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Chaos and Order, Mercury Retrograde and Astrology Forecast February 2-8

By Leo Knighton Tallarico

The Aquarius New Moon and Venus going Direct this past week have taken us out of some boxes and pushed us a notch forward in our life endeavors.  Then  Imbolc this Sunday the 2nd, which is a midway turning point from Winter to Spring, shows us the hope of Springtime to come.  Groundhogs look for shadows and spiritual seekers often find soul initiations surrounding this annual event.

But before you get too excited and leap impulsively into new vistas of experience, we are still a couple months away from big transformational leaps of change.  And in fact our mental wheels of perception are ready to turn counter clockwise as Mercury goes Retrograde this coming week.

Jupiter exactly opposed Pluto late last week also, and its explosive energy, which was mirrored by an Indonesian volcano exploding and killing 11 people the day after the aspect, will be in affect for a few more days.  More explosive world events are possible.

But whatever happens now as the Cardinal T-square, which contains the aforementioned Jupiter opposite Pluto squared by Uranus in Aries, it will only be a teaser compared to what is coming this spring and summer.

The Cardinal T-Square will morph back into a Cardinal Grand Cross this Spring (Autumn for those readers down-under), and will be in exact formation in April.  April will be the fulcrum for powerful energies and events that will swirl though our world this year.

For now however, Mercury goes Retrograde this Thursday February 6 at 4:43 PM EST.  It will stay Retrograde until February 28, when it goes back to Direct again.

This time Mercury will go Retrograde in Pisces, potentially promising on the one hand perhaps more confusion than the usual Mercury going Retrograde; but on the other hand there will be more opportunity for imaginative thinking, for deeper meditation, for psychic inspiration.

As usual Mercury Retrograde will bring us to changing our usual perception of reality.  Often it happens slowly and subtly, but after awhile one does notice that a Twilight Zone has been entered.  That zone is best experienced from an alpha or theta brain wave frequency, between awake and asleep so to speak.  The chattering mind, racing to find answers and quick fixes is usually frustrated during Mercury Retrograde.

One operates best mentally from a more reflective inner landscape, one of calm witnessing, of letting life unfold, not pushing the river of our mind.

It is as a rule best not to take on large new endeavors or make big decisions during Mercury Retrograde.   But if you feel forced to do so, make sure you make the decision from that calm reflective mind space, connected to the soul or spiritual source.

Mercury Retrograde is a time to stop and rethink or retrace your previous life steps. It is a time to pause before moving any further forward in a major way.  You do not have to stop your life however or fret over what kind of sandwich or wardrobe to choose.

Life goes on and Mercury Retrograde is a part of life, coming 3-4 times a year, and part of our life process.   But it often does play with our minds as Mercury is known as a trickster, so keep that in your consciousness during the Retrograde period. You may very well doubt what you have previously chosen or decided. If you experience these doubts, do not leap forward into something different. Wait until the Retrograde period is over a few days before changing your original chosen direction.  What has shifted may shift back again.

With the New Moon having been in Aquarius and Mercury going Retrograde, the mind may be more inventive than usual, new ideas pouring through your mind.   Very unusual people may pop into your life now also, and with Mercury Retrograde people from your past may pop in too, through your mind, through dreams or even in person.

Use this new Retrograde period to clean out old tapes in your mind, getting your self ready for the big changes coming next season.

And of course Venus has just gone back Direct,  and so relationship issues that were brought to the surface during the retrograde period will begin to gain clarity over the next several days. Security issues and issues related to your general well being will also begin to see the light of clarity.

In the greater world, events that will show this year will bring a theme of Chaos versus Order.    The transition between ages we are now in will bring more Chaos to break down the old world order.   And counter to that there will be great shows of force to keep the Order and the old world intact.

Already the economy is showing its weakness through large world stock market drops recently. And in Syria and Iran, the recent agreements with the world powers has shown signs of weakening and perhaps breakdown before too long.

In Russia for the Winter Olympics and at the Super Bowl, Old World Order is more powerful than ever to protect against attack. And you know forces that seek to break down that order and bring Chaos are still alive and dangerous.

There are no good guys and bad guys in this drama.   As Shakespeare said, “All the World’s a Stage, and all the men and women merely players…..”.    The battle between Chaos and Order brings the fertile ground from which the Phoenix rises to a New Earth and New Age of Aquarius.

Each of our us doing our inner work, finding our place of function and purpose in the community of human, doing our part in the healing of our Earth and human family is most important now.

“Butcher, baker, or candlestick maker”, makes no difference what you do as long as it is authentic to who you are.   And of course your being centered, aligned, and in an empathic place in your consciousness, sensitive to the healing and transformation our world needs in order to bring in this Age of Aquarius, is most essential.

We are on the threshold of a spike in consciousness evolution, and we are all in it together.

See you next week,


I apologize for not keeping to my plan to have a new youtube forecast this week. It has been postponed for a couple more weeks.

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 is already a YOUTUBE video autumn 2013 forecast out at

There is an old YOUTUBE video Astrology Forecast 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 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

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