Archive for July, 2014

Dawn’s Early Light and Astrology Forecast July 27- August 2.

Posted in Weekly WorldView and Astrology forecast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2014 by spiritualtherapy

By Leo Knighton Tallarico

We are truly moving forward now into a New Chapter and Season of our lives on Planet Earth.  Yesterday Friday July 25 Mars went into focused and intense Scorpio, and the New Moon conjunct expansive Jupiter is today July 26 at 6:42 PM EDT.  This new season at the New Moon has begun after the Cardinal Grand Cross this last spring and thus represents a powerful new beginning.

Maybe for some loose ends still need to be tied and a bit more clarity needs to form, but we have each hopefully jumped on the moving train and are ready to go.

The only thing you need to be sure of now is what you believe.  Do you at the core of your being believe we live in a connected and meaningful Universe?  Or have you bought into the fear based programming of the world?

What you now attract to your self is very dependent on that belief system.   Will you attract the “better angels” inside your self and in the Universe, or will you attract the ones that will swallow you up into more hellish places in your mind and heart?

Are the circumstances that unfolded during this past Spring Eclipse Season with the Cardinal Cross meaningful and meant to usher in a new Chapter of your life; or were those events random bad luck or good luck?  It is your choice.

Even if the those events were painful and difficult, they still happened for a reason, were a learning experience or a motivation to accept the turning pages into a New Chapter of your life.  Or do you see it differently, through eyes of more “glass half empty” focus?

We cannot stop the changing tides of life, but we can better adapt and evolve within those changes if we believe our lives are sacred and meaningful.   This is not necessarily about believing in “God”, but more about believing in spirit and soul and believing that we humans are capable of evolving into beings who can have love and truth as our guiding lights.

This is absolutely necessary now. Take a look at our world now.  The old world is beginning to come apart.  We are being brought to “judgment days” inside ourselves.

Do we see the unravelling, which has much violence in its process, as a sign we are all going down into the abyss together?  Or do we see this as part of the transformation into an Aquarian Age, part of the process of releasing old programs and beliefs that can not come with us if we are to truly evolve and survive?

What is happening now in Gaza is a terrible tragedy.  These bombings are indiscriminate and reflective of a lack of concern for the people there. As of this writing over 1000 people have died in Gaza as a result of these attacks, the vast majority civilians, and many children.

This is part of the old paradigm of only caring about “me and mine”, “us versus them” mentality, needs for superiority and inferiority, and needing enemies to fear and hate.

The Middle East, a place of the original human civilizations and organized religions, reflects our roots which have decayed.   Now we need a deep transformation, from the core of our beings, so we can build an Age of Aquarius from the ashes of that old world and paradigm.

You can expect more turmoil in the Middle East and in Ukraine/Russia and elsewhere, as old borders from a contrived world of nations break down. The Old Order is no longer viable.

A new world, an Age of Aquarius is within our grasp if we get to a consciousness that believes we are equal in value, and that a world of Diversity in Unity is possible, a world where love and truth are our guiding lights.

In your own world do your best to balance an allowing of the change, with a holding onto some security and stability.

And now, with the New Moon in Leo and Mars moving into Scorpio, there is a  breaking open of that which was still stuck, a release of the old, and a burst of energy giving movement to go forward.  In addition, Venus will trigger the Uranus/Pluto square and the old Cardinal Grand Cross this coming week, to add to the intensity and power of transformation.

Much of this energy will be passionate and potentially quite creative too. It is best now not to try too hard to control or repress the natural movement inside and around you.

Find the proper boundaries or limits so you are not flooded with emotion or anxiety, but do nonetheless allow nature to take its course.

This is only the beginning of chaotic turmoil in the greater world, it will continue to intensify.   It will affect all corners of our Earthly world.  The way we have been programmed to believe, the world we have been conditioned to find stability within, will be entering our rear view mirror.

We are being awakened to the truth and to new ways of thinking, being, and feeling.   We are being dis-illusioned from the government, media, and corporate programming of who are the “good guys” and who are the “bad guys”. Wake up and realize the so-called bad guys see the supposed good guys as their bad guys.   It is all made up as an excuse to fight against those who seemingly threaten our way of life.   We must end this old paradigm.

As we awaken out of our slumber, we drop into a deeper knowing that we are all one human family in an Age of Aquarius.

Resist the urge to hate Putin or hate Islamists or anyone else, as our media and corporate/government powers from an old age try to convince us.

Resist also your desire to hate your ex-husband or boss or father or whomever.   Their presence in your life is as a teacher of something you need to learn or experience.

And all of us are moving back “home”  inside ourselves, some faster than others, but all wanting to know we are safe in the arms of a loving Universe.

See you next week,

Leo

If you have the time please enjoy the youtube video created for Spring Eclipse Season 2014 and the Cardinal Grand Cross.

You can get an astrological consultation with me during these changing times to help you on your path and with your life. Please write soulus@aol.com for more info..

There is already a YOUTUBE video autumn 2013 forecast out at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5xnEaj6JRfI

There is an old YOUTUBE video Astrology Forecasthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6fxVYYIoNA&feature=youtu.be for Spring Eclipse Season. Check it out if you feel so moved.

You can get an astrological consultation with me during these changing times to help you on your path and with your life. Please write soulus@aol.com for more info.

Please feel free to find more writings and my services on my website.

Leo Knighton Tallarico is a full time professional astrologer, spiritual guide, counselor, and writer for over 25 years

 

Hand of Time Shows it is Time for a New Chapter in Our Lives and Astrology Forecast July 20-26

Posted in Weekly WorldView and Astrology forecast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2014 by spiritualtherapy

By Leo Knighton Tallarico

The Hand of Time is ready to start ticking again as Saturn is stationing ready to go Direct this Sunday July 20.

We let you know last week that in the days surrounding this event, world events that feel like fate would erupt in our world.

Saturn Direct is more important than it usually is because it follows the very powerful Cardinal Grand Cross that happened during Spring Eclipse Season 2014.

Hand Of Time Saturn goes Direct and we all enter a very important new chapter or season of our lives on Planet Earth.

Two very important events that affect lives all over the Earth happened as Saturn was about to go Direct:  A Malaysian passenger plane was shot down late this last week over Ukraine;  and Israel  seriously intensified its war with Hamas and the Palestinians by pushing its ground forces into Gaza.

Already a few hundred Palestinians have been killed (mostly civilians) by air bombings over Gaza.   Hamas and other groups have also been sending rockets into Israel, but only killing one Israeli in the process.  The carnage in Gaza is horrendous.

Going back into the Eclipse Season as the Cardinal Cross was formed,   the top world news stories then were:  A Malaysian airliner disappeared, which has still not been found;  Ukraine blew up as it began to split between western interests and Russian interests.;  John Kerry made a concerted effort to bring peace to Israel and the Palestinians; the Islamic State made great advances in Syria and Iraq.

Now as Saturn goes Direct and the Hand of Time begins to move forward,  two very important and seemingly fated events happen that are very connected to those world events and the Cardinal Grand Cross.

Most strangely that the incredible disappearance of the Malaysian plane in the Spring, now becomes a shot down Malaysian plane over Ukraine, bringing those two events from Spring Eclipse Season together in a strange way.

When we also add the Isis takeover of Iraq, which happened while the Cross was still in effect, with the events in Ukraine and Israel/Palestine; we see themes that are forming which are aligned with the transition between Ages.

As we let you know in previous writings, Chaos versus Order will be a pervading theme during this transition, as borders and rules of the Old World are breaking down and forceful attempts to keep the old security systems are countering that movement.

Interestingly, as Saturn has been stationing to go Direct on July 20, at the same time Uranus has been stationing to go retrograde and will turn Retrograde on July 21.  Planets that station to change directions, whether to Direct or Retrograde, have their energy permeating the frequencies of our consciousness and world.

Saturn is security and control; Uranus is breaking out of stuck forms and often bringing chaos as a result. Not only are those two planets both changing directions at the same time; they also are making aspect to one another.  They are making a quincunx or 150 degree aspect to one another.  Saturn is going Direct at 16+ degrees of Scorpio while Uranus is going Retrograde at 16+ degrees of Aries.

As the turf in the Middle East is being transformed, the lives of many peoples all over the world are affected because so many countries are invested in the resources and power structures there.

