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Transformational Astrology – July 2017 by Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology

July 2017

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of July features Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune, Pluto and Eris. The recent Cancer New Moon that set the stage for the current lunation cycle, up to July 23rd, has, once again, strong inner to outer planet connections. In this potent configuration, Venus is in partile or same-degree trine with Pluto, with implications for looking more closely into our relationship dynamic, while Mars in Cancer closely trines Neptune in Pisces, aided and abetted by Jupiter in Libra. With a Cancer Mars the energy of this fiery planet is muted, and directed toward emotional realities rather than external goals. Then, too, Saturn precisely trines Eris, to the degree. Eris, the new planet beyond Pluto only discovered and named as recently as 2006, represents a spiritual warrior energy for promoting soul intention over all else. This represents therefore a greater commitment to attempting to discover, within, your most profound purpose, that which you came into this lifetime to accomplish. Meanwhile, Mercury is conjunct the Sun and Moon at the timing of this watery New Moon, making this a thoughtful and meditative month when you are likely to spend time plumbing the depths of your emotions and becoming more familiar with your inner realms.

The Full Moon of Saturday, July 8th, constitutes an important juncture, when the Sun has moved closer to Mars, deeper in Cancer, and opposite Pluto, with the Moon conjunct. July is thus a very Plutonian time, a time of change, and of letting go of what no longer serves. Pluto transits are trouble to the extent that you resist. When you can quite easily accept the inevitability of change, and move on, Pluto becomes your friend.

In addition to the might of Pluto being thrust into prominence this Cancer cycle, there is also another major power planet, namely Neptune. This numinous and delicately complex planet has a transformational aspect to him as well, like Pluto, although far more subtle. Neptune is featured in the New Moon that began the Cancer cycle, and also the July 8th Full Moon, when Jupiter has moved to an even more perfect trine with Neptune. The July 23rd New Moon in the first degree of Leo also aspects Neptune by sesquiquadrate, so that we have a Neptune-filled month. This archetype is closely connected to the vast unconscious realms within you, which are also brought forward by Mars in Cancer. This is the seat of our emotions, and many of our emotional strengths, as well as our potential hang-ups. This latter is mainly the case when we allow complexes to build up inside us, by not paying sufficient attention to the messages that the unconscious parts of ourselves are trying to get across to us. The lesson for this month is to pay close attention to everything that happens, dreams included, and to take even chance occurrences quite seriously. Neptune also helps us to see the world around us as paradoxical, rather than black and white, either or. A famous psychologist of the 20th century, Thomas Moore, who wrote Care of the Soul, has written: “the nature of the soul is paradox.”

Another event that is taking place this month is the station of Eris to retrograde motion, on July 20th, just in the timing of the Leo New Moon a few days later, and closely trine Saturn. Saturn too is slowing down, preparing to station direct in August, and remains within 2 degrees of a perfect trine to Eris for the remainder of the month. This brings to greater prominence their combination, which could be summarized as a strong commitment to discovering soul intention. There is something within you, of which you might already be aware, that urges you on to a particular outcome. This depends on your most profound values, your most cherished goals; whatever it is that, once you are fully aware of it, you cannot NOT do. It is possible that this month will supply clues to this important factor that arises from deep within you.

 

ARIES (March 20-April 19). You are centered on home and family concerns this month, Aries, as indicated by the placement of the recent New Moon from the final weeks of June, having taken place in this sector of your solar chart. The thirty days of the current Cancer lunation cycle will have this flavor for you, and might bring unexplored awareness to you concerning this general set of issues, including current family dynamics as well as family of origin, and reflecting back on your own depth psychology. Relationship partners of all kinds help you to become grounded in your process. The final week of July becomes more playful. You are also intent upon better defining a growing sense of mission that speaks to what you alone uniquely bring to the table, and that partly emanates from the deeper layers of your personality, below the level of overt conscious understanding. This may guide you to a spiritual sense of meaningful activity in this world.

 

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). You are coming into yourself in a new way, Taurus. A spiritual sense of mission drives you from almost unconscious levels, as you make attempt to reconcile these stirrings with your more natural tendencies. This includes acknowledging the importance of career achievement, and the practicalities of making a living, and yet also that something uniquely your own calls you from within. You seek new grounding for your idealistic visions, and a new basis for emotional security. As you try to sort all this out, communication with peers and with intimate partners is vital to you now. This is also an excellent month for you to journal regarding your ideas for finding your way into a more livable future. Your worldview is evolving and your plans along with it, so that new perspectives are helpful, as you accommodate to a grander vision of your possibilities, and of where your life is taking you.

 

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is time of outer world activity and inner awareness, Gemini. Your career moves are greatly emphasized this month, with both the usual practical concerns and also a subtler shift in attitude, in favor of considerations of life purpose. You are feeling a growing sense of mission over recent months, and are coming to believe that this sense of deep intention has to take priority over the details of making a living and progress in worldly affairs. You are energized toward a new grounding and the way that you define yourself to include a built-in sense of security that does not depend on your bank balance alone. Your own unconscious is very present to you, and holds volumes when you tune your mind to listen. Dream journals might be a helpful adjunct now. Your inner spaces could speak to you more truely than all your overt thought process and mental logic.

 

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is an interesting and rather intense month for you, Cancer. The recent New Moon in your sign was significant for your understanding of who you are, adding new waves of thoughtful self-definition. Your have had plenty of energy ever since, especially concerning potential career moves. This is especially so with feisty Mars, along with the Sun and Mercury, located in your first, or identity sector. There is a certain sense of vagueness and indecision going on with your plans though, that could seem troubling. This is likely connected with the urge to go deeper into your truest values. You are feeling serious about where your ultimate destiny is taking you, seeming to involve discovering more of your own unique pathway forward, what you alone might be able to bring to the table. There is a feeling of mystical possibility that has been slowly emerging as an active component to your evolving worldview.

 

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a mysterious month of inner exploration, Leo. Due to the recent Cancer New Moon in your sector of unconscious process, as well as the highlighted presence of Mercury and Mars passing through this same sector, you are very much pulled to the inside. This is where entire worlds within worlds exist, relatively unknown to your conscious self, yet still influencing your behavior from below. You can get ahead of the curve of stultified consensus thinking by paying close attention to what you hold inside. Communication with peers is vital for you right now, or perhaps journaling, including your dreams. You might find as well this month that your outer world persona is transforming in uncharted ways. You are not sure where this is headed so that It might be best to take a wait-and-see attitude, as you actualize and fit into new ways of seeing the world around you.

 

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an exciting month for figuring out your future, Virgo. Due to the placement of the recent Cancer New Moon conjunct Mercury, your ruler, you are more attuned than ever to your prospective direction. This is in the light of your evolving world view and the recognition of your deepest values, what in fact is most important to you, long term. Partnership ideals also play a large role for you right now in helping to define your values. You sense major transformational activity just below the level of your conscious awareness and you do well to encourage further explorations of all your possibilities by a process of intuition combined with the hard-and-fast logic that your sign is known for. This affects career moves as well as those representing more personal choices. Everything that you choose right now has implications for a broader application to a more studied life path.

 

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is a month for interesting and innovative career choices, idealized partnership interaction, and refining your mission statement, Libra. You are getting serious about finding a life purpose that speaks to your innermost Self, in part through the agency of partnership interaction. You have what is perhaps an idealized viewpoint on relationship that can get you into trouble, but that also has a spiritual component when you can take the high road in all your partnership interactions. First and foremost, it is important to recognize that you are changing at the core, and that idealism in service to this concept of greater self-knowledge is well placed. As you sort out what are your most treasured goals, and how to plan your activities in the outer world consistent with your deeper values, to the extent that you can discern these, it helps when you can maintain the courage of your convictions.

 

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is another rather intense month for you, Scorpio, one in which you are seeking the deeper significance of everything that you do. You can perhaps find spiritual meaning even in the midst of the most mundane details. You are also coming into a new conception of who you are in this world, the persona that you choose, not so much as a mask, but rather as a transmitter, to meet up with others around you. Intimate relationship in particular will be especially empowered in this way. As you discover the darkest, most inner secrets of interpersonal connection you better understand its import for you currently. This inevitably leads you back to your own inner world. The eventual result of these depth researches is that you become more aware of your most treasured values, and that in turn gives you a more complete basis for an emerging sense of life purpose.

 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is an unusual month for you, Sagittarius, filled with emotional stirrings of soul-level progress more than surface play. This is not dire but it is deeply felt. There is transformation involved for you in this month’s happenings, as you turn more directly inward. Your finances or your attitude toward your resources could also be affected. The recent Cancer New Moon represents, for you, a time of greater intimacy with partners, or with the potential for relationship, along with becoming more familiar with your own vast inner realms. As circumstances require you to delve within, feelings of resistance could come up although you do well to move beyond these knee-jerk reactions to a more profound exploration of what you hold on the inside. This takes intuition rather than logical analysis. Your life course forward is equally involved, as you navigate these tricky waters and attempt to make your future path more fully aligned with inner values.

 

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are still transforming, Capricorn. Pluto in your sign is even more greatly highlighted this month than the last. Then, too, the cosmic currents imply some sort of fresh start in your partnership activities, stemming from late last month. The potent Full Moon of July 8th will bring this process to one peak, perhaps a moment of fulfillment, and yet also potentially one of trial that will test the depth of your commitment. Although relationship is involved with your current set of changes, it is your particularized personal arc of development that remains front and center. If you have a choice, working on your own end of the dyad is the recommended approach, and the only one that you can actually control. These deeper changes within you have been going on for quite some time now and it is difficult to be patient; but it won’t be over till it’s over.

 

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a powerful month for you, Aquarius, especially with regard to work that you can do on yourself starting from the inside out. The cosmic currents are pointing you toward deep-seated changes emanating directly from your inner realms, if you make the time and have the subtlety and the patience to attune to the messages that you receive in this way. Everything has significance: dreams, seemingly chance occurrences, notions that occur to you, all of this has meaning for you and carries some part of what your unconscious is attempting to convey. If you have been feeling like you have been getting off track lately, these changes from below your normal level of awareness might be just the ticket to help you to regain your footing. You may also feel called to concepts of service, and to discover the spiritual essence of ordinary existence.

 

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a vital time for you, Pisces, when you are feeling a greater sense of responsibility in areas of career and professional life. These feelings may also encompass a wider range of commitment than just to the working world. You are exploring new facets of identity, coming to a new view of your possibilities that includes intimations from unconscious realms beyond your more obvious surface concerns. It is important that you pay attention to these inner stirrings, as best you can discern them. If fully incorporated into your future plans, the very concept of your work might open up for you, to accommodate this broader vision. Along with the lure of additional possibilities with regard to your outer world role, you might be feeling restrictions of your choices. Sometimes yielding to necessity can lead to the right doors opening up for you, provided you can keep faith with the universe to guide you.

 

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

Transformational Astrology – June 2017 by Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology – June 2017

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of June features Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, and Eris. Venus finally enters her own sign of Taurus this month, on June 6th, after her long stay in Aries due to her March-April retrograde. Before the month began, from mid-Aries, Venus perfectly squared Pluto in the May 25th New Moon that initiated the current lunation cycle, and subsequently makes a perfect trine to Saturn in the First Quarter Moon of June 1st. Meanwhile Mercury enters its sign of Gemini on the afternoon of the same day. The inner planets are all powerfully placed in this dynamic month, so that our actions in relationship and in expressing our personal prerogatives are favored. Mars in the New Moon occupies an interesting degree, of 23 Gemini, placing him in direct opposition to Saturn, and in perfect sextile to the new planet, Eris, still at that degree of Aries, with Uranus nearby. Saturn is also therefore in close trine with Eris, and especially with Uranus, less than one degree separating them at the significant New Moon timing. All this adds up to an emphasis on Saturn, once again, and on the contrast between this conservative archetype of obstacles and serious intention versus freedom-loving anything-goes Uranus. This latter archetype represents – in his conjunction with Eris – the principle of taking a potentially rebellious and position corresponding to what each one of us uniquely holds as unwavering set of cherished values, deep inside. When we can manage to take that stand, then nothing can really harm us in the arbitrary workings of the world around us, including the polarities that surround us of conservative reaction versus progressive change.

There is thus likely to be no let up as the summer commences in the extreme divergence of the national mood, both here in the United Sates and as echoed in current European politics as well. Saturn and Uranus perfectly reflect the two sides, conservative and progressive, in our ongoing conflict of opposing viewpoints. Saturn has his place however in curbing the involuntary excesses of strong Uranus, when the impulsivity reaches dangerous levels. This is true in our personal lives as well as in the collective, when the question becomes whether a contemplated action is just too much, deserving the dampening effect of applied caution.

The New Moon that began the current cycle being in Gemini, this is a thoughtful time when we are engaged in providing a logical basis for our idea and actions, although prominent Uranus does also bring a strong and perhaps illogical flavor of intuition to the proceedings. Furthermore, with Gemini’s ruler, Mercury, in Venus-ruled Taurus, there is an emotional and relationship-oriented component now to all our musings.

The death and rebirth symbolized by strong Pluto is a factor now as well, along with Uranus, so that radical transformation is still very much with us this month, as represented by the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square, the defining outer planet aspect of our troubled decade. We will want to be asking ourselves where we need to allow significant structural changes to take place in spite of our resistance to such change, and what outmoded habitual parts of ourselves need to be let go of in the process.

