July Transformational Astrology by Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology

July 2011

Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of July focuses on the powerful New Moon eclipse at the beginning of the month plus once again the important T-square of outer planets Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. The New Moon squares Saturn, now returned to direct motion after its June 12th station. Saturn thus emphasized is bringing its restrictive and yet constructive energy to the table of the changes promoted by Uranus-Pluto for one last monthly cycle before the T-square fades. The extreme polarization of our times – strongly symbolized by the Saturn leg of the T-square – is likely to continue through these summer months but will lessen markedly in September. Since in contrast the Uranus-Pluto square reaches the one-degree mark this month and stays close for the next several, we will gradually find that a more purely transformative thrust begins to take hold, fading slightly over the late fall and winter, to emerge in its greatest intensity yet by June of 2012. We therefore will see even further evidence than we have thus far of the massive transformation still to come begin to show itself over these climactic summer months. Does this mean that in the words that Bob Dylan famously penned nearly 50 years ago, the old guard will be forced to “get out of the [new road] if [they] can’t lend [their] hand,” that the times indeed are “a-changin’” ? Time will tell but it is certainly beginning to appear that some form of his prophetic vision will indeed once again be the case as was the case in the tumultuous decade of the sixties that this current one reflects.

The intense changes of our world will continue to manifest on a more personal level as well. The planetoid Chiron, termed in modern Western Astrology “the Wounded Healer,” is also strongly invoked by the Solar Eclipse of July 1st. The eclipse Sun and Moon trine it; Mars, Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto strongly aspect it, while Saturn and Mercury form a bi-quintile Yod to Chiron. Since an eclipse is good at bringing things to greater conscious awareness, we might expect that that hidden traumas of all kinds will become more apparent to us. So also will the knee-jerk reactions and dysfunctional behavior patterns that stem from such deep woundings, and our task when these dark places within us do surface is to remain in conscious contact with our emotions while putting at least a temporary hold on our reactivity. Only by accepting every part of our human inheritance at the deepest possible level are we able to love ourselves through the grief and rage inspired by early trauma and begin to move past it. The scary part of all this is what might come up for us during the first two weeks of this present month, but that is also our greatest blessing, since what comes to conscious attention at this time is ripe for healing and eventual integration.

