Expect another big year of change in the world this year. Last spring/summer there was a Cardinal Grand Cross formation that included transformational planets Uranus and Pluto.
The crisis in Ukraine, the emergence of Isis in Iraq and Syria; the Ebola scare; the war in Gaza; the nuclear talks with Iran; and the failed peace effort with Israel and the Palestinians all erupted during that time period.
The world as we know it; the paradigm we are used to operating within; the Military/Economic structure that holds up that old world are in the process of dissolution.
The culture wars that are getting hotter and hotter are reflective of a world that is getting smaller and smaller.
The 20th century started the process of bringing us closer to one another all over the world with mass transportation, mass communication, and global commerce. World Wars also showed us we are intimately linked with one another all over the globe, whether we like it or not.
After these wars there were many relationships built with those who had previously been enemies, as the Allies in World War II made “friendships” with Axis powers Japan and Germany.
Of course Japan integrated many of our western values, and Germany already shared many of those values.
The Soviet Union however had radically opposing values that set up the Cold War. Communism versus democracy/capitalism formed the basis of the cultural wars between the Soviet Union and the USA.
After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia turned to more capitalism and democracy and began to get closer to the west. The battle over Ukraine shows that the union between the west and Russia is now breaking apart.
So the USA and the western world, after the breakdown of the Soviet Union, puffed up their chests and became an Empire led by the USA, claimed to be a Superpower.
Now that power base is being threatened. China has become powerful by integrating western values, while strongly maintaining their own identity.
Arab/Muslim culture has also been opposing western countries and their values.
I believe we are in transition to an Age of Aquarius, and that process requires an eventual linking of all cultures all over the globe in a new way: linking like an internet web into Diversity within Unity. Equality would be necessary for this to happen.
This would necessitate a breakdown of all empires or superpowers, especially if they seek to dominate and make other countries in their image–forcing their values on them.
The world continues to bring us all closer together, and only if we learn to respect the ways of one another will we be able to survive this transition into a new age.
Nuclear weapons held by more and more people makes our world a tinder box of explosiveness, that threatens to wipe us all out. We cannot continue to hate one another and believe our way of being is superior and should be followed by all others.
Like all good relationships, we need to respect the ways of one another while finding what we have in common as a link to one another.
This year there is another powerful movement of planetary energies again, to shake things up and awaken to these needs for developing a new world paradigm. More while awaken while others intent on power, wealth, and privilege will dig into keep the status quo or to overthrow those currently with power and wealth.
The launch time for change will be mid-March through April, and then events will snowball in strength for the rest of the year.
The Israeli elections and the nuclear talks with Iran will be very important to watch in March/April. What happens with the world economy will also be very important, especially so as Greece has just elected a more socialist government and the USA stock market is due for a huge correction. Events in Korea/China and Ukraine/Russia will also be important then.
A major planetary portal of change opens in March/April with a 7th and last exact square of Uranus and Pluto, the planets that when conjunct “brought on” the 60s revolution. That happens on March 16th.
It will be followed by a strong Spring Equinox on March 20th. There will be a Total Solar Eclipse that day in Pisces.
And on April 4th there will be another Eclipse: a Total Lunar Eclipse in Aries/Libra. That eclipse will form with Uranus and Pluto to make a powerful Cardinal T-square.
In March’s West End News we will tell you more about these configurations.
For now, in February we experience Mercury leaving Retrograde and going Direct on February 11th. Any issues that remain confused or on hold will be opening to more clarity and direction after that date.
When Mercury gets back up to speed on around February 18th, you will gain even more clarity and sense of direction.
Decisions or major projects that have been on hold can be more easily dealt with after February 11th or February 18th for some.
Along with Mercury getting back up to speed around February 18th, there is also a New Moon in Aquarius that day. So you could very well feel a sense of something lifting, more positiveness and a motivation to get going forward.
Since the New Moon is in Aquarius, themes will be around individuality; events or people that seem strange; greater feelings of social consciousness and rebelliousness; joining group efforts; desires to find “birds of a feather” connections; issues with technology getting stronger; and more scientific or detached thinking orientation.
February 18th is also the first day of the Sun going into Pisces. It will stay there until the Spring Equinox on March 20th.
Pisces is a time of introspection, of going deeper to find insight and contact one’s feelings. Pisces is sensitive to energies and moods of others. Is is very dreamy and idealistic and often seeks to escape hard and cold reality and sometimes even practical concerns.
Pisces can be poetic and at least is usually good with metaphor. Pisces tends to be rather giving and can be sacrificial. It has an ability to be empathetic and compassionate. It must watch tendencies to identify with being a victim.
During this Pisces time of year it is a good time to lay back and surrender more, to listen to music, to escape into fantasies, to face ghosts of the past, to feel your deeper feelings, to heal, to be by the ocean or other bodies of water, to sense soul connections with others.
And all this process of healing and going with the flow will serve you well as we enter a most intense period soon afterward.
Till next month,
Leo Knighton Tallarico is an astrological and spiritual guide and counselor. His specialty is counseling for those in the process of change, transformation, transition, and crisis. He also specializes in couples’ counseling for any and all kinds of relationship. He has been a full-time professional for 30 years.
Leo co-directs the Spiritual Renaissance Center in South Portland with his lifemate Deborah Knighton Tallarico. Visit spiritualrenaissance.com.
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