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Collecting Ourselves and Preparing, Mercury Retrograde and Astrology Forecast for March 27- April 2

by Leo Knighton Tallarico

This coming week will be relatively mild compared to what has preceded it and what is coming soon.   Next week action intensifies greatly, but this week is a last quarter moon phase and that is a winding down phase.   The Moon is slowly darkening this week at the end of the waning half of its cycle with the Sun.  Mercury will turn back retrograde this week also- on Wednesday March 30.   But the following week will speed up the action again.

Next Sunday April 3 is a strong New Moon in Aries, when the Sun joins the Moon in Aries to start the waxing, growing phase of the Moon again.  The Aries New Moon is the time when “true” spring bold energies erupt us toward more forward movement.  We wake up and get going.    And this will be more true than the usual annual Aries New Moon, as Mars (the “ruler” of Aries) will be conjunct newly arrived Uranus in Aries that day also.

This will signal a time of “ready or not here we come”.  Some will feel pushed forward before they are ready, others will fianlly get their motors running for life, rapidly shaking off the cobwebs of winter’s slumber.  Others will be challenged to get out there and get things going again.

In the greater world, events will begin to spike again after next Sunday April 3, and that spike will last all through spring and into summer, as there will be a rare 3 eclipses in a row: June 1 Solar Eclipse, June 15 Lunar Eclipse, and a whopping July 1 Solar Eclipse Cardinal Grand Cross.

The revolutions in the Middle East will continue, and will be joined by revolutions in other parts of the world too.  Power to the people, an important part of an Aquarian Age, is growing.  Know, however, that this will not happen all at once. Powers that be, as they are doing now, will bring much resistance to keep the status quo of an old and dying age.    But power to the people will continue to grow.

The Middle East is now in the “center stage”  of  transformation into an Aquarian Age. And it it is also in the spotlight for a spiritual renaissance for the human family on Earth.    The religions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism all originated there, and the troubles in that region will sound both a death knell of an old age and the trumpeting of a new Aquarian Age.

The old religions all too often are about guilt, control, rules and regulations, prejudice, and violent competition.  Love, compassion, justice and truth are not seen often enough.   True spirituality has been hidden within the rigid structures of the religions.  Spiritual renaissance, as part of the transition into an Aquarian Age, will light our path with a broad perspective of meaning for our journey. It will return us to the connections to the natural cycles and rhythms of the Universe, to the freedom of our hearts, souls, and minds.

The shakeups in the Middle East and else where on the Earth, including the natural disasters, will continue and break down the old structures that no longer support our movement into an Aquarian Age.   Nature is not always kind, as the recent destructions in Japan exemplify.  But it always can be counted on to be in tune with the cycles, big and small, that turn the wheels of our lives.    Autumn turns to winter and our climate changes, the moon turns from New Moon to Full and our lives adjust accordingly, Old ages transform into new ages and bigger changes erupt, and all of life evolves accordingly.   

Evolution teaches us that that which does not evolve dies in extinction.   And birth and death are equal forces of the Dark/Light, Yin/Yang of life.   So what happens during this shifting of ages, even the destruction we see now, is clearing the way for greater evolution, and its current movement into an Aquarian Age.

Of course we mourn the suffering these tragedies bring with them, we cry in pain for our brothers and sisiters who suffer and die during earthquakes and human conflicts.  They are us.    We all are dying and being born at the same time now, as we shed how it used to be and embrace how it is becoming.

We always do this to some extent, but now as evolution is accelerating into an Aquarian Age, we are being asked to move with change faster than usual.  I experienced this in the ’60s and ’70s revolution and it will go faster now than then.

But this week  March 27-April 2 should be a time to collect our selves before we move forward.   But there will be shifts this week also. Late Sunday into Monday we will experience the intensity of the Sun square Pluto and the marking point of Jupiter opposite Saturn.

Sun Square Pluto could bring some reality checks into out lives through emotional outbursts.  Jupiter opposite Saturn is a half way point between its last conjunction in 2000 and its next conjunction in 2020, when they are lined up at 0+ degrees of Aquarius, heralding the Aquarian Age. The first half of the cycle featured the strength of the Powers of the old world, exemplified by the conservative reaction to 9-11.   Now in the second half, exemplified by the revolutions in the Middle East, we move inexorably toward the Aquarian Age.

Also this week is Mercury going retrograde in Aries on Wednesday March 30. It will stay retrograde until April 23.  As always, Mercury will bring in events and inner stirrings that will shift your mental perceptions.     Events and people often return to our lives and memories.    We shift our minds to reintegrate an old reality.   Other events take us off our usual way of thinking and perceiving.    Some people get very foggy and spacey, others can go into “twilight zones” of reality.  All this is so you will shift your usual way of thinking.

Linear logical thinking is less effective during Mercury retrograde, and more creative imaginative thinking works better. Do not try too hard to figure it out! Let things move more gracefully through your mind and trust that the correct answer will form when it is time.  For this reason big decisions are best put off.  Signing contracts is best to wait unti Mercury goes back direct.

But don’t be superstitious about Mercury Retrograde. If making a decision or signing a contract is necessary, then it must be part of the natural order to do so.  Avoid the decision or contract if you can, but do not be afraid if you cannot easily do so.

It is good, if you can, to spend time in contemplation and reflection during Mercury Retrograde.  

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.

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