By Leo Knighton Tallarico
The Full Moon has passed and we now are in the waning half of the lunar cycle until March 1. Mercury stays Retrograde until February 28.
This is not a time for taking action or moving forward in any way that is life altering. It is not a time to make a big decision that will shift your life in any big way.
This is still a time to process, to reflect, to go deeper inside your self, to express to others what you really feel.
The Sun goes into Pisces this Tuesday February 18. This adds to the above theme as Pisces is inner directed, feeling oriented, and not at a core level primed for much action.
The Sun will stay in Pisces until March 20, when it goes into Aries at the Spring Equinox.
So this Tuesday on February 18 we enter the last month of winter. And many across America have been experiencing a most intensely severe winter. Here in New England there has been more snow than usual and colder temperatures than usual.
At this last month of winter, and the last month before new beginnings in Aries at the Spring Equinox, the sign Pisces represents the endings. As such there is grief, sadness, facing one’s ghosts and demons, and retreating to one’s inner spiritual source.
There is a gathering of all the pieces, of soul fragments, of days gone by. There can be feelings of guilt and regret, and a wisdom that humans’ frantic strivings for wealth, power, or fame are misguided because in the end all that matters is love.
Pisces is a dreamer, a poet, a most sensitive being. As it gives up its ambitions, it is tempted to give up its self too. In becoming more selfless, it becomes more sacrificial. It often feels much more comfortable giving than receiving.
But then as a result it often feels like it is not appreciated, that it gives and does not get back. It can then be prone to feelings of being a victim and a martyr.
As a sensitive dreamer, it can feel that the “real” world is just too harsh. It then can retreat into a fantasy world, put on rose colored glasses, or fall into other escapisms like drugs or alcohol.
But that is merely the Pisces weakness, not its core orientation. If Pisces can truly let go of its ego, and not its self worth; if Pisces can work to make real its dreams and fantasies; if Pisces can find the Source inside and find its spiritual alignment with its soul and the Universe, then it feel at home on this Earth.
If Pisces keeps trying to be what others want it to be, and keeps trying to please everyone else, and allows the material world to be its god, then it has lost its way. It must surrender only to the Universe and its own deeper soul, not to what others demand from it.
Since Pisces can be what others want it to be, whatever it imagines it self to be, it learns to put itself in the shoes of many facets of humanity. It then becomes more natural to have empathy and compassion and sensitivity to others.
This month as you begin to gather your memories, your wounded inner children, the soul fragments you have abandoned, it is important to release and heal. Let your self grieve your past and your losses. Let your self swim through your soul waters so you can process the truth of your experience.
In your relationships, it is very beneficial now to let go of your ego controls, and surrender to your authentic soul self. Of course this is always good advice, but what is different is that now the winds of the Universe will help you to do so.
This Mercury Retrograde, waning half of the lunar cycle, Sun moving into Pisces time period directs us to do our inner work and our emotional and spiritual processing. But this year this inner work and processing is deeper and more important than usual at this time of year.
It is because there is a most important and powerful Spring season approaching. Much more active energy is on the way. Our lives, collectively and individually, will be shaken up and transformed.
Especially in April, with two eclipses and a Cardinal Grand Cross, we will be prompted to enter and in some cases to be thrown into very strong winds of change and transformation. The inner work we do now, the processing and communication with others, the searching for information, answers, and resolution, this will provide us the health and wholeness we need as preparation.
The Old World Order of the old age is on the cusp of great turmoil and change. What has been swept under the rug is showing itself through the tattered and worn carpet of our controls.
If we have been sweeping our heart and soul needs under that carpet in order to keep the seeming security of status quo familiarity, the winds of this Spring Eclipse Season will seek to sweep away the controls.
In the greater world, the economy and stock market are beginning to show us what has been swept under the carpet of our awareness. Printing up money not backed by anything, spending more than we earn, and not balancing our budget cannot last forever. In foreign affairs we can no longer spread the tentacles of military might to control people all over the world.
When big planetary events happen, as will happen this spring, there is a shakeup that threatens to break down the Old World Structures. During other such times, however, the Old World has shown it ability to persist and survive no matter what. Will this spring be more powerful than the others? Are the weaknesses more glaring than before?
Chaos will be pushing at the locked doors, trying to break it down and open Pandora’s Box. Formidable efforts for Order will strive to keep the doors locked and Pandora’s Box to stay closed. World events will bring these issues to the fore.
Through it all the light of consciousness for the Age of Aquarius will be looking to shine on each of us. The blocks created by the shut down of our open hearts and minds will be opened as we shed the programming from the old world.
And as we heal and release the traumas brought to us from an often heartless and soulless world paradigm, we let more light in.
It is important now to be aware that the demons you are fighting on the outside, the people you are blaming for your dissatisfaction, the lack of luck you project your failures onto, is mainly misplaced.
As Christ (who was likely born in March Pisces time) was said to have stated, “the Kingdom is Within”. As you go within and work on your inner demons, on your hurts and traumas, you begin to create for your self a new inner tone and frequency, new attitudes and beliefs, better boundaries and self esteem.
And then you will naturally attract for your self the life you are meant to lead, your greater destiny, a life that is governed by your authentic soul self and the Universe, and people who will support that journey.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info..
There is already a YOUTUBE video autumn 2013 forecast out at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5xnEaj6JRfI
There is an old YOUTUBE video Astrology Forecasthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6fxVYYIoNA&feature=youtu.be for Spring Eclipse Season. Check it out if you feel so moved.
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Leo Knighton Tallarico is a full time professional astrologer, spiritual guide, counselor, and writer for over 25 years