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Getting Off the Fence, and Astrology Forecast April 16-23.

Posted in Weekly WorldView and Astrology forecast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2017 by spiritualtherapy

By Leo Knighton Tallarico

Venus is now Direct after having been retrograde since March 4th this year.

During Venus Retrograde periods we rewind our hearts to remember earlier times in our lives and to get in deeper connection with our hearts.

What did you learn during Venus Retrograde about what is in your heart?  Did you learn more about your current relationships, what state they are in, and what needs to be done with them.

This is not only meant to be about “romantic” relationships, but also perhaps about friends, family, work relationships, etc.

Did you learn more about what is in your heart and what and whom you truly love? Even if you did not think about that during the Retrograde period, it is good to begin to think and feel about that now.

Did you meet any new people during Venus Retrograde?  How do you feel in your heart about them?  Does it look like they will continue to be in your life?

Did you get more clear about current relationships and what patterns you want to transform?

Are there any relationships that ended during Venus Retrograde or that you need to think about ending now?

Did any people from the past come back into your life through dreams, strong memories, or in person?    Do those relationships have any bearing on how you look at a current relationship?

Do you feel excited about any new or revived relationships?  Do you feel sad about any current or past relationships?

Venus also has some rulership, through Taurus, of our bodies, our homes, our land and resources.

Are there any changes that happened or will soon happen around your body, home, land, or resources?

It is good to let Venus be Direct for a week or so before jumping to any relationship conclusions. Clarity starts now and will grow over the next week or so.

Of course to complicate matters Mercury is now Retrograde and will not go Direct until May 3rd.

So there is some potential mental rewind going on now, some changing of perceptions, and perhaps thinking of changing decisions or life direction.

Do your best to let the Venus Direct process naturally unfold, until you get crystal clear about the matter before taking action. Don’t force your heart or mind to get clear before it is time.

This last week world relationships were rather strained and have gotten to a very dangerous point.

The USA bombed Syria because it says Syria used chemical weapons on its own people. Use your own judgment about the veracity of that claim.

The USA also dropped the biggest bomb ever used, except for a nuclear weapon, on tunnels in Afghanistan.  That bomb also killed a hundred or so people, said to be Islamic State people.

And North Korea and the United States are macho posturing with one another now. That is a most dangerous situation.

We could be moving toward a world war, with August being a most important turning point on this issue.  Hopefully we can reverse this current trajectory.

My friend David Lonebear Sanipass has said that April 15 is an important day in the Cosmos and for our world.  All these dangerous situations are revolving around that date, which must be some kind of turning point.

He and I had a video conversation with one another today the 15th of April.  I will put that up on youtube early this coming week, and will let you know with a link on an update of this week’s blog/forecast. So come back to this week’s forecast and you will be able to access it.

I do talk about this coming August on the video.

That will be an important month with 2 eclipses, the second one being especially important.

That will be a Total Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 21. Its path will be across the USA from Oregon to the Carolinas.  It is the first Total Eclipse to move entirely across the USA since June of 1918.

This eclipse in August will be almost exactly, to the degree, conjunct planetary positions of birth charts of Syria (nodes), North Korea (Saturn), and Israel (Mars). I explain more on the video and will explain more in writing closer to the event.

That Eclipse will also be conjunct Donald Trump’s natal Mars in Leo and directly opposite the USA Moon in Aquarius.

There are other aspects that month that trigger the USA Mars and Pluto.

That will be an enormous crossroads turning point time period, and a few months surrounding that eclipse should be filled with important world events, especially concentrated in August.

That should be a very intense time period energetically, and it also will bring huge waves of creative frequencies of love and truth for your transformational process.

We are all needing to clear our energy fields, minds and hearts of toxic old world energies.  It is important to let go of what has been programmed into us by an old world paradigm.

That old paradigm keeps a dense blockade against the new energies trying to pour into us.

As we clear our minds, hearts, souls and bodies of these toxins we create an opening for the new waves.

And now as you look at our world, you know it is imperative for each of us to get off the fence of straddling two worlds, and to make commitment to the New World and Age of Aquarius.

