Venus Retrograde, the Eclipse Season, Same Sex Marriage, and Astrology Forecast for May 13-19
by Leo Knighton Tallarico
The winds of Eclipse Season Spring 2012 blow in stronger now. Today Saturday May 12 we enter the last quarter of the lunar cycle that precedes the Solar Eclipse New Moon in Gemini on May 20.
Last week powerful transformation was already beginning when President Obama told the world he was in favor of gays and lesbians having the right to get married. This is the kind of breakthrough that represents Eclipse Seasons, except it is even more important than the usual Eclipse Season event. The rapidly approaching Uranus/Pluto square figures into this transformative moment in time.
No president has ever come out so strongly in favor of equality for the LGBT community. This is the civil rights equivalent to President Johnson’s actions to getting the Civil Rights Act for black Americans in 1965.
In 1965 there was the first pass of Uranus conjunct Pluto in Virgo, the last major meeting of these two transformational planetary giants. The Uranus/Pluto conjunction in 1965-1966 symbolized the beginning of the ’60s revolution. The Viet Nam War, which galvanized a protest movement against war, had its beginning in 1965 also.
Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In song came out in the mid ’60s, singing about the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius. Aquarius is about equality and Diversity in Unity. Obama’s declaration this last week opens the door to a powerful wave of civil rights transformation for quite arguably the last major group to be excluded from equal rights in this country, the LGBT community.
And hopefully Obama’s righteous move this past week will open the gates all over the world to greater equality and compassion for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters in our human world family. Some countries in the world are much worse than the USA in their hatred for the homosexual community. Gay men especially are horribly tortured in much of the world.
But keep in mind that now, just as in the ’60s when efforts to give blacks and women equal rights were met with such ferocious backlash, the fight has just begun.
There is kind of a “civil war” brewing, a cultural civil war. And this issue of equality for gays and lesbians will be front and center in this civil war. This fight may get rather vicious, and much of the South is already drawing a line in the Mason/Dixon sand.
North Carolina synchronistically this past week overwhelmingly voted to ban both marriage and civil unions for same sex couples. North Carolina is where the Democratic Party has planned to hold its convention to renominate Obama this summer. How ironic that is, since Obama made his declaration this week in favor of such unions. Some are saying that North Carolina may be reconsidered as the venue for the convention.
Back in 2008 I let readers know I believed it was quite possible that the long and lanky Obama was the reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln. And of course it would be poetic justice that the reincarnation of the man who signed the Emancipation Proclamation for black slaves would be the first black president of the USA. In fact what is even more poetic is that President Obama is an equal combination of black and white, true equality. And he is now opening the gates much wider for liberation of our homosexual community.
And now comes the “civil war” again, hopefully this time without the guns and killing. Just as in the 1860’s civil war of north against south, there is an old aristocracy that clings to power and privilege, and seeks to deny others equal rights and fair treatment.
To be fair, it is not easy to change one’s way of living life so easily. People have been programmed by their local cultures and religions to perceive people and life in a certain way. These perceptions are not easy to change. Many changes in the ’60s happened through great turmoil and challenge.
We let you know last week that liberation was a key word for this eclipse season. Besides what happened with Obama and equal rights for gays and lesbians, Egypt had their first ever televised Presidential debate this past week. Since the Arab Spring last year, Egypt will now have its first ever fair election later this year. In your own life also be open to liberation, so watch for where you can find ways for your heart and mind to be more free of the shackles of programming from society and family.
Release and let go of whatever is oppressing and controlling your free spirit, mind and soul. You have an inalienable right to be free to be self determining and to express your authenticity. You can let go and release the ties that bind you to people and situations that hold your true self and purposeful life hostage.
Use this eclipse season, which also includes Uranus square Pluto late in June and Venus Retrograde beginning this coming week, to evolve your consciousness and life.
Venus goes retrograde this Tuesday May 15 at 10:33 AM at 23+ degrees of Gemini. It will go back direct on June 27. Venus retrograde is a time to reexamine heart issues and relationships in your life. It is a good time to truly go more deeply into your relationships and the patterns of those relationships that you seek to transform. Often there is a kind of rewind into relationships past, remembering how it used to be. It is common for there to be memories or dreams of past relationships, and sometimes people will actually come back for a visit into our lives.
New relationships also often crop up during Venus Retrograde, yet they are mostly good to help us to better understand our old relationship patterns. It is not generally advised to get married or make a life long relationship commitment during Venus Retrograde, but it is a good time to make our relationships more healthy and work better. Relationship counseling is most effective during Venus Retrograde. It is a good time delve deeper to find out if you will need to go further with the relationship or change it or end it.
Remember back to October/November 2010 if you can, as that was the last time we experienced Venus Retrograde. Venus was in Scorpio that time. There was no Eclipse Season back then to coincide with Venus Retrograde, which brings much more power to the passage.
As we get closer to the first eclipse, a Solar Eclipse New Moon in Gemini a week from Sunday on May 2o, more and more world events will pop up that represent big change in our world.
World Powers and Iran meet on May 23, just a few days after the Solar Eclipse and less than two weeks before the second eclipse, a Lunar Eclipse Full Moon on June 4 in Sagittarius. That meeting will be a very important crossroads time, as Israel is already planning a possible attack on Iran this year.
Another major event possibly forming with a conflict in Iran into the Perfect Storm I wrote about a couple months ago, is the economic challenges in Europe. Greece and France may be a taking a U-turn out of the Euro zone economic packages that were meant to “save” the European economies from default and disaster. This could turn into a major challenge for the USA and world economy, and combined with conflict in Iran, could bring major transformation to our world. If not during the Eclipse Season, not long afterwards.
So get yourself ready this week during a last quarter moon phase. It is time to release and let go and get ready for the new beginnings at this New Moon Solar Eclipse next week May 20. Solar Eclipses are always new moons with exponentially much more power than the usual new moon. So the new beginnings that occur during the lunar cycle from May 20- June 19 will be quite important in your life.
We will discuss this Solar Eclipse in more detail in next week’s forecast. I will also host a radio broadcast next Saturday May 19 at 1 PM EDT streamed live. The link to that show can be found below. I also did a talk at our Spiritual Renaissance Center that will be on YouTube sometime this week. That link will also be posted below once the new YouTube channel is complete.
See you next week,
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Leo Knighton Tallarico is a full time professional astrologer, spiritual guide, counselor, and writer for over 25 years.
He predicted the Iraq War of 2003- in early 2001 when Bush first took office; predicted the 9-11 attacks with an article “The Tower”, written in June 2001. He predicted Obama and McCain would get the presidential nominations in november 2007, when both were low in the polls; and correctly predicted the current economic downturn before it occurred