Author Archives: Amanda Painter

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.

Traveling the Long Arc, Living in This Eclipse Moment

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You may be really excited about the total solar eclipse of the Sun on Monday, or tied up in knots of outrage, fear and despair. You may even count yourself in both categories, and wonder how to deal with it all. Taking a cue from a famous Martin Luther King quote and its less-famous inspiration, Amanda Painter considers how the present moment and the universe’s long arc intersect within us.

What Makes You Think You Can’t Drive Your Life?

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You might be wondering whether there’s any point in trying to strive for the kind of growth, personal fulfillment or community involvement we often encourage in these pages. I’d like to start this week by saying firmly that there is a future, there is a point, and there is plenty of room for you on this beautiful planet.

Navigating Mercury Retrograde Between Eclipses

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Whether Monday’s partial lunar eclipse felt gnarly for you or was barely a blip on your radar, chances are Mercury is waving some signs at you. On Saturday, it stations retrograde in Virgo at 9:00 pm EDT (1:00 UTC Sunday). As Amanda Painter describes, Mercury’s making some suggestive and potentially fruitful aspects to Vesta and Pallas as we travel between eclipses.

Welcome to Eclipseville, and Your Midyear Readings

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It’s time — eclipse time, that is. Whether you’ve been feeling unsettled and edgy lately, or optimistic and eager to move your life in an exciting new direction, keep your antennae up and your eyes (and energy) focused on where you want to go. That will help you to take the steps you need (and want) to take.

Entering the Eclipse Room

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Here we are, on the doorstep of this summer’s eclipse season: on Monday, Aug. 7, at 2:10 pm EDT, we have an Aquarius Full Moon and partial lunar eclipse; then on Aug. 21, there’s the total solar eclipse and second Leo New Moon. You might be wondering how best to step into this metaphorical room once the door opens, and the chart for Monday’s lunar eclipse offers some ideas.

Entering the Eclipse Room

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We’re on the doorstep of this summer’s eclipse season: on Monday, we have an Aquarius Full Moon and partial lunar eclipse; then on Aug. 21, there’s the total solar eclipse and second Leo New Moon. You might be wondering how best to step into this metaphorical room once the door opens; Amanda Painter sees some ideas in the chart for Monday’s lunar eclipse.

Lunar Eclipse Preparation: Organizing to Shine

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In one week and one day, we’ll experience the first of two eclipses: the Aug. 7 Aquarius Full Moon and partial lunar eclipse. That will open the door to the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse in Leo. These are the key midyear events; so you’ll want to notice whatever happens in your life this week.

Notice What You Choose, Choose What You Value

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With yesterday’s Sun-Mars conjunction in Leo beginning to dissolve, you might notice any restlessness you felt abating. Yet the astrology is still offering reasons to stay aware — particularly regarding any decisions you need to make. Amanda Painter describes how Mercury and Venus are making moves that could tie in directly with the upcoming eclipses.

True Value

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As we begin moving onward and outward from today’s Leo New Moon, the astrology seems to be setting us up to consider matters of the head and the heart. Where do they intersect, and where do they seem at odds with one another? What can one teach the other, and vice versa?

Leo New Moon: Bridge to the Eclipse

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The sky is illustrating an interesting dynamic currently. On the one hand, the Moon is waning toward a New Moon in Leo on Sunday; waning Moon phases tend to feel lower-energy. On the other hand, accompanying aspects and planetary sign changes suggest an increase of energy. As Amanda Painter describes, all of it, especially the New Moon itself, is a bridge to the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse.