Author Archives: Amanda Painter

What Hangs in the Balance This Equinox

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Above the edge of the fog bank on Bald Peak in Camden Hills State Park, Maine. Photo by Amanda Painter.

After the Sun and Mercury meet for a conjunction in late Virgo today, they make a tag-team entrance into Libra. Mercury gets there first, ingressing Libra Friday night. Then the Sun follows suit Saturday night equinox. Amanda Painter looks at the objects waiting in the early cardinal signs (Aries Point territory) for this event.

Neptune on My Mind

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Street art in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.* Photo by Amanda Painter

What’s on your mind? Or, perhaps a better question might be: how is your mind behaving this week, especially in response to the unexpected or the unclear? Amanda Painter asks because Mercury in Virgo (a sign it rules) is making some aspects that could well be affecting your thought processes and perception.

From Neptune to the New Moon

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Are you looking around wondering if you can believe what you’re seeing? For many, this has become the norm. Yet Amanda Painter suggests that as we wind down toward the Virgo New Moon on Sunday, your perception of the environment — and how that influences your direct interactions and immediate relationships — could use some attention and discretion.

Back to School with a Handful of Aspects

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Now that Mars is finally direct as of Monday, what have you been able to put in motion? Is there anything you actually feel more uncertain about or stymied by than you did last week? Hopefully you’re enjoying a sense of energy freeing up for use, though it’s possible that this week’s aspects are raising some new questions.

Back to School with a Handful of Aspects

Posted by Amanda Painter

Photo by Amanda Painter

Now that Mars is finally direct as of Monday, what have you been able to put in motion? Is there anything you actually feel more uncertain about or stymied by than you did last week? Hopefully you’re enjoying a sense of energy freeing up for use, though as Amanda Painter suggests, it’s possible that this week’s aspects are raising some new questions.

At Last: Mars Stations Direct

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By the time you read this, the Pisces Full Moon will have already peaked earlier in the day. Yet even if you can feel a situation resolving or softening in one regard, you might still be experiencing a little agitation: tomorrow, at 10:05 am EDT (14:04:52 UTC), Mars finally stations direct after having been retrograde for two full months.