MAY 2012 ASTROLOGY – Henry Seltzer


May 2012

Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of May features Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Neptune. Mercury conjuncted Uranus in the last week of April as it recovered from its recent retrograde, and also at the time of the April 21st New Moon that set the stage for the current monthly cycle. Venus, moving through the sign of Gemini, ruled by Mercury, herself turns to retrograde motion on May 15th. This retrograde of Venus leads up to a special time, when she disappears from the sky for 8 days, preceding her heliacal rise in mid-June, as she becomes the Morning Star. The Mayans believed that this symbolic journey through the underworld was a time of uncertainty in the daytime lands of her normal habitation. This is also another extremely Neptunian cycle, as have been the last few months. The April 21st New Moon closely aspected Neptune, bringing that numinous and otherworldly energy quite strongly into the picture, and Mars is also opposed to Neptune as the current month begins, which further emphasizes Neptune’s shape-shifting qualities.

The enlightening and unpredictable energy of Uranus is also highlighted in the current cycle by the above-mentioned conjunction of Mercury and also by an inconjunct aspect from Mars, just as Mars opposes numinous Neptune and Chiron, the Wounded Healer, at the very beginning of the month. Beware of accidents, and of unintended emotional mishaps. There is an implied wake-up call here, perhaps involving an increased sensitivity to the past and to the pain and injury provoked by early trauma as well as an idealistic determination to rise above such ancient wounding. Jupiter also aspects Uranus, from the beginning of the month until the Last Quarter Moon of the 12th, increasing the potential for intuition and for optimistic assessments.

The Solar Eclipse of Sunday, May 20th, represents a powerful time, taking place in the first degree of Gemini and thus sextile to the Aries point. Mercury rules the sign of Gemini and is found in Taurus, in conjunction with Jupiter and in aspect to Saturn and to newly retrograde Venus. Both thought and emotion are brought to the fore and in combination, granting you an unusual opportunity to come to a better set of ideas concerning your earthly situation. Since Venus is exactly trine Saturn, your love-life and relationship energy is inward and somewhat stifled, but intensified. In addition to the important relationships in your life, you are seeking to concretize as well your dreams and your artistic impulses

