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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
– by Henry Seltzer
The astrology of May features Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto. This is a complex month when inner planet retrogrades bring a sense of confusion and potential upset, switching gears, and when all three outer planets are once again very much in evidence, signaling transformation. Mercury is retrograde for the entire month, and then some, when you take the period of its retrograde shadow into account. Mercury stations direct on Sunday, May 22nd, one day after a dramatic Full Moon that is closely conjunct retrograde Mars, so that this is one particularly strong weekend of the entire Mercury retrograde period. Mercury finally escapes its retrograde shadow next month, on June 7th. It is also fascinating to note that when the New Moon comes along, on Friday, May 6th, the Sun and Moon make a grand trine in Earth signs with Jupiter and Pluto, bringing the volatile forming square between Jupiter and Saturn fully into the picture, and Uranus-Pluto as well. This grand trine is formed once again when Mercury stations two weeks later, at 14 degrees of Taurus. Jupiter in mid-Virgo stations this month also, and remains in all month in close contra-parallel with Neptune in Pisces, opposite Jupiter. With all the outer planets triggered in this way, what we have is another rather intense monthly cycle, with plenty of introspective moments and with other-dimensional intimations that nudge us into the personal evolution that our higher selves have apparently long ago signed up for.
Venus is the personal planet that pairs with Mars, as in female – male energies, and as exemplified also by the fact that they rule the opposite signs of Libra and Aries, Taurus and Scorpio. For almost the entire month of May, Venus is in Taurus, the sign she rules, and is therefore quite strong, especially at the time of the May 6th Taurus New Moon when she also makes an inconjunct aspect to retrograde Mars, now running backward through the sign of Sagittarius. Venus makes another contact with retrograde Mercury in Taurus, a conjunction, on Friday, May 13th, in the exact timing also of the First Quarter Moon. These interesting combinations with retrograde personal planets signify an emphasis on areas that Venus rules: art, beauty, earth magic, connecting with others around us and especially with important partners. These subjects are therefore on our minds and in our hearts for most of the month, when we will be looking beneath the covers of our artistic and our relationship dynamics for the underlying motivation.
With Jupiter and Saturn coming into the third and final pass of their perfect square alignment, this is also an exciting month for their own contrast in archetypal energies. Jupiter stations to direct motion on May 9th, the same morning when Mercury conjuncts the Sun, marking one peak of the retrograde period. The New Moon of May 6th makes a potent grand trine with Jupiter and Pluto, repeated when Mercury stations direct on the 22nd, so that all through the month this dance of the social planets is very much emphasized. Everyone therefore gets a big hit of applied philosophy now, and of social responsibility, recognizing where they might be able to plug themselves in for the purpose of creating a better system. In the most positive way of seeing this, there is a sense of joy through limitation, as Jupiter enhances the normally depressing character of restrictive Saturn, as well as a sense of healthy grounding imparted to the Jupiter people in the group, those with strong Jupiter in their charts or a Sagittarius emphasis.
