Author Archives: Amanda Painter

When Standing Out May Be the Only Real Option

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Nothing Safer; photo by Amanda Painter.

When everyone around you is wounded and hurting, if you initiate and pursue your own healing it will probably make you stand out. Amanda Painter considers the shift of Chiron from Pisces to Aries in the context of Friday’s Sun-Chiron conjunction on the Aries Point. There is a lot of collective pain and wounding, but healing is an individual job — first, foremost and always.

Reflections from the Perfectly Imperfect

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Photo by Amanda Painter

Have you ever looked at your reflection in the water with the Sun directly behind you? Amanda Painter compares this image to this week’s conjunction of the Sun and retrograde Mercury in Pisces. Along with the first quarter Moon, that aspect is in contact with Jupiter in Sagittarius, Borasisi in Pisces, and Chaos in Gemini. A Mars-Saturn earth-sign trine lends some stability.

The View from the Other Side

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At last, the major astrology of this month has occurred: Uranus is in Taurus as of yesterday; Mercury is retrograde in Pisces as of Monday; and the Pisces New Moon is separating. As I write this, it’s all so fresh that I’m still getting a feel for whether the edginess and sense of anticipation I’d been experiencing has dissipated.

The View from the Other Side

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Utility poles in Orkney, Scotland, the day after Uranus ingressed Taurus in May 2018. Photo by Amanda Painter

Did you know that both times Uranus has left Aries to enter the first degree of Taurus in the last year (thanks to a retrograde), it has coincided with a New Moon? Amanda Painter remarks on this and compares how last year’s ingress felt to how this year’s felt. Have you noticed a difference? Also under consideration: a couple of post-New Moon aspect patterns.

Merging with the New Moon; Uranus Makes its Move

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False-color view of Uranus from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in August 2003. The brightness of the planet's faint rings and dark moons has been enhanced for visibility. Photo by NASA/Erich Karkoschka (Univ. Arizona)

With only six days to go until Uranus leaves Aries and enters Taurus — and only five until Mercury stations retrograde in Pisces — it’s reasonable to call out again an undercurrent of agitation or instability, mixed with a little mental and emotional fuzziness or diffuseness. As Amanda Painter describes, a four-way Pisces New Moon conjunction brings in themes of merging and surrender.