A Powerfully Transformative November by Henry Seltzer

astrology-NovA Powerfully Transformative November

by Henry Seltzer


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Transformational Astrology for October 2015 by Henry Seltzer

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for October 2015  

by Henry Seltzer


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Transformational Astrology for September by Henry Seltzer

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by Henry Seltzer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Transformational Astrology for August – by Henry Seltzer

astrology JuneTransformational Astrology for August

by Henry Seltzer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A July Month of Transformation and Deep Recognition by Henry Seltzer

astrology JuneA July Month of Transformation and Deep Recognition

by Henry Seltzer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June: A Month of Introspection and Soul Growth


June: A Month of Introspection and Soul Growth

by Henry Selzer


The astrology of June features Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Neptune and Pluto. With Mercury retrograde for the past two weeks, from the time of the recent mid-May New Moon, we are seeing the world around us through a lens of introspection and serious purpose. This is especially so, since Saturn is also prominent in this month’s astrology, being then opposed by the Sun and Moon, and by also Mars. The symbolism of Jupiter, bringing his positive and expansive vibration, is invoked in this cycle as well, because at that timing Jupiter closely aspected transformative Pluto and was in exact bi-quintile to Chiron, the Wounded Healer. This indicates that when we look inside, and sincerely try to understand our innermost motivation, the rewards are available in terms of discovering where we have suffered trauma in the past, and may yet heal. By removing obstacles to growth in this way we release stuck psychic energy and free ourselves up for moving ahead along the arc of development that we have always, at soul-level, intended. Thus we can finally accomplish getting to where we have always needed to go, if only our fears did not hold us back.

Mercury is still retrograde at the beginning of the month, in its own sign, stemming from just one day past the recent New Moon of two weeks past, so that this entire lunation cycle, culminating in the first two weeks of June, is characterized by the reflective nature of this time. During this period, we are not only more internal in our thoughts, and in the way that we communicate to our peers, but we are also concerned in a very fundamental way with addressing the issue of our values; we might want to reflect on the question of those aspects of our lives that we believe to be basic, and cherish most deeply. Mercury stations to direct motion on Thursday, June 11th, and does not escape its retrograde shadow until June 26th.

Because this month has so much emphasis on Neptune, there is a spiritual quality to these investigations, and also a feeling of oneness and compassion that is palpable. Everyone is also subject to some degree of confusion and illusion at this time, because Neptune’s etheric energy does not blend easily into the exigencies of earl-world activities. Chiron, the Wounded Healer, highlighted in this month’s configurations, is along with Neptune also located in mystical Pisces. This is an indication of the spiritual connection that we must now make to the cosmos above us, and to our own deeper nature that we can find deep within ourselves, if we want to make progress on our own healing and on that of the world.

The seriousness and slowing down of Saturn in the early degrees of Sagittarius that also strongly characterizes this timeframe implies that while you might encounter great difficulty in getting done what you want to accomplish, the lessons involved will be longer lasting. Saturn in early Sagittarius is about to cross backward, on the evening of June 14th, into Scorpio, indicating a distinct shift in the energy to be expansive and in touch with the desires of the cosmos for you to grow. This is followed by the dynamic late Gemini New Moon, leading to an exciting final two weeks of June, full of powerful positivity and soul growth, as well as new ideas for getting on with the arc of your individual development.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). The time has come for realistic resolutions, Aries. You have been, for many weeks now, swept up by the enthusiasm of your ideas and for a mandate that you feel deep within you for meaningful change in your life to more fully take place. You are thus coping with powerful implications for a long-term arc of increased awareness of who you are and how you function in connection to the world around you. This provides for alterations in worldview, and their flowering in shifts to your professional choices and outer world productions. There is the danger of feeling ungrounded, and yet you are dealing with flights of fancy that have as well a component that translates lofty ideas and imaginings into concrete feasibility. In the end you will wind up by seeing your changes through to an ultimately practical result.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). Your huge learning curve morphs and grows, Taurus, as you continue to be curious about where your life is taking you. As you explore your depths, and as you discover new facets of your identity, you are finding that partnership provides an avenue into an expanding worldview that takes as its starting point a big picture outlook on the world around you. Relationship provides mentoring, or it might feel like moving in slow motion to better absorb the implied lessons of your evolving partnership dynamic. As you go through these hoops, there is great idealism as well as hope for the future and a sense of inner joy that it is vital that you maintain, because it is the key to everything else. The issues that you are currently confronting seem like chance but actually possess features engendered by your own hidden soul intention.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). You find yourself in the midst of an enlightening period of inner exploration, Gemini. Your concentrated learning curve from previous months continues in a more restrained way. You are likely to be intensely introspective at this time, because your ruler, Mercury, is retrograde in your sign nearly all month, changing to direct motion on the 11th and not escaping its retrograde shadow until June 26th. Meantime you are dealing with both the highs and lows of earthly existence. You could yet feel the need to escape into fanciful future visions, and also the urge to be fully present, responsible to the practical concerns of life, refraining from floating away and instead remaining grounded in the here-and-now. It could feel like a struggle to simultaneously inhabit both of these points of view and yet it is rewarding if you can do just that.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) Thought and love are merging within you, Cancer. You are finding what you need to be doing in this world, consistent with your higher vision for yourself and an emerging worldview that supports your inner values. This could also involve a journey to your interior depths, as has been subtly indicated over the course of the past few months, although perhaps not fully actualized. You are currently living out a very different form of mental creativity than is usual, one that is accompanied by a profound sense of intuitional understanding. This is allowing your logical rational side to take a much-needed break from entirely running the show. It is perhaps a relief, or it might take getting used to, this idea of letting go and allowing deep inner knowing to have its day

