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Transformational Astrology – May 2015

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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 www.astrograph.com.

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: www.astrograph.com.

Transformational Astrology February 2015 by Henry Seltzer

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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 www.astrograph.com.

 

Transformational Astrology – January 2015 – by Henry Seltzer

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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  www.astrograph.com.

The Transformational Intensity of December

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Astrology by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of December features Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, along with Eris. Mars and the other personal planets are changing signs this month, with Mars entering Aquarius early, just two days before the powerful Full Moon configuration of Saturday, December 6th, that highlights Uranus and Pluto in square, now less than half of a degree away and therefore quite active. This is one peak of their current thrust for massive and revolutionary change. At this time as well, Jupiter and Venus conspire to make a grand trine in Fire signs with the new planet Eris, past Pluto, that is proving to be potent in natal charts and in transit, representing a spiritual warrior for soul purpose. Therefore this month, we are celebrating this newly discovered outer planet archetype that seems to symbolize an implacable energy for embracing deep soul intention. What we can expect is a greater reliance on ourselves, and for making a stand for what, at the deepest levels of our being, we truly believe.

This energy for soul purpose combines with Uranus and Pluto, which are drawing near to the penultimate instance of their square alignment that will go down in the astrological records as the defining configuration of this decade. The trickster energy of Uranus in Aries brings surprises, as well as great intuitional awareness along with him, in addition to the unexpected event that can lead to an entirely new insight. The massively transforming effects of Pluto are also well-known for their compelling power of life purpose in motion. This month is therefore a time of great intensity and potential progress along the arc of our intended development. We are, all of us, leaving some part of the past behind us as we sail through a transformational month. When we have more or less prepared for the deep changes that accompany the revolutionary effect of Uranus and Pluto in exact collision, an aspect that perfects mid-month, we are better off than when we resist this force for radical change.

The Sagittarius New Moon that originated this current lunation cycle took place on November 22nd, and this configuration itself stimulated the positions of Uranus and Pluto by sesquiquadrate and semi-square, so that all month long we have a strong dose of personal and societal evolution. The third major outer planet, Neptune, brings an otherworldly and idealistic point of view to the place he currently resides, in early Pisces, and is a factor greatly emphasized this month as well, being squared by the New Moon. Then, in another remarkable configuration, Jupiter is closely trine the new planet Eris until the end of December, because Jupiter itself is getting ready to station on December 8th, remaining in the same degree all month. Since Eris herself moves so slowly, also staying in her spot, the 23rd degree of Aries, for the entire month of December, we have a partile or extra-potent trine between them from the timing of the Sagittarius New Moon onward. This brings a strong hit of Eris to consciousness, especially in the mid-month time frame when the Sun in Sagittarius completes a grand trine with Jupiter and Eris. We will therefore be more fully tuned to inner awareness, and able to achieve a much better understanding of our deep soul intention, as a result of this quite powerful cycle that ends with the Winter Solstice and Capricorn New Moon of Sunday, December 21st.

The Winter Solstice itself is extraordinarily powerful this year, coinciding with the New Moon that takes place only a few minutes of a degree into the sign of Capricorn. This is always a very special time and this month even more so, as we look ahead to the turning of the year. Because Uranus and Pluto remain within one degree of exact through December, and beyond, we have before us an extremely powerful springtime leading up to their final exact hit in mid-March of 2015.

ARIES (March 20-April 19).  This is an intensely transformational month that you are faced with, Aries, representing a danger that is also opportunity. You have reached in some sense the end of your rope, and the ultimate result might be to give up and recognize that as a door closes another opens. You are getting the idea, from way down in the depths of your soul, for what you actually aspire to. Things are becoming intolerable, thus continuing to alert your somewhat attentive awareness that the time has truly come when a radical departure is needed. This is therefore a chance to become clear about what, on the inside, you are actually all about. Once you make the changes that you contemplate there is no turning back; this is difficult and yet, in another way of seeing things, a total blessing.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  In some important sense your intense times have only just begun, Taurus. This month signals the ending of one cycle of metamorphosis and the beginning of another. As you graduate this year’s crash course, you are automatically signed up for the next, and you are coming to a better understanding of where it is that you are ultimately heading. There is a spiritually oriented inner component to your evolving worldview. You might feel inspired to undertake inner work beyond even what you have come to over these last few months. The cosmos seems to be sending you a signal to rejoice. The changes that you have been through have prepared you somewhat for these new Olympic trials, while family members, partners and angel guides are standing by to take your hand, as you are able offer it up to them.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). Your steep educational thrust continues, Gemini, into this climactic ending of a powerful year, and perhaps even accelerates. This is a time of feeling your way forward by means of a compassionate career stance that takes soul purpose more completely into account, and of trusting the perspective of helpful partners in your life. You are gaining ground as you learn from them, and also you are simultaneously discovering further facets of your own unique way of being and moving through the world. You are setting your sights on distant prospects that seem nonetheless readily attainable, building upon the momentum of these recent months of trial and surmounting. The Full Moon in your sign, while honoring your partnering inclinations, brings you back even more clearly to yourself, and to the deep-seated changes that you are still undertaking as you head into the profound journey of another important year.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a powerful monthly cycle for you, Cancer, a continuation of the intensity with yet, however, a twist. You are in a decidedly fortunate place, particularly when you take your inner guidance seriously. Relationships continue to amaze you, and to provide necessary perspectives for your own arc of development. You are adhering to traditional ways of being that have served you well all these years, and simultaneously throwing them over completely in favor of an uncertain mandate. As you locate additional factors for creative career moves, they have the tendency to take you over from out of the blue, just when you thought you were done experimenting. This is productive, although not in the usual sense. You are in a spiritual place with these challenges, made to order for the new you that is rapidly emerging.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an interesting month for you, Leo, one in which you are making joyous inroads on your issues. You are tasked by the cosmic forces that surround you to come up with expanded ways to see yourself and your world. Your soul intention is coming forward to claim you, ultimately leading you to an entirely different self-concept. This might be termed an identity crisis, although it is difficult only to the extent that you resist. Flashes of insight that have been building to critical mass lead you onward, and let you know that while your situation is serious, it need not be dire. Your luck is running good, made better by your sincere attention to your own intuitive judgment, from deep inside. When you trust in your inner guidance, you win, in spite of every other indication to the contrary.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an amazing month for you, Virgo, one with opportunities of an unusual kind. Home and family issues call for a combination of enthusiasm and caution as you continue to navigate the tricky waters of interpersonal connection in new ways. This has the outcome of allowing you to settle in with your own deeper knowledge. The most important result of all this effort might be more private than anything that is seen in terms of purely surface awareness. You are exploring your hidden spaces within, and these are truly dark, and yet, simultaneously and surprisingly, also filled with light. This is not the bright glow of accomplishment in the eyes of the world, although it is nonetheless a glow of satisfaction that you perceive most clearly when you stay entirely true to yourself.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an amazing month for progress, Libra, on both personal and outer-world levels. Partners provide surprises and a useful shake-up that stirs you out of familiar habit patterns that have perhaps grown stale, supplying vision for what you truly need. You are recognizing that you live not by bread alone, and are more prepared than ever to make this ideal a concrete reality. Your family life is being transformed before your eyes and that, too, affects you deep down to the very core of your being. You are at an important crossroads and succeed when you have the courage to follow inner guidance. When you stay the course, utilizing the higher purpose that you bring to explore new concepts of achievement, you move forward, through the powerful ending of an intense year, into greater wholeness.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is an interesting monthly cycle in process for you, Scorpio, as you head into a powerful ending to one year of intense change, and the beginning of another. You have traveled a wilderness path of depriving yourself in search of something more fulfilling. This period, traditionally a time for taking stock, for you represents a dual challenge: to succeed in your own terms, and yet make your way through to what might be considered winning in the eyes of the world. Inspiration moves you to dismiss any shred of personal achievement that does not include a healthy quality of learning for yourself and improvement for the society as a whole. You are setting yourself up for the resources that you will need to make it through to where your deepest soul intention is leading you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a thoughtful and exuberant time for you, Sagittarius. You are feeling the good vibes of the recent New Moon in your sign, giving you a monthly cycle bursting with energy for both personal and relationship expressiveness. How you show up for others with a positive essence is in sync with your work as well as your play. It is important to recognize that there are yet important issues left to deal with that will yield to your sincere effort, and that this the perfect time to make a difference. These include the very foundation of your personality, with roots that extend more deeply down, into the psychological reality that you inhabit within. These matters are in process now, and any feelings of surprise at their severity turns in an instant into joy at the magnitude of the course of action that you can muster in response.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This month is crucial for you, Capricorn, signaling an important transition to a more definite new stage that is forming within you and ushering in your birthday season. You are preoccupied with internals of your situation, almost to the exclusion of outer world factors. Your dreams are important now, and could have much to tell you regarding your inner world that, although relatively hidden from your conscious awareness, might come to be seen as underlying everything that you say and do. You are feeling the mystical winds of change blowing through you; although these are bringers unexpected difficulties, they are not to be feared, but rather celebrated. You win when you welcome them and their alterations as helpers in getting you across an important threshold into a transformed vision of the world around you and of its possibilities.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are in the midst of a fortunate monthly cycle, Aquarius, made more so when you make the choices that are in complete alignment with both your logical and your emotional self. This is a profound time of greater conscious concern for where your life is taking you, fueled by an overwhelming power to get things done along the lines of your soul’s true agenda. You are feeling your way toward a new mandate for change that includes helpful partners, both as useful adjuncts to your process of evolutionary growth and as the source of new perspectives that blend and merge with your own. In a timing that includes the potential to visualize a new future self into being, novel information comes your way all of a sudden that might serve to make your choices more obvious

