TRANSFORMATIONAL ASTROLOGY – September 2013 – Henry Seltzer


September 2013

Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of September features Mars, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Mars entered Leo just before the beginning of the month, and thus becomes an astrological factor that is even more feisty than usual. He stays in this compatible Fire sign all month long, and is therefore emphasized. There is also an inconjunct made from a stationing Pluto on September 11th, the twelfth anniversary of 9-11, which is part of a yod formation to Mars involving both Chiron and Pluto, so that this is a time when emotions of pain and anger may run high. In addition, Mars makes several close aspects at the key lunations to Neptune in Pisces, bringing in a shape-shifting quality to this monthly period as well, a time when reality seems only as real as our idea of it, and chameleon-like, changes to fit changing circumstances or momentary moods.

Chiron too is greatly emphasized in this month’s configurations. Chiron represents the archetype of the Wounded Healer, and, accompanying these powerful archetypes for change, represents the pain of leaving behind what no longer works for us. Then, too, an important part of the transformation that will become increasingly necessary as this tumultuous decade unfolds is the recognition of where we have, in the past, been wounded and how we can help ourselves to heal. When you first, acknowledge and then accept the places inside yourself where the residue of early trauma remains, you can begin to welcome all the various parts of yourself to the table. This sets in motion a powerful healing effect, so that as you continue to witness the events of your life, and your responses to them, to begin to unwind the twists and turns of childish reactions to prior wounding.

Pluto, in Capricorn, stations to direct motion on September 20th, just before the weekend of the Fall Equinox, and only 2 ½ degrees away from his forming square with Uranus, which will perfect at the end of October. This will be the fourth hit out of a total of seven, with effects lasting throughout the decade. Uranus and Pluto in combination means that whatever has outlived its utility will have to go. Although this can be a difficult process unless we are prepared to let go, just as with the pruning of a rose bush the ultimate effect is for the benefit of new growth. The triggering of these two outer planet heavyweights becomes more frequent in the weeks ahead leading up to their exact hit on November 1st and still activated during the seven weeks that follow in the run-up to the year’s ending

A close sextile aspect from Saturn also increasingly triggers the Uranus-Pluto square as the month unfolds, so that the momentum builds over the weeks ahead for a more powerful dose of this radical revolutionary and evolutionary combination. Bringing Saturn into the equation increases the momentum for structural changes of lasting value that will eventually coalesce.

We are, all of us, still in process, and after several years of this beginning of this decade of the tumultuous teens, what is more, starting to recognize it. Mary Oliver’s poem The Journey sums the situation before us quite nicely when she begins “One day you finally knew what you had to do and began/ though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice … Little by little, as you left their voices behind,/ the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds,/ and there was a new voice, which you slowly recognized as your own.”


ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is a startlingly intense and mystical time for you, Aries. Your very concept of who you are and whither going might be called into question multiple times during the course of this month. Wild ideas keep coming to you, and yet, while these concepts might seem strange to the ordinary run of superficial events connected to consensus thought, as you align more closely with your own inner truth, you feel their important connection to life purpose. Partnership is potent for you now. You might feel as though intimate connection holds important lessons for you, and that it is difficult to move forward in the way that you would fully wish without absorbing some of these clues for growth, and that you have to take almost everything that is happening to you on both outer and inner levels into account in order to fully benefit. Although you have perhaps not fully acknowledged it, you are in the midst of massive change, and there is no way around but only through.


TAURUS (April 20-May 19).You are coming from an essentially good place, Taurus, making the best of challenging circumstances. Partnership has powerful lessons for you now. A responsibility there could be feeling like a burden, or holding you back. Is this strictly a matter of other people’s expectations and of outer events, with little to do with your own process – or is it somehow a part of yourself that you struggle with? You have a need for inner freedom that is hard to get a handle on and is yet fundamental to your process of detaching from old and outmoded beliefs and perceptions. The pain that you feel could be a question of getting used to a different internal mandate for fundamental change, not only for yourself but also for the society that surrounds you, from which you inevitably draw nurture.


GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a terrific time of great change for you, Gemini, even though its raw power might at times be a bit difficult to take. Considerations of home, family and tribe loom large for you. You are coming into yourself in a new way over the course of this monthly period but you first must wrestle with a few dragons inhabiting the deep inner spaces within you. They become less scary as you get to know them. Old patterns, perhaps stemming from early childhood trauma, have held you in thrall for far to long, and are at last ready to shift. It takes a combination of imagination and determination as well as the recognition of the need to make significant changes. Fortunately you now have all three of these in large supply.


CANCER (June 21-July 20), Welcome to the next stage of your voyage of inner discovery, Cancer. This is an enormously potent time for you, as the year begins to wind down and as the transformational pressure mounts upon you yet again. You are in a mode of brilliant ideas, leading to innovative future plans, so be sure to write them down. Journaling in general is recommended now because of your healthy self-focus and your growing recognition of internal patterning. The massive changes that you are in the midst of now have everything to do with relationship factors of adjustment and enlightened understanding of old dysfunctional patterns, and yet in another way are all about you and your own ongoing process of getting to know yourself better, from the inside out.


LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) The summer madness continues, Leo. This is an exciting month for you, when healing, creativity and unexpected enlightenment abound, with also the not unlikely chance for a curve ball of two coming your way as well. A painful process can become a joyous one as lessons are absorbed deep down under your skin; nothing about what is going on for you right now is superficial. As you dig into the practical side of your life, new ways of seeing and of becoming are right around the corner. You are feeling simultaneously a big push to go forward and other cosmic forces that are putting the brakes on hard to stop any and all forward momentum right in its tracks. This is only frustrating if you decide that it is, since everything that is happening to you now is also a huge learning opportunity.


VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) The stars are inclining in your favor, Virgo, although you might not know it yet; it’s a very special birthday season that is upon you. Only a possible series of difficult interactions between you and significant partners could slow you down, and yet this simultaneously represents your opportunity for growth. In terms of relationship, you could perhaps encounter some degree of confusion as to what is truly going on, detect a tendency on your part toward self-deception or bask in the glory of a lovely illusion that could turn out to perfectly match up with the ultimate reality that you experience. This is all happing in the context of massive ongoing identity shifts so that it helps to remind yourself that you, after all, are your most important product.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is your time to shine, Libra, as your social interactions continue to speed up and expand out. And yet, lots more is going on beneath the surface than is readily apparent. You are discovering more of yourself at deep levels than you originally bargained for. And yet, self-knowledge, like rainbows or butterflies, can never be too much of a good thing. By mid-month your character-building moments mount, as the accumulation of profound life changes intensifies and gradually percolates up to consciousness. You are asked to supply a goodly amount of determination for your true goals; your difficulties could bog you down, although faith in your process is there in abundance for you and will take you far. You are on the right track when you feel the world turning beneath your feet and realize that it is your own motion that you are sensing.


SCORPIO(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is an excellent month for progress, Scorpio, as the path ahead of you becomes while not easier, at least more obvious. You are settling into your vision questing journey now, and nothing can derail you. This is one of those tides in your affairs that can be very productive for you if you go with it like a bold surfer of new waves. You have the ability this month to vision new possibilities for yourself into being. There have lately been cosmic factors that seemingly hold you back but in fact lend focus and concentration to your efforts at redefining yourself. Your creative self-expression is mystical and partakes of unknown qualities, which, if you were to more thoroughly and unflinchingly explore them, would lead you to a treasure house of untold spiritual riches.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) You are on a wild ride lately, Sagittarius, and it is not ending yet. You are fortunate now in outer circumstances and in taking advantage of a combination of good luck and skillful management, plus your recent proclivity for seeing more deeply and of working with helpful partners. This all comes with a responsibility to take account of inner priorities as well as solving the conundrums of the outer. There is treasure that you must somehow reach, guarded in a cave in deep waters and by a series of mean and graceless dragons. As soon as one is slain, another arises to take its place. This might seem discouraging except for the fact that, every time, something important is gained, a new foothold on your spiraling climb upward and into the light of your more conscious understanding.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This continues to be an interesting year, Capricorn, especially so as you head into year end. All the outer planet archetypes are heating up once again, those starry messengers that are indicative of the vast changes taking place within you personally and also in the world at large. You have both physical and metaphorical journeys before you in this transitional month. Surprising enlightenment is always just around the corner for you these days, it is only that you have to know where to look, and be willing to take the chance. Your very idea of your own basic identity is up for grabs, and you also might feel that your dwelling space is in more than one kind of flux, symbolic of a sketchy sense security or a house built upon a moving carpet. When you let go of any and all preconceptions you are very much on the right track.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are really cooking, Aquarius. This is an incredible time of multifaceted activity and of also plumbing your very depths for their ultimate philosophical essence. You are very aware of your outer world responsibilities, and satisfying a fair number of them with grace and style. Thus you are busy doing exactly what you came into this world to do, although in another way, you are still a babe at the breast of the universe trying to find out what it is that you truly are up to. Cosmic energies conspire to teach you – through the agency of scintillating communication with others in your circle of peers, and as well through your own dream fantasies and waking visions – more of what your higher Self yet wants to make of you as you pass through this exciting amalgam of earthly and spiritual planes.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an important month for you, Pisces, in the midst of an important year of transition. In spite of encountering difficulties, you are getting stronger and more comfortable now with your own transformation, and also in recognizing that this is not change for the sake of change, but rather resulting from a series of signals that the universe is moving in some very definite directions, and is taking you along with it. You are forging new strength and a new determination to thrive in terms of your own priorities. You are going through not so much an identity crisis as an identity explosion, at least in metaphorical terms. When the pieces are ready to return to earth, they fall, but not by chance. They will take up a new configuration far closer to what you truly feel is important to you, on the inside.


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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