Author Archives: Amanda Painter

Venus and the Identity of Values

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It’s rare to ask, “Who are you?” and hear in response something like, “Oh, well, I’m someone who values my time more than that of others.” Yet as Amanda Painter describes, Venus retrograde on the Aries Point may be showing you the ways you signal your identity through actions that convey your values. Meanwhile, shadowy Mercury moves into Taurus, ruled by Venus.

Seek Yourself with Sun-Venus, and Then What?

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Has the Venus retrograde been glitchy for you? As Amanda Painter describes, even that can offer valuable reminders of what matters most to you, and what you need to do about it. While Venus is urging internal inquiry, Mercury engages slow-moving planets in the cardinal signs to get you thinking about your role in the world.

What We Birth When We Are Fully Present

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Tomorrow (Friday), we’ll experience the last of the three exact contacts in the Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries, at 2:44 am EDT (6:44 UTC). Uranus-Eris is the overarching event that we can look to as representative of much of the surprise, chaos (political chaos and identity chaos) and upheaval we’re currently experiencing in our digital age.

Presence, and What We Birth with Uranus-Eris

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With tomorrow’s last exact Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries, we get another reminder to expect the unexpected. As Amanda Painter describes (and as a friend of hers demonstrates), the astrology is also suggesting you become more fully aware and present to how you can synthesize opposites. We may be in a moment of birthing a new understanding.

Connecting the Dots By Moonlight

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We’re building toward a Full Moon this Sunday, with the Moon in Virgo single-handedly opposing a whole school of fishy planets in Pisces (and that’s not all). If you feel like you’re trying to swim upstream; or like you’re caught in a whirlpool; or maybe like every time you turn around, some seemingly solid part of the world has melted and warped like a Salvador Dali painting, you’re not alone.

Virgo Full Moon: You Get to Connect the Dots

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We’re building toward a Full Moon this Sunday, with the Moon in Virgo single-handedly opposing a whole school of fishy planets in Pisces (and that’s not all). If you feel like you’re caught in a whirlpool, you’re not alone. Amanda Painter considers several facets of the Full Moon chart, and how you can use the energy effectively.

Find Your Freedom

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New growth on a Balsam fir; photo by Amanda Painter.

This week, the astrology points us toward a question of freedom (particularly with Jupiter opposite Uranus-Eris), as we prepare for Venus to station retrograde. Yet Amanda Painter suggests it does so with a clear emphasis on how free you feel within your own self.

Self-Quickening: A Pisces Eclipse Travel Guide

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Heathrow Airport in 2012; photo by Amanda Painter.

Sunday’s partial solar eclipse with the New Moon in Pisces is coming right up. As it happens, the Sabian symbol for the eclipse degree has “self-quickening” for its Sabian symbol keyword. And moving faster — with ease and agility (literally or metaphorically) — happens better when one offloads what’s unnecessary and travels light.

Loving the Transitions, Eclipse-Style

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The day before entering Pisces, the Aquarius Sun makes an interesting, possibly subtle and potentially useful aspect to a rather notorious centaur planet: Pholus in Sagittarius. Since we’re between eclipses, this could offer some momentum to any pattern-shifting you’re attempting. Small, concrete actions can yield cumulative results.

Full Moon Mandala: Eclipse Action

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This Friday (Saturday in some times zones) we have a Full Moon in Leo (with the Sun in Aquarius). But this is not just any Full Moon; it is also a penumbral lunar eclipse. As Amanda Painter describes, it’s an eclipse whose chart is beautifully illustrating our collective moment.

Express Yourself and Get Down To Business

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Photo by Amanda Painter, Jan. 21, 2017.

With the Sun reaching the midpoint of Aquarius, a ‘fixed’ sign, the season ‘fixes’ into place. Yet our astrology is still leaning more heavily on the mutable signs (which are adaptable) and the cardinal signs (which are about initiative); as Amanda Painter notes, socially we seem to be reflecting this energy.

When Looking Inward Points You Outward

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During tomorrow’s Aquarius New Moon, the Sun and Moon themselves are not making any major aspects to any major planets; the action seems to be happening elsewhere in the chart. Amanda Painter suggests it’s an apt metaphor for the importance of community awareness even at one’s most introspective moments.