Astrology Column

Transformational Astrology

November, 2010

by Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of November focuses on Venus, Mars, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. This is a time of great transition, with outer planets Neptune and eventually Uranus changing into direct motion and simultaneously aspected by the Sun and Moon. When outer planets station, or change the direction of their motion, they slow down and become even more powerful in our collective awareness. Neptune stations direct on November 6th, the day after the Scorpio New Moon, and Uranus does the same a month later in the first week of December. Pluto, direct since September, is also highlighted as it is hit by the Moon’s North Node this month just as the New Moon aspects it in a semi-square.

Meanwhile Venus and Mars, conjoined in Scorpio as recently as last month, separate into different signs, Venus dipping briefly beck into Libra – the sign of her rulership – where she herself will turn to direct motion on November 18th, while Mars extends his energy into Sagittarius, eventually to square Jupiter there by month’s end. The Venus retrograde reminds us that as we continue to ferment in the pressure cooker of change, our relationships provide us with incredible information concerning where we ourselves are currently at in the cycle of transformation that is so much a part of daily life right now.

As the important archetypal energies of the outer planets interact with our lives, we are brought to a better understanding of deep places within us, both places where we are able to let go of past trauma and move on with our lives and also places where we are still stuck. The New Moon of Friday, November 5th, aspects both Uranus and Pluto, just as Pluto conjuncts the Moon’s North Node. This first weekend of the month therefore brings the mandate for radical transformation represented by these two powerhouse planets directly into our awareness, just as the hope and the inevitable disappointments of the American post-election period begin (no matter what your party affiliation). The Uranus-Pluto square, still forming, becomes much more active in 2011, signaling massive and much needed transformation. We are all looking for answers right now to the current plethora of societal dilemmas, and these next several years leading up to the spring of 2012 – when the Uranus-Pluto square becomes exact for the first time – and beyond, will provide if not answers then at least a working hypothesis for taking the next significant step. As has become increasingly evident, the old ways are simply not working that well any longer. Both collectively and in our individual lives, we represent right now the butterfly in his cocoon, dissolving, dreaming up what will eventually emerge as our newly awakened and freer selves.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). Personal transformation is once again fully present in the life waters that you are imbibing, Aries. With one facet of your awareness you are positioning yourself well above the fray in a dream world of your own creation so that you can observe and philosophically digest all that is happening to you. With another part of your being you are still struggling in the thick of it. Romantic notions of a future free from psychic pain remain in the offing. If you cannot yet manifest these ideals amidst the messiness of actual real-world events, you can at least look to them as models for what you believe will eventually manifest. Relationship is key for you right now and continues to provide its own special brand of murky fulfillment.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This is a huge transition month for you, Taurus, extending through the first week of December. Relationship with significant others in your life occupies an important place in your heart right now, and is also on your mind, in the sense that you are trying both to imagine a better way through and to analyze the possibilities.  This applies to past partnerships as well as to present ones, and to past patterns of relationship interaction as well as to what is to come. By means of inner deliberation you are becoming more integrated in your outer approach. And by getting a better handle on what has occurred you are in a good position to assess what might eventually be available to your more enlightened future self.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). You are coming into a better informed notion regarding what exactly constitutes your most enlightened pathway, Gemini, and it seems to involve others as well as yourself. In some ways right now, you are all about service – both to specific people in your life and to humanity in general. You are also refining and reorganizing your ideas regarding what makes you tick in this important area of your life that includes your day-to-day responses and activities. This can be a confusing time as well as an inspirational one, as you continue to balance issues of self and other, inspired ideas that take you forward into new dimensions of your career and professional life versus mundane ones, and dreamy versus more practical real-world oriented approaches.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) You are moving ahead, Cancer. You have recently been puzzling out your understanding of the Universe and your place within it, and artistic inventiveness is now a major focus of your enquiry. There might also be a fated sense of destiny in relationships that you form over the next few weeks, as the Lunar North Node draws near to Pluto, lighting up your partnership sector in an unusual fashion. A foggy mysticism rules your close personal interactions these days, and leads you to novel conclusions regarding current life direction. You seek, as always, the path with heart, and you won’t be satisfied with anything less. In the second half of the month, your creativity soars and finds new avenues of expression.