Transformational Astrology for August – by Henry Seltzer

astrology JuneTransformational Astrology for August

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of August features Venus, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, Eris and Chiron. Saturn is emphasized this month as a consequence of his station to direct motion, at the very beginning of August, in square with Jupiter, implying that your faith might in some ways be tested during this monthly cycle. Saturn also participates in a remarkable configuration at the timing of the August 6th Last Quarter Moon, with Jupiter, Mercury and retrograde Venus in perfect square with Saturn in late Scorpio. Saturn thus adds concentrated mentation, a sense of restriction, and focus to the investigation of all our relationship activities.

Venus is now in retrograde, as of the last weekend in July, as we have been writing about, and is also very much highlighted in the configurations of August. Venus was square Saturn as it stationed, on August 1st, and will be conjunct the August 14th New Moon that continues the current monthly cycle into the final weeks of the month. Retrograde Venus implies that the areas of life that fall into her purview – love relations, commerce, and as well artistic creativity – all will be up for revision and review as we awaken to our highest vision for ourselves, moving forward.

This is indeed a terrific month for transformation of all kinds, because Pluto, featured in the recent mid-July New Moon by virtue of his opposition by a close Mercury-Mars conjunction, is also prominent in the configurations of August. This is most notable in the Last Quarter Moon of August 6th, when the Sun and Moon aspect Pluto, and in the August 14th New Moon in the last third of Leo, when the Sun and Moon are found in bi-quintile aspect to Pluto, with Mercury in forming trine and Mars in contra-parallel. We have been encouraged all year to make major changes, as an essentially benevolent cosmos keeps repeating the message, and the hour is growing late.

Eris was also extremely highlighted in the late-Cancer New Moon from the middle of last month that exactly squared her, while Uranus was slowing down in the sky and getting ready to station a mere three degrees away from a perfect conjunction with Eris. Looking at this significant aspect from one angle, there are surprises in store, especially regarding the way that we align with our deep soul intention, and as well, surprising enlightenment. Prominent Eris magnifies the effects of Uranus, while the Uranus emphasis on Eris implies that in fits of epiphany we are all getting in closer touch with what truly moves us, at soul-level.

Chiron, the Wounded Healer, also highlighted in this month’s configurations, occupying the same degree and minute of mystical Pisces where Uranus stationed, in the last decant of Aries, symbolizes early wounding that could arise for healing and renewal in the midst of this crucial time. This is an indication that old patterns that you are ready to shuck could arise in a sudden fashion, providing insight, and that the way past various problems that reoccur could take the form of a pathway forward that in the process leads you downward, into the very depths of your psyche.

In the midst of another rather intense monthly cycle, we are therefore confronted with what could turn out to be unpleasant realizations. These can however be regarded as a learning experience, and an impetus for change. We certainly have it in us to transform, based on the promptings of our angel guidance, or our deepest intuition, which comes to the same thing in the end. It is not the dreamy result so much as the getting there that deserves our fullest attention. The journey toward wholeness may in some way prove to be its own reward.

