January 2013 Astrology – Henry Seltzer


January 2013

Henry Seltzer

Uranus itself is hit by the earlier configuration and again by this month’s New Moon. The emphasis on Venus means that relationships of all kinds are emphasized now, or in another way of saying it, we are all in this together.

Uranus is still of course within orb of its strongly thematic square with Pluto, now in dormancy but heating up in the spring of this year, and still quite strong over the summer months, and indeed over the next few years. The influence lasts until nearly the end of this decade. This important aspect was highlighted at the time of the December 28th Full Moon, and in the chart for the New Year, with the Sun in close conjunction to Pluto. Saturn is also involved, for these next few months, by trine and sextile. We are all feeling the tremendous transformational pressure to make necessary changes to the structure of our lives, so that we can flow into a livable state of balance with ourselves, and for the sake of our future.

Saturn, ruler of the January 11th New Moon and the Capricorn line-up of five planets, is in a close bi-quintile aspect with Uranus, while remaining in sextile with Pluto, and therefore pulls together these agents of personal revolution. When Saturn involved, it is the very structure of the surrounding society, and of our own lives as well, that must undergo massive transformation in this New Year time frame. Saturn with Pluto, even in a mild sextile, represents an important opening that can indeed be dire and perhaps even drastic, as the capitalist world struggles to wriggle out of the trap that it has set for itself, and as we as individuals grow also along the same lines. Like the radical pruning of a rose bush, this process is vital for the well-being of organism, removing those parts that were no longer needed and that were getting in the way of new growth.

Jupiter, the focus of a yod formation that was exact at the time of the Winter Solstice, is prominent in this month’s configurations as well, especially at the time of the January 11th New Moon. Jupiter stations to direct motion at the end of January, and all month long in square to Chiron and sextile Uranus, while remaining inconjunct to Saturn and to Pluto. This focus on expansive Jupiter lends a softer air to the proceedings as we enter yet another year of intense change. Saturn with Jupiter refers to societal awareness and, in this case, the awareness of the extent to which we as a society are transforming.

The Sabian Symbol for the degree of Jupiter at the time of the January 11th New Moon is “An Old-fashioned Well, with a Bucket and a Rope,” while at the same moment the symbol for Saturn, in the 11th degree of Scorpio, is “A Drowning Man Being Rescued.” Since Jupiter stations this end of this month, still in aspect with Saturn, these symbols speak to the beneficence of Spirit, as represented by Jupiter. The cosmic force of optimism for the future can be the rope that leads us to safety, as long as we continue to have faith in the universe to pull us through, and in ourselves to take advantage of the opportunities as they are presented to us.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). You are entering into the New Year with an essentially positive attitude, Aries, in spite of everything. Even though your career and even your life remains an uncertain proposition, you are moving through this world with grace and courage, awaiting what the next current might bring. By now you are fully aware that the unexpected is your standard fare, and you are also beginning to recognize that allies in the form of friendships and special partners can be a godsend and a mainstay. As you begin setting yourself up for a more integrated future, dialoguing or writing is recommended. The poet Tagore stated about being lost at sea that the three things that were not needed were oars, rudder and the fear of going down. This describes your situation very well.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  You are in a place of profound change over the course of this monthly period, Taurus, as you enter into a brave New Year. Change is nothing new to you by now, but the pace is accelerating. Your worldview is radically transforming, and since the way that you see the world around you counts for nearly everything, so is your access to opportunities for growth. Good fortune follows your steps, allowing you to go for your best chance, which is that you get in closer touch with your inner world and with a sense of Spirit working itself out through you. The chance is there for you to take; and you must leave something behind in the process. Partners are your mentors, and support you in the innate determination that you have for being on your own and diving down.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a good month for you, Gemini, as you enjoy a powerful New Year feeling of liberation. The world that you see in your mind’s eye is very different than the one you currently occupy. You are optimistic for the most part, even though you might continue to recognize this as a time of profound change. You are moving through depths of intimacy, and finding, at the bottom of the well, your own image looking back at you. This is not to discount the great blessing of others in your life. It is just that your major task at this time lies in finding out who you really are and acting on that knowledge to further evolve. You will come out the other side with a better understanding of your process and of yourself.


