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Getting Ready for the “Eclipse Season” and Astrology Forecast for May 1-7

by Leo Knighton Tallarico

The Moon continues to wane on its way to a New Moon in Taurus this coming Tuesday. We are entering the darkest phase of the lunar cycle now, a time when we wind down in activity and prepare for a jumpstart after the new moon.   But this waning dark moon time is different as Mars will be conjunct Jupiter in Aries later tonight (Saturday).

This could bring a most potent rise of fiery energies and action.   Spirits will be high, for better and worse for a couple of days. 

For some that means having the energy to get moving and get things done. For others that may mean finding new or renewed inspiration or motivation. For others the concentration stays on self empowerment, being true to self and independence.

Others will feel these energies in more confrontational ways.  They will feel a rise of competitive spirit, or even feel anger or increased rebellious feelings. Fights or arguments may be stoked.

In the greater world, there is more danger of conflict and war tensions rising.   The trouble spots of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen and Syria may get even more dangerous.    In Gaza, Egypt, Lebanon and Israel, battle cries may be exacerbated.      Remember that whatever tensions rise now, they will provide signs of what is to come during the “eclipse season” ahead.

The winds of this eclipse season may be blowing in for some already, but the real intensity of the eclipse “storms” will not be great until we get much closer to the first eclipse on June 1.  That eclipse will be at 11+ degrees of Gemini. It will be a Solar Eclipse New Moon.  All of us will be affected, but those born any year- May 30 to June 3 -will be most driven out of comfort zones and into shifting tides of change by this first eclipse.

But anyone born with any planets from their natal chart at 9-13 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces will feel the ground of their life shifting.

The second eclipse, a Lunar Eclipse Full Moon will be at 24+ degrees of Gemini/Sagittarius.  If you are born between June 13-17 or December 14-18 you will be most affected.

But anyone with any of their natal planets between 22-26 degrees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo or Pisces will greatly feel this eclipse.

The third eclipse will be on July 1, and it will be the most powerful of all, as it forms a Grand Cross of cardinal signs.   It is a Solar Eclipse New Moon at 9+ degrees of Cancer.    Pluto opposite at 6+ degrees of Capricorn, Saturn square he eclipse at 10+ degrees of Libra, and Uranus square at 4+ degrees of Uranus form this grand cross of planets within a Solar Eclipse New Moon.  This kind of formation creates much tension and intensity. Those born June 30-July 2 will be most affected.

But anyone born with any planets from 3-11 degrees of Cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn will be motivated for change.

This cardinal Grand Cross Solar Eclipse New Moon signifies an ushering in of a new era for humans on Planet Earth in alignment with the transition into an Aquarian Age.

(If you would like to know what kind of planetary placements you have connected to this eclipse season, and may want an astrological session with me to delve deeper into its meaning for you and your life, please contact me at for more information.)

This new era will be a time when we leave behind an old season of our lives.  There will be goodbyes and potential grief for days gone by. There is always sadness when we enter a new season of our lives, even if that new season feels good and exciting.  If there is too much resistance and holding on to people or situations that are ready to leave, then there is more pain and suffering.

The eclipse seasons help to take us out of balance so we can more easily move with change.  Sometimes there is increased chaos also.  Rememer that the Universe delivers the events thay give us the needed push to enter the new season of our life.

Some of you have already made many of the changes necessary to move into this new season last year and early this year. For you the eclipse season coming up will help you to go more fully forward. It will asssist you in letting go and releasing what needs to end. It will help you to open up to what is on your doorstep of change.

You may already know what change is coming for you this spring and summer, and then it will simply be time to just carry it out.  You may already know the shifts that are coming this spring and summer, but you may not know how it will all come out. You will know more after the eclipse season has passed.

Keep awareness now of all signs of things shifting in your life now.  Anything changing during the eclipse season will likely not be a tiny change. It will be the kind of change that alters one’s life

For now, for this week, there is a Taurus New Moon Tuesday May 3 at 2:51 AM Eastern Daylight time. On the west coast USA the new moon will be late on May 2. 

New Moons are always new beginnings.  Taurus is fixed Earth.  It does not easily move as a result.  So there will be slow movement forward now, and for some there will be resistance to any move forward or any change.  Taurus is called stubborn for reason.

Taurus people can usually be relied on as they are solid people. Their very presence often makes others feel comforted, safe and secure.  They usually are practical and cautious.  Their weakness is that as fixed Earth, they sometimes refuse to move, and hence can end up being bored or unhappy. They sometimes have to push themselves forward or surround themselves with more intense or lively people or activities.   They are very attuned to their senses: taste, smell, and touch.   They need security and comfort, in whatever form that takes.

So at this Taurus New Moon begin to find more stability, practicality and security for your life. You will need this time of relative nurturance and stability before the shakeups later this spring and summer.

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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