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an important monthly cycle for you, Leo. You are getting a better handle on who you are in relation to what you produce, and what you want to get out of life. These are difficult and life-long questions, lately an evolving landscape for you, with further layers to be revealed over time. It is undeniable that you are developing an enhanced and more detailed viewpoint on your own identity in interaction with the world around you, while simultaneously getting more serious about your commitment to the public good. With Mercury retrograding through your sector of societal involvement, you are also in the process of refining your notion of how you want to see your future unfolding, as a fit match for what you deeply recognize as what you are most called to.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an important month for you, Virgo. Your career and your creative output are in flux, and remain the focus of much earnest deliberation at subterranean levels. Relationship definition and concerns have been elusive and difficult to pin down, while your inner world has been expansive and full of hope, leading you toward a more graceful future. You are getting practical with your deeper needs. Mercury, your ruler, is retrograde now in your sector of professional endeavor, so that you are spending a great deal of time mulling over your possibilities there; perhaps seeking greater alignment with your own most profound purpose. An alchemical quickening is possible whereby your inner world assumes a more settled place at the table of your awareness while the darkness and pain within you yields to the cosmic light source of fuller consciousness.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) You are finding new facets of life and love, Libra, that filter into your professional choices. You have been transforming in the very depths of your being and are now gaining greater awareness of the actual nature of your changes. Partnership interaction is vital for your process during the course of another rather intense monthly cycle, and stimulates profound philosophical inquiry that leads you deep inside yourself. This in turn conducts you once more outward into the new levels of public commitment. Old behaviors that you have in essence outgrown could arise, guiding you into better understanding and healing of these issues. You are discovering a more appropriate basis to shine in the world of outer events, and are on your way to manufacturing your own future for yourself, independent of societal expectations or the remnants of previous stuck patterns.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a powerful month for you, Scorpio, continuing the beat of transformational rearrangements of your psyche. As these percolate through your awareness, they are illuminating the dark corners of your personality – providing you with plentiful food for thought and for soul growth. In keeping with the recent New Moon in your opposite sign, you have relationship issues on your mind, as you enter into a meditative month of introspection. The subject of your reflections is likely to be the meaning of intimate connection for your life, and for your connection to spiritual truth. For this you are diving deep into interior realms that have much to tell you about your own hanging patterns and your soul intention. This is especially so in the second half of the month. It is certainly true that you cannot form a relationship with another without first forming a relationship with yourself.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) Your sense of identity is subtly shifting, Sagittarius, in part through trials and with a degree of suffering implied although not guaranteed. The reward that this testing time will ultimately grant is better understanding of your true situation and more complete control over your own life. As you continue to explore your pathway forward, you are feeling an increased sense of responsibility, which can seem burdensome unless and until you are able to admit that you are the actual author of your own experience. You are also including ramifications of relationship intention more completely into your picture, so that this increasingly becomes the subject of your meditation and your growth edge. Although it is essentially a solitary mission that you find yourself on, to improve your effective footprint in the arena of real-world involvement, you are discovering also that partnership has a vital place in what you are attempting.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are peaking, Capricorn. This month fits well the difficult time of change that you have been involved in for many months now, as you continue the transformation of your very identity. This goes at times quite rapidly and at times more slowly, with this particular month being one of the more profound periods. There is movement to the inside, providing an important key to unlocking old wounds and patterns of behavior that you are at long last ready to release. It is vital that you pay the closest possible attention to everything that is happening to you now; this is an excellent time for journaling your ideas and your feelings. You could be working with expressing yourself more deeply, and relating more closely, with those whom you truly trust. It’s all about what you feel inside, to the exclusion of more ordinary communication.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This month presents you with conundrums, Aquarius, although nothing that you cannot handle. As an Air sign, you are used to relying on your mental agility, and yet with Mercury retrograde nearly all month long, in the sector of your solar chart related to your creativity, logic flies out the window in favor of your interactions with the deep unknown center of your psyche, where paradox prevails. This is all happening in the context of a concerted effort to connect with social goals, both yours and others’. You are more interested than ever in saving the world, or at least your personal piece of it, working locally within a global perspective. You are giving up some of the rationality of your approach in search of the mystical and less well-understood, and do better the more you let go of any and all assumptions.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an interesting month for you, Pisces, with opportunities to shine – in terms of both your own inner universe and the less complex world of concrete manifestation. You have been slowed down lately in terms of outer matters, and also therefore more focalized in this way, attempting to improve the world around you and gaining recognition as you reap its justified rewards. It is yet an interior process in which you are now most greatly engaged. You are discovering additional facets of yourself that in turn affect your plans going forward. As you gain insight into these alterations to life direction, you prepare to move out into the world with uncertain steps, that are nonetheless more closely aligned with the direction that your own inner knowing – and your spirit guides – are urging you to pursue.



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

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

Transformational Astrology – May 2015


Transformational Astrology – May

by Henry Seltzer

A Difficult and Enchanting Month of May 

The astrology of May features Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto. There is quite a bit of emphasis on Neptune in the April 18th New Moon that began the current monthly cycle, with Jupiter also emphasized, being across the zodiac from most of the other planets, in aspect to Pluto, and in a T-square at the time of the May 3rd Full Moon configuration. Later in the month, Mercury turns to backward motion in its own sign of Gemini. This means that that after the 18th we will have all the usual symptoms of the Mercury Retrograde periods, in Air signs all this year, to include missed communications, mechanical breakdowns and plans that go awry without warning. This second half of May also represents an excellent time for some constructive introspection, and for journaling or other activities designed to put us into a more complete understanding of our current arc of development, as well as how to give this important inwardly-oriented task a boost where needed.

The transformative energies of Pluto are also still very much with us, even while this month sees a temporary retreat from the recent series of close collisions with Uranus. At the timing of the recent mid-April New Moon, a yod was formed from Neptune and Pluto to positive and expansive Jupiter, bringing a definite sense of serious productive change to the way we see our faith blossoming into a beneficial future for ourselves. There is a strong dose of idealism present in this aspect pattern, and as well the danger of seeing the world as not perfect enough, something to escape, rather than to inhabit. The truth is that the world is what we make of it, meaning that we need not be discouraged when it does not match our naïve vision, but only when we do not live up to our own intention to make the best out of any and all circumstances.

Saturn, located in early Sagittarius, is also featured in this month’s astrology, being aspected by the mid-April New Moon that began the cycle corresponding to the month’s first half. There is also a series of oppositions by personal planets to Saturn at key moments in the lunar cycle: Venus at the recent New Moon, Mercury in close opposition at the timing of the May 3rd Full Moon, and Mars at the May 17th New Moon in late Taurus. Saturn is also sesquiquadrate to Uranus, closest at the beginning of the month, which is also made significant by the antithetical nature of this pairing. While Uranus pushes the envelope in every way imaginable, going all out for freedom, the limitations and restrictions of Saturn represent the envelope itself. Because Saturn is so greatly emphasized in the astrology of the current month, we have a very interesting blend of the practical and the ideal. This is the way of the world as we know it, in that we must live within constriction of its limits while we reach beyond it for the stars.

