By Henry Seltzer
The astrology of April is quite intense, including two eclipses, and the perfection of the Uranus-Pluto square alignment in a major grand cross in cardinal signs. Uranus and Pluto come together this month in their revolutionary square that has been the hallmark of this contentious decade for the fifth of seven times. In this month’s configuration, their perfect square is accentuated by Mars and Jupiter, forming a tight grand cross and rendering the radical energy for transformation and revolutionary/evolutionary change even more powerful. This is a time of great and crucial transformation, as the contradictions in our society become even more clearly recognized, dramatically showcasing the urgent need for meaningful change to take place. This very same process is echoed in our individual lives as well, since each one of us represents a microcosm for the whole.
On April 20th, Easter Sunday, Mars in retrograde, moving backward through Libra, opposes Uranus, at about a degree away, just as Jupiter, sailing through Cancer, arrives at the exact opposite point in the Zodiac to Pluto. The Moon also aligns with Pluto that evening, further highlighting this mighty transformational activity. The exact timing of the square between Uranus and Pluto arrives the next day, Monday, and then Mars aligns exactly on the next, so that the three days of the most transformative power are the 20th through the 22nd. Every day this month leads up to this, although the energy is certainly extremely volatile by the time of the April 15th Full Moon. This is an energetic and somewhat accident-prone time, as well as an opportunity for growth spurts of all kinds. It is also a potentially difficult period, when reactivity could sink your ship, or when inadvertent impulse could lead to unforeseen consequences.
In the week leading up to this Easter weekend, the night of Monday, April 14th brings a midnight Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse, taking place at about 3 AM on the east coast and about 12 AM on the west coast of North America, that will be visible over most of the continent. Many will stay up late to see the Moon turn the color of blood as the earth occludes her. This eclipse is astrologically interesting as well, as the Sun and Moon in alignment with the Moon’s nodal axis form close declinational aspects to Neptune, with Mars in connection to Chiron and nearing its opposition to Pluto, and with Uranus and Pluto highlighted as well by Mercury in close conjunction with Uranus. To the revolutionary ardor represented by Uranus in combination with Pluto is added the spiritual idealism, and potential confusion, represented by Neptune and the pain of separation from the traditional and known that is symbolized by Chiron, the Wounded Healer, close to Neptune and prominent in this eclipse configuration.
April also partakes of the remaining retrograde of this early spring, namely Mars, still moving backward through Libra, and opposing Uranus on the 22nd as indicated above. Following the point of interaction with the potent outer planet combinations of the grand cross, Mars continues backward to the tenth degree of Libra before stationing in mid-May, and briefly returns to the point of opposition to Uranus in late June. During this period of the retrograde of Mars, outer achievement seems to take a back seat to deep reflection and inner work on self-recognition and self-realization. We are also over this entire monthly period attempting to get a better idea of how the various relationships and partnering of our lives adds to our own experience and where detracts, as we are further inspired to follow through on necessary changes to our life’s basic structure.
The last eclipse of April takes place at nearly the end of the month, on April 28th. This Solar Eclipse will not be visible in the northern hemisphere, and yet it still counts as an extra-potent New Moon astrologically. Mercury, Mars, Venus and Neptune are all emphasized, so that the month of May that follows will be a time of gathering ourselves and adjusting to the powerful realizations that continue to come through, in collusion with the vital symbolism of these powerful cosmic alignments.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is an exciting and also fraught month for you, Aries. You have tons of energy to be up and doing. A bright dawning beckons although with massive obstacles still to surmount. As the transformational impacts of a climactic early year multiply in the present timeframe, you are challenged to stay afloat. Yet, once you get past your resistance, the possibilities for positive results are virtually endless. Partnership in getting there is even more important for you now than before, and yet could feel like a two-edged sword, as you question certain parts of your relationship dynamic. Connections with others around you are crucial and life changing, while you feel the need to preserve your own individuality. The seeming answer could come suddenly, and still take months to work itself out.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19).This is an important and transitional month for you, Taurus, when you benefit from staying as open as possible. As you transform in your understanding of the world around you and the universe within, you are aware that your best inspiration comes from the inside. Your very dreams are full of practical information. You are likely reflecting on question marks regarding service to others, the impact of your relationships on your life generally, and your own arc of development in the context of these difficult times. Your expression of who you are and how you show up in public is becoming clearer and more committed; it makes more and more sense to be coming at the world from the standpoint of your whole entire self, including that of your unconscious process.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). Exciting possibilities are opening up, Gemini, for creating positive change along the lines you have previously begun. You may be throwing logic as well as caution to the winds as you do. Whatever you sincerely wish for this month has an excellent chance of coming to pass, so choose wisely. February’s retrograde of Mercury, which fully completed with its recent entrance into Pisces, has allowed you to create a new foundation, and now is the time to build. If you succeed in taking account of inner wounding, you will not miss out on a very important factor in discovering your more fully realized presence. You are in the process of creating greater internal connection with yourself, and you find yourself digging deeper into certain aspects of intimacy that you perhaps have previously avoided.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) You have an amazing month ahead, Cancer, as you more fully emerge into a vibrant and deeply changing world. Outer achievement is up for you, but with a marked difference from the career efforts of past occurrences, as you have now an entirely different sense of yourself underlying your outer world activity. Many and varied are your visions for accomplishment, and also the opportunities that are suddenly coming your way, because opportunity follows vision as surely as the flowers follow the rain. Your sense of yourself and of the way that you interact with significant others, or with potential partners, is also in major flux. As you push forward into greater real world commitment, it is with the consciousness of renewed life purpose and of the relevance of partners to your own efforts.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) The times are changing, Leo, and you along with them. Your journey lately has challenged you to explore more deeply within yourself, and your insights have perhaps been extraordinary. Now, with the even greater intensity of this new monthly cycle, you are again being put to a sort of test. There is no passing or failing, only the question of what you can glean from your experience, and how use startling epiphany to move yourself forward within your own arc of development. You are transforming mightily in your sense of yourself and of the world you live in. Partners play an important role as you surge toward May breakthrough. There are powerful implications for your road ahead as you conceive your mission to be of a very different variety than consensus thinking might dictate.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an amazing time for you, Virgo, to top off an incredible beginning to the year. This month is adventure-packed, even though much of the action seems to be taking place on the inside. Over the past few weeks and into the present, you are being shot forward into greater interpersonal and inner connectivity like the releasing of a compressed spring. Partnership is on your mind, but not to the exclusion of your own transformative development. Your intuition is sizzling right now and worth paying attention to, because it tells you truer than mere logic where your next moves might actually take you. Everything is changed and yet somehow remains the same, as new realizations flood your system and intimate connection burns more brightly, in direct proportion to your own increasing self-awareness.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is again your time to reflect, Libra, on where life is taking you and as well on what part important others are able to play as you study how to enhance your own life development. The startling truth keeps coming at you, in one way or another, that even as you find salvation in connection with others, it is in actuality your own depths that you are thereby exploring. The perspective of active partners can be enlightening as an aid to your own blossoming understanding of what makes your heart keep up its steady and stealthy beat, leading you to a new high-water mark of inner exploration and self-understanding. What begins with equal parts of shutdown and wild euphoria leads you, through the time of the mid-month eclipse in your sign, to a more conscious sharing.
SCORPIO(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This continues to be an exciting and a difficult time for you, Scorpio, the less so the more you can simply let your process take you where it will. You are entering upon yet another twist in the spiral of your destiny, as you follow your road to the next level of accumulated wisdom. While transforming at the very core of your being, you are finally beginning to understand more of where you are heading in this season of change. It is not the easy path that works for you, nor yet the path that consensus thinking seems to dictate. You are possessed with extraordinary dedication right now for inner work, and for finding that place within yourself where you can answer the most important of life’s questions without the mixed blessing of external confirmation.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) It is a long road that has no turning, Sagittarius, and yours is coming on, through the thoughtful conundrums and complex achievements of this powerful monthly cycle. A deeper sense of yourself, and of your creative output, is emerging, at times quite suddenly. This throws your future plans and your entire relationship with the material world into radical transition. This in the end implies a sense of security that comes, not from the fluctuation of your finances, but rather from inside. Suffering is eased, and close interpersonal connection becomes more available to you as you embody higher consciousness. You are looking into everything more closely, including where you are heading, and this is one important key. Another lies in continuing to take each step as it comes, trusting the grace of the cosmos to guide you.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are entering into yet another powerful monthly cycle, Capricorn, as you continue the transformational journey of this year. Home and family considerations suddenly predominate, along with the realization that your inner realms occupy a more strategic place in your life path than external ones. Even as you recognize the power of your inner perspective to move mountains, you are paradoxically invested more heavily than ever with idealized plans for a series of outer world accomplishments that you have long dreamed of fulfilling. Your intuitional access is strong and potentially life changing, so that your whole world, including the potential of partnership, is turned upside down. As you proceed with business almost as usual, there is a qualitative difference in what it ultimately means to you, and how you are taking it in.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are getting both serious and more light regarding your informal education, Aquarius. Your concentrated learning curve is becoming even more intense amidst the context of a year of meaningful change. This is heralded from the very beginning of the month by the advent of even further potent realizations, together with fresh commitment to a sense of your ultimate life purpose. This might actually involve a greater degree of inner work than you ever would have thought possible a few short months ago. Certain aspects of your existing worldview are crumbling while others are coming into greater figure-and-ground relief, all in accordance with a life plan that you breathed into being for yourself, long ago and far away, in quite another corner of the universe, and which yet sustains your efforts here.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is the time of your life, Pisces, all in flux, and with the pace getting faster as the spring commences. Nothing is quite the same as the month unfolds, rather life is renewed and somehow lighter, with the consciousness of major transition. It might be that old wounds could surface now, bringing you into a different sense of yourself as you move beyond them. You could find great alteration in finances and in even with regard to your values, and the basis for your sense of security, in unexpected and yet in the end positive and beneficial ways. This could all be conceived as a crash course in acceptance. Things get so much better once you allow the universe to guide you, getting past the notion that you alone must master your fate.
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 OF 2014
A Synchronistic Month of March
By Henry Seltzer
The astrology of March features a once-more closing in of Uranus and Pluto in their volatile square combination, plus the retrogrades of Mars – only just beginning in late Libra – and Mercury, officially ended but still in its retrograde shadow until the 21st. As in the previous month of February, we are therefore inner oriented. Uranus is also given a boost by a stationing Jupiter in exact square to Uranus and in opposition to Pluto. The trauma of these times is indeed closely related to Uranus and Pluto coming down, in their storied square, to wrest us from our complacency and get us to ask the difficult questions of ourselves such as where do we need to be learning and growing, as we shuck off behavior that has no real utility for us any longer in our more evolved understanding of ourselves. In this way, we are all going through some degree of future shock, based on our own continuing evolution, to the point where we no longer even recognize our former selves.
This is an exciting month of March, because while we are turning further to the unconscious side of our being, in order to examine our inner workings more closely, we are also venturing out upon new psychological territory that is new and daring. This concept is reflected in the close Uranus-Jupiter square that is near exact for the entire month and on throughout April. Its moment of exact comes next month, on the 20th, magically just as Pluto and Uranus form their exact square at very nearly the same degree and minute of their own respective signs. Meanwhile, Mars in Libra in its retrograde motion comes quite close to exactly opposing Uranus. As we prepare for this cosmic event, hailed by many as the “cardinal grand cross,” still to come next month, we have in March a very strong dose of Uranus and Jupiter, closely aspected by the Pisces New Moon, indicating that brilliant ideas come to us with more frequency than even lately. These are accompanied by synchronicities that signal their symbolic resonance with meaningful change to take place in our thoughts and eventually our deeds and in a revitalized organization for our society.
Saturn in Scorpio is also powerfully configured in this monthly cycle, stationing retrograde on March 2nd and making aspects to personal planets and to Jupiter over the first week of the month. This introduces a note of caution into the picture of otherwise wildly optimistic Jupiterian high jinks, and reminds us that it is the very structure of our lives that is changing.
