Believe it or Not: Scorpio Full Moon

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On Saturday, we have the Scorpio Full Moon tucked into a busy chart, closely aligned with the distant planet Sedna and some other telling minor planets. Yet it’s also happening as Mars makes contact with some potent, society-defining slow movers elsewhere in the sky — and as Venus and Uranus are urging you to shake up relationship routines…gently.

Evolutions of the Heart

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Even though Venus has not yet entered Taurus — its own sign — to resonate with the Sun, it figures prominently in this week’s primary aspects. As Amanda Painter describes, that’s an immediate indication to notice where you’re at in your relationships (especially the ones where love, lust, and other big emotions reign).

Breath and Butterflies, Blue and Beltane

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Photo by Amanda Painter; Orkney, Scotland, 2018.

On Saturday, we have a New Moon right at the midpoint of Taurus — the Beltane zone. Amanda Painter ruminates her way through the recent Sun-Uranus conjunction in Taurus, an intensive voice and breath class, two types of transformation process, and the writings of Rebecca Solnit — eventually tying it all to the New Moon chart.

Dancing on (or with) the Edge: the Libra Full Moon

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Shadow Meeting; photo by Amanda Painter.

Friday Morning is the Libra Full Moon. We human beings can have a hard time being introspective when something is thrust in our face; or when too much is demanding our attention around us. Yet Amanda Painter suggests that one thing this Full Moon appears to be asking for is a high degree of self-awareness — in particular, some self-monitoring of our less-controlled urges.

What We Birth Amidst the Chaos

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“Mystic Mountain,” a detail from the much more extensive Carina Nebula, which astronomers are studying the complicated physical processes that form new stars. Photo by NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

On Saturday, the Aries Sun slides right into the square between Pluto in Capricorn and Eris in Aries. Amanda Painter looks at minor objects in the chart that suggest the interconnected cycles of birth and death. This week’s rumblings may be stirring up some uncertainty and tension — possibly with deep roots, along with great creative potential.

Pairing Up with the Aries New Moon

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Simplified chart section for Friday's Aries New Moon, showing the four pairs of conjunctions. From top: Nessus & Venus, Neptune & Mercury, Vesta & Chiron, Sun & Moon.

Early on Friday the Sun and Moon conjoin in Aries for the Aries New Moon. This is occurring right at the midpoint of the sign, in a rather interesting chart. The sky right now features a strong mix of Aries and Pisces; and while that often occurs at the very beginning of this season, Amanda Painter finds that it’s feeling especially striking this year, thanks to four conjunctions spread across those two signs.

You’re Not Actually About to Float Away

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A giant Pinocchio balloon above the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in Manhattan, probably during the 1930s. Photo by Walter Kelleher / NY Daily News Archive.

Are you feeling like a total space cadet this week? Or maybe like you’re beaming in somebody else’s daydreams? Are your efforts at sensitive, empathetic communication just not landing anywhere near your intended target (especially online conversations)? Amanda Painter considers Mercury’s station direct conjunct Neptune in Pisces in the context of a couple other aspects.