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.
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.
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.
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.
On Saturday, we have the Scorpio Full Moon tucked into a busy chart, closely aligned with the distant planet Sedna and some other telling minor planets. Yet it’s also happening as Mars makes contact with some potent, society-defining slow movers elsewhere in the sky — and as Venus and Uranus are urging you to shake up relationship routines…gently.
Even though Venus has not yet entered Taurus — its own sign — to resonate with the Sun, it figures prominently in this week’s primary aspects. As Amanda Painter describes, that’s an immediate indication to notice where you’re at in your relationships (especially the ones where love, lust, and other big emotions reign).
On Saturday, we have a New Moon right at the midpoint of Taurus — the Beltane zone. Amanda Painter ruminates her way through the recent Sun-Uranus conjunction in Taurus, an intensive voice and breath class, two types of transformation process, and the writings of Rebecca Solnit — eventually tying it all to the New Moon chart.
Friday Morning is the Libra Full Moon. We human beings can have a hard time being introspective when something is thrust in our face; or when too much is demanding our attention around us. Yet Amanda Painter suggests that one thing this Full Moon appears to be asking for is a high degree of self-awareness — in particular, some self-monitoring of our less-controlled urges.