Entering the Eclipse Zone with Pluto

Posted by Amanda Painter

It might look like they're about to step off the edge, but they're not. Photo by Amanda Painter.

Tonight is the Cancer New Moon, exact at 10:48 pm EDT (02:48 UTC Friday). But it’s not just a New Moon: it is also a partial solar eclipse. Not only that, it’s an eclipse opposite Pluto in Capricorn. Amanda Painter explores some of the themes for tonight’s eclipse chart, which begins a three-eclipse month.

In Your Face or In Your Flow

Posted by Amanda Painter

Coriander flowers, with salpiglossis in the background. Photo by Amanda Painter

There are seemingly opposite forces at work today, at least in terms of tone and temperament. As Amanda Painter explains, there’s some astrology offering a relaxed and possibly empathetic or idealistic vibe; on the other hand, that could take a backseat to more confrontational and entrenched interactions, depending on your personality and social context.

After the Full Moon: Ceres, Mercury, Juno Change Signs

Posted by Amanda Painter

Photo by Amanda Painter

Most likely, by the time you read this, the Capricorn Full Moon will be separating and its energy easing; though we’re still getting used to Mars retrograde in Aquarius. There’s still a lot to feel edgy and overwhelmed by in this world. Yet in the next few days, we’ll also get some shifts in tone that may help you to tap into a sense of what you can do.

Remembering How to Care on the Cancer Solstice

Posted by Amanda Painter

Excerpt from "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus; photo of a mural in Phoenix, Arizona.

Today is the Cancer solstice: the day when the Sun ingresses Cancer. As Amanda Painter writes, this year, two of the strongest themes of Cancer certainly are at the forefront of U.S. consciousness: taking care (or not), and emotions/sensitivity. There’s also an interesting Venus-Mars opposition as Mars prepares to station retrograde.

What’s New with You?

Posted by Amanda Painter

Crescent Moon two days after last month's Taurus New Moon, viewed from the Kristin Linklater Voice Center in Orkney, Scotland. Photo by Amanda Painter.

As we emerge from yesterday’s Gemini New Moon and whatever you experienced with it, the theme of “new” appears to be carrying forward. Questions you might ask yourself include “Where in my life do I need something new?” Venus in Leo square Uranus in Taurus is pushing the issue; a Mercury-Saturn opposition heightens the thinking and feeling.

We’re All Survivors These Days

Posted by Amanda Painter

The Ring of Brodgar, Neolithic standing stones thought to have been erected between 2500 BC and 2000 BC, in Orkney, Scotland. Photo by Amanda Painter.

Today’s intellectual environment is like a twisted version of the show Survivor, with documented facts getting voted off the island each week, among other similarities. Amanda Painter sees this metaphor in this week’s astrology, which features the centaur Asbolus and also suggests a way through.

Wading Through the Weekend

Posted by Amanda Painter

View of Sakill Bay, Orkney, Scotland, from the Kristin Linklater Voice Center. Photo by Amanda Painter.

Despite the focus on fire and air earlier this week with Tuesday’s Full Moon, there’s an emphasis on the water signs as we head into the weekend: a grand trine featuring Venus in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. If you had to pick a watery metaphor for the general feel of your life this week, what would it be?

Tilling the Ground

Posted by Amanda Painter

Post-pussywillows; photo by Amanda Painter.

We’re in a week marked by movement and an impulse toward something new: on Tuesday, we had the Taurus New Moon, and Uranus entered Taurus; yesterday Mars entered Aquarius, and formed a square to Uranus. Amanda Painter takes a closer look at the adjustment phase for these planets in their new signs, since we’ll get an echo of this energy later in the year.