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are in the midst of another vibrant and powerful monthly cycle of evolutionary growth, Pisces. This constitutes one culmination of all the changes form over the course of an intense 2014. You are feeling into the flow of adventure that will lead you from one reality to quite another, as you progress into the ending of the calendar year. With all this major transformation you are most importantly coming to a better understanding of what you are really up to from a deeper perspective, that task that you came into this lifetime in order to fulfill. This has almost nothing to do with the dictates of society, still less with how the residue of your early conditioning continues to affect you, and yet practically everything with what your soul offers up to you from down inside.

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.

Transformational Astrology – November 2014 – by Henry Seltzer

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by Henry Seltzer

November: An Important Transitional Month

The astrology of November features a recovering Mercury, along with Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Although improving nicely, Mercury is still shaky from its recent retrograde that ended on the last full weekend of October, the final of 2014. These happen three times a year, usually in the same element. Mercury’s next retrograde will be on January 21st in Aquarius, and all three 2015 occurrences will be in Air signs. On into the current month, Mercury leaves Libra behind for the second time this fall on Saturday, November 8th, returning to the sign of Scorpio where it started its retrograde motion in early October, and thereby escapes its “retrograde shadow.” Then the last vestiges of this particular retrograde period will be over. For the remainder of the month we will perhaps still be integrating the lessons learned during this introspective and revealing period of time.

This month as well, Uranus and Pluto are drawing closer to the next hit of their storied square, perfecting in mid-December. They are separated by a mere 2 ¼ degrees as the month begins, still less by its close. The Scorpio New Moon eclipse from late October, when the New Moon and Jupiter made quintile aspects to Pluto while retrograde Mercury opposed Uranus, triggered these two powerhouse planets that are thus featured in this monthly cycle as they draw near to their recurring square, a major theme lately. The final denouement has yet to take place, with the next year representing perhaps the most intense example of their transformative and revolutionary interaction, manifesting on both a collective and a personal level, as this decade of the turbulent teens continues to unfold.

Neptune is equally triggered during this rather intense month, which is actually a transitional time leading to the ending of the year. In addition to its prominence in the Scorpio New Moon configuration, being trined by Sun, Moon and Venus, with a close parallel from Venus to Neptune, there is also the factor of its speed. Neptune stations to direct motion on Saturday, November 15th, standing dead still in the sky. Moving quite slowly now, Neptune is therefore greatly emphasized, changing its position by a matter of only a few minutes of Zodiacal longitude from November 1st through to the 30th. All month we will be enjoying an extra dose of his otherworldly and spacey energy. Idealism bordering on illusion, perhaps confusion, will be the rule rather than the exception.