Chiron, the Wounded Healer, placed in Pisces near the degree of the recent New Moon, remains in close sextile to Pluto, so that one big factor in these March skies continues to be our recognition of inner wounding, along with acceptance, recovery and moving on with our lives in spite of everything. Once we can take a more wholly spiritual approach to our lives, the trauma of the past can be overcome and lived with, and even gladly taken in. We are getting ready as a collective to over the waterfall into a newer and freer world, and there is definitely some associated angst to deal with, along with much wonder also.
When Mercury leaves its retrograde shadow, passing its previous station degree in early Pisces, on the 21st, one day after the Sun moves into Aries and springtime begins, it comes quite close to the numinous energy of the Neptunian archetype, which it intersects two days later at the time of the Last Quarter Moon. This will be a confusing and a holy time, when we might begin to see through thinning veils to the other-dimensional realities symbolized by Neptune and made manifest within these earthly realms as music, poetry and dance.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). The roller-coaster journey of this climactic year continues, Aries. This month you ride the waves into the next installment of your looming transformation. Inner work is definitely up as you reexamine key areas, not least of these being relationships of all stripes, including business partnerships. Many other areas are in various stages of coming to a new dawning; in particular, the way that you meet the world is in process of a huge seismic shift. This applies as well to career moves and actually to every way that you actualize and relate. This is not to say that the metamorphosis you find yourself in the midst of is anybody else’s story but your own. You are the chief architect and planner, as well as the one who must execute on the eventual details.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19).This is an exciting time to be alive, Taurus, as the galloping of your wild ride prolongs itself and realizations continue to pile up. You are getting messages from underground, informing you of more and vastly different sets of ideas for your way forward than ever you dreamed. You are charged with energy for revitalizing your path ahead to your next stage, and your optimistic intentions will bear fruit, although note that the time for acting on these improves toward the mid-month Full Moon. Relationships are changing gear on you, which could mean that you feel as though being thrown a curve. With flexibility and by relying on your deep intuition, you can handle it; especially if you are willing to let go and let the universe just proceed to move you along.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). It is once more a season of change for you, Gemini. After coming through last month’s retrograde of Mercury, your ruler, outer achievement means something altogether different for you than it did a month or so ago. There is a compassionate feeling that you have been more recently bringing to the table, and that gets an extra boost early this month as the first week of March wears on. You are tuned to inner proclivities and embodied self-expression as you navigate the sweep of worlds inside you becoming more visible in outer realms. Surprising connectivity continues to suddenly light up your life with new information and chance groupings. It is all leading you to an ultimate purpose, that you might grow in your concept of self-worth and do it on your own terms.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is yet another amazing month for you, Cancer. As you continue to reflect on life and love you are exploring your own unique pathway forward, and your deep intuition is supremely important for this process of self-discovery. As you work with your partnership dynamic in many different ways, you are feeling closer than ever to finding a career offering that makes sense to you all the way through. It is in the absolute alignment of your head and your heart, of your need to produce in order to survive coupled with your talents and your most deeply held convictions, that you will find true happiness. You are building to a better sense of this through the trials of real-world incidents along with the graceful experience of your inner, and essentially spiritual, understanding.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) You are expanding in your heart, Leo. Profound inner process and shifting worldview moves you, as you continue to explore your depths. You are getting a sense of commitment to a new set of possibilities for prospective endeavor that is in the world but not of it. You are bringing in a new sense of curiosity regarding what more you might be able to find inside yourself. Having played this game for many months already, which is actually deadly serious from the standpoint of future benefit, you are fascinated to discover further realizations that await you. It is important to recognize, as a dramatic spring continues to unfold, that it does not get any less intense. As is the case with all spiritual information services, the message will repeat until you get it.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) Your world is expanding, Virgo, at times with a sudden rush that leaves you nearly breathless. It is all part of a journey of self-discovery that feels foreordained. You have recently been exploring concepts of service to others that have been such a fundamental part of your nature that you have been in some ways blind to the nuances. Old patterns of behavior, the ones that you might need to get past for more complete progress could begin to yield if you only are able to face them squarely. You are in the midst of another epiphany-packed month that brings important partners very much into the picture, as an adjunct to your own process of growth and change. You could also be getting clearer about what your most basic premise actually comprises.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This late winter continues to be a wild ride for you, Libra. Another in a series of amazing months has you in its spell from the very beginning. Investigations regarding principles of service to the surrounding collective are morphing into a revolutionary concept of compassion as a mission statement. You are also looking more deeply into your connection with important partners, and the impact of relationship on your life in general. Surprising insights in this important area seem to arise out of the very heart of the universe itself. This is in the context of an extremely fortunate and at times startling success in the material realms, as you virtually redefine your creative output. All of which leaves you freer to ponder the extra-physical planes of existence that you are also visiting on a regular basis.
SCORPIO(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You are going all out for the poetry of the moment, Scorpio. You are in the process of redefining yourself and your self-expressive output, with an eye to your inner world, as another intensely interesting month begins to unfold. Dream work and an inner feeling of peace are conduits now to finding a more integrated sense of self. The way that you tell your story to others has become almost more important than the story itself. You are playing a leading role in the drama of your life and the manner in which you come across. Some near-madness at the very core of your being has got your earnest attention, giving you intuitional clues as to your next stage, which likely involves greater soulful communication of your most fundamental and inherently brilliant ideas.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is your month to shine, Sagittarius, in positive and life-changing ways. You are also coming alive in deeper moments that get to the heart of difficult matters and illuminate them from the inside out. Your true goals now are for this kind of inner work, which while it does not bring you the thrill of immediate pleasure, actually inclines to the long haul and the lasting lessons. Your creative output is dazzling and could at times suddenly bridge the gap between inner and outer achievement, like a monument that momentarily appears to your startled vision before it slips again into the mist. Your values are shifting, so that surface ease seems only a part of the possible pie, with the other part buried somewhere inside you and containing equal measures of pain and joy.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) A difficult and fascinating time awaits you, Capricorn. You are feeling your way into a brighter future over the course of a month that is not scintillating but filled with a quiet glow and a touch of mystery at the core. This will continue to amuse your mind and bemuse you senses even as it morphs into something else entirely. New information suddenly appears out of nowhere or brought to you through the auspices of helpful partners that seem to be delivering God’s own telegrams direct from your Higher Self. The shape shifting quality of this period might confound you but you will not be bored. In the end you will recognize the quality of this time in bringing the deeper intuition at your center together with outer world accomplishment that it truly underlies.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) An interesting and magical month awaits you, Aquarius. You could find that your most prized ideas, mainly concerning what you want to do in the world to make the most of yourself, come together now with sudden unfolding. Through the course of a difficult year you have gradually moved closer to a spiritual ideal, perhaps once thought to be unreachable. Now, suddenly, the impossible dream begins to materialize. Financial and other resources manifest in support. The challenges and changes of the next few weeks and months are additive to what has already gone down, and send you on your way to the bright promise of a more fully engaged sense of self. This is simultaneously mysterious and known, paradoxically strange and yet ordinary, your very own idea and a gift from the surrounding cosmos.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a terrific month for you, Pisces, in this, your birthday time of the year. Your sense of who you are is quite expansive now, and partaking in all the recent flavors of your development, both easy and also those connoting trials and difficulty. These are all important pieces of your current arc of massive development, and you would not want to miss out on any of what has gone down. Your inner process is one important aspect of your existence lately, and this continues, as the stars align for you to prepare for and then to make your move over these next months. You are blessed with a positive self-image along with the feeling that you simply must investigate new pathways forward in order to stay whole and sane.
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.
By Henry Seltzer
The astrology of February is complex, with three retrogrades of personal planets in either the beginning stages or having just ended, and with the Uranus and Pluto square still quite active, aided and abetted by an opposition/square from Jupiter and a sextile from Pluto to Chiron, the Wounded Healer. Saturn is also quite active, and actively aspected by both Mars and the antithetical planetary archetype of revolutionary Uranus. Due to all these inner planet retrogrades this is a very thoughtful time, when we are more internally focused than usual. We are examining more deeply both our own internal connection within and as well the times in which we find ourselves as this powerful year continues to unfold.
The almost universally feared retrograde of Mercury is once more upon us this month, and definitely corresponds to a more reflective stance. The retrograde begins on the afternoon of February 6th, and ends officially on February 28th; although Mercury is likely to be wobbly for another three weeks after that as it escapes its retrograde shadow, well into March. The retrograde of Mars through the sign of Libra begins the very next day, March 1st. meanwhile, Venus, in retrograde motion all last month, having stationing direct only on the 31st of January, is barely coming out of her own retrograde period and remains in close proximity to Pluto for the entire first week of February.
We have as well a hugely transformative month ahead since the Aquarius New Moon that kicks off the February cycle has Pluto conjunct Venus and simultaneously opposed by Jupiter to within a few minutes of a degree. Combined with the inward turning that is produced in symbolic resonance with the various personal planet retrogrades, and the aspect that Pluto still currently makes to Chiron, it is indeed a time for deep reflection concerning what we are truly up to at the innermost levels of our being. We will undoubtedly discover areas of our lives that need psychological weeding and pruning, perhaps long neglected. We are better able to tune in and to recognize these dark places within ourselves with the impetus of the events that come to pass over the course of an eventful late winter and early spring time period.
Because Pluto is conjuncted by retrograde Venus at the time of the January 30th New Moon that began the current cycle, this symbolism signals also that as we grow and transform, not the least of the areas that deserve our attention are those influenced by the close relationships of our lives. This month represents an exciting and productive period that will be productive of many changes in the manner in which we see ourselves at the deepest possible level, and in consequence the way in which we relate to others around us. Pluto and Chiron remain in close sextile throughout the month, and with the formative Aquarius New Moon at their mid-point. We are therefore dealing with difficult issues of prior wounding as the month continues to unfold, and this is an important part of the story of our ongoing transformation of issues of identity refinement and relationship connection.
