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Mercury Direct and Astrology Forecast August 5-12

By Leo Knighton Tallarico

This week Mercury goes back direct, and it does seem like an awfully long time that it has been retrograde.  It will have been retrograde almost 25 days when it finally goes back direct overnight August 7/8 this week Tuesday/Wednesday.  Each time Mercury is retrograde it can spend from 20-25 days there. It enters a new retrograde period approximately every 16 weeks.

So this Mercury Retrograde period was a relatively long stretch.  After August 8 the “airwaves” will be getting more clear,  therefore direction and mental clarity will be lifted from the fog.  Slowly over the next few days after Mercury goes back direct you will “see” and perceive more clearly, human communication and electronic communication will get better. If you feel you have been in a Twilight Zone of changing perspectives and perceptions, after Mercury goes back direct issues will be more clear and you will begin to know what actions to take and what direction to move into.

This was an especially important Mercury Retrograde period as it followed some powerfully transformational aspects this spring and early summer, most notably the eclipses, Venus Retrograde, Venus Passage, and Uranus square Pluto.

After the shakeups of that period, Mercury Retrograde followed to give us pause to reflect on what we really want to do with our lives, and for many especially relationships.

Now following Mercury Retrograde we will see more clearly in anticipation of more change coming this late summer and autumn.

Uranus and Pluto will make their second pass of squaring each other in mid September, then in November we have two more eclipses that will proceed the December 2012 Mayan Calendar ending.   Uranus and Pluto when conjunct each other in 1965-66 brought on the ’60s/’70s revolution.  Now as they make square from 2012-2015 the next huge wave of revolution and evolution explode into our consciousness and world.

Just before this next eclipse period in November,  the next Mercury Retrograde period will begin on November 6, which is ELECTION DAY here in America to decide who will be President of the United States for the next four years.

Obviously Mercury does not often change direction right on a Presidential Election Day, but interestingly the last time it did was in November 2000, the night Al Gore and George Bush ran against each other. That night Mercury was changing from Retrograde to Direct. This year it will be changing from Direct to Retrograde that day.

When Mercury is changing directions is when one’s mind is shifting from one way to another.  On Election Night in 2000, the TV news anchors went back and forth from predicting Gore, then Bush, then Gore,etc.  Weeks later the issue was settled and Bush became president.

And now Mercury will be changing directions again on Presidential Election Day, November 6 2012, when apparently it will be Obama versus Romney. That election will be a real turning point time period, especially so as Uranus square Pluto has just begun to transform our world, the eclipses will closely follow the election, and the Mayan Calendar will end soon after.

Will it be a close election again? Will it be confusing again, like in 2000, about who wins? Will many people not know who to vote for or even if they will vote at all on Election Day?

I have begun to study the charts of Romney and Obama and so far see that each of them carry the criteria I use to predict who will win. I need to go deeper and will choose over the next few weeks. One of the main criteria I use is which candidate has natal planets connected to the coming important planetary aspects that form during the 4 years he or she is president.  And how do these natal placements connect with the USA natal chart of July 4 1776?

I made accurate prediction of McCain and Obama to be nominees long before they were doing well in polls last election, and predicted Obama would win the election using these criteria. This time both men have important connections to future aspects and USA placements.  I will further analyze in coming weeks in my future forecasts.

November 13, 2012 will be the first of two eclipses. This one will be a Solar Eclipse New Moon at almost 22 degrees of Scorpio.  Syria, which is in a fierce civil war now, was born into its current Assad era on November 13, 1970. That was the birth of the current Syria, which is now breaking apart. That eclipse this November will be extremely important in what will happen to that country.

That eclipse also makes important aspect to the Israel and Iran natal charts.  There is an extremely good chance something major will happen with these countries surrounding this date. We will examine more closely as we get closer to that date.  A second eclipse will occur on November 28, a Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Sagittarius/Gemini.

But this week ahead is relatively tame compared to the events later this year.  We will feel the cool fresh breezes of Mercury going back direct again overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.  Clarity and direction will begin to form. We will be in the waning half of the lunar cyle, moving yin-ward before the next New Moon, which is not until August 17, which will be in Leo.

So enjoy the “down time” now and Mercury going back direct.

This is an exciting time to be alive,as we are entering a new consciousness and Age.  There was accelerated blast of transformational energy into that new age back in the ’60s and ’70s.   And now we have entered another such blast forward, which may turn out to be even more powerful than the ’60s.  The way we see ourselves and our world is changing. The way we see relationship and family is changing.  We are understanding on a deeper level that there are many ways to be and many ways to live one’s life.

The boundaries of judgments we have been taught by our society and many families toward people who are “different” are dissolving.  We are all one human family in many shades and textures, many different ways of living.

We have also been taught that soul and spirit are Sunday or Friday or Saturday times of worship or about being moral. The old paradigm sees us as mainly seeking material goals, and spirit can give comfort on that journey.

We are learning in a New Age that we are spiritual beings who need our material bodies and material world to serve spirit.  We are guided by the Universe and our deeper soul wisdom to find purpose and direction.  We need our physical world, money, and resources in order to fulfill our Soul’s purposes.

This attitude and belief will better serve us to build a world of unity, to heal our souls and bodies and Earth.   We know we are here on Earth for a reason, not just to go to jobs for money alone or to raise families merely to continue  family traditions.

We learn we are on sacred soul journeys, and that everything is meaningful, with passages and chapters and seasons of life.  Our souls enter bodies at birth and are on journeys to learn and experience, to heal past karma, to eventually return to the consciousness of Love and Truth in Marriage, yin and yang as one, light and dark in unity.

The coming challenges are meant to help us release the old wounds and toxins, the patterns that keep us separate from our authentic selves,  one another, the diverse human community, our sacred Earth and Universe.

See you next week,


There is a new radio show broadcast live on Saturday June 2 at 1 PM EDT on blog talk radio. You can listen to it anytime afterward also. And here is the the link to YouTube talk I gave recently at Spiritual Renaissance Center.

Please feel free to find more writings and my services on mywebsite.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.

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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