ARIES (March 20-April 19).  The time may have come for you to stand and deliver, Aries. For many weeks and months, now, there has been a sense of transformation unfolding. With the advent of this summer’s potent energies, a new and different catalyst has arrived that might enable you to make a more a definite commitment to your spiritual essence. Courage for change seems to rise up within you, and at the same time you find yourself questioning many factors within your relationship dynamic. Working through these may indeed be one key to beginning to move in a new direction, letting go once and for all of trailing through existing ruts. It is perhaps only the fear of change that holds you back; if so you might try the effect of letting go, yielding to the delicious and even delirious excitement to see what actively awaits you around the very next bend.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This is a darkly illuminating month, Taurus, especially for consideration of the important relationships in your life. You are delving down, since mid-July, into the vast and yeasty spaces below the surface layers of your personality. You are also investigating more closely the concept of your artistic vision and self-expressive creativity, and how these relate to your core issues. As you move to more thoroughly explore your key partnerships and your profound inner process, you are also looking more closely into your deepest soul-level intention. You won’t really come up for air until after the summer has nearly passed, with the September station to direct motion of your ruler, Venus. At that time, the new knowledge that you have gained will be your reward for paying the closest possible attention, during this crucial period, to everything that has been going on inside you.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This represents another exciting month for you, Gemini, and presents an opportunity to follow through on a series of important changes over past months that have been gradually gaining greater acceptance and inclusion. The timing of this most recent blossoming begins with the New Moon of mid-July, and might continue in its greatest intensity through to the end of August and a little beyond. The transformational impact symbolized by a prominent Pluto is taking firmer root in the fertile ground of your unconscious process. Uranus, in your sector of societal connection and future plans, also contributes to the startling vision that appears before you, when you half-close your eyes to truly see. This implies making a stand for what you most deeply believe, by taking your deep interior process more fully into account and forging a new alignment of outer intention and inner realities.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is an important time for you Cancer, as you head into the remainder of an intense summer season. Questions of self-definition are percolating through your awareness, while your astrological weather inclines you toward self-reflection, transformation of your relationship dynamic, and rededication to the life path that makes the most sense for you going forward. You are in alignment with a big-picture service orientation. You benefit from staying true to your innermost goals. You now possess an action agenda with yet a strong introspective element, in the midst of an unexpectedly significant and thoughtful period when your values are shifting, especially in the area of partnership and family dynamics. What might color your move toward greater wholeness are therefore issues of self and other, as you deeply study your inner world and your surroundings with ever more profound and serious intention.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an important and complex month for you, Leo, when you will get closer to understanding yourself at deeper levels. You who live so close to the surface of life must at times descend to taste the richness of your own inner world, which seems invisible and yet actually underlies much of what you say and do. This has perhaps come home to you quite poignantly in recent weeks in symbolic chime with the mid-July New Moon gathering of planets in sensitive areas of your solar chart. Your creativity and your core issues are inevitably tied to each other, and you are serious about pursuing the connection. You are fortunate in your circumstances now, and lucky also to have the chance to more deeply delve into what satisfies you with a sense of true accomplishment.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is a poignant month for you, Virgo, and a key timing for change. Your creative output, and as well your offspring in a physical sense, make up a growing factor in the manner in which you live your life, and in how you find your satisfaction. More and more you are choosing the deeper path as the best way through, honoring a part of yourself that you cannot see clearly, although you know is there. Your artistic self-expression is in definite metamorphosis. You have been having intimations of what is going on for you beneath the surface layers of your personality, and with this current monthly cycle some part of this investigation is coming to a head.  This is all part of finding your way to a more integrated self-concept that in addition to the outer sides of your personality prioritizes the inner.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another exciting month of change for you, Libra. Your deep intuition knows what you want, yet in a somewhat indefinable way.  Your presence in the world and your pathway forward have become driving factors for you, and for weeks you have been applying your creativity to these goals. You will spend the remainder of the summer, at least in part, in profound meditation on where your life is headed, and the ways that your current scheme has a strong philosophical and partnership component. You are still changing mightily in the way that you see your deep inner process and its ramifications in your home and family setting.  What might be truest for you is that alignment with your deepest soul intention has become your key to success in the most general sense of that term.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a powerful month for change, and for setting intention, Scorpio, as you necessarily slow down in order to take in. You have for much of these past few weeks been aware of extra energy trending toward the transformation of your worldview and of the way that you reach out to others around you and communicate your deepest truth. You are reaching for a new plateau of comprehension regarding both your basic natural epistemology and your sense of mission, including a service orientation. Your inner mandate is that you act on this understanding in new ways that are more consistent with deep soul intention, thereby bridging the gap between private knowledge and public statement. Significant partners in your life are the subject of your most serious meditation and decidedly helpful in allowing you to make your own way forward.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a powerful month for you, Sagittarius, when many things in your life could alter, and when you are experiencing your creativity in a multiplicity of ways. Whatever you find yourself doing must be accompanied by a sense of deeper purpose. The necessary earthly factors for you to survive materially are an important part of your meditations now, and the subject of important lessons, although your finances might be only peripherally involved. You are spending a great deal of focus on trying to stay in touch with your own inner process. Regarding your artistic creativity, which is varied and also variable, whatever you come up with that is not fully in line with what you feel to be your highest mission will be seen as less important, while whatever is in alignment with that soul purpose will be greatly blessed.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is the time of your life, Capricorn. Your personal roller coaster of a summer continues with an interesting month that brings massive metamorphosis to the extent that you are ready. Partnership is an important area for you, full of introspection and course correction, and with information and activity flow that helps in sorting out your own life path. The extra burden of this month will be slight for one who has been doing their spiritual homework; although if on the other hand you have postponed dealing with your issues, the time has come. As you take up your challenge you achieve a better handle on what you are currently up to, and begin to more fully understand what parts of yourself you must leave behind, in order to inhabit the future space corresponding to your true heart’s desire.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is an interesting and active month for you, Aquarius, representing a continuation of your process of transformation and integration that has been active with you all this year. You are combining the parts of your self that are visible with those that are unknown, hidden deep inside, perhaps becoming projected onto partners and close friends. You may have been making terrific progress, and yet still need that extra gesture on the part of the cosmos. When you are sincere in your inquiry, you might find that an almost magical intervention is possible, that will not only aid you on your quest but point the way to finding the wisdom concealed within your journey. When you are in the right place with your inner presence, you find that doors open where you had formerly thought that there were none.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19)  A complex monthly cycle awaits you, Pisces, when your creativity and your ability to vision new possibilities for yourself are being further tested and seasoned. This is a time of introspection, generally, and of looking more closely into your relationship dynamic. This includes various aspects of the way that you connect with others, including your communicative outreach, partnership of all kinds, and the deeper bond formed through intimate contacts. Day-to-day events and your workplace environment are perceived to be in contrast with that which is beyond any tinge of the mundane world of your physical senses, yet equally fundamental. You are getting to the crux of sorting out the arc of your life direction, which is an evolving landscape for you recently. You succeed to the extent that you more clearly recognize that your inner world holds the key to your future well being.

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 discovered in 2006, beyond Pluto, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon and at AFA.
Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at  HYPERLINK “”


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