Transformational Astrology

December  Astrology 2011

Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of December features Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Chiron and Uranus. This is another quite powerful month as we transition into what promises to be an intense year. Mercury is of course retrograde making this month a meditative and introspective time as well. Mercury slips backwards through the Zodiac until its December 13th station, after which it remains in its retrograde shadow, gradually easing, until the new year. Jupiter also changes direction this month, on Christmas Day, a spiritual event having some significance as Jupiter reverses direction directly in line with both Chiron, the Wounded Healer and with revolutionary Uranus. And Uranus itself, residing on the Aries point and aspected by the New Moon and Solar Eclipse from the end of last month, stations as well to direct motion on December 9th. Mars is featured in the First Quarter Moon from the very beginning of the month, the late night of December 1st, when it forms an exact T-square with the Sun and Moon, increasing the tension of what is an already volatile configuration.

This means at a minimum that surprises will continue as the month unfolds. The nature of Uranus is a two-edged sword, not so easy to handle if your goal is to simply maintain the status quo ante, without change and in long-lasting stasis. If your goal is change – and life itself requires change – Uranus can be your great friend, producing revolutionary movement and new ideas just when these ideas are the most sorely needed. The Uranus-Pluto square is in somewhat of a hibernation period now, but will come roaring back in June of 2012, the first of five exact conjunctions that will come to characterize the nature of this tumultuous decade.

And Jupiter is featured also. When Mercury stations mid-month in early Sagittarius, it does so while aspecting Jupiter. Mercury will also be in square with Chiron and in trine with Uranus. In this spiritually enriched time of the year, Chiron, or the Wounded Healer, brings yet another side of mystical dimension to this subtle and numinous series of configurations. Since both Jupiter and Uranus are aspected also, and are in slow motion, coming to their respective stations, their combination is productive and powerful. Uranus with Jupiter indicates the potential for new ideas to come into being, and these ideas are likely to connect us in some way to inner wounding, reminding us once again that our biggest obstacle is ourselves, and that by accepting and then integrating our flaws at the deepest level we are taking our first step toward transcending them.

