An Action-Oriented and Enlightening December by Henry Seltzer

An Action-Oriented and Enlightening December

by Henry Seltzer


The astrology of December features Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, Pluto, and Eris. The Full Moon in Gemini that preceded the beginning of December featured Saturn in perfect square with Neptune, a configuration that continues in more subdued form through the ending the year, returning to exact in the spring of 2016. This collision of essentially antithetical elements will create changes in both, as each responds to the other’s archetype. The wild fantasies and escapism that are the specialty of Neptune will have to be toned down somewhat, while the stodgy and unimaginative nature of a conservative viewpoint will be dragged out into the shape-shifting vastness, light, and compassion of Neptune.

New realizations abound. Uranus, featured in last month’s astrology also, and thus highlighted throughout the ending of the previous month and the beginning of this one, gets a huge boost in the Friday, December 11th, New Moon, when Mars is exactly opposed, lending added energy, as the New Moon degree makes a constructive aspect as well. With Uranus opposite Mars in the New Moon chart, the possibility of unexpected events, even accidents, is also strong.

Offsetting this, Saturn is coming more firmly into the picture, being aspected by the Last Quarter Moon of Friday, December 18th and by Mars, in the recent Full Moon, as well as Venus in the timing of the Sagittarius New Moon of December 11th. The conservative viewpoint represented by Saturn should serve to calm things down and damper the native enthusiasm of a stimulated Uranus in Aries. Saturn in his own right signifies the wisdom that arises through bitter experience, difficulties overcome, character constructed. Although transpiring more slowly with Saturn, the outcome is more certain, and the lessons are well learned. Saturnian slowness has its positive side, similar perhaps to how the water in the irrigation ditch needs to slow down, in order to be fully absorbed.

Uranus too has his charms, in the instant epiphany that needs no logical flow to arise, a sense of unique participation and shortcut twists to the perception of the greater truth in any particular matter or occasion. In these late fall skies, Uranus is located near the new planet Eris, the better to exercise these trips along the high road, promoting deep soul intention in support of intuitional leaps of imagination and thinking outside the box. Eris is also directly supported in these powerful December lunation configurations, being closely aspected by Jupiter in the second half of the month, beginning with the December 11th New Moon, and in perfect square to Mercury in the Christmas Day Full Moon of December 25th. This implies that we will be thinking about where we would like to place our energy in the year ahead, in a way that is more greatly in alignment with our deepest soul intention.

All this is prelude to the Uranus-Pluto square, returning to less than two degrees by the end of December, and less than one degree by the middle of January, 2016. This is the evolutionarily formative aspect that also signals breakdown of the old structure to make way for the new. For a while there is chaos – until the dust can settle, perhaps into a new pattern altogether. Uranus is the awakener, while Pluto is the wrecking ball that makes way for the new dwelling that is yet to emerge from the ashes of the old. As they say regarding Pluto’s dire changes and the disruption thereby experienced, “do not dwell on the chaos but await the birth.”

