JULY 2012 ASTROLOGY – Henry Seltzer


July 2012

Henry Seltzer


The Astrology of July features Mercury, Venus, Mars, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The primary story line continues to be that of revolutionary activity in pursuit of meaningful change, as symbolized by Uranus in square to Pluto, now slightly fading but still quite active and highlighted by the lunations of the summer months. Venus has just turned to direct motion in aspect to these powerhouse outer planets, emphasizing still further their dynamic alignment that will last through the remainder of this decade. Our desire for connection thus has its dark side now, and epiphanies equally abound. Meanwhile, Mars is about to enter the Venus-ruled sign of Libra on July 3rd – coincident and T-square to a Capricorn Full Moon conjunct Pluto – there to trine the May 20th eclipse degree and also to make an imaginative and yet problematic quincunx to flighty Neptune. The emphasis on Mars with Neptune takes us away from our mundane selves and out of this world into a shape-shifting multiplicity of points of view, and yet paradoxically has the power to bring us back into the world as more fully realized beings.

Radical transformation is thus once more in the offing as this intense summer begins. And this brings up one of the great gifts of Astrology. Without its benefit one might assume that the worst is over, but this turns out to be far from the case. We know from the repetition and the severity of these transiting positions that things will tend to get worse over the next few years before they begin to get better. We will continue to be amazed by the unending revelations that spur us on to necessary changes, both in our individual lives and in the life of the collective that surrounds us. As Pluto conspires and interacts with the social innovation symbolized by Uranus all hell breaks loose – literally. This is because in order to create a new foundation one first must destroy the old order. Destruction is never pretty, nor comfortable, but it might turn out to be entirely necessary.

Mercury retrogrades in Leo on the 14th, so that this third weekend of the month is fraught with the usual symptoms of introspection, lost connection and mechanical breakdown. With the mid-week New Moon of July 18th the Sun and Moon are quintile Mars and square Saturn, just as Mars squares Pluto and opposes Uranus exactly, bringing to the table further surprising realizations and the reliance upon divinely inspired action that is increasingly implicit in our situation. This is an accident-prone time as well, so that we might want to be extra-cautious as befits the sense of limitation symbolized by Saturn.