In Ukraine, NATO nations have been trying to be the main influence there, which used to be a part of the Soviet Union and has many residents with Russian heritage. So Russia has also been fighting for influence.  The flight that was shot down over Ukraine has passengers from all over the world.

So you can see that these events are affecting peoples all over the world.  It is likely that the “fated” events this past week are the catalysts for great change in the Middle East and Ukraine.  And like dominoes falling, the whole world will be transformed as a result.

Keep in mind that besides the Middle East events in Iraq/Syria with Isis and the conflict between Israel and Palestine, the talks to change the nuclear program of Iran met a deadline with no results  on July 20, the day of Saturn going Direct. Subsequently,  they have extended that deadline 4 more months

The power of change is enormous now and will continue to be so.   Later this week Mars will leave diplomatic and peace seeking Libra for intense, passionate and focused Scorpio this Friday July 25.

And the next day on Saturday July 26 there will be New Moon in Leo conjunct Jupiter and square that Mars in Scorpio.

This will be the final sign of our movement into a New Chapter of our lives, and it may be a most intense passage.

As we collectively move into a New Chapter/Season of our human lives on Planet Earth on the way to the Age of Aquarius in the 2020’s, so also do each of us in our personal lives.

If you have been procrastinating and reluctant to choose or make decision or pick a direction to move toward, there is a major turning point now begging you to choose and move forward.

The train of our lives will be taking off without us if we are not ready, and may as a result push us to where or what we may not want.  So please stay present and aware and do not avoid or be distracted.

All of the shakeups you may have been experiencing this year, in conjunction with Spring Eclipse Season and the Cardinal Grand Cross, were done so you would shift your consciousness and life into this New Chapter.

Uranus  and Saturn changing directions this week will bring a need to balance between opening up your life and liberating yourself from stuck mindsets or situations (Uranus), and keeping security and stability and being grounded (Saturn).

Mars going into Scorpio on July 25 will intensify your life, help you to focus and move forward, and feel your passion more.  It will stay in Scorpio until September 13, when it goes into Sagittarius.

The New Moon in Leo conjunct Jupiter will bring you more spirit and positive energy, more hope after perhaps previous difficulties.   This New Chapter of our lives needs hope and faith as we release old beliefs and ways of being, so we can align our consciousness and lives for the Age of Aquarius.

The changes in the world and the changes in our own consciousness and lives are meant to help us to get out of our stuck and controlling images and egos (the downside of Leo) and move more into our authentic and creative heartfelt selves (upside of Leo).

This week there is a shift forward for all of us.  Make intention that this new doorway will bring you to be more whole and healthy, more aligned with your authentic soul self and the Universe, more aware of the connections inside you and all around, more unified with everyone in our human family, and open and ready to embrace the Age of Aquarius.

No matter what craziness is happening in the world, you have the ability and strength to keep your focus on the world you want the children now and in the future to inhabit.  And so it is and so it shall be.

See you next week,

Leo

If you have the time please enjoy the youtube video created for Spring Eclipse Season 2014 and the Cardinal Grand Cross.

You can get an astrological consultation with me during these changing times to help you on your path and with your life. Please write soulus@aol.com for more info..

There is already a YOUTUBE video autumn 2013 forecast out at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5xnEaj6JRfI

There is an old YOUTUBE video Astrology Forecasthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6fxVYYIoNA&feature=youtu.be for Spring Eclipse Season. Check it out if you feel so moved.

You can get an astrological consultation with me during these changing times to help you on your path and with your life. Please write soulus@aol.com for more info.

Please feel free to find more writings and my services on my website.

Leo Knighton Tallarico is a full time professional astrologer, spiritual guide, counselor, and writer for over 25 years

 

 

 

 

Blinded by the Light and Astrology Forecast July 13-19

Posted in Weekly WorldView and Astrology forecast with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2014 by spiritualtherapy

By Leo Knighton Tallarico

We are moving into the the waning half of the lunar cycle that began at the Cancer New Moon on June 27.   The “climax” of that lunar cycle happened earlier this Saturday June 12.  It was a Cancer/Capricorn Full Moon, meaning Sun in Cancer and Moon opposite  in Capricorn.