ARIES (March 20-April 19) This month looks to be an exciting one for you, Aries, continuing a trend. All your recent cycles have been interesting. You have emerged from a thoughtful and impactful month of November to enter into the current monthly cycle with all your cylinders firing. Your inner explorations have yielded unexpected riches as many new realizations have flooded in, regarding both practical reality and cosmic consciousness, enabling you to make some amazing progress in eliminating old patterns of behavior that no longer serve you. There are further surprises in store for you this month, as well as twists and turns of an expanded viewpoint. Your palpable relationship orientation furthers your own development, along with your dedication to trying the novel approach that has not yet been thought of, in a concerted attempt to generate a large piece of your vision as concrete reality in the year ahead.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19) This is a time of wonder and accomplishment for you, Taurus. You are way out there with what you desire, and also taking particularized steps to determine which of all your goals might be concretely achievable. You have a vision now for future possibility that quite surpasses anything that you have come to, prior to this moment in time, and this idealized and even fanciful future vision might yet ultimately come to pass. There is a real dedication to your purpose that spurs you on, although it is perhaps mainly a spiritual mission that most inspires you. In this context, relationship is quite important, and equally idealized, and also connects you to those deep unknown parts of yourself that you are attempting to get a better handle on, and that it is vitally important for you to further explore.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20) This month represents an interesting end to a fascinating year, Gemini, one that has seen further transformation of your intended life path in unexpected ways. This month, partners come more fully into the picture, both as mentors and at times as critical voices that serve to underline your own way of looking at things. As you act upon this new emerging worldview, and proceed to recreate your pathway forward, you are concentrating on discovering more of what you hold inside. Maintaining this connection allows you to forge ahead in a way that is consistent with inner prerogatives of which you are gradually becoming more aware. As you explore further ramifications of partnership with significant others, and your relationship dynamic in general, you make progress toward better understanding yourself. A career picture is beginning to come together in your mind that is fully idealized, with yet entirely practical overtones.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is another rather intense month for you, Cancer. Your transformation is ongoing and it includes partnership as a distinct component, and as well the concept of service to others, for the simple love of it without regret or feeling pressured. These can in fact be useful watchwords for you now, as you ascend the dynamic developmental arc of this cycle. Inspiration comes to you in many ways, not the least in the form of intuitive flashes from the underground world of your own psyche that lead you from below. These transcend the level of normal consciousness and affect you in all ways, to the extent that you can open to them. Career hunches suddenly become real. They seem to come from right out of the clear blue sky and yet, magically and surprisingly, call you into deeply felt action.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an exciting time to be alive, Leo, in terms of inspiration, and the courage to just be yourself, with more insights flooding into your awareness every day. Intimate partnership is another source of potency for you now. Your urge toward romanticism is strong, so that you might envision future possibilities for yourself, or potential shifts in your behavior, that are too grand to be concretely realizable. Your ideas could be blue-skies idealized, although countering this tendency there is also a strong groundedness to your approach now, especially at the very beginning of the month. The tug-of-war between fantasy and practicality continues in muted form into the second half of December, accompanied by a strongly creative streak that seeks to burst through any and all barriers to success, and to make it on strictly your own terms.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) You enter upon a deeply thoughtful month, Virgo, as you cross to the ending of a climactic year. There is an inspirational process at work within your psyche that you do well to attend to, getting past the details of daily living to absorb a big-picture and more fully idealized viewpoint on life and love, and engaging in a process of half-closing your eyes to see the greater reality available to your intuitive gaze. You are in a place of contemplation and of seeking to understand and draw from your own roots, falling back on family connections and home life, and what you hold deep inside. You are fundamentally optimistic now, and sure of your own inner connection to that which moves you deeply, stemming from your most cherished values, even though it might be for you alone that these make sense.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another amazing month of insight and of major change, especially with regard to relationship issues that have been percolating through your awareness for the entire year, and in which you are only perhaps now seeing significant movement. Insights keep coming, rapid-fire, regarding significant partners in your life, and the very mechanism of your relating. You are seeking a concept of right action, based on a deeper understanding of where your life is actually heading. This involves a glimpse of the hidden working of your own unconscious, that has been somewhat of a moving target for you lately, and with which you are coming into fuller connection. Your concentration on mental issues has been profound; you are bent on exploring further ramifications of your worldview as you seek an idealized form of mission statement that more completely represents all that you hold inside.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You are exploring your world this month, Scorpio, in ways both inner and outer, and you might be having a hard time distinguishing which carries the greater burden of reality. On the heels of an interesting previous monthly period of self-exploration, and accompanying new vision, you necessarily and logically come to a follow-up in this current timeframe in which the factors in your daily life, in the light of recent revelations, expand and take on new symbolic meaning. Full-on enlightenment flickers in and out of your mental apparatus, and through your depths, and yet, somehow, remains just out of the reach of your conscious view. Relationship is especially important to you now, as you begin to see the ways in which you interact with partners, and as you also project expectations and even hidden areas of your psyche onto these important others in your life.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is another amazing month for you Sagittarius, with plenty of energy for both play and productive creativity. You are taking in the feedback of significant persons in your life in a new way, as you continue to progress through important changes. Events may present you with surprising and even startling information that contribute to your ongoing transformation of values, and this monthly cycle is also characterized by a restless attitude toward anything in your life that feels stuck or outdated. You know in an intuitive fashion what your path must be, and now you are acting on these realizations. You are perhaps in the process of declaring this important truth for yourself, or, if not, you are feeling the urge to get on with the discovery of what you know that you must do, in order to be soul-satisfied.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are fumbling into paradise, Capricorn, and your communication shows it. A growing awareness has taken you to previously hidden areas of your psyche. Your heart is filled with wonder and your mind is wandering away in strange lands. You are mentally distant, and yet you remain productive, perhaps in some very new and different ways. A vast field of inquiry has yielded up some gems that will take time to better assimilate. In the beginning ten days of December you are spending a great deal of time mulling over just what has recently occurred, and attempting to fathom it, while the latter part is consumed by putting together the strands of what you have discovered, allowing your interior garden to bloom. No matter how unfamiliar are the various realities that you currently inhabit, the rewards of staying open to your experience are manifest.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) Your learning goes on apace, Aquarius, with life-direction at the heart of the issue. Idealized solutions appear and then disappear, and always you are just a bit closer to what you truly want. By paying attention to your basic values, as you can discern them, you are coming at the world in a new way. You are so good at going with the flow, that as you tumble through the plethora of revelations coming at you all the time these days, some are sticking. You could be nearly be swept away by the vast tides of realizations, until you learn to surf their waves and slow down enough to absorb what the universe is trying to teach you “by hook or by crook.” Understanding leads to right action, and this in turn leads to further goals, all stemming directly from your current advanced state of intuition.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) The beat of massive change keeps on, Pisces, and if anything seems only to be getting more intense. Your ongoing readjustment of values in response to epiphanies and outer-world decisions – and as well your ongoing researches into your own inner world – has left you a little breathless and yet ready for more. Your views have also been colored by recent difficulties with old patterns of behavior too stubborn to completely disappear. While reaching for the stars, you are grounded in practicality, and in the concerns of important and yet mundane requirements. You benefit from staying as open as you possibly can to any and all information that comes your way, and by listening intently to your intuition. There is a creative instability in all your choices now, that leads you onward into novel and unproven ground, making this month the ideal setting for breakthrough.



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


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