This does not mean you throw caution to the wind and throw away all your security supports.  But it does mean you let go of the fears that keep you a slave to the old world paradigm.  It does mean your allegiance is to your Self, the Universe, the Truth, and what you Love.

Energies this week will shift mid week as the Sun goes into Taurus on Wednesday April 19, Pluto goes Retrgrade on April 20, Mars goes into Gemini on April 21, and recently Direct Venus is exactly square Saturn on the 21st.

As the Sun goes into Taurus on the 19th, what was initiated during Sun in Aries will now be solidified and made manifest.

Also concentration will be more on the physical world, like your body, nature, home, money and land.

Your 5 senses will be more enlivened and it will be a good time to enjoy food, lovemaking, hot tubs, and catering to your bodily pleasures and comforts.

Earth Day happens during Taurus time of year on April 22, so our Earth home can now use more of our care and concern.

Pluto Retrograde on the 21st will intensify our emotions and energy field, bring out power struggles in some, and most importantly will be a time of potential transformation.  There may be a feeling of rebirth around this date.

Mars in Gemini gives us more motivation to learn and share information, talk, communicate and generally move faster.

Venus recently Direct square Saturn tells us about relationship endings, either ending old dysfunctional relationship patterns or seriously considering ending the relationship.

This is an important year of 2017, when we turn the corner toward fully committing to new world consciousness.

The conversation video with me and David Sanipass is here-

Till next week,


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Exploding into New Chapter

Posted in Uncategorized, Weekly WorldView and Astrology forecast with tags , , , , on April 16, 2016 by spiritualtherapy

By Leo Knighton Tallarico

This week’s forecast is shorter as I went through a medical emergency this past week and am healing now.

Mars and Pluto change directions to Retrograde on Sunday and Monday respectively.  That’s a lot of intense, provocative, on the edge energy.

There should be some death and rebirth energies at play, even if in minor ways.

Staying in the game, out of ruts of status quo habits is part of the ride now.

You are getting help to let die old ways now though it may be quite painful to do so.

Mars and Pluto together can mean some explosive emotional energies wanting to express.  Be careful not to have your buttons pushed  or to push anyone else’s buttons.  Intense arguments can result.

The political climate gets more intense and combative every day, and right now with Pluto and Mars in the energy spotlight that will intensify even more. It is much more like political warfare than community concern most of the time.

Real world concerns are rarely discussed in a deep, thoughtful way.   Candidates and media play some kind of game that gets candidates to say the same things over and over again in such overly competitive and hateful ways.

Big money interests and the system are running the show.  But “the people” are strong voices now too.  Hanging onto statu quo is hanging onto the old system of the old world.

Vote for what you believe in now, as that is where the New Age resides, not in a practical “least of two evils” approach.

On Tuesday the Sun makes its yearly advance into Taurus. Usually that brings some calmer energies, but don’t count on it this year as Venus squares focal Pluto the same day

Taurus is fixed Earth and seeks security and comfort. It is practical and down to Earth and appreciates its ability to use its’ senses to get information and enjoy life.

Venus square Pluto suggests transformation through relationship intensity.  On Friday the 22nd intensity continues as there is a Full Moon in Scorpio that day.

The Full Moon is at 1:24 AM EDT.  It suggests working out both emotional and money issues with others, as well as strong sexual energies.  Be careful not to get into tugs of war with others.

Should be a very powerful week ahead.


Transformational Astrology with Leo Knighton Tallarico webinar series will begin on Saturday June 4 at 1 PM  EDT.  At this point I am leaning toward Saturdays June 18 and June 25 at 1 PM to finish up the series. The second and third dates are not set in stone yet.   Each class will last approximately 2 hours. Fee is $120 for the complete series. I will reserve two scholarships for those truly in need who have great interest.

