TRANSFORMATIONAL ASTROLOGY – August 2013 – Henry Seltzer


August 2013



The Astrology of August features Chiron, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Mercury is now in direct motion, and escapes its retrograde shadow on August 4th. This is a major shift in the energy, especially since Mercury goes right into Leo, by August 8th. Up to now, and continuing into the present month of August, it has been a powerful time for the Water, or feeling element, where three important planets reside: Jupiter in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in its own sign of Pisces. At the beginning of the month, Jupiter moves away from the trine with Saturn and Neptune, and comes into opposition with transformative Pluto and then, following that, into square with Uranus by the time of the New Moon of August 6th. This is a powerful configuration, redolent of intuitional leaps and new beginnings in the realm of ideas and inventions. The New Moon also strongly aspects Chiron, the Wounded Healer, in Pisces, bringing in with this crucial timing another dose of the feeling element.


Jupiter in Cancer, the sign of its exaltation, is powerfully activated currently, making strong aspects to Pluto and to Uranus as the month continues to unfold. Uranus, recently stationing to retrograde motion, is moving extremely slowly now and is thus even more powerful, as it moves backward through the middle decant of Aries, preparing to intersect with Pluto once more in the fall, on November 1st. The trickster archetype is alive and well, as dramatically strange headlines continue to reinforce, and represents the chance for unexpected enlightenment in our own lives as well, as events continue to conspire in bringing the potential for flashes of intuitional information and for startling epiphanies.


The Saturn-Neptune trine that has been so dramatically present all through July, now begins to fade, but remains as a background factor, with its symbolism of grounded spirituality and yet also an uncertainty with regard to outcomes. A T-square to Saturn at the very beginning of the month sets the tone for the continuation of this interesting and ultimately educational dynamic, while at month’s end, Neptune is also activated, by opposition from the Sun at the time of the August 28th Last Quarter Moon.


Uranus and Pluto in combination are also powerfully configured in this month’s patternings, as they begin to form again toward the next exact hit of their square aspect, the hallmark of this decade, coming up once more in the fall for the fourth of seven times. Jupiter begins the month of August in opposition to Pluto and ends in perfect square to Uranus, emphasizing their planetary aspect of revolutionary activity in both our individual lives, and in the life of the collective.


The most exciting – and yet also perhaps daunting – factor in this month’s astrology is Chiron, the Wounded Healer, which is triggered at the time of the August 6th New Moon, and then again at the time of the Full Moon of August 20th by a trine from Jupiter and an ongoing aspect from Uranus. Venus begins the month in opposition to Chiron, so that, especially in the early part of the month, relationship issues could be a factor in triggering our deeper wounded places.


There was already in this summer’s configurations a strong pull to the profound unconscious depths that lie within us, and this gives us yet another chance to look more closely at where we have in the past been wounded and how these early experiences play out in current circumstances, creating patterns of stuck places that will not respond to efforts at healing them until we are willing to apply our compassionate embrace to their issues. Only when we can accept ourselves at these deeper levels will we be able to move beyond knee-jerk reaction to a calm and studied response to interpersonal issues, as they arise.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is an interesting summer, Aries. You are meeting self in novel ways, in the wake of the meditative Mercury retrograde period from last month in your sector of home, family and tribe. You have been experimenting with familial connection in many different modalities. And yet, all your relations take you further into your own world, awaiting you in intriguing fashion, as long as you have the patience and the inclination to explore your vast and yeasty inner terrain. As you continue to find a subtle and somewhat nebulous satisfaction in getting both further and more mystically structured, you are experiencing startling new insights almost daily. The real task for you is merely to remain as receptive as possible, and to stay fully open to all your possibilities.


TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is your time to shine, Taurus. Your self-expression is very active now. Having survived last month’s retrograde of Mercury through your communications sector, you are in a very different place regarding life and love than you were last month; and still journeying. This month gives you the chance to ground yourself as you also continue to explore your depths in ever new and ever changing ways. The best method of approach might be to regard everything that happens as an on-going learning experience applying at all levels. You find that the perspectives of others become even more valuable after they have been allowed to percolate for a while through your unconscious. It no longer works to dismiss what you cannot directly see, feel and hear with outwardly directed senses.


GEMINI (May 20-June 20). Your personal times are certainly still changing, Gemini. This is a time of reorientation for you, following the month-long retrograde of your ruler, Mercury, through your sector of resources and values. You are seeking to relate to others around you in a new way, and perhaps to neglected parts of yourself also. You have been taken rather far toward the inside, and are now seeking to integrate the information that you have gained over this sojourn, like a deep-sea diver coming up with treasure. This month is an excellent opportunity to journal or put your thoughts down in written or even spoken form. In this you are aided by the recognition of the paths of others, in some ways different but in other ways similar to your own.


CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a month of vision and of new awakening for you, Cancer. You are stirred in unexpected ways at this time. Since the recent month-long retrograde of Mercury through your identity sector has passed, you are also likely to be mulling over the events in your life with the idea of rewriting the script. You are determined at this time to stand strong in a more uniquely individual attempt to be yourself and nothing but. You are feeling a sense of graceful epiphany and also sensing the transformational pressure to use this sense of fortunate progress to get on with what, indeed, you now feel that you came here to do; however that idea strikes you and whatever the task is that you feel most connects you to your deepest purpose.


LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) Your intuition is sizzling, Leo. You have been on a weeks-long sojourn through the dark spaces behind your normal waking awareness and have emerged refreshed; you are now ready to take up the outer layers of the planetary ebb and flow with fresh vigor. Something in your day-today round of service to the surrounding collective is changing over time, and changing forever. The insights that you have gained over the recent month of meditative reflection do not stop coming, but rather intensify. As the summer wears on, in this your birthday time of the year, you are still continuing to delve into secret depths, perhaps with more focused concentration. Further exploration reveals greater hidden treasure in the form of old patterns that you are now ready to move beyond.


VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) The inner exploration keeps building, Virgo. This is a month of breakthrough and integration, following and partially based upon the recent retrograde of your ruler, Mercury, through your sector of friendship and group affiliation. You have therefore been reviewing and renewing yourself with regard to your societal participation, attempting to find the fit that will take you to the next level of your life purpose. You are more ready to make use of what you have gleaned from self-examination, and yet still in many ways dwelling within unconscious realms as you push forward into further discoveries. By staying open to your inner world you find new ideas and cosmic epiphanies that shake you up in a good way, and that create a new form of intimacy with others as well as with yourself.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) Your journey toward wholeness continues, Libra, as you vision new possibilities for yourself that has a broader scheme as its basis. This is an important time of internal change and reorientation; another period when what is happening on the outside does not reveal anything close to what is actually going on within you. The recent retrograde of Mercury through your career sector symbolized a thoroughgoing review and re-examination of your goals for your work in the world. This combines with a newfound determination to succeed within the framework of a more solid understanding of yourself that takes your deep interior process more fully into account. You are receiving loads of intuitive information from partners as you move toward a more compassionate embrace of the universe that surrounds you.


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is another in a long series of interesting months for you, Scorpio. The transformational pressure that you have been experiencing lately does not let up, although it changes in form and dimension. You are in the midst of a powerful learning experience that has been spurred on by the recent retrograde of thoughtful Mercury through your higher mind sector, culminating in realizations that take you beyond previous limitations to your evolving worldview. This month is equally strong in bringing you to a new sense of purposeful intention regarding outer world commitments and career priorities, as well as new forms of self-expression generally. The surprising revelations of the early going might force departures from preexisting plans but are also just one further reminder to stay flexible.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) Your momentum of intense change is on-going, Sagittarius. This summer has been a powerful time of inward realization, with the long and intense Mercury retrograde contributing, a trend that continues into the current month. This is an action-oriented month for you, although again mainly action on the inside, since your hidden places remain an important focus. You are a voyager in search of intimacy and connection, recognizing more and more clearly that the investigation begins with your own inner depths. There are dimensions to your recent experience that defy rational description, and that can only be referenced by a process of deep intuition. You are on a spelunking expedition to your inner world that will eventually bring up treasure, and it is fortunate that you now have the tools available to you to dig down.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The road is its own reward these days, Capricorn. You are on a transformational mission, as you have been for many months now, and you no longer even care very much where it might lead you. Fuzzy logic has taken over. Especially over the course of this slightly insane summer, you are finding spiritual sustenance in unusual places, and more specifically in the process of investigating your own inner depths. Your explorations on the inside involve intimate others, and helpful partnerships of all kinds, as well as important soul connection that serves as a catalyst to your own inner alchemy. Friendships are in flux, along with the group affiliations that you favor, as your worldview morphs to accommodate new ways of being in the world. For you right now it is truly stated that the way down and the way up are one and the same.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are getting on with it, Aquarius. As you head into your own unique future tense, there are, in addition to the angel presences of your deep unconscious process, connections with significant others that guide you in your researches and assist you in finding your way. Coming out of a relative fog, you are making a fresh start on relationship; while at the same time you are also more fully aware than ever of a cosmic mandate to remain yourself at all costs. This current month is in one way a preparation for a more arduous time of even greater transformation, still to come over the latter part of this year and on into the next, that affects your entire understanding of your own inner world, the place where you are truly yourself and no one else.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is another in a long series of life-changing months, Pisces. You are coming into yourself in new ways, and perhaps in sturdier fashion, following the tangle of last month’s Mercury retrograde experience in your self-expression sector. A fundamentally optimistic outlook has prevailed, but has also encouraged you to rethink and to in some manner redefine yourself. In the present month of August, a softer and more resilient you is emerging with however a continuation of the serious purpose and the sense of limitation that you have been feeling lately. There are definitely angels in the woodwork that are ready to come to your aid as you fight the good fight, struggling to understand and eventually transmute into gold your plans for a future that you can really live with.



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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