Another antidote to the nuts-and-bolts reality represented by Saturn is its astrological counterpart, Jupiter, also strongly aspected this month by the other planets. Now in direct motion, Jupiter gets closer and closer to a perfect inconjunct or 150-degree aspect to Pluto as the month unfolds. And in the Full Moon at nearly the very beginning of the month, the Sun and Moon in opposition also exactly square Jupiter, within minutes of a degree, making a T-square. Jupiter is the wild-eyed optimist and spiritually activated astrological archetype that can be summarized by the keywords faith, reckless positivity, and love of adventure. With Saturn and Jupiter so activated, we must beware of letting despair get the best of us, inhibiting forward motion, or else spurring ourselves on too hard, only to run up against the jarring defeat of ambitious agendas crashing upon the limitations of the physical world. The secret to this month lies in allowing each their due, choosing our balance point somewhere in between.

ARIES (March 20-April 19).  The spring is greening you from within, Aries. This is an interesting month of further transformation and readjustment, cementing your position in the midst of a year of radical change. You sense a fundamental shift that has taking place over the course of these past few months. You are settling into your new situation while exploring altered surroundings and reaching out to others for encouragement and support. A mystical feeling overtakes you and nudges you toward commitment to living your life with greater consciousness and with more fully acknowledging the miracle that it continually demonstrates. There might indeed be no way to return to the illusion of security that your old life represents, already beginning to fade from detailed view in your rear-view mirror. Ideals abound in your newly formed vision but they are difficult to get a rope around and hitch your wagon to; although that does not seem to stop you from trying.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This late spring birthday timing represents another month of intensity, Taurus, with however a more subtle twist than what you have been experiencing in your recent sailing of the deep waters of your ongoing spiritual evolution. You are forward-thinking these days, with a powerful mystical component that somehow does not contradict logical thought process but rather adds to it. The trick is that in order to take fullest advantage of current cosmic currents, you must more fully embrace paradox as the essential truth of human existence. Idealism bordering on illusion runs alongside of you and might show up in friendships, group affiliations or future goals. The transformation of your values and belief system is far from complete, and enters into a different stage in the second half of the month, as relationship with intimate partners takes on a new dimension of commitment.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). Welcome to a merry and rather strange yet rewarding month, Gemini. You are finding new ways to tell yourself the story of your life, and this exercise brings others into the equation to function as sounding boards for your own imaginings and reinterpretations of events. Their voices can also serve to grant greater reality to what you are contemplating, even if they seem to question your basic assumptions. Your career is going great guns but with a complex series of riders to the basic spiritual contract that you have unwittingly undertaken; at every moment of decision you must choose the path with heart, only that path will do, and you must await the right rhythm to make your move. Your life right now resembles a dance with a relatively unknown partner who permits you to lead as long as you are also willing to follow.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is yet another mystically productive month, Cancer, bringing to you a period of advancement of an entirely different kind than anything that might be ordinarily construed as progress. Your values are showing up front and center as the most important focus in a world of change. Your relationship dynamic with particular partners continues to morph and grow, slipping into new molds that defy attempts at categorization. You are changed in a positive way only to the extent that you can remain open to possibility. The co-creation that is implied is more valuable than any financial impact from rapidly evolving job situations. You have unbounded optimism for real change that is entirely beneficial, and you succeed in this, in subtle ways of learning and unlearning that have little about them of anything absolute and concrete that you can really hold onto.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This continues to be the time of your transformation, Leo, although perhaps not as intensely action-oriented as before. While silently witnessing all that is going on within you, and reviewing the maturation of your beliefs, you are coming to see their usefulness in what you can concretely actualize with these new ways of perceiving. You might ultimately come to see the end result of all your striving in terms of its more global effect within the achievement-orientation of the tangible world. This hinges on commitment to individual creative acts that have as their goal the enhancement of the society itself. As you move forward with your spiritual development, you are almost overwhelmed by the beauty that you find inside, when you can remain open to the miracle of the planet, and of your deeds, within this most magical and yet practical framework.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month sees you through some rather different circumstances, Virgo, with developments that you can profit from internally. You are finding that partners in your life, current or potential, partake to an unusual extent of an almost fantasy sense of what is possible. You have an important component of spiritual sympathy with significant persons in your life right now, and you might also suffer from over-idealizing them. The limitations that you encounter in handling home and family concerns could be driving you to reconsider the work that you do in the outer world, as you attempt to redirect your achievement orientation into new forms. You see that your personality includes deeply internal elements, an unconscious presence that partakes of the cosmic unknowable, and is co-creator along with your more conscious persona. You win when you can allow this inner presence to guide your moves as though it were your ship’s real pilot.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) You are finding your way forward into new territory yet again this month, Libra, through brambles and briars, and with the courage to forge ahead in spite of them on your road to greater self-knowledge. Considerations of relationship dynamics are very present as you take on new challenges to commitment. There are subtle illusions corresponding to a world of ideal forms, that appear before you as goals to be potentially realized or else modified in the practical working through of the prickly details. It is important not to give up the forward momentum on account of setbacks; these are as valuable as anything else that happens, provided that you can learn from them. You might come to be amazed at what you might be able to produce through concentrated effort, and in alignment with inner purpose at the deepest possible level.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a powerful time for you, Scorpio, and one in which you are aided by others in your quest for greater life participation, in a way that truly matters. This is a month in which the deeper purpose for you of the relationships that you cherish might come more readily to the fore. During a month of consolidations of recent gains, there is a mystical sense of higher knowing that guides your activities, and your creativity. It is important to honor this now, and as well, those who are willing to co-create with you in the best possible way. If you give in to fears, or to the vestiges of early conditioning that are unable to guide your more modern steps toward transcendence, then you have stalled out on an important opportunity to birth yourself into greater awareness of your true situation.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) Your changes are not complete, Sagittarius, in spite of a notable transformational progression these past few months; a new plateau has been reached. Most importantly you have a renewed faith in existence and the feeling that change is indeed possible. You are in an excellent place to observe and to philosophically examine what you are currently up to, as the stars incline you toward a fuller and more complete understanding of yourself and your world. A mystical spirit has seized your soul, which although confusing for your earth-bound little mind, yet succeeds wonderfully if you can occupy both the homey familiar space of the physical planet and as well the other-dimensional world that exists beyond and underlying this one. You are gaining much wisdom from the living of your life and the exploration of close interpersonal relationships – so long as you are paying attention.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a rather amazing month for you, Capricorn, the more so the more you can stay open to its otherworldly message. You have been riding the waves of your transformation, from the inside out, and you may need to pause and take stock. Your creativity is humming and is affecting you at even deeper levels of your being than you might be prepared to accept. You can feel an unfamiliar ethereal energy stirring within, as reflected in your own self-expression when your impulses have full sway. Your interpersonal communication in general is subject to illusion and confusion regarding any attempt to mingle the magical intimations of angel guidance with ordinary day-to-day events. Faith and optimism are yours so long as you take care to give these cosmic presences their due, honoring them as the bearers of their own kind of truth.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is indeed an interesting month of contrasts, Aquarius, as you delve deeper into your unconscious process as a significant part of your journey toward greater conscious participation in your life. Looking back over the past several months you are definitely transforming at deep levels and yet the changes are so gradual as to almost go unnoticed. Another subtle shift has been occurring in your relationship dynamic, in recognizing the importance of partnership perspectives. You are also quite determined these days to articulate your deepest truth in your unique way as part of your path to greater integration of all that you hold inside. You are thus engaged, especially during the second half of the month, in some serious speculation about the reason that you are here and what you have on offer to the world around you.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an important month for you, Pisces, in a noteworthy year. You have latched onto a path that can be described as a helpful orientation to those around you, providing both you and them with material security, that yet emanates from a spiritual source. Your wish to be of real service succeeds to the extent that it represents the gift freely given, rather than a mere reflex of making yourself available to the perception of another’s needs. You have been relishing the triumph of your work in the world; it is a good feeling to be distinguished in this way, and just to be able to put your shoulder to the wheel of what you might call progress. You are in fact taking stock of where you are headed, as part of a deeper process of reflecting on who at base you truly are.

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

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

Transformational Astrology — April 2015 by Henry Selzer

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April 2015

by Henry Selzer


An April to Dig In, and to Remember to Breathe

The astrology of April features two eclipses, counting last month’s Spring Equinox solar eclipse that began the current cycle, and as well the lunar eclipse and Full Moon of the first weekend of April. With this potent configuration, this is shaping up to be a volatile month, also emphasizing singular Jupiter, as well as Chiron, Uranus Neptune and Pluto. We are all to a certain extent still reeling from the volatility of what we have been through over these first three months of the year, and are now attempting to integrate what we have learned.

Just as we are coming off of the final of seven exact hits of Uranus in square with Pluto, signifying the transformational tenor of these intense times that we are currently living through and the extent to which we are all of us in major flux, we have another opportunity for a look inside ourselves in resonance with this volatile aspect of revolutionary/evolutionary change that will last in one form or another to the end of the decade. The Full Moon eclipse of April 4th opposes Uranus and squares Pluto, while the Sun conjuncts Uranus. These two powerhouse planets are still only separated by less than a degree from the perfection of their recent square.

There are also definite cosmic stirrings currently that relate to Chiron, the Wounded Healer, which is strongly aspected in the timing of these eclipses, with the solar eclipse Sun and Moon in close parallel to Chiron. At this timing also, Venus was in perfect semi-sextile to Chiron, bringing relationship and aesthetics into the field of difficulty and also opportunity symbolized by this ultimately healing energy. When inner wounding comes up, especially in inter-personal interaction, there is always an opportunity for healing if we remember to take it.

Mars, was also prominent at the eclipse timing, and in forming conjunction to the new planet, Eris, beyond Pluto. There is a Venus aspect to this interesting new archetype as well at the time of the April 4th eclipse. According to extensive research that I have been conducting, this recently arrived factor in Western Astrology represents a Feminine Warrior for Soul Purpose. Her strong presence now implies that over the course of this present month we will become more conscious to a greater sense of self that exists within each of us. This stems from an inner mandate for being yourself at all costs; for finding deep with you the potential for that which only you can provide. This way of being more fully in alignment with yourself at deep levels leads to greater happiness, as you suddenly find that you have a way to respond to the urgency of these fraught times that we are all living through.

Saturn is also prominent in Sagittarius, being almost exactly inconjunct Venus in her own sign of Taurus at the beginning of this extra-strong lunar cycle, and also inconjunct to Mars in Taurus at the timing of the April 4th lunar eclipse. The limitations and grounding provided by the wise old teacher archetype are a good complement to the high-flying symbolism of other prominent astrological factors such as Jupiter and Neptune.