Uranus and Pluto remain in square, with no further exact hits, but still only separated by five or six degrees, as they receive an unusual level of emphasis also, throughout the month. Uranus and the new planet, Eris, are close to exactly conjunct, which will perfect next month. Pluto gets a boost as well, from Saturn all month long, and from the New Moon of the 6th, Mercury-Venus on the 13th, and by Mercury’s station to direct motion on the 22nd. Because Saturn and Pluto continue in their close parallel aspect, existing structures of society are dying and new ones arising to take their place, which is also happening on an individual level. There is inevitability to the sense of revolutionary progress indicated by these further developments of the Uranus-Pluto square, as this intense and pivotal year of our supremely fractious decade continues to unfold.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). Welcome to the creative chaos, Aries. Trickster Uranus is quite active in your sign, and so surprising events continue to confound and enlighten you. The drumbeat of change is sounding loudly, at least to your inner ear. Following up upon the intensity of the past few months, things are settling down a notch for you, with Mars, your ruler, moving backward, although you still feel the evolutionary pressure upon you. You are in a relatively internal mode, looking inside yourself for the best answers to questions of career direction and worldview. You are reviewing and revising nearly everything, including your self-definition, while attempting to understand the amazing metamorphosis that you find yourself in the midst of. This is daunting and yet makes the most positive form of sense, when you can let yourself be open to all your possibilities.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is a huge month for you, Taurus, and one in which you are driven to introspective self-reflection, there to contemplate the true meaning for you of love and life. Many things are altering for you this year in terms of basic beliefs and inner understanding, and this is one subject of your current meditations, as the strong retrograde of Mercury through your sign takes you to the inside, and allows your mental horizons to expand in unexpected ways. Most significant perhaps will be your intuitional response regarding your possibilities for partnership. You are discovering new ways to apply your creativity and to recognize the highest within yourself, while making the most of the important relationships in your life. Your learning curve is immense and challenging, yet when you can hold on and simply feel into the rising tide within, there are great rewards to be gained.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is another amazing month for you, Gemini, when not a great deal is visible, or initially known, especially to those around you, and yet much is going on beneath the surface layers of your personality. Partnership is key for you, with a self-reflective stance, so that matters related to significant others and to steering the course of your life are up for studied curiosity and profound introspection. You are looking beneath the covers of your life to discover the deeper motivation. A dreamy idealism pervades your thoughts and your career choices now, so that the path with heart is the only path that truly interests you. You will find that the primacy of inner over outer events does not make this month uneventful, and that heading into the last ten days you will encounter a shift in attitude and in circumstance that might prove even more dramatic.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) This month is a time of realignment to your purpose, Cancer, as you delve deep inside yourself for the answers to mysterious questionings that somehow seem to deserve a response. Partnership in your life continues to transform and to inspire you. The ongoing retrograde of Mercury throughout the month gives you pause, nudging you to reconsider factors of life direction. You are being granted intuitional glimpses of other-dimensional realities beyond the physical, and you may well feel that there is a unique message contained within, that only you can truly understand. You are dealing with practical real-world requirements, and yet tuning in to what you hold deep inside yourself that transcends these nuts and bolts requirements. Your career agenda continues to change in unknown ways, and you find that it must satisfy a deeper purpose than the superficial rewards of commerce in order to be truly satisfying to you.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a paradoxical month for you, Leo, a time when you are charging ahead and also stopping still, filled with enthusiasm for outer events and simultaneously pulled to the inside, there to contemplate recent changes in perspective. With the Sun in sectors of your chart associated with outer world concerns and proclivities, this is a big month for going strong with your public persona, while the presence of Saturn in your creativity sector slows you down considerably and the retrograde of important inner planets further engenders deep contemplation of what is going on inside you. This contributes to your ongoing investigation of where you are truly headed. It is a juggling act to gracefully handle these two ways of approaching the world, and yet the universe is calling you to make a supreme effort. When you do, the rewards are great, especially over the long term.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) The astrological currents are surprising you and your sense of order this month, Virgo. Some things that are old, and also something new, is coming your way. You are spending a significant amount of time in deliberation, attempting to forge a better fit between inner intention and worldview. Travel and educational plans may have to be revised, postponed, or re-imagined while you are engaged in re-thinking how your understanding of the world around you conditions your outer world persona. You might also be casting a critical gaze upon what you have going, discovering the one nagging difficulty in the midst of what is otherwise all right. When you are not worrying about your future you are in a dreamy and idealized state of mind where good fortune prevails and almost anything goes, as you continue to slowly transform along very different lines than you had originally planned.