Finally, we must not forget that third significant outer planet archetype of Neptune, strongly aspected as well in this month’s astrological energies. The June 1st First Quarter Moon opposes Neptune, and in the Full Moon of June 9th, the Sun and Moon make a T-square to this otherworldly archetype, while Jupiter is in close inconjunct or quincunx aspect to Neptune for the entire monthly cycle. All month long, numinous Neptune colors our reality-thinking with the higher reality that takes us far beyond the grasp of the physical plane into other-dimensional fantasies and holistic perspectives. It is no longer quite so simple. With Neptune in the picture, false dichotomies of either-or, black or white, blue or red, commingle into a paradoxical way of seeing the world around us as both-and. This important and largely spiritual astrological factor can therefore provide a welcome relief from the seeming constrictive polarities of our situation.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). Ready or not, you are in for an interesting and educational ride this month, Aries. The astrological currents are still running strong, and provide you with both difficulties and also opportunities for understanding more about you true situation. Because your ruler, Mars, is opposed right now to Saturn, it might feel at times as though you are slogging through mud to get things done. Several repetitions may well be required, as unexpected challenges come out of left field just when you thought that you had everything wrapped up. You may be stymied in your sense of proper speed in accomplishment, but the lessons are there to be absorbed if you allow yourself to slow down enough to appreciate them. This is all part of your ongoing major structural transformation that was planned by your angel guidance and your higher self, long ago, perhaps, on another plane of reality.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is a difficult month is some ways, Taurus, because you are being asked to let go of some aspects of your life that are no longer serving you. This goes much better, though, if you can accept and allow. These changes might involve feelings of security that are based not on material considerations, but rather what comes from faith in the universe, or a higher power, to see you through. There are relatively unconscious parts of yourself that are there for you, and ready to do their part in allowing you to evolve in the way that you have all along intended. In this sense, amazing things can happen unexpectedly when you can stay open to possibility. It is more of a magical universe than we are often able to credit, and it can be something of a relief when you can step back and simply allow your process to take you forward.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a month of new beginnings for you, Gemini, as is appropriate for your birthday time of the year. This is also a particularly eventful one, with outer planet energies stirring up your chart, and with Mars prominent in your sign. You have an idealized sense of what you are after career-wise that can also be confusing. You are feeling a powerful initiative to be up and doing, with sudden impulses and wild ideas, that you must either stifle or else go with. There are also definite impediments to be encountered along the way, as unexpected blockages arise. It is best when you can take everything philosophically, because there are important lessons to be learned in navigating these obstacles to your ultimate satisfaction. This is a time of deep change taking place within you, so that no matter how much artistry you bring, your own inner metamorphosis is your most important product.

CANCER (June 21-July 20). This is a time of outer world activation, Cancer, and also for bringing what is going on inside into greater consciousness. This latter concept is the major thrust, for you, in this complex and transformational month. Your strong career orientation has the distinct flavoring of your process of even more greatly delving into your own inner world. You have loads of energy for moving ahead with new life direction agendas that depend on becoming more clear regarding your deepest goals and desires. As Mars moves into your sign in this first week, individuality reigns, and yet the ongoing transformation of your partnership practices is getting a sharp boost as well. You are learning what it means to give priority to the relationship dance, be it personal, professional, or potential, without giving up the important emphasis on your own very significant current arc of developmental growth. You cannot have the one without the other.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21). This is a yet another intense, interesting, and powerfully transformative month for you, Leo.  You are very outer-world oriented at this time, and seeking a better idea regarding your pathway forward, a path that is consistent with your rapidly evolving worldview and your renewed understanding of all that you hold deep inside. Career and profession call to you, but only career choices that partake of this broader perspective are of any real interest to you now. You are also delving into concepts of service to the larger collective that surrounds you, something that you have been wrestling with for quite some time now, and that finds another stage of fruition as this current month’s cycle unfolds. You are very idealistic and impulse-driven especially along lines of greater learning, however this freedom loving side becomes tempered with greater caution as you get into working through the nitty-gritty details of practical considerations.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month you are feeling like action, Virgo, and are seeking where and how to direct the outer-oriented energy that is bubbling over. This is also an important time of taking stock, and of casting your gaze back over the magnitude of what you have recently gone through. This has involved reassessments in several areas, not least of these the relationship front, where difficulties have exposed opportunities for growth. Your entire worldview has been put through the blender and a new concoction is now emerging for you to savor. As you navigate this month’s cycles, you are aware of business agendas that remain, as well, largely personal. You are seeing your way clear to your true values and your more profound goals, and as you begin to acknowledge the depth of your ongoing transformation, it makes for changes to your relationship to your own inner spaces.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is This is yet another month for you of learning and growing, Libra. You have been delving into partnership, and issues of intimacy, and this has provided you with many lessons. You might find yourself now reflecting with fresh eyes on all that has gone before. Your understanding of your own inner world has been changing, as has your belief system itself. What is slowly transforming over time is your familial relationships, both current and as stemming from family of origin. You are getting serious about integrating your intuitional responses in all these areas into your evolving sense of who, at base, you really are, and becoming more aware than ever of structural changes taking place in the deeper layers of your psyche. Where all this is going is anybody’s guess, so that you do well to stay as open as you can to all of your possibilities.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This month you are called to partnership in a deep way, Scorpio, one that involves a reintegration of your own inner workings along lines that transcend traditional thought. You have been, over these past several weeks, in somewhat of a meditative space regarding your mission statement, and as well the contribution to this that important persons in your life might be able to make. The role of significant others has been on your mind, but you must not neglect the more primary goal of integrating your own deep center with what takes place at the surface layers of your psyche. You are beginning to recognize the call of your own profound inner process, a summons that takes you far beyond mere rationality, involving instead a process of deep intuition. Follow that path wherever it might lead, and you will prosper, not in terms of more obvious material remuneration, but, more importantly, the rewards of the Spirit.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This month you are taken somewhat out of yourself, Sagittarius, as partners in your life become increasingly important to you in all kinds of ways. Romantic relationship certainly, but also business partnerships, mentoring, significant friendships, those who are helpful to you in clarifying your true aspiration. You are quite serious regarding this, as you study your path forward. In the thrust of these intense times, you are making a determined effort to better understand your major contribution to the society around you, and how you can join with like-minded groups having similar objectives to your own. You are also involved in shaping your creative productivity along the lines that are indicated by your deepest values and goals. You have been through a period of reassessment in this area, and are now coming into greater clarity. As you do it remains vitally important that carefully consult your intuition, as more effective than the simplistic logic of more ordinary surface thinking.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This continues to be a powerful time of change for you Capricorn, one in which your very identity is shifting. These past few weeks of intensity have prepared you to take significant steps in unknown directions, toward an uncertain outcome. To feel secure about these experimental moves you must be willing to trust in your own process, and have faith in the presence of a benevolent universe to see you through. In this, intuition is key. When you are able to attune to its message, the information bubbling up from deep inside you tells you true, more so that all the logical flow of normal consensus thought. You might be suspicious of what arrives to you from mysterious origins, and may need to follow caution when you feel it. Nevertheless, you benefit by staying as open as you can to all your possibilities, as these develop amidst your growing awareness.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are coming into yourself in a new way, Aquarius, after many weeks of introspection regarding where your life is currently taking you. You tend to stay with the surface layers of your psyche, applying mental machinations to the situation, and now, this month, you are instead journeying through your inner world. Recent depth experiences are changing you from the inside out. It is not so much that you are choosing this mode of deep reflection, as that something within you is calling these shots. In some ways your experiences are choosing you right now, so that all you have to do is to get out of the way.   It helps when you can pay attention to everything that is going on within you and outside of yourself. Then, with luck, you can follow the inward turning road, and thereby unlock the full creative potential of your scintillating self-expression.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This month is another interesting and changeful time for you, Pisces, prompting you to delve even further into your fecund depths. You are getting beyond a time of questioning the foundation of your emotional security and are now taking as a new starting point that your best answer comes from what lies within. Your connection to home and family concerns is at hand, front and center in your awareness this month, leading you to reconsider familial connection in both present tense situations and from the ancient past. This opens you up to an even more thorough exploration of all that you hold inside. You are also simultaneously firming up the conclusions of your months-long investigation into what you most sincerely believe. As you come to a better understanding of your own soul intention, you are proceeding to discover that your true basis for security derives from inner strength of purpose.

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

Transformational Astrology for May, 2017 by Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology

for  May, 2017

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of May features Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, and Eris. The biggest news is Mercury, in that the Taurus New Moon from the middle of the last week of April, and that therefore kicked off the current lunation cycle, revealed a prominent Mercury-Uranus conjunction, with Mercury still in retrograde just one degree away, moving quite slowly and about to turn around to direct motion just as this month gets underway. While covering only two degrees of late Aries the entire time, Mercury remains in close conjunction with Uranus through mid-May. Coincidentally, Mercury was also closely conjunct Uranus at the previous Aries New Moon, so that we have here a couple of months of Mercury-Uranus, generating unexpected happenings, vital insights, and very stimulating thoughts and ideas, while greatly emphasizing the Mercury Retrograde period just ending.  Because the Mercury Retrograde period is in any case known for reflection and introspection, we will be spending lots of mental energy sorting out tentative conclusions from the previous month as May continues to unfold.

Venus, too, is still recovering from her recent station to direct motion, which involved close long-term aspects to both Chiron, the Wounded Healer, in Pisces and, as well, Saturn in late Sagittarius. She finally left the final degree of Pisces on Friday, April 28th, crossing once more into Aries where she will spend the first half of May. In highlighting the ongoing Chiron-Saturn square Venus has brought forward into our awareness the wound of misplaced authority, whereby we fear the agency of those set up to be our governors and protectors, that they will not truly have our best interest in mind as they take action.  We can see this all around us, and perhaps in the saga of our individual lives as well. All and all, this is thus quite an April legacy to be in recovery from.

The current astrological energy points to a re-stabilization of our very basis for security, both in terms of how we think about our situation, and also what we hold inside us as our most cherished values. When we truly understand what that is, as I frequently aver, then nothing external to ourselves can hurt us, because we know where we stand. This is the message of prominent Eris-Uranus, as has been the case all year, indeed, since last summer. There is a quiet rebellion of ideas and values going on (and at times not so quiet) as reflected in collective events and individual attitudes, and this month is an important part of that larger process.

The other major feature of this month’s energies is the prominence, along with Uranus, of both Saturn and Pluto. Both these planets recently retrograded, last month, and while their meaning is essentially unchanged, being outer planets, they are very nearly stationary in the sky, over the entire month. Also, they remain in parallel aspect to each other, indicating that major transformation of the structure of our lives is still coming down, again on both individual and collective levels. At the timing of the late April New Moon, Mars was also closely parallel to Pluto, highlighting that energetic wrecking ball of an astrological archetype, while the Sun and Moon in the May 10th Scorpio Full Moon closely aspect Pluto by trine and sextile.