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) Your season of change continues, Leo, as you refine your approach to home and family. This is the most important area of your life in forming the basis for your emotional security. You are delving down into the psychological roots of your being, hopefully to emerge with the pearl of wisdom that will get you to the next phase. In this you are aided by flashes of inspiration and idealization, perhaps over-idealization, of partnership contributions. You are starting to get a new handle on the connection between how you perceive yourself and the universe around you and what you do in the world. Each large triumph is but another small step along the way to a new level of your ongoing transformation.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is a time of beautiful confusion and productive chaos, Virgo, as you dig in and rearrange your thinking on important issues for actually finding yourself. You are on a mission of metamorphosis that will not culminate until the spring of the following year, or even beyond. Nothing can be created within the shell of the past without breaking it open. The butterfly knows this intimately, dissolving its former life away within the cocoon, and in some sense it applies to you as well right now. As you struggle to find your true essence and as you dream yourself onto a more fulfilling road of service to your life path, significant others in your life provide inspiration. Still, the specific steps are yours and yours alone to take.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) You are finishing up one phase of your ongoing transformation, Libra, and setting your feet upon the path to the next. The retrograde of your ruler Venus that continues through the first half of the current month in your sector of resources will turn out to be extremely educational in the long run. You are refining your approach in many ways right now, attempting to see through to the core and the essence of what you value. This can be confusing but also exhilarating period, as you put renewed energy into establishing a sense of security that is independent of superficial concerns. Surprising twists and turns of fate bring you closer to an understanding that is actually deeper than your mind can travel.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a confusing and yet also a richly rewarding period of time for you, Scorpio, especially when you take spiritual progress into account as one measure of success. Relationship with significant others continues to haunt you and to provide valuable lessons for you going forward. You are still mulling over where past partnerships have taken you in your life, and why. You might find upon reflection that each has had its purpose in bringing you closer to an understanding of your deeper reason for being here. By month’s end, as you continue to develop on your individual path, you might also find an entirely new conception of where to put the relationship eggs in your basket.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This month you are both in and yet also out of the mundane world of events and circumstances, Sagittarius, reveling in the magical and largely unconscious world of dream images and powerful imagination from deep inside your soul. Perhaps your task right now is to make that entire unseen world more readily available to your conscious mind. There is a treasure trove of information and heart lore that can take you into deeper connection with yourself and therefore with others around you as well. There are stages in your investigation that lead to further stages. By month’s end, and on into December, as you emerge from the tunnel of your inner awareness refreshed as if from sleep, you are finally ready to return to the action with a more integrated approach.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The world of outer events is very present for you right now, as you seek success in all the usual channels and enjoy the planning that leads you to your next triumph. Only, with another part of your psyche altogether, you are also leaning to the inside and to your life as a whole. There have been major changes in the way that you present to others and how you feel about yourself that will continue. This month is yet another important turning point in this greater and more gradual transition. Unexpected promptings from inner realities shake you up as the weeks unfold and serve to remind you that there is more to your existence than meets the eye. You wishes are powerful now, so be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This month you are in this world but not of it, Aquarius. Even as you revel in real-world pursuits, and even as you totally excel in them, you are reviewing and refining your understanding of what this activity is really all about. A process that begins as analysis ends in holiness. There is a feeling of mystical union with the divine inside that has been growing ever stronger in you until you now see that there is no way to avoid coming to terms with it in some important way. For this you will need not your head but your heart. With each further stage of connection your wisdom grows concerning who and what you really are.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an important journey that are on right now, Pisces, even though it might be an almost entirely mystical one. In contrast to dream worlds of your imagination, so-called real world activity has been just a tad difficult to contend with lately. The way the world looks at it, these two sides of life might seem to be in conflict but they are really part and parcel of each other – two sides of the very same coin. As you move through a sometimes dicey month it pays to recognize that everything happens for a reason, although not necessarily the reason that you had in mind. The activity mounts to a rapid pace by month’s end and it helps if you can keep your focus on that one simple fact.

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 is available on his website. Holding degrees from MIT and the University of California-San Diego, Henry is a popular speaker and also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at

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