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Mercury Retrograde, Uranus/Pluto and Astrology Forecast July 15-21

by Leo Knighton Tallarico

Tonight Mercury goes Retrograde at 10:16 PM EDT. It will not go back direct again until August 8 at 1:40 AM.   It is time to enter the Twilight Zone of shifting mind and perceptions.  It would not be unlikely during this Mercury Retrograde time period to question what you have previously chosen, calculated or decided.

Mercury Retrograde is a time for pause, to reflect on the issues in your life.  Often memories or people from the past come back to you through dreams or actual encounters.  You are reminded of how it usued to be.

Events may also come to pass during Mercury Retrograde that get you to question and to rethink your previous position.  That is often why we are advised during Mercury Retrgrade to not make big decisions or sign important contracts.   Our thinking apparatus shifts its perceptions, for one reason or another.

Sometimes, but not always, our communication equipment goes haywire. In our bodies, Mercury rules our minds and our crown chakra and our bodily communication equipment. Mercury has always been considered as the messenger of the Gods. So the way we take in information through our minds and crown chakras, which connect with “the Gods”, is going through a kind of rewiring during Mercury Retrograde.

There is nothing to freak out about or get all superstitious. This retrograde movement of Mercury happens three time a year, and is part of natural process.

It can be most upsetting if you are not allowing your mind to be more flexible. If you have a closed mind or rigid agenda or paradigm in some area of your life, then you will find Mercury retrograde most difficult.

Mercury Retrograde is best navigated by being more reflective, more creative and imaginative, and generally less reliant on linear and analytical thinking.  Looking at life in a more spiritual way is also quite helpful, as synchronicities and signs and symbols always show us the way if we are looking. Remember, however, to not jump to conclusions too fast in Mercury Retrograde.   Signs, symbols and synchronicities are open to interpretation, so watch especially to not see what you want to see, or to see only what you fear will happen.

To complicate matters more this week, there are important aspects to the recent and ongoing square of Uranus and Pluto.  Jupiter and especially Mars will be making strong aspect to Uranus/Pluto this week.  Mars in Libra, in fact, will be making a T-Square formation with Uranus and Pluto all week long. It will be exactly square Pluto on Tuesday and exactly opposite Uranus on Wednesday. Jupiter makes aspect with Pluto on Wednesday and Uranus next Saturday.

All these aspects will trigger and hence ignite the Uranus/Pluto square, which is a most important aspect for evolutionary and revolutionary transformation over the next few years.  These aspects will greatly assist in clearing out the dysfunctional and toxic waste from the past, and bring in much new light and love for forming our future.

The Aquarian Age and its attendant consciousness needs are reliant on these spikes of growth from more intense planetary aspects. Uranus/Pluto will help greatly for both personal and global healing and transformation.

So buckle up a bit, as twists and turns are likely this week, and may be confusing at times with Mercury Retrograde.  What you need to let go, you may feel more push to release. And at the same time you may get “outside the box” revelations on what you need to know.

Again remember that Mercury Retrograde is a process, so even if you do get new and enlightening perceptions, do your best to resist jumping forward too fast.  The Uranus/Pluto square activations may also be putting you off your usual center, so wait for more stability before you move forward.

Added to the mix this week is a New Moon in Cancer on the 19th at 12:24 AM EDT. For those in all other time zones in the USA, the New Moon is on the 18th.

That means we are in dark Moon territory until Wednesday/Thursday, so waning downward and yin-ward energies prevail until the New Moon, when you will then feel more moved to advance forward.

Since this is a Cancer New Moon,  issues about family and mothering and inner values are most important.  Inner values are an important foundation for all outer success, and this lunar cycle will remind you of their importance.

In the greater world, Aquarian Age consciousness wants to pour though our world. This consciousness is about liberation and equality and Diversity in Unity.   Since we currently live in world of power abuses and privilege, of superpowers and world inequality, we can expect events to occur that will change that paradigm.

Our current economy fosters an unfair world of inequality and privilege.   That economy, during the Uranus/Pluto square years of 2012-2016, will be faltering greatly. The USA, as we approach 2014 when the Uranus/Pluto square will make very close aspect to the USA natal Sun, will be facing major upheaval and turning point.

The issues forming around Syria, Iran, Israel and the Middle East will intensify this week and continue to be intense for the next several years. A transformation of the power structures in the world will result from the coming conflicts in the Middle East.

Our world is still toxic in relation to the health of our planet, its environment, and its creatures.  Nevertheless, each time we have a major disaster, like the oil spill in the gulf in 2010, and the Fukashima nuclear disaster in 2011, our collective consciousness is more enlightened to how we need to change our ways.

So know that though we may face more disaster challenges in the near future, each one will eventually bring us closer to greater evolution and a transformed world aligned with an Aquarian Age.

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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