Since Venus and Mars are also in the mix of energies during this potent month, all types of relationships are up for us as well, and reflect back to us the concept of “right relationship” wherein we treat others with the respect that we owe to them and indeed that we owe to ourselves, but so often overlook. When Mars trines the eclipse degree on the 3rd, also trining Jupiter in early Gemini, itself in square with Neptune, we feel both the idealism of this placement and a call to action that might be surprisingly intense in force and tenacious in intention. In many ways, as most in some fashion now realize, the time has come for concerted action, and right relationship is as good a place to start as any. The action required is simultaneously individual and collective; only you know what is right for you, and yet performing the deed in accord with conscious recognition of your true self and your correct path makes a holographic imprint on everything and everyone around you. Never fear that your activity will go undetected. One of the paradoxes of this time is that while you cannot predict the actual outcome, if you put your heart on the line you absolutely cannot go wrong, either.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This period remains a powerful time of transformation, Aries. You are caught up in the machinery of change and learning to ride the wave rather than be swept under it. Your career energy is still going strong, along with the recognition that massive shifts in that department of life are in the air for you even more than before. Dramatic surprises and lightening-like identity morphs are your specialty as you also find unique ways to explore partnership with others. You might find that not everything can be completely spelled out, in spite of your apparent need for simplification. On a positive note, you could also find in the course of a pivotal month that confusion is an attitude that can surprisingly be dropped – almost at will.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  Things are changing for you, Taurus, but the transformation is subtle and has more to do with values and belief systems than with any concrete outer form. You are making significant movement over the course of this month wherein you recognize the limitations and the painful necessities as well as the idealistic optimism of what you are attempting. You are perhaps more conscious of dysfunctional patterns and looking for the way out. By month’s end a form of resolution comes, along with the determination to act accordingly although your plans still require adjustment. Your goals might be amorphous but your angel guides understand them better than you and will conspire with your Higher Self for progress in spite of whatever it is that you might be thinking along the outer layers of your personality.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). You continue evolving, Gemini, from the inside out. Your concept of your life direction might be taking a sudden left turn and is in any case a study in the potential for rapidity of twists and turns to your forward momentum. When your ruler Mercury retrogrades mid-month you become more introspective about all these issues and more, so that it becomes an excellent opportunity for reflection, or for journaling about them. There are roles that you are leaving behind, and new ones coming into view, and certain parts to your normal waking personality that are becoming irretrievably lost. Yet, through it all, you find that in some sense you possess a magic box of changes in your closet such that the more you take away the more remains.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) Partnership is powerful for you now, Cancer, just as your work in the world takes on added inspirational focus. You are under evolutionary pressure from the universe demanding that you grow both externally and internally. While your career takes on added dimensions, and your life in general incorporates a strong dose of intuitional inner wisdom, travel or educational plans grow more complicated or even remain up in the air. Meanwhile your sense of identity as seen through the relationship factor transforms to become starkly simplified. Whatever serves your evolutionary purpose remains and the rest must go. Home and family concerns could prove limiting but actually help get you on track. You are in the midst of massive change, no longer any need or even any way to deny it.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) You are in the thick of it, Leo, reveling in the surface glitter of outer form and yet lost within your own internal musings. You travel with an optimistic sense of future possibility which however must also be tempered with a degree of caution since surprises abound and the walls that channel your progress might be closing in, even as the doors of your future beckon brightly. When Mercury retrogrades mid-month in your identity sector, it makes a relatively internal monthly period for you even more so. You are finding enlightenment in the only place that truly makes sense – your own depths – and assimilating the pain of past mistakes along with the blessings of a more benign stage in journey toward your best intention, no matter what seeks to obscure this inner vision.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This continues to be an extremely active and potent time of change for you, Virgo. You win when you embrace intuition over common sense, transformation rather than stasis. You are the spiritual warrior adventuring into unknown waters who must nevertheless voyage on. With the mid-month retrograde of your ruler Mercury various issues might shift and morph or be otherwise delayed. Your dreams could therefore take some time to fully work themselves out, but their essence is but a gesture away. In the final analysis you are the only one who knows how to make that crucial first move. A fortunate grace lingers about you now so that almost you cannot go wrong, even allowing for a potentially confusing mystery that pervades your circumstances and your relationships.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) You are feeling the energy, Libra. Massive transformation is all around you – although you are in some ways still insulated from its fullest realization, especially when you stick to traditional categories of evolutionary purpose and societal reward. You are ultimately journeying to a more esoteric place. The pull of the world is yet very much with you, and not entirely incompatible, even as you find that cosmic principles are taking you out of the normal orbit of your former belief systems. You embrace a more rarefied viewpoint. You might find in the course of your journeying that the true magnetic north that your personality strives for is, as Shakespeare often pointed out, something rich and strange and more akin to dream than to the concretely quantified world of simplistic outer achievement.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You are finding your way forward, Scorpio, but slowly. Although you have spent weeks in mulling over basic issues of life direction and societal affiliation, you might tend to meander another month or two longer. With Mercury retrograde this month in your career sector, it is not recommended that you be taking concrete action. And with Mars entering into your sector of dream imagination and inner work, it is instead a terrific time to be journeying within, to rich interior realms rather than outward. You are perfecting your educational style and refreshing your concepts and the belief systems that drive your real-world explorations, and that might prove to be the best avenue for now; one that will ultimately lead you to your true heart’s desire, as you will come to know it.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) You are finding yourself at last, Sagittarius, and with a sense of mission. You are caught in the throes of a confusing time regarding home and family as well as relationship concerns and your worldly stance. This is also a time with immense rewards for you if you can manage to persevere. You are also rethinking all the relationships in your life, and your relationship strategy, attempting to discern how these fit into a larger meaning. As you mull over the way that the connections that you forge, both personal and business, contribute to your life path, changes at the very core of your being are making their slow progress into conscious awareness, and turn out to play a huge role in how you see your life unfolding.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is an important time for you, Capricorn, and an unusual one as well. As your massive evolutionary transformation continues, you are struggling to reconcile two fundamentally antithetical notions of normative behavior versus the unique experience of your own inner world, a struggle involving not mind so much as heart. You feel as though skating on thin ice and yet you cannot any longer return to the illusory safety of a false point of view. Achievement in the eyes of the world is but one measure by which you may chart your success, and yet this other depends upon a thin reed of intuition stemming from deep inside. Partners are helpful in understanding these distinctions, as you continue to discover, but in the end it is all up to you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is the season of your change, Aquarius, and high time to acknowledge important realizations that have been percolating up through to your conscious mind by a circuitous internal routing. You are forging a new mission statement and your inner world is more fundamentally involved in this activity than you have been able to credit, up to now. You are making a bold stand for truth and when you stop and listen to yourself you sometimes cannot believe what you just said, and yet it is vital for your progress that that you do. You are a huge success in the change game, but only when you pay the closest possible attention to these glimpses of inner wisdom even though they run may counter to what everyone else around you seems to think.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are recreating yourself once again, Pisces. Your feelings are getting stronger in support of a better future for yourself. The question remains of how to get there, and you are refining your approach during this important monthly cycle. Over these past few months you have been through the wringer, not once but many times, and are ready to reexamine your experience in a new light. The painful places within your psyche that you have been exploring lately could become a powerful ally in seeing your way through to a different starting point, and leading to a different outcome. Partners might also come to be of important service to you in determining your actual destiny, which might turn out to be quite different than any that you had previously imagined.


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 www.astrograph.com.


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