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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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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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.

Echoes of Uranus: Venus Meets Pluto and Eris

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Rosemary in winter; photo by Amanda Painter.

We have one more era-defining planetary sign change this year: Uranus entering Taurus on March 6. So many things seem to be teetering on an edge or hanging by a thread; as Amanda Painter describes, Venus making contact with Pluto and Eris this week may indicate personal-level echoes of recent society-wide events.

Chiron in Aries: Where to Start?

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On Dec. 19 and 20, 2004, the Mars Curiosity rover used its panoramic camera to take the images combined into this mosaic view of itself. During Chiron in Aries, curiosity about, and willingness to explore, who you are may be a good starting place. Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell

Chiron enters Aries on Monday, where it will stay for the next seven years or so; the Sun enters Pisces Monday, too. Amanda Painter considers the themes of self-actualization inherent to both Chiron and the Aries Point, and checks in on a couple of today’s notable aspects.

Working Your Edge: Mars and Uranus

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As you’ve probably noticed, we’re in a rather ‘edgy’ phase of astrology. This could be coming through several ways, though the sense of needing to express something or release energy and not being able to seems common. As Amanda Painter describes, the approaching Mars-Uranus square requires your full awareness.

Venus, Mars and the Ongoing Quest

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The path may be snowed over, but it's still there. Photo by Amanda Painter.

We’re approaching the Aquarius New Moon on Monday, which happens at the midpoint of Aquarius — and therefore at the midpoint of the current season. Yet as Amanda Painter describes, despite the tone of ‘winding down’ that a waning Moon often brings, we’re in the midst of some other astrology that’s urging action and self-expression.