October Transformational Astrology – Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology

October 2011

Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of October features Saturn, Uranus and Pluto, plus Chiron. This is a powerful month for change, based on the Libra New Moon from the end of September that conjoined Mercury and formed a T-square with Uranus and Pluto. We are urged to transform, in ourselves and in our thinking, like it or not, and whether we think that we are ready for it or not, and we will eventually come to see the advantages of moving forward thus with our lives.

Mercury is also prominent in this month’s configurations, since it almost exactly opposes Uranus at the time of the New Moon and is also exactly parallel with Uranus. Visionary ideas and startling epiphanies could well come to light over the course of this month’s cycle, while a series of surprising turns of events is also more than likely with their consequent opportunities for enlightenment. The intelligence that we receive in this way, rather than being dismissed as illogical, might need to be allowed to absorb in a kind of spiritual osmosis whereby this unexpected and powerful information can be allowed settle, via an act of cosmic grace, into our very being.

Saturn is also strongly configured in this month’s lunations, being in parallel and conjunct Venus at the time of the New Moon, and is also in parallel with Chiron. Saturn is also conjunct the Sun and opposed by the Moon at the time of the Full Moon on the October 11th. Saturn with Chiron brings up once more, as it did last month also, the wound of misplaced authority. This is therefore a time when we question whether the authority figures that influence us in our adult lives are in fact acting in our own best interest. Our fears in this regard are based on early childhood trauma with parental authority that we found not fully functional. By a process of introspection we come to accept outside authority as in fact beneficial as well as suspect. When Saturn comes up it is not necessarily negative. Although we are facing inherent limitations in what we are about, and taking on a conservative thrust of mind, we need also to acknowledge that limitation is an important part of life and that the intelligent conservation of resources and of time and money might turn out to be crucial to our survival in this pivotal decade.