Neptune is emphasized now, being conjunct Mercury at the timing of the Spring Equinox eclipse, and thus lends a strong component of imagination and idealism to the current astrology. With Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune all strongly configured we have a unique situation of push-pull for both a practical and a mystical way of seeing the word around us. We win when we allow both of these approaches to have their day, steering for the golden mean of a middle course that is neither too cautious, nor allowing ourselves to go so far out there that we lose contact with the earth beneath our feet.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is another climactic month for you, Aries, when many things come together. You have been riding the wave of transformation for many months, feeling the ultimate implications although perhaps unaware of specifics, heading for a hazy future. You are suddenly taking up the reigns in a more purposeful manner. You find support from allowing in the viewpoint of significant persons in your life, appearing as either mentors or as foils for your emerging position. Partners might thus provide a conceptual framework that enables you to more fully visualize your own. Your transformation is still in process, of that you can be sure, and with new stage you are getting more seriously committed to making only those changes that truly matter to you, deep down, and that will bring you into closer alignment with your soul intention.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is another powerful month for you, Taurus, in a series of these, taking you forward in ways not always completely anticipated. You could feel lately like you are moving through molasses. You are heading toward an unknown future that beckons you, through a combination of idealism and fond illusion. These first few months of this year have been revolutionary and eye opening, especially referring to your inner eye, as your mystical journey continues. Partners continue to have a strong role to play, perhaps serving as catalysts to your own development. Your very identity is shifting, including your worldview. You might sometimes feel as though you are stuck on the verge of breakthrough. Your progress is subtle and yet nonetheless profound, and the ultimate outcome will be longer lasting and more greatly stabilized within you as a result of this longer term in your process of getting there.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an interesting and important month for you and your ongoing transformation of values and of societal connection, Gemini. There have already been the psychic storms of February and March, and as you slide into April you are continuing to fire on all cosmic cylinders. The concept of partnership provides grounding and a sense of serious commitment to the potential bond. Your vision for the future is constantly changing and yet has a mystical quality of enduring truth that you are quite aware of, at least subliminally. This has been a metamorphosis in which every facet of your life is in flux, including your goals themselves. These have been undergoing a revision of priorities from an outer orientation to the consensus thinking of the surrounding culture, to what is a most decidedly inner alignment to deep intention.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is yet another intense month, Cancer, after the crescendo of major change that February and March might have meant for you. Your vision is strong for a better way to be of service to the world around you, involving new vision for social responsibility and for professional activities that have a serious point to make, and a light way of going about it. You continue to morph in the way that you bond with others for both personal and business relationships. Your own sense of self-satisfaction is thereby enhanced, so that you also better partner yourself and your own deep intention going forward.  You are committed to a form of service that leaves your ego out of the picture, while yet your personality becomes the fundamental fulcrum of the spirit in which it is performed, to the ultimate advantage of everyone around you.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is yet another big month for transformation on many different levels, Leo. You are in the midst of a sensitive and potent lunar cycle, yet one having a definite edge, and representing a quest for action in support of soul intention. Your self-expression is studied and slowed down right now, perhaps in order that you might examine more closely what you are producing and your underlying motivation in so doing. You are occupied with idealistically looking within yourself for a better understanding of your own inner workings, and for clues to removing barriers to intimate connection with significant others. As you investigate and make necessary changes in habitual patterns, you might begin to notice that there is no way to separate yourself and your beliefs from the evidence that you gather; you are an indissoluble part of all that you observe.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month continues the beat, Virgo, of transformational change that you have been dancing to all year. Uranus and Pluto, still upending your world, have precipitated major results including dramatic changes in your creative self-expression, and are still a big part of this month’s swirl of cosmic energies.  Your partnership dynamic has been alternately fluctuating and deeply intentioned, and while somewhat filled with rose-colored visions of extraordinary outcomes is also seriously practical in its scope. Your intuition too is sizzling with enlightenment for new life direction, and nearly takes you to right within the psyches of others. You are making a serious application of effort to dig further into your own psychological territory as you encounter limitations on one level of family entanglements or home based concerns, simultaneous with breakthrough on another. You may also find yourself taking on issues for the way that you resource yourself, whenever it is that you are required to.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) The rhythm of revolutionary change continues, Libra. The tidal pulse of major transformation keeps pounding away at the very underpinnings of your life and your personality, seemingly without letup. You remain full to the brim with lingering vibrations from recent months sparking attitudes of cosmic intentionality. These seem to come from outside of yourself, perhaps arriving on the wings of relationship interaction, and yet still very much hit the mark. Something about your life is irrevocably altering and the contribution of intelligent and deeply connected partners and fellow travellers contributes greatly to your own arc of development. You are magnetically pulled to visions of future circumstance that even though largely insubstantial; you can nearly see and feel with your physical senses. Practical magic is one watchword for your current transitional state, as you leave behind one layer of consciousness for what turns out to be quite another.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is your time of coming into yourself in a new way, Scorpio. Relationship is powerful for you right now, and allows you to better understand where you are coming from. The point of view of active partners helps to pave the way to your own ongoing transformation in communicative outreach and service orientation. This current cycle leads you to exploring the mechanics of public achievement. You are lucky with your outer world circumstance, which also gives you the space to more deeply investigate private areas and concerns. You are simultaneously taking your creativity to the next level, by placing it in harness to others, laying it at their feet for the benefit of partners and of society itself. Most importantly, you are discovering a component of soul intention that complements every gesture you make in the line of more ordinary mundane layers of commitment.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) The beat goes on, Sagittarius, and it seems like the intensity has barely diminished, although perhaps subtly shifted in direction. During this rather intense time, you continue to deal with a flood of radical change. You are exercising increased spiritual creativity in everything that you do. A sense of responsibility to the ordinary requirements of daily life might at times feel like a burden, and yet suddenly it morphs into joy at serving your higher calling. Your understanding of soul-level mission that you have been feeling these last few months has become a factor in assessing how to determine your true priorities; you are finding that some formerly important details and previously treasured habits could fall away, while the ones that you choose to embrace are those that accord with where your inner guidance is directing you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is still the season of your transformation, Capricorn, as it has been all year thus far. The recent crescendo of radical evolutionary change has lessoned slightly and perhaps turned more profoundly inward. You have mellowed into the changes of this timeframe, accepted your seat on the roller coaster, and even begun to enjoy the view of the moving landscape before your ever-widening gaze. Partners provide an interesting catalyst for your own inner exploration that has taken you into some very deep and far down places already in the weeks and even months preceding this current one. You have a creative tension available to you now that takes inner presence into outer achievement almost without conscious effort. Your intuitional inspiration descends from angel guidance and grows easier to understand with each fresh experience of insight.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) Your metamorphosis continues, Aquarius. This has been a season of adjustment with multiple levels of progress, and yet your changes are not complete. This month represents another dip into the transformational tide, rushing through you toward an unknown endpoint, subtly molding and fluffing you in the direction that the cosmos seems to want your life to take. There is a call from deep inside, and you feel that you must heed it, or else falter and remain floating the shallows. This is along the lines of a different and more personal educational experience than anything that has come before. Your future orientation is summoned to a higher responsibility than the mundane task list. This sense of your mission of learning and spiritual growth that has overtaken you is more profound, and will eventually lead you out of your current conundrums and into greater clarity of purpose.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is another quite interesting monthly cycle for you, Pisces, in regard to your ongoing changes, still incomplete. Each passing day you better hone in on what exactly you are up to. Your matrix of connection to friends and to your social setting has been long evolving, and future plans are similarly transforming as you come to a place of soul-level intentionality. Your idea of what lies ahead suddenly depends for its guiding principle on what makes you feel good inside. The mundane daily run of events become, through another way of looking at things, of sacred portent. Being out in the world has served you well lately, and yet you find that the accolades of the marketplace only represent one part of the story; these fade to meaninglessness unless they allow you to make an all-important connection to Spirit inside you.


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

Transformational Astrology February 2015 by Henry Seltzer

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by Henry Seltzer

A Retrograde and Visionary February

The astrology of February features Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Mercury is of course implicated through its three-week retrograde that lasts to the end of the month, when you take the time passage represented by its “retrograde shadow” into account. Because the onset of the Mercury retrograde, in mid-Aquarius, followed the Aquarius New Moon by only one day, and with Saturn in the picture as well, this has been quite a powerfully introspective time. As 2015 gets rolling thoughtful people everywhere cannot help but wonder where this global society is heading, with terrorism on the increase, including the state-sponsored variety, and the rising threats of global warming, environmental degradation and income inequality. As we look more closely into these issues we perhaps may find that they all come back to the human psyche and its evolution toward what the relatively optimistic amongst us would like to imagine is a “Wisdom Culture” in the making; although how to get there is the enormous challenge that we face in our times. We might be able to recognize that it is only by the spiritual evolution that is distinctly possible on the part of each one of us that the world will be relieved of its suffering, and that the time for action is indeed getting short.

