higher purpose is that you explore more fully your inner connection with your own deep process. Toward month’s end you are likely to be spending loads of time with concentrated visioning -and revisioning – of what relationship, for you, is all about.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) You are entering into a joyous mode of discovery, Libra, and yet also recognizing limitations in what you are trying to achieve. You are taking a strong stand on making the relationships in your life really work for you long term, as well as experimenting in this important area. Restrictions on the resources that you need to move forward, including financial ones, have the unexpected benefit of concentrating your energies, as you adjust your priorities and find new avenues of self-expression. By month’s end you could come to realize that your most important product lies in your determination to start figuring out who you truly are, at the deepest possible level, and what this soul knowledge implies about where you need to be heading in your life.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a crucial time for you, Scorpio, in the midst of a crucial year. Your very sense of identity is shifting in a way that is confusing and, at times, scary. The potential transformation implied is daunting, but you might reflect that you cannot really hold onto the past; that life itself is change. You are continuing to explore your deep and largely unknown parts in an even more intense way, and it is slowly bringing you into closer touch with yourself. This is a difficult but entirely rewarding evolution that you are attempting now. Vague and inchoate sensations are being treated with a dose of practicality and ordinary real-world logic in a largely successful effort to form a useful amalgam that partakes of both, and that will take you through.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is an important time for you, Sagittarius, and a good opportunity to be getting spiritually more centered. It is also likely a confusing one as well, when many of your old approaches are no longer working and yet when new potential ways of being in the world are only just being born. Partnership is very much up for you right now, as you concentrate on adopting an attitude toward significant others and your relationship dynamics in general that makes for a closer match with soul-purpose. This is a period of transition – difficult in the sense that worn out patterns that no longer serve you are being peeled away. This is indeed a painful time, and yet in another way of retelling the story, your days are suffused with light.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) These are amazing days of recognition and of acceptance, Capricorn. The time of your rebirth is upon you as it has been, at least in some sense, over these past weeks and months, and the next phase of your life is unmistakably entering in. This involves new ways of seeing and of being and while it represents a giant learning experience that is only just beginning, involves as well sense of familiarity that feels like coming home. Inner meets outer, and service shines, both in the sense of community and regarding friendships that you favor, and that represent a necessary and important key to what you are attempting. The door to your future is now open, and, no matter how hard you might try, can no longer be closed up upon itself.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a challenging and rewarding period for you, Aquarius. The recent Full Moon from the last weekend in January brought you good fortune and opportunity, although perhaps also a sense of mixed blessings. You have an important opening now that leads to greater public recognition, and yet the increased responsibility that is involved there could feel like more than you can reasonably handle. You are reassessing your intellectual horizon. Something is shifting deep inside you in such a manner that many of the certitudes you have counted on thus far could no longer apply. You might feel like you are struggling to replace them, but the best bet for you right now might be that you have faith in your process and let go and just surrender to it.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an extremely vital month for you, Pisces, as you navigate the choppy waters of this special period of time. The cosmic forces swirling around you have their vortex in life changes that have been underway for you for several months – subliminally recognized although perhaps not consciously acknowledged – and that are still far from complete. Personal development dominates, as well as issues of home and family. As you tread your path forward, you are searching for a way to connect your head and your heart, and obviously this is not easy. A concentration of planetary energies in your identity sector creates supreme focus on spiritual evolution as the driver. Your most important product now is your own soul-level understanding of what it is that you are actually up to.