Aquarius Full Moon (and Friends)

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Mercury leaves its post-retrograde shadow phase this morning, freeing up thought patterns and communication just in time for today’s Full Moon in Aquarius. As Amanda Painter suggests, even as the Moon moves along, the Sun and Venus will still be offering warm, heartfelt social vibes for a few days while Mercury gets sparked up.

Jupiter Stations Direct in Sagittarius

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On Sunday, Jupiter will station direct in Sagittarius. Amanda Painter suggests it might be helpful to ask yourself some questions in these days to help reorient on where you feel drawn to expand and move forward. Neptune and the Great Attractor in contact with Jupiter add their own spin to the process.

Three Leo Aspects and Mercury Direct in Cancer

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Mercury stationed direct last night in late Cancer, just after the Leo New Moon. It will take a few days for Mercury to sort itself out, though. Amanda Painter asks what you’ve learned and what you’re doing with it, and covers some of the weekend astrology in this context.

Lighting Up Solar Leo

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On Saturday, Venus joins the Sun in Leo — the sign of kings, though ‘ruling by divine right’ is not really a thing these days, despite how some global leaders behave. Amanda Painter considers this week’s astrology via the power of the Leo Sun to warm and illuminate or scorch everything in its path.

Where We Are Now

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With eclipses now behind us, Mercury retrograde continuing, and Venus making contact with Saturn and Pluto, Amanda Painter asks, where were you coming from, and where do you seem to be heading now? Upcoming aspects and events suggest there’s time to make course corrections, and possibly more information to assist in that.

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.