Expansive Jupiter, traveling through Leo and having a similar spiritual meaning to Neptune, although more engaged in the here-and-now, is also highlighted in November’s astrology, being powerfully configured in the recent Scorpio New Moon eclipse. When Jupiter moves into the 22nd degree of the sign of Leo, during the mid-month Last Quarter Moon, with the Moon in close conjunction, Jupiter makes an almost perfect trine with the new planet, Eris, in the 23rd degree of Aries. This recently discovered planetary archetype seems to be involved with a warrior-like stand for deep purpose. This mid-month period is therefore a powerful time, when you might expect to encounter further facets of your own internal fortitude. We all need this expansive and visionary energy, along with an increased awareness of the deeper process within us, in order that we attune more completely to our soul intention.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is the start of an exciting climax to an intense year, Aries, as you enter into yet another new and dramatic phase. You have been very busy these past few months creating a better alignment between your vision, your actions, and your deeper purpose as you are coming to understand it, a work in progress that is far from complete. This month takes you into new territory. You are finding out what your dreams are really made of, more concretely than you would have formerly thought possible. These messengers from your unconscious can come to your active aid as you scale the walls of your ambition once again, this time in a more integrated fashion. You are learning to be yourself in a way that permits others in, without losing your own sense of unique destiny.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is an interesting month for you, Taurus, especially with regard to of the key relationships in your life and your desire for better connection. You are coming at life from the inside out. You might feel within yourself a tendency now to leave yourself behind for the sake of others, although this is an illusion. You are being asked by cosmic powers to go beyond previous limitations in whatever way you can. This refers to ideas or beliefs that could be holding you back from a fuller experience of life that is all around you, awaiting your readiness to participate. What you are after is in essence deeply lodged within you. Your gains could be enormous in terms of partnership trust and recognition, plus your own understanding of yourself at profound levels.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an exciting month for you, Gemini, as you head into the ending of a climactic year. You are strong on service to others right now, and for finding your sense of higher duty to some important part of yourself of which you are perhaps becoming more aware. Workplace concerns and health issues play into this. You are striving to discover the essence of what you truly believe and have the determination to bring forward. As the retrograde of your ruler, Mercury, begins to disperse over this first week of November, it leaves you with a residue of fantastic vision that you might be able, with effort, to bring closer to fruition over the next two months. Partnership in your life plays a key role right now, allowing you to open further to your innermost self.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is another amazing month for you, Cancer, as you head into the transitional closing weeks of the old year and come to a totally new phase with your life and work. You are full of playful enthusiasm right now and more confident of your choices, which have a serious edge beneath the jollity. Your work in the world has been successful lately although it can also seem an empty category without a distinct component of your deeper purpose, and you are feeling this quite strongly. As you navigate the aftermath of the recent Mercury retrograde you are coming to some startling conclusions, the springboard for meaningful action. You are dwelling in some of the deeper places within your psyche, and starting to accept these as normal parts of who you are and what you do, to your great advantage.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a rather strange month for you, Leo, in the aftermath of a powerful October cycle. This is in fact a time of exploration of new possibilities, both in terms of outer world commitment and also for a different set of priorities corresponding to hidden facets of your personality. You are finding joy and a great deal of enthusiasm in pushing your persona, as you move quite naturally further into self-confident personal interaction. It is also likely that issues could arise on the home front, or that situations could trigger you in unexpected ways. The good news is that once you adopt a subtler and more accepting mindset, all this can lead you to a much better understanding of dark places within you, paradoxically granting you broader scope in outer world affairs as well as inner.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an interesting and informative month for you, Virgo, even though in order to see further into your situation you might have to acknowledge a deeper mindset than your ordinary everyday one. Riding on the coattails of your philosophical explorations lately, your worldview is subtly altering to accommodate a wider perspective that includes greater recognition of your inner world. With your ruler, Mercury, just beginning to straighten out, still residing in your resources sector, you have likely been experiencing fluctuations in your finances or at the very least taking an unusually deep interest in these matters, attempting to come to a new understanding of your agendas and desires. You have made significant progress during the past month, and this current cycle could include sudden breakthrough, enabling you to put the icing on the cake.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an important monthly cycle for you, Libra, that can perhaps best be thought of as one of transition, following upon a somewhat difficult and life-changing Mercury retrograde period last month that had you reviewing your foundations. This is leading you toward a new set of realizations concerning your deeper process and your partnership dynamic as you head into the ending of the year. The tenor of this penultimate month is one of consolidation of your process over this entire year and yet also expansion of your personal worldview and your ideas for your next phase. You are taking relationship with significant others as an important component of your idealistic future plans, while also acknowledging the power of own viewpoint.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is potentially a huge monthly cycle for you, Scorpio, beginning as it does with a solar eclipse in the very first degree of your sign. This follows a thoughtful and even introspective month of October, when Mercury began its period of retrograde motion there as well. This is also a time of highlighted Jupiter, residing in your sector of outer world activity and prominence, indicating that even as you pause to look more closely into your activities, you are enthused about your work and status in the world. With your ruler, Mars, recently entered into your third solar sector of communications, there is plenty of juice for you right now in the way of sharing your ideas with others around you. As you do you recognize the contribution of your inner world.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a strange month Sagittarius, in many ways a transitional one as you head into the ending of a climactic year. Deep inside, your angel guides are calling you to an unusual summit. As you become more aware than ever of what is going on for you beneath the surface layers of your personality, your values and your understanding of who you are and what you can yet produce are a moving target. This has been true for some time, and right now they seem to be seeking a new level of depth and also commitment from you. This is confusing and yet invigorating. You are questing to discover the qualities of self-expression that match your most profound inner purpose. Once you find this, than everything that you touch, even of the most ordinary nature, turns to gold.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a powerful time for you, Capricorn. This month represents a definite shift and movement into the final stages of the year, as well as your birthday time, and the springboard for the opening weeks of 2015. This is a year that promises to be even more exciting in many ways than the current one that is coming to its close. You are sealing the deal on changes that you have been somewhat aware of and yet also unsure about, even as you take faltering steps toward them. This is almost in spite of the way that your egoic self sees things. One faction within you is glad and another is afraid regarding the idea of leaving behind some part of yourself that has grown so very familiar. This evolution is however fully in accord with the unspoken desires of your deeper being, whose call is becoming more insistent as time goes on.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) An interesting and perhaps somewhat confounding month awaits you, Aquarius. There has been a time of soul-searching, especially where profession is involved. You might still be reviewing where your life is heading or the way that outer world performance interacts with your most fundamental beliefs. Having been through the wringer, you are feeling a sense of release. Your communication is inspired and sporadically magical as you continue to wrestle with issues of allowing your deep inner perspective a more prominent place at the table of your conscious awareness. As you race ahead with outer world commitments you are feeling the connection with inner realities in a way that is more accessible than ever. That these subtle factors are vital to your continued well being is something that you are now more fully prepared to admit.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a fabulous time of revitalization, Pisces, heading into the ending of the year. This is for you an interesting season of more and greater conscious transformation. You are coming into yourself in a novel way, as though your world were being born anew all around you. It could be that various voices speaking their truth can come to be viewed as constituting an important wisdom that you are finally ready to hear. This is also with reference to the battles you have gracefully fought for the past several months regarding how to plug yourself in with social setting that you find yourself in the midst of. A new understanding is being forged within you, independent of what has come before, freed from the constraints of early conditioned response or consensus thinking.


 
Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.
 
 

Transformational Astrology

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by Henry Seltzer

A Numinous, Introspective and Surprising October 

 

The astrology of October features a Mercury retrograde, as well as Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, plus two eclipses. Mercury is retrograde nearly all month, beginning on Saturday, October 4th, near the beginning of Scorpio. As is true of the year of 2014 in general, Mercury begins its retrograde early in a Water sign, then backs into the preceding Air sign before straightening and eventually regaining its lost zodiacal longitude. Mercury stations direct on October 25th and fully escapes its “retrograde shadow” only on the 10th of November. All during this entire month it is therefore a better time for introspection, especially in relation to emotional issues, and for journaling your thoughts, rather than for acting on them. This is so even though there is plenty of impulse for direct action.

 

Mercury had just gone into Scorpio, Pluto’s sign, before the October 4th station. Mercury is a little out of his depth, here, and proceeds with consternation, before retrograding back into Libra on October 10th. Venus has changed signs also, and to the sign she rules, namely Libra. All through the month, therefore we are rethinking our behavior patterns and most especially in regard to the relationship energy that we have with others. We are reflecting on the very process of relationship, working this out as we live our lives.

 

The Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon of Wednesday, October 8th, is very exciting, as the Moon aligns almost exactly with the trickster energy of Uranus, in trine with Jupiter in Leo and Mars in Sagittarius, forming a grand trine in Fire signs. This is an expansive and powerfully intuitive time, when all bets are off and anything could happen, and when answers will come unbidden to our questing minds. And this is true for the next two weeks as well.

 

The Solar Eclipse of Thursday, October 23rd, is also quite dynamic, being in partile conjunction to Venus, now in the very beginning of Scorpio, and trine numinous Neptune. There is quite a Neptune factor for the whole of this month, since the New Moon that preceded the beginning of October also aspected Neptune. This adds a multi-dimensionality and the potential for confusion along the lines of the activities of the purely physical plane, as well as a strong sense of imaginative sensitivity as well as idealism.

 

The other two outer planets, Uranus and Pluto, are also highlighted in this month’s configurations; with Uranus in particular being emphasized, as indicated above. The first lunation of the month, at the Quarter Moon of October 1st, coincides with the Moon in conjunction with Pluto; then the Full Moon eclipse of October 8th conjuncts Uranus, as already described. This is a busy month for transformational activity, as Uranus continues his retrograde motion, closing the gap between his degree in Aries and the perfection of his square with Pluto that gets closer over the weeks ahead, back for another exact hit by December 15th, in the ending of the year. This month is therefore bringing us a foretaste of the looming changes still to come, in symbolic resonance with the Uranus-Pluto square. This aspect refers to revolutionary and evolutionary changes that continue to be taking place, most intensely over the three-year period from 2013-2015, for each of us as individuals and for the surrounding society.

