December Transformational Astrology

Transformational Astrology

December, 2010

Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of December focuses on Mercury, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Throw in an eclipse on December 21st just in chime with the Winter Solstice plus Mercury retrograde and we have another potent month, providing yet further harbingers of the massive changes that are still coming down, and coming on stronger throughout the end of the year and on into 2011, and as we approach 2012. Mercury contributes to a sense of mental agility now in the face of transformation, as it conjoins Pluto three times in early Capricorn, in December and then during the first half of January. Mercury retrogrades near Pluto on December 10th and returns to direct motion by month’s end – escaping from its retrograde shadow by mid-January. This makes for plenty of food for thought as we ponder how we see the world changing around us and contemplate our place in society while all of this is happening. Can we manage to help or will we hinder the progress of the surrounding collective toward realizing what needs to be realized, and for understanding what can be understood? As Bob Dylan put it in the turbulent sixties, of which these times are an important and interesting reflection: “Get out of the road if you can’t lend a hand, for the times they are a’changing.”

All three outer planets are once more strongly configured this month. Uranus stations direct on December 5th and is therefore much more powerful at the time of the December 5th New Moon, when Mars also squares it. This is therefore an extremely accident-prone time, and also one of sudden and unexpected revelations concerning how we function out in the world. Mercury is also conjunct Pluto, and about to station in a few more days, so that this is a thoughtful as well as an active time period, leading up to the 10th. More revelations and unexpected or especially powerful events could occur leading up to the December 21st Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse, which takes place in the last degrees of Sagittarius and of Gemini, just before the Sun slips into Capricorn to mark the Winter Solstice. The eclipse itself is Monday night just after midnight on the West Coast, even later on the East Coast and Europe, so that the moment of the Winter Solstice on Tuesday afternoon and evening – with the Sun actually in Capricorn – strongly influences events that day as well. An eclipse directly in square with the Aries point is powerful, and brings up the cardinal T-square from last summer and as well points ahead to early March when Uranus crosses back into Aries, there to square Pluto more directly once again, bringing up another round of radical transformation in our lives. The eclipse moment harkens back to prior experiences with this transformative energy and provides a taste of what is to come in the spring.

