Transformational Astrology – January 2015 – by Henry Seltzer

astrologyA Difficult and Yet Illuminating January

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of January features Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. This large list is due to a very active New Moon chart from the 21st of December, when this start of the current monthly cycle coincided with the Winter Solstice, that in one way of thinking represents a symbolic beginning for the entire year to come. By this measure, we are in for a very intense 2015. The sectors of your chart occupied by Uranus and in particular Pluto will be activated, as well as a general sense of your own personal transformation unfolding. Everyone is in the same boat, although each will respond differently to the evolutionary pressure of this powerhouse combination of planetary energy. It seems that the universe provides what you need at the time that you need it, and that even though what you are going through might be difficult, you always have the ability to rise to the occasion. And, indeed if you do not take this opportunity, you will have another chance.

The process of transformation amounts to letting go of what you no longer need, while strengthening that which you can come to recognize as representing the best part of what you have to offer. This is easy to say, hard to do. And yet we each do what we can of what is before us to accomplish, to the best of our current ability. We are fortunate now in the sense that expansive Jupiter remains quite prominent in the chart for this month and new year, still in trine with a powerfully placed Eris, standing for exploring soul intention. Jupiter also stands apart from the rest of the planets, on one side of the zodiac, therefore stronger by position. Saturn, newly entered into Sagittarius, is also highlighted. There thus is both runaway optimism and an excess of caution available in this month’s astrology. This is a potent combination for finding an opening to your future and yet also getting serious about what is before you.

In the chart of the Capricorn Solstice New Moon that kicked off the current lunation cycle, the Sun is parallel to Venus, and the Moon is parallel to Mars, as these two planets also make aspects to Uranus and Pluto in square alignment, that are square as well to the nodal axis. This is one reason to suspect that this month will be rather intense in terms of the transformational effects of Uranus and Pluto in combination, while another is the closeness of their cardinal degrees, never more than a degree apart from exact for the entire month, and beyond. Uranus and Pluto are separated from the perfection of their square alignment by less than one degree during all the early part of this year, through mid-March. This timing now and over the next few months is in one sense the peak of the entire Uranus-Pluto square alignment, which has lasted from 2009, through the first exact hit in 2012, until now.

January also has its downtime with another Mercury retrograde period in the offing.  Mercury stations in mid-Aquarius on January 21st, just one day after the Aquarius New Moon of Sunday, January 20th, and thus the last ten days of January have both the fresh energy and future orientation characterizing a New Moon, and the reflective and meditative thoughtfulness implied by Mercury retrograding through the very same sign. Pluto remains prominent so that the pace of major radical transformation does not let up, urging us to be all that we can be as we tackle the challenges of another intense year of change.

No matter where your evolutionary path might lead, this entire year is definitely a time for stepping up to greater understanding of what you feel in your heart that you must do, in order to fulfill to the promise of your incarnation.