The powerful December 10th Lunar Eclipse highlights both Mars and Venus, so that all forms of relationship, especially between men and women, are also brought to the fore at this time. Since Mars reaches its square with the eclipse degree exactly in line with the Capricorn New Moon of Saturday, December 24th, Christmas Eve, this is likely to be a very spiritually active season as we head into 2012. The chart for the New Year is also quite interesting, emphasizing Pluto just as Mercury is finally escaping its retrograde shadow. We are in for more surprises and we are likely to witness much more revolutionary ardor in the year ahead. In the final analysis this reflects evolutionary activity on the part of humanity as a whole that is taking us out of our cultural infancy.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is a thoughtful month for you, Aries, a time of increasing awareness, and you do well to acknowledge it. There is a time for everything, and right now, during the retrograde of Mercury in your sector o­­­­­­f higher mind, your focus is on furthering your understanding of the events of your life rather than the events themselves. Powerful mental and psychic tools are available for this task; your intuition is strong right now, perhaps even stronger than you know, and so also is the subtle awareness of both your strengths and your potential shortcomings. “Don’t push the river” is the standard advice for this period of time, rather let the river push itself. And, we would add, do your best to attempt to see the broader outline of its movement.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  Welcome to your internal depths, Taurus. This is not at all related to the pleasures of the physical world that you normally negotiate with such ease, and also might come unexpectedly, perhaps almost totally out of the blue, but you are entering into a deeply meditative period of time. The New Moon eclipse from last month packs a soft punch and motivates you into greater connection with others, while the Wounded Healer, Chiron, is also strongly activated as visionary ideals continue to call. This takes you to important realizations that are difficult but ultimately rewarding.  Your possibilities now involve inner work fully as much as outer. You are beginning to recognize that for you right now “the path with heart,” as Castaneda puts it, is the only path that is truly worth following.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a time of meditation for you, Gemini, more than one of direct action. This is a huge factor for you to recognize because you are also able to detect the operation of powerful energies that could be interpreted as an impetus for action. You are reviewing the impact of partnership in your life, including business partnerships, and your action orientation might feel as though it has a strong interior and essentially domestic component. The strongest activity will be on the inside, and visionary in its nature. You are exploring new territory within the vast and yeasty inner reaches of your private heart space, and this is a very important endeavor –one that takes all you’ve got – even as you forge new ground as well with significant relationships.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is an interesting end-of-year period for you, Cancer. You continue to encounter a rather dizzying array of options opening up for you, so that you are tempted to entirely abandon previous foundations, but then again, not. Something in you also holds steady. Your motto right now is service, both to others and to the demands of your own inner journey that is definitely leading you somewhere important, if you could only begin to guess where that truly is. There are secrets to be discovered as you progress along the path that the cosmos is showing you the way toward, and although almost pre-ordained there is adventure in the journeying. You will not get there with your mind alone however; you win when you equally follow the dictates of your heart.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a time of great insight and change, Leo, even as you revel in the here and now. You are a little full of yourself, but in a good way. This end-of-year period is a spiritual as well as a material season for you, one in which your fundamental understanding is sure to take unexpected leaps. You are coming into who you really are, getting to know yourself in some ways for the very first time, at least in terms of your present level of personal evolution. While feeling the great good fortune of how you are currently situated regarding career, which will only improve in 2012, you are still far from satisfied. You are instead using that realization as a springboard for further growth and development where it really counts.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is a powerful and profound month for you Virgo. It’s a very different kind of end-of-year season with your ruler Mercury retrograde in your sector of home and family, one in which you might find yourself reviewing and re-visioning your connections with important others in your life, especially within familial units and tribe. Understanding unexpectantly dawns when you can hold yourself open to receive it. You are fully engaged right now in sussing out the inner meaning of ancient habitual issues of relationship that have perhaps tripped you up in the past. Instant epiphany can suddenly appear regarding these patterns – so it pays to be ready for that moment when it arrives, or as ready as you can be.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is once again a powerful month for you, Libra. You are wrestling with issues that are difficult to pin down and define, but which definitely have to do with forging new ground with important partners. You are intent on finding a basis for security that, while it enables you to merge with others and allow for their point of view, is not dependent on that. Communication is key, both in getting yourself across to others and in taking in their information, which ultimately serves to enhance your own process of awareness and growth. You are seeking innovative ways to combine your various possibilities and even finding them. Home life and concepts of intimacy are transformed along the way especially when you can free yourself from any sense of expectation regarding outcome.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a time of great ferment in your life, Scorpio, and yet a moment of calm can also prevail. Your future is coming at you like an express train and the ultimate form remains unknown, but through it all you are continuing to pave the road toward your eventual realignment. This is definitely a time of consolidation of previous gains. Epiphanies abound regarding finding your true calling in this world. Relationship is one key to this time period and the resources at your disposal are another, and you are getting clear that it is vital to bridge the gap between them. You have been to the mountain and now are bent on incorporating the lessons learned into a more graceful and conscious act of sharing yourself with others.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) It is a relatively quiet and reflective period that you are in now, Sagittarius, as you continue to examine your life. This is the calm after the storm or preceding its next stage. You are feeling comfortable in your skin right now but very aware also of changes that you still need to make. Your identity crisis is looming but so are creative solutions that remove you from that bind.  Partnership remains important and becomes even more so as the month wears on. You are forging new territory both with your own self-definition and regarding issues of personal security that you are perhaps wishing would simply go away. Something is however calling you to face these issues and to possess the faith in yourself to regard this task as, rather than a drawback, an opportunity.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is an important month for you, Capricorn, in the midst of an important year. You are approaching critical mass for changes and developments that you have envisioned for yourself – and for the world around you as you consider your place within it – that you have not quite been able to put across although getting increasingly close. You may be less than fully satisfied with your progress, and so might profit from this month of deliberation. This a time of research, with Mercury retrograde in your sector of dream imagination and unconscious material. As you continue to take in what is going on both within you and outside of yourself you are storing up the information to eventually use as a springboard for further and more massive change after the end of the year.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is an exciting month for visioning your possibilities, Aquarius, although not necessarily for acting on that vision. Mercury is retrograde in your sector of future plans, making this a better time for research than for activity – except for furthering what has already been previously conceived. With Neptune activated in your sign as well, your basic attitude is more than just a bit nebulous and you might very well be confused. Still this moment of enhanced vision steers you toward your ultimate destination; you only have to let go of expectations. You are finding your way to a new world that is opening up before you perhaps as soon as next year, and it is likely to be so new and so different that you will hardly recognize yourself.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are learning to live with paradox this month, Pisces. There’s a conundrum here to explore; you currently find yourself out in the world full-force, yet you are somehow not satisfied with purely worldly rewards and accolades. As your values fluctuate along with your finances you are seeking something more. You are in some ways quite inner now, exploring the underside of all your motivation, the secret doorway in the floor of your mind that leads to the mystery at the heart of everything. It is no surprise that this secret place within you holds greater fascination than what is laughingly called the “real” world. The only question is why the material rater than the mystical holds so much sway in the eyes of the world at large.

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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