We will be discussing the deep layers of consciousness needed during this important time in human evolution.  The class will provide a wider perspective and deeper insight.
I will explain the significance of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in the process of transformation. I will include Chiron into the mix also.  I consider Uranus, Neptune and Pluto as ambassadors of the Age of Aquarius.   They provide us with what we energetically need in order to transform our consciousness and lives aligned with the Age of Aquarius.  As such we will explore a person’s natal aspects with those planets. We will also , its explore in depth the transits of these planets, as they signify times of intense transformation and change.
We will also look at the possibility of newly discovered planets in our solar system, including Nibiru and Dr. Sitchen’s ideas of what that planet signifies for the human family.  This theory if true changes how we view our origins and our human condition.
We are at a very important phase in the transition between a Pisces and Aquarius Age.   World changes through important world evetns will be discussed as well as a viewpoint of what and when we can expect of the Age of Aquarius.
We will also find the time to look at class members’ natal charts to see the natal dimensions of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto in personal lives. And we will look at transits and times of change in individual participant’s lives as seen by the transits of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
If interested please let me know through a reply to my email at  Fee is to be paid prior to the classes.
Audio recordings will be available for those who cannot make the live broadcast.
Till next week,




Time to Move Forward and Astrology Forecast April 19-25

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2015 by spiritualtherapy

By Leo Knighton Tallarico

As I write this week’s forecast on Saturday April 18, we are starting up an important lunar cycle.  That is because there is a New Moon in Aries today at 2:57 PM EDT, a new moon that follows a lunar cycle that included a most intense series of planetary configurations.

The last lunar cycle began with a Solar Eclipse New Moon in Pisces on the Spring Equinox, and it was followed two weeks later by a Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Libra. That Lunar Eclipse formed a Cardinal T-Square with the powerfully transformational Uranus and Pluto.

Much was shaken up during that lunar cycle, both in the greater world and in our personal lives.  We know that our lives are in the process of enormous change, change that will likely exceed the transformation during the ’60s and ’70s.

And now as we move through the first New Moon since the passing month of such intense planetary movement, we are ready to move forward much more fully into a New Chapter of our lives, on the way to the Age of Aquarius.

Last year at and after the Cardinal Grand Cross in spring and early summer, this new important chapter of our lives was opening up.

And now after this New Moon in Aries, we will soon know in no uncertain terms, that there is no turning back.  We are completing our process of releasing the past and getting ready to face more straight forward into our new lives.

On a global scale, most people I talk with know intuitively that life is on the verge of immense change.

The Military/Economic System that holds up the old world is in the process of breaking down, and as it breaks down it is creating space for new light of new consciousness to stream in.

More and more people are awakening now. And as they do wake up, they become more dissatisfied with their lives, bored with the old patterns that keep repeating, over and over again.

Before long inspiration or well timed events will create the spark of change that helps to leave behind that which we have outgrown.

Who can we take with us in our new lives?  Who is growing as we are?  Who can we no longer relate to?  Who no longer understands us or respects our chosen path?

What has become so stale that it no longer nourishes our heart and soul?  Do we need to live somewhere else?  Do we need to more fully accept and embody who we are becoming?  Do we need to leave behind old work situations or careers even if they give us a feeling of security?

And now at this Aries New Moon, we know we can no longer hold onto that which has no spirit and soul anymore.  We can no longer stay with that which our heart is no longer into.

We want to be alive and filled with purpose.  An Aries New Moon can help you to push forward through resistances, and to start a new beginning.  It is time!

On Monday April 20 the Sun moves into fixed earth sign Taurus.  It is time this month, as winter is truly past, to ground into a more fertile Earth, to become more aware of your body and the physical/sensual side of life.

Home, finances, and land become more important. Being in nature again feels more natural.

And Taurus time of year also encourages us to be more practical with our endeavors and to make manifest and real that which has been previously an idea or dream.

We can move forward with our lives as the Aries New Moon demands, and we can do that with our “feet on the ground” so to speak with the Sun in Taurus.

On a global scale, the stage has been set for more conflict and turmoil.   There are those who are committed to the new deal with Iran being completed. And there are those who do not trust the deal and seek more confrontation.

The Middle East is a tinder box vulnerable to any match that will cause great fires of conflict.  But even within the USA there are those radicals who are very unhappy with the direction the president is moving toward.