 

ARIES (March 20-April 19).  This is the first month of the rest of your life, Aries. You are more attuned than ever in recent weeks to the importance of relationship, and as well of the equally significant demands of your own individual exploration. You are inspired by vision and held to your task by necessity, all the while pondering and reflecting on where your life is currently taking you. For the current monthly cycle, this is especially so in regard to your connection with others. This constitutes the next step for you in a long evolutionary series, which began many weeks ago. Your process continues, and progress is made in a direction that is largely unrecognized, although when you look back with the perspective of time you can perhaps discern the signposts of a guiding intelligence that is not wholly your own.

 

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This is an interesting month for you, Taurus, a slice of evolutionary time as you grow your understanding of where your life is taking you. You could be incorporating inner priorities to an even greater extent than you have in the past. You are also pausing to take stock in this present cycle, as the retrograde of Mercury places a contemplative spin on everything that is going on for you, including a re-examination of your idealized notion of your pathway forward, and also your own relationship dynamic. It seems that partnering with others is one important way for you to accomplish your aims, and yet there is as always the concern that your own future progress matches your inner goals and plans. You need to attend to your emerging sense of what is true for you alone, independent of other voices.

 

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an intense and yet also reflective month for you, Gemini, as you head into the closing of a year of metamorphosis and renewed revelation. The beat for transformational change goes on, reviving somewhat from its summer hiatus and becoming more insistent. You are reflecting on where your life is currently headed and where your imagination may yet take you, while looking within for the formula to enable yourself to shuck old patterns. With the retrograde of Mercury, your ruler, you are taking a second look at your day-to-day habitual patterns, health regimens and creative self-expression with the idea of eventually establishing a closer fit with inner goals that transcend conventional thoughts and attitudes. You are coming closer to finding your own unique idealized vision for the future, in part by unraveling the lingering vestiges of past concepts that are no longer viable.

 

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is an interesting month for you, Cancer, in many ways a stepping stone to another stage of your evolutionary development. Home and family concerns become a major factor for you now, and you are making something of a fresh start in this area. Your creative output could perhaps better reflect your soul-purpose agenda and becomes the subject of introspection and reevaluation through the first half of the month. You are taking a good long hard look at your inner self, and also coming to a better understanding of what you are up to with regard to the significant relationships in your life. You are searching for a way to express your own brand of truth that is uniquely your own, and attempting to build a future vision for your work in the world on that basis.

 

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This month you come to yet another stage in your ongoing metamorphosis, Leo. There have been many changes since the year began, continuing into the present cycle, regarding your ideas of who you are and what you have to contribute, and surprising developments in your worldview have been one major inspiration. You are decidedly introspective now as well, in chime with the retrograde of Mercury through your home and family sector. This is indeed a terrific time to be journaling, as you reevaluate your goals, and your day-to-day existence that is profoundly changing. You could be sensing a fresh start in your perspective, manifesting as an educational focus that could include actual physical travel as well as academics or armchair explorations, and that constitutes further seismic shifts in your beliefs and in your way of seeing how the universe around you functions.

 

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month is a very special one for you, Virgo, in part due to the retrograde of Mercury, your ruler, taking place for almost the entire month, and on into November when you take the retrograde shadow period into account. You are coming into your own conception of who and what you are, based on new information that keeps flooding in from mysterious sources, although perhaps only after a period of questioning that must elapse before you will fully recognize what you have. The messages could take the form of relationships with helpful others in your life. You are tuning in more and more to subtle realms that emanate from deep inside your being. When it comes to inner awareness, you are finding “the Sun behind the sun” that shines through to your more conscious gaze when you half-close your eyes to see it.

 

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) It’s a big and joyous month for you, Libra. You are exploring your own psychological backyard, and discovering a little more of who you are and how you show up for others around you. You are concentrating on yourself right now, and yet important partners come into the picture as well, providing inspiration and even a surprising degree of guidance. You are encountering unexpected treasure in relationship interaction, even as you track your progress toward more complete self-understanding and pause in reflection on who and what you truly are. Home and family concerns continue to be an evolving landscape, the resultant of many weeks of attempting to transform yourself in this vital area of your life. As inspiration continues to drive you farther into a more viable future for yourself, you realize that you have in some sense returned to your own home base and actually begun to recognize it for the very first time.

 

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is an interesting, intense and introspective month for you, Scorpio, providing astrological indications of great positivity and also a good deal of cautious holding back. You are looking to the inside, mulling over where you are, psychologically speaking, and where your life is leading you. There is a great deal of inspiration and yet as well, a studied carefulness to your approach. On the other hand, Jupiter in your career sector represents a green light for positivity and for good fortune in career moves. This is thus a time both practical and impractical. You have a tremendous focus on outer world achievement and also on inner contemplation, and are being pulled in two directions at once. You can fruitfully combine these by forging ahead as consciously as you can, remembering to honor your inner process and the power of your deep intuition to guide you.

 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a month of inner work, Sagittarius, and in many ways a continuation of what has been going on all this year. You are looking ahead to a future painted in brighter and bolder colors, corresponding to a self-concept that more fully reflects your emerging sense of who you really are. Whatever you sincerely wish for now is very likely to become your new reality and you therefore benefit by exercising caution and choosing wisely. Your transformation continues apace; your changes suit you and you might be reveling in a better feeling of psychological security. You are this month even more invested in exploring your depths, seeking clues to the patterns that have been driving you. There might be a block, just below the surface, that you need to somehow move past. You now have the inspiration to do just that.

 

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The pull to your inner world continues, Capricorn. This month indeed represents a fresh start for you in matters connected to your career and professional life, but the most significant happenings could be taking place on the inside. You remain in a practical mode with many plans and activities connected to prestige and performance. There is yet a subtle nudge from the universe that questions the idea of going ahead with outer world achievement independently from taking a deep and prolonged look within. If you fail to heed its subtle summons, this voice becomes louder and its gestures more insistent, until you are no longer able to ignore the call. The period of the first half of the month might be the perfect cosmic storm that will jar you further out along the scary limb of discovering what lies within the vast interior realms of your own psyche.

 

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) An introspective month is ahead, Aquarius, making for an excellent time to be taking stock of yourself. Your immense learning curve continues, with accompanying shifts in perspective and the chance to put together in a new way the transformations of the past nine months. Mercury stands still during the first weekend of October at the very top of your solar chart, indicating that this will be a particularly powerful Mercury retrograde period for you. Along with missed connections and the other usual symptoms, there is the chance to deeply reflect on what your changes have to tell you. You may wind up turning recent events inside out for a new way to look at them, and marvel at the thought of your life unfolding in just the way that it should, in spite of any and all appearances to the contrary.

 

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is another intense and interesting month for you, Pisces. As you review and revise your worldview for a better match with inner knowing, the Libra New Moon from the end of the preceding month reminds you that the perspective of others counts with you, yet not too much. There are startling destabilizations and re-integrations that lead you toward a renewed basis for your vital sense of security, as founded not on material comfort but on the depth researches that you have lately undertaken into your own interior world. This engenders a confidence that is yours and yours alone, stemming from your own deep center and independent of other voices; what can never be taken away by shifting circumstances. You find in this a more solid basis for relationship that allows you to stand in your own light and yet be available for others.