As this monthly cycle unfolds and our awareness continues to grow, we are able to feel creative limitation evolve into a sense of our own empowerment, but it won’t be easy. The First Quarter Moon of Thursday, July 7th, conjuncts Saturn and strongly aspects Neptune in mystical Pisces. Then the next week can bring us to new levels of self-actualization as the Moon opposes Mars and conjuncts the recent lunar eclipse degree, followed by the Full Moon on the 14th. The Last Quarter Moon of Friday, July 22nd, adds to this process as the Sun and Moon respectively enter Leo and Taurus. The hard work consists in figuring out who we really are, including a strong dose of out-of-this-world spiritual component, and then in acting on this realization to form a better basis for security beyond ordinary superficial reliance on material gains or beliefs conditioned by consensus thinking. The stages of this powerful lunation cycle demand no less.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). Ideas abound, Aries. You are on course to really begin to recreate yourself and your values– and the basis for your emotional security – out of the failed premises of the past. You are going through a birth process that is sometimes difficult but never dull, making an embattled stand for your cherished beliefs both new and old. You might wind up questioning everything that you ever knew, or thought you did, but there’s an excellent chance of it all coming out somehow right in the end. Your basic quality of character, the strength of your resolve, and your trust in the benevolence of the surrounding universe will see you through.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  You are feeling a joyful energy for change these days Taurus, and it is a truly spiritual direction that you are taking. As you contemplate your future now nothing makes sense that does not partake of the numinous and unseen world behind what is available to your senses five. As Whitman puts it you “contain multitudes.” There is a practical side to your desire for self-transcendence now that is appealing and that balances your wilder notions although might also feel limiting in the short term. With so many alternatives presenting themselves to you a certain degree of uncertainty and confusion is also inevitable. Optimistic thinking will take you far, but perhaps you are not meant to so easily get yourself all the way out of this particular dilemma.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). Your full potential is opening up before you, Gemini. As you search out new fields to conquer and focus on what is ahead for you rather than on what is behind, it’s almost as though what has gone before no longer even exists. This dream of the future unfolding is the stronger and overcomes any illusion of past incompleteness. It’s scary taking on a new kind of responsibility for yourself in moving into a better internal relationship with Spirit actualizing itself through your life, and yet this vision is so compelling that it outweighs all other considerations. Your life as it develops and as you respond to the evolutionary pressures within you and outside of yourself is simply allowing you to become who you really are.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is the first month of the rest of your life, Cancer. A new phase is upon you with the July 1st Solar Eclipse in your sign. You are now more fully yourself, and it might be best to simply accept the changes that continue to rain down. You recognize that you are being put through the ringer, but for good reason, as your work in the world and the way that you come across to others turns topsy-turvy as a result. This all goes better when you relax and let the cosmos have its way with you. As the poet says, “Why, that my chaff might fly, my grain lie shear and clear!” You are somehow allowing Spirit to mold you and sculpt you, removing whatever is not your truest self.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an odd month for you, Leo; you are uncharacteristically feeling a little secluded. You may find that it is increasingly important that you reach out to your peers and yet this is an intention that does not easily find its resolution. You are meanwhile connecting to a quiet and calm space within you that is slowly transforming your approach to life from the inside out. Brothers and sisters and the way that you communicate your deepest thoughts to others create an important t feedback loop to your own process which is a largely internal one. Your insights are dazzling in their essential clarity and when you can find the way to get them across to others then you will really see them shine. They magnify in significance and serve to further the common good as you see it.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) it is an entirely new ballgame for you, Virgo. Your wishes are powerful now, and lead you toward new horizons. Self-expression is a transformative area, a changing landscape throwing you out of your normal orbit, and putting you more in tune with a deep sense of intuitional purpose that takes you beyond former limits. You are coming to greater consciousness regarding old patterns of dysfunctional behavior that have perhaps held you back for far too long, and that with the help of the feedback from constructive partners are starting to shift. You have been feeling stuck, shying away from necessary adjustments that you fear will take you out of your comfort zone. All that may be about to change with the power of this monthly cycle.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) You are taking it over the top, Libra. This is the month that the pace of change really accelerates for both your work in the world and also for your on-going internal transformation. It is important to recognize that far from being a distraction, the one is not really possible without the other. Partners in your life provide much of the catalytic excitement and part of the joy, but the real opportunity is for deep connection within the bounds of your very own mind and heart. As you sink into more meaningful resonance with the surrounding cosmos you might return to your own profound center and, as they say, know that place as though it were the very first time.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You are undergoing a sea-change, Scorpio. Nothing that is fundamental to your former life will be left untransformed, but with your reaction to the events of this month and the next will turn “rich and strange.” Day-to-day existence becomes surprisingly unpredictable. Hidden and even difficult places within you are likely to be revealed and to present themselves to your conscious self for acceptance and healing. Significant partners in your life have an important role to play in illuminating your way down and through your own deep places and in keeping up your spirits during the course of these inner explorations. It is important that you keep the communication flowing in order to achieve an entirely necessary balance.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) You are in for some serious fun this monthly cycle, Sagittarius. You must yield up any preconception of what is in store as you explore yet another new edge for yourself in a culmination of recent developments. You are fundamentally optimistic while still remembering – as you dream large – to cross the T’s and dot the i’s of the necessary details of life. The world is not as you have always known it but is far richer, and far stranger. The very grounding of your being has been pulled out from under you and it’s disconcerting. An unexpected blessing awaits you though when you dig down deep into your process, as you find your fear and then proceed to move beyond it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) Your transformation has merely begun, Capricorn. You are a little like the weary traveler who has surmounted hill after hill just to find that the truly daunting heights are only now fully revealed. Still there is solace in the notion that you will emerge on the other side a wiser and much different person than when you started. Partnership holds promise for you, as you are currently seeing your intentions and your possibilities in this area in an entirely new light. Your world is being rocked, sometimes gently, at moments quite a bit more suddenly, and it is the rocking to which you are going to have to become accustomed rather than any temporary resting place that you might happen to find along the way.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is an unusual time of questioning, Aquarius. You are seeking the truth about your life path on this earth; why now of all times and whither, and why me in particular? Communication with your peers is the name of the game for you lately and helps you to grow in some uncharacteristic directions that involve far more inner than outer exploration. Everything is undefined and vague and a bit of a mystery from the standpoint of the surface layers. Education is one source of assurances but it won’t be the kind that comes from books. In the caverns of inner desire and intuitive grappling for big answers you’ll find that experience is not just the best but actually the only teacher.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are in a fantastic place right now, Pisces; this is your time. Although lately you can be more sensitively alert to the ups and downs of your surroundings than is usual even for you, your self-expression and dramatic presence is a torrent right now when you let it out. You have only to ensure that you disregard lingering voices of negativity and self-criticism that seem to come from nowhere but are actually holdovers from the past. When you get out of your own way you are constructively engaged in the process of finding your true self and crafting future plans that are more consistent with who you really are. Putting all that positive energy to good use feels like a win-win because it is.

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.

2 Responses to “July Transformational Astrology by Henry Seltzer”

  • Lorina:

    Why is the horoscope always sent when the month has just about ended. Today is the 25 of July and I just received the email from Four Corners?

    • Publisher:

      Hello Lorina,
      Thank you for enjoying the horoscopes! We always post the new horoscopes around the 15th of each month on the website, and then send the ezine out afterwards. We were a bit late this month indeed, our apologies. But do remember to come visit the website regularly for the new horoscopes. We have a group of Facebook where we announce this as well.

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