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Welcome to Spring 2012 and Astrology Forecast for March 18-24

by Leo Knighton Tallarico

Coming up this week, in the midst of Mercury and Mars Retrograde, is the beginning of spring 2012, which brings the Sun into Aries.  A couple days later the Moon will join the Sun in Aries, which creates a New Moon in Aries.

Spring Equinox is Tuesday March 20 at 1:14 AM EDT.  Those on the west coast of the USA will celebrate the Spring Equinox on March 19 at 10:14 PM.  In most of the world March 20 will be the beginning of spring. The New Moon in Aries is Thursday March 22 at 10:37 AM EDT.

Retrograde Mercury and Mars remind us that though we may begin to feel a rush of spirit as spring energies erupt this week, it is not time yet to get our motors for big change in gear.  That will come later this spring season, after Mercury and Mars go direct, and the Eclipse Season begins.

Nevertheless, the Spring Equinox and Aries New Moon represent a breath of fresh and new air blowing into our consciousness and life The Spring Equinox is symbolically the time when light and dark energies are equal.  Autumn Equinox also brings such equality of Yin and Yang, but in the autumn the dark yin energies will grow just after the moment of the equinox.  The Winter Solstice is the zenith moment for darkness

At the Spring Equinox, just after the equality of yin and yang,  light yang energies begin to grow- culminating at the Summer Solstice when light and yang energies are in their greatest abundance.

So now as we enter the spring equinox, fiery buds of initiation burst into our consciousness. There is hope for positive growth in our future.  Aries is a cardinal fire sign, and as such represents new beginnings.

Aries is the force of life energy, the sperm racing to penetrate into the fertile egg, the bud bursting through the branches.

Aries is the energy of “I AM”, a statement that asserts my intention to be true to Self, in an honest and straightforward manner.  As such Aries is frank and bold, “telling it like it is”.

Aries is a warrior, a survivor, getting up for the challenge.   Aries is the first sign, number 1, the alpha.  This is why many Aries enjoy the challenge of competition or at least striving for excellence.

Aries is a sprinter, not a long distance person, and so it sometimes begins things without finishing or wanting to commit.   Aries is independent and social graces or social scenes can be difficult for them. Remember their mantra is I AM, and being true to oneself is so important. That can make relating awkward sometimes.

So at this Aries time of year, and the Aries New Moon this week adds to the theme, begin to empower your self by allowing your self to be OK with your honoring your own needs.

By honoring your own needs, you are being honest about who you are are, and you are honoring the natural creation of YOU and your Creator.

If you are used to giving your self away in relationship, use this Aries energy to begin to assert your own needs and state your truth.

Ironically, this honoring of your own needs will improve your relationship, as enabling someone else’s selfishness or self centeredness is detrimental to a relationship based on equality.

As we leave nebulous Pisces for bold Aries, expect that whatever has been swirling around in process, without focus, will begin to emerge into consciousness and into our lives.

In the greater world, look for the burgeoning Aries energies to bring people and countries into more combativeness.  The situations with Israel and western countries against Iran and Syria may get more contentious.   People and countries will assert their desires and aims more readily, for better and for worse.

In your personal life, you may begin to be awakened from your winter’s slumber of spirit. You may feel a desire to break out of your emotional and life boxes.

Though Tuesday brings a Spring Equinox and Sun in Aries, keep in mind that we will be in a “dark Moon” period until Thursday March 22 at 10:37 AM EST. That means that you may still feel some moments of residual “depression” until then.  After that New Moon, energies of assertion into “living your life alive” will get stronger.

Keep in mind again that Mercury and Mars are still retrograde until April 4 and 13 respectively.  You may not be ready to decide your overall direction yet.  You may not be ready to make any big decisions yet.   Everything may not be so clear yet in your perspective.

So don’t let the spring weather or energy fool you into jumping forward too fast with your life yet.  That is spring fever, as it is not time yet to take the spring roller coaster ride.

That will happen in May and June. There is a Solar Eclipse New Moon on May 20, a Lunar Eclipse Full Moon on June 4 and a powerful Uranus square Pluto aspect on June 24, just after the Summer Solstice.

Nevertheless this week is the time to begin to “feel your oats”, to get your motor running, to begin to feel more positive, to assert your individuality and personal needs.  From that place of personal empowerment, you are will be ready for the great waves of change later this spring and summer.

We are all evolving our consciousness and lives into the Aquarian Age on our doorstep. Do not be fooled by the recent rhetoric of social conservatives who want us to live our lives in the Middle Ages.  These people, who recently have been especially disrespectful to women and their dignity, freedom and empowerment, are dinosaurs getting ready for extinction. Try your best to not waste your energy giving their idiocy any attention.   Let the Universe do its job of delivering us into an Aquarian Age, an Age that is slowly releasing the creatures who are losing their place in our world.

See you next week,


Please feel free to find more writings and my services on my website. 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.

There will be a new radio show sometime during the coming Eclipse Season this spring.  I will give you dates and times soon.

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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