 

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  HYPERLINK “http://www.astrograph.com” www.astrograph.com.

 

 

TRANSFORMATIONAL ASTROLOGY – August 2014 – By Henry Seltzer

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August 2014

by Henry Seltzer

 

An Amazing and Somewhat Confusing Month of August

The astrology of August features Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and presents us with yet another thoughtful and thought-provoking month. The optimistic expansionism of Jupiter – along with Uranus and the epiphanies it brings – are greatly emphasized. While Mercury no longer has even a hint of retrograde, the mental planet does aspect Neptune and also Saturn at the time of the New Moon from the final weekend of July. Everything, even our thought process, is moving more slowly than we would like, and is tinged with a confusion of multiple reflections. We will be looking within and finding, if not the answers to the puzzle of our very existence, at least further and more enlightened questions. We might also expect to remain somewhat stymied as we attempt to move forward with new vision in the midst of an interesting and somewhat paradoxical monthly cycle.

The July 26th New Moon that began the current August lunation was conjunct Jupiter, so that we begin the month with a wave of positivity that can be so progressive as to become overdone. When we throw caution to the wind we could get ahead of ourselves, so that the equally prominent nay-saying side of existence represented by Saturn, also emphasized at the time of the New Moon, might come as a welcome cautionary factor, a counter-balance to this natural and bubbly sense of optimism entirely running away with us.

The Full Moon of Sunday, August 10th, is powerful in its own way, making a T-square to Saturn and aspecting Uranus and transformative Pluto. We are getting a touch of the revolutionary energy for change that has been with us all year, as we head into the remainder of 2014. There is yet another exact hit of Uranus in square to Pluto in the offing by year’s end. This implies further dramatic changes still to come. Saturn, antithetical to Jupiter, and as well to Uranus and Neptune, wants us to slow down and take everything in. Just as farmers know that to best irrigate a field you must let the water move over the soil quite slowly, so also Saturn insists that to find the truest understanding of any situation, you must allow that truth to gradually sink in.

Neptune, being so strongly configured in these August configurations as well, speaks to us this month in subtle ways, directly from inner realms that are only perhaps discoverable through our earnest inquiry. Neptune is symbolic of otherworldly dimensions intuitively sensed; a reality that is orthogonal to the everyday one of getting and spending, and which yet gives this world its very substance. In addition to an exciting month of new possibilities, this is therefore yet a relatively subtle month as well, full of nuance, and for the potential for greater understanding of our own inner depths.

 

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is a strange month for you, Aries, full of false starts and paradoxical events. As you attempt to discover what steps you now must take toward the next stage of your evolutionary growth, you are filled with enthusiasm for the new idea that supercedes everything that has come before it. Yet, a conservative impulse also has you in its spell, such that you are holding onto the past, and using prior experience to shape current understanding. You are forging full steam ahead with intimacy while yet searching beneath the surface of partnership connection for the inner meaning. As you rediscover important aspects of your own creativity, you are finding that the more you pursue individual expression, the more you value the contribution of others, enabling you to round out and amplify your own perspective.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This is an interesting and educational month for you, Taurus, with much of the information arriving from strictly your own inner channels. Home and family concerns predominate. You are bringing a great deal of focus and enthusiasm to this important area of your life, and exploring relationship in this context. The lost art of conversation is not dead, especially for you right now, as you take advantage of the circle of your peers to connect with what is going on deep inside you, and to explore more fully its ultimate meaning. As you struggle to better understand of what is truly going on for you, both within and outside of your psyche, you are simultaneously reformulating a worldview that makes sense to you for the long haul, and finding how to include the active point of view of others without giving up on your own.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is yet another educational and informative month for you, Gemini, although with a different flavor than in the hectic recent past. You are changing still, although the pace of your metamorphosis has lessoned. An enthusiasm for written and spoken word pervades your efforts to see your ongoing transformation through to its fruition. It might seem scary, these intimations of further and more drastic changes, although the alternative is by far the worst, since you have nothing, really, to lose except for the chains that bind you to the past. You are feeling some serious heat from important inner agendas that push you toward their fullest expression. Your imagination soars over the course of this monthly cycle, far beyond perhaps where you feel that can yet concretely go, although when you look around you find that you are getting there.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is another intensely involving month for you Cancer, as you gather your resources for your next big adventure. You feel unbounded enthusiasm for putting yourself forward with your personal approach and your own set of values. Relationship is on your mind, and you feel a powerful inclination there although held back from totally drastic action. You are stepping out into new career affinities, an area that has been on something of a roller-coaster ride for you lately. Your self-expression is blossoming in a thoughtful way that allows you to make haste slowly. The ongoing transformation of your partnering energy is far from complete, and yet the view from your current plateau might serve to let you know how far you are already come along your chosen track, which you are refining in the current monthly timeframe.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) You are on a wild trip this month, Leo, in this your birthday time of the year. You are riding a somewhat confusing mixture of unbridled optimism and sudden caution that could either alternate or tug you in different directions simultaneously. These added checks and balances could seem frustrating at times but are also just what the doctor ordered to offset the pure optimism of your current exuberance. At the same time you are making further and more thoughtful relationship-oriented forays into the unseen depths of your inner world. Outer world achievement is another huge factor for you now and is definitely tied in some important fashion to your hidden goals of interior exploration and increased self-knowledge. Unexpected enlightenment lurks around every corner when you allow yourself to attune to the messages that the cosmos is sending your way.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is another amazing month for you, Virgo. The spiritual dimension of your partnership dynamic is coming to the fore in new ways, over the course of a rather intense monthly cycle that is very much involved with inner matters. Your dreams could provide a richer conduit to Spirit, working itself out through your life, than do daily events. Relationship continues to have its mysterious and potentially painful aspects to resolve, and is full of important lessons. You are still in the process of adjusting to new standards of self-expression, as well as digesting recent shifts in consciousness that have taken place within you. As you bring a more active presence to partnership issues, and to the way that you communicate with others around you, your life moves forward in its own unique way and on its own timing.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another powerful month, Libra, and an excellent time to be dwelling upon your vision for the future. What you wish for now is very likely to come true, as long as you are in good alignment with your highest purpose. You possess an extraordinary amount of optimism, and you do well to temper feelings of unbridled positivity with an extra-strong dose of caution. When you do not take the downside more fully into account, along with your purely idealized view, circumstances are likely to arise to remind you. You are beginning to better incorporate an active partnership dynamic into your own ongoing changes, allowing for greater movement. Providing that you can stay committed to a more integrated future for yourself, with your feet firmly on the path, you have access to this more soulful form of success.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is another amazing month for you Scorpio, one in which you will come closer to understanding – and enacting – your true purpose. Career and professional life is a huge focus. You are energized and fortunate there; doors that you knock on will very likely open for you, and this is especially so if you are knocking on the right doors. This latter factor depends on how well you have absorbed the lessons of recent months. It has been a rather difficult and yet rewarding time. You have gained a better handle on who you are, and how you might engineer your pathway forward to take advantage this awareness. Plenty of ideas have been floating around you, leading to questions of practical considerations. You benefit from taking a fresh look at all your choices, both already made and those not yet considered.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is an epoch-making month for you, Sagittarius, in that you are launching yourself out upon another distinct stage of your life’s journey. This might involve physical travel or explorations of the armchair variety, although in either case you are discovering new worlds of intense emotional and imaginative presence. You are coming to a better philosophical understanding of where your own perspective intersects with that of the world around you, and of how you might further probe this vital interface, that speaks to issues of solitary mental spaces versus collective comprehension. You are seriously investigating interior realms that hold many of the clues to your very existence. You are more invested than ever in seeing how inner and outer realities match up or diverge and the one supports and enhances your experience of the other.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is another amazing month for you Capricorn, one in which you are ratcheting up to the next notch in your progress. You are continuing to explore the very depths of your being, and utilizing the information gained to move to a new take on forward-going plans that while remaining your unique vision, also takes into account other points of view. You are coming around to the position that, by including the perspective of others, you are enhancing rather than reducing your own. You are caught somewhere between the concrete arrangements you are used to, and the unexpected beautiful illusion that lures you onward toward a more integrated future vision. Neither end of this conundrum needs to be discarded, as long as you can accept the difficult route of compromise while learning to live with paradox.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a good month for progress, Aquarius. You are shifting into high gear with career initiatives while simultaneously exploring new and varied nuances of partnership interaction. Firing in tandem with your own set of priorities and plans, significant persons in your life can help you to achieve a rich amalgam, both with and without their input. Your dedication is extreme, and your steps are careful and well calculated, while at the same time the eventual outcome remains somewhat uncertain. Good communication is definitely one major key to accomplishment, plus acceptance of what the universe and helpful others have to offer. It is a tricky and fascinating exercise, as well as an act of courage, to allow yourself to rest in the assurance that all is well, and that the cosmos is there for you, no matter what.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is another intense and interesting month for you, Pisces. While simultaneously engaged in breaking through previous high water marks of achievement, you are continuing to find new ways to comprehend the happenings swirling around you in these chaotic times. It seems that the ultimate meaning of what is currently transpiring in your life, taken as inner as well as outer perspective, is as important as the actual events themselves. As day-to-day activities and matters of your work environment shift, perhaps dramatically, it is possible to fit these phenomena into a framework of big-picture understanding that allows you to see further ahead to the next stage of your spiritual evolution. Amidst the ups and downs of financial stability, this might be the way to arrive at a degree of comfort and assurance that you are indeed on the right track.

