Transformational Astrology for May, 2017 by Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology

for  May, 2017

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of May features Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, and Eris. The biggest news is Mercury, in that the Taurus New Moon from the middle of the last week of April, and that therefore kicked off the current lunation cycle, revealed a prominent Mercury-Uranus conjunction, with Mercury still in retrograde just one degree away, moving quite slowly and about to turn around to direct motion just as this month gets underway. While covering only two degrees of late Aries the entire time, Mercury remains in close conjunction with Uranus through mid-May. Coincidentally, Mercury was also closely conjunct Uranus at the previous Aries New Moon, so that we have here a couple of months of Mercury-Uranus, generating unexpected happenings, vital insights, and very stimulating thoughts and ideas, while greatly emphasizing the Mercury Retrograde period just ending.  Because the Mercury Retrograde period is in any case known for reflection and introspection, we will be spending lots of mental energy sorting out tentative conclusions from the previous month as May continues to unfold.

Venus, too, is still recovering from her recent station to direct motion, which involved close long-term aspects to both Chiron, the Wounded Healer, in Pisces and, as well, Saturn in late Sagittarius. She finally left the final degree of Pisces on Friday, April 28th, crossing once more into Aries where she will spend the first half of May. In highlighting the ongoing Chiron-Saturn square Venus has brought forward into our awareness the wound of misplaced authority, whereby we fear the agency of those set up to be our governors and protectors, that they will not truly have our best interest in mind as they take action.  We can see this all around us, and perhaps in the saga of our individual lives as well. All and all, this is thus quite an April legacy to be in recovery from.

The current astrological energy points to a re-stabilization of our very basis for security, both in terms of how we think about our situation, and also what we hold inside us as our most cherished values. When we truly understand what that is, as I frequently aver, then nothing external to ourselves can hurt us, because we know where we stand. This is the message of prominent Eris-Uranus, as has been the case all year, indeed, since last summer. There is a quiet rebellion of ideas and values going on (and at times not so quiet) as reflected in collective events and individual attitudes, and this month is an important part of that larger process.

The other major feature of this month’s energies is the prominence, along with Uranus, of both Saturn and Pluto. Both these planets recently retrograded, last month, and while their meaning is essentially unchanged, being outer planets, they are very nearly stationary in the sky, over the entire month. Also, they remain in parallel aspect to each other, indicating that major transformation of the structure of our lives is still coming down, again on both individual and collective levels. At the timing of the late April New Moon, Mars was also closely parallel to Pluto, highlighting that energetic wrecking ball of an astrological archetype, while the Sun and Moon in the May 10th Scorpio Full Moon closely aspect Pluto by trine and sextile.

