Tranformational Astrology – September 2017 by Henry Seltzer

Tranformational Astrology – September 2017

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of September features Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Mercury is still retrograde as the month begins, stationing to direct motion on the 5th and finally escaping its retrograde shadow on the 19th. Mars was involved in a grand trine in Fire signs with Saturn and Eris in the timing of the very powerful New Moon and solar eclipse of August 21st that initiated the current thirty-day lunation. Mars also conjuncts retrograde Mercury at the eclipse degree on September 3rd, just before his entrance into Mercury’s sign of Virgo on the 5th. Because the solar eclipse was in partile trine with Uranus, echoed in the New Moon of September 19th, we may expect weird doings all month long, plus unexpected enlightenment, “in the strangest of places.” With the new planet, Eris, emphasized as well, representing a spiritual warrior energy in support of soul intention, we are likely to come much closer to a true understanding of what motivates us at deep levels, especially if we are paying attention.

Neptune is definitely involved in the changes and the challenges of September. For one thing, the Full Moon of September 6th precisely conjuncts Neptune. Then, too, Jupiter aspected Neptune at the August 21st eclipse event, while, when Mercury stationed retrograde, it was opposed to Neptune, initiating an unusually strong retrograde period that is completing by the 19th -taking the retrograde shadow into account. We have seen uncertainty, confusion and deception, including the possibility of self-deception, in various ways, both collectively and individually, while there has also been a marked spiritual component to at least some of the recent happenings. Because Mercury stations to direct motion on September 5th precisely on the eclipse degree, the entire retrograde period continues to be quite strong, and productive of dreamy introspection.

Pluto, too, is significantly invoked, being closely parallel to Saturn all month long, right through his station direct in late September, in minor aspect to the Sun and Moon in the eclipse New Moon, and aspected by Sun, Moon, Venus, and Mars in the September 6th Full Moon configuration. Since Uranus is so prominently positioned, in partile trine to the August 21st event, plus in another partile aspect, an inconjunct, to the September 19th Virgo New Moon, we have yet another instance of powerfully placed Uranus with highlighted Pluto, while their distance from each other is once again shrinking. By the methods proposed by seminal astrologer Richard Tarnas, their square lasts until 2020. The remainder of this decade and particularly the last half of 2017 will see further acknowledgment of massive change for each individual, and in the surrounding social structures.

