December 2012 Astrology – Henry Seltzer



December  2012

Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of December features Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Mercury is also still recovering from its recent retrograde, up to the time of the mid-December New Moon. Saturn strongly aspected Uranus at the time of the Solar Eclipse from the middle of last month that began the current lunation cycle, and that aspect, an inconjunct, continues into December, as Saturn begins to closely aspect Pluto as well by mid-month.

The Uranus-Pluto square, even though not quite as dramatically close as it was over the summer months, is therefore still very much with us as the year draws to a close; this collision of powerful outer planets is now augmented for this brief end-of-year period by the aspects to Saturn, which is similar to their activity during the height revolutionary sixties. Additionally, Uranus stations to direct motion on the very day of the December 13th New Moon. Considering the joint aspects Uranus makes to both Pluto and to Saturn, we will likely witness the polarities of the present time continue and even become more insistent. All we can do is watch and wait, and try to stay calm, following the maxim that “whatever we resist persists;” and recognizing that the oppositional activity only increases the polarization.

Neptune in the first degree of Pisces is activated by the ongoing retrograde period of Mercury, now direct but still regaining its lost zodiacal longitude, and in crossing back into Sagittarius on December 10th, squaring Neptune for the third time in this fall period. Neptune, antithetical to Saturn in its own way, as are the other two outer planets, remains in parallel with Saturn for the entire month. We have the conflict of over-idealization versus hard-nosed reality, but we may want to ask ourselves, which is the actual illusion?

Chiron, the Wounded Healer, is still hanging around in the midst of these configurations as well, as we have been outlining in previous months. He remains in close semi-sextile with Uranus and caught up in the aspect from Saturn that kicked off this current cycle, plus hit by a forming square from Mercury at the time of the December 13th New Moon. We are therefore continuing to study ourselves at deep levels, and attempting to move past our early conditioning and, indeed, our wounding, all through this time frame and especially in the first two weeks of the current month.

Jupiter is also prominent in the current mix of energies, since he squares Chiron increasing strength through the month of December, and on into mid-January, while at the time of the Last Quarter Moon of December 6th being strongly aspected by the Sun, Moon and Pluto/Mars. This brings a touch of wild-eyed optimism to the first part of December, but this could switch to a more pessimistic take on things by the 21st, when the Winter Solstice Sun in its entrance into Capricorn witnesses a perfect yod formation to Jupiter from Saturn and Pluto, implying a certain loss of faith, or at least an occasion over the period of time leading up to the Christmas holiday when our faith will be sorely tested.

