The Transformational Intensity of December


Astrology by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of December features Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, along with Eris. Mars and the other personal planets are changing signs this month, with Mars entering Aquarius early, just two days before the powerful Full Moon configuration of Saturday, December 6th, that highlights Uranus and Pluto in square, now less than half of a degree away and therefore quite active. This is one peak of their current thrust for massive and revolutionary change. At this time as well, Jupiter and Venus conspire to make a grand trine in Fire signs with the new planet Eris, past Pluto, that is proving to be potent in natal charts and in transit, representing a spiritual warrior for soul purpose. Therefore this month, we are celebrating this newly discovered outer planet archetype that seems to symbolize an implacable energy for embracing deep soul intention. What we can expect is a greater reliance on ourselves, and for making a stand for what, at the deepest levels of our being, we truly believe.

This energy for soul purpose combines with Uranus and Pluto, which are drawing near to the penultimate instance of their square alignment that will go down in the astrological records as the defining configuration of this decade. The trickster energy of Uranus in Aries brings surprises, as well as great intuitional awareness along with him, in addition to the unexpected event that can lead to an entirely new insight. The massively transforming effects of Pluto are also well-known for their compelling power of life purpose in motion. This month is therefore a time of great intensity and potential progress along the arc of our intended development. We are, all of us, leaving some part of the past behind us as we sail through a transformational month. When we have more or less prepared for the deep changes that accompany the revolutionary effect of Uranus and Pluto in exact collision, an aspect that perfects mid-month, we are better off than when we resist this force for radical change.

The Sagittarius New Moon that originated this current lunation cycle took place on November 22nd, and this configuration itself stimulated the positions of Uranus and Pluto by sesquiquadrate and semi-square, so that all month long we have a strong dose of personal and societal evolution. The third major outer planet, Neptune, brings an otherworldly and idealistic point of view to the place he currently resides, in early Pisces, and is a factor greatly emphasized this month as well, being squared by the New Moon. Then, in another remarkable configuration, Jupiter is closely trine the new planet Eris until the end of December, because Jupiter itself is getting ready to station on December 8th, remaining in the same degree all month. Since Eris herself moves so slowly, also staying in her spot, the 23rd degree of Aries, for the entire month of December, we have a partile or extra-potent trine between them from the timing of the Sagittarius New Moon onward. This brings a strong hit of Eris to consciousness, especially in the mid-month time frame when the Sun in Sagittarius completes a grand trine with Jupiter and Eris. We will therefore be more fully tuned to inner awareness, and able to achieve a much better understanding of our deep soul intention, as a result of this quite powerful cycle that ends with the Winter Solstice and Capricorn New Moon of Sunday, December 21st.

The Winter Solstice itself is extraordinarily powerful this year, coinciding with the New Moon that takes place only a few minutes of a degree into the sign of Capricorn. This is always a very special time and this month even more so, as we look ahead to the turning of the year. Because Uranus and Pluto remain within one degree of exact through December, and beyond, we have before us an extremely powerful springtime leading up to their final exact hit in mid-March of 2015.

