Transformational Astrology – July 2017 by Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology

July 2017

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of July features Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune, Pluto and Eris. The recent Cancer New Moon that set the stage for the current lunation cycle, up to July 23rd, has, once again, strong inner to outer planet connections. In this potent configuration, Venus is in partile or same-degree trine with Pluto, with implications for looking more closely into our relationship dynamic, while Mars in Cancer closely trines Neptune in Pisces, aided and abetted by Jupiter in Libra. With a Cancer Mars the energy of this fiery planet is muted, and directed toward emotional realities rather than external goals. Then, too, Saturn precisely trines Eris, to the degree. Eris, the new planet beyond Pluto only discovered and named as recently as 2006, represents a spiritual warrior energy for promoting soul intention over all else. This represents therefore a greater commitment to attempting to discover, within, your most profound purpose, that which you came into this lifetime to accomplish. Meanwhile, Mercury is conjunct the Sun and Moon at the timing of this watery New Moon, making this a thoughtful and meditative month when you are likely to spend time plumbing the depths of your emotions and becoming more familiar with your inner realms.

The Full Moon of Saturday, July 8th, constitutes an important juncture, when the Sun has moved closer to Mars, deeper in Cancer, and opposite Pluto, with the Moon conjunct. July is thus a very Plutonian time, a time of change, and of letting go of what no longer serves. Pluto transits are trouble to the extent that you resist. When you can quite easily accept the inevitability of change, and move on, Pluto becomes your friend.

In addition to the might of Pluto being thrust into prominence this Cancer cycle, there is also another major power planet, namely Neptune. This numinous and delicately complex planet has a transformational aspect to him as well, like Pluto, although far more subtle. Neptune is featured in the New Moon that began the Cancer cycle, and also the July 8th Full Moon, when Jupiter has moved to an even more perfect trine with Neptune. The July 23rd New Moon in the first degree of Leo also aspects Neptune by sesquiquadrate, so that we have a Neptune-filled month. This archetype is closely connected to the vast unconscious realms within you, which are also brought forward by Mars in Cancer. This is the seat of our emotions, and many of our emotional strengths, as well as our potential hang-ups. This latter is mainly the case when we allow complexes to build up inside us, by not paying sufficient attention to the messages that the unconscious parts of ourselves are trying to get across to us. The lesson for this month is to pay close attention to everything that happens, dreams included, and to take even chance occurrences quite seriously. Neptune also helps us to see the world around us as paradoxical, rather than black and white, either or. A famous psychologist of the 20th century, Thomas Moore, who wrote Care of the Soul, has written: “the nature of the soul is paradox.”

Another event that is taking place this month is the station of Eris to retrograde motion, on July 20th, just in the timing of the Leo New Moon a few days later, and closely trine Saturn. Saturn too is slowing down, preparing to station direct in August, and remains within 2 degrees of a perfect trine to Eris for the remainder of the month. This brings to greater prominence their combination, which could be summarized as a strong commitment to discovering soul intention. There is something within you, of which you might already be aware, that urges you on to a particular outcome. This depends on your most profound values, your most cherished goals; whatever it is that, once you are fully aware of it, you cannot NOT do. It is possible that this month will supply clues to this important factor that arises from deep within you.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). You are centered on home and family concerns this month, Aries, as indicated by the placement of the recent New Moon from the final weeks of June, having taken place in this sector of your solar chart. The thirty days of the current Cancer lunation cycle will have this flavor for you, and might bring unexplored awareness to you concerning this general set of issues, including current family dynamics as well as family of origin, and reflecting back on your own depth psychology. Relationship partners of all kinds help you to become grounded in your process. The final week of July becomes more playful. You are also intent upon better defining a growing sense of mission that speaks to what you alone uniquely bring to the table, and that partly emanates from the deeper layers of your personality, below the level of overt conscious understanding. This may guide you to a spiritual sense of meaningful activity in this world.


TAURUS (April 20-May 19). You are coming into yourself in a new way, Taurus. A spiritual sense of mission drives you from almost unconscious levels, as you make attempt to reconcile these stirrings with your more natural tendencies. This includes acknowledging the importance of career achievement, and the practicalities of making a living, and yet also that something uniquely your own calls you from within. You seek new grounding for your idealistic visions, and a new basis for emotional security. As you try to sort all this out, communication with peers and with intimate partners is vital to you now. This is also an excellent month for you to journal regarding your ideas for finding your way into a more livable future. Your worldview is evolving and your plans along with it, so that new perspectives are helpful, as you accommodate to a grander vision of your possibilities, and of where your life is taking you.


GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is time of outer world activity and inner awareness, Gemini. Your career moves are greatly emphasized this month, with both the usual practical concerns and also a subtler shift in attitude, in favor of considerations of life purpose. You are feeling a growing sense of mission over recent months, and are coming to believe that this sense of deep intention has to take priority over the details of making a living and progress in worldly affairs. You are energized toward a new grounding and the way that you define yourself to include a built-in sense of security that does not depend on your bank balance alone. Your own unconscious is very present to you, and holds volumes when you tune your mind to listen. Dream journals might be a helpful adjunct now. Your inner spaces could speak to you more truely than all your overt thought process and mental logic.


CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is an interesting and rather intense month for you, Cancer. The recent New Moon in your sign was significant for your understanding of who you are, adding new waves of thoughtful self-definition. Your have had plenty of energy ever since, especially concerning potential career moves. This is especially so with feisty Mars, along with the Sun and Mercury, located in your first, or identity sector. There is a certain sense of vagueness and indecision going on with your plans though, that could seem troubling. This is likely connected with the urge to go deeper into your truest values. You are feeling serious about where your ultimate destiny is taking you, seeming to involve discovering more of your own unique pathway forward, what you alone might be able to bring to the table. There is a feeling of mystical possibility that has been slowly emerging as an active component to your evolving worldview.


LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a mysterious month of inner exploration, Leo. Due to the recent Cancer New Moon in your sector of unconscious process, as well as the highlighted presence of Mercury and Mars passing through this same sector, you are very much pulled to the inside. This is where entire worlds within worlds exist, relatively unknown to your conscious self, yet still influencing your behavior from below. You can get ahead of the curve of stultified consensus thinking by paying close attention to what you hold inside. Communication with peers is vital for you right now, or perhaps journaling, including your dreams. You might find as well this month that your outer world persona is transforming in uncharted ways. You are not sure where this is headed so that It might be best to take a wait-and-see attitude, as you actualize and fit into new ways of seeing the world around you.


VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an exciting month for figuring out your future, Virgo. Due to the placement of the recent Cancer New Moon conjunct Mercury, your ruler, you are more attuned than ever to your prospective direction. This is in the light of your evolving world view and the recognition of your deepest values, what in fact is most important to you, long term. Partnership ideals also play a large role for you right now in helping to define your values. You sense major transformational activity just below the level of your conscious awareness and you do well to encourage further explorations of all your possibilities by a process of intuition combined with the hard-and-fast logic that your sign is known for. This affects career moves as well as those representing more personal choices. Everything that you choose right now has implications for a broader application to a more studied life path.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is a month for interesting and innovative career choices, idealized partnership interaction, and refining your mission statement, Libra. You are getting serious about finding a life purpose that speaks to your innermost Self, in part through the agency of partnership interaction. You have what is perhaps an idealized viewpoint on relationship that can get you into trouble, but that also has a spiritual component when you can take the high road in all your partnership interactions. First and foremost, it is important to recognize that you are changing at the core, and that idealism in service to this concept of greater self-knowledge is well placed. As you sort out what are your most treasured goals, and how to plan your activities in the outer world consistent with your deeper values, to the extent that you can discern these, it helps when you can maintain the courage of your convictions.


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is another rather intense month for you, Scorpio, one in which you are seeking the deeper significance of everything that you do. You can perhaps find spiritual meaning even in the midst of the most mundane details. You are also coming into a new conception of who you are in this world, the persona that you choose, not so much as a mask, but rather as a transmitter, to meet up with others around you. Intimate relationship in particular will be especially empowered in this way. As you discover the darkest, most inner secrets of interpersonal connection you better understand its import for you currently. This inevitably leads you back to your own inner world. The eventual result of these depth researches is that you become more aware of your most treasured values, and that in turn gives you a more complete basis for an emerging sense of life purpose.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is an unusual month for you, Sagittarius, filled with emotional stirrings of soul-level progress more than surface play. This is not dire but it is deeply felt. There is transformation involved for you in this month’s happenings, as you turn more directly inward. Your finances or your attitude toward your resources could also be affected. The recent Cancer New Moon represents, for you, a time of greater intimacy with partners, or with the potential for relationship, along with becoming more familiar with your own vast inner realms. As circumstances require you to delve within, feelings of resistance could come up although you do well to move beyond these knee-jerk reactions to a more profound exploration of what you hold on the inside. This takes intuition rather than logical analysis. Your life course forward is equally involved, as you navigate these tricky waters and attempt to make your future path more fully aligned with inner values.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are still transforming, Capricorn. Pluto in your sign is even more greatly highlighted this month than the last. Then, too, the cosmic currents imply some sort of fresh start in your partnership activities, stemming from late last month. The potent Full Moon of July 8th will bring this process to one peak, perhaps a moment of fulfillment, and yet also potentially one of trial that will test the depth of your commitment. Although relationship is involved with your current set of changes, it is your particularized personal arc of development that remains front and center. If you have a choice, working on your own end of the dyad is the recommended approach, and the only one that you can actually control. These deeper changes within you have been going on for quite some time now and it is difficult to be patient; but it won’t be over till it’s over.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a powerful month for you, Aquarius, especially with regard to work that you can do on yourself starting from the inside out. The cosmic currents are pointing you toward deep-seated changes emanating directly from your inner realms, if you make the time and have the subtlety and the patience to attune to the messages that you receive in this way. Everything has significance: dreams, seemingly chance occurrences, notions that occur to you, all of this has meaning for you and carries some part of what your unconscious is attempting to convey. If you have been feeling like you have been getting off track lately, these changes from below your normal level of awareness might be just the ticket to help you to regain your footing. You may also feel called to concepts of service, and to discover the spiritual essence of ordinary existence.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a vital time for you, Pisces, when you are feeling a greater sense of responsibility in areas of career and professional life. These feelings may also encompass a wider range of commitment than just to the working world. You are exploring new facets of identity, coming to a new view of your possibilities that includes intimations from unconscious realms beyond your more obvious surface concerns. It is important that you pay attention to these inner stirrings, as best you can discern them. If fully incorporated into your future plans, the very concept of your work might open up for you, to accommodate this broader vision. Along with the lure of additional possibilities with regard to your outer world role, you might be feeling restrictions of your choices. Sometimes yielding to necessity can lead to the right doors opening up for you, provided you can keep faith with the universe to guide you.


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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