TRANSFORMATIONAL ASTROLOGY February 2014 – By Henry Seltzer


February 2014

By Henry Seltzer


The astrology of February is complex, with three retrogrades of personal planets in either the beginning stages or having just ended, and with the Uranus and Pluto square still quite active, aided and abetted by an opposition/square from Jupiter and a sextile from Pluto to Chiron, the Wounded Healer. Saturn is also quite active, and actively aspected by both Mars and the antithetical planetary archetype of revolutionary Uranus. Due to all these inner planet retrogrades this is a very thoughtful time, when we are more internally focused than usual. We are examining more deeply both our own internal connection within and as well the times in which we find ourselves as this powerful year continues to unfold.

The almost universally feared retrograde of Mercury is once more upon us this month, and definitely corresponds to a more reflective stance.  The retrograde begins on the afternoon of February 6th, and ends officially on February 28th; although Mercury is likely to be wobbly for another three weeks after that as it escapes its retrograde shadow, well into March. The retrograde of Mars through the sign of Libra begins the very next day, March 1st. meanwhile, Venus, in retrograde motion all last month, having stationing direct only on the 31st of January, is barely coming out of her own retrograde period and remains in close proximity to Pluto for the entire first week of February.

We have as well a hugely transformative month ahead since the Aquarius New Moon that kicks off the February cycle has Pluto conjunct Venus and simultaneously opposed by Jupiter to within a few minutes of a degree. Combined with the inward turning that is produced in symbolic resonance with the various personal planet retrogrades, and the aspect that Pluto still currently makes to Chiron, it is indeed a time for deep reflection concerning what we are truly up to at the innermost levels of our being. We will undoubtedly discover areas of our lives that need psychological weeding and pruning, perhaps long neglected. We are better able to tune in and to recognize these dark places within ourselves with the impetus of the events that come to pass over the course of an eventful late winter and early spring time period.

Because Pluto is conjuncted by retrograde Venus at the time of the January 30th New Moon that began the current cycle, this symbolism signals also that as we grow and transform, not the least of the areas that deserve our attention are those influenced by the close relationships of our lives. This month represents an exciting and productive period that will be productive of many changes in the manner in which we see ourselves at the deepest possible level, and in consequence the way in which we relate to others around us.  Pluto and Chiron remain in close sextile throughout the month, and with the formative Aquarius New Moon at their mid-point. We are therefore dealing with difficult issues of prior wounding as the month continues to unfold, and this is an important part of the story of our ongoing transformation of issues of identity refinement and relationship connection.