This Full Moon brings us to the differences between archetypal mother (Cancer) and father (Capricorn) energies.  Together these signs represent security and safety, but in much different ways.

Cancer helps us to feel safe in our own skin, permissively able to just be whatever we feel like being.  We feel safe at home, and in our personal life.  We are shown how to honor “inner values”, values of caring, empathy, and processing feelings.  We learn to contribute to family.

Capricorn teaches us how to build a sense of security in the outer world, through accomplishment, discipline and planning.  We are made to feel we need to live up to our potential, build a solid career and to contribute to the world.

This Full Moon is meant to balance the Sun in Cancer’s influence from these past three weeks.   We have needed to be more unconditionally loving with ourselves and others, more open with our feelings, more into nurturing ourselves with “just being” instead of doing all the time.

Yes Cancer can be very unconditional, but in that process can sometimes go over the line and be too permissive without healthy boundaries.

So the Moon in Capricorn adds more strictness, healthy rules and boundaries, more self discipline and getting better at taking responsibility for ourself and our own life.

This is a good time to balance inner and outer values and to balance permissiveness with more strict behavior patterns.

This Full Moon is a turning point energetically.  As we are now in the waning half of the lunar cycle, we can begin to slow down, dust ourselves off, and make plans for what we will soon get involved in.

This Capricorn Full Moon begins to let us know we are needing to “get ourselves together” and get ready to make our lives work in all new ways, ways that are resonant with who we are becoming and what this new chapter of our lives can look like.

Soon things will open up more and be more energized.

This week, with the Moon waning however, we still have some time to decide what turns we will soon make.  While we are slowing down somewhat, there will also be counteracting energies.

As such Jupiter will be leaving homey and cave like Cancer for fiery and shining Leo.  This begins this Wednesday July 16.  Jupiter has been in Cancer for a year, will now stay in Leo for a year.

Jupiter opens up and expands whatever it touches, so as it moves into Leo it opens up the creative and spontaneous part of our hearts, helping us to be more creative, open hearted, confident, and shining of our personal light.

If you have ego issues, issues of a personal image being incongruous with your authentic self; then your own light will be blocked from shining to its fullest.   Low self esteem or glorified ego get in the way of natural self expression.

So this year is a good year to work on your ego and self esteem issues, so you can truly be more in your heart.  You can truly learn to love your self more with Jupiter in Leo, not love some image of your self, but love your true and authentic self.

This true and authentic self then has the confidence to express itself unselfconsciously and to shine light and warmth to all around.    And in the process it finds success.

Success is not a a dirty word.   It is about actualizing oneself and one’s potential and finding one’s place in the world from there. It is not about competition with others or about making money and fitting some image of success.  You just have to allow your authentic soul self to align with the Universe and then follow the yellow brick road from there- Of course easier said than done.

There is much ego to release to get there, much programming from society and family to let go of.

So Jupiter in Leo shifts us more intensely into the process of ego and soul self working things out.

Also coming soon, next Sunday July 20,  Saturn will end its Retrograde movement and go back Direct. It has been retrograde since March 2 2014.

Saturn is symbolically both gravity and the hand of time, so you can see how it represents that which you cannot escape. Gravity holds our bodies to this Earth and Time stops for no one, it just keeps on ticking.

As Saturn goes Direct, time marches on and we feel at that time that “reality” rules.

This can sometimes bring a sense of “fate” or “meant to be” or at least like it is time to “get it together” and move on. This feeling can start any time this week leading up to next Sunday.

Then after July 25/26, as Mars goes into Scorpio and the New Moon opens up in Leo conjunct Jupiter; it will be time to take whatever has changed since early this year, whatever we have learned or experienced during the time since then, and go more fully into this New Chapter of our lives.  Ready or Not Here We Come.

You will see this play out in the greater world also.   Events that will feel like they are fated will play out in the Middle East and perhaps other places too, events that will alter our human destiny. These events will thrust us more fully into this New Chapter in  our collective lives on Earth, a new season that is necessary for our evolution into the Age of Aquarius.

June 28 this year was the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of World War I in 1914.  On that date a Serbian man assassinated Austrian Archduke Ferdinand and his wife.  World War I began shortly thereafter from that incident that does not seem to have warranted complete chaos breaking out in the world.  It felt like fate.

