Transformational Astrology – May 2011 Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology

May 2011

Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of May focuses still on a potent Aries line-up, this time with the New Moon in the next sign of Taurus. Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are also still very much highlighted. The start of this month represents a slightly different emphasis than with the very strong New Moon at the beginning of April, some thirty days ago, and could be conceived as a follow-up to that powerful initiatory energy, since Aries and Taurus are both involved. The emphasis remains on initiative, represented most significantly by Mars conjunct Jupiter in fiery Aries, plus Uranus in Aries in aspect to the Sun and Moon.

It is also quite significant that Saturn in Libra, on the opposite side of the Zodiac from Uranus, Venus, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter, is getting to earlier and earlier degrees of that sign, and therefore coming into closer square with Pluto in early Capricorn. We have this spring and summer a final run of the contentious Saturn-Pluto square – a configuration of polarization that astrologer Richard Tarnas has termed “conservative empowerment.” The last gasp of this important configuration is closest over the next two months, and is definitely significant as can clearly be seen in the polarization between liberal and conservative forces both in the area of national politics and across the world. This dynamic and tense aspect exhibits an angular distance of only about 4 degrees through June, widening to a bit more in July and August and fading away after that.

Meanwhile, in another echo of the revolutionary note that sounded so resonantly in the sixties, the Uranus-Pluto square becomes closer and closer over these same summer months, leading up to about 1 degree of separation in August. Uranus and Pluto separate slightly over the end of 2011, then make their first exact hit in June of 2012. They are indeed very close now and a definite factor in the angst and the glorious revolutionary quality of these difficult days in the spring of 2011. Years ago, astrologers were led to remark that in these climactic years of the lead-up to the first exact pass in 2012 there would be people out in the streets in protest to social and economic conditions, with massive changes in store long before this decade of the “turbulent teens” is over. This is a prediction that is already beginning to come true, as can be seen with the recent mass unrest in Egypt and the rest of the Middle East, as well as with the public protest over collective bargaining in Madison, Wisconsin – a protest that is far from over.

The Taurus New Moon that begins the month represents another dynamic configuration in a series of powerful lunations. Neptune, newly entered into Pisces and therefore emphasized, is also closely aspected by this New Moon, meaning that idealism, fantasy and illusion are all strongly constellated while the dire conditions heralded by the Uranus-Pluto-Saturn T-square also continue to play themselves out. Deception and manipulation of the truth to serve political ends is one way that this energy can manifest, although self-delusion is another, which is one mechanism of denial. It is up to our intuition – also strong within us right now – to separate truth from illusion. Mercury is also powerful over the first half of the month as it regains its Zodiacal longitude, emerging from its retrograde shadow by the 11th. The stellium in Aries is active right up to the 15th, two days before the Scorpio Full Moon. The last half of May is quieter, a time for thoughtful follow-up and course correction based on the startling information coming our way over the important first two weeks.

