Navigating an Impressionistic Sea

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Amanda Painter uses the metaphor of an outrigger canoe navigating the open ocean to explore this week’s astrology. A series of Virgo planets opposing Neptune and squaring Jupiter constitutes the main event, though Saturn is lending some stability and practicality amidst the dreams and fog.

Welcome to the Movie Theater of Your Mind

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Still from Alfonso Cuaron's film Roma.

Amanda Painter takes another look at Friday’s New Moon in Virgo — which features several planets and points opposite Neptune in Pisces — through the lens of a particular image: people collected together in a movie theater, watching a film being projected onto a screen.

Solar Virgo: What Will You Harvest?

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Bumblebee on a bachelor's button; photo by Amanda Painter.

Tomorrow the Sun enters Virgo. Amanda Painter explores how, along with the literal harvest of vegetables, grains and fruits, the sheaves of wheat in the arms of the Virgo virgin also symbolize “the wisdom that is harvested in the fields of experience.”

Aquarius Full Moon (and Friends)

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Mercury leaves its post-retrograde shadow phase this morning, freeing up thought patterns and communication just in time for today’s Full Moon in Aquarius. As Amanda Painter suggests, even as the Moon moves along, the Sun and Venus will still be offering warm, heartfelt social vibes for a few days while Mercury gets sparked up.

Jupiter Stations Direct in Sagittarius

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On Sunday, Jupiter will station direct in Sagittarius. Amanda Painter suggests it might be helpful to ask yourself some questions in these days to help reorient on where you feel drawn to expand and move forward. Neptune and the Great Attractor in contact with Jupiter add their own spin to the process.

Three Leo Aspects and Mercury Direct in Cancer

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Mercury stationed direct last night in late Cancer, just after the Leo New Moon. It will take a few days for Mercury to sort itself out, though. Amanda Painter asks what you’ve learned and what you’re doing with it, and covers some of the weekend astrology in this context.

Lighting Up Solar Leo

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On Saturday, Venus joins the Sun in Leo — the sign of kings, though ‘ruling by divine right’ is not really a thing these days, despite how some global leaders behave. Amanda Painter considers this week’s astrology via the power of the Leo Sun to warm and illuminate or scorch everything in its path.

Where We Are Now

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With eclipses now behind us, Mercury retrograde continuing, and Venus making contact with Saturn and Pluto, Amanda Painter asks, where were you coming from, and where do you seem to be heading now? Upcoming aspects and events suggest there’s time to make course corrections, and possibly more information to assist in that.