CANCER (June 21-July 20) It’s a complex world for you right now, Cancer. You are called to inner contemplation while at the same time feeling somewhat stuck in your self-expression, and reaching out to active partnerships in your life for support and sustenance. The emotional trap is that you overly rely on your partnership connections resulting in a loss of self-focus, but you are also in condition to be very focused on your own needs, once you give yourself space to do just that without feeling guilty. You are in a better place to strike a healthier balance by the time of the Full Moon at nearly the end of the month, so the recommendation is to let go and leave the details in the hands of a benevolent universe.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a new world for you, Leo, in a new year, and riding on a positive time of powerful change. Filled with the metaphor of leaving the past behind, you are seeing optimism and opportunity in everything. Relationships are active and the foundations of your life constructive. Only, you have to be as aware as you can be, step up to the plate and really commit to changes that you feel in your core. You are fulfilling your concept of service to the surrounding collective, and your spiritual health and even your good condition physically depends upon that. There is a way right now to really set yourself free, and that is to find the path that your soul purpose insists upon, and to put your feet upon that one and no other.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) You are entering into a period of meaningful change with the New Year, Virgo. This is an excellent time for you to get ahead, with career opportunities abounding. You are at play in the fields of the lord, and your actions count for greater progress in your ongoing makeover toward the more complete and well-balanced individual that you long for. You are also perhaps encountering an exciting yet basically unstable connection with intimate partners. This seeming drawback can be turned around when you see it as a chance to experiment and better learn what is going on inside you. Since your own spiritual evolution depends on understanding yourself at the deepest possible level, you will thereby have a better chance to continue to evolve in this and other areas of your life.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) You have an interesting year ahead of you, Libra, beginning with an interesting month of January. You are making a fresh start with home and family concerns, and as a consequence within your own depths as well, including issues surrounding your psychological roots. The significant relationships in your life are in exciting flux, as they have been for the past year or more, and bring to you a form of intuitive knowledge that transcends the information that is available by more logical means. As you continue your arc of development in these areas, the new perspectives gained are extremely beneficial to your overall progress. You are making a strong stand for yourself and for your ability to connect with significant partners, and consequently with yourself at deep levels.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is an interesting to be alive, Scorpio, in the midst as you are of creative and transformative life situations. You are entirely serious regarding your commitment to get ahead, and recognizing that as well as bringing in the dollars, this involves the inner work that will bring you peace of mind. You continue to do battle with the demons of your past, in the form of old patterns of behavior stemming from early wounding that no longer serve you. The good news is that you can look ahead and see progress, and that in doing so you are heeding the call of your own spiritual evolution. Communication with your peers serves as an excellent outlet and allows you to come to a better understanding of yourself and your dealings with others.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) You are in a great space of personal evolution, Sagittarius, and only have to be concerned about going overboard with it. You are on a real high, swinging for the bleachers and you just might connect. Having gone through some recent changes, the significant relationships in your life have developed into an important and supportive area that serves to counterbalance in a positive way your current almost obsessive self-involvement. As you continue to go through your changes, there is a sense of stability and of structure with regard to inner work. This is a great benefit, as well. Now you only have to follow through on the course that you have set out for yourself.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is yet another month of your ongoing process of change, Capricorn, in your birthday time, as you enter a new phase with this new year. You have been in the pressure cooker of transformation all these past months, and are beginning to recognize the signposts of your journey forward. You are coming out ahead of where you started but you seem to have a long way still to go. This seems discouraging until you remind yourself of the great benefits that have already accrued in terms of self-knowledge and better recognition of what you need, at soul-level. Like the traveler on the mountain path, new vistas emerge as you gain each ridge, and a new viewpoint enables you to see still more upward reaches that you might yet achieve.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a time of creativity and of new beginnings, Aquarius, in this new year. As you come around the bend in ascending the mountain of your destiny, you are in an excellent position to dream new possibilities for yourself into being, cementing still further the hold on outer world success that you currently enjoy. Your creative self-expression is sizzling. You are blessed with focus also on dream imagination and inner work, so that you are in a good place for mystical output, and for contemplation. Although more challenges lie ahead, as you meditate on the changes and challenges of the past few months, you feel that can put them all behind you except for the positive results. You are gathering yourself to spring ahead with verve and vitality in the latter part of the month.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an interesting month for you, Pisces, and one of inner rather than outer priorities. You discover that you are currently preoccupied with concerns of home, family and tribe, however these play out in your life. You may be revamping your existing connections with family, or forging new ones, or perhaps it is your physical dwelling that you are dealing with in a constructive manner in this new year. These ties to your deep roots are also the basis for your sense of psychological security. Simultaneously you are strongly focusing on your future path, especially in the second half of the month. This also implies changes in  the way that you connect up with social groups that you favor. You benefit by working consciously to plan wisely for your next phase.


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 www.astrograph.com.


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