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at  www.astrograph.com.

TRANSFORMATIONAL ASTROLOGY – July 2014 – By Henry Seltzer

astrologyTRANSFORMATIONAL ASTROLOGY

July 2014

By Henry Seltzer

The astrology of July has on offer a slow-moving Mercury in recovery from its recent retrograde, and as well an interesting Saturn-Uranus aspect that lasts throughout the month. Many planets are also changing signs, to include Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter. This is therefore a volatile and yet subtle time of continued change, in the wake of an intense springtime that featured Uranus and Pluto in their fifth of seven exact hits. The changes that have come down upon us during this earlier period are perhaps only now making themselves really felt and truly understood in their total impact on our lives.

The Cancer New Moon from the last weekend of June, that kicks off the current monthly cycle, had a dynamic configuration that possessed several aspects of interest, including the trine that it makes to numinous Neptune, plus Mars opposite Uranus, Saturn trine Chiron and Saturn inconjunct Uranus. This latter aspect is fascinating in that it stays with us all summer long. The outer planet combinations, with Mars included, serve to remind us of the energy for change that is swirling around us now, intensified in the springtime, bringing still more ideas and reactions from the developing storm of our new understanding of the process that we have long been engaged in. This is especially so in view of the reflective and introspective more of the Mercury retrograde period of time. Mercury is now in direct motion and still recovering its lost Zodiacal longitude, as the energy of the retrograde continues to wind down.

Neptune, being so strongly configured now as well, speaks to us this month in subtle ways, directly from inner realms that are discoverable through our earnest inquiry. Neptune is symbolic of otherworldly dimensions intuitively sensed; a reality that is orthogonal to the everyday one, and that yet gives this world its very substance.

Saturn, the emblem of a restrictive and conservative sense of limitation, also highlighted in this interesting monthly cycle, makes an inconjunct aspect to the antithetical energy of trickster and volatile Uranus that is active, exact to within less than a degree, at the time of the recent New Moon and during the first week of July. This presents us with a stifling of the powerfully innovative energy of a prominent Uranus. Because Saturn is preparing to station to direct motion on Sunday, July 20th, this critical and nay-saying planet barely moves throughout the month, and neither does Uranus, which stations retrograde on the 21st. The aspect gets down to a mere quarter of a degree by the time of these stations at the beginning of the fourth week of July. There is thus a strong urge for change and for holding back from change, both, that continues throughout the entire monthly cycle of July and on into August.

In this context, which also has as stimulant Mars in opposition with Uranus as the month begins, we are in some sense recapping the powerful emotions wrought by the transformational impact of Uranus and Pluto in combination, a strong factor in these fractious times which are also terrific time of learning, as environmental and political as well as personal issues continue to challenge us.

 

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This continues to be a season of change for you, Aries. With Mercury just recovering from its retrograde you are very much engaged in the contemplation of further transformation still to come, along the lines of the deeper implications for where your life is heading. It needs thinking over and getting used to, all the changes that have been cooking within you during the course of a dramatic spring. Communicating your ideas more directly is definitely of help right now. You benefit from journaling, or blogging, or sincere intimate conversation. As you continue to reflect on the changes being thrust upon you, it helps when you are able to conceptualize yourself as a willing participant in the cosmic dance. You are on the one hand working with others more fully and yet also establishing yourself in your own unique individual way more completely than ever before.

 

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This month opens up into yet another cornucopia of meaning for you, Taurus, as you contemplate where you now find yourself and where you might be heading. The Mercury retrograde period just ending constituted a great opportunity in that way. Partners serve you as mentors and provide an unusual spiritual component for you now. A fluctuation of expectation between on the one hand a feeling of almost too much freedom from any restraints whatsoever, while on the other becoming even super-practical as you more fully consider ways and means, especially in regard to partnership issues. You find yourself in a very expressive period of time as you seek not validation but communal and partnership support for the amazing accumulation of material that you are struggling to integrate.

 

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is yet another interesting month for you, Gemini, beginning in a reflective mode and evolving into activity more closely aligned with spiritual purpose. Your ruler, Mercury, has only just changed to direct motion, so that you are still caught up in an introspective attitude for the first half of July. This gives you the chance to integrate the deeper impact of the profound changes that have come down over the course of a powerful and transformationally oriented springtime. You are currently envisioning new developments in an impulsive way, and yet also holding back from too much enthusiasm into untried and untested avenues of expression. You win when you carefully track your ongoing changes and have faith in your process. In the latter half of the month the push-pull becomes intense, leading you into carefully considered action that nevertheless represents breakthrough.

 

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a somewhat difficult month for you, Cancer, with also its joys and its new beginnings. The recent New Moon in your sign symbolizes a major turning point. While you are in many ways more comfortable with your changes, including relationship issues that continue to arise, there remain question marks yet to be resolved. This goes smoothly based on how well you are able to integrate the realizations of your recent past. You have been in a contemplative mode for weeks now, diving down to your depths, below the surface layers, looking within for answers that do not appear for you at these more superficial levels. The timing is good for beginning a process of settling down, the prelude to a better sense of self and the steppingstone for further transformation that comes up in the fall.