Having a lot of Uranus and Pluto in the current month, what do we do about it? There are ways that we have each accepted the massive changes taking place within us, reflected also in our world, and yet also ways that we have of ducking the most important of these, and the only ones that we can directly control, namely the personal metamorphoses that we are each going through in our individual lives. This month calls us forth to become more aware of these changes. The fact that conservative Saturn is prominent as well means that we are deadly serious now about what is before us, unpleasant though it might be to move forward with major transformation, which inevitably implies leaving some part of ourselves behind, habitual patterns that have become outmoded or other significant factors that no longer serve us. It might help us to reflect that life itself is change. As Bob Dylan succinctly put it during the volatile 1960s “Everybody is busy being born or busy dying.” Can we face these changes squarely and come to see their necessity, or do we find further and ever more elaborate escapes? The choice is ours.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This month in some respects makes for a bold new beginning for you Aries, and yet it is in other ways a difficult passage. Unexpected events have become your recent norm, and these continue and even multiply. You are impulsive now, complexified by the uncertainty of prominent Mercury in retrograde, and the introspective attitude that this also implies, though at least the first two weeks. You may be sensing altering needs for establishing feelings of security in new and different ways. This affects your idea of where you comfortably stand, and all your relationships. You are very curious now regarding these changes and where they are leading you, especially in terms of what is taking place in the deep inner parts of your psyche. There is no doubt that you are still in major transition, including worldview, and the way that you put yourself out into the world around you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). Welcome to another dynamic month for you, Taurus, in this your birthday time of the year. You are making a fresh start with many areas of your life. The New Moon from late last month that kicked off the current May cycle featured your ruler, Venus, making some rather intense and potentially difficult connections with other planetary energies. You could have been feeling stuck in some ways lately, and yet, with determination, you find that you can make it through. Difficulties breed character. Your intuition is extremely powerful now, and you find that you contain universes within you. Your feelings of emotional security seem to depend on these inner realities fully as much as the world of schedules and ledgers. All that is going on presents a significant opening to further explore what is below the surface of ordinary awareness, a precious gift that allows you to ultimately become more whole.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This month is a somewhat crazy time for you, Gemini, especially at the very beginning. The good news is that you have the chance to make some real differences in your thinking about where you are currently heading. You are also becoming more aware, every day, of what is going on beneath the surface layers of your psyche, those dim but fertile regions that yield their important truths to a process of deep intuition, of which you have an abundance these days. That inner knowing, and as well your fertile imagination, which allows you to travel to worlds beyond the merely physical, brings you ideas that inspire you, and that you also find that you must doubt and resist, at times. The nay-saying side of your personality can find expression through difficult circumstances and also the communication of practical partners. You do need to be practical, but this month is also a time when you must dare to dream.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a big month for you, Cancer, as the Mercury retrograde period winds down and you gather yourself for your next major stage. Your evolving understanding of how partnership works in your life is one major focus. Changes that have been accumulating on the sidelines are getting ready to burst forth into full-blown momentum, although you may find that you must pick and choose the ones that you are really ready for. Novel ideas keep coming on strong and involve choices at career and professional levels that reflect back on more private concerns. The first two weeks of the month bring continual surprise and uncertainty so that it might be best to let some of the dust settle before absolutely signing off on a proposed course of action. Your inner world is very present to you now, and offers important clues for you to learn how to navigate your somewhat fractured situation.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) Changes and epiphanies continue, Leo, with novel ideas coming into consciousness so fast you can hardly keep track. These arise in part from your deep intuition that transcends logical thought. You are making a fresh start in your work place, perhaps literally as well as metaphorically, and as you do, you are taking into account your burgeoning awareness of your own inner process, normally hidden from view. Deepening this connection in turn has a salutary effect on intimate ties with important others in your life. You find yourself quite purposeful in partnership bonding lately, making interpersonal bonds a significant component of evolving worldview. We tend to think of the physical world around us as already formed, and our ideas about it as more fluid, but it is actually the other way around. When you can arrive at your boldest vision for the future, the world opens up to this, and follows your lead.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month represents another in a series of intense lunation cycles, Virgo, having begun with the very potent New Moon from the final week of April. Your understanding of the world around you is subtly altering, and this includes relationship with important others, and perhaps most significantly, yourself. The past few weeks have brought you tons of insights, and as this continues over the first half of May, your task for the remainder of the month is to begin to integrate the information and the awareness that you have been able to glean. There is an expansive feeling about what most deeply moves you, while you have been dealing with issues of old wounding arising from partnership interaction and re-evaluating its impact upon your life. You are making inroads on establishing a mission statement for yourself, and ongoing workplace or career decisions based upon it, that enables the full spectrum of your values to be involved.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another intense month for you, Libra, with a distinct relationship focus and a dreamy commitment to your evolving mission statement as you are beginning to more fully understand it. Partners are changeable, informative, and encouraging, and you are riding that wave into a very different future than you originally contemplated. The Mercury station of May 3rd leads you to direct insight and even revelation regarding the impact of partnership on your life. This entire month represents a period of astonishing events and surprising enlightenment and yet this might be one of the peak moments. You find that you are quite serious about making your learning curve work for you and allowing imaginative vision to rock your outer world presentation and goals. As the month unfolds, and the information you are accumulating in massive bursts continues to sink in, you find yourself transforming in the deep inner layers of your psyche more even than on the outside.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a month of consternation and revelation, Scorpio, in ways that involve others in your life as well as yourself. As you launch into another month of navigating deep change, with a decided focus on partnership interaction, there is information coming at you from all directions. You want to innovate and yet you want to stay still. Your curiosity regarding the world around you becomes an all-out serious search for meaning. There is an enormous impulse for finding your most appropriate mission – that set of tasks you came into this lifetime to fulfill – and hesitation about committing to one avenue of exploration. With Mercury in retrograde, or just recovering, there is a great deal of introspection. You are changing in important ways, and close connection with intimate others is a mirror for your progress as well as one catalyst for growth. You create balance within yourself by reaching down and by reaching out.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This month is an unusual amalgam of stop and go, Sagittarius. The astrological currents swirling about you now are many and varied, including the prominent recovery of Mercury. You have the impulse to travel along the potential of your multifaceted intention as far as the eye can see. And yet along with these urges comes the reigning-in tendency represented by prominent Saturn in your sign. With enthusiasm for partnership agendas as well as your own, and with ultimate faith in a properly evolving future that you can almost taste, you are fundamentally optimistic. With Mercury only stationing to direct motion on May 3rd, caution is anyway indicated, because the next few weeks are supplied with a great deal of uncertainty. The bottom line is to put all the effort that you can into discerning your most sincere values, and then to stay true to these, no matter what the world manages to throw at you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is another month of intensity of both inner and outer work, Capricorn. You are all for getting ahead and making your mark, and your creative energy is sizzling, but the retrograde of Mercury continues to pull you to the inside, as does the deep placement of your ruler, Saturn. You have an imaginative and somewhat confusing communication style these days, which over the past several weeks has enabled you to get right to the heart of the matter, no matter how painful, and you will want to keep what you have gleaned from these experiences as you continue to explore what lies below the superficial surface regions of your psyche. A basic instability at the core continues into the present cycle, which nevertheless permits you a depth of intuition into your most cherished values, and these are vitally important to hang onto. You may be somewhat at sea regarding emotional stability, although these feelings of lack of security dwindle as the month continues to unfold.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a very intense month for you, Aquarius, made more so by the early stationing of Mercury with Uranus, your ruler. Because you are all tangled up in the retrograde in this way, your introspective curiosity could be at an all-time high regarding worldview, intellectual pursuits, and where your life is currently headed. You can expect the frustrations that this particular retrograde is known for to an unusual degree, most strongly from the last week of the previous month right on through to May 10th, at least. It might take until the end of May for you to better understand what is going on for you; this involves getting to know yourself below the surface layers. What your soul wants you to get out of this is a more solid connection to your deepest values, those that you will defend to the maximum, no matter what. If you can arrive at some conception of these, all the difficulty will have been worthwhile.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This month is another in the series of interesting and intense monthly cycles for you, Pisces. You may feel, at times, as though the wheels were coming off your life, but the truth is that there is, at depth, a gold lining to these clouds. You might have to do some digging to find it, however. Once you do, the rewards are great indeed. Your entire feeling of self-definition is up for review and revising, along the lines of a more integrated state of psyche. Curiosity and communication are your watchwords now, the better to explore your inner layers and to come to a stronger emotional basis for security. One important focus would be your serious level of work commitment and as well your evolving goals for future activity. These succeed in a new way when you can come to them in alignment with your most cherished values, as you are coming to more fully understand them.

 

 

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, astrograph.com. His new book about Eris, the planet beyond Pluto only recently discovered, in 2006, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon, or from your local bookseller through New Leaf distributing. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at  www.astrograph.com.

Transformational Astrology March 2017 by Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology

March 2017

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of March features Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Eris. All the outer planets are once again invoked, presaging the transformation of life structures and urging us to reach beyond the surface events of our lives for the deeper meaning. The very dynamic New Moon and Solar Eclipse of late February has ignited a lunation cycle for the current month that has plenty of strength of movement. In the midst of a series of powerful monthly cycles, we therefore come upon what might be the time of peak intensity for the first half of a very intense year. This is so because the Uranus-Jupiter opposition is still close, emphasized by Eris in close conjunction with Uranus, coming to exact by March 17th, and this opposition is triggered by Mars in conjunction with Uranus in the solar eclipse configuration. This brings into full prominence the Uranus-Pluto square, hallmark outer-planet combination of this decade, so that Pluto moves front and center into the picture, square to both ends of the opposition. Additionally, the Sun and Moon at the eclipse moment closely conjunct Neptune, allowing all the subtlety and the paradox of this numinous other-dimensional planetary archetype to hold sway. This is a quite potent brew, aimed directly at all of us, encouraging us, if we have the courage, to begin letting go of previous assumptions and habitual modes of behavior in favor of the unknown possibility.

My research has shown Eris to be a Feminine Warrior energy for soul intention. Eris and Uranus in combination lead us to the inescapable conclusion that we must strive to the utmost to understand and express our deepest truth, and act upon that knowledge no matter how unusual the messenger or how much this might run counter to the consensus thinking that we see evidenced all around us. This makes for an important catalyst, encouraging us to boldly continue with the radical structural changes of this potent decade, as indicated by Uranus and Pluto in their square alignment in support of meaningful change.
Along with Uranus, and Eris, for the March cycle both Venus and Mars are found in Aries. Mars is in perfect conjunction with Uranus in the eclipse configuration, while Venus in mid-Aries turns to retrograde motion on March 4th, introducing an introspective turn of mind and heart. We may well be looking under the covers of all our relationship motivation. Our values and our basis for feelings of security also come into greater scrutiny. Intuition and impulsiveness run strong. We may need to beware of jumping ahead so fast that mistakes or even accidents take place. Brilliant ideas become the norm, and can be useful for allowing us to think about old difficulties in new ways, or to make an imaginative leap outside the box of former conceptions.
A dynamic month of March awaits us, with the potential for either disruption or radical new beginnings. Instead of choosing to quail before the power of these changing times, let us rather celebrate them as the harbinger of a brighter dawn, for our beleaguered society, and for each one of us individually.

 

ARIES (March 20-April 19).This is an entirely dynamic month of March for you, Aries. You have an amazing collision of energies in your sign that practically jet-propel you out of existing ruts and onto the trail of new endeavors, while, at the same time, you are also paying even closer attention than in the recent past to your own deep interior process. This is a powerfully transformative time, most of this past year, in some ways peaking now. In another month full of surprises, you could find that you are being challenged to leave behind outmoded dysfunctional behaviors that are holding you back. Partners are extremely helpful, with new perspectives on ancient situations. The New Moon eclipse that preceded the advent of the current month by a few days’ time took pace in your sector of dream imagination and inner work, indicating that most of your transformation is taking place on the inside.

 

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is a month that takes you away from ordinary pursuits, Taurus,  the better to allow you to return, eventually, to your more authentic self. There are several indications in the astrological currents swirling about you now that you are passing through a deeply meditative time when much of what seems to be on the table for you is shifting and morphing. You may have become dissatisfied lately with future prospects, and yet, this month, finding renewed optimism. With a powerful emphasis on inner work, you are looking to the inside for better answers. Your ruler, Venus, is retrograding for most of the month in this same sector, so that you are driven further inward. Due to this retrograde cycle, Venus, now in Aries, will not enter your sign until early June. You are thus in the midst of a months-long period of reassessment, and of increasing meditative awareness, that you do well to make the most of.

 

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an interesting, powerful and somewhat crazy time for you, Gemini, in the midst of months of such intensity. The surprises keep magnifying upon each other and exceeding the previous high-water mark for the unexpected. To keep sane, the trick is that you can read the events your life just like a novel, the symbolism is so direct, even stark, and that they can lead you to some overwhelming conclusions if you will let them. You are finding your way forward in an innovative manner that allows business as usual to take place, and yet to also be transcended by that which is of greater value. Your self-expression is powerfully invoked, along with all the many layers of your career aspirations, and yet there is a sense that it must be more. When your creativity fits itself into a pattern of concretely available societal evolution, only then does it becomes truly satisfying.

 

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is another month of intensity for you Cancer, and yet also of the opportunity to take away some fresh insights, as you are able to read between the lines of events and stories. Even though your work in the outer world is buzzing like a super productive hive, although at times in unexpected directions, your primary mission is to glean wisdom from everything that is happening to you now, including on the relationship front. In spite of business accolades you are very tied to your own inner world, just as the astrological currents have stimulated your thirst for an expanded worldview that depends on more fully understanding yourself in these deeper layers of your psyche. In the midst of turns and twists of circumstance, and in spite of preconceived ideas, you are being gently nudged to embrace the fundamental paradox of existence and to surrender to what is.

 

LEO  (July 21-Aug. 20) This is a month of discovering, growing and transforming, Leo, like many of the past six months or more. There yet is a way that you will reach new levels of growth over the course of a wild cycle of surprising and even startling enlightenment. Your learning curve is steep right now and so too are the rewards you will glean from following your inner instincts in this quest for knowledge and self-understanding. You have likely been a bit stuck in certain ways, reluctant to fully let go of some element of your behavior that has long passed its usefulness, and if so it is time to accept your flaws and move on. In furthering your continuing psychic momentum, communication and perception are key. The more you take in, the greater the opportunity for allowing that to ferment inside you in order to produce meaningful, and lasting, change.

 

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month in many ways concerns partnership, Virgo, and its effect on your life, but it is also about your own self-development. It might be that a huge role is played by a process of mentorship and the helpful perspectives that important others bring. The issue of partnership is symbolized throughout the March lunation cycle, as this was kicked of by a powerful New Moon eclipse in your opposite sign. You could be celebrating the importance of your relationship connections, or become engaged in mulling over the ways that others impinge upon and enrich your own experience. This month is also all about getting a better handle on values, goals, and settling into a sense of psychological security that is based on inner knowing rather than any form of outer validation. As you look within, and study your relationship interactions, you will be making headway in better understanding yourself.

 

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an interesting month for you, Libra, one of attempting to more firmly establish a sense of personal mission for yourself. Your process there is fraught with many unexpected twists, turns, and confusions. Your ruler, Venus, located in your relationship sector as the month begins, turns to retrograde motion on the 4th and does not re-enter your opposite sign until nearly the end of April, symbolizing that this is essentially a month and a half of introspection and of getting your bearings. You might spend an extraordinary amount of time mulling over recent events, and your responses to them, trying to find the golden thread connecting these to your true destiny. This involves inner values over outer concerns, and takes partnership interaction very definitely into account as well. You benefit by paying close attention to intuition. You are in an essentially fortunate place of good instincts and of forging ahead to the destination your angel guides are nudging you toward.

 

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a month of finding your path forward in innovative ways, Scorpio, while exercising your individual talents to the max in favor of societal evolution. Holding on to more established tracks has its appeal, and yet some aspect of that idea may be gradually yielding. You have an unusually strong configuration of planets, including Mars, your ruler, nudging you toward more completely defining your sense of personal mission. As you deal with surprises amidst day-to-day ordinary events, you also find unexpected enlightenment in so doing. All the while your self-expression is sizzling, along with your communicative outreach. Your sense of how to get your point across is continuing to evolve, finding strength in inner work equally as much as in outer. The bottom line is that you are tired of productivity for the sake of productivity and are searching for a means to convert your efforts into benefits for the social setting that surrounds you.

