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Mercury Direct, Spring Equinox, and Astrology Forecast March 17-23

by Leo Knighton Tallarico

Shifting tides this week.   I know many of you are ready, as the last few weeks have been emotionally and mentally difficult.

This coming week, Mercury finally goes back Direct into more sanity, and Spring Equinox opens its beginning blossoms of  light and heat.

Yes, I know this was an especially challenging Mercury Retrograde for so many, coming at the end of Winter, during Pisces‘ emotional confusion and hurt.

But this Sunday March 17 at 4:03 PM EDT, Mercury does go back direct, so clarity and sanity begin to return.  It may take several days for you to get back to “normal” however, though perhaps your old “normal” default position has shifted over the last few weeks.   Many had serious glitches come up that shifted their plans; others are just now getting ready to make plans or decisions that were not so easy to get clear about over the last few weeks.

The depth of difficulty that Mercury Retrograde brought this time, signifies to me the potential power of transformational change coming this spring during the Spring Eclipse Season, which is less than a month away.

It seems that we have been “clearing the decks” of remnants of past memories, patterns, wounds, and phases of our lives, bringing resolution to a fading chapter of our lives, and preparing ourselves for waves of change we may not fully know quite yet.

Following Mercury going retrograde Sunday the 17th, Spring Equinox is Wednesday March 20 at 7:02 AM EDT.   Spring Equinox is the beginning of Sun in Aries.   And at that moment when the Equinox occurs, as the Sun goes into Aries, there is equality between light and dark, yin and yang, male and female.

But right after that moment, light, yang, male energies begin to get stronger.  The Aries force of new life erupts, and soon new leaves will push through the tree branches.  This yang force continues to get stronger and stronger, until at Summer Solstice it is at its greatest abundance.

So Aries is the fire of force and ignition.   It is pioneering spirit, action, sperm racing to the egg, the realization of “I AM”.  Aries will fight like a warrior for its individuality, independence, and for what it believes in.  Aries thrives on challenge, the ram butts heads in competition and conflict.  Aries is straight forward and direct, frank and honest.  Its downsides can be selfishness, dominance, and lack of sensitivity and orientation to relationship and social skills.

So get ready for the rising of spirit, but remember this is just the first force of renewed life; movement forward will not be rapid acceleration yet.  But you should be able to feel the shift, even if nature here in the western hemisphere does not yet give us spring weather in many places.

So this week, Mercury goes direct on Sunday March 17, Spring Equinox is on Wednesday March 20.  Tides are turning, more feelings of hope are rising.

Even more fiery energy is added this week when Venus goes into Aries on Thursday March 21, and a chaotically active Mars conjunct Uranus in Aries opens up on Friday March 22.

Venus is leaving sacrificial tendencies in Pisces, and now is more bold and assertive in Aries. People will tend to want to speak their truth and assert their needs more in relationships. If you have been holding back your truth, this week begin a good period of time to be frank and honest about your needs.

Mars conjunct Uranus in Aries could bring actions that release you from limitations and liberate you.   Rebellious tendencies will be stronger, and revolutionary movements will get stronger.   Conflict may break out in personal relationships and in the world.

Remember that we are warming up this week for a most powerful Spring season, as there will be 3 eclipses and a Uranus square Pluto aspect.  The first eclipse will be on April 25, but the Eclipse Season will burst into our lives no later than the New Moon in Aries on April 10.  The Eclipse Season will be felt all the way to Summer Solstice, at least.

In the greater world, expect conflict to arise and the USA to flex its military muscle this spring.   Jupiter and Mars will both conjunct the USA natal Mars this spring, and combined with the eclipses and Uranus square Pluto, we can expect intensified power struggles and even open conflict erupting between the USA and other nations.

Our violent use of drones against other countries and threatened against those in our own country is getting more public attention now.  Do we want to be a world bully?   Do we not recognize how many innocent people we have killed in other countries in order to protect our way of life?  And is it not about time we got more serious about ridding our world of nuclear weapons?

How can we expect other countries like Iran and North Korea to not have nuclear weapons, when we have thousands and are the only nation on Earth to have used them: killing about 300,000 civilian people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II? We also have helped Israel to develop a strong nuclear arsenal also, yet tell their adversary Iran they cannot have them or we will use military action against them.

We have negative karma to work out around these issues of violent dominance, and only our humble atonement and actions toward equality and world peace will help heal our Earth and human community.

Our world and American life is about to transform in a most powerful way over the next year or so, beginning this Spring 2013.

It is most important for all of us to clear out programming from families and society that keep us in unhealthy patterns, in fear, in ego control.   Our Souls, our Higher Self want to be more free to be the voice we listen to, we respond to.  Only by cleansing and releasing the blocks of toxins and hurts, the resentments and envies, the victim consciousness, the power and control issues, can we most fully open to the light that is working so hard to move into our lives.

Each of us is ready to grow, to progress, to evolve.   Holding onto old patterns, old ways, old habits that keep us clinging to tattered security blankets is needing to be broken.   It is becoming time to come alive, to spread our wings, to more fully engage with Life.

See you next week,


I have created an Astrology Forecast 2013 for youtube, part 1. And Part 2. I will put out a new youtube Spring Eclipse Season forecast in late March or early April.

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

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