by Leo Knighton Tallarico
Mercury is still Retrograde until March 17, and this week “downer” Saturn makes an exact sextile of “darkly intense” Pluto. We are also in the last few weeks of Winter 2012-13, Spring Equinox not bringing its fire light until March 20. We are also in the waning half of the lunar cycle, biding our time before a New Moon on March 11.
That could mean a difficult couple of weeks for many people, a time when there is much to work out and emotionally process; a time to face some ghosts of the past before moving forward with one’s life.
Mercury Retrograde in Pisces may bring some mental spaciness, some forgetfulness, some reflection on the past, and a need to surrender one’s logical left brain to a deeper flow of the mind.
This is not a time to make definite plans or to follow a rigid agenda, not a time to be too ambitious or to push too hard for anything.
It may be a great time to meditate, listen to music, or watch movies. It may be a good time to look at your life history, and to grieve the letting go of old chapters of your life. This can bring a deep healing, a letting go and releasing of the past. That releasing will clear your mind and emotions so you can move on this Spring 2013 to a new phase of your life.
The Saturn sextile Pluto aspect, especially because it now combines with Mercury Retrograde, a waning Moon, and the end of winter, could cause you to get temporarily into negative and defeatist attitudes, to see your self and your life in a bad light.
Sometimes the glass of our life looks half empty, yet one benefit of this attitude is that we are dropped down into our deeper soul layers. This connection with our sadness or fears, as long as it does not last too long, helps us to reconnect with our deeper values,our empathy and compassion for others.
If we are always “up” and “positive”, we lose our soul’s deeper knowledge and wisdom. a remembering of what it is to be human.
If we push too hard for what our lower will and ego desire, we lose touch with our soul or “higher self” that is aligned with the Universe. Though of course it is advised to always see our life in a meaningful way and to know our soul voyage is sacred; this does not mean we must always get our way or what we want, as does a child.
Being aligned with our true soul nature or authentic self and the Universe does mean that what happens in our life is what we truly want on the deepest levels of our soul. That is because we each incarnate with a potential soul destiny, a destiny that if achieved, will bring us a satisfaction beyond what our little ego thinks it wants.
So now at this time of year 2013, before Spring Equinox and the Spring Eclipse Season, it is time to reconnect with our deeper soul, to re-member and reintegrate. This may cause us to feel feelings we have been ignoring, to be sentimental and sad, to regret our past mistakes, to feel our hearts break at someone else’s pain or shame, to cry when we realize how much someone loves us or how much we appreciate some friendship.
Before long, we will be “back in the saddle” again, but for now let your self “go with the flow” as much as possible, and realize being in our inner dream state and imagination are not a sign of being lazy or passive. Being there is a way to be in our soul. Our souls are as real as our bodies, though not accessed by our physical senses. It is time now to honor that soul as much as you honor your physical material world and its needs.
In the greater world, there are very obvious signs that our economy will nosedive soon. The so-called economic sequestration and the European economy will come to bite us in a big way soon. The stock market, which is currently living in a manic dreamworld, is sure to go dramatically down this year, if not during this coming volatile Spring Eclipse Season, then surely this autumn.
There is a coming showdown over Syria and Iran approaching soon also. This showdown will likely bring major conflict to the Middle East, but for now most of the major countries involved are trying to find solutions that would avoid such chaos and destruction.
There is a very important and intense shakeup of the world coming this year and into the first half of 2014. While there will be much destruction of our old world system and its decaying values, at the same time there will be major breakthroughs, openings into new and expanded consciousness, more obvious signs of a better world and accelerated evolution.
There is a major new comet to follow this year, Comet ISON. It will make its clear appearance this coming autumn 2013, at the same time as the Autumn Eclipse Season and another exact square of revolutionary Uranus/Pluto.
So expect a big spike of change this Spring 2013, and an even more powerful Autumn 2013. And then in Spring 2014, there will be a major marking point of transformation for America, a time when this country will be at a major crossroads in its evolution as a nation.
For now, however, trust your inner flow and follow your soul. Do your best to not stress if you are not doing all you want to do, and if you are not meeting your obligations the way you feel you should. Let go of your expectations and your strict sense of responsibility for a while. Your life will not fall apart if you surrender your agendas now. You may fall apart emotionally, however, if you push your self too much or expect too much of your self now. Let it go and Let it Flow.
See you next week,
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Leo Knighton Tallarico is a full time professional astrologer, spiritual guide, counselor, and writer for over 25 years