In our world now Israel and Hamas are at war that threatens to get much worse. Add that to the power of the newly developed Islamic State in what was Syria and Iraq; the nuclear talk with Iran coming to an end; and the shake up from Arab Spring in 2011, and you can see the potential for complete transformation of the Middle East and our world as a result.

In your own life, please concentrate on the transformation of your own consciousness, not on the “stories” we will be given by the Powers or Media.  It is best to not allow your self to get swept up in the ego dramas of ‘us versus them”, good guys versus bad guys. It is best not to get swept up in bashing President Obama or the Republicans or any other person or party.

We are all in this together, and we all need to work together to create our Age of Aquarius.  And the “better than or worse than” mentality will just keep us stuck in the old paradigm and age.

This world is a co-creation and the new world is also a co-creation.  Transforming our consciousness is the gateway into the Age of Aquarius.   If we keep looking for enemies or looking down or up at anyone else, we are helping to perpetuate the consciousness of the old paradigm and age.

The light of the Age of Aquarius is there for each of us to follow. We just need to allow our souls to lead the way, as our egos will be blinded by the light.

See you next week,

Leo

If you have the time please enjoy the youtube video created for Spring Eclipse Season 2014 and the Cardinal Grand Cross.

You can get an astrological consultation with me during these changing times to help you on your path and with your life. Please write soulus@aol.com for more info..

There is already a YOUTUBE video autumn 2013 forecast out at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5xnEaj6JRfI

There is an old YOUTUBE video Astrology Forecasthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6fxVYYIoNA&feature=youtu.be for Spring Eclipse Season. Check it out if you feel so moved.

You can get an astrological consultation with me during these changing times to help you on your path and with your life. Please write soulus@aol.com for more info.

Please feel free to find more writings and my services on my website.

Leo Knighton Tallarico is a full time professional astrologer, spiritual guide, counselor, and writer for over 25 years

 

 

 

Getting Ready to Leave the Cave and Astrology Forecast July 6-12

Posted in Weekly WorldView and Astrology forecast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2014 by spiritualtherapy

By Leo Knighton Tallarico

Spring Eclipse Season is over.  The Cardinal Grand Cross is passing.  Mercury has now gone back direct.  Clarity and Direction are forming.

We have moved into a new chapter or season of both our individual and collective lives.  The Cancer lunar cycle we are moving through now suggests we gather with “family”, whatever that means for each of us; find ways to relax and nurture ourselves, as we take somewhat of a break from needing to push our selves or any agenda too much.

We are settling into our souls, reconnecting with our hearts, and finding our equilibrium.  We are integrating all the changes of the last few months into our consciousness and making whole our inner family of various facets of our soul.

This process will generally continue till mid to late July.  It is then we will begin to hear the clarion call to raise our flags of evolutionary progress and move forward.

On July 16 Jupiter leaves the womb of Cancer, where it has been contained for the last year, and begins to open up more to the creative heart light shining in Leo.

The message to get started again will get stronger after July 20, when Saturn the planetary hand of time goes back Direct again.   And then on July 22 we leave our inner caves even more as the Sun moves into Leo.

And then on July 25 Mars finally leaves peace and pleasant loving Libra, after being there since December 2013,  for the intensity and passion of Scorpio.

And on July 26 the Leo New Moon conjunct Jupiter will finish the job of launching us more fully forward into this new chapter of our soul’s journey.

This late July time period is a turning point forward after all the change and shakeup that began this last March 2014.

Many have had major breakdowns of their old lives since then. Others have had major breakthroughs and awakenings during that time. And some have had both breakdowns and breakthroughs.

Sometimes it seems everything will always stay the same, same-old forever.  Then those old lives are shaken up in one way or another as we are ready to go to another level or to enter a new season of our lives.

We each do have much creative input into our lives, especially if we want to take our authentic talents and fill a need in our world.  The Universe will support that intent.  And during times of great shakeup, walls break down and doors open to bring us closer to our soul’s intentions.

This may not always happen in the way we planned, but it will happen.

This is why meditation or other spiritual practices are so important, as they keep us connected to our soul intention.   When disconnected,  we make choices that are against our soul’s intentions.

