Transformational Astrology – August 2017 by Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology

August 2017

By Henry Seltzer

The astrology of August features Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, and two eclipses. Mercury is retrograde the last half of the month. The Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon of Monday, August 7th, features a strong presence of Pluto, as well as Neptune, while the recent Leo New Moon that set the stage for the current lunation cycle, up to the August 21st Solar Eclipse, has a strong presence of Saturn, which is moreover stationing later in the month to direct motion. Saturn remains in close parallel with Pluto all month long, so that structural transformation and conservative empowerment, the hallmarks of Saturn-Pluto, are very important themes for the August period. A grand trine in Fire signs between Saturn, Eris, and Mercury is also present in this recent New Moon, indicating that your sense of mission and commitment is still very present for what you most deeply believe. You win by taking an individual stand for where you think that your evolution is truly headed, and that act forms a piece of the whole, just like your own personal hologram. The society at large benefits greatly – and fails on the lack – of the sincerity of all these individual strands.

An important factor of the Lunar Eclipse of August 7th to be mentioned is Neptune. The eclipse Moon falls directly on the Neptune/Pluto midpoint, while Jupiter, the Sun and Uranus closely aspect Neptune as well. Mercury stations retrograde on the 12th, opposite Neptune, making for an introspective time. With Neptune invoked there is an element of deception, including self-deception, uncertainty and spiritual ramification involved in this important juncture. Eclipses are more powerful lunations, with symbolic effects that last longer, up to six months, than an ordinary Full Moon. The angst that we are, all of us, beginning to feel has these Neptunian components, and on the cultural level, also concern regarding the earth’s oceans. Of course, climate change is becoming a more and more prominent theme, as we speak, as are issues of sea-level rise and the acidification of ocean waters with the consequent dying off of all coral reefs, world-wide. These issues are not going away, and, again, it is very much a question of mass consciousness and political will concerning these very serious global problems.

The August 21st Solar Eclipse, also in the sign of Leo, makes an almost perfect trine with Uranus, while Saturn is also greatly emphasized, bringing the familiar triumvirate of Saturn, Uranus, Pluto which was prominent in the volatile sixties. We have in the latter part of the month not only the highlighted presence of Saturn but also the increase in polarization implied by Saturn-Uranus and as well the major and thorough-going transformation symbolized by Uranus and Pluto in combination, just as their square begins to draw somewhat closer, coming to within 6 degrees by the end of the year. We may expect further fall-out from this decade of change the last half of this year, as we mentally begin to approach the power-packed configurations of 2020 and beyond. There is quite a lot that we have to face in the coming years. It is not only the massive structural changes that we are in the midst of, both culturally and individually, but also, more significantly, the mass recognition of this.

What can one do? Well there are plentiful forms of escape in our modern-day culture, and certainly television and/or drugs among others seem almost perfectly designed to take our minds off what is happening. And, yet, there is also the quiet joy of deeply examining where you are really at, reflecting long and hard on this idea to find your bottom line beliefs, and taking some sort of a stand for these. It might be as simple as writing a letter while you toil away at an unwanted job, or it might be as courageous as leaving that job, headed for unknown outcomes, for the sake of your deeper values. Whatever it may be, each action in support of soul intention is so freeing and empowering that it can ultimately lead to peaceful calm in the midst of the storm.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). You are entering into a time of spiritual rebirth, Aries, especially regarding your self-expression and other manifestations of artistic creativity. You will feel this on many simultaneous levels and each one amplifies all the others, and interweaves with them in the deeper meaning that you might apply. When Mercury retrogrades, that brings up a detail-oriented and introspective time. What is happening over this monthly cycle may be viewed as essentially a transformation of values, in support of activities nearer to your true heart’s desire. It pays to be very attentive to whatever happens to you, including your dreams, and to attempt to decode the events of your life in a way that reflects your evolving worldview. Partners and trusted confidants are helpful in providing new perspectives. These will of necessity involve what is here right before you in the physical plane, and also what is beyond the physical.


TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is a big month for you, Taurus, especially with the eclipses of August taking place in angular houses in your chart. These are associated with career and home life, and you will find that issues with either the separation of public and private concerns, or their potential merger, will occupy your thoughts for the next six months or more, beginning with the Full Moon and lunar eclipse of August 7th and continuing through the retrograde of Mercury on the 12th which introduces an introspective element to your musings. Your values are shifting, along with your commitment to find higher purpose in everything that you do, including your public works, thereby taking what emerges from the intuitional layers of your inner world into full account as you make career choices. You are not only looking for the deeper meaning of what goes on in your life but also seeking to apply that to your plans and goals to create a better alignment between inner and outer concerns.


GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an important month for you, Gemini, especially in terms of some of your favorite areas, communication, learning, and evolving worldview. These have been major themes ever since the Leo New Moon, a week before the month began, and right through the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse of August 7th when they will get a boost. The eclipses of this month are powerful for you, and dovetail with the retrograde of your ruler, Mercury, through your fourth and ultimately your third house. Issues of home and family will likely come up for introspective meditation and review over the latter half of the month of August, even as the way that you communicate and reach out to others remain front and center throughout the month as well. The shift in your world view takes greater account what comes to you on an intuitional basis from deep inside you, and allows you to more fully partake of plans and goals that allow greater alignment between inner and outer priorities.


CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a vital month for getting clear on the deeper layers of your personality, Cancer. This might seem less important than the concerns of worldly affairs, but just the opposite is true. Everything comes to you from the inside. Valuable recognitions along these lines might be expected to arrive this month by secret messenger, which you find is really your higher Self, whispering, once it is that you are able to more fully tune in. The Full Moon and lunar eclipse of Monday, August 7th, represents a time of revelation and of getting in closer touch both with partners, and also yourself. Relationship has been a changing landscape for you, and this timing is one peak of that significant cycle. You are digging in for greater commitment to an overriding sense of mission, in closer alignment with what you have been discovering within your own inner world.


LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a magical time for you, Leo, when you are experiencing rebirth. You profit by thinking quite seriously about who you are and where you are headed. The Full Moon and lunar eclipse of Monday, August 7th is quite powerful for you; a time of increased awareness of your own inner world, as well as the importance of partnership in your life. This is an action-oriented month that also has its element of introspection. This latter becomes more evident with the retrograde of Mercury on August 12th. You are feeling a sense of mission, to make more out of your day-to-day existence than the demands of the marketplace would offer or require. The solar eclipse of the 21st puts you in better touch with profound intuitional realities that have been knocking on your door, and ultimately signals a shift to practical outcomes and a consolidation of the major changes that are sweeping through you.


VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is a big month for otherworldly experiences, Virgo, upsetting the apple cart of ordinary events before you even have finished counting all the apples. This is not at all bad for you or even difficult, however, once you accept the fundamental truth of your situation. Mercury, your ruler, is retrograde after the 12th, inspiring introspection. What arrives by means of deep intuition is pure gold, couched in terms of unconscious rather than conscious factors. This comes on strong during August, with the first Leo New Moon, before the month began, followed by two eclipses lighting up your dream sector as well as aspecting Uranus in your sector of intimacy and personal evolution, along with numinous Neptune in your relationship sector. You both idealize and are uncertain concerning partnership right now. The information is continuous and startling, when you are able to closely tune in, and takes you much farther down the road of your own spiritual evolution.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is a month of seizing your destiny, Libra. The powerful Full Moon and lunar eclipse of August 7th lights up your sector of creative self-expression in the context of a general emphasis on outer world planning. The eclipses of this month align with your sector of future plans, and also bring an element of deep intuition to bear, which could change everything. You play the lead in the drama of your own life, taken as a work of art, and you benefit from taking that role seriously. As you move into greater fields of accomplishment as presaged by your ruler, Venus, at the top of your chart, outer meets inner. Especially around the 12th, when Mercury stands still and then begins to move in retrograde motion, you have a much more introspective stance to be solidly integrated with the focus that is already there on public achievement.

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

It doesn’t get much brighter for you, Libra, than having Jupiter in your first house for a full year, but this month is extra special because there will be two eclipses falling into your eleventh and fifth houses, and both will be in a sextile and trine with Jupiter in your first house, which means they both have the potential to be very beneficial for you. Let’s take a closer look at these two eclipses and what you might expect from them this month.

The first eclipse is a lunar eclipse (lunar eclipses always take place at full moons), in the sign of Leo, which happens to be your fifth solar house. The fifth house was traditionally known as the “Joy of Venus,” and it is related to children, pregnancy, creativity, joy, recreation, and pleasure. Lunar eclipses in the fifth house may bring the end or culmination of a creative era in your life, the birth of a child, children leaving the nest, or significant events in the lives of your children. On the other hand, as a house related to pleasure, lunar eclipses in the fifth may also bring endings relative to where or how you take pleasure or joy. For example, I have a Libra client who is starting a forty-day sugar and alcohol cleanse starting this August. I have another Libra client who is completing a creative project she has been working on for years!