These reflections have their cosmic equivalence in this month’s astrology, with a prominent Jupiter and Neptune in contrast with Saturn, newly entered into Sagittarius, Jupiter’s sign. The meaning of the Jupiter archetype, also Neptune, has its positive flair and its belief in possibility over the necessity to hold back, so that the contrast with the sense of limitation provide by stodgy old Saturn is quite palpable. Jupiter is greatly emphasized now, being solitary, especially at the timing of the recent New Moon, in one half of the Zodiac. All the other planets in the Aquarius New Moon configuration come after Saturn, occupying the four signs that follow Sagittarius in Zodiacal order, through Aries. This makes Saturn the “leader” of this planetary pattern. Saturn is emphasized in this New Moon chart in other ways, being square to Neptune and Mars and sextile to the Sun and Moon, while Jupiter is also featured in the Full Moon chart for February 3rd. Neptune in its own sign of Pisces is the ruler now of Mars, as he conjoins Neptune at the timing of the New Moon while Saturn squares him.

When Saturn, Neptune and Jupiter face off in this way there is a corresponding struggle within the psyche for taking an optimistic-idealistic stance and yet also a conservative approach. Then, too, Uranus and Pluto are powerfully invoked in this month’s configurations as well, being aspected by Jupiter in the New Moon chart, and by the Sun and Moon at the timing of the Leo Full Moon.

We are therefore entering into, with this monthly cycle, an introspective period of time when we are both pulled forward into new ways of thought and belief while at the same time struggling to maintain our balance in the midst of the recognition of limitation and an upsurge in conservative empowerment. This is a tricky monthly cycle to be sure, and one in which perhaps the only real choice is to put our reliance on the activity of a benevolent cosmos to pull us through, to the extent that we can manage that feat of faith and transcendent imagination.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is for you a holy and a special time, Aries, as you continue the transformational thrust of recent weeks and months, and come to appreciate new dimensions of your experience. You have been traveling in your imagination outside of strict rationality, to places of which you are perhaps only indistinctly aware, and this timing might give you a more concrete idea of how to put your thoughts together in a way that allows for a combination with more traditional beliefs. You find yourself in an introspective stance early on. In the second half of the month your focus shifts somewhat, and you emerge more fully into the hustle and bustle of the so-called “real” world; yet still enriched and mystically informed by your sojourn into these extra-dimensional cosmic spaces that saints and sages call your true home.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). You are entering into a very special and paradoxical month, Taurus, one that will carry you farther down the road of your mystical destiny. You are an over-achiever in outer world events, stemming from before the month began, although with Mercury retrograding through your career sector for most of this current cycle there is an introspective component to your attitude now as well. You have a cosmic invitation to take a more profound look beneath the surface layers of your personality. These last six weeks have seen a greatly increased focus for inner matters including home and family concerns, so that you are honoring all the parts of your psyche with renewed enthusiasm as you proceed toward getting a better grasp on the flow of your unconscious process. What might emerge is a larger sense of Self that you are increasingly better able to integrate.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a somewhat difficult month for you Gemini, and you find it both rich and strange. You are looking more deeply into philosophical questions that have long been on your mental radar, giving them another go. In practical terms, you are appreciating that mentorship that you can find among familiar partners, and gracefully dodging differences of opinion presenting the illusion at least of conflict or criticism that holds you back. Communication is huge for you tight now, enabling you to get your own ideas flowing as you share them with your peers. As your changes unfold, albeit slowly, you are beginning to recognize that the familiar territory you have occupied is shrinking from view as you look back. You are finding a way to go more profoundly introspective, furthering natural explorations of your profound inner world.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) These times are getting to be quite intense for you, Cancer, and still you are holding on. This is a magical month of exploration into your hidden places below the level of full-on conscious understanding, that also has its happier moments of outer world pleasure and participation. You are in a rather strange combination of being at one with the world around you and also still hungering for a more profound approach. The material world has been good to you lately, and yet this good fortune might suddenly pale in comparison to investigating the deeper meaning of security and even finances. You are on a mission to discover the secret of success not in the eyes of the world, but in terms of you own unique personal satisfaction with the process of getting there.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a huge time for you, Leo, in every way, a roller-coaster ride of a monthly cycle when exciting scenes flourish, and when you also must at times retreat from the intensity to peer inside yourself and make sure that you first and foremost tend your own garden. While not always easy, this month is full of important lessons to be learned from whatever difficulties you encounter. You are in a gratefully expansive mode, and yet full of contradictions as well. Partnership provides fresh energy with over-the-top excitement to go along with your general enthusiasm, though you are also likely to be abundantly aware of the drawbacks as well as the advantages of jumping ahead. You are conscious of a mystical wisdom that seems to rise up out of your deep places almost unbidden, providing that you can stay open to it.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an interesting and conflicted time for you, Virgo, as you continue on the path of recent excursions into partnership idealizations while pulling back from them also. This is likely to be a rather intensely introspective month, with your ruler, Mercury, running backwards in your sector of day-to-day activities and health concerns. Along with relationship, you are re-thinking many aspects of your life, and your life-direction, planning your path forward in a spiritually meaningful way that includes connection with others. You are also feeling cautious and conservative in your approach, at least on the outside and in conversation. Living the fantasy might not really be possible and yet what works is taking that idea forward as a concept to aim for and eventually to live up to. In some deeper part of your psyche, you are aware of being fundamentally optimistic about nearly everything.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is a powerful time of creativity for you, Libra, although yet also a somewhat difficult one as well, with optimistic assessments and introspective dialogues that lead you in circles. You will want to beware of acting too rashly. Even though you find that in any event you must act, the best course remains shrouded in mystery, so that you must feel your way. If this sounds complicated, well it certainly is, although not impossibly so. Artistic self-expression is the best opportunity for you now. You might regret that you cannot go as far as you would like to, although the upside is that you can at least contemplate some very far-out choices and add them to your list. Your idealism is to your ultimate advantage, once you learn to balance, and to wait for eventual breakthrough.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a strange and cosmically rich time for you, Scorpio, one that allows for new horizons to unfold while still connecting to existing structure. You are extremely focused on real-world success with one part of your being and yet holding back from your fullest participation in regarding that triumph as a strictly outer world endeavor. This monthly cycle continues in new refinements the process that you began over the previous year. You are discovering in more personal ways all the ramifications of where it is that in your hearts of hearts you desire and understand that you need to go. You are being able to more clearly state your deepest truth regarding your pathway forward. Deep intuition plays an important role in this month’s activities, as you conjure up a sense of who you are in Spirit over and above what goes on in strictly material terms.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a rather intriguing month for you Sagittarius, one in which you are pulled to the inside. You are taking a pause from outer world involvement partly due to the requirement of getting a better handle on the necessary structure of your life and what wants to be bolstered as you climb the sides of a steep learning curve that is largely internal, and that has hidden painful elements to face and to traverse. While staying as grounded as you can, and in the midst of being held back, you are nevertheless breaking out in ways that liberate your soul. You are drawn to realms of philosophical speculation while also finding within yourself the determination to ride out the storm and persevere with that destiny that you came into this lifetime to fulfill.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) Your transformation proceeds apace, Capricorn, and as it does a type of inner awareness continues to serve you well. This is a month of greater conscious recognition of your true situation, and one in which you are also giving greater credence to the unseen world of your hidden complexes, which might actually come to the same thing. Other interesting and changeable factors, such as your finances, are occupying much of your attention also; these can actually be thought of as a distraction, since your true agenda lies in inner contemplation. This may be the reverse of what you have always supposed were your priorities. By exploring what is within you and thereby coming to a better understanding of who at base you really are, you allow yourself to sense where you are heading with your life, and this is more valuable than dollars.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is an amazing month for realizations, Aquarius. Thy have been coming along quite nicely lately and now this current cycle might put you over the top. Your communication is impassioned and sincere and speaks your ultimate truth for the way that you see the world around you. Your sense of yourself has reached new levels as you have, one by one, mastered your awareness of inner perspectives and priorities. This is a work in progress, although you might be farther along on this path of inner discovery than you have recognized. Your philosophic vision has never been stronger. As you concentrate on self-fulfillment you are simultaneously enjoined to take into account the social settings in which you find yourself operating…

