Transendential Astrology December 2017 by Henry Seltzer

An Introspective and Potentially Confusing December

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of December features Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. This continues to be a very Uranian time, since the New Moon that began the month was again in close aspect to the Trickster planet. Pluto too was then emphasized, lord of Death and Rebirth. Then, too, Mercury retrogrades near the beginning of the month, bringing the usual symptoms of missed connections, mechanical breakdown, and deep introspection on where your life is taking you to this end-of-year timing. The house position in your own chart of the Mercury retrograde, as it moves backward through the last half of Sagittarius, will be an interesting clue as to what area of life is coming up for you, for reflection, meditation, and potential revision. It is significant that Mercury, as it stations late evening of December 2nd, early morning of the 3rd, the same day as the Gemini Full Moon, which it rules, makes a precise alignment with Neptune. This was true at the last Mercury retrograde period as well, when Mercury was opposed to Neptune. This time it is a minor aspect, a quintile, or 72-degrees, but it is still quite telling. We are therefore once more in for a rather intense Mercury retrograde period, with a distinct spiritual component. For any difficulties that arise, the question we will want to be asking ourselves is what higher purpose does it serve.

Mercury also conjuncts Saturn as it stations, and then after a few days, moves back across this planetary archetype of limitation and taking on extra burdens. This implies that we will find, amidst all our reflections and intellection, a growing sense of responsibility to natural law and our best intentions. Venus, in mid-Scorpio in the timing of the Scorpio New Moon that began December’s initial cycle, enters Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius on December 1st. With Jupiter still in Scorpio, we are likely to continue to see further investigations into sexual misconduct, along with a greater focus on positive solutions. Mars, representing male energy, enters his own sign of Scorpio, on December 9th, and sextiles Pluto during the first week of the New Year, which may again, as the square did on the weekend of November 18th, bring up issues of anger management and the potential for change in the way that we conduct ourselves during interpersonal confrontation.

It is important to note that the beginning of the month does present some challenges beyond the strong Mercury retrograde presence, namely that the Full Moon of December 3rd makes a very tight T-square to Neptune, with Jupiter in close trine. Because the numinous Neptunian energy does not settle well in the physical plane, this first half of December makes for strange days, and spiritual ones. The best way to accommodate this influence is to learn to embrace paradox; the idea that there is not necessarily only one truth when dealing with issues of the soul. Depending on the situation, we might have to deal with illusion or self-deception, or at times being ourselves deceived, until we arrive at a fuller picture.

With the entrance of Saturn into Capricorn on December 19th, and the Winter Solstice of December 21st, we find that both conservative Saturn and forward-looking Uranus are quite intensely highlighted at this Winter Solstice leading us to the New Year. In the Sagittarius New Moon of December 17th, just preceding these dates, we find a Sagittarius stellium of five planets that includes retrograde Mercury. We also find in the New Moon timing a trine from Sun, Moon, and Venus to Eris and Uranus in late Aries just two degrees apart. Eris represents an amplification of the trickster energy of Uranus, and symbolizes in her own right the warrior impulse to speak truth to power whenever necessary. This therefore signals a joyous and rebellious final two weeks of the month, when the urge is strong to speak out for deep soul-level intention, and when the existing social status quo is even more in question than it has been in recent months. As we head into 2018 and the further political polarization likely to accompany the mid-term USA elections, we have quite a lot of inner searching to do in order to figure out where indeed we stand, and what we are willing, in the face of a conservative agenda to preserve oligarchic power at all costs, to do about our most bottom-line beliefs. As we head into a largely uncertain future for the earth and our place within it, the time is indeed come to stand up and be counted, wherever your own beliefs may land, for the sake of your children, your children’s children, and everyone you know.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is another month of twists and turns, Aries, a transitional time that will benefit you greatly if you can stay open to the messages that the universe is sending you. Partners in particular are the subject of deep reflection as well as your basic beliefs, and your attempt to more fully understand your deeper motivations. Travel plans might go awry, while you are simultaneously reviewing your worldview and your educational prospects. The possibilities for unexpected enlightenment continue. The world is very much with you, yet you are being encouraged to pay the closest possible attention to all forms of unconscious process; your dreams are important, and you benefit from keeping a journal handy by your bed, to note down the hints you could receive about the direction that life is taking you. You are on a freight train, bound for your next stage, and it goes better when you can acknowledge this simple and inescapable fact.