 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This month is yet another instance of intensity, uncertainty, and introspection, Sagittarius, the culmination of a series of such months. Surprising and perhaps startlingly unexpected events abound, and yet these all have something to teach you, when you look at them objectively. If you have the habit of projecting your own ideas into interpreting the details of whatever you experience, now would be a good time to abandon that practice, preferring to take each moment of the day as an entirely fresh start. You are exploring new beginnings in home and family matters, and the better understanding of what drives your behavior from below the level of consciousness. Old patterns can trip you up unless and until you are willing to consider ditching them for a different alternative. All the while you are very focused on establishing a life plan for yourself that takes inner priorities more firmly into account.

 

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You have a very intense month of March coming up for you, Capricorn, in the midst of a succession of such months. In particular, you are being challenged to stretch the boundaries of your beliefs and values, in response to new information. This month initiates an even steeper learning curve whereby you will more deeply explore both your own internal states, below the level of conscious control, and also question certain aspects of what you are doing with yourself out in the world. There could be a way that you have fallen out of alignment with what you most deeply aspire to, and if so, adjustment is required. You are at an important crossroads, and have the introspective cast of mind to begin to more closely examine your life and where it is truly headed. Only the path with heart will truly satisfy you now.

 
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are coming into another month of intensity, Aquarius, but you will be taking something away from it in terms of increased understanding of your innermost values. There is a major axis in the current astrology along which brilliant concepts can flow, that has been growing in influence in recent weeks, peaking in March. If you are feeling stuck in certain ways, or on the horns of a dilemma, innovative ideas and creative solutions are available that can help you to find a third alternative. You are very invested now in discovering the true underlying motivation of all that you do. Your values are shifting and your relationship to your finances also. You could encounter challenge to your ideals, or vague goals, or might even encounter outright deception to deal with. As you look more thoroughly below the surface layers of your psyche, you are potentially exploring every aspect of what makes you tick. You win when you pay the closest possible attention to everything that happens to you.

 
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are changing, Pisces, no longer any doubt about that. This month represents a significant stage on your developmental arc leading from one version of yourself to what will be quite another. While you are making great strides in the world of concrete achievement you find that you must also take inner priorities into greater account. A major shift in self-identity is indicated by the recent powerful Solar Eclipse in your sign, conjoined your ruler, Neptune. Deep-seated changes are taking place within you, although the full extent of your transformation might only become evident with the passage of time. Your values and your basis for feelings of security are altering. This also involves adventures in intimacy with important persons in your life, a growing closeness that depends on more fully understanding your own inner world. When you find familiarity within yourself you are more available to discover it with others.

Transformational Astrology – February 2017 by Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology – February 2017

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of February features Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Eris, and two eclipses. By now, Mercury has fully recovered from its recent retrograde, as of last January 27th, and as it does so, conjuncts Pluto in mid-Capricorn in the chart of the January 27th New Moon that holds the keys to this month’s astrological cycle.  Many of the themes from January, involving outer planet combinations, are true for this month of February as well, and with even greater intensity. Jupiter stations at 23 Libra in the first week of February, late on Sunday evening, and thus maintains his recent and very strong opposition to Uranus and Eris, the new planet beyond Pluto. Uranus and Eris continue to be separated by less than two degrees, increasing the active potency of both archetypes. In particular, with Uranus conjunct Eris, opposed to Jupiter, and also still in square with Pluto, there are loads of brilliant new ideas and insights flooding in, with consequences for individual and collective agendas. Things will not go at all the way that was planned, but what is equally true is that there will be a great deal of learning in the side roads that are unexpectedly taken.
Then too, we have the very powerful Lunar Eclipse in Leo of February 10th, which aspects Eris, by trine and sextile, within 10 minutes of a degree, and therefore also triggers the Jupiter-Uranus opposition, and Uranus square Pluto. The February 26th New Moon at 8 Pisces also makes many powerful outer planet connections, indicating that our massive structural transformation continues into the following month. Of these, the most notable is to numinous Neptune. Everything, it is said, is an illusion here below, which might explain the recent rise of “alternative facts.”

Because Mercury conjuncts Pluto in the chart of the New Moon that initiates the current cycle, having taken place a few days before the start of the month, this implies greater conscious participation, all through February, in the deep-seated and massive changes that are going on for you. Mercury has been in its retrograde cycle until this same day, counting the shadow period, so that a new vista is also opening up for each one of us that takes the lessons of the recent retrograde and begins to apply them to current needs. Mars hovering near the Aries point at the January 27th New Moon further enhances the active nature of this month, and the strength of Uranus in Aries, which he rules. With the revolutionary impact of Uranus square Pluto – the aspect that defines our decade – so thoroughly triggered, nothing escapes being changed; there is a transformational component to everything that is currently taking place. You benefit when you can slow down to meditate, paying an almost literary attention to your own life, as if it was a form of carefully crafted movie.

Chiron is prominent this month as well, being aspected by Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Eris. Mars is also closely parallel to Chiron, so that this archetype of the Wounded Healer is an important part of what we are dealing with. Indeed some of the actions of the new administration here in the U.S. seem to arise from painful feelings of powerlessness that seek an outlet, and also there are painful consequences to the more extreme positions that are being taken. Individually we can at least deal with our own issues, and by our inner work heal others around us as well.

We live in the strangest of times. And yet we might take solace in the thought that everything happens for a reason. The eventual lessons of the first two months of the year, with its mixture of both positive and negative examples, will ultimately bear fruit. It is already a more conscious 2017 than was generally available during all of the twelve months previous to it.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is a month of further adventures in transformation for you, Aries. You have the highlighted presence of Saturn, Uranus and Pluto in key sectors of your chart to indicate that major structural change is still an enormous factor as 2017 continues to unfold. You are also in the process of redefining yourself somewhat over the course of another very interesting and intense month. You find that your belief in yourself is powerful, and becomes even stronger the more you consult inner guidance for what it is that you truly want, deep inside, in allowing your private inner life to unfold just as it should. As a consequence, your activities out in the world will follow suit. Whatever you sincerely promote this month as possible future self is quite likely to come true for you, so that you benefit when you make sure to think carefully, and choose wisely.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is a month of contrasts and contradictions, Taurus, as you come out strongly for what you want in terms of business accomplishment and your own creative self-expression. This is a great month for progress on outer world fronts, yet most of the real action is taking place on the inside. Your inner world has much to tell you over the course of another quite interesting lunar cycle, although this takes remaining open to the powerful intuitional information that you receive in this way. It is as though your angel guidance was whispering in your ear the entire month, on a frequency that only you can understand. Your faith in yourself is thus severely tested because the great temptation is to think more practical thoughts, and to behave according to the way the world around you behaves. It’s a little subversive, but you win when you can turn inside to listen and close your eyes to see.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an informative month for you, Gemini, particularly if you are willing to open yourself up to all forms of knowledge that are coming to you. This is a continuation of past weeks, back to December, but with a potent twist, in that Mercury has now escaped its shadow, while the recent New Moon landed in your sector of higher mind. This implies that what is vital for you right now is understanding, in the most complete terms, everything that is going on both within you and outside of you. You are filled with a mystical mandate to fearlessly explore all that you can perceive, with logic and also through intuitional means. In the course of your investigations you are likely to encounter evidence of prior trauma, old wounds that affect you still. If so, this presents a terrific opportunity for you to move beyond these, with acceptance, forgiveness and self-love, into healing.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is another rather intense monthly journey for you, Cancer.  You are very invested in being out in the world in some startling new ways, a continuation and a culmination of a movement within you that has been ongoing for many weeks. This month, also, you could reencounter inner wounding, the residue of prior undigested trauma, as part of your discoveries, and recognize that this could be holding you back from being all that you can be. Your internal realms are there for you to better comprehend and feel into. Your ongoing transformation proceeds apace, and involves the way that you connect with important others in your life. This is long-term and yet also very immediate, in the sense that everything you learn about partnership informs you of yourself, and about this hidden inner world operating just below the level of consciousness that is such a significant part of your psychological makeup.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is yet another month of amazing twists and turns for you, Leo, with many insights and learning along the way. Right now, too, much of your spirit of investigation has as its focus the subject of relationship connection. You are very aware of the contribution of significant persons in your life to your own shifts in your ways of seeing and even of influencing the world around you. They say that “two heads are better than one,” providing complementary viewpoints to your own. A richer amalgam than can be cooked up by yourself in solo is the result. You are all out for learning, and for serious expression, so that the joys and the potential conflicts that partners – or intended partners – bring to the table can also be seen in the context of your own process of growth and awareness. This has been building over recent months and still has legs, so enjoy the ride.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) You are coming into yourself in a new way, Virgo, over the course of another very interesting and somewhat intense month. In a midst of what must feel like distinct shift from January, you are exploring issues of service to others, and of your own mission statement, as you recognize in all of these the opportunity for further growth. Indeed your transformation proceeds apace, and must be aligned with your deepest and most sincerely felt values in order to be satisfying. You are in something of an emotional push-pull between taking the most outrageous action that you can think of, versus a more conservative approach. Part of you feels like isolating, while part of you feels like reaching out. It’s a time of major transition. You are plugging away at all this, walking your ordinary road, and suddenly finding diamonds in the dust of your trail.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an important month of transition, Libra. Your creative self-expression takes center stage, and as well the way that you have for reaching out to important others in your life. With Jupiter opposite Uranus and Eris across the axis of your chart that symbolizes self and other, insights have been flying fast and furious; and because these cosmic triggers are still quite active, the flood of intuitional information is far from over. Partners are potent for you in this month’s cycles. Some of the messages that the universe has been giving to you are likely being delivered by means of these significant others. As the month continues to unfold, you are investigating to serious purpose a variety of ideas. You might also be coming to some painful realizations concerning prior patterns that you are more than ready to let go of, and that have their corrective in greater acceptance and awareness. The deep transformation in which you are engaged arises from within.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is another month of relative intensity for you, Scorpio, with nearly all the action happening on the inside. You continue to have many astrological indicators of depth connection. You have recently have been reexamining your values and questioning your resources, perhaps your entire connection to the material world, and this form of mental exploration does not let up in February, although it shifts into a new phase. Then, too, after the first nine days of the month, an extremely potent Full Moon eclipse in the sector of your public persona allows you to focus on your mission statement in this life, aligning your evolving awareness from inner realms with professional and career choices that will have significant implications for the remainder of your year. It’s an exciting and changeful cycle in which you are engaged, and you do well to make the very most of the realizations that are coming your way.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is another exciting month for you, Sagittarius, with the emphasis on learning and growth of awareness. Your months-long process there is on-going, and takes on further twists over the course of the rather intense lunations of February. Your curiosity about the world around you is high, and dovetails nicely with your feelings of activism that have been flavoring the tone of your self-expression and spurring you to constructive action. Your own unique point of view has never been quirkier, nor more important to your well being. This is a confusing time, and your task is to deeply tune in, and go with the messages that your deep intuition brings you. You have had occasion during the beginning of the year to reflect upon your most basic values, and now the time has come to act upon this renewed understanding, without looking back.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) Welcome to the transformational stew, Capricorn. This month greater consciousness is calling you, concerning the major life changes you find yourself in the midst of. This may be a turning point for the way that you see your worldview continuing to evolve over the remainder of the year. You are opening to new possibilities arising directly from your deep intuition, even though they may seem destabilizing, and accommodating a variety of approaches to real world and business concerns that take your inner point of view more completely into account. After weeks of questioning who you really are, you have come to some interesting conclusions, and might be willing to try a new and more productive approach. As you internally debate your actual values, and what you get from others, and strive to escape the limitations of well-worn ruts, you may find that you have to have the full courage of your deepest convictions.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is another wild and wooly month for you, Aquarius. Your very sense of your identity is on the line, and in connection with important partners. It isn’t easy being you if you are intent on staying stuck, but terrific breakthrough is also more than likely. In the midst of your huge learning curve these past few weeks and months, you are at this point in time beginning to see things in some very different ways. This is true to the extent that you remain open to new possibilities and beliefs. There are competing feelings that you still must navigate between moving ahead with novel ideas versus holding back for a safer and a more sustainable future. The best answers to your conundrum might lie within you. Your intuition has always been strong, and now is the time to trust in this ability more completely, remembering that the way up and the way down are one and the same.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a month of renewed optimism for your ongoing identity crisis, Neptune. You have been hard at work making things happen in the world of affairs and events, while also paying closer attention to what is going on deep inside, where your true answers reside, those that inform and underlie the decisions of your public persona. You may also be applying a form of meditation to some painful episodes arising out of the past, on the road to greater integration and healing. You are fortunate now, because, with your co-ruler Jupiter aligned with your twelfth sector ruler, all last month and this, the connection between your inner and outer worlds is very strong. Brilliant ideas are your trademark, as your beliefs, values and future plans continue to morph and evolve. You win when you pay the closest possible attention to everything that is happening to you, leaving no possibility unturned.

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, astrograph.com. His new book about Eris, the planet beyond Pluto only recently discovered, in 2006, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon, or from your local bookseller through New Leaf distributing. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at  www.astrograph.com.

