Transformational Astrology – April 2017 by Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology – April 2017 

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of April features Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Eris. Inner planet retrogrades dominate the astrological landscape, leading to an inward-looking time, including Venus continuing from the previous month up until the 15th, and Mercury beginning on April 9th. The signs of these retrograde planets will also prove to be of great interest in a more detailed analysis, below. Neptune is strong in his own sign of Pisces, lending an air of spiritual fulfillment and, also, of confusion to the proceedings. Saturn, representing the conservative backlash to major change, is also quite powerfully placed, especially during this first week because stationing on April 5th to retrograde motion. Meanwhile, Uranus continues to be extremely prominent, due to his ongoing long-term conjunction with the new planet, Eris, which greatly strengthens his influence in the direction of an activist agenda, and the opposition between Uranus and Jupiter. While getting wider, this key combination is still active, creating a T-square to Pluto and bringing front and center the radically transformative effects of Uranus-Pluto, the signature outer-planet combination of this difficult decade. Our lives are in metamorphosis, and we are growing through the changes, and this would seem to be an inescapable fact.

Like it or not, and ready or not, we are, all of us, transforming in some level of our being. We can try to hide from it and maintain a fading status quo, or as I put it once, attempt to get back to the safety of a harbor that no longer exists, but the truth is that we are evolving along the lines that we are somehow, all along, intended to. This becomes far more problematic, not to mention painful, when we resist, thinking that we can plan our lives on our own. That is one choice of course, and it is the way that many of us proceed, moving from crisis to crisis, stumbling, as Sarah McLachlan puts it, into ecstasy. It is far easier when we can accept the Universe that surrounds us as co-creator, maybe more knowledgeable even than we are, although this is easy to say, hard to do. This is sometimes referenced as “surrendering to a higher power.” No particular philosophy of life or religious preference is implied here, although from my way of looking at things there is definitely surrender involved.

In our arc of development over this confusing and somewhat chaotic month we are aided by the meditative stance that these inner planet retrogrades of Venus and of Mercury imply. Venus is now in her Aries phase, for the remaining 584 days of her synodic cycle, having just appeared as the Morning Star, in the second degree of Aries, but she spends most of the month moving backward through Pisces. Similarly, Mercury is in a retrograde period that formally begins after the first week of April, culminating in its station to direct motion on May 3rd, closely conjunct Uranus, in Aries. This is in many ways an Aries cycle of retrograde Mercury, but it begins in the early degrees of Taurus, a very different sign, ruled by Venus. This brings up looking more closely into our values, and what truly motivates us, as does the symbolism of the Venus retrograde. The fact that Venus is now in her Aries phase, incidentally, has quite interesting implications for the empowerment of women in our society, already a growing theme.

The bottom line might be that we are examining, from many different standpoints, the way that we move ourselves forward, both spiritually and practically, and the underlying values that motivate us to do so in one particular way, or another. In these fractious times, it is important to know our deepest values and goals, and where we feel that we can contribute to the ongoing evolution of the society itself. Once we have that down, than nothing that happens “out there” can really affect us, because we are secure in our own inner compass. We know where we stand.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)
Welcome to the wild roller-coaster ride that is April for you, Aries. The last month was powerfully life-changing and this month even more so! You have an unusual ongoing set of opportunities, responsibilities, and daydream visions, which provide holistic inspiration or else serve as fantasy escape when the responsibilities of life on planet earth opposing your desire for unencumbered sailing get to be just too difficult. The truth is that your urge for freedom could be perhaps illusory and the strictures upon you build character, or is it the other way ’round? This month has you guessing, and one solution is to consult your inner sense of direction that is strong in you now. When you can turn to the inside for guidance, and trust yourself in the doing of that, you are well on your way to a new self-identity that has long been brewing at deep levels.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19)
Ready or not, you are connecting with your deep inner process, Taurus. You are being given many indications that spring from down inside you, and only some of these will be intelligible. You are the better for it when you can seize each opportunity to investigate your inner world by thinking and meditating. This would include dreams that seem to convey profound information, or passing thoughts and daydream visions that you could seek to explore more thoroughly. Even the ordinary events of your life could be seen to contain a deeper meaning when you look into them more closely. Modern rationalistic thought holds these things to be mere coincidence, but the truth is that everything that happens to you is full of meaning. You are headlong into your transition toward the mystical future that awaits you, and these are the clues that will help you to get there.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20)
This is in some ways a difficult month for you, Gemini, although it need not be, provided that you can detect what it is that you most sincerely value, on the inside. The energy comes at you from all directions, and so this can be a confusing time. You could be puzzled about career opportunities and your true desire in that department of life. You are operating in the real world in quite an idealized way, with a spiritual bent. You are looking toward the future in some very new and different ways, and as your ruler, Mercury, goes through its retrograde cycle from April 9th to mid-May, you will more deeply explore your options. You are both drawn to new horizons and also somewhat fearful of what you are leaving behind, so that it is fortunate that you have an interesting time of introspection to be able to more thoroughly sort things out.

