Author Archives: Amanda Painter

Saucy Transformation, Harmony and You

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If you’ve been feeling a need for some energy to shift, you’re in luck. This week sees two major planets changing signs: Jupiter left Libra and entered Scorpio on Tuesday; and on Saturday, Venus will exit Virgo and enter one of its ‘home’ signs, Libra. Amanda Painter considers how these shifts might manifest, and how they might influence other weekend astrology.

What’s Underneath It All

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Photo of Venus conjunct Mars and the crescent Moon from February 2015 by Amanda Painter.

Recent news has a lot of people either feeling activated to fight for change, or overwhelmed and seeking emotional refuge. It may seem like there’s not a lot of room for things like connecting with others, making art, making love or integrating everything that’s rushing at us. And yet, as Amanda Painter describes, some of these very things are suggested through two major aspects.

Countering Rose-Colored Glasses with Good Communication

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We’ve been experiencing a week of highly charged, transformational astrology. And whether you’ve been experiencing it in acutely personal, direct ways or mainly watching it play out on the nightly news in frightening and heartbreaking events, chances are you’ve noticed the universe inviting you to pay attention and investigate with your full awareness.

Countering Rose-Colored Glasses with Good Communication

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We’ve been experiencing a week of highly charged, transformational astrology, much of which is illustrated by upsetting world events. Amanda Painter checks out the late-week astrology with an eye to the personal level: the ways relationships can be playgrounds for projection and fantasies, and also for practicing clear, balanced communication.

Breathing Room

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Do you feel ready for a breath of fresh air — or any kind of air, for that matter? Astrologically, we’re about to get one, when the Sun enters Libra on Friday for the equinox. Amanda Painter considers the Sun’s conjunction to Vesta in the equinox chart, plus aspects involving Venus and Mars that factor into the need for some breathing room, and constructive ways to access it.

Tending New Ground, in a New Way

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With each new natural disaster that has swept through the news recently (hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes…) it feels as though the planet is trying to get our attention: no matter how much technological ‘progress’ we make, it won’t matter until we face the damage we do to the Earth, commit to changing harmful behavior patterns, and act to heal the environment — our home.

Tending New Ground, in a New Way

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No matter how much other ‘progress’ we make, it won’t matter until we face and commit to changing harmful behavior patterns, and act to heal the environment — our home. By healing the environment we can heal ourselves; by healing ourselves, the world slowly heals. Amanda Painter looks at this weekend’s astrology through that symbiotic lens.

Looking Beyond the Devil in the Details

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By now, whatever emotional energy peak you may have experienced with the Full Moon should be dissipating. And while you still might feel a little foggy or unsure about certain situations (thanks to Neptune’s lingering influence), at least the mental shenanigans of Mercury are slowly beginning to sort themselves out. ‘Easy does it’ is still the mantra du jour, though.

Looking Beyond the Devil in the Details

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When Mercury re-enters Virgo in direct motion late Saturday night, waiting for it just inside the doorstep are the hypothetical point Transpluto and Mars. That whole crew will be making a trine to Juno. Amanda Painter considers how to use this energy constructively, as well as notices the inherent need for caution and awareness. ‘Easy does it’ is still the mantra du jour.

Mercury Direct and the Pisces Full Moon

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As you enter this week, remember: much in the astrology is signaling that all may not be as it seems, in one way or another. Thankfully, you should not have to wait long for things to begin shaking out and clarifying. Even so, the theme for this week is taking things slowly and methodically — while keeping your eyes and ears sharp for unexpected but crucial details.

Fire Fire, Burning Bright

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The dual nature of fire is almost a cliche: how it can be warming, life giving and inspirational, yet can burn metaphorical bridges and cause literal destruction. There’s a lot of fire in the sky now. Amanda Painter suggests that how you feel it and how you use it may depend partly on personal circumstances, but what matters most is the awareness you bring to it.

Astrological Alchemy, Post-Eclipse

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Relative to the eclipse in Leo that began the week, solar Virgo seems to follow along with an appropriate emphasis on correlating and digesting what you’ve just experienced. Amanda Painter offers some thoughts on the end-of-week astrological highlights, including Venus moving into Leo and the Sun-Mercury conjunction that signals Mercury’s retrograde midpoint.