The following was written by this month’s guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of  The Nightlight Astrology School:


TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This month ends the time for ignoring what you came here to do, Taurus, and takes you several steps further down the road of your growth and progress. Service to others around you guides your approach. This is a partnership-oriented time for you, so that it may well turn out that significant others in your life have much to do with your continued unfolding. With Mercury retrograding through your sector of relationship closeness and deep inner connection, you are rethinking all the ways that this factor plays out in your self-imposed mission statement of greater good for all, stemming directly from your higher Self. Intimacy with others begins with intimacy within yourself. As your deeper psyche emerges further into consciousness you find that flashes of intuitional insight, to the extent that you can open to these, continue to light your way forward. This is therefore a thoughtful time of great consequence for your future evolutionary development.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). You have before you a new month, Gemini, and yet in some ways you are repeating patterns that you have gone through before, and taking a new angle of approach on these. Your ruler, Mercury, is in retrograde motion nearly all month long, in your sector of partnership, and you might find yourself dreaming on and somewhat revising for yourself the meaning of relationship and intimacy in your life. The strong placement of the planet Pluto signals that something major is shifting for you in these and other areas. Being available to others plays a big role for you now, to include service to your own higher purpose, affecting as well all kinds of interpersonal connection. Neptune too is prominent this month, and located in your sector of career. You may find, through a series of events, trials, and meditations, that only the path with heart, that deeply satisfies, is the one way for you to go.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is another wild and wooly month for you, Cancer, with repercussions for partnership in your life, career inspiration, personal mission, and your own self-expression. You are experiencing a great deal of variability, as well as sudden left turns, in the way that you put yourself out into the world. Concepts of relationship are changing for you as well, ultimately for the better. You are also likely rethinking concepts of service to others, reviewing your commitments there, or perhaps feelings of limitation or criticism with regard to your decisions, or perhaps health issues. The Gemini Full Moon on the first weekend of December brings to you a mystical sense of timelessness and the age-old wisdom that there is far more to life than appears on the surface. This is the concept that there is that which is beyond ordinary knowing and yet somehow underlies all of it, a mystical worldview that you are finding more and more attractive lately.


LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a month of soul searching, Leo, resulting in changes in the way you see yourself and your interactions with others. This is a particularly strong time of spiritual transformation. Home and family is a major focus for the first half of December, along with introspection, questioning, and refining your sense of identity. You could be engaged in rethinking your self-expression, your relationship with your children, and future plans. The last two weeks of the month will make for a decided focus on remaking yourself and your creative output, and handling self-imposed limitations. As you do, you will be folding in an element of unconscious process and deep intimacy with important others in your life, and with your own inner world. This is a powerful time, imbued with a profound sense of purpose, and you benefit by staying as open as you can to the changes being wrought upon you by the universe, and by your own Higher Self.


VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is a month with a focus on home and family, Virgo, and is not without its ups and downs. You are submitting to the idea of limitation in your nesting scene and simultaneously breaking away from it. You are all the while redefining yourself in this area, slowly simmering to the perfection of your ultimate destiny. What you are doing out in the world is tied to the way that you see yourself in more inward, private, realms; and your assessment keeps changing. Also featured in their changeability are issues of intimacy and partnership. Regarding partners, idealizations that you make are riding high, then unexpectedly challenged, then laced with reality testing. You are recreating your identity around a sense of mission relating to intimate connection. As you explore the deeper meaning you are poignantly feeling the links between your own inner world and your outer presentation, as well as the way that you bond with others.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another month of twists and turns, Libra, especially where partnership matters are concerned. While being very grounded, physically, and at home in the material world, you are also seeking to move beyond your involvement there, on many levels. While dealing with others with your normal ease, you are, quite significantly, coming to better understand yourself in the deeper and more silent reaches of your own inner world. Communication with your peers, as well as in terms of relationship connection, are subject to refinement and second-guessing, with Mercury, after the first two days of the month, being retrograde in that sector of your chart. You could find yourself more meditative than usual, or caught up in what might feel almost like a dream world. To the extent that you can, it is important to pay attention to the messages that arise from deep within your psyche, as these hold the key to your continued spiritual evolution.


