Author Archives: Amanda Painter

Getting Oriented in the ‘New Normal’

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With so much going on in the news that stirs up fear, trauma and a sense of powerlessness, it’s especially gratifying and surprising when something actually goes right: on Tuesday, the citizens of Alabama voted in a special election to put Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones into the seat vacated by current U.S. Secretary of State Jeff Sessions.

Getting Oriented

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Amanda Painter suggests the astrology this week and next appears to speak to the concept of ‘spiritual warrior’ in a few ways that may be key, as you make your way through everything from social and familial holiday obligations, to personal difficulty, to the highly charged political and cultural conversations and events dominating the news and social media.

Harnessing Steam with a World on Fire: Mars Enters Scorpio

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Socially and politically, it feels almost as though the world is catching on fire. Significant activity in all three fire signs — especially Sagittarius — is mirroring that sensation astrologically. Amanda Painter suggests that when Mars enters Scorpio on Saturday, the steam it generates (fire plus water) could be channeled into some important transformation.

What Are We Birthing?

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If you feel like you’re not entirely sure what just happened, hang in there. Today (Sunday) featured some pivotal astrology. But as the energy from these events settles or changes direction, you might find that your perspective shifts, or that insights come through in a new form.

Believe It or Not: Mercury Retrograde and the Gemini Full Moon

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Do you ever wonder how you’ve come to believe some of the things you believe? Amanda Painter considers how the two major events of the weekend — Mercury stationing retrograde in Sagittarius and the Gemini Full Moon — relate to this question. The cosmos would seem to be asking, “Are you getting the message? And if you are, what are you doing with it?”

The World Is Better for Your Presence

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Whether or not you live in the U.S., I hope that you discovered many reasons to feel thankful this past weekend despite the ongoing pain and chaos in the news. While we all experience moments of grief and fear, there is also an incredible amount of beauty and kindness and love in this world.

You Are an Adult

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With Mercury approaching Saturn, we get an illustration of a parent-child dynamic. In other words, even though you may be an adult, you’ll want to notice when your interactions with others cause you to revert to childhood behaviors of the kind you had with your parents.

Regeneration, Healing and the Scorpio New Moon

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The current spotlight on the lopsided sexual power dynamic in Western culture (especially in the U.S.) is overdue, though that does not make it any easier for many people. Amanda Painter suggests that with a New Moon in Scorpio on Saturday making interesting aspects, it seems the cosmos is asking us to consider where we go from here with the need for healing and regeneration.

In Search of Positive Momentum

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It can seem impossible at times to achieve lift-off when it comes to making positive changes on even the most basic personal level, given all that one is up against. Yet sometimes making progress really just comes down to keeping a little momentum going. As Amanda Painter writes, some of this week’s astrology (especially Venus conjunct Jupiter) appears to support that.

Finding Strength No Matter How the Light Breaks Through

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This week’s Taurus Full Moon, exact on Saturday, has a busy chart. Amanda Painter drew a tarot card for some help in determining an overarching theme: the strength and resolve — really, the faith in oneself — needed to allow some kind of breakthrough, break out or even a clean break to allow yourself to go beyond whatever has been containing you, beyond what you’re used to.