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another quite interesting and significant month, Libra, not so good for plowing ahead with ordinary tasks, although perfect for understanding yourself in general, and your relationship connections in particular. Your ruler, Venus, located in a sensitive position of your chart, makes mid-month contact also with retrograde Mercury, and forms important aspects too with retrograde Mars, implying relationship concerns. With Mars also retrograding through Sagittarius, corresponding to your communications sector, your outreach to peers is awkward but profound, and allows you to comprehend many facets of where you stand with ongoing inner work that you are beginning to more fully acknowledge. Journaling your ideas and feelings is extremely helpful. All this adds up to an introspective and self-reflective time, when your knowledge will grow regarding what is going on for you beneath the surface layers of your psyche, and with partnership connections that you cherish.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is highly educational monthly cycle for you, Scorpio, in an unusual way. Your intellectual curiosity and deeper purpose is aroused concerning the relationships in your life, seeing how they serve as a lynch pin connecting you to where you make your most fundamental stand. You are investigating that to which you most profoundly aspire, and how you conceive in a practical way, and yet in the most idealized fashion, the steps ahead that will ultimately take you there. This is distinctly a precious opportunity to forget business as usual and to concentrate on your inner prerogatives and priorities to the extent that you can. You are on a self-imposed mission to more fully understand what is going on both within yourself and with respect to important others in your life, and the way that these two key subject matters relate to your own expanding worldview.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a month of contradictions, Sagittarius, that presents you with also a plethora of new realizations. These could involve limitations not previously recognized, or heeded. There is a great chance for a new sense of freedom to ultimately emerge, perhaps even as a result of towing the line and giving in to the very obstacles that have recently turned up to beset you. With the retrograde through the early degrees of your sign of normally outward-directed and action-oriented Mars, you have been quite introspective in recent weeks, and this stance continues and even intensifies in the current time frame. You continue to be fortunate in outer world circumstances, although this is alloyed with caution, and offset by extra-heavy responsibilities; you are joyous in a contained way. All the while, you are mulling over your situation and striving for purity in your approach.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a time of confronting self, Capricorn. Your deep unconscious is calling to you, in some ways quite subtly and in others more and more loudly. The astrological energies of this current month assure you that something of the nature of your inner world will continue showing its hidden face to you over the course of another intense and quite interesting monthly cycle. A potential conflict is evident, in that a struggle exists on some level in finding and promoting those beliefs of yours that do not contradict what you feel intuitively on the inside. As life goes on all around you, you continue to be aware of the wellsprings of your motivation operating beneath the surface layers. You are exploring new high-water-marks of self-expression, and yet also looking more closely into the underlying mechanism of the very creativity that you bring forward.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is another intense and interesting month for you, Aquarius, in the midst of a relatively contemplative period. Much of the action is hidden from your conscious view, and makes itself known to you by indirect means. You have a lot going on. As you reconsider recent career choices in the context of familial concerns, you focus more comprehensively on the direction your life is going, and sense that an important connection exists between issues of intimacy, taking place at almost unconscious levels, and on the other hand your decision process for your next real-world move and he practical planning of how to put your best foot forward. Once you sort through the confusion, there are real consequences for seeing your way through to a better match between outer accomplishment and psychic spaces within you, with which you have recently been getting more familiar.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a largely internal month for you, Pisces, one in which the intense learning curve of the past few months continues. The exciting New Moon of the first full weekend of May takes place in your sector of communications, curiosity and learning, thus surging fresh energy toward an inner mandate for you, changing the way you see yourself and the world around you. There is opportunity now for looking more thoroughly into partnership, with new eyes, and to link concepts of relationship to the specifics of your own journey of more fully discovering who, at base, you really are. The values and the internal resources that you bring to the table for this noble task have been polished to a sparkle of perfection, and are ready for you to take the final plunge, breaking through the waterfall mist of superficial appearance into the heart of the matter.
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.
Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.
Transformational Astrology – April 2016
by Henry Seltzer
The astrology of April features Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Coming off the twin eclipses of March, this month’s astrology might seem a bit tame by comparison, being in large part about slowing down and taking stock. Those potent configurations of the previous month featured the active presence of the outer planets, most notably Uranus and Pluto, still in their storied square alignment and highlighted by the Jupiter-Saturn square that peripherally aspected them both. In mid-April, both Pluto and Mars turn retrograde, to join in the recent retrograde motion of Saturn, while by month’s end we have the second period this year (out of four) of Mercury in its retrograde mode, still in Earth signs. This time it’s Taurus. Later this year, Mercury will retrograde in Virgo during September, and in Capricorn from mid-December to January. With Mars, in mid-month, stationing to retrograde motion, and with Saturn also now in retrograde, both in close parallel to a stationing Pluto, April is a month of stop-and-go; mostly stop. Mars symbolizes forward motion, and when in retrograde, and additionally in connection with a relatively stationary Saturn and Pluto, there is loss of forward momentum and a corresponding increase in introspection. We might be inclined to dwell on the past, as well as on the potential to learn from our successes, and even more importantly from our mistakes; and these can be valuable lessons.