When Mercury retrogrades on February 6th coincident with the First Quarter Moon, its station conjuncts numinous Neptune within a degree, making the onset of the retrograde period of time just a little more confusing and as well suffused with deeper meaning. Neptune is featured later in the month as well. The very nature of prominent Neptune demands that we embrace the paradoxical notion that we might be able to understand soul-level realities as equal in scope to normal practical considerations. If we have the openness to be present for it, an immense mystery is therefore released this month into greater consciousness.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). The transformational tenor of these times continues, Aries, and you are in the thick of it. During an introspective and also intensely revealing month, you are entering into a deeper investigation of life and love, and it stirs you as well as gives you pause. You are engaged right now in an all-important process of visualizing your next stage. As you dream your future self into being, whatever you wish for with sincerity and in alignment with soul purpose will come to pass. Your faith is monumental, and yet you are simultaneously also holding back from the realization of that ideal. Looking into the underlying patterns is more than a current habit of mind, and can ultimately prove extremely fruitful as you continue to navigate the tricky waters your own inner depths.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This is an intensely interesting month for you, Taurus, a continuation of the transformational year that has already begun to emerge. Your outer world presentation is sizzling, partially because of what you have been able to assimilate over the previous monthly cycle, when you have been given a good amount of motivation to internally expand your philosophical horizons. Indeed it seems to be that much of what you are struggling to integrate now has to do with perspective and mental flexibility. Important partners in your life provide the stability of a mentorship role as well as a contrasting point of view to be balanced by your own inner explorations. This is a thoughtful time of deeper and more viable connection, even as you make it happen on exterior levels of outer world initiatives.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a thoughtful and reflective month for you, Gemini, a time when you are re-thinking your outer world presence in some deeper way. With part of your mind you are already convinced of needed tactical changes, in terms of both career matters and also your general availability to others, perhaps along the lines of a more receptive and insightful approach. You greatly value the impact that others make on your life, and in your dealings with them could also poignantly be sensing the gap of feeling tone between ideal and actuality. It could also be on your mind to adjust the way that you do things in the realm of intimate partnership, which might in the final analysis come down to a more compassionate regard for your own inner workings.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is an important month for you, Cancer, a powerfully reflective time enabling you to better understand your own inner world, as you more deeply consider your relationship dynamic and continue on the transformational course that you have set out for yourself these past few years. Although issues of inner wounding still come up, your perspective has been gradually changing; you may not until recently have become aware of the progress already made. You possess a fundamental optimism now, operating at the very core of your being, that serves you well as you voyage onward. There is likely to be further movement of an internal variety coming up for you in this month’s time frame, an inner tide that you can seize upon and surf to your great advantage if you can get past your fears.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) The transformational beat continues, Leo, in the further development of your ongoing series of changes through the agency of universal forces.  This is good timing for progress of both an exterior and also of a more internal kind, in a month in which partnership issues are very much on your mind. You are taking a more and more philosophical approach to these as of late, and, where relationships are concerned, making something of a fresh start in this February time frame. As you draw inspiration from ever widening circles of cosmic awareness, and continue to transform in your concept of service to the larger collective that surrounds you, a deeper sense of spiritual commitment is beginning to emerge that serves you well, and allows others around you to share in the bounty.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) Your season of transformation continues, Virgo, both for your creative output and with regard to your connection with others. You are finding your way forward in a way that maximizes the benefit for your own process of growth and change, and for everyone around you as well. Your ruler, Mercury, retrograding through your opposite sign, implies that your connections to important others in your life become the object of increased scrutiny, along with spiritual commitment to your natural helpful orientation. Your sense of what might constitute service to others is therefore the subject of this month’s extended meditation, while you are simultaneously looking more deeply into partnership issues that you may have been neglected for far too long. This all makes perfect sense as you more consciously inhabit an increasingly interconnected world.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an important month of transition for you, Libra. You are rocking it in terms of outer world pursuits and your success refracts back toward your depths to light them up in a new way. Home and family concerns become of utmost importance to get a better handle on and to see change as not only possible but also necessary. You are lately more introspective regarding all of this and opening to new vistas at the very core of your being, spurred on perhaps by partnership revelations. Your own transformation leads to a greater good for others around you as well. Something in your day-to-day activities is the subject of your recent reflections, as you refine and reinvigorate this ordinary area. You win by allowing greater scope to the daydream of potential and possibility.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You are busy reaping what you sow these days, Scorpio. The focus is on others and the focus is on you, with interesting feedback loops generating overall more progress than dissonance. Home and family concerns lead you into a better understanding of yourself at all levels. You are delving into your depths for the next two months at least, coming up with the pearl of wisdom, as you continue on the huge learning curve that you have outlined for yourself in this oncoming climactic springtime. The dreamy creative potential that comes up for you now leads to new possibilities but not without a great deal of digging. This month is also an excellent time for further dialogue regarding the best utility of partnership dilemmas in terms of your own personal growth and for the benefit of all concerned.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) It is a vitally important voyage that you are in the midst of these days, Sagittarius, and yet it is one that you can take without even leaving home. You are spending most of this month and next touring inner regions and storing up the accompanying deep, and perhaps at times painful, realizations into your holding area for further analysis and reflection. The point is not so much what happened, or why me, but rather what can you learn from the experience. It might be that as the many layers unfold, your seven-week entry into a powerful springtime holds more questions than answers. The results of all your inquiry will take you into a more profound relationship with life direction and with significant partners, once you have more fully opened your heart to your own inner world.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a powerful month for you, Capricorn. Your massive and thoroughgoing transformation goes on, with some particular circumstantial twists that bring you into closer contact with it. You are entering into a time of analysis and inward turning, as you balance security needs with the creation for yourself, and by yourself, of a future that you can really live with. Your professional public statement has been the subject of an increasingly intense inner scrutiny, leading you toward action, and your situation becomes more obvious as you look within. While your acknowledgment of the necessity for significant modification grows upon you, you are also blessed with the recognition of the possibility for meaningful change to come about. Partners in your life continue to provide an interesting and helpful perspective.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a rather intense month that you are currently traversing, Aquarius, in this your birthday time of the year. You revel in outer world pursuits, while your inner landscape has become more important to you than ever as you continue sorting out the fundamental mystery of your existence. You are feeling loads of pizzazz, and the success of how well you are coming across to others, and yet it could all seem hollow when separated from an accompanying process of deeper reflection. Mercury’s retrograde motion begins on the 6th and signals an essentially introspective period of time lasting through to the end of February and beyond. You are feeling the expansiveness of life to the extent that you can open to an internal mandate that eventually inclines you toward greater integration of all your parts.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This month represents an opportunity to shine, Pisces, although not in the usual meaning of the term. Your light these days definitely represents an emanation from the inside. Rather than hiding yourself in some way, you can let your essence radiate outward in peaceful harmonizing with whatever that your soul sense tells you is actually there to receive it. Your creativity is very active now, together with your feeling of important gains to be made in self-knowledge, as you attempt to seek out a venue for your activity that will neither rock your boat nor hijack it for nefarious purpose. Once you have made your peace with inner priorities, you will be in a better position to ride the wave of inner knowing toward a new and more clearly defined horizon.

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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