They are against the peaceful efforts with Iran and Cuba; they are against any attempts to limit gun rights; they are frankly against a president who does not look and act like all the Anglo-Saxon white men who have exclusively run our government in the past. They are against change into a New World of Diversity in Unity.

Those potential “terrorists” in our country may be even more dangerous to the country than the ones from other countries,  as was Timothy McVeigh in 1995 or even John Wilkes Booth in 1865.

Our economy and lives are on the verge of immense strife.   There is conflict that is growing between those who want to change our world and those who want to keep things as they were in the past.

And of course each of us needs to work that conflict out inside ourselves and in our own lives.

How fast do we want change to happen and how much do we want to keep things as they were.

We may not be able to control that issue in our lives, as the Universe and Nature are driving the bus.

What we can do is to stay present and trust the process.  We can also watch the signs and symbols and synchronicities the Universe shows us.  We can stay centered and as calm as possible as the changes swirl around us.  We can trust ourselves to the right thing at the right time as life unfolds.

Israel is likely getting ready to do something drastic in order to unsettle the likely agreement with Iran.  Yemen, Iraq, and Syria are on the verge of greater calamities.  The economy and stability of Greece and Europe is getting weaker.  All the world is in the process of great transformation, so we can insert new values that are aligned with an Age of Aquarius.

That age is to be founded on the principles of equality, fairness, liberation, freedom, and Diversity within Unity.  We are each unique members of a great family of human. And though we are going through huge growing pains now and often now are bringing out the worst sides of our natures; we are nevertheless in the process of mutating and evolving into people who are adapting to the consciousness and needs of the Age of Aquarius.

Some types will become extinct, but others are becoming the forerunners of a new paradigm, new human, and new age.

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.

Mars Direct- a Time for Action, and Astrology Forecast April 15-21

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2012 by spiritualtherapy

by Leo Knighton Tallarico

Last night Friday April 13 at 11:53 PM here on the east coast Mars went back Direct again.   The day leading up to the Mars turn, North Korea shot a satellite that failed out toward space.    The powers of the world are concerned about the nuclear capability of North Korea.

The first day after Mars went Direct, Iran is meeting with these same powers of the world to discuss Iran’s nuclear capability.

So nuclear bombs are a topic of concern as Mars, the god of war, is in the planetary spotlight.

And a few days earlier, as Pluto the god of the underworld was changing directions to Retrograde, a huge 8.6 earthquake in Indonesia exploded from the depths.

Those events were part of the intense week promised in last week’s forecast.

The talks in Iran are especially important, as there is a potential storm brewing as we move soon into an new eclipse season.

These world powers, all of whom together possess thousands of nuclear bombs, worry that North Korea and Iran may have or develop one or two.

The USA, who has the most nuclear bombs, and has used them to kill thousands of people in Japan in World War II, worries about what Iran or North Korea might build.

Israel, who is the only country in the Middle East to have nuclear bombs, and reportedly has many, has promised to bomb Iran because they may build one in the future.

This is a great concern this Eclipse Season. Will Israel bomb Iran?  And these world powers, now meeting with Iran, are hoping to diffuse this situation by talking Iran into stopping its civilian uranium enrichment, as it they believe it may someday lead to making a bomb.  Iran has been solid up to now, saying it has a right to develop peaceful uranium energy.   Sanctions put on them by the USA and Europe, however, have been crippling their economy, so they may need to compromise.

These are the leaders of our current world structure and paradigm.  Are they talking about building a better world, more fair and just?  Feeding people who are starving all over the world?  Stopping the human sex trade of women all over the world?   Stopping the abuse and prejudice of gays all over the world?   Building alternative fuels, to stop the addiction to oil? Cleaning up our oceans and environment?  Building a fair economic system?  Building a world community that is connected together to better serve world citizenry?   Becoming more spiritual and bringing more compassion to our world? Learning to respect truth and love instead of power and celebrity and privilege?

No. The leaders of this world are looking to stop Iran and North Korea from building the same weapons of mass destruction that all of them already possess and have used on innocent civilians.  They want you to believe that they are the good guys and those other countries are the evil bad guys?