That is not the whole story, however. There is also in these April skies a strong presence of Jupiter and Uranus, and these two planets are all about leaving the past behind. The April 7th New Moon conjuncts Uranus, in close conjunction also with the new planet, Eris, which greatly emphasizes his presence. Jupiter is very prominent also, standing alone in the relationship-oriented side of the April 7th New Moon chart. Thus we have, along with the holding back of this period of time, as symbolized by a stationary Saturn, and by Mars retrograde, a strong impulse to get to the next stage of our evolutionary development. And let us not forget, in the midst of strange defeats and ongoing violence, that these are also very sincerely positive times; we can ride that hope represented by strong Jupiter toward a better future for ourselves and for generations to come. In a significant symbolic chime with a move toward internal reflection that this retrograde month implies, Uranus also symbolizes deep intuitional knowledge that comes unbidden when we can half-close our physical eyes to see it.
As far as the Mercury retrograde period that is just around the corner is concerned, beginning on the 28th of this month, it is interesting to note that Mercury spends nearly ten weeks in Taurus, from early April to June 12th. As related above, this is an especially introspective time, as we also have Mars making a rare retrograde from this month through to June 29th – only re-entering Sagittarius, the sign he now occupies, in early August. We therefore have quite a strong retrograde presence of personal planets for all this springtime, implying that forward momentum is slowed. As astrologer Carolyn Casey is fond of saying, just as the water in the irrigation ditch slows down, in order that it might better be absorbed, so too our understanding of the metamorphosis that we are currently going through will benefit by the dose of self-reflection that this period brings.
Meanwhile the beat for massive change goes on. With Uranus and Pluto both emphasized this month, Uranus by its New Moon placement and Pluto by his station, early on the 18th, and by his close parallel all month long with Saturn, we continue to have the unmistakable presence of major transformation in our personal lives, as is evidenced in the surrounding culture as well, throughout the remaining years of this tuning-point decade, through to 2020.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is a big month, Aries, a continuation of everything that has been happening for you all this difficult and changeful year, and yet as well a new departure. Since the last half of March you have been enjoying the homey feeling of the Sun in your sign. As April comes on, you face the prospect of your ruler, Mars, slowing and then turning to retrograde motion for several months, beginning with his station on April 17th. This brings an introspective attitude that is just right for absorbing the multiple lessons that have been coming your way by cosmic messenger all this year. This has been a time of radical transformation of real-world goals and of even your most basic sense of identity. Now, as you slow down in terms of outer achievement, you have therefore a better chance for increased awareness to really sink in.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). Your future is summoning you, Taurus, and your own creativity responding, as has been true for many weeks now. With the advent of this new month, your deep unconscious process is fully up for you as well – so that you might find that mystical realities are more present to you than anything else you might be tempted to consider ‘real.’ The unknown and largely unacknowledged part of your psyche that lies hidden behind and beyond the stricter regimens of your conscious mind is fecund and inviting. You disregard the urges of this inner world to your peril. Your dreams are not only the thoughts of this vast realm, but are messages from your higher Self. This is a call to action of a very different and far more rewarding variety than the dictates of consensus thinking or your own early conditioning might indicate.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is another interesting and intense month for you, Gemini, as you continue to navigate the cosmic currents of a powerful time of change, for you and for everyone around you. This particular month is rather mysterious in its import and its impact, and this even affects your work in the world, giving you an intimation of other dimensions, and affecting the way that you see further and more mystical ramifications to what you are currently achieving. You are likely to be experiencing strong feelings – hints of what lies under the surface layers of your mental process, recognizing that this in some manner informs all that you say and do. Relationship with actual partners is in a process of slowing down, in order that you might more fully explore the underlying motivation of the bond that you have with them, or the potential for partnership connection.