Having a lot of Uranus and Pluto in the current month, what do we do about it? There are ways that we have each accepted the massive changes taking place within us, reflected also in our world, and yet also ways that we have of ducking the most important of these, and the only ones that we can directly control, namely the personal metamorphoses that we are each going through in our individual lives. This month calls us forth to become more aware of these changes. The fact that conservative Saturn is prominent as well means that we are deadly serious now about what is before us, unpleasant though it might be to move forward with major transformation, which inevitably implies leaving some part of ourselves behind, habitual patterns that have become outmoded or other significant factors that no longer serve us. It might help us to reflect that life itself is change. As Bob Dylan succinctly put it during the volatile 1960s “Everybody is busy being born or busy dying.” Can we face these changes squarely and come to see their necessity, or do we find further and ever more elaborate escapes? The choice is ours.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This month in some respects makes for a bold new beginning for you Aries, and yet it is in other ways a difficult passage. Unexpected events have become your recent norm, and these continue and even multiply. You are impulsive now, complexified by the uncertainty of prominent Mercury in retrograde, and the introspective attitude that this also implies, though at least the first two weeks. You may be sensing altering needs for establishing feelings of security in new and different ways. This affects your idea of where you comfortably stand, and all your relationships. You are very curious now regarding these changes and where they are leading you, especially in terms of what is taking place in the deep inner parts of your psyche. There is no doubt that you are still in major transition, including worldview, and the way that you put yourself out into the world around you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). Welcome to another dynamic month for you, Taurus, in this your birthday time of the year. You are making a fresh start with many areas of your life. The New Moon from late last month that kicked off the current May cycle featured your ruler, Venus, making some rather intense and potentially difficult connections with other planetary energies. You could have been feeling stuck in some ways lately, and yet, with determination, you find that you can make it through. Difficulties breed character. Your intuition is extremely powerful now, and you find that you contain universes within you. Your feelings of emotional security seem to depend on these inner realities fully as much as the world of schedules and ledgers. All that is going on presents a significant opening to further explore what is below the surface of ordinary awareness, a precious gift that allows you to ultimately become more whole.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This month is a somewhat crazy time for you, Gemini, especially at the very beginning. The good news is that you have the chance to make some real differences in your thinking about where you are currently heading. You are also becoming more aware, every day, of what is going on beneath the surface layers of your psyche, those dim but fertile regions that yield their important truths to a process of deep intuition, of which you have an abundance these days. That inner knowing, and as well your fertile imagination, which allows you to travel to worlds beyond the merely physical, brings you ideas that inspire you, and that you also find that you must doubt and resist, at times. The nay-saying side of your personality can find expression through difficult circumstances and also the communication of practical partners. You do need to be practical, but this month is also a time when you must dare to dream.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a big month for you, Cancer, as the Mercury retrograde period winds down and you gather yourself for your next major stage. Your evolving understanding of how partnership works in your life is one major focus. Changes that have been accumulating on the sidelines are getting ready to burst forth into full-blown momentum, although you may find that you must pick and choose the ones that you are really ready for. Novel ideas keep coming on strong and involve choices at career and professional levels that reflect back on more private concerns. The first two weeks of the month bring continual surprise and uncertainty so that it might be best to let some of the dust settle before absolutely signing off on a proposed course of action. Your inner world is very present to you now, and offers important clues for you to learn how to navigate your somewhat fractured situation.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) Changes and epiphanies continue, Leo, with novel ideas coming into consciousness so fast you can hardly keep track. These arise in part from your deep intuition that transcends logical thought. You are making a fresh start in your work place, perhaps literally as well as metaphorically, and as you do, you are taking into account your burgeoning awareness of your own inner process, normally hidden from view. Deepening this connection in turn has a salutary effect on intimate ties with important others in your life. You find yourself quite purposeful in partnership bonding lately, making interpersonal bonds a significant component of evolving worldview. We tend to think of the physical world around us as already formed, and our ideas about it as more fluid, but it is actually the other way around. When you can arrive at your boldest vision for the future, the world opens up to this, and follows your lead.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month represents another in a series of intense lunation cycles, Virgo, having begun with the very potent New Moon from the final week of April. Your understanding of the world around you is subtly altering, and this includes relationship with important others, and perhaps most significantly, yourself. The past few weeks have brought you tons of insights, and as this continues over the first half of May, your task for the remainder of the month is to begin to integrate the information and the awareness that you have been able to glean. There is an expansive feeling about what most deeply moves you, while you have been dealing with issues of old wounding arising from partnership interaction and re-evaluating its impact upon your life. You are making inroads on establishing a mission statement for yourself, and ongoing workplace or career decisions based upon it, that enables the full spectrum of your values to be involved.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another intense month for you, Libra, with a distinct relationship focus and a dreamy commitment to your evolving mission statement as you are beginning to more fully understand it. Partners are changeable, informative, and encouraging, and you are riding that wave into a very different future than you originally contemplated. The Mercury station of May 3rd leads you to direct insight and even revelation regarding the impact of partnership on your life. This entire month represents a period of astonishing events and surprising enlightenment and yet this might be one of the peak moments. You find that you are quite serious about making your learning curve work for you and allowing imaginative vision to rock your outer world presentation and goals. As the month unfolds, and the information you are accumulating in massive bursts continues to sink in, you find yourself transforming in the deep inner layers of your psyche more even than on the outside.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a month of consternation and revelation, Scorpio, in ways that involve others in your life as well as yourself. As you launch into another month of navigating deep change, with a decided focus on partnership interaction, there is information coming at you from all directions. You want to innovate and yet you want to stay still. Your curiosity regarding the world around you becomes an all-out serious search for meaning. There is an enormous impulse for finding your most appropriate mission – that set of tasks you came into this lifetime to fulfill – and hesitation about committing to one avenue of exploration. With Mercury in retrograde, or just recovering, there is a great deal of introspection. You are changing in important ways, and close connection with intimate others is a mirror for your progress as well as one catalyst for growth. You create balance within yourself by reaching down and by reaching out.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This month is an unusual amalgam of stop and go, Sagittarius. The astrological currents swirling about you now are many and varied, including the prominent recovery of Mercury. You have the impulse to travel along the potential of your multifaceted intention as far as the eye can see. And yet along with these urges comes the reigning-in tendency represented by prominent Saturn in your sign. With enthusiasm for partnership agendas as well as your own, and with ultimate faith in a properly evolving future that you can almost taste, you are fundamentally optimistic. With Mercury only stationing to direct motion on May 3rd, caution is anyway indicated, because the next few weeks are supplied with a great deal of uncertainty. The bottom line is to put all the effort that you can into discerning your most sincere values, and then to stay true to these, no matter what the world manages to throw at you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is another month of intensity of both inner and outer work, Capricorn. You are all for getting ahead and making your mark, and your creative energy is sizzling, but the retrograde of Mercury continues to pull you to the inside, as does the deep placement of your ruler, Saturn. You have an imaginative and somewhat confusing communication style these days, which over the past several weeks has enabled you to get right to the heart of the matter, no matter how painful, and you will want to keep what you have gleaned from these experiences as you continue to explore what lies below the superficial surface regions of your psyche. A basic instability at the core continues into the present cycle, which nevertheless permits you a depth of intuition into your most cherished values, and these are vitally important to hang onto. You may be somewhat at sea regarding emotional stability, although these feelings of lack of security dwindle as the month continues to unfold.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a very intense month for you, Aquarius, made more so by the early stationing of Mercury with Uranus, your ruler. Because you are all tangled up in the retrograde in this way, your introspective curiosity could be at an all-time high regarding worldview, intellectual pursuits, and where your life is currently headed. You can expect the frustrations that this particular retrograde is known for to an unusual degree, most strongly from the last week of the previous month right on through to May 10th, at least. It might take until the end of May for you to better understand what is going on for you; this involves getting to know yourself below the surface layers. What your soul wants you to get out of this is a more solid connection to your deepest values, those that you will defend to the maximum, no matter what. If you can arrive at some conception of these, all the difficulty will have been worthwhile.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This month is another in the series of interesting and intense monthly cycles for you, Pisces. You may feel, at times, as though the wheels were coming off your life, but the truth is that there is, at depth, a gold lining to these clouds. You might have to do some digging to find it, however. Once you do, the rewards are great indeed. Your entire feeling of self-definition is up for review and revising, along the lines of a more integrated state of psyche. Curiosity and communication are your watchwords now, the better to explore your inner layers and to come to a stronger emotional basis for security. One important focus would be your serious level of work commitment and as well your evolving goals for future activity. These succeed in a new way when you can come to them in alignment with your most cherished values, as you are coming to more fully understand them.



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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