Transformational Astrology – January 2017

Transformational Astrology – January 2017

by  Henry Seltzer

The astrology of January features Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Eris. Both retrograde Mercury and Mars in Pisces are strongly placed this month, being aspected by the potent Capricorn New Moon from the last few days of December. Mars being conjunct Neptune in this timing, you can count on it that, for the entire thirty-day cycle of this lunation, lasting to January 27th, there is uncertainty of activity and of outcome. Mercury, also highlighted at the New Moon, remains in retrograde throughout most of the month, when you take the period of its retrograde shadow into account, roughly 2 ½ weeks following the station to direct motion that Mercury makes on January 8th, as it returns to its starting point in mid-Capricorn. We therefore have before us an introspective month of looking more deeply within ourselves for answers that can be found nowhere else. There is quite a lot going on. Jupiter and Uranus are found in a powerful T-square, being closely opposed, with Uranus conjunct Eris, and both in square to Pluto. Saturn is parallel Pluto. The presence of conservative Saturn in the same degree of Sagittarius as Jupiter is in Libra completes the picture, with Saturn almost precisely trine Uranus/Eris. This is an exciting aspect pattern, indicating that new information abounds, and that everything that comes to light contributes to the ongoing massive transformation, in this decade, of ourselves as individuals and of the society that surrounds us.

Saturn’s participation in this Grand Cross alignment is profound, and is reminiscent of the volatile sixties, when Uranus and Pluto, conjunct in Virgo, were opposed by Saturn during the 1965-66 exact conjunction, and when, during the famously divisive summer of 1968, Saturn stationed in precise quincunx to the position of Uranus in late Virgo. We have before us now a quite similar time, when polarities and fractures in the social structure are very evident, and when what is required of us is that we do our utmost to keep our own heads on straight.

The increase in consciousness that is part and parcel of our response to difficult circumstances is indeed important, which is also the message of prominent Eris, which my research has been able to characterize as Feminine Warrior energy for soul purpose, Eris is part of the powerful month-long T-square described above, and therefore greatly emphasized. Once we know of what our deep intention actually consists, we are empowered to attempt those changes in the social structure and within ourselves that truly support it.

Besides Saturn and Eris, another planetary archetype associated in the Grand Cross alignment is Chiron, the Wounded Healer. In the New Moon that characterizes the month of January, Chiron is located at 21 degrees of Pisces, in close semi-sextile to Uranus/Eris and in exact square to Saturn. With Chiron so fully participatory in these intense planetary patterns, we might want to ask ourselves what fears are coming up, and how do these tap into feelings of insecurity that we have going as a result of early childhood trauma, which is Chiron’s province. As we proceed through the decision process of this difficult time, we therefore also have another opportunity to move through our wounded places within us, toward a more integrated perspective.

Because transformational Pluto is so greatly emphasized in this first month of the New Year, and also the confusion and uncertainty of outcome represented by Neptune, we have a situation in which the best that we can do is to get clear in our very own minds and hearts on where we ourselves, personally, stand. Once we unequivocally know what we deeply believe, and can articulate that viewpoint, and decide to act on it, than nothing can harm us.

Bernie Sanders, who lost the U. S. presidential nomination over the summer, might prove to be a good example of someone who acts on this principle. Whether or not you agree with his politics, few would argue that he does not know what he wants. You didn’t see him upset or even dismayed by his primary election results, but, rather, you saw him digging in to fight even harder. He therefore exemplifies a battle cry for these fractious times that we are living through from which we can all take heart: when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is a month of mystical confusion, Aries, sponsoring feelings of commitment to a higher intention. There are frustrations for you now, and yet also tremendous opportunities that are available to you provided you can stay open to all your possibilities. Proactive partners can help you to see the potential inherent in events, even ones that initially do not seem to be going your way. With Mercury in retrograde motion it is not the best timing to push the river or to wildly diverge from pre-existing plans, although you will likely be sorely tempted to make sudden departures into new directions. As you come to the beginning of another powerfully transformative year, you are rethinking the way that you exteriorize all that you have inside, with an eye for depth and for purity of purpose. Only the very best that you have will do, at this important life turning.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is a month of profoundly changing worldview, Taurus, unbelievable as that might initially seem, and of a renewed sense of life mission. You are taken by a series of almost mystical visions for a future that you can actually live with, and for, as you explore new educational or travel moves, and the novel way that you are able to re-conceptualize the world around you. Sudden epiphanies that you have recently been experiencing intensify, as what is a fundamentally spiritual month for you continues to unfold. You are at times filled with great clarity, at times confused, so that you benefit from attempting to simply have faith in your process. Your angel guidance is diligently looking out for you, somewhere in the woodwork, and you can get yourself pretty far down the road of your onrushing destiny based on this simple assurance.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an interesting and contradictory month for you, Gemini, with tons of energy at your disposal and yet uncertainty about where to put it. You are on the cross of countervailing tendencies for movement and for stasis that is frustrating and yet profoundly enriching. Your ruler, Mercury, is moving backward in the sky, increasing introspection, and yet you remain, within many parts of your being, optimistic and outgoing. You are caught up in the contrast between the restrained and traditionalist outlook implied by prominent Saturn versus your impulse for adventure and for innovative approaches to future plans. These remain undiminished but must yield to the compromise of a more conservative attitude in order to be maximally effective. You want to leap tall buildings and burn all bridges, yet it is for the truly long (and thoughtful) haul that you must currently focus your energies.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This month is another rather intense journey for you, Cancer, when you are investigating your relationship with significant others, and also within the home, family and root psychological structures that define you to yourself. You have been on a serious and lengthy developmental arc to better understand the effect of committed relationship upon your life, and this month, when Mercury is retrograding through your relationship sector, in connection with transformative Pluto, completes one important phase of this months-long exploration. You are also more connected in this quiet and meditative time with yourself at the deeper levels of your being. You seek new ways of showing up in the world around that express the facets of your personality that are most uniquely yourself, and this goal, like those concerned with partnership connection, is fundamental to what you are trying to achieve in this significant turning of the year.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is yet another month of important transition, Leo, even though a bit short in terms of concrete accomplishment. With Mercury currently retrograde, your progress is likely to be of an introspective kind, measured in attitude shifts and stages of preparation for coming greatness. You are quite introspective now. Areas of intensity are issues of higher mind: learning and teaching, perhaps foreign travel, beliefs and worldview. You are perfecting your notions of life mission, and you may discover that this involves an ideal of service to others. Startling realizations come fast and furious, and not all will survive the tests of practicality and of time. Those that do become tenets of a new way of seeing the world around you that makes for a better jumping-off point, leading to a more magical and expansive future than has lately seemed plausible, or even possible.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is a month of introspection and fantasy for you, Virgo, with also in the mix a conservative pulling back from over-idealism. This is therefore a month of contradictions, and of finding a careful balance between extremes. It is important to recognize that the retrograde of your ruler, Mercury, has a strong grip, nearly all month long, and that this is not a terrible thing. You are now inclined to look below the surface of your typical behavior, the way that you come across to others, and might remain longer in a state of simple witnessing than you are used to; and this is recommended. There are things in your life that you need to move beyond, and this form of seeing more deeply is a necessary precursor. As you think things through, and meditate on what you truly want, many doors that are now closed off will ultimately open.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another wild and wooly month for you, Libra, one in which you will be celebrating and also pulling back from celebrating.  The astrological indications are strong for both positive forging ahead, perhaps most especially in relationship matters, and for also making a conservative and meditative reassessment of where things are going for you in all areas of your life. Part of this forecast depends upon the existence of a rather potent Mercury Retrograde period, already underway, that is taking place in a key sector of your solar chart.  Even as you expand your activities in both private and public spheres, and move in a positive direction (or several, all at once) toward committed partnership, you are likely to be feeling a bit isolated, and taking at times a pause in order to introspect, and to reconnect with yourself only.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is another month of cosmic revelation for you, Scorpio. If you want to discover new philosophical and intellectual horizons, in the course of your daily life, then you have come to the right place; as they say, wherever you go, there you are. The themes of this month for you would seem to be that revelations continue to come at you fast and furious, granting you the choice to either go with them into new territory of beliefs and of life mission, or to decline to follow the call of your inner guidance. Be aware that the message is likely to repeat. As you reexamine your stance on worldview and self-identity, you move through confusion and illusion to a form of truth that feels somewhat right to you at this current moment in time. This is not perfect, but it might turn out to be enough.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is an interesting and changeful month for you, Sagittarius, continuing and accelerating the series of major life transformations that you have been subject to, over the course of this past year or more. With Mercury retrograding through your sector of values and assets, you have been somewhat questioning your very basis of security, financial and otherwise, as well as attempting to more realistically marshal your resources for the task of activism to which you have recently assigned yourself. You are comprehending in greater detail than ever before your deepest beliefs and standards, and the activity that these imply if you are to actually “put your money where your mouth (and heart) is.” You are feeling into your next stage, that will blossom at the end of the month and over the remainder of the new year, as you further refine your understanding of the talents and abilities that you bring to the table, and where to put them to best use in fulfilling your most sincere soul-level goals.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This month represents a turning point for you, Capricorn. You are, in some important way, reborn. This is indicated by the flowering of astrological indications that represent significant developments on both outer and inner levels, evolutionary progress that has been slowly building up for some time now and is ready to move. It is a meditative time. Mercury is in backward motion, or recovering, nearly all month long, and located in your sign as it begins and ends its significant retrograde period. Refining your sense of identity through self-reflection comes up for you quite strongly now, with eventual partial resolution late in the month. You are trying hard to understand where your life is taking you and to what ultimate purpose. Your deep-seated intention for yourself has been a moving target in recent months, and yet this intensity of transformation – of identity and values – still takes a good deal of getting used to.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is another amazing and confounding month for you, Aquarius, one in which you come to more fully explore your own vast personal unconscious that reigns deep inside you. You could be one who lives gladly and exuberantly in the surface layers of your personality, filled with broad-minded understanding of the world around you from a logical/mental and quite conscious standpoint; or at least some part of this description might ring true for you. This month the astrological indications are there for you to delve, even more deeply than in recent months, into the shadowy and unknown realm of your innermost psyche, where dragons lurk. This is a different road to a darker form of knowledge and a fuzzy logic that defies simple binary decision points of right and wrong, up and down, familiar and unknown. The light of your conscious understanding still thrives, and helps you to integrate all levels of your experience into a more inclusive whole.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a month of principled action, Pisces, and yet also of meditative refraining from activity; of feeling seriously stymied in following grandiose schemes and yet of dreams coming true. The paradoxical nature of life in the physical is fully upon you, and although your mind might have some catching up to do, you know in your heart of hearts what to expect. Because Mercury is in retrograde motion, or recovering, for most of the month, moving backward through the sector of your solar chart that looks to the future, you are driven to the inside in your quest for a more inclusive life direction. What is true for every moment of your existence is true today, and more greatly highlighted, namely that whatever you sincerely focus upon is very likely to eventually come to pass. The recommendation is that you choose wisely.

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, astrograph.com. His new book about Eris, the planet beyond Pluto only recently discovered, in 2006, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon, or from your local bookseller through New Leaf distributing. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.

A Transformational November of Taking a Stand by Henry Seltzer

astrologyA Transformational November of Taking a Stand

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of November features Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Eris. All the outer planets are strongly represented in the New Moon and Full Moon configurations, so that, as the month continues to unfold, our awareness of the transformational intensity of these times that we are living through is ever-present. The October 30th New Moon sets the stage for this powerful November cycle, bringing forward into the picture the astrological factor of thoughtful Mercury, in close conjunction with the Sun and Moon that day, and representing greater consciousness and a species of abstract logical analysis. The sign placement of these personal planets being Scorpio becomes an added factor of emotional intensity that stirs us deeply, especially when we consider that Mercury is in partile or same-degree trine formation with the Pisces placement of numinous Neptune. We are therefore this entire month experiencing a compassionate and a highly idealized time of recognizing what we all hold deep inside ourselves, that directly connects with, and supports and underlies, the surface details of all our activities in the visible physical plane that we more consciously inhabit.

As befits this Scorpionic time of the year, the surface layers of our more normative comings and goings are only part of the story now, with the vast unseen realm of unconscious process taking a major role in the characterization of this month’s true activity. Neptune, along with the other outer planets, represents access to numinous realities beyond the purely physical, the significant life of our deep internal process. This is the vast unconscious realm, deep within, which Freud and Jung first annunciated in the early 20th century, and which finds even greater credence today. The highlighted placements of Uranus with Eris, and of Saturn and Pluto, complete the roster of planetary significators, also including Venus in close aspect with Mercury and Mars at the timing of the mid-month Full Moon that punctuates this rather intense monthly cycle.

The new planet, Eris, beyond Pluto, only named as recently as 2006, represents the astrological archetype of Spiritual Warrior: that is to say the determination to stand up for what one most deeply believes, at soul level. This energy is strongly highlighted now, and is thus prominent on our inner radar, because still within little more than a degree of Uranus, and closely squared by Mars, in the timing of the New Moon that initiates the Scorpio cycle. The question that comes up for everyone quite poignantly these days is whether you can find that inner urge for true achievement, what you feel, at the most profound level, that you must, at all costs, accomplish in this lifetime. This might have nothing to do with success in the eyes of the world, but is nevertheless vital from the standpoint of an inner drive, deep within, for what feels most important.

This month of November represents quite a ride. When we see in the timing of the First Quarter Moon of Monday, November 7th, that the Sun and Moon are closely aligned with both Saturn and Pluto, in the same degree that they occupy, in the two signs between, and that Saturn is almost exactly in parallel aspect with Pluto, we can be sure that in some profound and completely individual fashion, the structure of our lives is changing. We can see this also in the collective, where this thought can give us courage as we come to understand that we are not hopelessly enmired in an existing status quo, but that everything, even the underlying social fabric of our lives, is in serious flux.