Do we need to follow anymore this old programming that keeps us fighting for our nation’s team against the teams of other nations?   Is it not time to transform the world that is being run by people who believe is it right to be in survival of the fittest mentality.  They believe some peoples and nations should win because they are good and other nations should lose because they are bad.

And the good nations should get the money and power to run the world their way.  And invade other countries when they feel it is right for them.

The old game is about power and control and getting for your self what you need. We are taught it is the way of the world, and we teach our children that way too.

The new world and paradigm teach us we are all one family together, and it is true if we collectively believe it and want it.  And our survival is dependent on it.  Why?

Because with all these weapons of mass destruction in the hands of people who believe we are enemies of one another, we live with time ticking toward eventual destruction.

So that is why it is so important for each of us to learn new ways to believe and think, and to teach our children and others these new ways.

But first it is important to leave and release the old programming from our society and families that pit us one against another.

As you connect spiritually, as you live a more healthy life, as you honor your authentic being and soul, as you feel the connections to others and the Universe, you have become part of the solution, and a member of the Aquarian Age we are all moving into together.

What happens in the greater world now is beyond our control.  But we can heal and transform our little cell in the body of the world and Universe and have faith that we are in transition into an Aquarian Age.

It is normal in a transition such as this, as our world and world consciousness is transforming, to go through such depths of challenge.  Births are painful and there are labor pains and times of emotional and spiritual despair before the birth.

Whatever challenges are coming our way will pass, as we are moving closer every day to the Aquarian Age, not a perfect world, but one that will begin the process of bringing us together as one community and family of peoples all over the world.

THIS WEEK, as MARS is NOW DIRECT, is time to begin to move your consciousness and life forward. Remember that Mars is going slowly still, and will be for a couple weeks or so, so there is no need to go fast forward.

But it is time to start moving and acting, to be in touch with what you truly want to do now in your life.   We can no longer stay hidden and keep all our options open.  We need to start looking for what we want to do with our life and what actions to take.

Later this week we move out of Aries energies and into Taurus. The Sun moves into Taurus this Thursday April 19, and the Moon joins the Sun in Taurus next Saturday the 21st at 3:18 AM to make a New Moon in Taurus.

Whatever has begun is now ready to make solid. It is time to make manifest and real and practical.  Taurus is a good time to find resources that will make your life more comfortable and secure.

Your home and possessions need your concentration more, your garden and land too.  Taurus teaches us that no matter what is going on, we still need to enjoy our life and our pleasures.

Soon enough the energies will get more lively as the Eclipses move in later in May.

See you next week,


Please feel free to find more writings and my services on my website. You can get an astrological consultation with me during these changing times to help you on your path and with your life. Please write for more info.

There will be a new radio show sometime during the coming Eclipse Season this spring.  I will give you dates and times soon.

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.

Calm Before the Storm and Astrology Forecast April 17-23

Posted in Weekly WorldView and Astrology forecast with tags , , , , , , , on April 16, 2011 by spiritualtherapy

by Leo Knighton Tallarico

We are now in a lull of calm before the storms of the eclipse season.   Dust has been settling from recent changes and intense transformational shifts.    Nature has begun to come alive, but it almost seems to be holding back before it bursts forth in all its beauty, as it is almost ready to put on its yearly show of full blossoming and abundance.   

We each have also burst forth, but not in full bloom yet.  Many planets have been and are still in Aries, pushing us, like buds through the trees, into situations that require us to stand up and empower ourselves in all new ways.   This is, for some,  a newfound  or renewed sense of empowerment.  It is preparation for what is to come.

Mercury is in the last week of its retrograde phase, so we are in pause so we can reflect on our lives and on our past, understanding what we need to know, and integrating  more of us before we move on.

After Mercury goes direct next SaturdayApril 23, our minds begin to get more clear, direction is more apparent.   We will be mentally more ready for the shifting tides of late spring and summer.    The Taurus New Moon on May 2 begins the lunar cycle that is the one prior to the first eclipse on June 1.  That eclipse on June 1 will be the next new moon, but a much more powerful new moon, as it is a Solar Eclipse New Moon.  

