What Hangs in the Balance This Equinox

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Above the edge of the fog bank on Bald Peak in Camden Hills State Park, Maine. Photo by Amanda Painter.

After the Sun and Mercury meet for a conjunction in late Virgo today, they make a tag-team entrance into Libra. Mercury gets there first, ingressing Libra Friday night. Then the Sun follows suit Saturday night equinox. Amanda Painter looks at the objects waiting in the early cardinal signs (Aries Point territory) for this event.

Neptune on My Mind

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Street art in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.* Photo by Amanda Painter

What’s on your mind? Or, perhaps a better question might be: how is your mind behaving this week, especially in response to the unexpected or the unclear? Amanda Painter asks because Mercury in Virgo (a sign it rules) is making some aspects that could well be affecting your thought processes and perception.

From Neptune to the New Moon

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Are you looking around wondering if you can believe what you’re seeing? For many, this has become the norm. Yet Amanda Painter suggests that as we wind down toward the Virgo New Moon on Sunday, your perception of the environment — and how that influences your direct interactions and immediate relationships — could use some attention and discretion.

Back to School with a Handful of Aspects

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Now that Mars is finally direct as of Monday, what have you been able to put in motion? Is there anything you actually feel more uncertain about or stymied by than you did last week? Hopefully you’re enjoying a sense of energy freeing up for use, though as Amanda Painter suggests, it’s possible that this week’s aspects are raising some new questions.

Sun in Virgo, Pisces Full Moon, Mars Direct: Let’s Get On with It

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Seagull photobombs the 2015 Pisces Full Moon; photo by Amanda Painter.

Today the Sun enters Virgo, the last sign of the season, as we approach a Full Moon in Pisces (on Sunday) and Mars stationing direct on Monday. Amanda Painter suggests that if you’re feeling a little bit in flux, or like you’re not quite sure if you’re coming or going, or like your impulses keep switching, these combined events might describe that.

Integration and a Mercury Station

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Although the astrology has been relatively quiet this first week following the eclipse season, Amanda Painter has noticed things still feeling unsettled. Some of that may relate to Mercury and Mars still retrograde but nearing their respective direct stations (Mercury stations on Sunday), along with a post-eclipse integration period.

Between Eclipses, and Finding the Unknown

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On Saturday we come to the last quarter Moon: the Moon in Taurus making a square to the Sun in Leo. This marks the halfway point between the July 27 lunar eclipse in Aquarius, and the corresponding Aug. 11 solar eclipse in Leo. Amanda Painter explores how you can use this energy, even if you’re not sure where you’re heading.