When Mercury retrogrades on February 6th coincident with the First Quarter Moon, its station conjuncts numinous Neptune within a degree, making the onset of the retrograde period of time just a little more confusing and as well suffused with deeper meaning. Neptune is featured later in the month as well. The very nature of prominent Neptune demands that we embrace the paradoxical notion that we might be able to understand soul-level realities as equal in scope to normal practical considerations. If we have the openness to be present for it, an immense mystery is therefore released this month into greater consciousness.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). The transformational tenor of these times continues, Aries, and you are in the thick of it. During an introspective and also intensely revealing month, you are entering into a deeper investigation of life and love, and it stirs you as well as gives you pause. You are engaged right now in an all-important process of visualizing your next stage. As you dream your future self into being, whatever you wish for with sincerity and in alignment with soul purpose will come to pass. Your faith is monumental, and yet you are simultaneously also holding back from the realization of that ideal. Looking into the underlying patterns is more than a current habit of mind, and can ultimately prove extremely fruitful as you continue to navigate the tricky waters your own inner depths.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is an intensely interesting month for you, Taurus, a continuation of the transformational year that has already begun to emerge. Your outer world presentation is sizzling, partially because of what you have been able to assimilate over the previous monthly cycle, when you have been given a good amount of motivation to internally expand your philosophical horizons. Indeed it seems to be that much of what you are struggling to integrate now has to do with perspective and mental flexibility. Important partners in your life provide the stability of a mentorship role as well as a contrasting point of view to be balanced by your own inner explorations. This is a thoughtful time of deeper and more viable connection, even as you make it happen on exterior levels of outer world initiatives.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a thoughtful and reflective month for you, Gemini, a time when you are re-thinking your outer world presence in some deeper way. With part of your mind you are already convinced of needed tactical changes, in terms of both career matters and also your general availability to others, perhaps along the lines of a more receptive and insightful approach. You greatly value the impact that others make on your life, and in your dealings with them could also poignantly be sensing the gap of feeling tone between ideal and actuality. It could also be on your mind to adjust the way that you do things in the realm of intimate partnership, which might in the final analysis come down to a more compassionate regard for your own inner workings.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is an important month for you, Cancer, a powerfully reflective time enabling you to better understand your own inner world, as you more deeply consider your relationship dynamic and continue on the transformational course that you have set out for yourself these past few years. Although issues of inner wounding still come up, your perspective has been gradually changing; you may not until recently have become aware of the progress already made. You possess a fundamental optimism now, operating at the very core of your being, that serves you well as you voyage onward. There is likely to be further movement of an internal variety coming up for you in this month’s time frame, an inner tide that you can seize upon and surf to your great advantage if you can get past your fears.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) The transformational beat continues, Leo, in the further development of your ongoing series of changes through the agency of universal forces. This is good timing for progress of both an exterior and also of a more internal kind, in a month in which partnership issues are very much on your mind. You are taking a more and more philosophical approach to these as of late, and, where relationships are concerned, making something of a fresh start in this February time frame. As you draw inspiration from ever widening circles of cosmic awareness, and continue to transform in your concept of service to the larger collective that surrounds you, a deeper sense of spiritual commitment is beginning to emerge that serves you well, and allows others around you to share in the bounty.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) Your season of transformation continues, Virgo, both for your creative output and with regard to your connection with others. You are finding your way forward in a way that maximizes the benefit for your own process of growth and change, and for everyone around you as well. Your ruler, Mercury, retrograding through your opposite sign, implies that your connections to important others in your life become the object of increased scrutiny, along with spiritual commitment to your natural helpful orientation. Your sense of what might constitute service to others is therefore the subject of this month’s extended meditation, while you are simultaneously looking more deeply into partnership issues that you may have been neglected for far too long. This all makes perfect sense as you more consciously inhabit an increasingly interconnected world.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an important month of transition for you, Libra. You are rocking it in terms of outer world pursuits and your success refracts back toward your depths to light them up in a new way. Home and family concerns become of utmost importance to get a better handle on and to see change as not only possible but also necessary. You are lately more introspective regarding all of this and opening to new vistas at the very core of your being, spurred on perhaps by partnership revelations. Your own transformation leads to a greater good for others around you as well. Something in your day-to-day activities is the subject of your recent reflections, as you refine and reinvigorate this ordinary area. You win by allowing greater scope to the daydream of potential and possibility.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You are busy reaping what you sow these days, Scorpio. The focus is on others and the focus is on you, with interesting feedback loops generating overall more progress than dissonance. Home and family concerns lead you into a better understanding of yourself at all levels. You are delving into your depths for the next two months at least, coming up with the pearl of wisdom, as you continue on the huge learning curve that you have outlined for yourself in this oncoming climactic springtime. The dreamy creative potential that comes up for you now leads to new possibilities but not without a great deal of digging. This month is also an excellent time for further dialogue regarding the best utility of partnership dilemmas in terms of your own personal growth and for the benefit of all concerned.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) It is a vitally important voyage that you are in the midst of these days, Sagittarius, and yet it is one that you can take without even leaving home. You are spending most of this month and next touring inner regions and storing up the accompanying deep, and perhaps at times painful, realizations into your holding area for further analysis and reflection. The point is not so much what happened, or why me, but rather what can you learn from the experience. It might be that as the many layers unfold, your seven-week entry into a powerful springtime holds more questions than answers. The results of all your inquiry will take you into a more profound relationship with life direction and with significant partners, once you have more fully opened your heart to your own inner world.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a powerful month for you, Capricorn. Your massive and thoroughgoing transformation goes on, with some particular circumstantial twists that bring you into closer contact with it. You are entering into a time of analysis and inward turning, as you balance security needs with the creation for yourself, and by yourself, of a future that you can really live with. Your professional public statement has been the subject of an increasingly intense inner scrutiny, leading you toward action, and your situation becomes more obvious as you look within. While your acknowledgment of the necessity for significant modification grows upon you, you are also blessed with the recognition of the possibility for meaningful change to come about. Partners in your life continue to provide an interesting and helpful perspective.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a rather intense month that you are currently traversing, Aquarius, in this your birthday time of the year. You revel in outer world pursuits, while your inner landscape has become more important to you than ever as you continue sorting out the fundamental mystery of your existence. You are feeling loads of pizzazz, and the success of how well you are coming across to others, and yet it could all seem hollow when separated from an accompanying process of deeper reflection. Mercury’s retrograde motion begins on the 6th and signals an essentially introspective period of time lasting through to the end of February and beyond. You are feeling the expansiveness of life to the extent that you can open to an internal mandate that eventually inclines you toward greater integration of all your parts.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This month represents an opportunity to shine, Pisces, although not in the usual meaning of the term. Your light these days definitely represents an emanation from the inside. Rather than hiding yourself in some way, you can let your essence radiate outward in peaceful harmonizing with whatever that your soul sense tells you is actually there to receive it. Your creativity is very active now, together with your feeling of important gains to be made in self-knowledge, as you attempt to seek out a venue for your activity that will neither rock your boat nor hijack it for nefarious purpose. Once you have made your peace with inner priorities, you will be in a better position to ride the wave of inner knowing toward a new and more clearly defined horizon.
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.
By Henry Seltzer
January’s astrology is also in relationship to the New Year’s since both start at midnight on the 31st of December. This year, as well, the planets conspire, since the Capricorn New Moon also takes place directly on January 1st. This New Moon is very dramatic, since it closely conjuncts Pluto, and is accompanied by a Grand Cross in cardinal signs, involving, along with transformative Pluto, the trickster energy of Uranus opposed by feisty Mars, with the additional amplification of Jupiter. There is thus a very active lineup of extremely powerful astrological indicators for the year of 2014. Venus is now retrograde, so that relationships of all kinds are on our minds as we meditate on the changes that 2014 will bring.
One keyword for this particularly important period of time is transformation. The idea of beneficial change is in any case subtly on our minds as we roll over the calendar year, a cycle that we take in on more than one level. The underground of our dreams and schemes involves among other things continual and profound change. This is the breath of life – without which we are virtually non-existent. Profound change is, after all, a normal part of that continual process of metabolism and metamorphosis that is vitally necessary at the cellular level and as well in terms of psyche, as we come into closer and closer alignment with our deepest intentions.
Then, with Mars in square with Pluto as the month begins, and opposite Uranus, we have not only an extra push toward necessary transformational change but also the potential for hasty action that we might in time come to regret. Reactivity is always lurking, and with Mars and Pluto combining in this way over a number of days leading up to the January 1st event, we have a real potential over this period for hidden anger suddenly coming to the surface, a danger that is also an opportunity. Being forewarned, we have the chance to rise above knee-jerk outburst and the temptation of hasty moves by taking the time to reflect on ourselves, contemplating from where the reactivity is stemming, and based on what underlying simmering energy, perhaps going back to core issues.
Regarding the storied Uranus-Pluto interaction, we have seen, in recent times, their square increase in intensity with each succeeding year, representing a corresponding urgency within each of us for personal transformation as is symbolically implied by this important collision of outer planet archetypes. We can observe, over the past few months and years, the increasing intensity of revolutionary societal change coming around on a collective as well as a personal level, since the vibration of collective is in essence nothing more than the sum total of every individual contribution. It is as though every one of us is a holographic integral component of the whole; when we are able to change ourselves, the world around us changes. Now, with the advent of 2014, this process is even further intensified. This shows up in the increasing frequency of the exact hits of Uranus-Pluto, coming up again on April 21st of the new year; and we can also see this exemplified in the extremely energized grand cross of this New Year’s chart and the January 1st New Moon.
There is also the highlighted presence of Chiron, the Wounded Healer, emphasized last month, and very prominent in these January skies. Transformation implies leaving something behind that is not working; that is the difficult part. This is one place where the painful process indicated by Chiron is appropriate symbolically. We might note as well, that it is by the recognition of where we have in the past been wounded, and where we might yet move beyond that early trauma, that our most important and healing transformations begin to take place.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). The cosmic tide is running, Aries, with the turning of the year, and you are the active surfer of the wild energy that it contains. You have to keep moving just to keep up, and to allow your head to remain above these swirling forces with a modicum of control. This is so, although, in another way, your task right now is to admit that you are not the sole pilot of your craft. You may yet find that letting go is an underrated art form that is truly necessary now. Partnership with others around you is key, and also respect for the winds of change blowing through you. What is no longer useful, nor even in any way functional as an element of your continued growth, might need to be discarded unmercifully.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is an exciting and vitally important year and month for you, Taurus, as life-changing information keeps flowing through you. A catalytic effect seems to be taking place whereby what is interesting in your immediate circumstance triggers a storm of meaning. While fully applying your mind and heart to the task, it takes days to sort out. Meanwhile the pace does not let up. You are entering into the crux of what you have really been up to all along, these past few years, and that is a cosmic learning curve of massive proportions that challenges you and transforms you. It is not too much to say that the knowledge coming your way this month will change forever the way you look at and manage your life; provided that you can allow it in.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This new year and month represents for you a significant leap forward, Gemini, which as luck would have it is also a leap down and in. You are moving toward realities within your soul that you had only partially glimpsed before this time. You win by asking no questions and simply allowing. This journey of inner exploration involves others as well as yourself, and brings dedication to your task of assessing where you are truly headed as you take on your normal duties with an extra sense of cosmic responsibility. If you are not able to fully submerge and explore, you will have yet further and more profound chances later on. This secondary world of your inner process informs this one and does not in any way invalidate it.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is an amazing month for you, Cancer, as you begin a new year ready to purge away some of the baggage from the old. Your ongoing transformation continues, and has huge implications for the way that you show up in the world, and also for the way that you do relationship. Your public presence is morphing along the fault lines generated by recent seismic shifts to your sense of identity, and the inner meaning of partnership. Outer accomplishment transforms inner recognition, and vise-versa. As the month progresses into a more graceful amalgam of self and other, you are left breathless, and yet, somehow, at least partially in control. Based on deep changes you are also seeing things rather differently on the home front, in a subtle distinction that actually changes everything.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) It’s an amazing month for you, Leo, presaging an eventful year of inner exploration. Like Magellan you are making cosmic history these days, by proving that your world is not round but deep. The insights keep arriving in multi-dimensional groupings that defy rational ordering and yet somehow coalesce into appropriate meanings. In the midst of rapid-fire learning experiences, you find yourself re-dedicated to your life path. You may note that while ego is useful as a starting position, and in forming an important backdrop for all that you do and say, it fares badly as an end point. In the course of the rather intense journey of these times, you are discovering by faith a grounding that is paradoxically not of this physical world; it nonetheless succeeds in holding you afloat.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an intensely interesting month for you, Virgo, presaging an amazing year of 2014. Transformational vision is available to you now, even more profoundly than in prior weeks and months, and it has the potential to completely change your life. That sounds scary, but in the event might not really be so. You are operating in a reflective mode as the month begins, meditating on your sense of who you are, and how your resulting creative output and artistic style is undergoing an important and even a massive shift. While simply keeping on keeping on with some parts of your life, you are awakening to a new authenticity with others. The reality is that this involves a massive restructuring, involving facets of how your path merges with an emerging and powerful sense of soul purpose.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) It is a complex and transformative month that is in the offing for you, Libra. This constitutes a very private period when you are yet also involved and even fortunate in the affairs of the world. You are quite intent on progress of a material kind, and a spiritual one as well. All that you are, and all that you intend to be, is coming to a singular focus and intention. Somehow though, your clock is running backward, and with good cause. Rather than blindly forging ahead with outer world plans, you are pausing to sort out core-level issues that could potentially be holding you back. This is ultimately something to be encouraged. All your future dealings will be enhanced and freed up by what you can learn this month and next by a deceptively simple process of deep reflection.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is an amazing and intense period for you, Scorpio. Over the course of this month and, actually, throughout the year ahead. What is at hand is a rather significant time of profound learning curve. You are forging higher mind correlations leading to a revitalized set of values and goals. Inner work leads to outer solution plus communicative contact with siblings and peers. You are deep dreaming, both while waking and asleep, in a way that further refines and enables all your contacts. This includes partnership with important persons and connections that are strictly within your own mind and soul. Digging through the internal motivation of your relationship dynamic provides rich rewards for you right now, and could lead you almost anywhere. With the only caveat that you must open to it, an unimaginable future awaits.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is an important time for you, Sagittarius, with major progress ahead on your issues, provided that you are willing to let go of what no longer serves you. Transformation is still alive and well in your life, with an even bigger push for that in this new month and year, involving your values and the resources that you command, as well as your connections with significant partners and your very self-definition. You are seeking the best possible alignment with soul purpose. If there is something that is not quite right with the way that you do finance or depend on others, then it is very likely to come to the fore for necessary course correction. You might forever benefit, if and when you decide to take up the requests that the universe is thereby making of you.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are delving more deeply into yourself, Capricorn, as another amazingly transformative month and year begins. In the midst of a darkly gleaming and yet nevertheless promising time, the energy is mightily available for proving out your outer world intention with deeds, as well as in the form of thoughtful realignments at the deepest levels of your being. Your future plans remain your focus, together with the efforts that you still make to align these goals with your own soul-purpose as you are coming to understand it. Partners continue to provide beneficial perspectives. Your career and your self-expression are the subject of extended interior meditation. It is exciting what you bring to the table: new vision that can move mountains, along with a renewed determination to be of true service to the world around you.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a deeply reflective time for you, Aquarius. You are forging ahead in outer world pursuits, but still more quietly involved with the inner. The subject of your meditation involves both relationship with significant partners and concepts of service to the larger community that surrounds you; thus you create a new sense of your own identity, plus better acceptance for the cosmic forces helping to shape your life. You are beginning to recognize that everything that you do and feel stems from what you believe at core level, and that an enhanced comprehension of yourself in your more unconscious places might yet become the path for finding your way forward. Greater and more empowered communication with others around you in both written and spoken form is one natural consequence.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This darkly beautiful month is for you, Pisces, a paradox and a wonder. On the one hand lies the possibility of a much richer life – as soon as you can manage to let go of certain behaviors that you have come to recognize as no longer in your best interest to maintain – while on the other there is the pain of that loss and the uncertainty of your next steps into an unknown future. As your own intuition is telling you more and more urgently, and as significant persons in your life also convey, you have the world at your fingertips and it is only a gesture away. The next few months represent the process of your exploration of the very nearly infinite potential for you that begins with this current moment.