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a big month for applied knowledge, Cancer, when your curiosity is at its peak and when you might be able to take what you have gathered and use it to good purpose as you continue to steer your life into new directions. This has been a year of transformation and growth, and this month also adds to this evolutionary thrust, and contributes to pursuing your deepest intentions for yourself in terms of outer accomplishment. Potentially brilliant ideas contribute to your higher mind agenda for a vision of meaningful change. Your thoughts are original and even startling; it is an excellent time to be thinking outside of any particular box. You are also likely to be adopting a more service-oriented sense of responsibility toward active partners in your life and toward the surrounding society at large.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an exciting month for you Leo, with a series of bright ideas coming your way that elevate your comprehension of your current cycle of personal development. Although you continue to find yourself in fortunate circumstances, it has also been a difficult beginning of the year, including interior trials that have produced much food for thought. Now you are beginning to reap the benefits in terms of expanded awareness, especially to the extent that you can remain as open as possible to all your possibilities. Your productivity is coming to a distinct standstill, which can be seen as a further trial, or else an opportunity for meditative understanding to take root on the inside of your mind. In the second half of the month, while slowed down in terms of outer concerns, internal pursuits yield rich rewards.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is another month of serious inner exploration, Virgo, although your situation is not at all dire. You are enjoying your time on planet Earth quite well, lately, even as you struggle to redefine yourself in the face of increasing awareness of your own dark places. The urge to dig deep and to make yourself over is very strong within you, and you will find a great deal of enlightenment by simply staying centered and taking in the information that you find deep within you. The light of awareness slowly dawns, with patience and with studied effort. You are changing in the way that you externalize your productive efforts, and how you represent yourself to the world around you, over the course of this climactic year of change. This is in large part because your idea of who you are, as an individual and in relationship, is radically transforming.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another amazing month for you, Libra, part of the beginning of a difficult but ultimately satisfying year, as you incorporate partnership into your life as a growing and more conscious act of sharing. You are in some ways disappearing into relationship with important others, and yet, miraculously, are rediscovered and transformed by these significant connections into an even stronger and more durable construction of you. This month continues your process of increasing awareness of how deep the changes within you truly go. The New Moon of the second week brings great energy for relationship alteration, along with startling new interpersonal revelations. You are profoundly changing at the very core of your being. Your internal universe speaks to you more powerfully than ever, and provides the vital link that you are beginning to more fully recognize between inner and outer experience.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is another noteworthy month for you, Scorpio, after a perhaps rather difficult beginning of the year. In spite of coming closer to seeing your most problematic underlying issues exposed during the eclipses of March, you remain fundamentally optimistic, as indicated by the strong presence of fortunate Jupiter in your sector of future plans. The mid-month retrograde of your ruler, Mars, casts an interesting air of introspection over the proceedings. The last half of the month is not therefore a time for rapid forward movement with outer world concerns, being better suited for contemplating the changes that are still evolving within you. You might also find increased inspiration for dealing with relationship issues in a new way. This inner mandate for understanding yourself in deep connection to important others in your life is where your most significant progress will be made.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a season to remember, Sagittarius. While paying the closest possible attention to closeted home truths, you are nevertheless sizzling in outer world achievement and moving into a bright new beginning for your creative juices to flow. Your inner process has been up for you, but this month you are feeling your way out of a maze of inner uncertainties into a bright new sky of greater conscious participation in your own spiritual unfolding. You are, as well, refining your sense of life mission and finding collaborative innovation for your artistic process, all with the help of significant persons in your life. If inner and outer are two sides of the same coin, yours is spinning. It is important to recognize that in spite of worldly success that dazzles, your interior universe is whispering that you cannot have the one without the other.