Exactly when we begin to experience the winds of this eclipse season, I am not totally sure.  Usually a couple weeks before that first eclipse, we can definitely feel the shifting wind patterns of our lives blowing in, but sometimes even before that. 

You will know the eclipse season has begun energetically when you feel the intensity of your self and life increase, and you feel taken out of your usual balance.  Events in the world are usually intensifying also then.   It is possible this time that the shakeup and intensity will not truly ensue until close to the onset of that first eclipse on June 1, which is at 11+ degrees of Gemini. This is because the previous lunar cycle is in Taurus, a fixed earth sign that does not emit much energy, and instead holds on and stays put.    If there is much movement already during Taurus time, we can expect a quite powerful eclipse season ahead.

In the greater world, the dust has been settling from the big events of the winter of 2010/2011.  The revolutionary uprisings in the Middle East are still going on, but we now have gotten used to that in our collective consciousness.  The earthquake and tsunami in Japan created the worst nuclear reactor disaster of all time on Earth.  We are now trying to more deeply understand what this all means to our human family and what changes we want to make.   The oil disaster in the gulf of the USA in 2010, along with the nuclear disaster, show us the monsters we have created and need to control.   Wars and other disasters have occurred as a result of our relationships with both oil and nuclear energy.

In order to create the world we desire for an Aquarian Age, we need to cure our addiction to oil and need to harness the power created by nuclear energy.

In a way our relationship to oil represents our lack of control of our greedy nature; and our relationship to nuclear energy represents the lack of control of our needs for power.   We rape the Earth for oil and bring potential toxic energies into her body with oil spills and nuclear waste, leaks, and potential fallout.  We also harm our human family and other creatures with these oil and nuclear disasters.  We invade other countries for oil, we threaten one another with nuclear weapons.   These recent disasters, happening in conjunction with profound astrological aspects, shine a spotlight on these toxic patterns that we need to face up to and transform- on our way through the transition into an Aquarian Age.

As we soon move through the eclipse season of the late spring and summer of 2011, watch the news and world events for more clues of what needs to be transformed in our world to clear the way for the Aquarian Age.

This Week there is Full Moon in Aries/Libra this Sunday April 17 at 10:44 PM EDT.  The main issues to be addressed are personal empowerment balanced with relationship skills. You have been empowering your self with all the planets in Aries, and now it is time to integrate that into your relationships.  How does one stay empowered while being sensitive to the needs of others? Another issue to be examined now is our needs for independence and our desire to be with others. 

The Sun moves into Taurus on Wednesday April 20.  Taurus time is a time to get more into your body and into the physical side of life. It is time to concentrate energies on the home, money, resources and others issues of security and comfort.  It is time to solidify whatever you have started during Aries time of year.

And finally- this week Mercury goes back direct next Saturday April 23. For some that will feel like a relief from mental confusion. Th eairwaves are clearing up and clarity is developing.   If you have been putting off decisions, you may now or soon feel OK to make them.

See you next week,


Please feel free to find more writings and my services on my website.You can get an astrological session with me during these changing times to help you on your path and with your life.  Please write for more info. I will have a new radio show broadcast later this spring, closer to the eclipses. I will let you know soon when it will be.

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.

Volcanic Eruptions and the New Moon, and Astrology Forecast for April 18-24

Posted in Uncategorized, Weekly WorldView and Astrology forecast with tags , , , , , on April 17, 2010 by spiritualtherapy

By Leo Knighton Tallarico

We let you know last week that the Aries New Moon, which occurred on Wednesday April 14, would be especially strong and powerful.  On the day of the New Moon, China experienced a 7.0 earthquake which killed hundreds of people. In Iceland that day a volcano erupted.    This volcano spewed much ash, and as of this writing is getting stronger.   The ash is spreading through the air globally,  letting us know we are all connected as One. In much of Europe this ash is causing air travel to be halted.  Over 1 milion people have been stranded so far.

This new moon gives us a signature of the spring season.  It has been my experience that the real season of spring begins at the Aries New Moon.  Of course the official beginning of spring is around March 21, when the Sun moves into Aries.    But the Moon has not arrived to meet it yet.   So when the Moon conjuncts the Sun in Aries, which creates the New Moon, then energetically the spring season has begun.

