Full Disclosure at 500X Gallery by Sarah Palmeri

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Full Disclosure
500X Gallery Upstairs Project Space
On View: February 16 - March 10, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 16, 2019, 7-10pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 12-5pm

In the exhibit Full Disclosure, visual artists Emily LaCour Olson, Sarah Palmeri, and Michelle Thomas Richardson explore identity through an unapologetically subjective lens, with tactile, emotive works representing common feminine experience. With a contemporary compilation of LaCour's sculptural photo transfers, Palmeri's expressionist collages, and Richardson's intimately detailed drawings, viewers will engage with abstract and symbolic content that transforms the energy of historical, personal, and collective events into icons; the lack of narrative marks the transition of these memories from being remembered to memorialized.

Dallas based Emily LaCour Olson offers delicate photo transfers that contain a compression of ghost like stills from her collected and performed videos from 2017-2018. LaCour then reworks these images into one figurative oil painting. The work explores memory, ritual, witnessing, the role of the woman’s body as an emotive conduit, and the translation of a gesture across mediums.

Sarah Palmeri, a Denver-based visual artist, debuts her new Thread series, which combines used clothing and abstract painting to suggest the existence of multiple Layers of Self and varying levels of identity. Palmeri will also have copies of The Magazine Project’s Reassembled magazines, containing collages made by the artist and community members that confront idealizations of women in the media.

Dallas artist Michelle Thomas Richardson presents her latest drawings which are influenced by contemporary and historical events as well as personal experiences. The exhibition will include work from her ongoing Ruby series, which explores contrary experiences of the woman’s body.

Together, the three artists will create associations between the female body and everyday space while inviting dialogue about shared sensory emotion, symbolism and meaning.

Emily LaCour Olson: www.emilylacourolson.com @emevlac
Sarah Palmeri: www.sarahpalmeri.com @darlene_in_denver
Michelle Thomas Richardson: www.michellethomasrichardson.com @mtrichardson.studio

The Magazine Project participating in Art Drop Denver by Sarah Palmeri

Palmeri's The Magazine Project will be participating tomorrow in #artdropdenver ! These two magazine collages will be planted in magazine stands in the Denver Theater District bright and early in the morning and will be FREE to the first person that finds them! These portraits include contemporary artist Anish Kapoor and fashion designer Rick Owens, so stay tuned to Instagram and Facebook tomorrow for hints on where you can find these artworks. Learn more about The Magazine Project at themagazineproject.com 💫

Palmeri's collages titled  Anish  and  Rick I were  made with oil pastels on the pages of fashion magazine in 2015.

Palmeri's collages titled Anish and Rick I were made with oil pastels on the pages of fashion magazine in 2015.

The Magazine Project at the University of New Mexico - Taos by Sarah Palmeri

For Immediate Release


WHAT: Denver artist Sarah Palmeri teams up with Santa Fe curatorial project to present The Magazine Project at UNM-Taos. The exhibition explores feminine identity through the lens of mass communication and abstraction. Palmeri uses this platform to experiment with various drawing methods that confront idealizations of women in advertising. Palmeri invites the public to create magazine collages over the course of the exhibition.

WHEN: The Magazine Project opens with a reception on Thursday, April 5 from 5-7 pm and runs through May 4.

WHERE: UNM-Taos Atrium Gallery, 1157 County RD 110, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557.

CONTACT: Jordan Eddy, Alex Gill & Kyle Farrell, strangersartcollective@gmail.com. Sarah Stolar, UNM-Taos Art Department Chair, sstolar@unm.edu.


Taos, NM—Imagine an artist perched atop a newsstand, scribbling across magazine covers with vivid pastels. Sarah Palmeri’s installation piece The Magazine Project instantly conjures that radical visual, with reproductions of marked-up magazine pages arranged in staggering grids. The Denver artist is determined to seize the imagery typically wielded by mass media and flip the script. She sends advertising vernacular on a collision course with abstraction in this immersive exploration of contemporary feminine identity. Palmeri collaborates with Santa Fe curatorial project Strangers Collective to present The Magazine Project at UNM-Taos, the second stop on a national tour for the installation. The exhibition opens in the UNM-Taos Atrium Gallery on Thursday, April 5 from 5-7 pm.

From Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman, artists have adopted and subverted mass media aesthetics for generations. Now, creators who grew up in the bright glare of the Digital Age are taking a crack at it—and they’re perfectly suited to the challenge. “Contemporary art is so much about social practice and engaging a community, and that is what mass media has done for ages,” says Palmeri. “Advertising has this incredible accessibility going for it, but I think art can use the same tools to expose entrenched cultural frameworks.”

Palmeri is a trained painter who got the idea for The Magazine Project when she started an experimental series of pastel drawings on magazine pages. “I was working with this idea of reclaiming your identity, in the way that graffiti artists tag space to take it back,” Palmeri says. “I wasn’t vandalizing these images of people, I was shielding or armoring them.” She used the drawings as studies for a larger series of abstract, mixed-media paintings on canvas, but puzzled over what to do with the original images. By making high quality reproductions of the works and arranging them in grids, she directed tsunamis of serial imagery for a powerful new purpose.

“The intent of mass media is this manipulative gender stereotyping,” says Palmeri. “To be the best man or woman, you should have this and look like this. The difference of intention in this project is that it’s challenging you to be self-reflective, to understand yourself and your relationship to other people.” The project sent Palmeri on a soul search about her own notions of gender, and the longer she looked, the more intricate her understanding became. Through the language of abstraction, she found a vibrant spectrum of gender that was in stark contrast to the broad strokes she’d been taught. “I grew up in a little town an hour outside of Baton Rouge, where we had a Piggly Wiggly and a stoplight,” she says. “I realized at a certain point how I’ve been put in this straitjacket: ‘You’re a girl, you’re so fragile, let other people take care of that.’ No, I’m capable of doing all of those things despite what you think women can or should do.”

Palmeri hopes to inspire similar meditations from her audience: in addition to the installation, she’ll set up a table in the space with art supplies and magazines for visitors to make their own works. Participants can submit their art at themagazineproject.com for potential inclusion in a future edition of Reassembled, the show’s companion magazine. The publication examines the role arts and advertising play in creating social change. Palmeri unveiled the first issue at the inaugural showing of The Magazine Project, in Denver’s Understudy art space in February 2018. She plans to tour The Magazine Project to five cities across the nation (Santa Fe and New Orleans shows are in the works), with additional issues of Reassembled emerging as the archive grows.

Palmeri teamed up with Strangers Collective to produce the UNM-Taos version of The Magazine Project. She’s been a member of the Santa Fe-based emerging artists group since 2015, when she was living in Santa Fe, and has exhibited in a number of their group exhibitions. Three of her paintings appear in their current exhibition Mirror Box at form & concept gallery in the Santa Fe Railyard. This is Palmeri’s first solo show with the collective, and also represents the group’s Taos debut. “Sarah’s project is conceptually sound enough to maintain these powerful contradictions, which is really exciting,” says Jordan Eddy, co-director of Strangers Collective. “It’s figurative and abstract, painterly and photographic, one artist’s broadcast and a grassroots collaboration with hundreds of people.”


Sarah Palmeri graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts from Louisiana State University in 2011, where she studied mass communication and studio art. She has worked with Think 360 Arts for Learning since early 2016, an arts education nonprofit that integrates the arts in schools and community centers around Colorado. Her work has been exhibited in Ann Arbor, Baton Rouge, Denver, Key West, Los Angeles, Taos, Santa Fe, and San Francisco, and she has been a member of Strangers Art Collective of Santa Fe, NM since 2015. Sarah is currently is living and working in Denver, Colorado.