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a time of rapid-fire change and yet also stillness, Capricorn. Your very self-definition is shifting in an unknown way, as indicated by the highlighted presence of transformative Pluto in your sign, and also by the changeable archetype of Uranus in your sector of root psychological stability. These planetary energies have been located in these same sectors for many months now, but the pace of change is getting quicker and the pressure is mounting for something in your life to dramatically alter, especially if you have tended to ignore earlier and subtler cosmic messages. And yet, the double-retrograde this month of your ruler, Saturn, along with feisty Mars, means that your activities are slowing down, and going internal. This takes place in your sector of unconscious process, so that by this means, you are better able to get a read-out of what is going on beneath the surface layers of your suddenly quite complex personality.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a big month for you, Aquarius, as indicated by the energy currently at your disposal, and by the enthusiasm you feel for deep inner knowledge to more consciously emerge. As you explore what is exemplified by your own inner world, you are also refining your experience of intimacy with important persons in your life. The New Moon of April 7th is a particularly significant timing for you, since it almost exactly conjuncts your ruler, Uranus, in a sector of your solar chart symbolizing curiosity and learning. This represents a new thrust of your thought process, and of your deep intuitional awareness that goes beyond thought. You are seeking nothing less than a new worldview that makes sense to you personally, taking your profound inner vision, perhaps best represented by concepts of Spirit, and transforming this into your own particular metaphysics and a new level of practical understanding.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an interesting monthly cycle for you, Pisces. After the rush of activity accompanying the eclipses of March, affecting your sign quite strongly, a time of consolidation is at hand. You are very aware of important partnerships in your life, as you have been all this year, and are meditating on how relationship reflects back upon your own arc of development. You are also earnestly studying how to produce results from your activities in the public sphere. The resources that you need to make things happen in your public statement, including financial resources, have been subject to quite a few fluctuations lately, and this accelerates over this current monthly cycle, so that you benefit from learning to make accommodation to this situation. This is also a time of slowing down in order to more fully appreciate the reality of what you have going on.
Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. His new book about Eris, the planet discovered in 2006, beyond Pluto, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon and at AFA. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.
Transformational Astrology for March 2016
by Henry Seltzer
The astrology of March features Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, along with two extremely powerful eclipses. The March 8th New Moon and solar eclipse takes place in Pisces, near Mercury and Neptune, and makes aspects to all the other outer planets, including Saturn in mid-Sagittarius. Jupiter is also featured in the solar eclipse energy, across the Zodiac from the Pisces lineup and exactly opposed to the Sun and Moon. There is therefore an optimistic cast to this timing, and we also have the difficulty of the polarity of conservative Saturn in aspect with revolutionary and explosive Uranus, its antithesis. Uranus is still in close aspect with transformational Pluto. The Uranus-Pluto square, now fading, is still quite important as a guiding factor for this spring, and beyond, remaining with us in Spirit as we gain in awareness of the massive changes that are taking place within us, and around us. We must soldier on, aiming toward a more sustainable future, for ourselves and our culture, crowded together in the fragile and beleaguered lifeboat of this planet that we call home.
Venus is found in mid-Aquarius as the month begins, getting ready to cross into mystical Pisces on the 12th, when she will square Mars in the early degrees of Sagittarius. Mars is thus emphasized in the mid-month timing, and slowing down as well, getting ready to station in mid-April. This slowing down is making his energy more seriously available to us even now, in the latter half of the current month. There is the energy to be out and doing, represented by Mars, and yet also a way that this energy can be directed inwards, as suggested by the current emphasis on Pisces, in symbolic chime with the twelfth solar sector of unconscious process. And this is what the coming Mars retrograde suggests, as well, another introspective turn to the inside.
Saturn too is stationing to retrograde motion, and quite soon, transpiring on March 25th. This enables a strong and resistant force to even more greatly emerge: a studied avoidance of any form of change whatsoever. It is so intensely powerful that the solar eclipse Sun and Moon strongly aspect Jupiter and Saturn, in forming square alignment, and Uranus and Pluto also, the harbingers of inevitable revolutionary adjustment. With Mercury involved we are becoming even more aware of the deep necessity for massive change to take place, before we arrive, in some distant yet foreseeable future, safely home.