All in all, this is an extremely dramatic monthly cycle, especially in its first half, and an important lead-up to the dramatic changes still to come over the summer.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). It’s a powerful time, Aries. You are still quite energized and charged up with the multifaceted possibilities of your situation, only now you are able to even more concretely pursue them to their logical or perhaps their emotional conclusion. Your ideas continue to come fast and furious, and not all of them can blossom. Sudden left turns come up out of the blue, and before you know it you’re taking a new byway. Relationship twists and turns are only part of the story. These have their better than expected endings that are also beginnings. Tough love has its own rewards, so that you are learning more than you ever thought you would as you advance, seemingly haphazardly, toward an unknown outcome.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This is a time of full-on intensity that moves you closer to your spiritual purpose, Taurus. You are reaching for the happy end of the rainbow and although you might have to half-close your eyes to see the treasure that awaits you there in terms of inner goals, you are finally beginning to see how to reach them. You have spent the previous month mulling over your possibilities, operating from a largely internal standpoint as you attempt to discern the real reasons behind what you are currently up to. Mere financial reward no longer seems to cut it. Now, in this current cycle, you are reaching for the gold ring down inside yourself that represents your truest motivation.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). You are ready to let fly your arrow, Gemini, although you must be aware also that it could outstrip its intended target by miles and lead you into unexpected results. Of course, these might indeed prove better than what you originally had in mind. The mystical side of life calls to you quite strongly right now and lends a mysterious and internally fulfilling subtext to everything that you say and do. You are on a fortunate path to perceived excellence that transcends ordinary thinking and goals, moving you toward an essentially artistic set of agendas and pursuits. You are in some ways held back by caution, but this has the benefit of allowing your wine to more fully mature before you uncork the bottle and plunge ahead.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is the first month of the rest of your life, Cancer. You are in the midst of a big push forward and yet also holding yourself firmly in place so as not to float away. Part of you wants to stay rooted in the past, and in the safe haven of your home base, while another and larger part of yourself yearns to go sailing out on the high seas of the adventure that calls to you. Deciding your course might turn out to be difficult, if not impossible, and there are also unintended consequences that could complicate your plans. Be that as it may, your choices are still extremely powerful at this juncture, and whatever you decide will prove to be an important springboard for future development.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a month of contrast and of strong initiative, Leo. You are reaching for the stars while still remaining grounded in concrete reality, or at least partly so.  There is idealism present in your evolving situation now, and also a tendency for illusion or fantasy that could prove troubling if you are not willing to take everything slowly and to look carefully before you take each step. You are seeing the world in a qualitatively novel way and this new set of insights informs everything that you think and do. You find yourself once more in the midst of a powerful set of changes – crossing an enormous ocean of belief to a farther shore – and it will leave you feeling quite different on the other side than when you started.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) Welcome one more time to the roller coaster, Virgo. You are entering yet another entirely different phase with everything that you do, based on changing perspectives within your conceptual framework. These perhaps in part stem from exploring new horizons and also perhaps from significant relationships in your life, which currently represent something of an idealized view and a moving target. There is a jumping off point that you reach and then reach again, and although you are so tempted to hold back you must in one form or another take the leap that is offered.  All this might lead you to an overwhelming tsunami of questioning that will only really hit you during the last full week of the month.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This month is a strong one for you, Libra. There have been surprises, and there might be even more coming your way, especially relationship-wise. Changes like these go better when they are not resisted, although they provide you with much food for thought and perhaps even a few more wrinkles in the fabric of your ongoing personal evolution. If you resist what comes up for you at this time you will suffer, that’s just the way of change. But you sail through if you allow things to unfold without trying to steer the unknowable outcome. Throughout these relative trials, you are keeping what the British call a “stiff upper lip;” this serves you well and keeps you on a steadier course than you might otherwise adopt, but everything is best in moderation, even restraint.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Sufi rainbows of internal bliss make for a true cause of celebration this month, Scorpio.  You are entering upon a quietly mystical space that has you also feeling exuberant in service to those around you. There is extraordinary punch in your personal energy field but is directed toward daily routine and a sense of duty that could feel like obligation until you turn it around and see it for what it is, a commitment to your Higher Self. You find yourself taking a more active role in partnering with significant others in your life, and in discovering joy in the smallest of details. There are rational and artistic motivations but they all translate into the spiritual sense of finally doing what you came into this life to perform.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a confusing period of time for you Sagittarius, and yet also an extremely rewarding one if you take the time to look more closely within. You are discovering a truly expanded sense of who you really are, in concert with your angel guidance. Everything remains the same and yet everything has changed. There is an element of looking ahead with breathless anticipation and also one of slowly feeling into a more conservative streak that honors the past and its limitations. You are in fact both consolidating the insights that have been coming at you fast and furious lately, and simultaneously launching yourself forward into the world in an entirely different way than with previous growth spurts, so that you are this time on more solid ground.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are asking the universe what you are currently living for, Capricorn. The evolutionary pressure of these recent months and even years had been easing off, but is now intensified, and your feet are once more being held to the fires of circumstance. Everything is clicking along but with an undercurrent of massive deep-level change. Home is where the heart is, but yours is in extreme flux, so that your internal guidance center and the basis for your psychological security is somewhere up in the air. Your communication reflects other-worldly priorities as much as worldly ones. You gain by trusting the information that comes your way at this time, no matter how far it seems to stray from the more mundane concerns that are your forte.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) It’s a curious universe that you find yourself in these days, Aquarius. There’s important development that awaits you this month and it partakes of revisiting your roots. You are drawn toward the mystical, and to your psychological grounding. Startling information continues to come your way and it might be the occasion for a learning experience that transcends any that you had in school, giving you the chance to complete the course work for a more unusual diploma than the one that you wound up with. You are building the foundation for a different type of service to the world at large, and although in one way nothing is certain any more, in another that makes for a refreshing change, and a return to wonder.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are in a good place these days, Pisces, or at least moving in the right direction. A seed for the future has recently been planted and the seed has fallen on fertile ground. You are more than ready to break free from at least a few of the shackles of the past. Something seems to be holding you back from a total assault of those ramparts, but it might also be a healthy strategy to “look before you leap” and be very sure of your ground before you attempt to cross it. You are collecting yourself and the information you will require before a full-on exploration of your depths, so all is indeed well. Your way forward at this time leads you down and through the deeper layers of your psyche before surfacing.

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 is available on his website. Holding degrees from MIT and the University of California-San Diego, Henry is a popular speaker and also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at

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