Saturn with Pluto, even in a mild sextile, can be dire and perhaps even a bit drastic, as the capitalist world struggles to wriggle out of the trap that it has set for itself, and as we as individuals follow along on the basis of the same metaphor. As always, we each in our own way and on our individual timetables are striving for the light through this time of the shortest days of the year; the good news is that, just when things seem darkest, the pendulum shifts, the days grow longer, and we continue to journey up and over, following the spiral path of our destiny.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). It is a long road that has no turning, Aries. You have been through the fires of transformation and, lo, you have come through it all unscathed; only perhaps a little singed around the edges. You are discovering in the course of this monthly cycle that you are as a result a stronger stand for yourself in this world. As you begin to more confidently make your offering of that which is uniquely yours to give, you find that the rewards are plentiful, and that they are by nature of inner realms rather than of outer. These come to you through the physical, yet somehow tinged with a magical touch of the beyond so that they and you shimmer with a deeper meaning, and ultimately a more multi-dimensional sense of understanding.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This is a powerful month for you, Taurus, and one in which the tug of war between self and other continues. You will encounter further lessons in intimacy as the month unfolds, and perhaps also find that your most significant intimate partner is actually yourself. As you allow yourself to move forward into a more idealized future, unencumbered by any dissenting opinions other than your own, you are fighting an important battle for freedom from doubt and for enjoying the benefits of connection without the drawbacks. Rather than externals, this has far more to do with internal matters; that is where the action is. As you strive for renewed understanding of your true situation you will also perhaps discover a door to further progress that you didn’t even know existed, until now.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). You are finding your niche, Gemini, and it involves others well as yourself, and finding the balance between. Since your ruler Mercury has been moving back and forth across the cusp of your relationship sector, your take on connection with significant others in your life is at issue in this current monthly timeframe, coming up for visions and revisions that are two or three layers deep. All the while your dharma has been on your mind, and now this issue of your unique contribution to the world has been revisited as Mercury has retrograded through your sector of soul purpose, health and day-to-day activities. It seems as though your future is distinctly calling, and that this prospect is different than anything you had in mind even as recently as few months ago.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) You are reinventing yourself right now, Cancer, finding your niche. A recent sense of responsibility regarding your creative output has given you the push you needed to come back to basics regarding who you really are. There have been mystical inputs as well; intimations from the cosmos that everything on the surface layers of your life constitutes a mere reflection of a deeper underlying reality. Your work in the world also provides surprising intuitional insights that incline you toward new directions quite suddenly at times. You are this month making a  strong stand for yourself as to how to fit the key of your personal contribution into the lock of the culture’s stuck places. This idea of benefiting the surrounding society as you walk your talk in the end benefits you as well.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an important time of transition, Leo, at this changing of the guard as the old year winds down. As you continue the process of your arc of development and personal evolution that has taken you this far, your creativity is on the line – and greatly stimulated by the powerful configurations of this end-of-year time frame. You are exuberant about the prospect of a qualitatively different future than what you had until recently thought to be in the cards. You remain in the relatively reflective mode that was the hallmark of your previous month. You are dwelling on internal matters and using this meditation as a springboard to new vision that will eventually lead you to externalized action with a refreshingly different cast of mind than before this recent period of time began.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an emotionally volatile month for you, Virgo. While you are coming at the outer world from an entirely optimistic and empowered standpoint, it’s a different story with hidden parts of your psyche where things are really stirring, far beneath the surface layers of your personality. As a result, this month you are coming into yourself in an entirely new way. You might also find that you are reexamining what makes relationship tick for you and where there are kinks to be worked through. Writing and discussing your experience is vital for you right now as you move forward into new directions of artistic self-expression. Lately you have been coming to the idea that in managing your priorities, personal growth is all that really matters, both now and for the future.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) You have been shaken to the core, Libra, once more yet again, and are finding a new world to come back to. This is actually only as difficult as you make it. Your sense of self-worth is important, as always, and yet you are discovering in the course of this unfolding that it might depend more on subtle spiritual depths than you had previously given credit. Finance and material security are still on your mind, but the glitter has worn off compared with the true gold of what you can find in deep connection with others, and in exploring your own vast inside. Home and family concerns might put you through the wringer but soul-felt communication with like-minded fellow travelers will pull you back out again, and you will be the richer.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a somewhat chaotic time for you, Scorpio, with both a heightened sense of responsibility and an antithetical urge to explore without restrictions new emotional territory that has suddenly opened up. In trying to get to the heart of the matter, you are also experiencing a certain degree of confusion regarding who you are and what you are really up to. You feel the pressure of being stuck with nowhere to go but up and yet remain uncertain of how actualize your soul’s truest intention. This pressure cooker will eventually allow you to turn your coal into a more focused diamond body, but first you might have to pay some dues. The ultimate reward is worth the effort you must make to keep your head on straight in this difficult and transformative time.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is the calm after the storm, Sagittarius. You have been through the wringer lately and if the trials that you have been through have taught you something regarding your deeper process then it might all have been worth it. At this point you are reconsidering just how to take that progression of evolutionary development forward to the next level. A steady, changing and somewhat challenging focus on how you do relationships with significant others in your life, growing as the month unfolds, is definitely one factor. You have an increased feeling of responsibility to your spiritual needs as you go through the ordinary business of day-to-day involvements. It helps to remember that the world is only as real as you make it, and responds dramatically to a shift of your attitude.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is yet another huge month for you, Capricorn. Although you are still sailing full steam ahead with career moves that continue to deliver the goods, you have lately come into awareness of a profound process that is operating deep within you, and that takes you further out of your comfort zone. You can escape by complying with an internal lust for change that has been building for months now. This is the sound of the universe gently – or perhaps at times suddenly – nudging you onto a different track altogether. What might eventually await you is very different future than the one that you thought you were headed for. This is only a problem if you refuse to go along with this cosmic mandate from your inner world, leading you onward.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a great time to be alive, Aquarius, and you are moving forward. You are rethinking your business connections to see what you can get out of them, but more importantly to find a way to incorporate a greater degree of personal creativity into the mix. Things are stirring deep inside you, and they are giving you a better handle on where you need to be heading than mental process alone can muster up, so it is vital that you tune in. Your dreams can remake your future at this crucial time, as you enter this powerful end-of-year moment.  Like the dreamer in a science fiction, you are the creator who is in the process of visioning a new personal world into being all around you.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an essentially positive time for you, Pisces, full of challenging and interesting possibilities. You are entering a new phase this month, and are feeling the pent-up energy to begin really moving forward. You are getting entirely serious about higher mind activity of some sort that does not necessarily have anything to do with school. This allows deep shifts in perspective. You are putting yourself out there, career-wise, but you must be careful not to neglect the demands of your inner world. Things go your way as long as you are prepared to make changes. While not entirely smooth sailing, this period of time has the key for you emerging as closer to your true self, the person that you came into this plane of existence in order to become.

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at




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