TRANSFORMATIONAL ASTROLOGY December 2013 – By Henry Seltzer


December 2013

by Henry Seltzer

December’s astrology is extraordinarily wild, even in the midst of the series of intense months we have been seeing lately, and features Venus, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. This is the month that Venus turns retrograde, which only happens every two years or so, each time ultimately introducing a new vision of the feminine. The Venus Retrograde begins on the very day of the Winter Solstice, December 21st and Venus remains in Capricorn about four months in all, until early March. With the heliacal rise of Venus as the Morning Star that takes place on January 17th, Venus begins her Capricorn cycle lasting for 584 days. This is a no-nonsense business orientation for the feminine planet that implies the further empowerment of women in our culture. Just as it was in the sixties, feminism is on the rise, as a definite rousing element of the ethos of these fractious times.

Jupiter, have recently changed to retrograde motion last month, is coming into a renewed opposition with Pluto that becomes activated by month’s end. This makes for a very strong ending to the year as both Mars and Jupiter line up in their respective opposite signs to Uranus and Pluto. Additionally, in the current month, with the timing of the First Quarter Moon of December 9th, Jupiter makes a Grand Trine with Saturn and the Moon. This indicates that while we might have a rocky beginning to the month in many ways, the resolution is nearer to hand then we might imagine and depends on emotional connection and faith that the universe actually has our back.

In this regard, it is interesting to note that one of the cosmos’ best messengers, the planetary archetype of trickster Uranus, is highlighted this month by his station to direct motion that happens at the time of the December 17th Full Moon. Uranus is thus standing nearly stock-still in the sky for the entire month, and is very much emphasized. All in all, Uranus occupies the same degree, and almost the same minute, within ¼ of a degree, for the entire month. With such a strong presence of Uranus in the sky all month long, what is available to us now is a powerful sense of intuition and also the occurrence of surprises leading to unexpected enlightenment.

Uranus, as it stations, also strongly aspects the planetary archetype of Chiron, the Wounded Healer. This implies that intuitional information is also available for detecting where you could have been wounded in your self-esteem in the past, and how such ancient trauma might be currently affect you to this day, becoming lodged somewhere deep inside yourself and seldom consciously accessed. Simply increasing your awareness of these dark and hidden places within you can lead to healing.

The big news this month is, again, Uranus and Pluto. Their square, still close and now intensely triggered, speaks to necessary transformation coming down, in the life of the collective, and in our individual lives as well. Pluto is the wrecking ball, acting in concert with Uranus, symbolizing the vision that supports taking drastic evolutionary action. I know that this message seems a bit like a broken record, always the same thing, repeating. It is an important message nonetheless and speaks to our times, both collectively and individually. The aspect is tight over this end-of-year period, and is triggered by the December 2nd New Moon right at the very beginning of the month. The Uranus-Pluto archetypal combination then returns to greater significance by the time of the Last Quarter Moon of December 25th, Christmas Day. In this final mid-week of December, Uranus in Aries is opposed by Mars in Libra while Pluto is widely opposed by Jupiter, with the Sun and Moon also in Cardinal Signs. This is a very powerful configuration, as is also the chart for New Year’s Eve a week later on, presaging a difficult beginning for 2014.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). Although you are making terrific headway, your massive transformation is not anywhere near complete, Aries. This month you are shifting, along with the cosmic tide, into higher gear. Important partners provide new twists, and become an increasingly vital priority for you as the month unfolds. You are coming into a greater understanding of what you are really up to, at soul-level, both in terms of outer performance and interior realignment. Having just gone through a cycle of inner renewal and reexamination, you are more than ready to move ahead, spurred also by the changing of the year, and the perspectives of helpful partners. Your higher mind vision of where you could be with your life is profound, and speaks to you of unknown vistas that lie ahead, yet to be explored.


TAURUS (April 20-May 19).This is an interesting and quirky month for you, Taurus. You are being pulled like taffy in several different directions all at once. Not the least of these is toward stability and along the lines of responsible partnership. Surprises also abound in the relationship area as well. There are also major implications for inner exploration, and for discovering a better basis for your work in the world, as you ease into a stronger interior foundation that is slowly emerging over the course of an intense year. In the transition to 2014 and beyond, the energy for profound and meaningful change doesn’t stop, or slow down, and might even be said to speed up. The activity takes on a different coloration and form of integration however as the ending of this powerful year continues to unfold.


GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an important month for remembering who you really are, Gemini. Relationship is on your mind in a big way, and in a manner that involves a sense of self-reliance together with an important and ongoing examination of your own inner word. It is perhaps a paradox that to be totally familiar and comfortable in your connection with significant others in your life, you must first be completely transparent and conversant in your own understanding of what makes you yourself tick, but it is nonetheless simply so. Old patterns of behavior based on prior wounding are also likely to arise. You are delving into the mysteries of life and this includes a healthy connect with your own demons – especially with the ones who are the angels in disguise.


CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a time of reaffirming your most basic truth, Cancer. Home, family and tribe, always important for you, gets an additional boost through this month’s cosmic currents that affect you most strongly where you are most deeply invested. Your voyage of discovery leads you to more profound connection with others, and with your own process as well, exteriorized out into the world at large. You are seeking a better match with soul purpose as you are coming to know it. Your dharma, or the your soul work that you came into this lifetime to perform, becomes clearer by the day. This month, you have an excellent chance to start fitting the pieces together in a more inclusive picture that allows the world its due, and partnership also, and yet enhances your own powerful sense of mission.


LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) It’s a paradoxical and in some ways difficult month, Leo. This is for you an essential time of regaining a more fun-loving sense of identity, and yet also represents a further searching out of the hidden places within you. Inner voices speak and, suddenly, your outer work comes to an inevitable pause. The New Moon at the very beginning of December signals expanded self-expression, which is just your cup of tea, to be enjoyed under the limelight. And still, the dark unknown within you calls, making you aware of the deeper questions, the ones without answers. Epiphanies flow and lead you toward important realizations and a renewed sense of soul purpose. No final solution exists, nothing but the determination to explore; to seek, perhaps to find, and never to give up.


VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month you are entering into a very special time of exploring your roots, Virgo. Home, family, holidays, chilling with close friends, social groups that you favor, some or all of these are there for you to savor. As you morph and grow in self-understanding you are still finding that lightening flash of sudden illumination of dark places within you in the most unlikely of places and coming out of near tears with a smile put there by unexpected connection. You have been these past several weeks on a huge learning curve, no mistaking that. There are still further waves of fruitful exploration still to come, but you might be able to pause for a moment to glance behind you and see just how far you have truly come.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) Your transformational saga continues, Libra. One action-packed month follows upon another as December begins to unfold. The seismic shocks that have been running through your life lately take on new dimensions in this late fall period, which has a lot to do with how you relate to important others and to family and tribe. Interesting twists and conundrums add a very different flavor to this month’s events surrounding this major theme, as your learning curve intensifies and as communication to others around you becomes even more the keynote to your evolving process, leading to further revelations and relationship activity after the middle of the month. Through the course of this climactic month, you are coming to see others in your life, including important family members, in a new way, as a fundamental component.


SCORPIO(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) The beat goes on, Scorpio. Another interesting month ensues, to close out what has been, on reflection, a rather trying and yet exciting year. You are getting a foundational feel for what you truly value and this is the heart of your current experience as you move further along the arc of your personal development and into an extremely powerful end-of-year time frame. It benefits you to continue to explore along the lines of accommodating to spiritual as well as practical realities, and to recognize where you can find the golden mean of allowing both of these almost antithetical sides of life to coexist. Over the long run, you win when you can travel your path of learning and growth without sacrificing earthly needs. This puts you in the right space to continue to move forward.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is the month you have been waiting for, Sagittarius, one of unexpectedly enhanced creativity and greater spiritual grounding that runs all the way through you from your toes up to your head. As this monthly cycle unfolds, you are linking play and work in a meaningful way that enhances both. After assiduously dealing, over a period of months, with the parts within yourself that were wounded in the distant past, you are being given another chance to work your issues from a new angle. This is so, as long as you are willing to witness your behavior from a dispassionate position, while staying as open as you can to non-judgmental acceptance of everything that continues happening to you. When you allow yourself to let go of what no longer serves you, it turns out to be the most magical of seasons.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is an interesting and even quirky month for you, Capricorn, when you are more fully coming into yourself while exploring your roots. Over these first few weeks, with one important part of your mind you are quietly internal as is perhaps typical for you for this time of year. You are also unusually expansive and future-oriented with an urge to be out and doing, so that this is a paradoxical period. The Winter Solstice, as the Sun enters your sign, is always powerful, and this time even more so, with overtones of deep reflection and a reexamination of partnership and your own creativity that extends well into the New Year, as you continue to find ways to visualize the potential for significant connection with others to revitalize and empower your life.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a time of terrific outer world presence and performance, Aquarius, with yet a distinct pull to the inside. In the midst of a fundamentally future-oriented month, with a powerful focus on being visible out in the world, you have the overtones of deep internal process to consider, as you make your way forward. Your plans are brilliant and will serve to align you with important direction long-term. There could also be old patterns of behavior that you have grown increasingly conscious of over these past few months and that could in some way be coming to a head. If so, simply witnessing and quietly observing of your reactions takes you a very long way. Since your life consists of both sides now, it benefits you when each is equally honored.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) It seems that the universe is really out to amaze and startle you with its wonders, Pisces, and that, as another remarkable month ensues, these include a glimpse of your own interior process, perhaps the greatest wonder of all. You are flying straight, right on target for career goals, yet you also find yourself in fluctuating circumstances requiring cosmic grace to get you through. Your finances could be shifting once more, and your course on your own future evolution has yet to present you with your final certificate even though many hours have been spent on the leaning. Through it all, a fundamental optimism prevails. Another important step forward can at least be taken over this powerful cycle that is currently unfolding, one that involves a detour into your own inner workings.

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