s266135201567006809_p25_i2_w1000TRANSFORMATIONAL ASTROLOGY

May 2014

By Henry Seltzer


The astrology of May follows a month that was very intense in its transformational import, including a stressed-out Earth Day, and therefore represents something of an aftermath to this significant time for the planet and for ourselves, thus a month when we could find ourselves taking stock, and attempting to further understand the changes taking place within us. This is indeed an excellent time for introspection with the retrograde of Mars in Libra coming into mutual reception with Venus in Aries, and stationing to direct motion on the 19th. Just before this month began, the Solar Eclipse New Moon of Tuesday, April 28th, taking place in Taurus, indicated that we have yet another intense month ahead of us. This extra-potent New Moon had many chimes with the Uranus-Pluto square that therefore remains largely active in the current month. Although this powerful collision of outer planet energies begins to fade after this month’s cycle, it returns in December, thus promising by the end of this year further developments in the ongoing transformation that we remain in the midst of.


With Venus, the ruler of Taurus, poised to enter Aries, we have a very active relationship equation brewing. We may well come to review more completely and reflect on the way that relationships work themselves out in our lives. Venus conjoins Uranus by the time of the mid-month Full Moon, taking place on Wednesday, May 14th. Interestingly, Saturn is also bi-quintile Uranus just as Venus conjuncts it. This is a very dynamic Full Moon, with Mercury also participating, and Mars preparing to station in aspect to the degree of the recent eclipse. This implies greater consciousness around the issues of assertion and relationship, along with taking greater responsibility for relationship issues that we have been gradually facing up to.


Another astrological archetype that remains a powerful factor in these May skies is Chiron, the Wounded Healer, which is trined by Jupiter for much of the month, most especially at the time of the mid-month Full Moon. Saturn forms a grand trine in Water signs with Chiron and Jupiter at the time of New Moon of April 28th, an aspect pattern that perfects by mid-month. We are looking more closely into our wounding, and that residue of early trauma that prevents us from entering into the transformative nature of these times more wholeheartedly. We can unlock an amazing degree of power and freedom for constructive change once we are able to accept ourselves in the dark places within us, and begin to move beyond their crippling effect on our lives.


Uranus and Pluto continue to some extent all this year in their storied square, symbolizing the drastic realizations of this period and the urge to act in concert with them. Uranus and Pluto remain only a degree or two apart for the entire month of May. Over the summer this potent aspect wanes, returning in December. We are therefore making the requisite adjustments required in our lives, however reluctantly or slowly at times, at other times more quickly, over this entire period, indeed right up through to the end of the decade. These two years, of 2014 and 2015, do seem to represent the crux of the decade, at least as far as this aspect of radical transformative change is concerned. These times of epiphany and change do make a difference. However we can come to this, we need to know that our faith in the universe will be repaid, and that our actions actually matter, in order that we truly succeed in what we are currently attempting.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). The transformational beat continues, Aries. After a powerful month of April has brought to you great intensity of change, another amazing monthly cycle has you examining your values and taking yet another look inside to contemplate your deep inner process. You will likely encounter a further intimation of the deeper shifts in the modus operandi with which you approach the world around you. You are perhaps only now beginning to understand the changes that are taking place within you, in their full impact. You could as well be confronting subconscious fears that arise regarding this same feeling of inevitable transformation in terms of your public statement and in your very sense of identity. You possess remarkable enthusiasm now for perspective shifts and intuitional insight, and for what important partners in your life bring to the table.


TAURUS (April 20-May 19).This is an exciting month for you, Taurus, as you further explore the mostly positive changes that the universe has in store. You are feeling into a high regard for your place in the social setting and how you come across to others, and yet also retreating somewhat from outer activity into a world of your own devising. A meditative sensitivity seizes your soul and you do well to simply go with it. The transformational effects on your life flow symbolized by Uranus and Pluto in close aspect are still quite active, and contributory to your push for greater understanding of your relatively unconscious process and for your beliefs in general. You come out the other side with an enhanced position on internal integration and a more profound respect for where the cosmos seems to be leading you.


GEMINI (May 20-June 20). These are interesting times that you are living through, Gemini. This month serves as a continuation, in that you are still dealing with important issues that affect you from the inside on out. You are faced now with an even greater sense of internal recognition of who and what you are, as you continue to concoct future plans that have a firmer basis in the integration of your own inner workings. While you are looking ahead to a future that you can truly live with, in alignment with these deep internal shifts, you are also this month coming to a more joyful acceptance of what is. In the midst of an extended meditation on philosophical issues, you are finding a sense of peace in rededicating yourself to the mundane details of life with a renewed sense of purpose.


CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is another special month for you, Cancer, in the midst of powerful year of change. You have had your ups and downs that nevertheless comprise a steadily accelerating upward spiral. While the progress can appear subtle in its day-to-day detail, it becomes more obvious when you look back over the past few months. Outwardly you are seeing variation of your efforts in terms of career potential that continues to bifurcate into a multiplicity of choices everywhere that you look, a veritable cornucopia of possibility. You are also getting comfortable and at home with yourself the more so the more you tune in to your own deep center, which has still further tidings to relate. You are in the process of visioning better success, and by a more profound measure, than ever you have dared to dream.


LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) You are discovering exciting new facets of yourself, Leo, and acknowledging novel places within you, over the course an active and questing month. There is also taking place within your mind and heart a new beginning regarding where you feel that your public statement is taking you. This is so, even as you consolidate matters behind the scenes, and get more serious about familial commitments. You are finding greater subtleties in recent realizations, as you begin to apply renewed vision to your professional choices. Your career is launching out into tangential and yet somehow appropriate new directions, in alignment with intuitional discoveries that have opened up new components of thought and belief while significantly broadening your existing worldview. You are applying your deeper feelings to productive mental activity, and vice-versa, creating a useful amalgam for your next stage.


VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is another intense and interesting month, Virgo. Your recent depth explorations have surprised and enlightened you, and now the beat continues, as you discover further and subtler ramifications of your internal workings, and combine these with practical ideas for incorporating new facets into your existing self-expression. You are partaking of both the concrete and the more ethereal, while utilizing your mental capacities to analyze and simultaneously to integrate the hidden and the more surface parts of your personality. You are also charging ahead with educational prospects, perhaps including travel opportunities, along the lines of the broadest possible definition of true learning. Elucidating your own truth about who you really are has never been more rewarding in terms of increased productivity and of planning ahead for a future that is in better alignment with your core values and beliefs.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) Your transformation continues, Libra, with some new wrinkles, over the course of yet another inspirational month. There have been subtle shifts within you – through recent epiphanies – that require working out in practical detail, as you move toward greater intimacy with others. A pivotal place within you has been activated and it has to do with understanding. You are increasingly aware of the dark as well as the light-filled spaces within you, and of the sporadically enlightening role of partners. You are coming to recognize that significant others in your life are in essence playing out your own forgotten or neglected facets. As you come to know the fragmented portions of your psyche you can paradoxically also begin to see an underlying order, finding the key to a better and more empowered integration of all your parts.


SCORPIO(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This month is a significant one for you, Scorpio, coming in the aftermath to the crucial month of April including a solar eclipse in your opposite sign. The transformational energies of this powerful spring continue into the current time frame, and bring relationship with important persons in your life even more firmly into the picture. Your current focus is major as well, with a sense of limitation and concentration of your energies actually increasing your ability to stay the course and persist in finding out what you truly want. Your co-ruler Mars, currently retrograde, is stationing direct this month, implying that although you are very aware of the influence of others on your life right now, you are also wisely paying the closest possible attention to your own inner dialogue, independent of other viewpoints.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a magical month of May for you, Sagittarius. You have been heading down some interesting roads, and this month in many ways puts an exclamation point on these trendings, and potentially supplies clarification. You are initiating a new conception of your dharma, that set of tasks that you came into this lifetime to perform. As you enter into a newfound consideration of where you are going and the means to get you there, this involves more and more your own unique contribution that only you are able to bring to the table. Your ongoing depth explorations of your inner motivations through this entire year have brought you to this moment. There are intuitive realizations still to sort through, of a subtle and illusive kind associated with secretly mystical and perhaps dark places within you.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are still in the midst of massive transformation, Capricorn, and this month perhaps represents a consolidation of everything that has been going on with you over the course of these last few years. You are focused now on charting your pathway forward and it involves all your creativity, self-motivated and yet simultaneously pressed into the service of societal needs. As you take more seriously invisible realms inside, your very relationship to the material world could alter. In addition to this shift in values, you could also experience fluctuations in finances or other resources that could lead you into further meditation on the priority of inner over outer measures of self-worth. This takes place in the context of recognizing the power of the egoic self even as you make important steps to move beyond it.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is yet another amazing and magical month for you Aquarius, especially for your process of deep inner work that is very alive for you now. You are extremely invested this month in home and family concerns, in whatever ways these considerations might manifest. Family of origin issues could arise. Equally, this month’s symbolism could refer to your current family or your household or to issues with your own sense of psychological security, which ultimately depends on close familial connection of various kinds. In any case, dealing with whatever comes up in this way will prove extremely fruitful for you long term, and productive of insights regarding your path ahead. You are finding your way into outer world achievement based on your own deep process, independent of other voices and what consensus thinking might dictate.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are pulling back somewhat from flights of imaginative fancy, Pisces, as you move toward an attitude that is more practical, and concretely realizable. This month could see positive gains in the various issues that you have been dealing with over the course of a potent year of change. You are currently possessed of a quality of joyous self-expression that takes you far, and allows you to recognize where you have benefited in recent trials, and toward what further stage you might actually be heading. You could in fact feel a philosophically inclined motivation to concentrate on and mentally explore the new psychic space that you find yourself in. More layers of the onion will emerge as you reach for your next phase in the ongoing transformation represented by the journey of this late springtime.


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

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