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You have come to the crossroads, Pisces. All of your recent inner work has brought you to this, a creative confluence of differing priorities. You are on the one hand fully present for yourself and others in terms of outer world pursuits, raring to go and to mingle, and yet with another part of your psyche you linger in the shadows of entirely internal preoccupations. There are issues there to face, perhaps equally compelling to concerns of prestige and social attainment. Your dedication to service to others, and to society itself, forms a bridge between these very different realities that are nevertheless all part of you and of your struggle to define yourself in terms of inner as well as outer accomplishment. As you feel into the broadest possible conception, you might perhaps come to see that the one informs and underlies the other.

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


Transformational Astrology – January 2015 – by Henry Seltzer

astrologyA Difficult and Yet Illuminating January

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of January features Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. This large list is due to a very active New Moon chart from the 21st of December, when this start of the current monthly cycle coincided with the Winter Solstice, that in one way of thinking represents a symbolic beginning for the entire year to come. By this measure, we are in for a very intense 2015. The sectors of your chart occupied by Uranus and in particular Pluto will be activated, as well as a general sense of your own personal transformation unfolding. Everyone is in the same boat, although each will respond differently to the evolutionary pressure of this powerhouse combination of planetary energy. It seems that the universe provides what you need at the time that you need it, and that even though what you are going through might be difficult, you always have the ability to rise to the occasion. And, indeed if you do not take this opportunity, you will have another chance.

The process of transformation amounts to letting go of what you no longer need, while strengthening that which you can come to recognize as representing the best part of what you have to offer. This is easy to say, hard to do. And yet we each do what we can of what is before us to accomplish, to the best of our current ability. We are fortunate now in the sense that expansive Jupiter remains quite prominent in the chart for this month and new year, still in trine with a powerfully placed Eris, standing for exploring soul intention. Jupiter also stands apart from the rest of the planets, on one side of the zodiac, therefore stronger by position. Saturn, newly entered into Sagittarius, is also highlighted. There thus is both runaway optimism and an excess of caution available in this month’s astrology. This is a potent combination for finding an opening to your future and yet also getting serious about what is before you.

In the chart of the Capricorn Solstice New Moon that kicked off the current lunation cycle, the Sun is parallel to Venus, and the Moon is parallel to Mars, as these two planets also make aspects to Uranus and Pluto in square alignment, that are square as well to the nodal axis. This is one reason to suspect that this month will be rather intense in terms of the transformational effects of Uranus and Pluto in combination, while another is the closeness of their cardinal degrees, never more than a degree apart from exact for the entire month, and beyond. Uranus and Pluto are separated from the perfection of their square alignment by less than one degree during all the early part of this year, through mid-March. This timing now and over the next few months is in one sense the peak of the entire Uranus-Pluto square alignment, which has lasted from 2009, through the first exact hit in 2012, until now.

January also has its downtime with another Mercury retrograde period in the offing.  Mercury stations in mid-Aquarius on January 21st, just one day after the Aquarius New Moon of Sunday, January 20th, and thus the last ten days of January have both the fresh energy and future orientation characterizing a New Moon, and the reflective and meditative thoughtfulness implied by Mercury retrograding through the very same sign. Pluto remains prominent so that the pace of major radical transformation does not let up, urging us to be all that we can be as we tackle the challenges of another intense year of change.

No matter where your evolutionary path might lead, this entire year is definitely a time for stepping up to greater understanding of what you feel in your heart that you must do, in order to fulfill to the promise of your incarnation.