Mercury is conjunct idealistic Neptune in the solar eclipse configuration, signifying the emergence of greater consciousness of inner realities, and then, by the time of the mid-month quarter moon, is to be found in direct aspect to Uranus and Pluto. This leads up to Mercury’s conjunction with the Sun in the timing of the Equinoctial lunar eclipse and Full Moon of Wednesday, March 23rd, the week before the Easter holiday weekend.
We are therefore blessed with greater conscious participation in everything that is going on for us, right now, the forceful symbolism for both moving ahead, and for holding back. The ultimate outcome of this current struggle is not however in doubt. When Saturn and Uranus get into a tussle, Uranus, and the future, always win.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). This month, Aries, represents yet another dunking in the transformational stew that you practically swim in these days, with more to come as the year continues to unfold. You are very aware, although perhaps only peripherally, of what is going on beneath your obvious surface layers, and how much that underworld of your personality contributes to who and what you really are. This shows up in the cosmic currents swirling about you, reflecting the building power of these transformational times. Your inspirational vision is over the top, while the very way you have of putting yourself out into the world around you, its style and content, is a moving landscape that is slowly becoming more familiar. Learning and understanding are the keys that enable you to emerge from the intense trials of this year more whole than when you started.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). You are coming into your own, Taurus, and yet you are also distrustful of this same cosmic attunement. A powerful streak of idealism runs through your every thought this monthly cycle, along with practical considerations that are emphasized for you right now as well, and are very much a chime with your fundamentally Earth orientation. You are focused on a more compelling future course that matches your soul orientation, as you gain greater conscious awareness of what truly motivates you. Anything that you authentically wish for at this time is very likely to come to pass. You must, of course, back up your vision with sincerity and hard work. You are seeking commitment for a path in greater alignment with your most deeply cherished values, and this is the direction in which the universe, conspiring with your higher self, is urging you to move.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an amazing month for you, Gemini, one for which your recent meditative stance over the first six weeks of the year has you well prepared. This current month, you have a solar eclipse in your career sector, opposite optimistic Jupiter. In some sense, for you right now, the sky is the limit. This is not a matter of profession only, but applies to every way that you show up in the world and exteriorize your contributions. Partners serve as mentors for this project, and their voices, although perhaps completely different in perspective from your own, act as counter-point and foil for what you bring, promoting greater awareness on your part for that which you have on offer. This gift of yourself also closely involves talents and proclivities lying deep within you. Because these rarely see the light of day, they become all the more important for you to express.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a month of many and varied inputs and outcomes, Cancer, as you continue this season of your life that involves deep-seated transformation of where you are coming from, and whither headed. Along with riding these cosmic currents, there is also, for you to deal with, your quite understandable holding back from commitment to major change. Although this is scary, you are, for the most part, handling the multiple tugs, pushes and pulls upon you now with an optimistic frame of mind, and heart, ready for whatever comes. It is helpful, as you go, to be content to find yourself where you really are, and not to wish for anything different. You are in exactly the right place, mentally and emotionally, as you search out the correct response, for you, to the evolutionary pressure upon you in these times of intense metamorphosis.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is the time of your life, Leo, and you want to be sure to take the fullest advantage. With the lead-up to the advent of the spring, comes a cavalcade of fresh ideas and meaningful perspectives on what you are truly up to. This is a rapidly changing landscape of possibilities and epiphanies leading you to a new way of seeing yourself and your productions as part of a larger picture of societal advancement. Your dreaminess is legendary, as well as the fundamental optimism of your approach, beginning in the second week of the month with a powerful solar eclipse in your intimacy sector. This positive and forward-going energy is however offset by a competing sense of realism and conservative holding back. Surprises abound, as you dive through this hoop of fire into what is shaping up to become your new reality.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) You are entering into another amazing period of growth, and potentially of change, Virgo. Partnership has long been a source of inspiration, and also confusion for you, with a good dose of transformation as well. Your own sense of artistic self-expression has been another moving target lately, with rich rewards in the offing once you see clearly what it is that you truly want, and head in that direction. Emotional instability is one term for what you have been feeling lately, although another could be – internal rearrangement of emotional priorities. You are in motion, no doubt at all about that, and unsure of where you will end up. And, in another way, this feels strangely exhilarating, like leaving the country of your birth for exotic lands and novel customs that you might, in the end, grow to enjoy.