Notice What You Choose, Choose What You Value

By Amanda Painter

With yesterday’s Sun-Mars conjunction in Leo beginning to dissolve, you might notice any restlessness you felt abating. Yet the astrology is still offering reasons to stay aware — particularly regarding any decisions you need to make.

Photo by Amanda Painter

Photo by Amanda Painter

Broadly speaking, this is because we’re gradually approaching a pair of eclipses: a partial lunar eclipse on Aug. 7 (or Aug. 8, depending on time zone), and the total solar eclipse that will track across the U.S. on Aug. 21.

On their own, those eclipses are a good reason to keep moving steadily toward any goals, desires or changes you’re envisioning, so that you might feel better able to go with whatever flow emerges at that time.

Yet, more immediately, some other astrology is speaking up. For one, Mercury entered Virgo (one of the signs it rules) on Tuesday. Just before that, it entered its pre-retrograde shadow (or ‘echo’) phase.

Mercury won’t station retrograde until August 12. That may be two weeks away, but it will go fast — and in my experience, Mercury retrograde in a sign that Mercury rules can feel extra-glitchy, or might be more likely to show its hand during the pre-retro shadow phase. So this is your reminder to begin paying extra attention — to whether you’re staying focused, to your communication and the devices that enable it, to tasks that you tend to complete on autopilot, and so on.

Notice also that Mercury will station retrograde between the two eclipses, just a few days after the partial lunar eclipse and Full Moon in Aquarius. That to me looks like another good reason to practice staying present with what you’re doing now. You might even consider journaling regularly, because there’s a good chance that between the eclipses you’ll be revisiting — in some form — themes or events or ideas that you’re encountering in these next couple weeks.

If current issues or questions crop up again, it will be within the (potentially) reality-shifting zone between eclipses. You might appreciate having a tangible way to chart your trajectory or to see a broader context at that point.

Speaking of trajectory, Venus in Gemini (another sign Mercury rules) is encountering some interesting planets this week. This is another reason for staying aware; though in this case, it’s less about sending an email to the wrong address or forgetting an appointment you just made, and more about tracking your relationship choices and your guiding values.

Venus began the week opposite Saturn, which can be read as pitting desire against duty. Tomorrow Venus opposes Pholus and the Galactic Core in Sagittarius. Sunday, Venus squares Chiron in Pisces.

You may be finding yourself confronting the consequences of choices you’ve made in your quest for spiritual growth or freedom. That does not mean that your choices are or were necessarily ‘wrong’ — at least not in terms of your soul’s path, your karma, the healing you need or needed to pursue. It does, however, mean that there’s a moment of confrontation, reconciliation and/or negotiation at hand.

That might be entirely within yourself; it might involve a confrontation of some sort with someone else. Either way, the astrology seems to be describing the recognition of, and a reckoning with, what looks like two sets of values (on one side) and on the other side, far-reaching consequences and a mandate for soul growth.

As you navigate any situation fitting that description, Venus square Chiron could be creating a little tension of its own. This is the kind of stress that benefits from taking clear action oriented on moving forward and integrating. What needs to shift in your love relationships?

Specifically, what would it take for you to bring the concept of ‘loving’ down from the level of ideas and actually connect it to how you engage with every person, and every situation you encounter, in a way that is both emotionally grounded and spiritually clear?

I’m not saying this is easy. I am saying that astrology is continually showing us ways to adjust, flow, act, grow, heal, learn and integrate; if there’s a lesson we’re having a particularly hard time learning, we’ll keep getting reminders in various forms to move us along that path — if we’re willing to listen. Noticing when you’re running more than one system of values, and bringing them in line with each other, is just one. And it’s a step that is sure to serve you well when those eclipses come rolling through next month.



5 thoughts on “Notice What You Choose, Choose What You Value

  1. Glen Young

    Wesley Snipes’ Debut Novel Explores Damnation And Salvation was on Tuesday, Jul 25 2017 The acclaimed actor’s new book is fantasy fiction with heavy religious themes. Mars ingress of Leo, with the two moons Phobus (fear) and Deimos (terror), this interview gave me some much needed inspiration. Also, thanks to Sue Edward for her very wise advice to stop and take 3 breaths. Len Wallick for the revealing look into the esoteric mutual reception of the Earth in Aquarius, in mutual reception to Saturn in Sagittarius; which he shares with us with much grace and service. Needless to say another well done Planet Waves FM by dj-efc. And, yes Amanda, its not easy, such is soul growth, not the see the reflections of oneself in others. Thanks for the navigational tips (I can see myself). Peace & Love.

    1. Amanda Painter Post author

      Grateful to know you find it all helpful, Glen! For sure, our reflections as seen in others are valuable, but often challenging lessons.

  2. Sue Edwards

    I’d like to thank everyone for inspiration to ponder.

    Glen, I celebrate with you that we’re now beginning to take a real look at the roots of our belief systems. When I did, I discovered none of it make any sense. It could not be integrated in understanding and then lived. But we could sure try.

    Man was made in Gods image, it was said and written. So unless God was a dumb-ass, there was no reason for me to be. ‘God’ (source, etc) gave me an Ever Loving Mind and I was out of it.

    That’s the point of fear and terror. They’re not Heart centered emotions.

    The whole idea of idea of damnation is that it is in conflict with the very principle of “Whole” and Unity. Drawing a line of exclusion, based upon character deficits, the Whole is divided into parts. As parts were created, so did we create conflict.

    We’ve forgotten that we are all parts of the Whole. Eric mentioned it in his broadcast when giving the example of what do we desire? Self interest or altruism? To me, it was an unnecessary conflict to try to resolve. Each “self” is a part of the Whole. What benefits the part benefits the whole. The Whole is not benefited through the negation of any part but is made less. Thus making every part made lesser.

    All That Is means all that Is, Was and Will Ever Be. Whether it is mentioned as the Gate to Heaven or the Gate to Hell, the problem is the “damn” gate to begin with that swings both ways according to whim.

    Unconditional Love is an Immaculate Concept. To me, I understand this to be the tone of the Universal.

    To maintain its Purity and efficacy, there are NO exclusions. Love is not limited; Understanding is not limited;Acceptance is not limited; Tolerance is not limited.

    Maybe the mutual reception Glen wrote about has something to do with being Responsible (Saturn) for our beliefs (Sagittarius)? Maybe if I didn’t choose to believe in ideas that were in conflict with the Universe, it wouldn’t be mirroring so much conflict back to me?

    I played as a game with my self. I set a goal to see how much I could embrace in Life, understanding that what I could not Understand, Accept and have Compassion for, in another, was what I didn’t understand, accept and have compassion for, about my self. In order to become a humanitarian, I had to learn how to Love and Accept the human in me.

    1. Amanda Painter Post author

      “So unless God was a dumb-ass, there was no reason for me to be.”

      Ha! Sue, you just made me laugh out loud. Thank you for that — and, it’s an excellent point.

  3. Sue Edwards

    Happy to share a smile!

    I simply found the very idea of idolizing an “limited unlimited” or an “impotent omnipotence” to be senseless. Why would I choose a deficit as a God, an Ideal? (Though it would be an easy goal to achieve.)

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