TRANSFORMATIONAL ASTROLOGY – November 2017 by Henry Seltzer


November 2017

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of November features Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, and Eris. This continues to be a very Uranian time. The Libra New Moon from the last twelve days of October was directly opposite Uranus, and in the same degree of its sign as the degree Uranus occupies in Aries, therefore presaging another month of unexpected events and surprising enlightenment “in the strangest of places.” This is especially so, since the November 3rd Full Moon features another partile opposition to Uranus, this time from Venus in late Libra. The New Moon toward the end of the month also closely aspects Uranus. With Neptune and Saturn additionally emphasized at this time, we have quite an outer planet stew available to us, so that the primary result is to help us grow as individuals, and as humans. As well as his role as the Trickster, Uranus is also the Awakener, allowing us to see beyond where we have been able to go thus far. Saturn represents sticking to the known facts of the matter, refusing to enter new emotional or psychic territory, and his prominence creates something of a tug-of-war within us. The push for moving forward is balances by the pull to remain in the safety of shallow waters. Add to this prominent Neptune, aspected by the Sun and Moon at the Full Moon, near the beginning of the month, and we have the signs of a spiritual mission that we each are undertaking, to move beyond previous limitations.

Also this month, the Full Moon in Taurus comes with a numinous factor, namely the close aspect that the Sun and Moon make to the other-dimensional planetary archetype of Neptune. There is practicality in the sign of the Moon itself, and yet this contrasts with the unreality – at least in terms of the physical – that Neptune brings to the equation. With Neptune activated in his own sign of Pisces, we are never entirely sure of our ground, and must learn to embrace paradox as a natural element of life. Things in the earthly plane usually have their binary yes and no, as far as what works, but the nature of the soul presents a subtle misty realm that is either – or both. When we navigate these mystical realms we are exploring the unconscious, which operates by its own rules. It is nevertheless vital that we attempt the exploration.

Another factor in this month’s astrology is the trine between Saturn and Uranus, now coming to its perfection. This reveals the fundamental polarity of these times, between progressive and regressive tendencies within our society; the urge for moving forward with new ideas and the conservative desire to hold back, for reasons of safety. These twin and competing goals are also present in each individual psyche, and you may want to more consciously mediate between them. Do I go or do I stay? Do I take a chance on a new beginning that feels promising, or forever linger in the shallow water of tried and true pathways? It is up to you to decide.

It is worth noting that Saturn also closely connects with the new planet, Eris. This archetype of Feminine Warrior energy in support of deep soul intention has quite recently emerged to be an important factor in charts, as documented in my book, The Tenth Planet. The basic message is that it is up to each of us to make a difference, in whatever way that we can, if we wish to see a future evolution that is to our liking. With Saturn, issues of fairness come to the fore, as revealed in the “Me too” movement that begins the vast job of correcting the documented misdeeds of the past on the part of persons in power, usually men, against those who are not, usually women. Te impact of “natural law” is thus revealed, and must somehow be made more available in our rapidly changing society.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is another interesting month for you, Aries, one with plenty of surprises still left to be discovered. You might feel as though you have something of a split personality. You alternate between throwing caution to the winds to favor action against all odds, and somehow also holding back from action. In any case you are committed to forging a pathway ahead of you that will more truly and definitely correspond to what you independently hold inside, far away from any shred of consensus thinking or from yielding to the opinions of peers or even partners. The information from deep within you is subtle and sometimes difficult to hear, but strongly felt. Meanwhile, the messages from significant others in your life, though madly fluctuating, are also powerfully enunciated and tinged with compelling insight. You will just have to depend on your powerful and finely tuned sense of intuitive understanding to be your guide.


TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This month is another one full of the unexpected, Taurus, and yet also full of profound intuitional wisdom to the extent that you can open to it. You are challenged to take up new positions on partnership matters, and in regard to issues with your own pathway forward, and these intersect. There is great good fortune to be found in examining more closely your relationship dynamic, perhaps resulting in shifts to your most basic beliefs. You are in the midst of a significant development of sorting out what you are up to, where your life process is taking you, and to what end. There is also the importance of tuning in more and more deeply to what your inner guidance is attempting to convey to you. In the end these two different ways of obtaining the information that you need may come to one and the same conclusion.


GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is yet another month of startling occurrences, Gemini, and surprising departures from any kind of norm. Your self-expression is expanding in novel and uniquely different ways that lead you toward new models of service to the surrounding collective. These in turn reflect back to depth explorations of your own inner world, as well as close encounters of the most significant kind. There is a mystical side to your musings that you do well to somehow incorporate into more practical planning and reality assessment. You could also encounter a critical voice inside your head, perhaps externalized as emanating from trusted partners, that can only be lulled into background noise by a determined effort to accentuate the positive, and the progressive, as you make your way forward with new eyes. Everything is on the table, and all bets are off, enabling a far vaster conception of your potential than you ever before believed possible.


CANCER (June 21-July 20) A month of sheltering and paying close attention to your own garden, metaphorically speaking, paradoxically leads you, Cancer, into new horizons with regard to your relationship with others. Over the closing weeks of October, you have been settling into your own skin and leading yourself into what feels a more natural mode of self-expression. Changes on the home front have propelled you into sudden alterations in professional choices, ultimately positive. With the November 3rd Full Moon, you find yourself blossoming with greater surety. As the month continues to unfold, some degree of relationship transformation becomes inevitable. You are all the while coming nearer to your heart’s desire in terms of your true life mission, so that it is vital for you to pay attention to what your angel guides and Higher Self are whispering in your ear. The messages may be subtle, and yet they are extremely valuable as you navigate the tricky waters of these fractious times.


LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a big month for you, Leo, when surprising new awareness continues, with consequences for both public and more private concerns. You have a set of peer-to-peer interactions and communicative outreach that is productive of great insight when you cultivate and harvest the gains, and which may feel somewhat startling for both its intensity and its departure from the tracks of ordinary consensus views. These interactions flower in career choices that are equally strange and wonderful, and that take inner realms deep within you more sincerely into account. Your tendency for mystical revelation peaks mid-month. Over the final two weeks of November you will be busy with family, nesting, and with keeping your own house in order. All the while you are making great strides in enunciating a more carefully articulated vision of what your life mission might actually consist of, once you separate out the superficial and go for true depth of purpose.


VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) It is an interesting and non-standard month that is coming up for you, Virgo. Your sense of intuitional realities that speak to you from deep inside yourself is very strong, and leads you to some unusual conclusions concerning life and love. Home and family concerns predominate starting Sunday, November 5th. Partners are on a pedestal these days, perhaps the object of fantasy projection, or sometimes just confusing. The important thing to remember is that there are indeed further and more profound dimensions to your experience than you can easily imagine. You are simultaneously and paradoxically also grounded in practicality, with potentially a new beginning this month to your material circumstances, such as a surprise legacy, or maybe it is an inheritance of unexpected wisdom that you are due for. In any case you are growing in awareness of what motivates you from within, which is perhaps your most important take-away.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is a watershed month for you, Libra, and one with important shifts in your understanding of your fundamental mission statement. The impact of current or potential partners for you is also up for renewed awareness and reconsideration. You are making something of a fresh start following the recent New Moon in your sign, from the final weeks of October. Mystical forces are coming into greater visibility for you, continuing into the present. Some of the evidence has accumulated from observing surprisingly coincidental events, and other synchronicities, leading to unexpectedly close connections, or perhaps fluctuations within existing relationships. At the time of the November 3rd Full Moon, partnership comes into even greater focus. Unexpected gains are likely in combination with an important other. As the month unfolds, you are led as well to a significant shift in your most basic values. As you come to a better understanding of your true destiny, this involves personal interaction.


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is quite a remarkable month for you, Scorpio. You are birthing yourself into new life over the course of an active month, and in some sense the baby has already appeared. You are taking your inner world more seriously into account as you do so. This is a big month as well for partnership connection, especially in the timing of the November 3rd Full Moon, when surprising information and unexpected encounters become your new norm. Your self-expression has taken a mystical turn lately, rising up almost unbidden from within you, defying gravity. Messages keep arriving from deep inside. As you more thoroughly explore your depths, seeking answers that arise from no other source, you may encounter startling information regarding hidden desires, and what truly motivates you. Although something seems also to hold you back, you are closer than ever to embracing your true purpose for this lifetime and just going with it.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) An interesting November awaits you, Sagittarius, with an intensity of inner realizations and over-all adherence to the norm, although with also exciting departures from it. You are two-sided this month, both in terms of reality testing and also for the variety and strangeness of your self-expression, which operates in fits and starts, sometimes with and sometimes against the grain of the surrounding social milieu. The New Moon from the latter weeks of the previous month triggered new plans and a determination to take your experience to the limit, in the direction that seems most deeply connected with inner longings, an important theme for you right now. By the 18th you are living out a mystical side of yourself, which feels exhilarating although at times perhaps a bit confusing and destabilizing. You benefit from applying yourself to the highest, and from learning to trust the cosmos that directs you, and allows you to fly above your doubts and confusion.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are in for another big month, Capricorn, one in which you are very involved with both inner and outer concerns. You are geared for achievement in career and profession, although with unexpected fluctuations there. It is too early to tell their ultimate outcome, so that it is best not to rush to judgment about what is transpiring for you until all the returns are in. The Full Moon of November 3rd provides balance and further information. The interior work in which you are engaged leads you to a better understanding of yourself and of your deepest values, preparing the way to the next stage of your ongoing future evolution. Your most important investment at this juncture might be to these inner realms, springing from hidden reservoirs and underlying all that you accomplish in the surface layers of your psyche. You are finding your way forward into a greater alignment between these two worlds, to your ultimate advantage.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a month of changing tides, Aquarius, for what you most deeply value and how you demonstrate these bottom line concerns. You are coming into the first half of November with an unrelenting curiosity about the way that things will concretely work out as you face your prospective years ahead. Your world view is sprouting new buds and flowering branches, being also localized within your inner world as well as your outer, and you seek to apply this newly centered understanding where it counts toward attempting to figure out your own evolving future. With the Full Moon of the first week of November you are adopting a mystical point of view as quite natural to you, alongside more practical considerations. You are making real world hay out of subtle other-dimensional fodder. There could be a level of confusion over material issues including finances, although these disappear when you make the figure-and-ground reversal of assuming Spirit as primary.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) Your month is sizzling, Pisces, with fluctuations in financial considerations and identity issues that lead to an expansive sense of self. You can either go with this flow, and take your shot at the great rewards of doing so, or choose to stay stuck, thereby exercising your total right to do as you will. You are likely to eventually succumb to the pull of the universe, nudging you into greater possibility and a resultant wider set of responsibilities. The continuation of inner depth researches is quite important to your future well being, transforming your connections to social networks and future plans, as partners benefit. Exploring this mystical side only adds to your practical achievement orientation, also a strong factor for you now. You are engaged in teaching and learning, while your worldview, as well as your fundamental beliefs and values, spirals into a spiritual evolution that shakes up your material steadiness, but for a good cause.


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


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