With the Full Moon of the following Monday, November 14th, at the 22 degree mark of Scorpio, the same degree that Eris occupies in Aries, we come to a culmination of these remarkable two weeks, the launch point for the remainder of the November cycle. We come as well to a better understanding of what we have going on deep within us. This includes the necessity for standing up for ourselves, and for our most deeply held values, no matter what.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is another month of transformational intensity for you, Aries. The good news is that, after leaving something behind that no longer serves you, space is being made for what does. Relationship concerns gain in clarity. Your fundamental mission this month is to explore your own depths in creative and constructive ways, which allows you to connect more fully with others. Issues of self and other that have been in process for the last month or more are now arriving at a new stage, and contribute directly to career changes and new attitudes regarding the possibility of more purposeful progress. The structures by means of which you run your life constitute a moving landscape for you these days; things go much better when you allow yourself to relax and enjoy the ride.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This month represents an important turning point for you, Taurus, one in which you are getting a much better handle on issues of partnership and close bonding. An active process of depth intuition reveals much to you when you can stay open to the messages that you receive. The very structure of certain aspects of your life is irrevocably altering, particularly in the way that you are now coming to regard this area of committed relationship. There are limitations in the realm of interpersonal linkages that you have had to deal with lately, perhaps creating barriers to intimacy. If so, then these seeming restrictions have in fact been a blessing, as will become more clear as the current month of November continues to unfold. You are in a position to make great strides in the way that you pursue deep connection with others, and, in the final analysis, with yourself.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is another amazing and rather intense month for you, Gemini, when many aspects of your life are in flux, and you are called to deeper purpose. Issues of finding your true path forward, combining career prerogatives with concepts of service to others around you, are emerging further into consciousness. These are tinged with idealism and yet are also very real, taking you out of your normal round into a world of mysticism and greater meaning. You are also making a move toward better understanding your own internal motivation in the field of close interpersonal relationship. This is an active and intense area for you right now, and is also tied to your ongoing explorations of your intentions for the future. You are in essence seeking a new way forward that is more closely aligned with that in which you most deeply believe.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This month is a sensitive time for everyone, Cancer, and for you in particular. You are very attuned now to the deep emotional energy represented by your sign, and to issues of exploration and evolving self-definition. What comes up for you most strongly, perhaps, would be the external productions of your mind and heart, expressed through drama and artistic tasks of all kinds, including any work you may do with children. There is also a way that important area of committed relationship is still a changing landscape for you. Changes there are still in the works, accelerating over the course of this monthly cycle. You continue your ongoing process of seeing more deeply into your inner world as a way of exploring the full spectrum of true identity. As you integrate these various factors, you are getting a better handle on who you are below he surface layers of your psyche.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a month of exploring your depths, Leo, so that you feel more private than usual, and less on stage. The recent New Moon from the last days of October comes to you straight from the dark and hidden places within your psyche, as represented in your chart structure by Water signs such as Scorpio. You are feeling into issues of home and kin, including family of origin, and as you do might also be exploring poignant concerns stemming from early wounding. Your creativity is also going through changes as this rather intense month continues to unfold. You could find greater focus now on the productions of your self-expression, becoming temporarily slower and more thorough in what you are accomplishing. This does mean taking more time, but on a more positive note, the lessons that you absorb will be longer lasting.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month, Virgo, is a time for you of financial and material good fortune, along with partnership progress. Potential developments in understanding of how your relationship component plays itself out in your life lead you to a better comprehension of the powerful factor of one-on-one connection with significant others. This is also a time of tremendous opportunity for you in terms of evolving worldview, provided you can stay open to all your possibilities. You are in the midst of a dreamy period of time that partakes of idealistic relationship conceptions, and also getting clearer regarding the necessary compromises that you must make with contrasting practical considerations. You are seeking renewed inspiration from the inside out. Your fundamental approach is bolstered by a series of cosmic promptings that you make serious commitments, but only to that with which you most deeply resonate.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is a month of relative contrast, Libra, when you have a spiritually active and fundamentally optimistic attitude pervading your soul, and yet also feel the pull of a practical, overly restrictive and even pessimistic feeling of hard and fast reality closing in on you. This occurs together with a sense that something deep within you is irrevocably changing. This is therefore in some ways a difficult month for you, more so if you try to avoid transformation and the process of letting go. Certain parts of yourself are restless with the urge to move on, while with other parts of your psyche you may be holding back. The factor of important partners in your life becomes more relevant to this issue as the month continues to unfold, and can help you to break free of attitudes and habitual patterns of behavior that have become obsolete to your expanding self-concept.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is an interesting month for you, Scorpio, in this your birthday time of the year. The inner work that you have been doing is a natural fit for your energies, and is bringing forth greater understanding of the vast and yeasty area within you that surpasses the surface layers of your psyche in both volume and profundity. Your relationship orientation is also strong right now, and becoming more freely flowing as the month continues to unfold. There is a powerful contrast that forms within you between working in concert with an important partner, and alone. You are pursuing your inner sense of destiny wherever it might lead, taking on with renewed commitment to a sense of mission that goes to your very depths and can be considered as a form of discipleship to a higher power, one that is found strictly within the confines of your very own mind and heart.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a month of definite advancement toward achieving your intended future, Sagittarius, although it is progress on both inner and outer levels that you are making. Your goal orientation this month is striking. Success in the eyes of the world is indicated, although the path leading to it is neither rapid nor easy. Along with outer achievement in the works, you are simultaneously striving to better understand yourself in the very depths of your being. This monthly cycle has much to contribute in these subtle and more profound areas, which do not lead to any obvious outcome, but are nevertheless vitally important for everything that you are striving for. A different form of success is thus blossoming for you, at the deeper layers of your psyche, as you get a better feel for what it is that you ultimately came into this lifetime to accomplish.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a very good month for progress, Capricorn, and for achievement in the public sphere where your proclivities in large part take you. There are likely to be positive developments in the field of your professional concerns; with a catch however, in that your movement forward in outer affairs must be accompanied for their greatest benefit by private advances within the sphere of your ongoing exploration of your own inner world. Your vast unconscious is a vital part of your psyche and contributes to everything that you say and do. As your inquisitiveness begins peaking, during this present monthly cycle, this intellectual curiosity can be brought to bear in many different directions. You are encouraged not to skip the inner investigations that, although barely recognized in narrow materialistic tracks of consensus thinking, have been calling you to greater perception of all that you hold inside.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is another powerful monthly cycle for you, Aquarius, although something of a confusing time as well, because your work in the world of schedules and events is emphasized, while much is simultaneously cooking beneath the surface layers of your psyche. You are very aware these days of how directly your inner experience contributes to your outer persona, but that doesn’t make their integration any easier. After a sizzling summer and early fall, over the course of an active November you are coming to startling new conclusions regarding world view, both philosophically and in terms of more normative behavior. You might be unsure of where you stand, as you combine mystical realities with the concrete behaviors of the actual physical world. The solution is to give each of these very different parts of yourself their due, without worrying too much about the seeming contradictions between them.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) Welcome to the maelstrom, Pisces. This month promises to be dramatic for you, although in a good way. You are being hit quite strongly now with a combination of archetypal energies that strike a vibrational chord along every angle of your chart. These key areas are all being activated: this includes your sense of identity, and of partnership recognition, as well your feelings of deep inner process and the way that you put yourself out there in the world. While maintaining a communicative achievement orientation, you find strength in looking ahead to new paths to conquer. You are planting your flag even yet more firmly in the practical application of an enormously profound sense of values. In the midst of all of this, you are finding the philosophical wherewithal to advance your understanding of the world around you and of yourself as well, at the deeper layers of your being.

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

Transformational Astrology September by Henry Seltzer

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September 2016

by Henry Seltzer

 

The astrology of September features Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Eris, plus two eclipses. First and foremost is the dramatic New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Virgo that kicks off September, with a bang, in the early morning hours of Thursday, September 1st. This is big energy for moving ahead, that is also however very much muted by the ongoing retrograde of Mercury through this same sign. This is a very strong Mercury Retrograde period, lasting throughout the month (taking the shadow into account) so that rather than paying attention to strictly outer events, we are more attuned to inner realms, and in taking an introspective viewpoint. Mercury only stationed to backward motion at the end of August, in the last degree of Virgo, in close forming conjunction with Jupiter. This last factor is a potent one, magnifying the usual effects of missed connections and mechanical breakdown. This time period is not a great one for getting things done, or for stepping off into new departures from pre-existing plans. It is however the perfect time to review and revise, and to research new possibilities, with the details to be fleshed out more thoroughly in October, after the retrograde period has run its course.

Neptune, too, is quite prominent in this New Moon configuration, being directly opposed by the Sun and Moon. The strength of this numinous archetype is also greatly enhanced by Saturn, in close forming square now with Neptune, bringing a tone of serious and practical intention to his otherworldly excursions, flights of fancy bordering on illusion, and compassionate spiritual presence.

At the same time as escape from (or transcendence of) reality is strongly indicated by this New Moon configuration, so is a sense of limitation, restriction, and resulting frustration, as symbolized by Saturn, squared by the Sun and Moon, and aspected as well by Uranus. Trickster Uranus, still closely conjoined by the new planet, Eris, representing a Feminine Warrior energy for soul purpose, is an unsteady planetary archetype of sudden moves and unexpected enlightenment, and therefore represents still another archetypal contrast with stodgy, reactionary old Saturn. Uranus and Neptune, together, are prone to formulating higher thoughts, taking mankind to a new level of spiritual evolution, for example starting new religions, as astrologer Richard Tarnas has successfully demonstrated in his groundbreaking tome of outer planet combination, Cosmos and Psyche.

To go along with a particularly strong Mercury Retrograde period, that starts off with Mercury conjunct Jupiter, we therefore have higher and more positive thoughts dominating our minds and hearts. This is in contrast to the frustrating four weeks of trying to get things done that is also in the astrological cards for everyone as we cross through the trials and lessons of a dicey September. With Uranus and Eris in combination being highlighted as well in this extremely powerful New Moon eclipse, there is an impulse for following inner guidance to right action. Eris stays close to Uranus through the end of the year, and beyond, conjoining once more in March and April, 2017. All this time we remain in an innovative space for the impulse to act out in responding to our deepest proclivities and yearnings.

The Full Moon of Friday, September 16th, which is also a penumbral, or lesser, eclipse, presents loads of further nudges from the cosmos, and in directions that we have secretly needed to go. For one thing, the Moon in this dramatic Full Moon conjuncts Chiron, the Wounded Healer, in Pisces, the same sign as Neptune, while Venus, Uranus, and Eris also aspect this important little planetoid. Chiron is known to be involved with deep inner process, such as diving down and exposing to consciousness the raw wounds of past, unresolved trauma. These likely stem from the time of early childhood. Uranus and Eris are also greatly triggered In this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, being opposed by Venus, and closely aspected by retrograde Mercury.