 

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This month represents an opportunity for you, Leo, that comes in many colors and in two distinct phases, changing after the first two weeks of July. For the first half of this monthly cycle you are pulled to the inside. This is your chance to shine with the accumulated wisdom of these past few weeks and months, not in terms of outer but of inner accomplishment. You are in a sense lost in meditation somewhere deep inside yourself, attempting to find out where in the world you might truly be headed. This is the time that allows you absorb and to integrate the lessons of previous weeks, of the pressure cooker of circumstance, that have forged new awareness deep within you. In the latter half of this monthly cycle, you are operating in an entirely different world.

 

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an entirely interesting month for you, Virgo, a fitting coda to your recent preoccupation of inner over outer with the retrograde of your ruler, Mercury, that is now ending. You are currently experimenting with different ways of being in your universe of workplace achievement and also within your own depths, and favoring those opportunities that encourage you to be in the world but not of it. If it seems as though your outer production and speech centers are stuck on pause there might be a good reason; fruitful rather than difficult, a timely intervention on the part of the cosmos. You are letting the dust settle and allowing yourself to integrate the received wisdom of the past few weeks and months so as to make the most of your recent growth spurt.

 

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) You are feeling the pressure, Libra, although in a good way. A burst of energy for outer world accomplishment has its mystical component. This month represents a new stage of the ongoing cosmic adventure of this late spring and early summer time frame, as you voyage onward, toward greater understanding of yourself at the deeper levels of your being. Your finances are full of unusual twists and turns right now, both stop and go. Partners provide surprises also. You are feeling into a brave new world of career achievement opening up for you, even as you question its philosophic foundations in terms of your basic worldview. All along the way it is the transformation within your depths and, as well, your increasing awareness of your own inner universe that is the fundamental driver of your current success.

 

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a month that is full of surprises, Scorpio, and some of a decidedly mystical nature. You are in a place of transition now, between old and new conceptions of what your life is all about, and regarding reality itself. Epiphanies abound. Your way of seeing the world around you constitutes one theme for this month’s development, to including your growing grasp of the hidden world of your own unconscious process. This tells you true whenever you have the courage to look inside. We live in a paradoxical universe, in which the hard and logical, without losing either its reality or its significance, must at times yield in importance to the unseen and essentially unknowable. You could be heading toward the conclusion that there is more going on within you, and outside of yourself, than meets the eye.

 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) It is a volatile month for you, Sagittarius, as you move beyond previous high-water marks of self-knowledge, and confirm the value of inner priorities. You are investigating many aspects of your daily activities and relating these back to an energetic exploration of your own private reality and interior realms of motivation. You are proceeding to move forward with agendas that join you to the surface world of events and goings-on that make up the normal run of things, and yet, as you prepare adjustments to career choices that you continue to be required to make, you do so while keeping firmly in mind the capabilities of your intuitive inner compass. Your goal is ultimately a more integrated approach to life that gives your unconscious process its due, and that honors equally both these dimensions of your experience.

 

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is an important month for you, Capricorn, and signals a time when many things are changing, as you revise your notions for your path ahead, based in part on the input from helpful partners. With Mercury still recovering from its retrograde motion, you are mulling over several different factors in your life; not least of these is the way that you bond with significant partners. You are connecting up your relationship dynamic with how you handle the day-to-day life of your workplace, and the ways that you have of being of service to others around you in general. You find yourself looking under the covers of your more obvious habitual patterns, and the results are surprisingly enlightening, especially when you allow yourself to open up to magical realms that you encounter on the inside of your mind.

 

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is an interesting and somewhat challenging month for you Aquarius, as you roll into summer in the aftermath of changes coming down from late spring. You are continuing to absorb the lessons of what has recently transpired. Your work in the world is productive, and might take all your concentration to maintain, as you continue to explore philosophically what it means to be your own unique individual and yet still function smoothly as a cog in the wheels of social service. A shift in your own psychic weather that is in the works for you could spell changes on many fronts in the way that you do your public presence. As you develop your sense of yourself, you are beginning to view outer world commitment as only one significant part of what you are meant to be.

 

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You have a mixed bag of treats in store, Pisces. There are perhaps somewhat painful surprises still to come and yet you have a month ahead of you where joyful ease coexists in equal measure. Your time of relative comfort arrives with the onset of summer, after a difficult spring that has included a meditative looking back over your shoulder at the realizations that it has brought you. Your sense of who at base you really are is the subject of much reflection, as your self-expression is taking off in radical new ways. Many things in your life are changing, including your creative output. Your financial situation is something of a moving target lately, and an active area for your focused attention, as you strive to make sense of your life by looking more clearly into the bigger picture.

 

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.

 

TRANSFORMATIONAL ASTROLOGY – June 2014 – By Henry Seltzer

astrology JuneTRANSFORMATIONAL ASTROLOGY

June 2014

By Henry Seltzer

 

The astrology of June is quite interesting, and includes a potent Mercury retrograde period as well as a huge helping of Neptune. The May 28th New Moon in Gemini that began the current monthly cycle was exactly square to numinous Neptune, located in his own sign of Pisces. This aspect, exact to within a mere few arc-minutes of zodiacal longitude, implies a kind of dreamy world running alongside of more ordinary reality and intersecting with it in mystical ways. Synchronicity is on the rise once again, and a sense of foggy numinousity that brings out the otherworldly dimensions of our everyday experience. This month therefore invites interior investigations leading to a better understanding of ourselves at the deepest levels of our being.

The strange nature of this current symbolism is revealed by the contrast between Gemini and Pisces. We do well to note that Gemini is an airy sign, symbolizing logical analysis and mental curiosity, while Pisces is feeling-oriented and sponsors soul-level paradox, the right-brained opposite of mere logic. The current skies are further complexified by the station of Mercury to retrograde motion that takes place in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 7th. This is another symbol of interior process. With our mentality running backward there is a distinct turn to inner contemplation as opposed to outer thinking and doing. Mercury remains in retrograde throughout the remainder of the month, stationing to direct motion on July 1st, and only escaping its retrograde shadow on July 16th. During this entire period it is best to refine and restructure existing arrangements rather than launching unexpectedly into new ones.

Within this monthly cycle there are also important chimes to the major sky-connection of this entire decade, namely Uranus and Pluto in square. The New Moon precisely aspects Pluto, again to within just a few arc-minutes, of a degree, reminding us once more of this forceful push for evolutionary progress in our lives, as we further our discovery of what we need to leave behind and make our transition toward a better fit with what we, at the deepest level of our being, truly want and as we continue to create a better integration with Spirit. The square that Pluto makes to Uranus remains within close orb this month. When this alignment recently peaked, at the time of the cardinal cross event of late April, Mars in retrograde participated by opposition and square. Mars has now returned to direct motion, in the tenth degree of Libra and still roughly opposite Uranus in Aries, and closely trined by the New Moon. The energy is there for bringing our most cherished relationships, as symbolized by Libra, into better balance with our own push for autonomy and soul growth.

Finally, there also persists into June the grand trine in Water signs between expansive and positive Jupiter, cranky Saturn and Chiron, the Wounded Healer. These planets are now separating from their closest alignment by several degrees, but they remain within orb. The symbolism is indicative of bringing into concrete manifestation all our dreams, together with our fears also, and including the need to heal in the deeper places within us. As we attempt to integrate the pressure of outer events that are coming down in these transformational times, as a part of a climactic year of change, we are thus enjoined to look to the inside of ourselves for some of the answers that we cannot obtain anywhere else but there, at what seminal 20th century poet T.S. Eliot called “the still point of the turning world.”

