By Leo Knighton Tallarico
Shifting tides this week as we move into Summer Eclipse Season 2018.
On Thursday June 28 there is a Full Moon in Capricorn closely conjunct Saturn at 12:53 AM EDT.
The first actual eclipse (first of 3 this season) will be a Solar Eclipse New Moon in Cancer on July 12. It will be very closely in opposition to Pluto.
The June 28 Full Moon in Capricorn conjunct Saturn opens up Eclipse Season with a strong pull to having limits, strong definition, strict rules, and firm boundaries.
Since in this Full Moon, the Sun is in Cancer directly opposite the Moon conjunct Saturn, we can expect Cancer permissiveness, unconditional attitudes, empathy, and openness to be a counter force to the Moon/Saturn strictness.
This will be a theme to reckon with during Eclipse Season- both personally and globally. Already we can see how nations are wrestling with open or closed boundaries for immigrants. This is especially so in America and Europe.
And in other places like Ukraine and East Asia, there are boundary disputes for who claims what land for their country. And in North and South Korea, there is hope by many for the boundary between them to be erased.
These issues will be “more in our faces” during this Eclipse Season, starting this week.
In personal lives you may be pushed to decide even more than usual, when to “put your foot down” to stop others or to protect yourself or to be clear what you take and what you will not take from others. Your boundaries will be pushed by others.
Politically speaking, liberal and conservative viewpoints will be during showing clearly this week and Eclipse Season. Capricorn/Saturn is symbolically conservative and Cancer is more symbolically liberal. That does mean all Cancers are liberal and all Capricorns are conservative.
Interestingly, in the USA natal chart from July 4 1776, the USA has its Sun in Cancer in conflicting square to its Saturn in Libra. This is representative of the constant war between liberal and conservative viewpoints in America. Squares tend to show that each side of the square is strongly opposed without much empathy for the other position.
This is so true of American politics, most especially now, as there is an obvious culture war going on.
And in this Summer Eclipse Season, beginning this week, we will experience that battle building in intensity. Calls for impeachment will get stronger.
Also this week, besides the Eclipse Season initiation with the Full Moon in Capricorn on the 28th, there is the changing of direction of Mars from Direct to Retrograde.
Mars goes Retrograde approximately every two years for around 2 months each time. This Mars Retrograde period will last from June 26 to August 27- at which time it will go back Direct.
In personal lives there will be a tendency with Mars Retrograde to give pause so one can better know what one wants and desires. Mars Retrograde also shows us the condition of our personal will and to the issue of standing up for ourselves, and what we believe in.
It will also bring up issues of being true to our authentic Self or of compromising that truth in order to accommodate what others want from us.
Mars Retrograde also brings up a review of anger issues and competitive instincts. It brings out alpha personality more strongly too, as well as issues of power and force.
Mars Retrograde will also bring up questions of what direction we want to move toward, and it may very well have us question the direction we have previously chosen.
On the global scene, there will be a questioning of issues of conflict or war. Previous stances of peace may be questioned. Previous stances of war may be questioned.
As this Mars Retrograde period will coincide with Eclipse Season, issues with North Korea and most especially the Middle East will be in the spotlight and heating up.
Of course we all know this is a critical time for questioning the state of our country and world. Old paradigms and institutions, old programmed beliefs and ways of being are breaking down in order to allow new brighter, more loving, truth telling energies to pour into our consciousness and lives.
Eclipse Seasons always bring both breakdowns and breakthroughs. The only thing assured is that status quo familiarity is not safe during Eclipse Seasons.
Some parts of your life, especially with Mars Retrograde added to this Eclipse Season, will be questioned and/or challenged.
If you have planets closely connected to the planetary positions of the Eclipses, you will be more affected than others.
Keep in mind and heart the knowledge that all these shakeups or changes are aligned with your deeper soul, nature, and the Universe. Old beliefs, patterns, people, etc. who do not fit with your personal evolution and transformation are the ones that are threatened.
All is happening meaningfully and with the true needs of your soul. Sometimes we get too set in our ways, and these Eclipses assist us in moving out of our being stuck, trapped, bored, clingy, and stopped from growing.
Often we have choice to not move with where the winds are blowing us to go, but we then are stunted in our growing and transforming, and something in our souls and spirits starts to die.
Also this week, besides the Full Moon in Capricorn and Mars going Retrograde, we also encounter Mercury moving out of Cancer and into Leo on June 28/29.
Mercury is our mind, our thinking, and our ability to communicate. When in Cancer feeling and thinking tend to merge and a more holistic perception and viewpoint emerge in our minds and ways of communicating.
And when Mercury is in Leo, there is more “light” in our thinking, and the mind tends to be creative and inspired. We also communicate more creatively and spontaneously.
Mercury will stay in Leo much longer than usual, until August 29, much more than its usual one month in a sign.
So begin the ride of Eclipse Season this week, even though the greatest intensity will likely not occur till closer to the first actual Eclipse on July 12.
We will of course get deeper into the Eclipses as the Season continues. You can get some perspective on this Eclipse Season with the video I made earlier this month. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QkSNDn0QCg&feature=youtu.be
Till next week,
New video on Summer 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QkSNDn0QCg&feature=youtu.be
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Leo Knighton Tallarico is a Professional Astrologer and Co-Director of Spiritual Renaissance Center. His astrology forecast can be heard on the Sound Ecology radio show on WMPG 90.9 the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30. To book a session with Leo and learn more, visit the Spiritual Renaissance Center.