Othertimes we try to hold on too long to something or someone we need to let go of, against our soul’s intentions to move forward.

Othertimes the programming we received from our society and family or the traumas we experienced earlier in our lives control our soul intentions and make us fearful of life and its changes.

And each time now that we enter an Eclipse Season or another important planetary time period, we are shaken out of our stuck places and helped to move into our soul’s path and our evolution into the consciousness of the Age of Aquarius,

The greater world now is on the verge of great shakeup, a shakeup that intends to eventually open more doors into the New World and Age.

You can see the borders and boundaries of that Old World coming down.  Keep in mind that the boundaries we have created for countries in our world have been contrived, and most have been set through wars and invasions, and through World Powers at the time setting the boundaries for their own interests.

This is especially true in the Middle East, where most of our religions and civilizations were started.  Modern  Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, etc. were created in the 20th century and manipulated by colonial powers. Invasions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya were done to control those peoples’ fates in compliance with others’ needs.

And now as this group called ISIS is changing Middle East borders, as the USA borders are challenged by immigrants coming from Central America and Mexico; chaos is ensuing.

And borders will continue to be challenged, more and more so-called civil wars will break out, like in Ukraine.

At the same time forceful efforts to keep order will get more dominating.  Chaos versus Order will be a prevailing theme now.  Chaos seeks a break down of the old.  Order seeks a preservation of the old.

In your own life, when things break down, your old order is breaking down, and your efforts to keep order are your understandable desires for security and stability.

How much needs to change and how much you can keep things the same is determined in the process between chaos and order.

Chaos brings creative change; Order seeks to keep stability. Neither is the good one or bad one. They work together during changing times.

The Old Rules, the old school ways are also being challenged now as we move more fully into  our internet/computer age.  New Rules are born, new ways of thinking and being are created.

Some of the old ways you will be relieved are leaving, hopefully desires for power and greed and violent ways.  But some old ways you will not want to change, like human dignity, human caring and intimate contact between peoples.

Are we OK with new ways to have children, to clone or to use stem cells?  And if so, can we keep connected to our Earth and her needs, to nature, to our bodies and souls and their needs?

Can we work with Climate Change in a way that is healing for nature and our environment?  Can we learn to live in peace with one another, respecting the ways of those who are different from us.

How this Chaos versus Order transition time plays out is within our ability to vision and create. What are our priorities, and how much do we truly care about the future of the Earth, its creatures and our children and grandchildren?

Do we truly believe we can evolve in our consciousness and lives to meet the needs of the Age of Aquarius we are moving into?

The coming changes will be great.  See them either in your own life or in the greater world as opportunities to evolve and make changes that will serve the best potential of our selves and the world.

This coming week we are moving up to a Full Moon in Cancer/Capricorn next Saturday July 13 at 7:25 AM EDT.  Keep to your intentions for nurturance, inner integration, and family connections.

But the Moon is in Capricorn for that Full Moon, so begin also to get prepared for more outer manifestation then.  But realize also that when you are ready to more fully leave your cave later this month, that you will want to keep intention for meditation, nurturing, and connection to “Feminine” values.  If you go back to just being concerned with obligations and accomplishments and “doing all the time” instead of “just being”, then you will not have the proper foundation for this new chapter of your life.

This week the Sun is triggering the now passing Grand Cross from April as it makes aspect to Pluto and Uranus. Events will continue to be heated in the Middle East.

If you are still “holding on”, you will get a nudge to let go this week.

See you next week,

Leo

If you have the time please enjoy the youtube video created for Spring Eclipse Season 2014 and the Cardinal Grand Cross.

You can get an astrological consultation with me during these changing times to help you on your path and with your life. Please write soulus@aol.com for more info..

There is already a YOUTUBE video autumn 2013 forecast out at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5xnEaj6JRfI

There is an old YOUTUBE video Astrology Forecasthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6fxVYYIoNA&feature=youtu.be for Spring Eclipse Season. Check it out if you feel so moved.

You can get an astrological consultation with me during these changing times to help you on your path and with your life. Please write soulus@aol.com for more info.

Please feel free to find more writings and my services on my website.

Leo Knighton Tallarico is a full time professional astrologer, spiritual guide, counselor, and writer for over 25 years