by Henry Seltzer
December’s astrology is extraordinarily wild, even in the midst of the series of intense months we have been seeing lately, and features Venus, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. This is the month that Venus turns retrograde, which only happens every two years or so, each time ultimately introducing a new vision of the feminine. The Venus Retrograde begins on the very day of the Winter Solstice, December 21st and Venus remains in Capricorn about four months in all, until early March. With the heliacal rise of Venus as the Morning Star that takes place on January 17th, Venus begins her Capricorn cycle lasting for 584 days. This is a no-nonsense business orientation for the feminine planet that implies the further empowerment of women in our culture. Just as it was in the sixties, feminism is on the rise, as a definite rousing element of the ethos of these fractious times.
Jupiter, have recently changed to retrograde motion last month, is coming into a renewed opposition with Pluto that becomes activated by month’s end. This makes for a very strong ending to the year as both Mars and Jupiter line up in their respective opposite signs to Uranus and Pluto. Additionally, in the current month, with the timing of the First Quarter Moon of December 9th, Jupiter makes a Grand Trine with Saturn and the Moon. This indicates that while we might have a rocky beginning to the month in many ways, the resolution is nearer to hand then we might imagine and depends on emotional connection and faith that the universe actually has our back.
In this regard, it is interesting to note that one of the cosmos’ best messengers, the planetary archetype of trickster Uranus, is highlighted this month by his station to direct motion that happens at the time of the December 17th Full Moon. Uranus is thus standing nearly stock-still in the sky for the entire month, and is very much emphasized. All in all, Uranus occupies the same degree, and almost the same minute, within ¼ of a degree, for the entire month. With such a strong presence of Uranus in the sky all month long, what is available to us now is a powerful sense of intuition and also the occurrence of surprises leading to unexpected enlightenment.
Uranus, as it stations, also strongly aspects the planetary archetype of Chiron, the Wounded Healer. This implies that intuitional information is also available for detecting where you could have been wounded in your self-esteem in the past, and how such ancient trauma might be currently affect you to this day, becoming lodged somewhere deep inside yourself and seldom consciously accessed. Simply increasing your awareness of these dark and hidden places within you can lead to healing.
The big news this month is, again, Uranus and Pluto. Their square, still close and now intensely triggered, speaks to necessary transformation coming down, in the life of the collective, and in our individual lives as well. Pluto is the wrecking ball, acting in concert with Uranus, symbolizing the vision that supports taking drastic evolutionary action. I know that this message seems a bit like a broken record, always the same thing, repeating. It is an important message nonetheless and speaks to our times, both collectively and individually. The aspect is tight over this end-of-year period, and is triggered by the December 2nd New Moon right at the very beginning of the month. The Uranus-Pluto archetypal combination then returns to greater significance by the time of the Last Quarter Moon of December 25th, Christmas Day. In this final mid-week of December, Uranus in Aries is opposed by Mars in Libra while Pluto is widely opposed by Jupiter, with the Sun and Moon also in Cardinal Signs. This is a very powerful configuration, as is also the chart for New Year’s Eve a week later on, presaging a difficult beginning for 2014.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). Although you are making terrific headway, your massive transformation is not anywhere near complete, Aries. This month you are shifting, along with the cosmic tide, into higher gear. Important partners provide new twists, and become an increasingly vital priority for you as the month unfolds. You are coming into a greater understanding of what you are really up to, at soul-level, both in terms of outer performance and interior realignment. Having just gone through a cycle of inner renewal and reexamination, you are more than ready to move ahead, spurred also by the changing of the year, and the perspectives of helpful partners. Your higher mind vision of where you could be with your life is profound, and speaks to you of unknown vistas that lie ahead, yet to be explored.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19).This is an interesting and quirky month for you, Taurus. You are being pulled like taffy in several different directions all at once. Not the least of these is toward stability and along the lines of responsible partnership. Surprises also abound in the relationship area as well. There are also major implications for inner exploration, and for discovering a better basis for your work in the world, as you ease into a stronger interior foundation that is slowly emerging over the course of an intense year. In the transition to 2014 and beyond, the energy for profound and meaningful change doesn’t stop, or slow down, and might even be said to speed up. The activity takes on a different coloration and form of integration however as the ending of this powerful year continues to unfold.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an important month for remembering who you really are, Gemini. Relationship is on your mind in a big way, and in a manner that involves a sense of self-reliance together with an important and ongoing examination of your own inner word. It is perhaps a paradox that to be totally familiar and comfortable in your connection with significant others in your life, you must first be completely transparent and conversant in your own understanding of what makes you yourself tick, but it is nonetheless simply so. Old patterns of behavior based on prior wounding are also likely to arise. You are delving into the mysteries of life and this includes a healthy connect with your own demons – especially with the ones who are the angels in disguise.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a time of reaffirming your most basic truth, Cancer. Home, family and tribe, always important for you, gets an additional boost through this month’s cosmic currents that affect you most strongly where you are most deeply invested. Your voyage of discovery leads you to more profound connection with others, and with your own process as well, exteriorized out into the world at large. You are seeking a better match with soul purpose as you are coming to know it. Your dharma, or the your soul work that you came into this lifetime to perform, becomes clearer by the day. This month, you have an excellent chance to start fitting the pieces together in a more inclusive picture that allows the world its due, and partnership also, and yet enhances your own powerful sense of mission.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) It’s a paradoxical and in some ways difficult month, Leo. This is for you an essential time of regaining a more fun-loving sense of identity, and yet also represents a further searching out of the hidden places within you. Inner voices speak and, suddenly, your outer work comes to an inevitable pause. The New Moon at the very beginning of December signals expanded self-expression, which is just your cup of tea, to be enjoyed under the limelight. And still, the dark unknown within you calls, making you aware of the deeper questions, the ones without answers. Epiphanies flow and lead you toward important realizations and a renewed sense of soul purpose. No final solution exists, nothing but the determination to explore; to seek, perhaps to find, and never to give up.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month you are entering into a very special time of exploring your roots, Virgo. Home, family, holidays, chilling with close friends, social groups that you favor, some or all of these are there for you to savor. As you morph and grow in self-understanding you are still finding that lightening flash of sudden illumination of dark places within you in the most unlikely of places and coming out of near tears with a smile put there by unexpected connection. You have been these past several weeks on a huge learning curve, no mistaking that. There are still further waves of fruitful exploration still to come, but you might be able to pause for a moment to glance behind you and see just how far you have truly come.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) Your transformational saga continues, Libra. One action-packed month follows upon another as December begins to unfold. The seismic shocks that have been running through your life lately take on new dimensions in this late fall period, which has a lot to do with how you relate to important others and to family and tribe. Interesting twists and conundrums add a very different flavor to this month’s events surrounding this major theme, as your learning curve intensifies and as communication to others around you becomes even more the keynote to your evolving process, leading to further revelations and relationship activity after the middle of the month. Through the course of this climactic month, you are coming to see others in your life, including important family members, in a new way, as a fundamental component.
SCORPIO(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) The beat goes on, Scorpio. Another interesting month ensues, to close out what has been, on reflection, a rather trying and yet exciting year. You are getting a foundational feel for what you truly value and this is the heart of your current experience as you move further along the arc of your personal development and into an extremely powerful end-of-year time frame. It benefits you to continue to explore along the lines of accommodating to spiritual as well as practical realities, and to recognize where you can find the golden mean of allowing both of these almost antithetical sides of life to coexist. Over the long run, you win when you can travel your path of learning and growth without sacrificing earthly needs. This puts you in the right space to continue to move forward.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is the month you have been waiting for, Sagittarius, one of unexpectedly enhanced creativity and greater spiritual grounding that runs all the way through you from your toes up to your head. As this monthly cycle unfolds, you are linking play and work in a meaningful way that enhances both. After assiduously dealing, over a period of months, with the parts within yourself that were wounded in the distant past, you are being given another chance to work your issues from a new angle. This is so, as long as you are willing to witness your behavior from a dispassionate position, while staying as open as you can to non-judgmental acceptance of everything that continues happening to you. When you allow yourself to let go of what no longer serves you, it turns out to be the most magical of seasons.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is an interesting and even quirky month for you, Capricorn, when you are more fully coming into yourself while exploring your roots. Over these first few weeks, with one important part of your mind you are quietly internal as is perhaps typical for you for this time of year. You are also unusually expansive and future-oriented with an urge to be out and doing, so that this is a paradoxical period. The Winter Solstice, as the Sun enters your sign, is always powerful, and this time even more so, with overtones of deep reflection and a reexamination of partnership and your own creativity that extends well into the New Year, as you continue to find ways to visualize the potential for significant connection with others to revitalize and empower your life.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a time of terrific outer world presence and performance, Aquarius, with yet a distinct pull to the inside. In the midst of a fundamentally future-oriented month, with a powerful focus on being visible out in the world, you have the overtones of deep internal process to consider, as you make your way forward. Your plans are brilliant and will serve to align you with important direction long-term. There could also be old patterns of behavior that you have grown increasingly conscious of over these past few months and that could in some way be coming to a head. If so, simply witnessing and quietly observing of your reactions takes you a very long way. Since your life consists of both sides now, it benefits you when each is equally honored.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) It seems that the universe is really out to amaze and startle you with its wonders, Pisces, and that, as another remarkable month ensues, these include a glimpse of your own interior process, perhaps the greatest wonder of all. You are flying straight, right on target for career goals, yet you also find yourself in fluctuating circumstances requiring cosmic grace to get you through. Your finances could be shifting once more, and your course on your own future evolution has yet to present you with your final certificate even though many hours have been spent on the leaning. Through it all, a fundamental optimism prevails. Another important step forward can at least be taken over this powerful cycle that is currently unfolding, one that involves a detour into your own inner workings.
