By Leo Knighton Tallarico
As I write this forecast Saturday July 20, Mercury has slowed down while Retrograde into stationary position, and is about to go back Direct at 2:22 PM.
This has been a rather difficult Mercury Retrograde for most people, and many are sighing a big sense of relief. It may take, however, a few more days before you feel completely out of the woods and into the blue skies of mental clarity.
So feel the transition today, but still be careful of your thinking and communicating process. Do you remember November 2000, on the night of the Presidential Election between Gore and Bush II? That night Mercury was moving from Retrograde back to Direct, and there was all sorts of confusion about who won, back and forth on the announcements by the mainstream media.
It is usually not that mentally challenging as Mercury changes back to Direct, but I am sure you get the message that clarity of mind can be illusive when Mercury is first changing back to Direct.
But soon Mercury will get back to “normal” Direct speed, and you will know the difference. During this transition of Mercury, there will shifts in both the solar and lunar cycles also.
The Sun shifts from Cancer to Leo on Monday, and there is a Full Moon in Aquarius a short two hours later at 2:07 PM EDT. And to add to the shifting planetary tides, Mars makes a very emotionally energized conjunction with Jupiter in Cancer.
Most recently, with the Grand Trine in Water and Saturn shifting to Direct, there has been a slow heavy density to move through, and unsettling emotions to deal with, along with Mercury Retrograde’s mental challenges.
The Sun’s movement out of Cancer and into Leo brings us needs to be more creative and spontaneous, to have more fun, and to play. The Sun in Leo then meets up in opposition to the Moon in Aquarius, making a Full Moon.
That Full Moon combines the Sun in Leo need to trust one’s open and creative heart with the Moon in Aquarius need to trust one’s mind to inventively think one’s way through a situation. Heart versus Head is keynote for this Full Moon.
Mars conjunct Jupiter in Cancer initiates a very energized time period coming up, when we will be moving forward, out of the reflective, angst ridden time period we have been slogging through the last several weeks.
Things will be begin to open up this week, but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
From this week though much of August, powerful energies moving us fast forward will be expressed.
First Mars, and then even more intensely Jupiter, will be making a T-Square with the volatile, transformational, evolutionary and revolutionary Uranus/Pluto square.
The balls of change will begin to roll between now and August 6. Then after August 6 at the New Moon in Leo, as Jupiter opposes Pluto, movement forward will accelerate.
If you have been waiting for awhile, especially since the shakeups of the Spring Eclipse Season, to get going with a new chapter of your life, to move forward into new beginnings; the time is soon coming.
If you already have entered that new chapter of your life, but still have not seen the Go Light for full entrance into it, that light will soon shine.
August should open windows of awakening and doorways of new life ventures. Some of this shift may bring more chaotic energy with it also, helping us to shed the past and welcome the future.
In the greater world, the Middle East is continuing to brew with powerful change coming. Secretary of State for the USA, John Kerry, has instigated talks between Israel and Palestine. This is a most important issue to be worked out in the Middle East. Its resolution would bring greater peace to the region and world.
But of course people have been trying for many, many years to find resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian issue. To no avail. Even just the start of these talks, however, will turn so many wheels turning throughout the region and world.
The conditions of volatile Egypt and Syria will be shifting in a big way as the Israeli/Palestinian issue moves forward. Israel’s desires to attack Iran will also be influenced by these peace efforts between Israel and Palestine.
The powerful transformation of this region will accelerate during the month of August 2013.
Of course the culture wars in the USA have been ignited with the Trayvon Martin killing, and trial of George Zimmerman. Nevertheless, we know that the election of President Barack Obama brought a sense of optimism for race relations in the USA.
And while that election certainly showed us that there has been great progress in race relations since the ’60s civil rights movement, this trial showed us there is still much to be done.
African Americans, the only group of people who came to this land of immigrants in chains, have a sensitivity to racial injustice and racial sterotyping beyond what others can imagine.
Imagine that your ancestors were slaves in this country. Really imagine that. Not coming to liberation from English oppression on the Mayflower, and not coming to find opportunity and religious freedom from Europe in the early 20th century, but treated like animals and dragged here.
It is true that it has been over a hundred and fifty years since emancipation during the civil war, and it is true that racial prejudice goes both ways. And it is true that we all need to know we are all one family, moving toward Diversity in Unity for the Age of Aquarius.
But it is also true that programmed deep in the consciousness of some people, both black and white in America, is that blacks are inferior and have criminal tendencies, and that whites will ruthlessly keep black people down.
This is part of an old paradigm that is dying with an old age. The ’60s revolution, with Uranus conjunct Pluto, brought us the civil rights movement. Uranus square Pluto, now moving through our world, will clear up the remnants of what is left of our old racial paradigm.
The Zimmerman case shows us we still need to clear up our stereotypes, judgments, and prejudices. In its wisdom our Universe brings to light that which we need to release and that which we need to evolve into.
This collective mindset and belief system still needs more rays of healing and transformation for many. As you look at young people in this country, however, you see the hope for that Age of Aquarius future. So many are color blind, as the worst years of violent racial division get more and more dim in memory.
Keep in mind, however, whether we are talking about an individual or a culture or country, when transformational energies are strong we face our demons again.
Whatever is left from old traumas comes back into our consciousness, sometimes in “ugly” ways, and gives us an opportunity to do more inner work, to release old wounds, to heal from our past, and to access more awakening light into our souls and minds.
We then evolve our consciousness and change our lives for the better, for ourselves, others and the world.
Stay aligned and present, centered in your heart, and open to the voice of the Universe. And all is well.
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