ARIES (March 20-April 19). Welcome to the deceptively simple world of your inner process, Aries. After recent trials, everything that you encounter seems like a dream somehow. This month you have the chance to learn from the ethereal school of your own interior process, that, although a challenge to integrate with the ordinary outer world of daytime activity, can in some ways teach you truer than outer happenings ever could. This is another astrologically exciting month, when inner and outer events seem intermingled, and when relationship issues vibrate with new awareness that you have summoned through the intensity of your recent inner work. You are attempting to see yourself through to a new relationship beginning. The way that you handle the tricky issue of balancing self and other has everything to do with how gracefully you can accept paradox, and compromise as well.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This is a confusing time for you Taurus, with practically everything in your life in some sort of major flux. This month you are continuing to find a mystical correspondence between current events and how you see your future unfolding. Relationship issues are coming alive in a different dynamic that combines managing them in a more fruitful way with a sense of service to the universe at large. As you settle into a new groove with partners, and with your spiritual life, communication and edification are key. You are in the midst of an intense learning curve regarding life and love that at times leaves you breathless. The realization is beginning to dawn upon you that your most important relationships are there for you to grow on as well as for the creation of a mutually enhanced situation as you move forward.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an energetic and yet thoughtful month for you, Gemini. The recent sequence of transformative events has perhaps given you a new mandate on where your life could be heading, and this is a complex topic that needs thinking over. The career choices that interest you now are only those with plenty of room for heart. This month too, you are seeking a new way of conceptualizing your pathway forward, and entering into a deep meditation over your own self-concept, together with feelings regarding self-confidence, self-worth, and your values. By the second week of the month, and for its remainder, you are deeply introspective. It might seem as though everything right now were a part of a living dream, with numinous figures appearing and disappearing. It may be good to consider that a dream tells its own kind of truth.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a time to reflect, Cancer, and to meditate on where your angel guides are leading you. A mystical point of view prevails. You are reviewing and reviving your notion of the most creative way into life and love as you look ahead toward the remainder of the year. Relationship issues continue to predominate as you make your way forward. You are exploring a fortunate opening that can take you further along your path, once you more completely determine where it is that you want to go. You seek freedom from conditioned habitual responses and the pressures of consensus beliefs that no longer apply to your updated situation. Instead of more narrow approaches, what might prove to be the key is acceptance of a multiplicity of belief systems, and of seemingly contradictory versions of reality.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This month represents another exciting and productive time for you, Leo, geared to accomplishments in inner as well as outer realms. The recent New Moon has gotten you thinking ahead; you are moving mentally toward a more vibrant and integrated future self that you can visualize for success and almost taste. An idealistic current within you pulls you onward, with perhaps the temptation to put intimate partners on a pedestal, while the thoughtful and introspective weeks of the Mercury Retrograde period, beginning next Saturday, incline toward self-examination. This lends a mystical attitude to friendships and group affiliations that reflect how you plug in to the social swim around you, and make your splash. An idealized vision of your pathway forward is one huge plus of this powerful cycle, as you redirect your goals to the highest.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) You have before you yet another intense month, Virgo, as this powerful year continues. It features an extra-potent burst of energy for outer world accomplishment. There is as well an interesting pull to the inside since Mercury, your ruler, slips into retrograde motion after the first week of the month. The implication is that you are then taking a long hard look at where you are heading and why. You have been strongly feeling the ongoing transformation of your creative self-expression during the past six weeks or more, and this current cycle provides a thoughtful opportunity to settle into a new way of visioning your interactions with the world around you. As you put more energy into your career, it pays to consider precisely how your actions align with your deeper purpose.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another exciting month, Libra. You are still changing at deep levels of your being, all the way through to the end of this powerful year. The Mercury Retrograde period that commences on the first Saturday in June provides an opportunity to self-examine, as you discover further wrinkles in what might be termed your guiding worldview, and as you reconsider every aspect of what, for you, might accurately define career success. You are also giving energy to the evolving story of partnership in your life, which is volatile and yet also inspirational. You have loads of energy these days for travel plans, and for seeking to expand your mental horizons. You cannot refrain from exploration, even though in the end it all comes down to what you find within the depths of your own inner spaces.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This month is another interesting one for you, Scorpio, allowing you scope for exploring greater intimacy with others and also for examining your own depths. In the midst of this present somewhat nebulous monthly cycle, philosophical diversions and permutations have important things to teach you, more than you would perhaps expect. You are going all out for your own development, with focused attention on factors of identity, while refining and redefining for yourself what close connection with others might truly imply. As you reach out for better and deeper bonding with important others in your life you could paradoxically feel a bit isolated. As you continue to get the basics together for your next major stage, you are thus looking more deeply into unconscious dream worlds within you as a necessary adjunct to your process.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a month of paradox and mystery, Sagittarius, which in the final analysis leads you to greater clarity of purpose. You have a newly felt certainty of life direction, which must be carefully nurtured. Although outer events play a huge role now, vitally numinous material provides you necessary aid, perhaps only discoverable by meditation. You are currently exploring facets of relationship that take you further down the rabbit hole of your own psyche, enabling you to apprehend a more detailed understanding of your own inner world. The tunnel of this current monthly cycle provides diverse experiences and encounters; the ground rules are that what doesn’t drive you crazy will ultimately make you saner than when first you entered. There is a wisdom contained within the psyche that, when unleashed, can bring forth wondrous insights.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You still find yourself in the very midst of transformation, Capricorn. Even though past the fires of April, and entering upon a newer phase of your voyage to wholeness, the beat goes on. You are reestablishing yourself along new lines. This is a time of great potential confusion, so that discernment must be applied. You are experiencing a surge of energy for outer achievement, while questioning nearly every aspect of what you are about, most notably your everyday practice in terms of health and habitual behavior, and as well your relationship to important others in your life. With Mercury retrograde, this is a significant month of refinement of inner insight, as you struggle to better define of what your ultimate purpose might consist, and how to get from where you are to where you want to be.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are in for yet another month of interesting events and reactions, Aquarius. Although the intensity of recent weeks is winding down, inner realms as well as outer presentation remain an important focus for change, and are being brought into greater conscious awareness over the course of the present monthly cycle. Mercury retrogrades this month, implying increased introspection. You are looking more deeply into your creative process as a powerful factor for the transformation of the deepest and most hidden parts of yourself. As you descend into your depths, you are reestablishing at the surface layers a more integrated personality. Your relationship to the physical outer world is important now. You could find yourself in a process of the deconstruction of everything that you understand about materiality, in order to rebuild it again on a better foundation.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are participating in an interesting month, Pisces, as you make a quietly productive start on consolidating recent changes and advancing along the arc of your development. You are extremely energized now, both in the realm of personal interaction and for issues of home and family. With Mercury eventually retrograding though this same sector of your solar chart you are this month refining and redefining your understanding of how you relate in the family context, and how this activity impinges upon your sense of self. Your self-expression remains quite important to you, and is made more concrete as it evolves and your ability to articulate your vision grows. You are in motion toward a distant goal with only the outlines of your eventual future available to your inward turning eye, although it is also clear that your feet are upon the path.

 

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.
 
 

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