ARIES (March 20-April 19).  This is a firecracker of a month for you, Aries, involving both personal and professional growth. Your outer world presence is really taking off in this new year, and taking on added dimensions as well. Individualist though you may be, you find that going it entirely alone is not really an option for you if you are to make happen what you know deep inside to be the result to go for. Group activity of all kinds is also powerful for you now, in the context of your overall achievement orientation. In the final analysis, it is not accomplishment in the eyes of the world that you truly crave. Your triumph comes in small ways as well as large, and your relative success will depend to an extraordinary degree upon your soul intention, of which only you can estimate the true value.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  You have before you a philosophically acute month and year, Taurus. This is a powerful time of learning for you; an education of a most mysterious and deeply informative kind. This course of study will not lead to a degree, and it as much about inner as outer. Your unconscious is extremely active for you now, and is working behind the scenes in your own best interest.  An intuitive process brings you insights that come to your listening ear almost unbidden. Your principles normally tend toward the practical and yet you are in the process of reexamining these in the light of recent circumstances. A new idea is emerging of what is truly practical; what it is that in fact actually works for you over the long haul to move your life forward.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a pivotal time for you, Gemini, in your fierce drive toward greater wholeness. This month you enter into a more mysterious segment of your already intense learning curve from the previous year. You are descending into your own depths, there to discover the darker side to your normally light-filled personality. As you do, you are going for an even greater degree of connection with important others. There is quite a lot that you can and will learn from partners, and by the exercise of your intuition and by your willingness to probe beneath the surface of your everyday awareness. A process of philosophical speculation drives this home even more profoundly as the month continues to unfold. Plans might go awry and yet still be on target for increasing your awareness of what it is that truly counts.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is an important month for you, Cancer, and for your process. Your rather intense arc of development from the previous year continues, with significant persons in your life taking on a larger role. Relationship has been huge for you from the holiday season on, culminating with the January 4th Full Moon in your sign. You are also getting serious about finding your true work in the world, that which, along with providing for your more obvious needs, satisfies your soul. Important persons in your life provide a contrast and an aid to your own efforts, as you seek a greater integration of all your parts. You may currently be feeling the weight of this responsibility for moving toward meaningful change, as well as the joy of beginning to know what it is that you are actually after.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) Welcome to a forward-looking month of intense activity, Leo. You are feeling optimistic and fortunate now, and this continues to the extent that you make your own luck with your choices. This is a very philosophically inspiring and service-oriented month for you, as symbolized by the dramatic recent Capricorn New Moon. You are discovering the worldview that allows you to move ahead with your most sincere effort, while coming from your deepest understanding, in a way that enhances your experience and that of others around you as well. You are dedicated and sincere with your idealism and also must remember to bring to the fore every bit of your practicality and caution you can muster. This allows you to shine your light more fully, even as you allow yourself to be held back in following your most extreme impulse.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is the start of an exciting month, Virgo, launching another amazing year of transformational change. Your vision for what you believe that you need to accomplish is rapidly evolving in what seems like a whirlwind, and this includes your ideals regarding the way that you can incorporate the input of significant persons into your own arc of development. You have two powerful concentrations of energy and one involves delving into mystical inner places, with the inspiration of partners, where you discover hidden secrets governing the wellsprings of your more overt behavior. You might find yourself going at this study with a take-no-prisoners attitude of succeed or die in the attempt. The other energy center is very strong right now, and connected with full-on glorious self-expression that yet constantly transforms itself even as you attempt to focus your gaze upon its workings.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an interesting, fundamentally optimistic and yet in some ways difficult month, Libra. The degree of ease or of difficulty depends entirely upon how well you have been doing your spiritual homework over these past few years. In any case, things might be coming to a head over the course of this month, and somewhere inside yourself you are very aware of this simple and inescapable fact. Key relationships in your life continue to provide surprises, and unexpected enlightenment, as you dream your way into new beginnings regarding your pathway forward. You are changing in the very depths of your being and at some point must acknowledge how radical and how remarkable is your metamorphosis. In the process you are discovering further facets of your path, and coming into greater alignment with your soul intention for this lifetime.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a good month for you, Scorpio, and for communications of all kinds, written, spoken, and as well as the thoughts within the confines of your own mind and heart that will carry you further along the lines of your soul intention. Your psychic environment also includes a great deal of good fortune with professional and career aims that is available for you now to leverage into a broader notion of what success truly means for you. An additional focus is on home and family concerns, and the deep transformation that comes to you through this important area of life, as you evolve and grow. The learning curve that you are ascending is a steep one, and leads you to peaks and vistas that are beyond the ordinary triumphs that are called success in the eyes of the world. Yet they are yours.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is another interesting and rather intense month for you Sagittarius, furthering your ongoing transformation of values.  You have tons of wherewithal at your disposal, and the ability to place your energy in many different directions of accomplishment. Your understanding of what you have, including your finances, is also radically shifting, completing an arc of development that has been years in the making. With concerted effort you have built up your spiritual reserves, while the ordinary run of your worldly affairs is suffused with additional dimensions of meaning. You are exceedingly practical now, and yet retain at least one foot out the door, beyond simplistic reality. By persevering you will move through uncertainty toward a new synthesis that enables you to come at the world more whole, and available to create from an evolved standpoint that includes all of who you are

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) Your birthday time continues, Capricorn, and it is rebirth that you seek. You are in for another vibrant month of change as you resume your self-imposed task of soul growth in this powerful season. You are still in motion, your sense of yourself on the line, as much as you have been all this past year. Surprises on the home front are also clues that foster a thought process that is vital for your continued well being. You cannot hesitate but must find within yourself the intrepid explorer, delving down within to bring up the pearl of wisdom.  The fear that does not allow you to relax and let go into the chaos that inevitably precedes new birth is perhaps only a mirage. This is to be banished by an act of will arising out of the very depths of your being.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is an important month for you Aquarius, for what is hinted at in subtle ways and all might be surmised, as you continue the development of your understanding of what lies hidden in the depths of your interior world. This is something of a mysterious cycle that you are in, following upon the recent Capricorn Solstice New Moon in your sector of unconscious process and inner work.  Your dreams are likely quite vivid these nights and could conceivably provide clues to what is bubbling up from deep inside you. Your communicative outreach is also enhanced at this time, as is, paradoxically, a sense of introspection later in the month, during your birthday timing. You are therefore extending out to others and simultaneously reaching deep inside, in a form of emotional yoga that leaves you stretched and more fully integrated.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a month of intense transformational power for you, Pisces. You are aiming for an entirely different future than the one that you were heading for a few short weeks ago. You are fundamentally optimistic in a spiritual way; even fluctuations in finances have their positive slant for you. This is an active time of friendships that appear purposeful and group activity in collusion with a burgeoning new directive awareness that arises from your very depths. You are feeling your way into concepts of greater societal involvement and service to others, with the implication of a growing sense of self-identity on a different scale of values from anything prior is emerging in this new month and year. A budding spirit within you that has been on the verge for many months has suddenly taken wing.



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

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