By Henry Seltzer
The Astrology of November features an eclipse plus Mercury, Venus, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Mercury of course is in full-on retrograde as the month begins, stationing to direct motion on Sunday the 10th and only escaping its retrograde shadow on the 27th. Most of the month will therefore represent a time of missed connections and mechanical breakdown, where you might have to do the thing three times to get it right. This is an excellent opportunity to turn inward, to journal, and to experience your authentic self.
The Uranus-Pluto square is very much with us as well, being exact on November 1st in an extremely volatile configuration that includes retrograde Mercury in conjunction with the Sun, so that we are at one peak of the entire retrograde period. Both the Sun in its forming eclipse and Mercury are in close aspect with Chiron, Pluto and Uranus, with Mars is opposite Chiron and trine Pluto. The implication is that we will start off the month of November with a bang not a whimper… or perhaps with both at once.
The Solar Eclipse and New Moon taking place on Sunday, November 3rd, is kind of a big deal, with this same configuration highlighted by the eclipse degree which is in turn in close conjunction with Saturn as well. Meanwhile Mercury has slipped a couple more degrees backward and is conjunct the nodal axis. Since the energy of an eclipse lasts longer, for as much as six months, we are in for a very intense end-of-year period. It is quite significant to note that the Uranus-Pluto square, coming up for yet another exact hit in the spring, on April 21st, is triggered by the November 25th Last Quarter Moon and the December 2nd New Moon, as well as by the chart for the New Year. A tough early going for 2014 is definitely presaged, and this puts quite an interesting spin on the next dates for economic policy show-down on Capitol Hill, which are January 15th and February 7th. It is also increasingly obvious that major changes in political realities in this country and for the world in general are vitally necessary for the health of the planet and for ourselves.
It is interesting to note that Neptune is also highlighted in recent lunations, and comes up again as Mercury stations on the 10th in exact trine to Neptune, and with the Last Quarter Moon of the week of Thanksgiving, taking place on November 25th. Neptune in its own sign of Pisces represents a necessary turning to the spiritual side; this is an otherworldly dimension of higher reality that is also a confusing side as far as business as usual is concerned.
Alongside the collective changes that we can all see coming down, there are personal ones that are perhaps even more urgent, and that we can witness in the development of in our own individual lives. These, too, peak over this intense season between the ending of one climactic year and the early going of the next. Uranus and Pluto have a total of seven exact hits of their square, with the after-effects lasting until very nearly the end of the decade. These next two, counting the current month of November and April, 2014, are the fourth and fifth, and in some ways the most intense of the lot of them. We are all caught up in the fires of transformation, exploring the places in our lives where we are stuck in some dysfunctional way. And these stuck places, while they must indeed eventually yield in favor of our continued spiritual evolution, do not yield gracefully.
Only consciousness provides a way forward, so that we owe it to ourselves to be as aware as possible, as consistently as possible, for the sake of our children’s children, and for ourselves.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is a wild month for you, Aries. Everything in your life has turned topsy-turvy, and yet with a secret purpose; a special form of enlightenment that involves concrete action toward inner goals rather than outer. Your approach to the world of business and career is in deep transformation, that is true, but the secret to what might be called winning is that you deeply tune in to every nuance of what your soul is trying to tell you. This does not necessarily lead to success in the eyes of the world, but it is the key to unlocking your own sense of inner happiness, which in turn will lead you through to where you really need to go. What follows is that you will eventually get everything that you truly want.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). Your world is still transforming, Taurus, and you along with it. The pace of change even accelerates as the year winds down, and you find yourself going all out for understanding. Partnership with significant persons in your life is more important than ever this month, as you reexamine its foundations with yourself. You are puzzling over both where your life is currently leading you and also what has engendered the pain of the separation you may feel, as you move forward into your more authentic self. When you examine your own hidden motivations you discover the true gold of your circumstance, involving relationship with important others in a new way, and an unfolding sense of new levels of self-acceptance. The reward is ultimately in the journey, and in the realizations that it brings.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a strange and wonderful monthly cycle for you, Gemini. The meditative period of the Mercury retrograde is quite special, and for your sign in particular. You have entered into a thoughtful period of time and when the end of the month rolls around, could find that you know yourself just a bit better as a result of your recent musings. There is a focus on soul-purpose that is as remarkable as it is productive of fresh insights. You have an unusually high degree of service-orientation now as well, so that, along with the prayer of St. Francis, you might be willing to state: “Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved as to love.”
CANCER (June 21-July 20) All your systems are go, Cancer, as you continue forging ahead to the inside. With the impetus of the Mercury retrograde in your sector of self-expression, the creativity that you unleash will naturally be more of an internal affair. Your inner perspective informs and underlies all that you see and do. Meditation and journaling opportunities are recommended. You are transforming mightily in your self-concept and in the way that you see yourself going forward into a new world, in terms of career, for yourself personally, and as this relates to more global considerations. Your evolving partnership dynamic is also a potent focus for you now. Fears may still come up but with a philosophically viable approach they decline in their importance, and in their former power to derail you from your soul intention.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a powerful month of realizations, Leo, and also in some ways a confusing time as well. You are being pulled to the inside, in a form of meditative trance or dream, and it is difficult for you to imagine how to react or if any conceivable reaction is appropriate. A multiplicity of realities keeps swimming into your view, as though you were suspended above a deep-sea garden with many and varied fishes and alternately immersed. The picture that emerges when you reflect might simply be too vast to accommodate with your logical mind; and yet, still you try. Exhilaration, trepidation and transformation are all part of the mix, as well as release from fears in favor of basic movement forward, one foot ahead of the other, into a brand new universe of your own contrivance.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month is another that will test your soul, Virgo, but in a good way. As you navigate the inner fires of these powerful days you have the opportunity to burn off all that is not truly serving you. Your exploration of your own hidden places continues. The dramatic transformation of your creative output over this year has been productive of new insights, and now these very realizations take you into new directions. With Mercury in retrograde motion over the first ten days of this month, everything is stop and go. A contemplative stance takes you further along the path of your spiritual evolution than a strictly outer orientation. The fun comes from discovering what treasure you will be able bring with you as you rise back up to the surface.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an amazing month for you, Libra, a continuation of the series of deep changes that you have been encountering all year long. As you head toward year’s end, the cosmic tugs on your consciousness become if anything more extreme. This is transformation from the very base of your being outward, and it involves a new mandate for others in your life as well as for yourself. Family and home will never be the same. Thoughtful reflection provides more profound seeing for issues such as material versus spiritual reward. You are, through it all, making your move to the inside, there to discover both pain and joy. The pain can be the stimulus for process. Others provide inspiration but in the end, you have got to be the one to light your own fire.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a season of deep work, Scorpio, but the rewards are correspondingly weighted. Some painful places inside yourself are being exposed to the light of a more conscious understanding. It helps to remember that any difficulties that you may encounter along the way are there for the surmounting of them. You are engaged in a tremendous learning curve, based on forging better communications with others around you, leading you into new mental and emotional territory. There are concepts that you are ready to abandon, making room for the new. Your very self-definition is a moving target now, a kaleidoscope of wonder. You are also finding inspiration in ordinary day-to-day routines which, when you look at it right, become suddenly charged with meaning. In the simplest of things, you might find intimations of life purpose.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is another in a series of intense monthly cycles for you, Sagittarius. The good news is that you are in many ways more ready for it that you were even a few short months ago. It has been a trying year, and as it comes to the end, perhaps even more so, but the silver lining is in increased self-knowledge applying to the deeper layers of your being, and in a better understanding of others as well as yourself. Many areas of your life are currently affected, including your creative self-expression, which is sizzling and transformatively oriented, but the most significant progress is happening on the inside. Your dreams could be quite active now, and definitely worth writing down. Inner and outer are but two sides of the same coin and the one informs the other.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a magical month for you, Capricorn, in some ways the culmination of a transformative year of change. With the New Moon and Solar Eclipse taking place in your sector of goals and societal involvement, you are networking like mad and placing your bets on a more positive future than has been the recent past. This involves partnership with others, and a re-orientation of values, family life, and even your concept of personal identity. With Mercury retrograding through this same sector you could be massively re-thinking how your operate in the world and where you are heading, so that it pays to wait until at least the second half of November before making any drastic moves. Still you can plan, and dream, intending to refine your vision still further toward month’s end.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a season of change for you Aquarius, as you take on the world around you in an entirely new way. You have been mulling over your approach to outer world performance since Mercury turned to retrograde motion in your sector of career and professional life, over the final ten days of October. You are finding that spiritual goals eclipse material ones in allowing you to arrive at an internal accord within yourself. Equally present are questions about finance and how to gather your resources to prepare for achievement in a way that does not violate your principles. Communication with others around you is one key to the puzzle, and is productive of a series of unexpected revelations over the course of this month that will help to see you through.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an amazing month for you, Pisces, full of what could be construed as trials, and yet, when you look beyond the difficulties, replete with progress of an unusual kind. A powerful eclipse early in November takes place in your higher mind sector, leading to starting new conclusions of an interior variety. You are in any case looking within, in a symbolic chime to the retrograde of Mercury through this same sector. Old habitual patterns that you are more than ready to move beyond could also arise for the healing. While painful places within you are revealed, a startling series of epiphanies opens inner doorways in a way that more than compensates. In spite of all appearances to the contrary, the world is what you make of it.
The Astrology of September features Mars, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Mars entered Leo just before the beginning of the month, and thus becomes an astrological factor that is even more feisty than usual. He stays in this compatible Fire sign all month long, and is therefore emphasized. There is also an inconjunct made from a stationing Pluto on September 11th, the twelfth anniversary of 9-11, which is part of a yod formation to Mars involving both Chiron and Pluto, so that this is a time when emotions of pain and anger may run high. In addition, Mars makes several close aspects at the key lunations to Neptune in Pisces, bringing in a shape-shifting quality to this monthly period as well, a time when reality seems only as real as our idea of it, and chameleon-like, changes to fit changing circumstances or momentary moods.
Chiron too is greatly emphasized in this month’s configurations. Chiron represents the archetype of the Wounded Healer, and, accompanying these powerful archetypes for change, represents the pain of leaving behind what no longer works for us. Then, too, an important part of the transformation that will become increasingly necessary as this tumultuous decade unfolds is the recognition of where we have, in the past, been wounded and how we can help ourselves to heal. When you first, acknowledge and then accept the places inside yourself where the residue of early trauma remains, you can begin to welcome all the various parts of yourself to the table. This sets in motion a powerful healing effect, so that as you continue to witness the events of your life, and your responses to them, to begin to unwind the twists and turns of childish reactions to prior wounding.
Pluto, in Capricorn, stations to direct motion on September 20th, just before the weekend of the Fall Equinox, and only 2 ½ degrees away from his forming square with Uranus, which will perfect at the end of October. This will be the fourth hit out of a total of seven, with effects lasting throughout the decade. Uranus and Pluto in combination means that whatever has outlived its utility will have to go. Although this can be a difficult process unless we are prepared to let go, just as with the pruning of a rose bush the ultimate effect is for the benefit of new growth. The triggering of these two outer planet heavyweights becomes more frequent in the weeks ahead leading up to their exact hit on November 1st and still activated during the seven weeks that follow in the run-up to the year’s ending
A close sextile aspect from Saturn also increasingly triggers the Uranus-Pluto square as the month unfolds, so that the momentum builds over the weeks ahead for a more powerful dose of this radical revolutionary and evolutionary combination. Bringing Saturn into the equation increases the momentum for structural changes of lasting value that will eventually coalesce.
We are, all of us, still in process, and after several years of this beginning of this decade of the tumultuous teens, what is more, starting to recognize it. Mary Oliver’s poem The Journey sums the situation before us quite nicely when she begins “One day you finally knew what you had to do and began/ though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice … Little by little, as you left their voices behind,/ the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds,/ and there was a new voice, which you slowly recognized as your own.”
ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is a startlingly intense and mystical time for you, Aries. Your very concept of who you are and whither going might be called into question multiple times during the course of this month. Wild ideas keep coming to you, and yet, while these concepts might seem strange to the ordinary run of superficial events connected to consensus thought, as you align more closely with your own inner truth, you feel their important connection to life purpose. Partnership is potent for you now. You might feel as though intimate connection holds important lessons for you, and that it is difficult to move forward in the way that you would fully wish without absorbing some of these clues for growth, and that you have to take almost everything that is happening to you on both outer and inner levels into account in order to fully benefit. Although you have perhaps not fully acknowledged it, you are in the midst of massive change, and there is no way around but only through.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19).You are coming from an essentially good place, Taurus, making the best of challenging circumstances. Partnership has powerful lessons for you now. A responsibility there could be feeling like a burden, or holding you back. Is this strictly a matter of other people’s expectations and of outer events, with little to do with your own process – or is it somehow a part of yourself that you struggle with? You have a need for inner freedom that is hard to get a handle on and is yet fundamental to your process of detaching from old and outmoded beliefs and perceptions. The pain that you feel could be a question of getting used to a different internal mandate for fundamental change, not only for yourself but also for the society that surrounds you, from which you inevitably draw nurture.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a terrific time of great change for you, Gemini, even though its raw power might at times be a bit difficult to take. Considerations of home, family and tribe loom large for you. You are coming into yourself in a new way over the course of this monthly period but you first must wrestle with a few dragons inhabiting the deep inner spaces within you. They become less scary as you get to know them. Old patterns, perhaps stemming from early childhood trauma, have held you in thrall for far to long, and are at last ready to shift. It takes a combination of imagination and determination as well as the recognition of the need to make significant changes. Fortunately you now have all three of these in large supply.
CANCER (June 21-July 20), Welcome to the next stage of your voyage of inner discovery, Cancer. This is an enormously potent time for you, as the year begins to wind down and as the transformational pressure mounts upon you yet again. You are in a mode of brilliant ideas, leading to innovative future plans, so be sure to write them down. Journaling in general is recommended now because of your healthy self-focus and your growing recognition of internal patterning. The massive changes that you are in the midst of now have everything to do with relationship factors of adjustment and enlightened understanding of old dysfunctional patterns, and yet in another way are all about you and your own ongoing process of getting to know yourself better, from the inside out.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) The summer madness continues, Leo. This is an exciting month for you, when healing, creativity and unexpected enlightenment abound, with also the not unlikely chance for a curve ball of two coming your way as well. A painful process can become a joyous one as lessons are absorbed deep down under your skin; nothing about what is going on for you right now is superficial. As you dig into the practical side of your life, new ways of seeing and of becoming are right around the corner. You are feeling simultaneously a big push to go forward and other cosmic forces that are putting the brakes on hard to stop any and all forward momentum right in its tracks. This is only frustrating if you decide that it is, since everything that is happening to you now is also a huge learning opportunity.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) The stars are inclining in your favor, Virgo, although you might not know it yet; it’s a very special birthday season that is upon you. Only a possible series of difficult interactions between you and significant partners could slow you down, and yet this simultaneously represents your opportunity for growth. In terms of relationship, you could perhaps encounter some degree of confusion as to what is truly going on, detect a tendency on your part toward self-deception or bask in the glory of a lovely illusion that could turn out to perfectly match up with the ultimate reality that you experience. This is all happing in the context of massive ongoing identity shifts so that it helps to remind yourself that you, after all, are your most important product.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is your time to shine, Libra, as your social interactions continue to speed up and expand out. And yet, lots more is going on beneath the surface than is readily apparent. You are discovering more of yourself at deep levels than you originally bargained for. And yet, self-knowledge, like rainbows or butterflies, can never be too much of a good thing. By mid-month your character-building moments mount, as the accumulation of profound life changes intensifies and gradually percolates up to consciousness. You are asked to supply a goodly amount of determination for your true goals; your difficulties could bog you down, although faith in your process is there in abundance for you and will take you far. You are on the right track when you feel the world turning beneath your feet and realize that it is your own motion that you are sensing.
SCORPIO(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is an excellent month for progress, Scorpio, as the path ahead of you becomes while not easier, at least more obvious. You are settling into your vision questing journey now, and nothing can derail you. This is one of those tides in your affairs that can be very productive for you if you go with it like a bold surfer of new waves. You have the ability this month to vision new possibilities for yourself into being. There have lately been cosmic factors that seemingly hold you back but in fact lend focus and concentration to your efforts at redefining yourself. Your creative self-expression is mystical and partakes of unknown qualities, which, if you were to more thoroughly and unflinchingly explore them, would lead you to a treasure house of untold spiritual riches.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) You are on a wild ride lately, Sagittarius, and it is not ending yet. You are fortunate now in outer circumstances and in taking advantage of a combination of good luck and skillful management, plus your recent proclivity for seeing more deeply and of working with helpful partners. This all comes with a responsibility to take account of inner priorities as well as solving the conundrums of the outer. There is treasure that you must somehow reach, guarded in a cave in deep waters and by a series of mean and graceless dragons. As soon as one is slain, another arises to take its place. This might seem discouraging except for the fact that, every time, something important is gained, a new foothold on your spiraling climb upward and into the light of your more conscious understanding.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This continues to be an interesting year, Capricorn, especially so as you head into year end. All the outer planet archetypes are heating up once again, those starry messengers that are indicative of the vast changes taking place within you personally and also in the world at large. You have both physical and metaphorical journeys before you in this transitional month. Surprising enlightenment is always just around the corner for you these days, it is only that you have to know where to look, and be willing to take the chance. Your very idea of your own basic identity is up for grabs, and you also might feel that your dwelling space is in more than one kind of flux, symbolic of a sketchy sense security or a house built upon a moving carpet. When you let go of any and all preconceptions you are very much on the right track.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are really cooking, Aquarius. This is an incredible time of multifaceted activity and of also plumbing your very depths for their ultimate philosophical essence. You are very aware of your outer world responsibilities, and satisfying a fair number of them with grace and style. Thus you are busy doing exactly what you came into this world to do, although in another way, you are still a babe at the breast of the universe trying to find out what it is that you truly are up to. Cosmic energies conspire to teach you – through the agency of scintillating communication with others in your circle of peers, and as well through your own dream fantasies and waking visions – more of what your higher Self yet wants to make of you as you pass through this exciting amalgam of earthly and spiritual planes.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an important month for you, Pisces, in the midst of an important year of transition. In spite of encountering difficulties, you are getting stronger and more comfortable now with your own transformation, and also in recognizing that this is not change for the sake of change, but rather resulting from a series of signals that the universe is moving in some very definite directions, and is taking you along with it. You are forging new strength and a new determination to thrive in terms of your own priorities. You are going through not so much an identity crisis as an identity explosion, at least in metaphorical terms. When the pieces are ready to return to earth, they fall, but not by chance. They will take up a new configuration far closer to what you truly feel is important to you, on the inside.
The Astrology of August features Chiron, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Mercury is now in direct motion, and escapes its retrograde shadow on August 4th. This is a major shift in the energy, especially since Mercury goes right into Leo, by August 8th. Up to now, and continuing into the present month of August, it has been a powerful time for the Water, or feeling element, where three important planets reside: Jupiter in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in its own sign of Pisces. At the beginning of the month, Jupiter moves away from the trine with Saturn and Neptune, and comes into opposition with transformative Pluto and then, following that, into square with Uranus by the time of the New Moon of August 6th. This is a powerful configuration, redolent of intuitional leaps and new beginnings in the realm of ideas and inventions. The New Moon also strongly aspects Chiron, the Wounded Healer, in Pisces, bringing in with this crucial timing another dose of the feeling element.
Jupiter in Cancer, the sign of its exaltation, is powerfully activated currently, making strong aspects to Pluto and to Uranus as the month continues to unfold. Uranus, recently stationing to retrograde motion, is moving extremely slowly now and is thus even more powerful, as it moves backward through the middle decant of Aries, preparing to intersect with Pluto once more in the fall, on November 1st. The trickster archetype is alive and well, as dramatically strange headlines continue to reinforce, and represents the chance for unexpected enlightenment in our own lives as well, as events continue to conspire in bringing the potential for flashes of intuitional information and for startling epiphanies.
The Saturn-Neptune trine that has been so dramatically present all through July, now begins to fade, but remains as a background factor, with its symbolism of grounded spirituality and yet also an uncertainty with regard to outcomes. A T-square to Saturn at the very beginning of the month sets the tone for the continuation of this interesting and ultimately educational dynamic, while at month’s end, Neptune is also activated, by opposition from the Sun at the time of the August 28th Last Quarter Moon.
Uranus and Pluto in combination are also powerfully configured in this month’s patternings, as they begin to form again toward the next exact hit of their square aspect, the hallmark of this decade, coming up once more in the fall for the fourth of seven times. Jupiter begins the month of August in opposition to Pluto and ends in perfect square to Uranus, emphasizing their planetary aspect of revolutionary activity in both our individual lives, and in the life of the collective.
The most exciting – and yet also perhaps daunting – factor in this month’s astrology is Chiron, the Wounded Healer, which is triggered at the time of the August 6th New Moon, and then again at the time of the Full Moon of August 20th by a trine from Jupiter and an ongoing aspect from Uranus. Venus begins the month in opposition to Chiron, so that, especially in the early part of the month, relationship issues could be a factor in triggering our deeper wounded places.