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) Your changes are still in process, Libra, with not all the returns being in; you have the excellent chance this month to make adjustments to your approach, and thus to the eventual outcomes. The investigation of your inner world is totally up for you now. The topic of your explorations over the first half of March will relate more to your individual journey, with unexpected inputs from trusted persons in your life, that help to guide you, while the last half, punctuated by a lunar eclipse in your sign, will be the stronger experience, and filled with consequences applying to the very concept of relationship for you. This entire period is filled with intimations of what your higher self has to offer regarding your journey into the discovery of a greater sense of meaning and life purpose.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is your time to shine in your artistic self-expression, Scorpio, as you face outer-world optimism and interior shifts. Your creativity might also have to be of a special kind that takes your unconscious motivations more firmly into account. The time might be past for overlooking this little-understood and under-acknowledged part of your personality. You are riding a wave of enthusiasm that has been in symbolic chime with your ruler, Mars, in your own sign, which is a changing landscape for you over the course of a strange spring that takes you further to the inside of your psyche. In what is perhaps a logical outcome of better and more integrated connection with your own deep emotions, as you enter into new relations with your own inner world, you also forge new ties with important others in the three-dimensional outer world of your senses.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) You have quite a lot going on right now, Sagittarius, as has been the case all this year. Your luck still holds. A prominent presence of your ruler Jupiter, located in your career sector, sparks your success-orientation. You might be in possession of public accolades flowing to you in buckets, recognizing that this positive factor has also largely been achieved by good old-fashioned hard work. Your communication skills are excellent right now, in spite of the serious cast of many of your observations. It is easy to get distracted by all this wonderful outer-world success, causing you to ignore private issues that have perhaps been gnawing at you from the sidelines of your attention. And yet these must factor in as well toward your triumph or you risk a hollow victory that leaves out what might ultimately count as your most important result.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a pivotal month for you, Capricorn. You have an extremely active chart right now, with many positives, especially in terms of your own expanding worldview. Having gone through the recent retrograde of Mercury through your sign, from the very beginning of the year, you are engaged in getting your thoughts into order in a new way, and with renewed inner vision. Most poignantly, for you right now, the dark unknown parts of yourself are calling. The unconscious theme being softly expressed becomes loud and clear when you attune your hearing to its subtle message and half-close your eyes to see it. Your life is in obvious flux; seeking stability does not work so well for you in this timing, so that you might need to rely instead on your faith in the universe not to let you down, but rather to sustain you through stormy circumstances.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is the first month of the rest of your life, Aquarius. You are in the midst of a powerful resurgence of values and learning that will carry you forward through to the remaining months of this pivotal year. This is of course a continuation of where you already are, in your steep pathway of development that has continued from 2012 onward, and yet in many ways a new departure. Your transformation involves the way you see into your depths, and how you communicate about it. You are going all out for unfamiliar ramifications of self, independent of what consensus outlooks might have to say. You are also taking in the point of view of a trusted few, those that align in certain distinct ways to your own. This makes of your growth adventure a rich amalgam, when you allow this in, of joint perspectives.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an amazing month for you, Pisces, one in which your continuing worldly success becomes a fulcrum for active alterations in self-concept, in synchronization with a notable solar eclipse in your sign. This extra-potent New Moon, made more so by its outer planet connections, takes place near the beginning of the second week of March, on Tuesday, the 8th. Leading up to this time, you are in many ways in preparation for its arrival, which you could experience as a distinct shift, favoring both the impact of important partners upon your life, and, as well, what you receive from deep intuitional wellsprings within. Your recent focus on your outer world contribution expands to your private sphere and personal proclivities where you truly find your life substance. Your concept of where you are heading, a moving target lately, transforms still further in the course of this climactic period of major change.
Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. His new book about Eris, the planet discovered in 2006, beyond Pluto, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon and at AFA.
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