TOMORROW - Opening Reception of Mirror Box by Strangers Art Collective by Sarah Palmeri


Mirror Box


A group exhibition by
Strangers Collective
at form & concept

form & concept
435 S. Guadalupe St.
February 23 - April 14, 2018

Opening Reception: 
Friday, February 23, 5-8 pm

Read a preview on Santa Fe Arts Journal.

RSVP & Learn More.


Kevin Bond, Derek Chan, Kyle Farrell, Alex Gill, Erin Gould, Julia Haywood, Chaz John, Kat Kinnick, Shannon Latham, Ariana Lombardi, Emily Mason, Nate Massé, Drew MC, David O’Brien, Josh Palmeri, Sarah Palmeri, Alicia Piller, Julie Slattery, Dion Valdez, Emmaly Wiederholt, Ona Yopack


Liz Brindley, Caryn Crimmel, Jordan Eddy, Pascal Emmer, Jess Haring, Katie Johnson, Israel Francisco Haros Lopez, Amanda Malloy & David McCarty, Erin Mickelson, Erica Nguyen, Yvette Serrano & Ryan Dennison, Bucket Siler, Emmaly Wiederholt, Rachelle Woods, Michael Wilson

Mirror Box Events

Opening Reception:
 Friday, 2/23, 5-8 pm
Curator & Artist TalkSaturday, 3/17, 2-3 pm
Zine ReadingSaturday, 4/7, 3-4 pm
Closing Performance by Emmaly Wiederholt: Saturday, 4/14, 7 pm 

Download the full press packet:
Strangers Collective: MIRROR BOX

The Magazine Project Opening Reception by Sarah Palmeri

Visual Artist Sarah Palmeri’s “The Magazine Project” Opens February 3 at Denver Theatre District’s Understudy
WHAT: Visual artist Sarah Palmeri’s "The Magazine Project," to be exhibited at Denver Theatre District’s Understudy, explores feminine identity through the lens of mass communication and abstraction. Palmeri uses this platform to experiment with various drawing methods that confront idealizations of women in advertising. Her installation will include a mural of magazine collages and figurative light sculptures. Palmeri invites the public to create magazine collages during open studio days. See times below. 

WHEN: February 3-16, open studio days are Feb. 3, 8, 10 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening reception is Saturday, Feb. 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
WHERE: Denver Theatre District’s Understudy, located at the Colorado Convention Center at 890 C 14th St. 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: In early 2018, "The Magazine Project" will publish the first volume of “Reassembled,” a collection of these collages, reassembled and reprinted in magazine format. This publication examines how the arts and advertising can contribute to addressing social change. A portion of the first volume’s sales will be donated to The Family Tree, a Denver nonprofit providing innovative, life-changing services designed to end child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. 
Palmeri graduated with a BFA in fine arts from Louisiana State University in 2011, where she studied mass communications and studio art. She has worked with Think 360 Arts for Learning, an arts education nonprofit that integrates arts in schools and community centers around Colorado, since early 2016. Palmeri has exhibited her work in Ann Arbor, Baton Rouge, Denver, Key West, Los Angeles, Taos, Santa Fe and San Francisco and has been a member of Strangers Art Collective in Santa Fe since 2015. 
Understudy is a first-of-its-kind arts and culture experimental space where artists and creative groups can create and share art in a 700-square-foot free space. 

The Denver Theatre District enlivens a 16-block area of downtown Denver through interactive, immersive and experimental art and culture events and experiences. It provides creatives with a downtown platform and financial support for sharing their work. The DTD is a private non-profit funded through a revenue share collected from advertising on static and LED screens located throughout the District.


Taurus Rising by Sarah Palmeri

You're Not Dead , oil and acrylic on panel, 18 x 18 inches, 2015

You're Not Dead, oil and acrylic on panel, 18 x 18 inches, 2015

Taurus medicine is slow. Steady. Solid. Stubborn. Taurus knows how to be an anchor. For everyone else. For every budding project. For every burgeoning thing.

Taurus isn’t going anywhere.

