Sun Opposite Pluto: Approaching the Eclipse

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Pluto in Colorized Infrared from "The Rich Color Variations of Pluto" (PIA19952); photo by NASA / Johns Hopkins University APL / Southwest Research Institute / ZLDoyle

How is this Eclipse Zone / Mercury retrograde going for you? This week has been filled with some compelling astrology on the way to the July 16 partial lunar eclipse and Capricorn Full Moon. Amanda Painter considers the role Sunday’s Sun-Pluto opposition plays in this context.

Fireworks or Fireflies? Mercury Stations Retrograde

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LED hula hoop in lieu of fireworks; photo by Amanda Painter

Mercury stations retrograde in Leo this Sunday, July 7. This means that we’re now in the ‘storm’ phase: the two to three days on either side of Mercury stationing retrograde or direct. Amanda Painter considers the chart and cultural timing of this event, and the need to approach the next several days with increased awareness.

Caring in Action: the Cancer Eclipse

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A boy from Honduras is shown being taken into custody by US Border Patrol agents near the US-Mexico Border near Mission, Texas, June 12, 2018. Photo by John Moore

Today’s Sun-Chiron square describes, in part, the collective healing needed to our inner masculine/yang sides. In that context, Amanda Painter looks at the chart for the July 2 Cancer New Moon and solar eclipse, and connects it to the daily assaults on our empathy and capacity to care that are being made by the daily news — particularly the treatment of children at the U.S. border.

Cancer Solstice Calling

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Children dance to music after lunch Wednesday at the Portland (Maine) Expo. Photo by Derek Davis / Portland Press Herald

On Friday, the Sun enters Cancer for the solstice: the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and the beginning of a new season. Amanda Painter considers some of the objects in aspect to the Sun, and how they shape the Aries Point energy of this year’s solstice.

Photographic Proof: Mars and the Sagittarius Full Moon

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Photo by Amanda Painter

We’re in the thick of Mars in Cancer making “the” aspects of the season (and of the year): oppositions to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, which themselves are headed toward a stunning conjunction in January. We’re also building up to a Full Moon in Sagittarius on Monday. Amanda Painter considers the karmic implications of both, and why you might want a camera.

Choice of Movement

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While the Gemini Sun moves into position with Neptune and Jupiter in the mutable signs, Mercury is stirring the pot full of early cardinal-sign planets. Meanwhile Venus and Vesta both change signs this weekend. Amanda Painter considers the types of movement being described and even urged by these aspect patterns, and the choices available in response.

Of Dreams and Everyday Miracles: Gemini New Moon

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Black-lit hallway of the San Juan Water and Beach Club hotel, Puerto Rico. Photo by Amanda Painter.

The Moon is currently waning toward a conjunction with the Sun near mid-Gemini: the Gemini New Moon, which occurs on June 3. Amanda Painter suggests that it may help to focus us on the more subtle ways our perception can work; such as how what’s on the periphery of consciousness in more than one way can offer keys to our greater self-understanding.

Mars, Chiron and You

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As Mars makes its way through Cancer, and thus through a series of potent aspects to many of the planets defining current life, it reaches a key marker today: its exact square to Chiron in Aries. As Amanda Painter describes, this is a picture of taking things very personally, indeed — perhaps in ways that could feel challenging, though deepening self-awareness is an option.