CANCER (June 21-July 20)
This is a month of confusing but rewarding overall progress, Cancer, especially if you can take the widest possible view of your actual goals. You are heavily invested in career successes, and in your creative output in support, with important new beginnings unfolding there. You are also well aware of inner priorities, and that these, while more subtle, might be of more significance in the long run. You are somewhat struggling to define your home base in the psychological sense and also your future direction, which seems to be somewhat up in the air at the moment with the retrograde of Mercury through this sector of your chart. You win when you have the patience to wait for the river to clear, by mid-May, before making any major decisions, and when you can keep your gaze turned inward as well as outward to see all that there is to see.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21)
This is a complex month for you Leo. With one part of yourself you will want to be charging ahead with significant priorities on both professional and educational/travel arenas. With other parts of yourself a more conservative approach will be what seems to be indicated, so that you will be faced with a continual and potentially confusing series of choices. In order to navigate this morass most successfully you will be well advised to check with a level of deep intuition within yourself, and this includes getting a better idea of what you most actively want. The retrogrades of both Venus and Mercury as different phases of the month continue to unfold will drive a deeper level of introspection that deserves recognition as this timing evolves. Taking everything as it comes, in acceptance, is essential now, so that it is best to pay the closest possible attention to your own internal knowing, reflecting what inner guidance has to offer.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21)
This month is quite a series of ins and outs for you, Virgo. Nothing goes straight ahead, so that you might just as well give up on simplistic solutions to depth issues. It helps in these kinds of situations if you can attempt to “go with the flow” and try to see beyond what it was that you thought you knew. You are investigating aspects of your own inner workings, especially as these relate to issues of intimacy and partnership considerations, and you could stumble upon important realizations that you might never have considered before. Surprises abound, as well as trickster events designed by a benevolent universe to shock you into greater awareness. This is actually a mysterious area of life where logic no longer entirely holds sway, and where only a kind of magical thinking will prevail to aid you in your journey toward ultimate wholeness.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22)
This is another interesting and rather intense month for you, Libra, as you contemplate partnership connection and look more closely into your own inner workings. With the recent Aries New Moon as the kick-off for your month, and with your ruler, Venus, retrograde and about to cross backwards into Pisces, your relationship sector of your chart is receiving most of the action in a time of ups and downs. You are in a meditative mode, especially in the early weeks, as symbolized by the retrograde. The astrological currents swirling about you now can be confusing, and you benefit from paying the closest possible attention to everything that is going on for you on the inside. Your intuition is very highly developed during this entire monthly cycle, and represents your best guide to more fully understanding yourself at the deeper layers of your being, and in your own internal relationship motivation.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This is a month of philosophical speculation and introspection, Scorpio. In the first half of the month, you will be drawn toward a meditative internal stance regarding current or potential partners. You are coming into greater consciousness concerning partnership in your life and also for joining yourself to a broader cause than your own personal self-interest. Just as you have a body and need to nourish it on a physical level, you have an ego and that, too, needs nourishing. There are currently intimations of a sense of going beyond the immediate areas of life to make yourself part of a bigger picture. This involves a level of intuitional awareness that is quite strong in you this month, leading you to attune more closely to how you relate to key partners in your life and also to your own mission of service to your surrounding community.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20)
This month is something of an energy splash for you, Sagittarius, with impulses fanning out in all directions, some future-oriented and some holding back, some outer-oriented and some inner. It is undoubtedly a confusing time. The first two weeks of April are the heaviest going, especially as Mercury turns retrograde on the 9th and with the dynamic Full Moon of April 10th. With the current inner planet retrogrades, this is a time of deep introspection and of looking into all your motivations, in particular the direction in which you would like to take your next steps. This involves career and profession, but is not limited to this area. The biggest question is how to keep your head above water and the best response is to look inside yourself for the answers that you seek. Your intuition is extremely powerful this month, and will tell you true in ways that simple cause-and-effect logic will not.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19)
Your month is a dramatic one, Capricorn, although it gets better when you can be flexible and adjust quickly to changing circumstances. You are transforming in your very identity and the way that you interact with the world around you. You can choose to go along quietly, or else resist and suffer by trying to stick with your status quo. Sooner or later the universe will have its way with you. Over these past weeks and months, sudden realizations have been coming at you from an unusual source, namely your own inner knowing, and this process continues and even accelerates into the present monthly cycle. This is an introspective time, with inner planet retrogrades, and with highlighted activity in your home and family sector. One clue to your present set of changes is that you are being gently urged to look to the inside for answers to questions that can be resolved in no other way.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17)
You are coming to important realizations this month, Aquarius, with also some potential pitfalls along your way to greater growth and understanding. You are also reexamining family dynamics, either current or family of origin, and you might be making a symbolic move in that direction by relocating your dwelling space or considering a remodel. This is a confusing time, and it is difficult to know where to find the ground beneath your feet. You are continuing to focus on your deepest and most sincere beliefs. Progress there will be your mainstay, and will defend you against the many forms of deceit that are so prevalent in this age of spin. You are learning what you have in the interior of your mind and heart, beneath the surface layers, and this includes getting a better handle on where and how to put your energy forward in order to match with what you are discovering on the inside.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19)
This month is an interesting one for you, Pisces, bringing to a focal point many months of struggle to better define yourself and your pathway forward. Your feelings of security come into play, and depend on monetary and emotional ways to believe in yourself, and more. Your evolving values are one important factor, so that determining where you stand, while not at all simple nor easy, will take you a long way toward relative peace of mind. You are involved in relationship with significant persons in your life, both financially and otherwise, and this aids your process. More importantly you are partnering up with yourself at the deeper, inner layers that are normally hidden from your conscious viewpoint. As you better define all that you hold inside, and as you attempt to discern your road ahead as consistent with these inner values, it is important to recognize what in fact it is that constitutes your true sense of security.

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  HYPERLINK “”

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