There was already in this summer’s configurations a strong pull to the profound unconscious depths that lie within us, and this gives us yet another chance to look more closely at where we have in the past been wounded and how these early experiences play out in current circumstances, creating patterns of stuck places that will not respond to efforts at healing them until we are willing to apply our compassionate embrace to their issues. Only when we can accept ourselves at these deeper levels will we be able to move beyond knee-jerk reaction to a calm and studied response to interpersonal issues, as they arise.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is an interesting summer, Aries. You are meeting self in novel ways, in the wake of the meditative Mercury retrograde period from last month in your sector of home, family and tribe. You have been experimenting with familial connection in many different modalities. And yet, all your relations take you further into your own world, awaiting you in intriguing fashion, as long as you have the patience and the inclination to explore your vast and yeasty inner terrain. As you continue to find a subtle and somewhat nebulous satisfaction in getting both further and more mystically structured, you are experiencing startling new insights almost daily. The real task for you is merely to remain as receptive as possible, and to stay fully open to all your possibilities.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is your time to shine, Taurus. Your self-expression is very active now. Having survived last month’s retrograde of Mercury through your communications sector, you are in a very different place regarding life and love than you were last month; and still journeying. This month gives you the chance to ground yourself as you also continue to explore your depths in ever new and ever changing ways. The best method of approach might be to regard everything that happens as an on-going learning experience applying at all levels. You find that the perspectives of others become even more valuable after they have been allowed to percolate for a while through your unconscious. It no longer works to dismiss what you cannot directly see, feel and hear with outwardly directed senses.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). Your personal times are certainly still changing, Gemini. This is a time of reorientation for you, following the month-long retrograde of your ruler, Mercury, through your sector of resources and values. You are seeking to relate to others around you in a new way, and perhaps to neglected parts of yourself also. You have been taken rather far toward the inside, and are now seeking to integrate the information that you have gained over this sojourn, like a deep-sea diver coming up with treasure. This month is an excellent opportunity to journal or put your thoughts down in written or even spoken form. In this you are aided by the recognition of the paths of others, in some ways different but in other ways similar to your own.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a month of vision and of new awakening for you, Cancer. You are stirred in unexpected ways at this time. Since the recent month-long retrograde of Mercury through your identity sector has passed, you are also likely to be mulling over the events in your life with the idea of rewriting the script. You are determined at this time to stand strong in a more uniquely individual attempt to be yourself and nothing but. You are feeling a sense of graceful epiphany and also sensing the transformational pressure to use this sense of fortunate progress to get on with what, indeed, you now feel that you came here to do; however that idea strikes you and whatever the task is that you feel most connects you to your deepest purpose.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) Your intuition is sizzling, Leo. You have been on a weeks-long sojourn through the dark spaces behind your normal waking awareness and have emerged refreshed; you are now ready to take up the outer layers of the planetary ebb and flow with fresh vigor. Something in your day-today round of service to the surrounding collective is changing over time, and changing forever. The insights that you have gained over the recent month of meditative reflection do not stop coming, but rather intensify. As the summer wears on, in this your birthday time of the year, you are still continuing to delve into secret depths, perhaps with more focused concentration. Further exploration reveals greater hidden treasure in the form of old patterns that you are now ready to move beyond.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) The inner exploration keeps building, Virgo. This is a month of breakthrough and integration, following and partially based upon the recent retrograde of your ruler, Mercury, through your sector of friendship and group affiliation. You have therefore been reviewing and renewing yourself with regard to your societal participation, attempting to find the fit that will take you to the next level of your life purpose. You are more ready to make use of what you have gleaned from self-examination, and yet still in many ways dwelling within unconscious realms as you push forward into further discoveries. By staying open to your inner world you find new ideas and cosmic epiphanies that shake you up in a good way, and that create a new form of intimacy with others as well as with yourself.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) Your journey toward wholeness continues, Libra, as you vision new possibilities for yourself that has a broader scheme as its basis. This is an important time of internal change and reorientation; another period when what is happening on the outside does not reveal anything close to what is actually going on within you. The recent retrograde of Mercury through your career sector symbolized a thoroughgoing review and re-examination of your goals for your work in the world. This combines with a newfound determination to succeed within the framework of a more solid understanding of yourself that takes your deep interior process more fully into account. You are receiving loads of intuitive information from partners as you move toward a more compassionate embrace of the universe that surrounds you.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is another in a long series of interesting months for you, Scorpio. The transformational pressure that you have been experiencing lately does not let up, although it changes in form and dimension. You are in the midst of a powerful learning experience that has been spurred on by the recent retrograde of thoughtful Mercury through your higher mind sector, culminating in realizations that take you beyond previous limitations to your evolving worldview. This month is equally strong in bringing you to a new sense of purposeful intention regarding outer world commitments and career priorities, as well as new forms of self-expression generally. The surprising revelations of the early going might force departures from preexisting plans but are also just one further reminder to stay flexible.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) Your momentum of intense change is on-going, Sagittarius. This summer has been a powerful time of inward realization, with the long and intense Mercury retrograde contributing, a trend that continues into the current month. This is an action-oriented month for you, although again mainly action on the inside, since your hidden places remain an important focus. You are a voyager in search of intimacy and connection, recognizing more and more clearly that the investigation begins with your own inner depths. There are dimensions to your recent experience that defy rational description, and that can only be referenced by a process of deep intuition. You are on a spelunking expedition to your inner world that will eventually bring up treasure, and it is fortunate that you now have the tools available to you to dig down.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The road is its own reward these days, Capricorn. You are on a transformational mission, as you have been for many months now, and you no longer even care very much where it might lead you. Fuzzy logic has taken over. Especially over the course of this slightly insane summer, you are finding spiritual sustenance in unusual places, and more specifically in the process of investigating your own inner depths. Your explorations on the inside involve intimate others, and helpful partnerships of all kinds, as well as important soul connection that serves as a catalyst to your own inner alchemy. Friendships are in flux, along with the group affiliations that you favor, as your worldview morphs to accommodate new ways of being in the world. For you right now it is truly stated that the way down and the way up are one and the same.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are getting on with it, Aquarius. As you head into your own unique future tense, there are, in addition to the angel presences of your deep unconscious process, connections with significant others that guide you in your researches and assist you in finding your way. Coming out of a relative fog, you are making a fresh start on relationship; while at the same time you are also more fully aware than ever of a cosmic mandate to remain yourself at all costs. This current month is in one way a preparation for a more arduous time of even greater transformation, still to come over the latter part of this year and on into the next, that affects your entire understanding of your own inner world, the place where you are truly yourself and no one else.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is another in a long series of life-changing months, Pisces. You are coming into yourself in new ways, and perhaps in sturdier fashion, following the tangle of last month’s Mercury retrograde experience in your self-expression sector. A fundamentally optimistic outlook has prevailed, but has also encouraged you to rethink and to in some manner redefine yourself. In the present month of August, a softer and more resilient you is emerging with however a continuation of the serious purpose and the sense of limitation that you have been feeling lately. There are definitely angels in the woodwork that are ready to come to your aid as you fight the good fight, struggling to understand and eventually transmute into gold your plans for a future that you can really live with.
The Astrology of July features Mercury, Chiron, Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune. Mercury is in retrograde in Cancer throughout the month, when you take the period of its retrograde shadow into account. Mercury changes to direct motion on July 20th and escapes its retrograde shadow in early August. The usual symptoms of missed connections and mechanical breakdowns are likely to be present, with the inner reflection that is also characteristic of this period as our mental process runs backward. Searching within is made all the more poignant by the realization that important choices eventually need to be made if life is to go on in the most valuable way. This summer might be just the time to rethink core beliefs regarding where your life is taking you; it could be amazing to contemplate what you can indeed accomplish when you reorient yourself to soul purpose.
Perhaps the biggest news of these current configurations is the long-standing trine alignment between Saturn and Neptune, which lasts all month long. Jupiter, having moved into Cancer, forms its own trine with each, making a grand trine, getting stronger throughout the first half of July and peaking on and after the July 12th weekend. The energy of Jupiter is to expand and make more prominent. Saturn in Scorpio represents, paradoxically, a shutdown of emotional connection together with a concentration and a focus there. We stop, look and truly listen to what our deep inner voices are saying. When farmers want the water in the irrigation ditch to really soak in, they slow down the flow. As we do, it helps if we can attempt to be as free as possible from any and all preconceptions or agendas, trying for simple presence.
Neptune is equally prominent, in the Water sign of Pisces, in very nearly exact trine to Saturn, with Jupiter in trine with each for the first two thirds of the month, through the Full Moon of the 22nd. Mars also comes along by the 16th to add an even stronger burst of energy to the Saturn-Neptune trine. Neptune represents the unknown, elusive and illusional part of our inner world that reaches beyond the everyday one of getting and spending, connecting to dimensions that transcend the physical plane. When you enter Neptune’s realm, a certain suspension of belief is required, and this helps in getting closer to understanding yourself at the deeper emotional levels that the Water signs imply. You could think of this powerful mid-month grand trine, with Mercury retrograde, as a respite from business as usual, and from the angst and fraught decision-making of these climactic times; an energetic promotion for our society’s long-overdue evolution toward a more compassion-oriented network of interconnection.
Chiron, the Wounded Healer, also prominent in Pisces, represents another factor in the current cosmic landscape of planetary archetypes. Chiron is aspected by Venus at the moment of the New Moon, and by Mercury when it stations to direct motion on the 20th. Chiron represents, as Neptune does, and as the Water signs in general point to, the deeper and more unconscious parts of ourselves, and the parts most likely to be overlooked by our everyday minds. Underneath the surface there may lurk vestiges of ancient trauma, since we typically could have closed off access to the memories of inner childhood wounding as too painful to admit to conscious awareness at the time. We are being given another chance to accept and acknowledge these walled-off parts of ourselves by the prominence of Chiron in this monthly cycle, together with the inner orientation provided by this concentration in the Water element.
Summing up, this month’s powerful Saturn-Neptune trine gives us a break from day-to-day concerns and angst. This last is represented more by the Uranus-Pluto square, still active and returning with yet another exact hit in the fall. We are on the path, like it or not, and entirely prepared or not, and there is nothing to do about it except to put one foot ahead of the other with as much consciousness as we can muster. We benefit along the road by taking a rest from our labors and peering inside ourselves to obtain what glimpses we can of our deep inner process.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). You are paradoxically expanding your vision outside of yourself by traveling within, Aries. In the midst of an active summer full of the outdoors, you are taking a trip into the vast and yeasty interior of your psyche, delving down to discover your own hidden spaces. Mystical progress surpasses run-of-the-mill achievement in aliveness for you right now, and for the richness of the reward also. Your intuition is sizzling, as it has been for many weeks and months, although with now perhaps a greater edge, since you are more open to receiving the amazing information that comes through your angel guidance from your Higher Self. As you meditate on the ultimate importance to you of home and family, radical change continues unabated in how you see and do your outer world contribution.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is a dynamic month for you, Taurus, one where expectations falter and inner trumps outer in significance. Being true to yourself might turn out to be more valid than success by any other measure. Since Mercury remains in retrograde through your communications sector, you might miss the mark on keeping caught up, while staying current within an important meditative awareness of personal issues. There is room for confusion and illusion as well as the excitement of finally taking significant steps with ditching old patterns or at least getting a better handle on them by catching yourself in the act. Partners can appear as mentors now, or else personify that critical voice reminding you of parental issues that you are more than ready to discard and move beyond.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a special month for you, Gemini. With Mercury retrograde in your sector of values and resources, you are spending some serious time rethinking all your possibilities. It is perhaps strange, and definitely confusing, to be so internally motivated. You are questioning your foundations, and this could be a good thing, allowing you to see beyond the superficial reasons for doing what you do. With one part of your being you are very aware of ancient patterns stemming from old wounds that could be holding you back from your life’s fullest expression, while another side of yourself goes along with the daily business of living. The sunlight shines into these darker places at times like this, when you can forge a connection between incongruous parts. Good fortune follows sincere inquiry.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a powerful time of empowerment for you, Cancer, and a thoughtful and almost meditative one as well. With Mercury retrograding through your sign, nothing appears the same as it was. You will come out the other side by month’s end, a little mixed up but definitely further along that when you started. You have all the keys at your fingertips, and have, perhaps, only to find the will to use them, and the daring within your thought process to make sudden departures away from previous norms. The universe is calling you to attempt a mystical slant-wise approach to all your conundrums, so that they disappear as they were and become minimized from the standpoint of this slightly different perspective, as though you were able to apply new combinations to old locks.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) The time is right for exploring interior realms even more fully, Leo, as you link your head more up with your heart. Your usual out there persona is taking a break this month and it gives you the chance to meditate on what lies within. Strange happenings could transpire to affect both business concerns and your relationship scene, and these could throw a temporary monkey wrench into anything that you have entirely planned out. In a time of Mercury retrograde you can expect the unexpected. Such starting events do succeed in bringing enlightenment in unusual ways. While not a good time to make anything happen according to a pre-arranged agenda, on the other hand this is an excellent time to journal or to simply reflect on where your life is leading you.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an interesting month for you, Virgo, but not one for making large-scale investments in a wavering series of targets. Since your ruler, Mercury, is retrograde all month long, in your sector of friendship, societal connection, and future plans, you are likely to be tempted to change course with life direction and social groups that you favor not once, but several times. You are in the midst of deep reflection, that’s for sure, and spending time thinking over and then again re-thinking all that you do to connect up with where you feel your life heading these days, and how you involve yourself in greater social commitment. Although not good for new decisions, this is nevertheless an excellent period for depth research, into these and other, more personal, issues.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an entirely multifaceted month for you, Libra. On the one hand, with expansive Jupiter and the New Moon lighting up your career sector, you have all cylinders firing as you get ahead in outer world pursuits with verve and panache. On the other, Mercury is retrograde there all month, and the recommendation is for allowing the murky stream of your life activities to settle and clear before making any drastic forward-going decisions. If you are stung by vague fears and internal controversies, you are right on time with how the cosmic forces now incline. The good news is that you will emerge out the other side in August both more informed as to your inner world and, from this integrated place within yourself, better able to make good choices.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a mystical month for you, Scorpio. In the midst of an action-oriented summer that is full of surprising turns of events, you are spending much of your time meditating on how you make sense of your surroundings. New perspectives beckon, and threaten to confuse, as you continue to handle a sense of limitation in your activities while simultaneously accepting that a very foggy and unconstrained sense of yourself and your happenings continues to bemuse your soul. You desire above all to get further into your own internal truth of these matters, which is anything now but simple, and in pursuit of that aim are going out on some very spacey and otherworldly limbs. Although the truth will set you free, discovering which of many truths you intend to subscribe to is quite another story altogether.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a month of emotional logic and intelligent feeling tone, Sagittarius. Key relationships in your life are getting a boost and this involves greater closeness with others, as indicated by the retrograde of Mercury through Cancer and the subsequent entrance of Jupiter there. All this is true, and yet the most important intimacy that you can discover is within yourself. While you encounter greater closeness with significant others you are exploring your depths with similar passion; and the one feeds directly off the other. You are meditating on inner attitudes, and prior wounding, to the point where you almost cannot distinguish your inside from your outside. This can be maddening but ultimately gratifying as you find in the end that you are more integrated in your feeling nature and as a result more whole.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The cosmic energy is right for relating, Capricorn. At the same time you are mulling over the essence of what relationship really means to you as you partake of the meditative spirit that is another hallmark of this month’s energy. As you chart newer and more open paths toward a livable future, attempting to integrate strange information from the very deepest parts of your psyche, you are making a fresh start on joint solutions that include others in the mix as well as yourself. Others count with you very much right now, and can be helpful in business arrangements. You have a tightrope to walk between paying respect to the opportunities represented by honoring your partnership connections of all kinds and continuing to toe the line for fostering your own self-development.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are fairly bursting at the seams this month, Aquarius. Something is pulling you to excel and not in the usual ways of the world but with your own voice, although discovering what exactly that might mean for you might be an odyssey in and of itself. Meanwhile you are also, in view of the retrograde of Mercury passing through your sector of higher purpose, thinking carefully in a deep form of meditation regarding the life choices that you have made in the past and where you are now headed with them. Something important is calling you, and it comes from deep inside yourself, and it is uniquely your own. All the talking and purportedly causal thought process of the normative world around you cannot touch it. Only your intuition holds the key.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a month of conditional empowerment, Pisces. Your playful expression is sizzling and your sense of what you bring to the table, especially in terms of artistry and creative vision. You are feeling also the constraint of wanting to be fully in alignment with inner purpose as you are coming to know and understand what, indeed, that might truly consist of. Mercury is retrograding all month long through the self-expression sector of your solar chart and you might be spending more time in quiet inner contemplation of who you really are than in spinning out that overflow of personality into the world around you. As you go through this monthly cycle you will come much closer to getting a handle on a big-picture viewpoint that has both its fanciful and as well its practical elements.
