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Solar Eclipse New Moon in Sagittarius, Mercury Retrograde and Astrology Forecast for November 20-26

by Leo Knighton Tallarico

Energies will be dramatically shifting later this week as Mercury goes Retrograde less than 24 hours before a Solar Eclipse.   The eclipse is the first of two eclipses in a row, a Solar Eclipse New Moon in Sagittarius on Thanksgiving night here in the United States.  It is at 2+ degrees of Sagittarius and happens at 1:10 AM November 25 here on the east coast. It will still be Thursday November 24  at 10:10 PM on the west coast.  Mercury goes retrograde at 2:19 AM EST on November 24.

This first eclipse brings with it a strong influence for new beginnings, new adventures, new inspirations, new perspectives on your life.   Prior to this Solar Eclipse New Moon, many have been releasing people, attitudes and situations that have not been working or have not been healthy for one’s life and soul.

It has been a time leading up to the Solar Eclipse for cleaning up and putting in order, preparing for the new.

Soon it will be time to fly free into new realms.  The second eclipse on December 10 will add to the new energies of forward movement and liberation. That eclipse is a Total Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Gemini, and it synchronizes with revolutionary Uranus going direct the same day. Energies for Revolution and Liberation get stronger and stronger.

The Occupy Wall Street movement will be moving in new directions after the Powers That Were made a concerted effort this past week to put a stop to the movement by breaking up the living situations of the protesters in Zucotti Park in New York, in Oakland and Portland Oregon and elsewhere.

This eclipse season will show the OWS movement going in new and more effective directions, as the desire to liberate our human condition from the oppression of Big Corporate control of our world gets stronger and stronger.

The winds of the Universe are stronger this eclipse season for breaking away and breaking through.  Use these winds of the Universe to help you to make the moves you have been wanting to do for awhile.  If you have been in a stifling or oppressive situation, you have been getting messages and help to break free.

I know it is sometimes very difficult to let the energies of liberation open up totally in your life, as what you are breaking free from is familiar and feels safe even if it truly isn’t.  Even old beliefs that are now proven untrue were mental and emotional security blankets.  Illusions may protect us from deeper truths that can be painful, but remember that ultimately the Truth will Set You Free.

The overall movement for all of us, on the road to an Aquarian Age, is freedom from controls of our heart and soul and mind.  Early conditioning and programming tends to mold us into what our families or culture want us to be.  As we go through our own personal healing and transformation, we learn to release these controls and open to the authenticity of our own minds, hearts and souls.

This can feel chaotic, disorienting and unsettling at first, as we have built layers of cover over our deeper selves and their truth.  Transformation and healing are like pealing back the layers and allowing the rawness of wounds to be revealed at their core.  This is the beginning of deep healing.

Each time we move through an eclipse season, as we are now,  the pace of transformation accelerates. Our abilities to progress in our evolution get stronger. Changes sometimes come flooding in.

So continue to release what has not been healthy in your life and trust that nature will reward you with a life more attuned to your true self, with more purpose and passion for life eventually.

In the greater world, there is a danger now that Israel will attack Iran or that some sort of war will begin in the Middle East. This Solar Eclipse New Moon brings heightened risk of an attack on Iran.  If that attack does not happen in the next two months, the next most likely time will be May/June 2012.

Remember that as freedom and liberation get stronger, so will the attempts by those carrying the old world paradigm banners, to forcefully stop the movement forward. You can see this happening with OWS and it will continue to happen.

And it happens in personal lives too. As you break free into new terrritory and transform your life into a more healthy and whole one, there are forces that want to hold you back. This is natural process as growth usually happens unevenly, in fits and starts, not all at once.  But during this eclipse season the movement forward is especially strong.  The pain you experience will be equal to the difficulty you have letting things go. It is time: let it go.

It is time for a new phase of your life and you do not want to be weighed down by the past you cannot leave behind.

In the bigger picture, our whole human family is on the cusp of whole new age.   The next few years bring us Uranus square Pluto, which is a major motivation for transformation into an Aquarian Age. The last important meeting of Uranus and Pluto was in the mid to late ’60s, when revolutionary energies were brought into our world. Civil rights, liberation for women and blacks, the peace movement, fights against the system, and sexual liberation flooded into our world in ways that were sometimes overwhelming.  The song Dawning of the Age of Aquarius rung true at that time.

Now we need greater rights for gays, more liberation from the System and Corporate and Government controls, revolutions of the Arab Spring and much more to come on the way to an Aquarian Age, which will be here more settled and full after 2020.

This week the fog will roll in with Mercury Retrograde the day before the Solar Eclipse.  Some things may seem confusing and out of whack, but don’t get taken off your positive track. Readjust your thinking if necessary, but do not let fear take over during this Mercury Retrograde period. Mercury Retrograde will last until December 13, so it will last throughout the eclipse priod.

Expect the unexpected during this time, especially out in the greater world. Events that happen in the greater world will be more intense than usual, and may very well include natural disasters, drums of war for Iran and the greater Middle East, and economic surprises.

It is all happening in natural order, showing us more and more the necessity of evolving our consciousness so we can live more attuned to nature and the Universe and our true selves.   Gates will open into a world of greater freedom and equality and sharing, more love, truth and justice, on the road to the Aquarian Age.

See you next week,


I broadcast a new radio show  for October 15 at 1 PM. If you did not catch it live you can still hear it on that link.

Please feel free to find more writings and my services on mywebsite.You can get an astrological session 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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