Finally, it is also interesting to note that Chiron, in late Pisces, is almost exactly opposed by the September 19th New Moon, within a degree. Chiron represents the archetype of the Wounded Healer, and thus the latter half of September promises to be filled with even greater general feelings of angst, as well as greater awareness about how trauma stemming from early childhood can invade the present moment. Our very fears, together with feelings of lack of self-worth, may have the effect of holding us back from being all that we can be, even through strong inherent desire to articulate and embody our ideals. In the present context of major changes that affect everyone, this might be considered a form of “future shock,” in which we are fearful because so unsure of where as a society we might be heading. The antidote for all this psychological suffering is two-fold; first we must have faith in an essentially benevolent universe to have our best interest at heart and to sustain us, easier said than done of course, and secondly, we must have faith that we can solve the conundrum of our individual existence by getting in touch with ourselves at soul-level. By tuning in to intuition and our own inner voice, we can inhabit more of our higher self, presenting us with the needed courage to articulate and act upon our most treasured vision.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is a volatile and exciting month for you Aries, when you will leave behind certain outmoded parts of yourself, although there will be plenty to deal with along the way. You have enormous resources at hand and you only need the vision to call upon them. Intuition is your guide, and is very strong within you at this time. This month is full of surprises, stemming from the time of the recent solar eclipse through the action-packed first week of the current month, and beyond, and provides deep intuitional power to bear upon your situation. It feels like you have to go slowly at times to make any progress at all, and yet the progress that you make is long lasting. Your life is changing forever, and, just as you cannot step into the same river twice, so too you cannot step into your shoes ever again and be exactly the same person that you once were.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is a big month for internal change, Taurus. The recent solar eclipse lit up your home and family sector, and it is quite possible that you will be dealing with changes and perhaps challenges on the home front. Your family of origin could also come into play, as you dig deeper into your own inner world. You have a huge helping of intuition to guide you, and your dreams might be unusually expressive to you now. All of the information that you can receive concerning what is going on for you below the surface is valuable. You are feeling your way into greater wholeness through self-examination and relationship analysis, especially when Mercury stations to direct motion from the 3rd to the 5th. You are seeking better alignment between inner and outer, and have been looking more carefully into what you value most, including family ties, and seeing how this affects worldview, concepts of partnership, and your own creativity.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a time of consolidation, Gemini. You have been delving into interior realms within you and second-guessing familiar relationships ever since the last half of August, and this month you are seeking better answers to age-old questions regarding all that you hold inside, both the bitter and the sweet. You professional goals, expanded from the admixture of all this inner work, remain somewhat fuzzy and vague throughout the current month. You can discover more about what you are truly up to by consulting your intuition than by concrete nuts-and-bolts analysis, although this, too, has its place. The practical side of you is bolstered by the opinions of significant others in your life. The first week of September brings significant change, helping you to sort out your priorities in terms of soul-level commitment, while it is likely that the last half of the month will see you attempting to more fully understand your own early wounding.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a month when you are reaching for a turn-around, Cancer. Things are up in the air for you in matters of career and profession, with sudden fits and starts. You feel spiritually expansive in some ways, yet constrained in others, more dedicated to what you conceive as your life path and to the discipline involved to achieve it. You seek a better alignment between what you do and what on the inside you most profoundly adhere to. Relationship is a rapidly changing landscape for you, as you explore the manner in which cherished partners can contribute to your overall arc of personal evolution. Everything is a bit murky and unknown, especially around the timing of the Pisces Full Moon of September 6th, which conjuncts Neptune. Your values are subject to deep introspection, ultimately leading you to a new understanding of the world around you and your place within it.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a time of regrouping, Leo, and the consolidation of gains. You have been through a rebirth since the solar eclipse, through the last ten days of the previous month, and with Mercury currently retrograde in your sign, you are reflecting on the past few weeks and, with changes in mind, looking to the future. You need not be concerned if you feel held back from the fullest expression of your creative talents during this period of adjustment, since your true goal is longer lasting. With Mercury’s station to direct motion on he 5th, and the Full moon of the 6th, you may come to greater awareness of your depths, as well as the inner realms of partners. New perspectives abound, influenced by a strong intuitive grasp of realities beyond what the surface layers of your personality normally see. This affects the way that you see your role heading into the remainder of the year, in both professional and personal contexts.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This has been and will continue to be an exciting, illuminating and potentially confusing period of time, Virgo. It has been a dynamic couple of weeks leading up to the beginning of this month, punctuated by the solar eclipse of August 21st in your neighboring sign, and for the first week of September as well. You might feel that you have considerations of identity coming to the fore, and intimations of that which is beyond everyday awareness, subtle messages stemming from the highly intuitional and largely unconscious processes of your own inner world. Through it all, and with the help of these secret communications, you have been refining your understanding of who you really are. Partners might be able to help by lending their perspective, although they themselves have been somewhat mysterious lately so that you may have to stretch your mind a little in order to get the picture complete of what they are attempting to convey.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an interesting month for you, Libra, with surprising relationship events and unexpected enlightenment. You are figuring out your future, with the aid of others’ perspectives, and also by paying the closest possible attention to the hidden side of your personality that reveals itself in dreams, waking visions, and intuitional flashes of insight. Your professional choices, high on your agenda in the weeks leading up to the current month, become merged with these more private, yet still vital, concerns. With Mercury retrograde as the month begins, you are in almost a spell of deep introspection, so that forging a better alignment between inner and outer becomes a necessary component of your prospective pathway forward. You are renewing your commitment of service to the larger collective that surrounds you, punctuated by the Full Moon of September 6th, and the subsequent Virgo New Moon also, although at both these timings in a rather diffuse and spiritually based, rather than purely practical, manner.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You are finding your way forward this month in some very new and different ways, Scorpio. The career and professional life decisions that you make are based on both mystical and entirely practical considerations, either alternating or an amalgam of both. This is confusing unless and until you learn to let go of entire control and allow the universe to do its part. You will have a better handle on what it is that you hold inside, at depth, after the powerful Mercury retrograde has fully passed, over the course of the first two weeks of the month. There are many surprises in store as you take up what might be considered the roadmap for the rest of your life, with a growing sense of commitment to higher purpose. This serves the surrounding collective as well as making a match with your most cherished values, at least as far as you can discern them.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is the first month of the rest of your life, Sagittarius, in a very real sense. You are participating in an exciting vision for yourself and for the world around you that takes your creative self-expression in startling new directions and brings enthusiasm to practical plans and goals for a better connection to your own unique internal mandate for constructive change. There is a nay-saying or reluctant part of you that may also be active now and must, in some respects at least, be overcome. You are getting entirely serious about supporting a fresh level of commitment to deeply held values and a changing world view, in spite of whether or not these values are supported by the current trends in consensus thinking. These evolving goals may very well involve a renewed connection to Nature and the environment as your sense of personal contribution continues to expand.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a strange and wonderful time for you, Capricorn, the more so when you can relax and go with the flow. In the wake of the recent powerful solar eclipse from last month, you are evolving a new style of intimacy with significant others and also with yourself. You have a deep commitment now to develop your understanding of who you are on the inside, and you are beginning to see that the internal and largely unconscious part of yourself is quite as important as the conscious side. Your thoughts and words may be fuzzy and vague these days, and communicative mishaps more common, and this is due in part to your concerted focus on soul-level matters. Your life is in fact a waking dream; although, since you are so well grounded in practicalities, this too is difficult to recognize. As psychologist Thomas Moore once stated, the very nature of the soul is paradox.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is another wild and wooly month for you, Aquarius, with communicative outreach and relationship a focus, with the ups and downs of idealism versus misunderstanding an important part of the picture. Stemming from the month of August, punctuated by the powerful solar eclipse of its final weeks, you have had a fascination with the potential as well as the limitations of partnership interaction. A fresh start is indicated. The first week of September brings these issues up with a bang, especially on the 3rd and the 6th. This perhaps includes confusion around shared resources, as well as ideals of self-definition and connection with others. You have at this time a strong love of learning and an intention toward greater communicative outreach as a soul-level commitment. It is vital that you fully explore your intuitive understanding of who you truly are, and allow your relationship activity and outer-world agenda to follow suit.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a month of revelation and new understandings for you, Pisces, with shifts in perspective that are facilitated by important others. Your most cherished principles, a subject of interest for months now, take on added significance with your career sector ruler in direct opposition with the new planet Eris, plus Uranus, located in your resources sector. This indicates a shift toward innovation in your values and their potential for being realized. In symbolic resonance with the retrograde of Mercury through your opposite sector, you are reviewing the impact of relationship on your life in general, and partners are also simultaneously involved in shaping your evolving world view. You are in an interesting place of both optimism and pessimism toward outer world events and practical professional considerations, so that you may well find that following your intuition toward alignment with your most deeply held beliefs is your surest pathway forward.



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, His new book about Eris, the planet beyond Pluto only recently discovered, in 2006, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon, or from your local bookseller through New Leaf distributing. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at


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