Author Archives: Amanda Painter

Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say

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This week’s astrology features Mercury and Mars in Cancer making a series of aspects throughout the week. Mercury in Cancer, particularly, can indicate a mind that’s very sensitive to others — to people’s moods, to what they say, to what they seem to leave unsaid. Which means, as Amanda Painter writes, that it becomes extra important to say what you mean, and mean what you say.

Cycles and Your Inner Sea: Cancer New Moon

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On Friday — just two days after yesterday’s solstice (when the Sun entered Cancer to begin the summer season) — the Sun and Moon will conjoin for a New Moon in Cancer. As Amanda Painter writes, with this event comes an opportunity to understand better the cycles of constant change in your life, and the sense of calmer inner seas that can bring.

Mind-Mapping Your Approach to the Solstice

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We’re almost at the solstice: that time of maximum daylight, when you may be extending your energy out into the world more than usual as a result of the longer (and warmer) days. Amanda Painter looks at certain aspects involving the Sun and Mercury in Gemini (mental energy) that are asking you to notice how you’re handling anything with two sides to the story.

Sagittarius Full Moon: Recognizing Your Freedom to Care

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Have you thought much about the fact that you are just as free to care as you are free not to care? Amanda Painter describes one reading of Friday’s Sagittarius Full Moon that suggests this theme, which might emerge through your interaction with someone particular in your life. A Venus-Mars sextile offers assertive caring and full, embodied receptivity working hand in hand — and looking for a social outlet.

Dharma 101: Assertive Caring and Emotional Accessibility

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We begin this week with three personal planets on the move that represent some of our most palpable facets of personality. Broadly speaking, this is a reminder to notice what’s shifting — particularly within you, or in terms of your responses to your immediate environment. Yet it’s how things are shifting that really matters.

Mars, Venus and Learning to Trust Yourself

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It can be incredibly difficult to trust the universe — even when you say that’s what you want to do. Perhaps that’s because when we say, “trust the universe,” what we often mean is, “trust myself.” Amanda Painter looks at aspects Mars and Venus are making, and sees opportunities for you to experiment creatively, integrate tension and practice healing your self-trust.

It’s okay to be real (in fact, it’s necessary)

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A little friction is often necessary in life. As Amanda Painter describes, that tension — which often comes simply from being honest about who you are and what you want or need — can help you discover who you are as you go along. This week’s Mars-Saturn opposition, along with aspects involving Venus and Uranus-Eris in Aries, and the Sun with Neptune and Nessus, fill in the details.

You’re Not a One-Sided Coin

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This week’s main astrology offers a useful reminder: reconciliation begins with your own inner contradictions, extends into your most immediate, intimate one-on-one relationships, and opens the way for growth and healthy change. Amanda Painter considers the Gemini New Moon in the context of the concurrent square between Venus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn.

Looking Into Parallel Realities: Gemini New Moon

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Having the Sun and Moon meeting in Gemini highlights the potential to take two (or more) approaches to solving a problem; it could offer an especially poignant or introspective look at your own hypocrisy or double standards. You might suddenly notice the shadow to the light you were focused on, or the sliver lining to what had appeared as a cloud.

An Invitation to Something New

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Do you feel ready for something new? Although that feeling could come from being exhausted with something, Amanda Painter notes that the urge for something new can also emerge from a palpable sense of growing creative energy that needs an outlet. With Venus opposing Jupiter tomorrow and the Sun entering Gemini on Saturday, consider moving forward to meet that new thing.

Let Your Body Talk — and Then Listen

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We’re now in the last several days of solar Taurus. Fittingly, this week’s more prominent astrology is keeping some focus on the body; specifically, as Amanda Painter notes, the role your body has in keeping you informed of the less tangible facets of your being — and your body’s ability to point you in the direction of healing and growth.