This promises to be a most intense spring season, and summer will be powerful also.

The volcano erupting at the New Moon in fire sign Aries shows us the fiery rage of mother nature now.  Global warming is connected to the melting of ice caps in places like Iceland.   Scientists say that larger and more powerful volcanos will erupt when the ice shrinks more in the future.

The grounding of air flights shows the power of nature over the contrivances of human endeavor.  We are at the mercy of nature and the Universe, especially so as our old structures and paradigms die in the wake of an Aquarian Age upon us.

It is Europe that is most affected by this volcano, and of course Europe is the parent culture of America.    Western civilization is being initiated into the New Age, into the realties of Climate change that is a part of the changing of Ages.

In the Aquarian Age of equality, the empires of the past and present give up their power to the citizens of the world.    There is liberation from governments and corporations that control the free spirits and souls of the people of the Earth.  Western civilization has had much control over the affairs of nations and peoples, and will humble itself in the Aquarian Age of equality. 

In personal lives the fire of the New Moon in Aries has been strong also.  This new moon in Aries signifies new beginnings.  And like the air travel disruptions caused by the volcano, new beginnings for many have been filled with frustrations and difficulties.

These challenges are meant to put us in better balance for the accelerated changes to come.  We need to move out of “same-old, same-old”, out of the monotonous “Groundhogs Day” patterns of our lives.   We must be energetically prepared for the newer frequencies approaching our lives, symbolically to be delivered into our lives by the many meaningful planetary aspects of spring and summer 2010.  The one most especially noted is the Lunar Eclipse Grand Cross on June 26, which we will examine at length in upcoming forecasts.

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury goes retrograde on Saturday April 17 at 9:06 PM PDT and on Sunday April 18 at 12:06 AM EDT.

It is not to be feared or dreaded, as so many feel about Mercury Retrograde. It is a natural occurence every 3 months.  It lasts about 3 weeks each time, and this time will go back direct on May 11.

It signifies a changing of perception.  Events and inner stirrings prompt us into new realities of mind during Mercury Retrograde. Linear, left brain logic does not work as well. More imaginative, inventive, creative thinking works best.  Inner reflection is also more in alignment during Mercury Retrograde.  Since your mind is changing during this time, some advise people not to make important decisions or sign contracts then.  I believe that one must be aware of the fact that Mercury is retrograde before making important decisions or signing contracts.  After pausing, you are better equipped to know if perhaps you need to wait before making the decision or signing the contract. 

Communication also is altered during Mercury retrograde.  Again be aware that Mercury is retrograde, and be extra careful to choose your words before speaking, and to recognize how the person you are speaking to will receive what you have to say.    

Overall, Mercury retrograde takes us into new mental zones, getting us re-aligned with the movements of nature and the Universe.  Once Mercury has been back direct for a few days, the fog dissipates and a renewed clarity is found.

Sun in Taurus

The Sun moves into Taurus overnight on Monday/Tuesday.   This begins a solar month of earthy fixed sign Taurus.  We begin to settle into our bodies more, to seek more comfort and security.  The challenges we have encountered during fiery Aries time are now settling into reality and seek more practical grounded solutions.

In the northern hemisphere nature is filling up now with more leaves and flowers.    The comfort level of the weather is more pleasant, often not too cold or too hot. It is a good time to enjoy nature, to walk and run within the beauty. Of course lately we have all been more surprized by nature’s weather patterns, anyting being possible.

Mother Gaia is arguably best represented of all the astrological signs by Taurus.  She wants us to stay connected to her, and to enjoy her during Taurus time.   Taurus lets us know that we are nurturingly held by Mother Earth always. 

Remember however that Gaia is out of balance during these changing times and her body like ours is going through many shifts.   If you have been witnessing your body doing things it has not done before, do not automatically assume there is something ill or wrong. Please investigate the possibility that your changes are natural, and that you need new health habits, in order to be aligned with many changes now occuring.

See you next week,

Leo Knighton Tallarico

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