ARIES (March 20-April 19).  This is an intensely transformational month that you are faced with, Aries, representing a danger that is also opportunity. You have reached in some sense the end of your rope, and the ultimate result might be to give up and recognize that as a door closes another opens. You are getting the idea, from way down in the depths of your soul, for what you actually aspire to. Things are becoming intolerable, thus continuing to alert your somewhat attentive awareness that the time has truly come when a radical departure is needed. This is therefore a chance to become clear about what, on the inside, you are actually all about. Once you make the changes that you contemplate there is no turning back; this is difficult and yet, in another way of seeing things, a total blessing.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  In some important sense your intense times have only just begun, Taurus. This month signals the ending of one cycle of metamorphosis and the beginning of another. As you graduate this year’s crash course, you are automatically signed up for the next, and you are coming to a better understanding of where it is that you are ultimately heading. There is a spiritually oriented inner component to your evolving worldview. You might feel inspired to undertake inner work beyond even what you have come to over these last few months. The cosmos seems to be sending you a signal to rejoice. The changes that you have been through have prepared you somewhat for these new Olympic trials, while family members, partners and angel guides are standing by to take your hand, as you are able offer it up to them.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). Your steep educational thrust continues, Gemini, into this climactic ending of a powerful year, and perhaps even accelerates. This is a time of feeling your way forward by means of a compassionate career stance that takes soul purpose more completely into account, and of trusting the perspective of helpful partners in your life. You are gaining ground as you learn from them, and also you are simultaneously discovering further facets of your own unique way of being and moving through the world. You are setting your sights on distant prospects that seem nonetheless readily attainable, building upon the momentum of these recent months of trial and surmounting. The Full Moon in your sign, while honoring your partnering inclinations, brings you back even more clearly to yourself, and to the deep-seated changes that you are still undertaking as you head into the profound journey of another important year.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a powerful monthly cycle for you, Cancer, a continuation of the intensity with yet, however, a twist. You are in a decidedly fortunate place, particularly when you take your inner guidance seriously. Relationships continue to amaze you, and to provide necessary perspectives for your own arc of development. You are adhering to traditional ways of being that have served you well all these years, and simultaneously throwing them over completely in favor of an uncertain mandate. As you locate additional factors for creative career moves, they have the tendency to take you over from out of the blue, just when you thought you were done experimenting. This is productive, although not in the usual sense. You are in a spiritual place with these challenges, made to order for the new you that is rapidly emerging.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an interesting month for you, Leo, one in which you are making joyous inroads on your issues. You are tasked by the cosmic forces that surround you to come up with expanded ways to see yourself and your world. Your soul intention is coming forward to claim you, ultimately leading you to an entirely different self-concept. This might be termed an identity crisis, although it is difficult only to the extent that you resist. Flashes of insight that have been building to critical mass lead you onward, and let you know that while your situation is serious, it need not be dire. Your luck is running good, made better by your sincere attention to your own intuitive judgment, from deep inside. When you trust in your inner guidance, you win, in spite of every other indication to the contrary.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an amazing month for you, Virgo, one with opportunities of an unusual kind. Home and family issues call for a combination of enthusiasm and caution as you continue to navigate the tricky waters of interpersonal connection in new ways. This has the outcome of allowing you to settle in with your own deeper knowledge. The most important result of all this effort might be more private than anything that is seen in terms of purely surface awareness. You are exploring your hidden spaces within, and these are truly dark, and yet, simultaneously and surprisingly, also filled with light. This is not the bright glow of accomplishment in the eyes of the world, although it is nonetheless a glow of satisfaction that you perceive most clearly when you stay entirely true to yourself.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an amazing month for progress, Libra, on both personal and outer-world levels. Partners provide surprises and a useful shake-up that stirs you out of familiar habit patterns that have perhaps grown stale, supplying vision for what you truly need. You are recognizing that you live not by bread alone, and are more prepared than ever to make this ideal a concrete reality. Your family life is being transformed before your eyes and that, too, affects you deep down to the very core of your being. You are at an important crossroads and succeed when you have the courage to follow inner guidance. When you stay the course, utilizing the higher purpose that you bring to explore new concepts of achievement, you move forward, through the powerful ending of an intense year, into greater wholeness.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is an interesting monthly cycle in process for you, Scorpio, as you head into a powerful ending to one year of intense change, and the beginning of another. You have traveled a wilderness path of depriving yourself in search of something more fulfilling. This period, traditionally a time for taking stock, for you represents a dual challenge: to succeed in your own terms, and yet make your way through to what might be considered winning in the eyes of the world. Inspiration moves you to dismiss any shred of personal achievement that does not include a healthy quality of learning for yourself and improvement for the society as a whole. You are setting yourself up for the resources that you will need to make it through to where your deepest soul intention is leading you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a thoughtful and exuberant time for you, Sagittarius. You are feeling the good vibes of the recent New Moon in your sign, giving you a monthly cycle bursting with energy for both personal and relationship expressiveness. How you show up for others with a positive essence is in sync with your work as well as your play. It is important to recognize that there are yet important issues left to deal with that will yield to your sincere effort, and that this the perfect time to make a difference. These include the very foundation of your personality, with roots that extend more deeply down, into the psychological reality that you inhabit within. These matters are in process now, and any feelings of surprise at their severity turns in an instant into joy at the magnitude of the course of action that you can muster in response.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This month is crucial for you, Capricorn, signaling an important transition to a more definite new stage that is forming within you and ushering in your birthday season. You are preoccupied with internals of your situation, almost to the exclusion of outer world factors. Your dreams are important now, and could have much to tell you regarding your inner world that, although relatively hidden from your conscious awareness, might come to be seen as underlying everything that you say and do. You are feeling the mystical winds of change blowing through you; although these are bringers unexpected difficulties, they are not to be feared, but rather celebrated. You win when you welcome them and their alterations as helpers in getting you across an important threshold into a transformed vision of the world around you and of its possibilities.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are in the midst of a fortunate monthly cycle, Aquarius, made more so when you make the choices that are in complete alignment with both your logical and your emotional self. This is a profound time of greater conscious concern for where your life is taking you, fueled by an overwhelming power to get things done along the lines of your soul’s true agenda. You are feeling your way toward a new mandate for change that includes helpful partners, both as useful adjuncts to your process of evolutionary growth and as the source of new perspectives that blend and merge with your own. In a timing that includes the potential to visualize a new future self into being, novel information comes your way all of a sudden that might serve to make your choices more obvious

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are in the midst of another vibrant and powerful monthly cycle of evolutionary growth, Pisces. This constitutes one culmination of all the changes form over the course of an intense 2014. You are feeling into the flow of adventure that will lead you from one reality to quite another, as you progress into the ending of the calendar year. With all this major transformation you are most importantly coming to a better understanding of what you are really up to from a deeper perspective, that task that you came into this lifetime in order to fulfill. This has almost nothing to do with the dictates of society, still less with how the residue of your early conditioning continues to affect you, and yet practically everything with what your soul offers up to you from down inside.

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

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