ARIES (March 20-April 19).  This is a firecracker of a month for you, Aries, involving both personal and professional growth. Your outer world presence is really taking off in this new year, and taking on added dimensions as well. Individualist though you may be, you find that going it entirely alone is not really an option for you if you are to make happen what you know deep inside to be the result to go for. Group activity of all kinds is also powerful for you now, in the context of your overall achievement orientation. In the final analysis, it is not accomplishment in the eyes of the world that you truly crave. Your triumph comes in small ways as well as large, and your relative success will depend to an extraordinary degree upon your soul intention, of which only you can estimate the true value.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  You have before you a philosophically acute month and year, Taurus. This is a powerful time of learning for you; an education of a most mysterious and deeply informative kind. This course of study will not lead to a degree, and it as much about inner as outer. Your unconscious is extremely active for you now, and is working behind the scenes in your own best interest.  An intuitive process brings you insights that come to your listening ear almost unbidden. Your principles normally tend toward the practical and yet you are in the process of reexamining these in the light of recent circumstances. A new idea is emerging of what is truly practical; what it is that in fact actually works for you over the long haul to move your life forward.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a pivotal time for you, Gemini, in your fierce drive toward greater wholeness. This month you enter into a more mysterious segment of your already intense learning curve from the previous year. You are descending into your own depths, there to discover the darker side to your normally light-filled personality. As you do, you are going for an even greater degree of connection with important others. There is quite a lot that you can and will learn from partners, and by the exercise of your intuition and by your willingness to probe beneath the surface of your everyday awareness. A process of philosophical speculation drives this home even more profoundly as the month continues to unfold. Plans might go awry and yet still be on target for increasing your awareness of what it is that truly counts.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is an important month for you, Cancer, and for your process. Your rather intense arc of development from the previous year continues, with significant persons in your life taking on a larger role. Relationship has been huge for you from the holiday season on, culminating with the January 4th Full Moon in your sign. You are also getting serious about finding your true work in the world, that which, along with providing for your more obvious needs, satisfies your soul. Important persons in your life provide a contrast and an aid to your own efforts, as you seek a greater integration of all your parts. You may currently be feeling the weight of this responsibility for moving toward meaningful change, as well as the joy of beginning to know what it is that you are actually after.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) Welcome to a forward-looking month of intense activity, Leo. You are feeling optimistic and fortunate now, and this continues to the extent that you make your own luck with your choices. This is a very philosophically inspiring and service-oriented month for you, as symbolized by the dramatic recent Capricorn New Moon. You are discovering the worldview that allows you to move ahead with your most sincere effort, while coming from your deepest understanding, in a way that enhances your experience and that of others around you as well. You are dedicated and sincere with your idealism and also must remember to bring to the fore every bit of your practicality and caution you can muster. This allows you to shine your light more fully, even as you allow yourself to be held back in following your most extreme impulse.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is the start of an exciting month, Virgo, launching another amazing year of transformational change. Your vision for what you believe that you need to accomplish is rapidly evolving in what seems like a whirlwind, and this includes your ideals regarding the way that you can incorporate the input of significant persons into your own arc of development. You have two powerful concentrations of energy and one involves delving into mystical inner places, with the inspiration of partners, where you discover hidden secrets governing the wellsprings of your more overt behavior. You might find yourself going at this study with a take-no-prisoners attitude of succeed or die in the attempt. The other energy center is very strong right now, and connected with full-on glorious self-expression that yet constantly transforms itself even as you attempt to focus your gaze upon its workings.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an interesting, fundamentally optimistic and yet in some ways difficult month, Libra. The degree of ease or of difficulty depends entirely upon how well you have been doing your spiritual homework over these past few years. In any case, things might be coming to a head over the course of this month, and somewhere inside yourself you are very aware of this simple and inescapable fact. Key relationships in your life continue to provide surprises, and unexpected enlightenment, as you dream your way into new beginnings regarding your pathway forward. You are changing in the very depths of your being and at some point must acknowledge how radical and how remarkable is your metamorphosis. In the process you are discovering further facets of your path, and coming into greater alignment with your soul intention for this lifetime.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a good month for you, Scorpio, and for communications of all kinds, written, spoken, and as well as the thoughts within the confines of your own mind and heart that will carry you further along the lines of your soul intention. Your psychic environment also includes a great deal of good fortune with professional and career aims that is available for you now to leverage into a broader notion of what success truly means for you. An additional focus is on home and family concerns, and the deep transformation that comes to you through this important area of life, as you evolve and grow. The learning curve that you are ascending is a steep one, and leads you to peaks and vistas that are beyond the ordinary triumphs that are called success in the eyes of the world. Yet they are yours.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is another interesting and rather intense month for you Sagittarius, furthering your ongoing transformation of values.  You have tons of wherewithal at your disposal, and the ability to place your energy in many different directions of accomplishment. Your understanding of what you have, including your finances, is also radically shifting, completing an arc of development that has been years in the making. With concerted effort you have built up your spiritual reserves, while the ordinary run of your worldly affairs is suffused with additional dimensions of meaning. You are exceedingly practical now, and yet retain at least one foot out the door, beyond simplistic reality. By persevering you will move through uncertainty toward a new synthesis that enables you to come at the world more whole, and available to create from an evolved standpoint that includes all of who you are

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) Your birthday time continues, Capricorn, and it is rebirth that you seek. You are in for another vibrant month of change as you resume your self-imposed task of soul growth in this powerful season. You are still in motion, your sense of yourself on the line, as much as you have been all this past year. Surprises on the home front are also clues that foster a thought process that is vital for your continued well being. You cannot hesitate but must find within yourself the intrepid explorer, delving down within to bring up the pearl of wisdom.  The fear that does not allow you to relax and let go into the chaos that inevitably precedes new birth is perhaps only a mirage. This is to be banished by an act of will arising out of the very depths of your being.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is an important month for you Aquarius, for what is hinted at in subtle ways and all might be surmised, as you continue the development of your understanding of what lies hidden in the depths of your interior world. This is something of a mysterious cycle that you are in, following upon the recent Capricorn Solstice New Moon in your sector of unconscious process and inner work.  Your dreams are likely quite vivid these nights and could conceivably provide clues to what is bubbling up from deep inside you. Your communicative outreach is also enhanced at this time, as is, paradoxically, a sense of introspection later in the month, during your birthday timing. You are therefore extending out to others and simultaneously reaching deep inside, in a form of emotional yoga that leaves you stretched and more fully integrated.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a month of intense transformational power for you, Pisces. You are aiming for an entirely different future than the one that you were heading for a few short weeks ago. You are fundamentally optimistic in a spiritual way; even fluctuations in finances have their positive slant for you. This is an active time of friendships that appear purposeful and group activity in collusion with a burgeoning new directive awareness that arises from your very depths. You are feeling your way into concepts of greater societal involvement and service to others, with the implication of a growing sense of self-identity on a different scale of values from anything prior is emerging in this new month and year. A budding spirit within you that has been on the verge for many months has suddenly taken wing.

 

 

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  www.astrograph.com.

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