By Leo Knighton Tallarico
Tides are shifting now as Venus has just gone Retrograde and Uranus has slowed down to go Retrograde while activated by its square to Mars.
We are being awakened and taken outside any closed boxes we find ourselves locked inside. This will especially apply to heart and relationship issues.
The way you have been understanding certain relationships may tend to be challenged now. You may have come to some fixed way of looking at a relationship, but over the next 6 weeks or so there will be pulls and pushes to see it differently. Perhaps there will be new events that come into your life then that will shift your perception.
But even more likely, as Venus is now Retrograde, you will be reminded of past relationships that will give you a new perspective on this current relationship.
You might be reminded of an old relationship pattern that has come back into this new relationship. You might be reminded of how bad or unloving or abusive a past relationship was. Or you might on the contrary remember how much better some past relationship was.
Or even more likely still, you will be more aware of when your heart was truly into someone, or someone else’s heart was really into you. Are you in love with your current partner? When if ever were you in love in your life?
In late June/early July this year- Venus, while going direct, was making a most close conjunction with Jupiter, one that at times looked like one huge star or planet, not two. This is because those two shining planets “merged” with one another. Love was in the air then, and as Venus was also making aspect to Uranus, that love may have awakened you like Sleeping Beauty, taken you by surprise, or merely took you outside your comfort zone.
Now that Venus has gone Retrograde it will have another meeting with Jupiter in Leo: on August 4. This will tend to reawaken your heart again.
Overall Venus Retrograde, which will last until September 6, will give you time to reflect on relationships. Certainly this includes romantic and committed relationships, but also friendships, family relationships, business ones, etc.
You will likely receive deeper insights on those relationships, a better sense of the condition of the relationship, a stronger idea of what options you have and what patterns need to be healed.
And if necessary, you will understand better if you can save the relationship or if you need to let it go.
It would be quite important during this Retrograde period to feel your heart, to be in touch with what turns it on and makes it sing. Turn back the clock on your life to remember what or whom your heart was attracted to, what it loved.
Do you feel love is good for you or do you feel it makes you too out of control of your life? Some people actually will shut out love from their heart, as they have been too disappointed in the past or have developed a very regimented life that cannot allow love to messy it up.
That would be pretty sad, as an open heart is truly necessary for real happiness.
Much may change for you during Venus Retrograde, and whatever does will prepare you for a most important new chapter in your life that is wanting to develop.
When Saturn goes Direct overnight August 1st/2nd, there will be a Universal clock that will start ticking again, so to speak. Saturn is the hand of time, and you will have a sense that “it is time”, that “time is marching on”, that you have chosen what road to take now.
That Saturn going direct will be accompanied by other planetary movements that same week that will tend to give you a sense of a big turning point in your life. In the Global world that will also be true, as signs will point to a likely fate for our world. Saturn Direct and Jupiter will be making exact aspect to Israel’s Mars. That gives a strong indication that Israel will either initiate a military adventure or be attacked within weeks after Saturn goes Direct. The USA chart is also facing most difficult aspects too, like Pluto very closely opposite its natal Sun. The time surrounding the eclipses could be very challenging.
You will likely be moving in a set direction at that time, opening up doors that will take you to new events soon to manifest in your life.
And yet relationship issues may not be decided on yet at that time. Venus will still be retrograde until September 6 and it will not be back to where it started going Retrograde until October 9, at which time more clarity and direction for heart issues will be formed.
And of course there will be two strong eclipses on September 13 and 27 that will tend to shake things up. They will especially shake up your life if you are holding onto anything that is not truly aligned for you and your life. It could be a time of breakdown of what needs to pass, and breakthrough into new ventures and adventures.
The greater world will also be experiencing big breakdowns and breakthroughs then, as the streams of light for transformation and healing will be especially powerful then. It will be another important portal into the Aquarian Age opening, and light cannot shine through dense blocks in a system, blocks that represent a clinging to the past, and attachments to that which does not serve your Higher Self anymore.
And Higher Self connection is getting more and more important with every new day. The ego self wants control, and does not truly care about connections, Love, and Truth. It cares about putting its own needs above the cycles and rhythms of nature and the Universe, and above the heart of any matter.
With so much transformation moving in to rearrange our priorities and lives, we must now allow our soul and heart based Higher Selves to take over. This is true even if our hearts are taking us to that which does not seem practical or conventionally apt.
The old normal is dying, which means that conventional wisdom is not wise anymore. Following empty rules will not better your life.
The “connections” will be taking over our new normal, so old “shoulds” will not serve you.
Just look at this last week to better understand where the conventional old world is headed. There were two more mass killings- one in a movie theater. There was an African-American woman who apparently committed suicide in jail after being pulled over by a policemen for not using her turn signal when changing lanes. Donald Trump is polling in first place for the Republican nomination for President of the USA. And you think he cannot possibly become President? Think again. He is rich and famous and brash, the lower ego self that all too often runs America in the old world.
And also this past week, President Obama signed a bill from Congress that makes it almost impossible to legally challenge Monsanto and GMO products.
Your Higher Self is your only way out, and your heart and soul are the only way to get to your Higher Self.
So now as we experience Venus Retrograde, get your heart’s desires in order around relationship. Stay with who is in your heart, stay away from ego run people who will bring you down.
Transform, repair or heal toxic and/or dysfunctional relationships and their patterns during Venus Retrograde– or get out of them.
Also later this week on Friday the 31st, there is a Full Moon in Leo/Aquarius. Choosing between what turns you on versus what is socially conscious can be an issue at such Full Moons. Leo is a sign wanting what opens its heart and what will be noticed or popular. Aquarius cares more about group consciousness, social consciousness, and uniqueness. The Full Moon on the 31st is at 6:43 AM EDT. Venus, while still retrograde then, will slip back into heart centered Leo again also on the 31st.
Then on Saturday August 1, Saturn goes Direct and that gets the hand of time clicking as we start moving in a more certain direction. And then on August 14 there is a New Moon in Leo that will put more fuel in our hearts and life gas tanks as we rev up for the big events is September: A Solar Eclipse New Moon in Virgo on September 13 and a Lunar Eclipse Full Blood Moon in Aries on September 27.
Evolutionary energies are growing stronger and your Higher Self intuitively knows the way forward.
till next week,
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Leo Knighton Tallarico has been a full time professional astrologer, spiritual guide, counselor, and writer for 30 years.