By the time of the Solar Eclipse the Uranus-Pluto square is less than 2 degrees away from exact – and therefore showing up even more markedly. The hour is growing late for our decade and for our century as we strive to turn things around. This applies to our personal lives just as much as to the cultural situation, and the one is a holographic impulse to the other, so that there are no small actions.  We are enjoined to think and feel our way through the difficulties of our current situation, imagining a better future for ourselves and then screwing up the courage to act from highest principles. Nothing else will suffice in this crucial time period as we bring to the planet and to ourselves the bounty of fresh understanding and renewed determination to make a difference, this time around.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). You are getting serious, Aries. This is an important time of spiritual awakening and resurgence, a continuation of what has been going on all year. This month, your values are the foundation that serves to ground you, with significant partners providing additional ballast. Your ideas and your intuition are sizzling. Since your mentality is so high-flying, engendering concepts that are not only fresh, but, more important, tailored to your own specialized arc of development and growth, it becomes increasingly important that they be grounded into some kind of concrete action. You are seeking to forge a unique amalgamation of Spirit and real-world concerns that will take you forward without in the process losing too much of what you truly desire for yourself, as you make your way forward with your highest intention.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This is a time of great change, Taurus and yet as well a homecoming beyond conditioning to your original self.  A new day is dawning for you, in this your birthday time of the year, and it involves setting priorities at a more internal level while simultaneously re-evaluating your stake in the game and where you are headed. An idealistic streak has been building and the remaining question is how to handle it and to integrate it without losing track of actions within the purely physical plane of ordinary endeavor or the life of the body. You need to have both sides of the human experience; it is all real and yet all not. Only ego imagines otherwise. When you can manage to get out of your own way, the floodgates of your creativity open.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is potentially a time of enormous shift for you, Gemini, and yet everything appears much the same on the surface. You are feeling into a mystical future for yourself, one emerging out of the experience of living in the physical world and yet transcending that day-to-day reality also, and taking this essentially spiritual approach as the only viable way forward. For the first part of this month your dreams might be the place where truth is revealed, and almost nowhere else in your life will this be true.  All is confusion on the outside but revelatory in your inner world. After the eclipse of May 20th in your sign the plan changes and what is hidden and inner begins to come to the surface.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) You are softer than usual this month, Cancer, but hard enough to change your life as you reflect upon it. The energy of Mars is with you in your communication sector, as tempered by the otherworldly energy of Neptune, so that there could be a subtle sarcastic edge to your commentary now, or at least an impatience with incomplete solutions. You are very expansive and going all the way for the big picture, and you must recognize your power to make a difference for your own future and maybe even for the planet as a whole. Whatever you dream this first half-month will be eventually actualized. Don’t be distracted by details or by the confusion that you and everyone else might feel these days about getting there.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) After a fallow period, Leo, the time has arrived for thoughtful action. You are always charged up, but lately you have been taking a break from directly pushing your agenda as you reassessed your beliefs and values. Now, refreshed, you are surging forward as a powerful and idealistic presence in the universe at large, although you must beware also of illusion. You are mentally energized; your mind and heart are filled with images of the way in which you wish to transform the world around you, and yourself in the process. As you move forward, you must decide most carefully exactly what it is that you wish to embody. There are many potential paths, but only the path that aligns with your very highest intention will serve you now.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is a fantastic time of opportunity and growth, Virgo, so long as you incorporate deliberation. You are springing forward with the season and with the developmental parabola of your life that responds to the cosmic energies that surround you. Partners supply a helpful and compassionate point of view that you might nevertheless want to verify before acting on, as described in the old Arabic maxim to trust in God but to anyway tie up your camel. You are seeking intimacy and communication and you will find it – although perhaps in unexpected places. The bottom line is that your fundamental action-orientation at this juncture must be tempered by philosophical contemplation and by renewed caution before everything that you are cooking up in your cauldron will be entirely ready for consumption.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is the time of your life, Libra, and of making key changes as well. Your transformation and growth is remarkable even though, with your ruler Venus retrograding through your sector of higher mind, it might be the case of two steps forward, one step back. This will nevertheless allow you to come closer to the ultimate goal. You are reviewing all your beliefs and values, looking for concrete evidence you can leverage for lasting transformation. A thoughtful and even spiritual point of view is essential to this enterprise and through many major twists and turns will take you where you need to go, which is toward a renewed sense of absolute security that stems not from the opinions of others but from the depths of your very own mind and heart.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You are in a time of momentous idealization, Scorpio. With any luck you will avoid treacherous shoals of delusion and confusion as you make your way forward into wholeness. As you balance visionary ideas for the future with day-to-day refinements and concerns, you do well to give full credence to both sides of these mystical scales. Hidden limitations and old wounds conspire to throw you off course but you can discern the true north of the magnet’s pull that leads you onward. Partners in your life are important to you now, and provide at least as many answers as question marks, helping you to sort out significant priorities and parameters for your journey amongst all the myriad facets of the divine that are being presented to you for your consideration.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is an important as well as a confusing time, Sagittarius. You are in motion, no doubt about that, and your life as well, and the question becomes wither and to what end. The potential conflict lies between moving ahead with what you truly believe versus business as usual, which seems safer, at least in the short haul. You are filled with a kind of fever for forward momentum and must beware of mindless milling about, especially since the core basis of your psychological security seems an empty page, like trying to walk on thin air. Partners help you by standing firm but the ultimate decision on where you are heading is uncomfortably your own. When you think about your path from the standpoint of its eventual end point the choice becomes clear.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are feeling your oats lately, Capricorn. This is your time to shine, or at least, hard worker that you are, to quietly glow with the real-world satisfaction of a job well done. Only, there are factors that seek to counter this more or less comfortable reality emphasis. An instability at the very core of your being is heating up and leading you toward a potentially productive but still disconcerting melt-down. Deceptive communication provides pitfalls even though it might turn out to be your own. You can and will shore up your attitude as the month wears on, but it helps if you can first come to terms with outrageous eccentricity and rampant uncertainty. If you can succeed even here, than nothing will have the power to stop you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a pivotal month for you, Aquarius, in a pivotal year. You have been experimental all your life and it has prepared you for this moment when the universe is asking from you even more. Your values are on shaky ground, morphing in a direction that is compatible with spiritual rather than mundane standards, which can be a strain unless you are fully committed to the paradox of living in at least two worlds simultaneously. Also, you are bringing yourself more fully to the table of family and of partnership, showing up with a whole heart as you face potential challenges that grow you. There are places within this arc of development that yield to the fuzzy logic of emotion more readily than to the purely mental variety mistakenly called common sense.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a big month, Pisces, an occasion for stretching yourself to transcend previous limitations in heart-felt curiosity concerning who and what you really are. Joni Mitchell’s 1960’s answer might be an appropriate one to latch onto as you navigate the potentially turbulent waters of this monthly cycle: stardust, golden, part of the original garden to which you are striving to return. In any case, communication is key. Only by reaching out to others, it seems, can you find your own place to stand. Partners provide contentious feedback but also partial solutions, causing you to make concrete choices, and allowing you – through depth explorations that take you within yourself to the hidden heart of the matter – to rise. It might be truly said that the way down and the way up are for you one and the same.


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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