To summarize, in a month full of stops and starts, with the occasional wild impulse for freedom, and yet an introspective cast of mind that prefers thinking it over several times to anything like direct action, you are also discovering and renewing your faith in the place inside you that wants to break away into what feels more like your own personal destiny. This urge is only stimulated by the notion that some of the traditional, or perhaps outmoded, rules of the social road might need to be broken, or, at the very least, bent. We are making our way through a journey of interesting and challenging development this month, and there is plenty of energy for thinking outside of the proverbial box as we do so.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This month is a thoughtful one for you, Aries, a quieter time of reflection and self-study, with implications for the major relationships of your life. Partners become increasingly important for you as the month unfolds; in their own right, and as significant aids to your self-development. You are more aware than ever of the importance of your inner world, and of the transformational cycles that drive you. In navigating career priorities, there has been a years-long push to see to it that your own point of view finds its fullest expression. More recently, it might well be said that only the path with heart is truly appealing. Whatever you do in the world must come completely from your inner guidelines, at the deepest layers of your psyche, or at the very least be understood as support for that which you desire in this truly profound way to accomplish.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is a powerful month for you, Taurus, with plenty of energy for activity and artistic output, and also for the silent contemplation of the intended results of all your actions in terms of life goals. Service to others is an important watchword. Your outlook on the world around you is radically transforming these days as well, which is an old story these past few years, now up for renewed attention. Your intuition is strong right now and leads you to some unmistakable conclusions, which will become concretely realized over the coming months. With Mercury in retrograde through your creativity sector, you are up for a month of review and revisioning concerning just what your actual efforts might consist of, and how they might ultimately be useful to others as well as to seed your own ongoing evolutionary development.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is another month of deep reflection, Gemini, corresponding to the weeks-long retrograde of your ruler, Mercury. This takes place in the home and family sector of your chart, also referring to your psychological roots. You might be thinking about the past, or reviewing issues of your family of origin, or perhaps remodeling your home or redoing a real estate deal. However this manifests, the more essential meaning is that you get into better touch with what is going on for you on the inside. Your concept of all that is below the surface layers of your personality is undergoing a sea change during this potent monthly cycle, and will never be the same. This affects relationships and career goals, which become more attuned to mystical realities, and also your long-term vision for forging a more solid future for yourself that is based on your own deep-seated values and ideals.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This month is devoted, Cancer, to unlearning and then re-learning what shapes your worldview and basic systems of belief. If that seems too abstract, consider that everything you do is based upon unconscious premises that are now being made more conscious, and thus more available to your mental process for purposes of planning ahead, and for understanding just what drives your goal-orientation and your intentions for partnership with others. Your very sense of what relationship means for you is changing, and is expansive, idealized, and filled with unexpected profound meaning. As you mull over your desires and drives, you may well find changes in your ideas for how to take your characteristic energy forward into a more livable future. One important focus of these rather intense times comes to be utilizing, for the betterment of the society that surrounds you, what only you yourself have on store, deep inside.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This month is all about finding your true grounding, Leo. You are metaphorically looking for a place to stand. There is much light and learning associated with the evolutionary journey of this September cycle, the efficacy of your current models of reality having been found wanting, and your positive reactions to this state of affairs being golden. Even seeming setbacks turn out to be further lessons for you. Ideas are important for finding your way through; and this applies even more to career choices than to personal ones. You are somewhat stuck in your creative self-expression, unless and until you can formulate your productions with a decidedly mystical/spiritual component. While you are beset by difficult circumstances, these can yet be overcome through diligence – and also by means of incorporating graceful illusion that borders on fantasy – you win through when you consider all of this to be grist for your mill as you grind away at becoming better informed about yourself and your world.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is another month of looking within yourself, Virgo, and of reviewing the past as well as reorganizing the projected future moment. As a result of your ruler, Mercury, moving in a backward direction through your sign, you are slow to move ahead and making haste to look behind you, with abundant energy for planning. Your journey now in large part consists of revising previous conceptions of who you are at the very core of your being, what resources you bring to the table of your enterprise, and to what end. Time looking back is not time lost, as it turns out. Finances stabilize and good fortune follows you. An exciting month full of ideas and epiphanies, as well as prescriptions for combating unnecessary illusion, allows you to enter October stronger and wiser than when you began this current monthly cycle.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an important month of profound yet subtle change, Libra. Things are not quite what they seem, so that a stealth proclivity for reinventing yourself flies under the radar and eventually wins the day without you really knowing how that happened. The relationship factor is an extremely interesting and variable one for you now, and is linked with your own self-development; your worldview too is altering as you mull over the recent events of your life. With Venus now in your sign, you are coming into yourself in a new way, feeling fundamentally renewed. Regarding your well being, you are constructively taking inner priorities as fully necessary as outer. A sense of mission that is tied up with important partners leads you into new territory of soul intention that has been hibernating there inside yourself, all along, waiting for this chance to come out.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a very special month for you, Scorpio. Your learning curve is steep and your lessons are slow cooking and long lasting. You are excited by prospective plans, while relationship takes on mystical overtones and provides unexpected enlightenment along the lines of guiding you to where you need to go. You are primed for looking into what you most fervently wish for, and the interesting issue is of what, actually, your dreams might consist. As you head into the jaws of an uncertain global future, this research is timely. Due to the retrograde of Mercury, the stars are not aligned this month for plunging ahead with partly baked ideas that have yet to mature; and yet the time is right for seeing into the heart of what it is that you most deeply desire, and investigating what it might look like to act upon that fresh understanding.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) You are in for a powerful month ahead, Sagittarius, with lots of energy, although little actual progress, and a large degree of introspective stillness that leads to inner growth. Intent on self-development, and your ongoing changes, you are energized in outer world achievement and planning, but you find yourself more or less marching in place until you better connect to all the layers of your motivation. You are mulling over every facet of your situation, perhaps especially your relationship dynamic and its effect on your process. You might be focusing somewhat on painful places within you that hold you back from fostering true partnership connection. As you grow in understanding, difficulties detected at the very core of your being are occupying much of the time you spend in contemplation, with the prospect as you persevere of greater empathy for the quirks of your own character, and further healing.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a mystical month for you, Capricorn. Your usual achievement orientation takes a back seat to more thoroughly uncovering the nuances of your own inner world, with an emphasis on how your emotional explorations contribute to your evolving sense of wonder concerning the world around you. Mercury is retrograde and this month’s Solar Eclipse brings a numinous and otherworldly point of view to bear, so that you are only half into this physical world and instead attempting to wrap your mind around an entirely different form of reality, encompassing non-physical realms of creative imagination. What you have been earnestly seeking for many weeks now, and yet have only barely understood, becomes more tangible and available to your everyday waking awareness. The trick might be to half-close your eyes to see, and then altogether discard any limiting preconceptions that you have been holding onto, submerging yourself almost entirely into your dreams.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a month of soul-level investigation and introspection for you, Aquarius, but it is not without its activity, and its rewards. Beginning with a powerful New Moon eclipse in your sector of intimacy and interior evolution, it takes you to places deep inside, in order to refresh your spirit and allow you to further explore parts of yourself that are uniquely your own. There is a fresh start implied as well for strong bonds with important partners. You are examining this area of intimate relationship with a meditative gaze that leads you into reconsidering every facet of it, reintegrating your understanding there into a more meaningful whole. You are coming to a new jumping-off point for closeness of connection based on communication and learning, and leaning toward an unusual and eminently personal form of career development that includes your most deeply cherished values.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a month of relationship emphasis, Pisces, and yet also of self-study. It may be that you will find new inspiration for the key partnerships of your life, whether friendship, business or romantic. In a month of introspection you are analyzing these with an intention for discovering the true meaning, for you, of partnership in general, and how this enhances your understanding of yourself. This month also presents you with a distinct focus on outer world achievement. You are looking more closely into how to define what you are looking for in this area, and where to put your energy for maximum results. In the course of your extended weeks-long mediation, you could find that what matters most to you right now has very little to do with existing job requirements or even consensus thinking, but is rather more greatly centered on what counts as the measure of true accomplishment, in your own eyes.

 

 

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, astrograph.com. His new book about Eris, the planet beyond Pluto only recently discovered, in 2006, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon, or from your local bookseller through New Leaf distributing. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website.

 

 

Transformational Astrology August 2016 – by Henry Seltzer

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August 2016

by Henry Seltzer

 

The astrology of August features Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Eris. It is also the case that Mercury is getting ready to turn retrograde by the end of the month, in the last degree of Virgo, although that will more poignantly affect the astrology of September. Mercury stays in Virgo for over eight weeks in all, in retrograde, or recovering from its backward motion, for the entire month of September, indicating that that month will be one of reviewing, re-analyzing, and re-thinking whatever has come before this timing. In the current month, Saturn and Neptune are still in tight square with each other, and beginning once again to get closer to the perfection of their aspect. Their antithetical energies are thus in collision, made even more powerful by Saturn coming to a standstill as he stations to direct motion in the mid-August timeframe. Uranus and Pluto will begin moving toward each other also, with a difference of about nine degrees this month shrinking to less than one degree from exact by the end of the January 2017. They remain in an orb of significant influence throughout the current decade right up to the year 2020.

As far as Saturn-Neptune, which is strongest during these seasons of summer and early fall, this important combination will not entirely fade away until next year, in the summer of 2017. Especially over the remainder of the current summer, we will see many manifestations of the conflict between idealism and practicality, with contrasts of illusion versus fact, spiritual truth versus prejudice masquerading as “truth,” and deception versus the unmasking of deception. We are seeing these issues play out in our own individual lives, and also every day in the headlines. This applies to how we decide what to make of the larger issues of our time, attempting to sort through every variety of spin as supplied by pundits of differing stripes, in particular during this penultimate chapter of a fraught and unpredictable American election season.

Uranus having stationed retrograde just before the beginning of August, is now getting closer once again to the new planet, Eris. Their forming conjunction, less than a degree apart from exact, means that these two planetary energies are once more primed to make headlines along the lines of individuality, startling occurrences, and profound desire. Eris represents a spiritual warrior residing in each of us, which can be disruptive until we get in touch with our true soul-level intention. This comes from deep inside, and is stimulated by the configurations of August, most notably by the timing of the Full Moon of Thursday, August 18th, when Mercury and Jupiter in conjunction aspect Eris and Uranus. When you recognize that which is your true mission in life, that only you can adequately define, and perform, you will find the doorway to a sense of purpose that engenders happiness. As remarkable Jungian scholar of comparative mythology Joseph Campbell has it, you will be empowered to “follow your bliss.”

Another very interesting configuration arises at this Full Moon, when the Sun at 25 degrees of Leo opposes the Moon in the same degree of Aquarius, and Mercury and Jupiter combine at 23 and 25 degrees of Virgo, as described above, in aspect to Uranus-Eris and opposite Chiron, the Wounded Healer, at 24 Pisces. Chiron describes our connection to inner wounding, and is prominent all month long, becoming especially so in this mid-month timeframe.  Because Uranus and Eris occupy almost the same degrees of Aries as Chiron in Pisces and Mercury and Jupiter in Virgo, there is an intense stew of outer planet archetypal meaning that is implied. The Full Moon indicates culmination, and it is more than possible at this time that many factors of inner exploration will come to a new stage of recognition and conscious awareness, the prelude to soul growth.

A big month of Saturn is made even more so by the collision of Mars with a stationary direct Saturn, taking place between the Full Moon of August 18th and the Last Quarter Moon a week later. This is also the timing of the triple conjunction between Venus, Mercury and Jupiter in late Virgo, as Mercury slows down in the sky, preparing to retrograde. When, finally, Mercury retrogrades on the 30th, it is in close conjunction with Jupiter, and in opposition to Chiron. The second half of August is therefore quite a potent time for commitment to path, including deep introspection and the recognition of factors of internal wounding that inadvertently hold us back from being all that we can be, the exercise of our true humanity.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). You are heading into a time of serious reconsideration of many things, Aries, including your basic worldview. You have been mulling matters over for the first half of a climactic year, and are perhaps only now beginning to put some of your ideas in order. With the continuing highlighted presence of Uranus in your sign, and even more powerfully triggered over an astrologically sizzling month of August, surprising events and unexpected enlightenment are your new normal. Cosmic forces are knocking on your metaphorical door and asking that you allow them entrance. This month you are also making major changes in the way that you conceptualize the world around you, and discovering how this shapes your creative output. The conclusions that you are coming to in this summer season timeframe will last you to the end of the year, and beyond.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is an important time of finding yourself, Taurus, and in your own unique way. Your serious purpose extends to family and to the significant relationships in your life. You are seeking a compassionate road that will take you through in practical as well as soul-oriented ways. The dynamics of your family of origin continue to drive your process, while current relationships at all levels provide additional impetus for change. Epiphanies continue to flow to you from somewhere deep inside, and these have more to do with your finding your most appropriate pathway forward than the more studied determinations of rational mental analysis. You are transforming in your self-concept, and consequently in the way that you show up for others around you, so that by the time that the summer season ends you will barely recognize your former self.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a month of deep reflection, Gemini, as you continue to mull over the events of your life and where to place your next few steps. The long-term presence of Mercury in the sector of your psychological depths is inclining you toward interior realms of introspection. You are going all out for learning and communicative endeavors, with also a strong commitment that you forge ahead with only those projects imbued with heart. In the midst of this, you are feeling both impulsive and restrained; a paradoxical attitude that has you launching out in many directions, all at once, and yet subdued. It certainly seems to be true that whatever course you decide upon must have the fullest participation of all that you hold inside, or else it will remain as something only half-decided. During these times of indecision and uncertainty, major intuition could become your truest watchword.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This month you are getting grounded, Cancer, even while flying off in all directions. If this sounds paradoxical, it is, and the fix is that you learn to embrace this condition as more normal than ordinary linear thinking would presume. You are more committed than ever to a practical service orientation, and yet your worldview is also subtly altering in the direction of other-dimensionality and angel presence in a way that is in fundamental contrast with hard and fast reality. The placement of flighty and unpredictable Uranus in your career sector, emphasized over these past few months, makes for further variability and even, at times, instability, in the flow of your daily affairs.  As these continually unravel and then reformulate themselves in different ways you are presented with an inescapable conundrum; that is, unless you are willing to let go of almost all logically predetermined expectations.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This month is your moment to really shine, Leo, because your birthday time has rolled around once again. With Jupiter activated in your sector of values you are feeling strongly the enthusiasm of the season. You are in a powerful process of incorporating hidden and unseen worlds into your everyday awareness, so that there are mystical realities underlying your worldly presence now as well, adding to your thoughtfulness. You must also recognize that you do not have clear sailing ahead, as revealed in the powerful nay-saying presence of Saturn in your self-expression sector. Your forward moves this month are put into “stop and go” mode, with more stop than go. In these times of great and profound change, this is therefore not the opportunity for steaming full-speed ahead, but rather a time to watch and wait, attempting to integrate the vastness of the information flowing through to you.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is month of self-reflection and change, Virgo. An interesting time for you has arrived with the entrance of your ruler, Mercury, into your sign for the next eight weeks or more, engendering a new phase to your summer season that will take you all the way to the end of September and beyond. You are attempting to more fully understand your inner nature, and the forces that have brought you to this moment in your life path, internal to you and otherwise. You are paradoxically charismatic and withdrawn, constrained by circumstances and swinging for the bleachers with impulsivity, practical to the extreme and yet fascinated by the lure of otherworldly realms. Everything is right there in front of you and yet remains unavailable to your five ordinary senses. It requires puzzling over and being logically deduced, that is if logic matters very much at all, during these mysterious days.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is a time of inspiration for you, Libra. You are on point to matter to the world around you, beginning by addressing your personal corner of it. You are changing at the very core of your being, a months-long journey now entering into a new phase. You are filled to the brim with brilliant ideas and seeking the traction to place them into action. This is as a way to effect broader transformation, spreading out from your own life just as the glimmer of one candle begins to diminish the darkness. You might feel a partial shutdown with communication to peers and favored partners, and yet this gives you the necessary internal compost to encourage private understanding and soul growth. By month’s end you will come out to everyone around you far more energetically, and be strongly placed to make a real difference, for yourself and others.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You are in for an exciting and informative time, Scorpio. This month is all about breaking away from where you find yourself stuck, while somehow remaining firm on holding steady to your commitments, both business and personal. This is contradictory, but right in line with your accelerated coursework on embracing the paradox of your existence. Your business sense is good and well-grounded, and highlighted for you during this monthly cycle, and yet definitely not any kind of “business as usual.” Feelings of idealism and compassion almost take you over in one instant, and then in the next you are unsure of where you are coming from and must pause to consider whether that attitude is truly practical. You are at your best when allowing the changes of the moment, while making a definite investment in your own center of personal power that is independent of other voices.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) You are excited and hopeful this month, Sagittarius, while feeling somewhat shut down as well, so that your arc of rapid development is far from straightforward. Nevertheless, in spite of the seeming contradictions, this month represents an important segment of your learning curve over the course of a powerful summer season. You are very invested in making your way in the world, and in doing so with style, grace, and élan, thinking your way through. However, your journey into greater wholeness and integration also leads you to spaces within, which have a far greater influence on your outer world behavior than is normally supposed. The accolades and financial rewards of all your efforts seem muted until you recognize that you are simultaneously making important progress in another direction altogether, taking a voyage to the interior spaces of your mind and heart.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a month that is in many ways a continuation of the previous one, in that connection is emphasized with both partners and peers, while you are feeling a decided pull to the inner dimensions of your experience. You are spiritually marinating in the lessons from this year of change, and making subtle alterations to what you specifically value. These cumulatively add up to a huge turn-around in the way that you conceptualize the world around you. It helps to stay positive, and to remain as open as you can to possibility. Although practical reality continues to be your specialty, there is perhaps more room within your mind these days for otherworldly possibilities to take hold and to grow in explanatory power. You could also be coming to some interesting conclusions regarding the part that others have to offer you, as you search out a better handle on the mainsprings of your existence.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a time of investigating further facets of your individuality, Aquarius, and yet one of great compromise and relationship commitment also. You are fully energized in discovering the benefits as well as the responsibilities of partnership connection, even though these are in some ways anathema to the typical individualism of your sign. You could be stepping into the realization that, upon examination, relationship rewards are there for you as well. Two perspectives could actually be better than one. This is also a month that is dedicated to action along lines of curiosity and learning, and searching out the mystical side of life. You find yourself engaged in a kind of waking meditation on the wellsprings that move you, and that seem to emanate from cosmic sources outside of yourself, and yet in the final analysis can be seen to be engendered by the unseen depths of your own inner nature.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a huge month for you, Pisces! Even though the summer fun is tempting, you find yourself engaged in public responsibilities, mostly to do with career and relationship commitments that continue to grow and even multiply. You are feeling positive and inspired about all varieties of partnership in your life. Regarding both of these areas, it is not an easy task to separate out what truly motivates you, and yet it is vital that you do so. For what you accomplish out in the world, you are receiving the approval and the financial sustenance indicating the appreciation of others, and these contribute as well to your own feelings of self-worth. In these circumstances, it is of paramount importance that you move ahead with the full support of not only those around you, but also of your own deep interior process that is uniquely your own.