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This month represents in many ways a branching out from where you formerly were, Scorpio. You are in an expansive moment that forges profound links between your physical circumstances, and that which is beyond the physical. There is a largely unseen world within your own unconscious process that is beginning to make itself more strongly felt, affecting your basic values, future plans, and intimacy with significant others. Your creative self-expression reflects this, becoming more mystically derived. Your very identity is shifting in unknown ways, especially when your ruler, Mars, enters Scorpio on December 9th. You are inspired to seek concepts of a mission statement in greater alignment with your changing values. Just after the beginning of the month, Mercury is retrograde and you could see a few weeks of financial confusion coupled with deep meditation on the true meaning of the material world for you as something with a distinct place that is also to be transcended and complemented by more ethereal considerations.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) You are at the start of another exciting month of growth and change, Sagittarius. You have recently been engaged in questioning certain aspects of your very identity, intensifying in early December when Mercury stations retrograde, and also feeling a sense of added responsibility to get it right this time. All these factors come to a head over the first half of December, when also your own inner world is calling you. This month is a great time to pay attention to your dreams, as telling you true about what is actually going on deep inside. Over the final two weeks of the month, including the Christmas holiday, while well aware of interior matters you yet find yourself much more available for social interaction and new creative endeavors. A new you is emerging over this latter period that is informed by depth researches that have gone before, so that by January you find yourself irrevocably changed.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This month is an essential time for you, Capricorn, as you deal with a simultaneous call to action out in the world and to deep inner work in the private spaces of your mind and heart. You are keenly focused on future planning as the month begins, and yet also quietly meditating on what those very plans might mean for you in your very depths. This area of interior process is subtle, hidden, and yet vital for understanding your true motivations, as you are attempting to do over these next three weeks. The week beginning with December 17th is especially memorable, marking the New Moon, as well as the moment when Saturn enters your sign, on Tuesday, followed by the Sun early on Thursday for the Winter Solstice. This is a time of great presence and power, when you feel quite poignantly what it is that you have to do, and begin to act on it, trusting in your inner guidance over all others.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a productive and transformative time for you, Aquarius, furthering the inner quest that you have been on for some time now, leading you to more and better knowledge of yourself and your world. You have in recent months been putting yourself out there in earnest communicative advances that articulate your deepest soul-level values. Your curiosity is unmatched to explore every available facet of inner and outer knowingness, in the brave attempt to totally reformulate your beliefs and worldview, and this month that exploration takes a turn to the inside. Based on what is going on in that vast hidden landscape within you, below the surface layers of your personality, you are seeking to discover the underlying basis for your social interaction and prospective plans, seeking to be in greater alignment with all that you hold inside. The likelihood for eventual movement is there, providing that you are coming at your project with the utmost sincerity.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a pivotal month for you, Pisces, when you are experiencing changes in your prospective outlook, regarding where you intend to put your greatest energy, and to what end. The Mercury retrograde period of time that is initiated on December 3rd in your sector of home and family, reflecting your psyche’s core issues, is an indication that you are searching for better answers to questions about career and public statement. There is a great shift taking place, perhaps only to be ultimately acknowledged in the month and year to follow, whereby you recognize more fully the power of your own inner world and your deep intention to act on this knowledge as you plan and grow. Your commitment is immense to this important task, which supercedes the ordinary and the ego-driven in order that you may emerge into the greater light of wholeness, together with deeds that support this more total integration of Self.


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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