This first eclipse in Aquarius is followed by another eclipse in Leo on August 21st, this time a solar eclipse (solar eclipses always happen on new moons). The media is already calling this “the great American eclipse,” as it will be fully visible in many places across the United States. Solar eclipses represent powerful new beginnings, or new opportunities, and this eclipse is falling into your eleventh house. The eleventh house was traditionally called the “joy of Jupiter,” and this is because it was related friends and allies, benefactors and support from people in power, wishes and hopes for the future, and things destined for success in time. The reason it was associated with these themes has to do with the fact that planets in this portion of the sky will advance by the rotation of the earth to the midheaven, the highest point in the sky, next. So, these planets are being brought by the natural “primary motion” (created by the 24-hour revolution of the earth on its axis) to the culmination point of the sky, which was associated with rulers, success, fame, promotion, and so forth. For this reason, planets in the eleventh are associated with all manner of people and events that shape our vision of the future, in terms of our goals and aspirations and those things that help us achieve them.

So, while some doors may be closing in your fifth house of creativity, pleasure, children, or pregnancy, there is also an opening coming through this second eclipse that is quite unique. You may see new dreams, goals, or wishes appearing rather dramatically, or new friends, alliances, or opportunities for support presenting themselves, perhaps unexpectedly. The phrase, “where a door closes, a window opens,” is more than just a cliché for you this month. And remember, with Jupiter in your first house beholding both eclipses from a sextile, whatever new hopes and dreams for the future are coming through this month, whatever new friendships, group allegiances, or forms of support you discover, they have the power to boost your confidence and add to your life in positive and exciting ways. Remember, the eleventh is the natural “joy” of Jupiter, and in fact the eleventh house was traditionally called the house of “good spirit.” So, have a magical and blessed month of August, Libra. Good luck!


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a terrific month for progress, Scorpio, with respect to both internal and external agendas. You are making a fresh start in career and profession, and taking your depths more completely into account as you do so. Even as you plan and act, you are making a trust fall, straight backwards, counting on the universe to catch and sustain you. As you gain greatly in terms of outer world success, you simultaneously find your deep commitment to soul intention, which might in time prove to be the core basis of true fulfillment. All month long you are building toward the climactic moment of the New Moon solar eclipse of August 21st which takes place near the top of your chart, and confirms in you a sense of mission, and of revised values consistent with your most idealized viewpoint on what you have to contribute to the world around you.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) Your future is calling you, Sagittarius, and it is becoming quite different than you have ever before conceived it. The eclipses of August illuminate your sector of foreign travel, education, and higher mind, so that new worldviews are swimming into your ken all through the month of August, while Jupiter, your ruler, is highlighted in your house of group dynamics, friendships and goals. You are quite active socially this month, and there is also a point to it in terms of finding your way forward in a manner that is consistent with your evolving values. Your commitment has been growing to focus on only those issues that emanate from your own core personality, including both conscious and unconscious factors. Once you discover what deeply motivates you beyond all else, a revolution takes place from within. There is no turning back. Your viewpoint on the world around you and your activities within it are forever changed.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You have a unique set of opportunities and responsibilities looming this month, Capricorn. This is not only about outer world commitments, although in terms of career and professional life, you are sailing along in rare form with the help of partners of various kinds. Due to the placement the two eclipses this month, as well as that of Saturn, your ruler, you also have a mission to be looking to the inside. This refers to the hidden half of your personality, the part that is more or less unknown, and that yet represents the wellspring for much of your easeful feelings of fitting in with the natural energies of the universe. You win when you can pay close attention to these underground parts of yourself, in any way that you can. That studied action leads you through transformation and the whitewater rapids of your life into the calmer waters of true success.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a huge month for you, Aquarius, with the eclipses of August illuminating your seventh sector of relationship and interpersonal connection. Communicative outreach of all kinds is highlighted for you, especially after the 21st. The first three weeks of August could in some ways be considered as preparation for that final week, a time when significant relationships are emphasized, as well as the new perspectives that they bring. These factors peak with the Full Moon and lunar eclipse of August 7th, which is quite powerful for you, representing a culmination of relationship initiatives and the recognition of new identity for yourself. All this month, relationships are reborn, and also the significant intimacy that you have with your hidden parts. One important lesson of this entire month is that only when you are familiar with your own inner workings are you ready for the next stage of partnership.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a significant month for you, Pisces, when you will be further refining your understanding of yourself. The eclipses of August take place in your sector of service, and to your discipleship to your higher Self, so that you are engaged in finding your point of interaction with the world, in line with those values to which you most deeply aspire. Moreover, the Mercury retrograde of August 12th affects you strongly because prominent in your chart, and directly opposed to your ruler, Neptune, located in your first or identity sector. Over the last half of the month, punctuated by the solar eclipse New Moon of August 21st in your opposite sign, you may come to some startling conclusions regarding your true calling and the way that this manifests in your work in the world. As C. G. Jung once wrote, “It is not the children of the flesh but the children of the spirit that know freedom.”


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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