Uranus and Pluto are the big news this month; still within close orb of their square, and that square is powerfully triggered and highlighted by the Libra New Moon that guides the unfolding events of this month’s cycle. We feel the evolutionary pull toward an unknown future, and this is of course scary. But choosing to move forward nevertheless remains safer than continuing as we are, since we are essentially moving toward the true purpose of our Higher Selves. We are tempted to resist this evolutionary pull; the familiar is always more comforting than the unknown. We must however recognize what would be in our actual best long-term interest, and this enables us to have the courage to go ahead. We go stumbling and slow, or as singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan puts it – fumbling towards ecstasy. We honor our own best interest but only in fits and starts, not as consistently as we would like. However we do it and we benefit from accepting what is.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is a powerful time for you, Aries, when you will be making a major move toward integration. The wheel is still very much in spin; transformational energies that have been coming down this past year or more are just getting started, and your life from now on will never be entirely the same. These changes may take years yet to complete, but you actually find yourself at the beginning of a kind of plateau now, a place to stand while you reflect on recent developments. Partly as a result of the turmoil, your creative self-expression runs high, and moves in unlikely new directions. This month is also a time when you are extremely focused on significant partners in your life as an adjunct to discovering your own wholeness.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  You are getting serious, Taurus. This is the month when you make an important internal connection between what you do and what you believe. There is a way that everyday life is being made into something rich and strange, to fit in with how you have been seeing the world around you. Health concerns and fitness programs also correspond to this more elevated and intuitive viewpoint which is recently more of a dedicated ideal for you. The challenges and surprises of this time are ether coincidental or else meaningful, and it is by accepting the latter idea that you rock your world entirely. Partners could also come into the picture in a big way after the mid-month Full Moon, and might prove to be extremely helpful in pointing your own way forward.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a big month for self-development, Gemini, a time when you are walking your individual walk, and yet by that act you are led to examine and clarify your talk as well, and the collective impulse that engenders your expanding philosophy that yet does not correspond to consensus thinking. Your vision for your future has never been clearer or more urgent, although it is perhaps difficult at times to accept because uniquely yours. The strictures of society are very much with you these days, paradoxically both as exemplar and as something to resist. It’s a heady mix of energies that swirl about you now, and the only way through is to consult your innermost angel guides. They are subtly steering you in the direction that you have all along somehow known to be your own.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a powerful month for you, Cancer, and for the evolutionary arc of your development. You are feeling excited and inspired to be moving forward with career plans that continue to shift and modify on a daily basis, while at the core of your being you remain true to yourself and to your tendency to hide away from the world at large. The question is how to pursue these very different agendas, and do justice to each one, without making yourself crazy in the process. The answer might lie in attempting to discern how they interact and feed off each other. When deeply felt, your outer world participation will fulfill your inner goals, and in terms of career, only the path with heart will satisfy you now, for public or for private considerations.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an interesting month for both spiritual and mental progress, Leo. Although these twin modalities are not often linked they can indeed be one and the same. You are possessed by a fierce and competitive drive for knowledge, and by the realization that knowledge is power. But between the concepts of power over and the power of self-transcendence there is an obvious choice, and it is one to which you are increasingly attuned. Your communication comes fast and furious at times or else goes silent as you move toward the inside to dwell on the responsibility to remain as true as possible to your principles, as you can presently discern them. Through all of this you are gradually coming into better alignment between what you believe and what you actually do.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) You are feeling the rush, Virgo. There is a sudden influx of energy in your life lately, which is a beautiful blessing. The blaze of glory is only somewhat shadowed by your own internal demons, an important part of the thorough-going transformation that you still find yourself in the midst of. This includes a radical redefinition of your self-concept and your most basic values. The solution is to trust inner wisdom, which appears as wild-eyed intuitional information from your deep inner core. Life certainly throws you a few curve balls lately. Like a roller-coaster rider you could be thrown off at the turn. But if you can manage to hang on, there is more power residing in these strange places within you than your rational mind can possibly even imagine.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is truly the first month of the rest of your life, Libra. There have been many challenging events over the past year and therefore many changes also to absorb as you begin another birthday year amidst a radically transforming social order. Partnering with others has taken a new turn as a result of your own rapidly shifting perspectives. You could be seeking a better blend of inner and outer concerns, a greater intrinsic security that stems from meeting your own needs first and foremost. There also comes to your aid the helpful interaction of close partners at this time as well but in a way that does not take away from your own presence. It’s a tightrope balancing act between being there for another while asserting your own independence, but it’s one that you’ve been training for.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a tempestuous month for progress, Scorpio, although it is of a unique kind that might be hardly recognizable as progress in the eyes of the world.  You are more active in inner realms than outer, although truly the inner feeds the outer. Your perspective is rapidly shifting on your day-to-day life and on your sense of purpose. Spirit calls you to action, and the only conceivable response is “yes,” but you will no doubt come to your own version of that affirmation in your own manner and in your own time. It’s a great time for journaling and for meditation on your condition.  You are full of somewhat undirected energy and yet intent on establishing for yourself a new beachhead in a changing world.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a revitalizing time for you, Sagittarius, and attitude is all-important. Your idealized concept of a future life that you can believe in has never been as fully present to you as it is right now. The cosmos is inviting you to put aside cynicism and despair, and to embrace the possibility of positive change in a way that exceeds previous high-water marks. Just go for it. You must also be aware that in the course of actualizing your powerful vision there will be inevitably chaos, confusion and uncertainty, just as is always the case with any new conception. Your task is therefore to witness everything that happens just as it is, without needing to editorialize from the limited standpoint of your logical mind, which knows after all only half of the story, at most.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) Your career and professional life is a powerful force for you right now, Capricorn, and you are no doubt reveling in it. Achievement in the eyes of the world really calls to you, but your true assignment lies with internal changes that you are still very much in the midst of. These will ultimately transform your self-concept and your world along with it, since the one reflects the other. This idea does not affect your actions so much as your attitude toward them. Once you detach and see your viewpoint as your own creation things become much easier. Achievement is effortless when not freighted down with extraneous judgments from consensus thinking, and you can relax and simply trust in the beneficence of the universe to sustain you, no matter what.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are making your way through to a new sense of freedom, Aquarius, and in the process redefining your very identity. You are also recharging your perspective on life in general. Everything that you have thought and known up to now is subject to change, and sometimes surprisingly rapid change. You are searching for a way into the future that allows you breathing room, and even though this is currently unfolding for you, you might resist novel approaches there and quail at these radically different locks on the doors of your destiny. As you attempt to find the keys to fit these new locks, your core center is activated, as well as the true goals of your Higher Self and of your purpose going forward.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) Your personal evolution takes a growth spurt this month, Pisces.  If it sometimes feels as though your process places you squarely in the path of an oncoming train it might be the train of your destiny coming to call on you, that serves you even as it shocks you into greater wakefulness. Your sense of basic security is threatened because you can’t go back mentally to what no longer anymore exists, and this leaves you somewhat helpless in the face of too rapid and too drastic change. In the end it is your connections to others that will pull you through. In plurality lies power. You are supported by an emerging social order that is being born in the wake of your own transformation – as much as anyone’s.

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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