Leo Knighton Tallarico
Last week we moved forward after the Aries New Moon. That New Moon signaled to us the reality that it is time to move on.
The old era or chapter of our lives wants to be in our life’s rear view mirror. On a deep energetic level we have moved on and moved forward.
But for some there are still issues to be healed or resolved.
And with Venus still Retrograde, the direction of certain of our relationships may not be totally clear yet.
And to add some more confusion, next week Sunday April 8 Mercury will join Venus in Retrograde.
Retrograde means things we need to pause before we can know what to believe or what to do. During Retrograde, so many “re’s” are activated: Re-flect, re-wind, re-turn, re-negotiate, re-do, etc.
So with both planets going retro, we will have much more ability to be reflective and to rewind into our past.
What makes it all complicated is that the New Moon in Aries, as we stated, is driving us to move on and move forward.
And energetically it has happened. In many ways we have gone over the hump to the other side. No more fence sitting.
But we still need more clarity and direction around some issues before we are ready to completely move forward into this new chapter of our lives.
Venus retrograde suggests we may have relationship issues to heal or be resolved or at least to be seriously recognized as real and needing work.
Venus is not only about relationships but also about heart values, security values, body issues, and real estate issues.
Venus is the ruling planet for both Libra and Taurus. So any of those Venus issues can be in the spotlight of our lives now. Going back in our minds to old ways of relating to security or body issues may also be happening for us during Venus Retrograde.
For women Venus Retrograde can also be about being a woman and what kind of woman one wants to be. In its current retrograde pattern, Venus began the retrograde in Aries, suggesting needs to be empowered, true to self, and assertive as a woman.
Men may be experiencing their closest female mates as aserting their power more now. And their own “inner female” may need to be activated now.
Venus Retrograde moves into Pisces late on Sunday April 2, so issues around being giving, being other worldly, being surrendered and more mystical take hold.
So balancing the giving surrendered urge (Pisces) with the urge to be emboldened and empowered (Aries) may be challenging as a result of these planetary movements.
After April 15, when Venus goes back direct again, these issues should get more clarity and be ready to move forward with the other parts of us.
Relationships and communication are needing the most attention during the retrograde periods.
So Venus and Mercury will both be retrograde from April 8- 15. There may be more confusion than usual around thinking, relating, and communicating then.
There will be more clarity after April 15 when Venus goes direct, then even more clarity aftter Mercury goes back Direct on May 3.
So we pause in some ways from totally moving forward till after that time.
So as we nevertheless continue to move forward now, since the Aries New Moon, we actually pick up some speed as we go into the second quarter of the lunar cycle this coming week.
We continue moving forward in the waxing half of the Aries New Moon lunar cycle until April 10 at the Full Moon in Libra. Then the waning downward half of the cycle takes over.
So this week we continue moving forward in our new chapter, even while we still heal and resolve some issues during retrograde time.
And this week also brings Saturn going Retrograde on April 5/6. When Saturn slows down to stop and turn retrograde, its meaning and energy get more priority in our lives.
Saturn is a contracting and limiting energy. It gets us to stop and be more grounded, to wait and be more cautious, to set goals, to discipline, plan, and accomplish.
It also gets us to have more boundaries, to say no, to take responsibility, to do what we must do.
And it also rules endings and commitments too. Remember Saturn is about what we are limited in doing. Both endings and commitments give strict limits.
So this week is a good week to face up to what is real for you now. Reality needs to be recognized and honored. Acceptance is a key to this week.
Though some Venus and Mercury relationship and security issues of many kinds may need to be worked out, in most ways the “writing is on the walls” for what is real for you now.
And the Trump administration is real now in all our lives. That is not going to change any time soon.
Where we still have options is in how we relate to that reality. How do we want to respond to that reality? What values will we fight for as a result of that reality.
How will we handle our security issues and our issues of empowerment and self assertion?
How does this new reality affect our relationships? I have seen some families and friendships break apart because of the differences in political opinions.
Do we respect those who disagree with us enough to keep the glue of that relationship.
Or is the difference in core values too much to bridge to keep the relationship connected?
So you can see how a person can know they are in a new era of life, but still have some relationship issues to work out.
All people have personality or character traits that are diffcult for their partner. So then we need to weigh which ones can be lived with and which ones cannot easily be tolerated.
And of course we need to dig deep inside to see if there is enough love to be able to live with someone who has these traits that are difficult to accept.
And yet some traits cannot be tolerated no matter how much love there is, no? How about physical or verbal abuse, or addiction? Should anyone put up with those traits even when “in love”?
When we get into mid summer 2017, at the next Eclipse Season, which will be more powerful than the last, we will need many of our relationship and security issues to be resolved enough to be able to receive the awakening light, love and truth wanting to come through into our hearts and minds.
So now we clear up the blocks in our minds (Mercury) and hearts (Venus) during their retrograde periods, so we can better handle and let in those gifts later.
Till next week,
If you need any help with your relationship now, I have done couples’ counseling for many years. Do you need to identify and work out old patterns? Do you need to decide whether to stay or go? I use the astrological model to help in the counseling process. We can use Skype if outside New England. Write me at [email protected] if interested.
Please check out my new forecast for 2017- https://youtu.be/sYw9g0OuqV4
And if you would like your own personal forecast for 2017, please contact me at [email protected].
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.