by Leo Knighton Tallarico
This week we continue in the retrograde zone, as both Mercury and Mars are retrograde- Mercury until April 4 and Mars until April 13. Though the Spring Equinox and strong Aries New Moon this past week brought us much fiery spirited energy; nevertheless, we remain on hold until after Mercury and Mars go back direct.
Especially since the weather here and in many places was warm and summer-like as the Aries new Moon burst upon us, it felt at times like it was time to get our lives pushed forward.
And yes some people have experienced some true new beginnings this past week with the Aries New Moon. But overall many of us are still in waiting. We still need to ponder our lives more, to go deeper to decide what we truly want, or where we want to go, or what we really want to do. Some things may still not be clear yet. Some answers have simply not appeared yet.
And wracking your analytical and logical brain to find an answer will not work well. You need to wait for things to unfold, to have trust that what you need will appear at the right time.
Remember that during Mars and Mercury Retrograde, we are often taken into old zones of experience. People or memories from our past come back. Old issues resurface that we may have taken for granted were OK now.
Look at some of the issues that have come into the spotlight in our society lately: Women’s rights and African American rights.
These were issues that dominated our experience in the ’60s and ’70s and remained important issues long after that time period. Remember Rodney King in 1992?
But recently, especially since Barack Obama became president and Hillary Clinton almost became president, many had begun to assume that the problems of women and blacks had faded into our cultural rear windows.
Now during this recent retrograde period, we have been dealing with Rush Limbaugh and his degrading comments toward Sandra Fluke concerning contraception. And the murder of Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood guard in a gated community in Florida, has reopened old wounds for African Americans.
Regardless of the facts in these cases, what is important to take in is the rage this has been aroused in women and blacks. Do you really believe they are enraged because they are entitled children having a temper tantrum? I believe many people whose consciousness is rooted in 1901 believe exactly that.
Perhaps women and blacks are enraged because recent events show them that many people are still filled with prejudice and bigotry and want women and African Americans to “know their place”. They still believe in old stereotypes from long ago, that were not true then either.
Women who want to have sex are sluts? Black men who dress in certain ways, like wearing “hoodies” are criminals?
Yes women and African American have come a long way since the ’60s. But events like these recent ones make them feel like nothing has changed. And do not be surprised if justice is not served in Florida for Trayvon Martin, that there will be riots again in the street.
Look at reality. Women are still sold all over the world as sex slaves and prostitutes. And our prisons are unfairly over inhabited by black men. White collar crime and drug use by wealthy people is more excused by society. Poor people in general and black men more specifically are profiled as criminals in our society.
Much more transformation is necessary to bring the equality that is aligned with being in an Aquarian Age. This retrograde period is bringing to our consciousness the inequality still experienced by members of our society. Keep in mind that these guardians of the old world, who are rapidly becoming dinosaurs, will fight to keep their privilege and power. But they are doomed by nature and our progress into an Aquarian Age.
In your own life, what issues are coming back to you during this retrograde period? Are there family or relationship or home or career issues that need to be resolved? Do any of these current issues have ties to old experiences that were never quite resolved?
Is your current relationship challenge tied to a childhood experience or other relationship from your past? Is it tied to something from the current relationship that was never really solved? Is a problem with your career connected in any way to problems from your past?
Dig deeper to find the links and connections. You are getting ready to let go of an old pattern that is holding you back from progressing with your life. As we finish up this current retrograde period, you will find more clarity. And we will get more clear about what we really want, what action we need to take, and where we need to go.
And then soon we will experince the eclipses, which will accelerate the speed of change. There is a Solar Eclipse New Moon in Gemini on May 20. And there is a Lunar Eclipse New Moon in Sagittarius on June 4. Gemini and Sagittarius represent free mind and free spirit respectively. Mind, intuition, inspiration, and spirit will be ignited. New ideas and creative solutions will be readily available then. What has been held back will be set free. There will be less control and the gates of increasing chaos will be opened.
Uranus will be making its first square of Pluto in June also. This highly transformational planetary duo will ignite change as they did in the ’60s when they were conjunct one another. They will continue to be in square to one another for a few years.
And also in May this year, synchronizing with the eclipses, will be Venus Retrograde. So though Mercury and Mars will be back direct by then, the “matters of the heart” that Venus represents will be in reflect and rewind mode. Relationship issues will be in the spotlight, as will be women’s issues, and issues of love and trusting Love spiritually.
This coming week enjoy the added energy and desire for action that the Aries New Moon last week stoked in us. But remember that “all systems are not go” for a while longer. Do not push the river of life to go faster than it goes naturally, as that will not work.
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.
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.