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, astrograph.com. His new book about Eris, the planet beyond Pluto only recently discovered, in 2006, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon, or from your local bookseller through New Leaf distributing. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.

Transformational Astrology July 2016 – by Henry Seltzer

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by Henry Seltzer

 

The astrology of July features Mars, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. The most interesting movement is perhaps with Mars, which, having stationed to direct motion only a few days before this month began, is still moving quite slowly, only about one degree per week through the first half of July, instead of his usual three to four, and therefore acting more like an outer planet than an inner. Mars direct indicates that it is easier and more profitable now to move forward with plans that have been inadvertently kept on hold. The other very exciting thing about Mars this month is the set of inter-planetary connections that he makes while moving so slowly in the sky, to Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto. Mars has been in an extremely close parallel with Pluto and this holds true as well for the timing of the July 4th New Moon, acting like a conjunction between them. Hidden anger could erupt or fuel passionate discourse. Mars is also closely aspecting Uranus and Eris in their continuing close conjunction, and parallels Saturn in the midst of the close Saturn-Neptune square that is another definite harbinger of contrast, intensity, and change.

Another strong astrological factor this month is the collision between the antithetical energies of Saturn and Neptune, highlighted by the Cancer New Moon. Saturn represents the inherent limitations of our circumstances, unforeseen restrictions, grounding into the physical plane, while Neptune references numinous realities far beyond the physical, reflecting our coming at the world with compassion, perhaps an urge to merge into oneness. Since they are closely square in the timing of this month’s configurations, aspected by the Sun and Moon in early July, and by Mercury and Venus at the mid-month Full Moon, these distinctions are very key for us as we continue to unravel our destinies over the course of this month’s powerful lunation cycle. The secret is compromise and acceptance ourselves and of the universe, including what our deep insides have to tell us.

There is a Grand Trine in Water signs with the New Moon timing as well, involving Chiron, the Wounded Healer, together with Mars and Venus. The indications are that dysfunctional patterns of interpersonal relationship are likely to arise, stemming from early childhood wounding, and if so we now have an excellent chance to make progress with the dark and hidden issues that this planetoid represents. The key is to face whatever comes up for you in this way without judgment, and instead with acceptance and love.

The cultural evolution symbolized by Uranus in square formation with Pluto is also still very much with us during July, each of these important outer planets being very much emphasized in these lunations. Uranus is still in close contact with the new planet, Eris, making him far more powerful, and is also closely aspected by Mars moving quite slowly during the first half of the month, as outlined above. The July 19th Full Moon makes a T-square to Uranus, further emphasizing his trickster energies of the sudden shift in awareness. Pluto is closely aspected by Venus and the New Moon, at the very beginning of the month, and by Mars. We are therefore still attempting to discern what the thoroughgoing metamorphosis indicated by this potent pair in collision truly means for us, both individually and collectively.

The July 4th New Moon takes place on the birthday chart of the United States, quite near the Sun at the 13-degree mark of Cancer. The Full Moon of July 19th lands on the nation’s Mercury, symbolizing its media, with Uranus and Eris in square. This is just in time for the Democratic National Convention, to be followed by the other party in the week that follows. There are bound to be surprising developments, together with startling revelations that will surface at this time. These will perhaps come to pass along the lines of radical self-determination, as symbolized by the new planet, Eris. We shall see.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is month of continuing surprises, Aries, in many different areas of your life, with unexpected gains. You have made it through a relatively tough spring. Your ruler, Mars, is out of retrograde, indicating definite adjustments that come with this summer timing. There are likely to be disappointments in some areas, in particular those places where you have allowed your imagination to get the better of you, mentally going too far, too fast. Disillusionment is one keyword for what these summer months could bring. While your energy is still strongly cooking away, your projects, rather than being couched in terms of dry ideas, might take you to deeper emotional levels. There are important and rewarding opportunities now to get to know yourself even better along the alleyways of the darkly hidden regions of your psyche, below and beyond the level of your conscious thought process.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is a big monthly cycle for you, Taurus, especially if you are ready for some new life direction of an idealistic nature. The recent shift of Mars, your partnership sector ruler, to forward motion implies a changed atmosphere in the significant area of how you relate to significant others in your life. With Uranus also involved, there could be swift or perhaps unforeseen consequences that could yet prove to be extremely positive in the long run. Visionary planning must also yield to the nitty-gritty truth of your circumstances, but that does not make for setback so much as course adjustment. Your idealism remains, in muted form, as more appropriate to your renewed understanding of what you are actually up against. You are transforming in the very core of your being, and your surroundings, including your relationship connections, are changing as well, making for a better match.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a month of self-development for you, Gemini, following upon a month of renewed self-awareness. Your future plans have been a moving target lately and this has caused you to take more definite stock of your situation, producing either critical summaries or else in the extreme case, positivity bordering on fantasy. You are beginning this month to look for the middle ground of compromise between these positions. Partners provide mentoring and sage council to the extent that you can go along with their point of view; this could also devolve into criticism of your way of being in the world that you must play off against, thus serving as a foil for your own differing ambitions. You are getting set for progress of a new and different kind, a visionary exercise in compassionate expression to match your current high idealism regarding how to arrive at your most consistent public statement.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This month is one of reaching out to others in new ways, Cancer, while you are feeling into important realizations. In the course of a significant monthly cycle, you are, in a sense, reborn. There is a light-filled intentionality now that supports any form of verbal connection: conversation, public speaking, writing. Journaling your thoughts is also highly recommended. Those issues referencing partnership take high-profile positions. Although the practical requirements of life are very much with you, there is also a sense of joyous escape into fantasy worlds of your own devising, as long as you are careful not to get too far away. You will know you have achieved your sweet spot when you can accept the limitations of your physical situation while staying in connection with your higher self, that part of you that is distinctly non-physical, neither losing track of the one, nor the other.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This month features unconscious process to an unusual extent, Leo, and therefore represents a new occasion to get to know yourself better in your dark as well as in your light-filled places. You are being given yet another chance to investigate these somewhat strange emotional territories, so different from being out there, on stage. As devoted as you are to outer-world self-actualization, and going it alone, this month provides you with the antithesis. You have been perhaps peripherally involved lately with your inner world, seen out of the corner of one eye, and now have the enchanting prospect to more fully explore this vast and fecund area of life, actually underlying everything that you say and do. There are opportunities as well for further investigation of the mysterious Other, which could prove to be fundamental for furthering your own unique arc of development.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21)  This is a time for new beginnings, Virgo. You are going all out for forging a life path that truly matches all that you hold inside, and though the effort at times seems daunting, you are becoming more familiar with the concept that you must keep on keeping on, no matter what attempts to intervene or keep you from fulfilling this sense of mission. You suddenly have tons of energy at your disposal for exploring and seeing in new ways the world around you. This is as you investigate issues of visionary intimacy with another, a process that ultimately rests on finding that within yourself. You are making adjustments in the wake of disillusionment, perhaps the unraveling of self-deception. Practicalities seem to be holding you back from the fullest expression of relationship bliss and surrender, but then again, practicality can also be over-rated.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is a month of relative intensity for you, Libra, a time when major changes that have long been coming on will suddenly bear fruit. You have been accommodating yourself to new inner realities, over the past months and even years, that affect how you see issues of service to others and also your family dynamics, either those of your current tribe or your family of origin. This latter clearly has had a huge effect on the way that you show up in the world and how you take ownership for your own psychological roots that secretly drive you from below, so to speak. These issues, and your responses, have been percolating through your conscious awareness for many months, and are coming in this year of transformation to some form of resolution. Your current evolutionary advance is by no means final, providing you with a springboard for further progress.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This month provides something that has been missing from your thinking and your planning, Scorpio, and includes a startling emphasis on your sense of wonder regarding the universe and all its creations, of which you are one. This is a big month from the standpoint of significant progress. You are feeling at home with yourself, and with the surprising events and unexpected enlightenment that continues to filter down. Your goals prosper to the extent that you realize that the most fundamental engine for meaningful change comes from you, and you alone, where true wisdom emerges when you have the courage to discard the empty platitudes of consensus thinking. You are developing some serious forward momentum and forging a pathway into a future that really works for you, once you take the promptings of your own deep soul intention quite firmly into account.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a month of intensity, Sagittarius, that is yet under your own control. You are consolidating gains from previous weeks, making progress of mostly an internal kind. Deciding on your actual goals is half the battle, and they might in fact have nothing to do with finances or profession, and more with your own attitude toward worldly success. Career-wise, you are in an amazing place of good fortune, and are taking on the accompanying responsibility with – if not glee – then at least a sense of fitting commitment. You have as well a yearning for freedom of expression that cannot be denied, even though it has to operate within the constraints of physical life. You are all about discovering what lies below the surface of your conscious awareness. Progress in this arena might give you all the freedom that you need without ever leaving home.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a month that takes you out of your customary comfort zone, Capricorn, in that you are most especially concerned with deep emotional realities residing in the hidden heart of your very being. The theme of interpersonal interaction is also prominent in the astrological picture for July, including, by means of various indications, how this current relationship emphasis reflects back to the story of your own shift in values. Major transformation continues for you, in part as reaction to the input from important partners. The massive challenges of the past several years are coming to a head in this year of vital change, as you begin to see yourself more clearly. Mystical actualities threaten to overtake your thought process so that the only way through might be to join up rather than to defend, and to seek compromise rather than smashing away detractors.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a month of passionate intensity for you, Aquarius, especially in realms of growth and learning and for actually walking your talk. Although it may seem strange to imagine, you are more and more accepting of mystical realities that reside hidden inside you, as though merely an ordinary part of life on planet earth. There has always been a level of acceptance within you that has served you well. You have energy now for taking on a new mission of service to the greater collective that surrounds you. This also holds true for the recognition of important individuals in your life as deserving of your support, and this month receiving it. Outer world movement that has recently been suspended can be seen, now, as only waiting to be more firmly connected to the roots of all activity deep within you, before coming more fully alive.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This month finds you once more facing a degree of conflict, Pisces, but with good potential for a positive resolution. You are seemingly faced with having to choose between focusing on professional success versus personal / relational development. Of course there is a middle ground whereby the one actually feeds upon the other. Your career is blazing away, with all the recognition that implies, and with an added burden of duties, judging from the continued and prominent presence of Saturn at the top of your chart. You are simultaneously pulled toward more completely exploring important relationships, and your own ongoing exercise in self-examination, which might be consuming more of your time were it not for outer-world responsibilities. Your intuition tells you to handle both ends of this dilemma, which you can do by letting your heart inform your choices in the merely logical worlds of business and finance.

 

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, astrograph.com. His new book about Eris, the planet beyond Pluto only recently discovered, in 2006, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon, or from your local bookseller through New Leaf distributing. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at  www.astrograph.com.

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