The first of two eclipses that bracket the end of the year, the Lunar Eclipse of Tuesday, December 21st, is described above. Then, just after New Years Day, the Solar Eclipse of January 3rd represents another powerful event linking Pluto and Saturn. We are really in for it, and the more so if have not been paying attention or doing our personal homework. If we keep our heads together, we might instead be able to conceive of the enormous changes coming down – for individuals and for society at large – as a series of necessary corrections, a healthy pruning of the rose bush before it gets even further out of hand. When we take a look around at society as we have it today, we can clearly recognize that some sort of corrective transformation is badly needed.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). Life just keeps moving, Aries. You are seeing things differently than you did even a few short weeks ago, in the midst of the powerful energy for change that you have been embodying lately. You are engaging in a new understanding of the dance that the universe goes through as it does its best work, and of your place within it. Unexpected enlightenment comes in the second week of the month, and helps to break you still further free of the “mind-forged manacles” that have perpetuated your unconscious intention of holding yourself back. Climaxing with the 21st, and continuing into the New Year, business ideas merge with mystical common sense, taking you farther into the depths of your own psyche and back out again than you ever would have thought possible.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  The beat of massive change continues, Taurus, this month and into the New Year. You are still dealing with the personal issues that have come up for you over the past few weeks, colored by the ghosts of relationships past and present. It may seem like you are going round in circles but you are actually making progress, the more so the more you can stay as open as you can to all your possibilities. Through all the partial drama, and the potential misconceptions, your views regarding these matters are inevitably and forever changing. The remnants of your former worldview are something to celebrate in flux and not to enclose in stasis. It helps to remember – as the poet says – that life is constantly breathing, like a bellows; always emptying, always full.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). You are in for an interesting couple of months, Gemini, heading into the New Year. Relationship with significant partners in your life is only one of the things that are on your mind. Another involves your future life path opening up before you – a path that implies yet further and more massive changes in the way that you see yourself at the deepest possible levels. This affects how you connect intimately with others, and ultimately with yourself. This month is for investigation and mid-January is the time for action. A doorway is presenting itself to you and it leads you away from static existence and previously overly-limiting conceptual cages. The train is getting ready to leave the station and your angels will rejoice when they turn around to find that you are actually on board.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) The hits just keep on coming, Cancer. Another in a series of amazing months gets off to a powerful start with the New Moon on its first weekend, when for you there is an almost fated sense of destiny unfolding. You are finally beginning to get clear, relationship-wise, and also regarding where in the world you might be headed. Your ideas are the driving force of your transformation now, but what begins in the head ends up in the heart or it is wasted. By the time of the Winter Solstice on the 21st you will see the world essentially remolding itself around you, and closer to your innermost desire. You will be redefining and re-imagining the nuances of partnership connection for the next several weeks, well into the New Year.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an amazing time for you, Leo. The flag of your metamorphosis is still in the process of running up the pole, as familial disruptions continue to settle and you find yourself reinventing some important piece of your persona and of your daily flow, including health concerns. You are attempting to put your best foot forward while bringing heart and mind into some kind of balance. What is called for is yet another move to the inside where you will find everything that you currently seek. In a mirror image of the starry sky above your head, it is within you that far-distant and potentially lost parts of yourself glisten and shine. Heading into the New Year the emphasis is on service to others, and seeing it come back to you in double measure.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month represents a powerful and a difficult time for you, Virgo, with your ruler Mercury retrograding back and forth across Pluto in your sector of self-expression. Your creativity is blossoming and also transforming in alignment with the dark unknown and largely unconscious center of your personality. Home, family and tribe are very much on your mind tight now as something within you calls out to you quite clearly, enjoining you to sit up and take notice. The signals are there, provided by an essentially benevolent universe, but how you respond is entirely up to you. At the time of the Winter Solstice and Lunar Eclipse of the 21st, surprises come and enlightenment may follow, but the fullest denouement takes weeks to unfurl, well into the New Year.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) It’s quite a roller-coaster ride for you right now, Libra, as you end one strangely powerful year and begin another. You are still struggling somewhat to regain your balance after being knocked out of your normal orbit by the retrograde of your ruler Venus. Another factor out of the usual comes along mid-month with Mercury conjunct Pluto and retrograding through your sector of home and family. This is an excellent time for you to be journaling, and for inner work in general. Communication with your peers is also vitally important for you at this time and helps you to center. Service to the greater collective calls you as you expand your scope of action and stretch for your highest purpose. Heading into the New Year, family and tribe assume gigantic proportions in the arc of your continuing development.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Everything changes and yet stays the same, Scorpio. This is a powerful month of transition for you that takes you into more inner realms than outer ones. You are coming into a fresh concept of where it all could be heading for you, while revamping your ideas of what it is that you truly want. Communication is key. You find yourself sharing your concepts with others in your circle, and at the deepest possible level, and it is vital that you continue to do so. Only by thoroughly understanding where you have been on the inside can you come to the new phase of connection with others that is awaiting you. This is one important part of your journey now, climaxing toward the end of the month and expanding into the New Year.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a big month for you, Sagittarius, as your birthday time comes around and a climactic year begins to draw to its close. This month, there are surprising developments in your home and family scene that enlighten and entertain you while also creating a certain degree of disruption to the normal flow. The information gained is well worth the trauma, but only if you keep yourself alert to the message that it brings, and take an open attitude toward yourself and others around you. Issues could also arise concerning nonmaterial versus material values, or in making necessary resources available for further self-development. You are reassessing what you require in absolute terms, as opposed to what you only feel like you want, as you continue to forge the links to a more integrated future self.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The end of your year is somber and philosophical as usual, Capricorn, this time even more so. You are embodying a practicing hermit this month, sitting alone on your mountaintop to answer questions. The most important supplicant is you. With your thought process so profoundly contemplative right now, everything that you encounter leads you ever more deeply into yourself. Although your outer persona is present and functioning, the real action takes place behind a closed door within your soul. After the Winter Solstice you begin to open up a bit and allow others access; but you benefit from recognizing that an important piece of all your interactions remains clothed in the mysterious inner spaces behind your conscious mind.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a wild and crazy month for you, Aquarius, continuing a series. This time, your wheelhouse revamped and your ship of state fully engaged, you are getting ready to sail off in some brand new directions. Be careful what you wish for at this time because you just might get it. You are also receiving some unclear signals from your deep inner spaces and you must bend your ear to hear them or miss something vital.  Especially the second half of the month, and into the New Year, you might find yourself slipping into a trance state. You are seeking enlightenment in the strangest of places and finding it. As you swim through the unknown waters of this month and the next, it pays to remember that it is always darkest before the dawn.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are putting yourself out into the world in many varied ways these days, Pisces. Partly you are contemplative and partly not so much, but it is all fresh. This end-of-year period is about seizing a brand new identity for yourself and learning to live it in style. You are involved in a tremendous process of remembering who you really are. As you begin to recognize the long-term implications for your personal evolution, your feelings change for friendships and groups that were formerly important, and for future plans that are also very much in flux for you now. It will be a dramatic New Year’s Eve.

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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