by Henry Seltzer
The Astrology of June features Mercury, Venus, Saturn, and Neptune. Mercury resides in the sign of Cancer for the entire month of June – and also throughout July – because of its upcoming retrograde on June 26th, a week after the Summer Solstice of June 20th when the Sun itself enters Cancer. Thus, in the last week of June and for the first two thirds of July, and potentially into August, we will likely suffer the usual Mercury retrograde symptoms of mechanical breakdowns and mismatched communications, while our interior dialogue looms large and feels more profound.
This is the second such period in 2013. You might reflect back on whatever happened for you in late February. All three Mercury Retrograde periods this year, including the one coming up next October, are in fact in Water. Since Mercury symbolizes a mental energy, and the astrological element of Water represents the emotions, these times are edgy, as Mercury is not entirely at home there. You could look at this in two ways. On the one hand, everyone’s thoughts are confused and “at sea” so to speak; and on the other our emotional detectors are on alert and are more directly stimulated, improving the connections within ourselves between mind and heart.
Venus, too, is emphasized in June’s configurations. At the time of the June 8th New Moon and slightly before, Venus aligns into a very close Grand Trine with Saturn and Neptune. All through the first week of the month, in fact, either Mercury or Venus participates in combination with these outer planet energies, which are in and of themselves antithetical to one another. Saturn and Neptune’s close trine, lasting through to mid-August, does allow them to have a constructive dialogue with each other, and with these two inner planets that represent factors of mentality, communication, and relationship connection.
Each of us is therefore pulled in two very different directions all through the month, and especially in the early going. Saturn has the symbolism of restriction and limitation, serious purpose. Relationships partake of that energy, meaning that you could encounter obstacles, forcing you to evaluate the degree of serious purpose that you bring to each partnership encounter. Can you go the distance, make things work out in spite of everything?
Meanwhile, with Neptune in the mix, fantasy and idealization have their full sway, a feeling that no obstacles, or boundaries, even exist. We can dream, and perhaps deceptively imagine, all kinds of ideal circumstances that fly in the face of reality, or perhaps – by taking the other side into account of what we can visualize and plan for – we can come to ground our vision more concretely. I like Richard Wilbur’s poem, called Mind, which has the opening lines
Mind in its purest play is like some bat
That beats about in caverns all alone,
Contriving by a kind of senseless wit
Not to conclude against a wall of stone.
We might think of this as the corrective influence of Saturn upon mental function. There are limits to thought, such as the paradigms of science, that constrain it: not everything is possible. On the other hand, just as the paradigm of Newtonian physics had to yield to the more complex vision of Einstein, and just as the current materialistic world view must eventually yield to a more spiritually inclusive one, there are those moments which could be characterized as Neptunian – escaping the boundaries of time and space.
His poem concludes
And has this simile a like perfection?
The mind is like a bat. Precisely. Save
That in the very happiest intellection
A graceful error may correct the cave.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). You are tumbling into excitement these days, Aries, so that you don’t always know which end is truly up. Your inner world is calling out to you from a subtle otherworldly dimension, and you ignore it to your peril, even as you also continue to pay important attention to the normal run of day-to-day commerce and connection. Communication is a big part of what you do right now, and of how you make sense of what you do. You are enjoying the recent steep learning curve, even as you sometimes feel confused by it. You do better when you can throw away any and all preconceptions and simply accept the various happenings, however strange, as the universe speaking to you in all its multiplicity of colorations.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is an interesting month of contrasts for you, Taurus. You are learning as you go, and the lessons are all-consuming and profound. Partners seem like mentors and also magicians. You feel as though you are plugged into a kind of cosmic network that downloads a high-volume set of glimpses of the very architecture of the universe to your almost unbelieving eye and then vanishes when you blink, leaving only a puff of smoke. Your idealism and faith in your potential only fails when you happen to look down. This is a heady ride that leaves you with more questions than answers; you are however grounded in a sense of relationship to the surrounding cosmos, and, through faith, riding the wave of your future expectations toward a completely unknown destination.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an important month of discovery for you, Gemini, beyond your usual curiosity-seeking mental apparatus, a time when both your head and your heart are fully engaged in wrestling with false gods and looking inside yourself for the answers that conventional thinking has denied you. With this month’s New Moon in your sign, you are making a fresh start. Your financial and other resources are very present for you now, and are equally in transformation. A fresh breeze is blowing through, allowing grace to enter. You are stepping into a uniquely different future plan with new possibilities opening up, so that you do not necessarily have to be continually re-running the same old script. It’s all up to you, which can be both scary and exhilarating.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is an intense period of time for you, Cancer, and one in which you must be prepared for a series of significant ongoing inner realizations that will take you far beyond where you thought you were. You have a sense of vital internal responsibility that seems to steer you to what is totally right, or considered in some way wrong, but such judgments could also prove illusory. You are full of the surface qualities of life, so that it is difficult to discern which, inner or outer, is the most attractive. Each is a telling path for you right now, in your journey toward wholeness. Your mystical self-expression and your feelings in general, as always, play an all-important role as you come more fully into yourself; as you are and as you will become.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) The world is opening up to you, Leo, at times rather suddenly. This is by means of inner rather than of outer exploration, and results in some measure of misstep or perhaps confusion aboveground. Like the observer in a glass-bottomed boat, you can marvel but you cannot enter into the interior realms you silently witness, and yet the glimpse that is afforded you influences all your future activities. As you continue radically transforming in your conception of your path forward, you are steadily becoming more consistent with soul purpose. Further, your process of discovery jumps ahead in its acceleration over the course of this month and an active summer. Although many weeks and even months have gone into this exploration, and many more might be required before it is anything like complete, you are on your way.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) You shine in accomplishment right now, Virgo, as career and professional objectives prove expansive, although with a strange twist to the inside. The complete picture for you right now must involve the dark and somewhat confusing spaces hidden deep within your psyche. At the same time, the link in your mind’s eye between values, concept and execution has never been stronger. As much as you are summoned to outer world activities, you are equally brought back for a meditative take on what is perhaps the real story. Opportunities are huge, and speak to you powerfully, and yet your future direction seems incomplete unless you take into account this dark and unknown part of yourself that is crying out for attention in such a way that you are actually beginning to hear its call.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an interesting month, Libra, filled with contemplation, daydreaming, and with concrete action in your very best interest. You are taking your enlightenment straight up these days, no longer on the rocks, and you win when you make the most out of this new-found sense of grace unfolding. You are dwelling in the arms of the universe, resting within a sacred circle of perfection, with the only rule that you need to obey being that you recognize radical life change as the only constant. Unexpected enlightenment from many sources school you to no longer ignore this potential for transformation. Your changes are far from the superficial layers of your personality and instead run quite deep. Your continued success in the outer planes depends upon your adherence to an internal mandate that your first priority is to grow in your understanding.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a time of enormous transformation, Scorpio, for everyone around you and for you in particular. Even for someone who makes a habit out of constantly changing and evolving through many worlds, this month could represent something of a special stretch. You have been frustrated lately, perhaps, with the presence of Saturn in your sign, slowing down the rhythm to a snail’s pace. The energy has been building for quite some time and now evolutionary forces are conspiring to allow you an outlet in terms of creative visualization and by means of a hole punched through into a completely different dimension. It is your imagination that provides the key. And it is the honesty of the cosmos, rather than the mere reality mode of consensus thinking, that, in providing your own specific kind of truth, will indeed set you free.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) You are opening up to the universe within yourself, Sagittarius. This is a summer season of in-depth spiritual bonding with others and, through inner work, for establishing a better connection also with yourself. New relationship energy is coming in, and as always when the cosmos washes over you, some parts of yourself must be let go as other parts are strengthened. Such profound change has been prepared for by a process of depth exploration of your relative unconscious places that has taken place over the past few weeks and months. This process will eventually lead you to a more integrated approach; a marriage of right action and intelligent goal formation that will lead you, not into the promised land, but rather into the places that your soul journey has prompted you toward.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The time could be right for an enormous shift, Capricorn. You have likely known for many weeks now that big changes were in store for you. The pressure of these transformational alterations has been building. Intuitive information from deep inside, plus recent partnership perspectives, and the unexpected enlightenment provided by members of your family, household or tribe, together are facilitating a radical departure from your the outmoded norms of the past. You could find yourself mulling over where exactly your personal evolution might be taking you these days, perhaps toward a destination more in line with deep soul purpose as you are coming to know it. As you re-think the details of your relationship connection and focus to an even greater measure on inner understanding, you are getting closer and closer to making your move.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are full to the brim with accomplishment in the eyes of the world, Aquarius, although lately it all seems a bit hollow. The responsibility that results is definitely a two-edged sword that has the illusion of great success, while also some unexpected drawbacks, limiting you from being all that you can be. You are reinventing yourself in some important fashion, and, as you do, finding that it might be inner rather than outer priorities that hold the most sway. A process of spontaneous internal combustion has given you a very different idea of your future than you had previously entertained, and it involves getting to know yourself better at the deeper levels of your psyche. You might just need to abandon ship on everything that stands in the way of achieving these softer and more mysterious aims.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are slowing down in order to gather to your fullest momentum, Pisces. This is a powerful month for you, consisting of both contemplation and purposeful action. With all the multiplicity of possibility that you feel, you might have to make a pause to more closely examine what you actually want, as you enter your next stage. Perhaps this space of quiet time will allow you to get the greatest benefit from consulting what deep intuition is trying to tell you. Home in all its symbolic meaning is an important focus as you begin to narrow down and close in on what you truly desire. You may find that, indeed, your connections with your own roots and with inner promptings grow stronger, with the unexpected result that you find yourself planning for a future more consistent with soul purpose.