It knows that right here is the place to be. It knows how to attract good things to it. Ruled by Venus, this sign reigns supreme in fertility. Generosity. Warmth. Ability to magnetize what it wants. Taurus knows that there is great beauty, wisdom and abundance to be experienced when we learn how to let things live. In their own way. In their own time. Taurus has the patience of the Cosmic Parent. Able to love with great awareness of the time it takes to learn life’s lessons. It feels no need to rush its children, friends, lovers or self. It knows there is no “there” to get to.

Only this moment to enjoy.

Taurus is a medicine much needed when overwhelmed. Anxious. Nervous. Insecure. It reminds us to find something simple to anchor our life in. Skin on skin. Honey on lips. Hand in hand.

Taurus reminds us to find some simple pleasure to worship. The sway of a tree branch. The sway of a hip. The act of being swayed by love in all its forms.

Taurus teaches us that anything we wish to bring into form benefits greatly from a little more of our presence. A little more of our attention. A little more patience for its process.

The moon, exalted in Taurus, is comfortable. Cozy. Concerned with securing its needs and producing what can create nourishment for the multitudes.

This full moon sends a trine to Pluto, reminding us of the power of laying one brick at a time. It also sends a sextile to Neptune, encouraging us to connect to something larger than ourselves.

The ego is constantly trying to convince us that we are in control. That we are in this alone. That we are at the center of all things. But this full moon asks us to remember to share our problems so that others can share their solutions.

Who or what holds your problems with you? What great force of creativity, generosity and spirit can you call on when life gets overwhelming? How can you remind yourself that you are not in this alone? That solutions are constantly seeking you through others. Through meditation. Through movement. Prayer. The power of nature.

This world’s pain is too much to hold on our own.

The boons of this full moon encourage us to validate what in our lives is sustainable. What is an eternal, steady source of nourishment. What rock do we have to lean on and how can we remind ourselves to lean on it.

On the same day as the full moon, Venus, the ruler of this full moon, ends up in a stark opposition to Uranus. This is the same point at which the last new moon occurred. This lends a slightly discordant tone to the day. One that asks us to do something differently than we usually do. Taurus can get stuck, sloth-like, and stubborn to the point of its own demise. Venus’s opposition asks us to break from the rhetoric that impedes our creative intelligence. So that we are constantly orientating ourselves towards what is possible. What is seeking us. What is awaiting our attention.

We cannot hold the world on our own, but we can hold one tiny and incredibly significant part of its becoming. The full moon asks us to slow down enough to reconnect with that truth. 

-Chani Nicolas

A Quiet Sense of Freedom by Sarah Palmeri

   Golden Glove, 60 x 48 inches, acrylic, oil, and spray paint on canvas, 2017


Golden Glove, 60 x 48 inches, acrylic, oil, and spray paint on canvas, 2017

In the song "Hallelujah," Leonard Cohen writes, "Love is not a victory march, it's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah." Love is a form of vulnerability and if you replace the word love with vulnerability in that line, it's just as true. From calling a friend who's experienced a terrible tragedy to starting your own business, from feeling terrified to experiencing liberation, vulnerability is life's great dare. It's life asking, "Are you all in? Can you value your own vulnerability as much as you value it in others?" Answering yes to these questions is not weakness: It's courage beyond measure. It's daring greatly. And often the result of daring greatly isn't a victory march as much as it is a quiet sense of freedom mixed with a little battle fatigue.


-Brene Brown, Daring Greatly

Fear is not failure. by Sarah Palmeri

Photo of graffiti, June 2015, Berlin

Photo of graffiti, June 2015, Berlin


Fear is not a failure. It’s the way to deeper participation. 

Transformation is a process of decay, of breaking down, and ultimately the growth of something new.

With courage and compassion, self-awareness brings opportunities to face those mortal fears, those dirty bodily truths, and those emotional frailities that tend to get washed over by the waking ego and its quest for positivity and bliss.

Read more here.

Golden by Sarah Palmeri

Golden  , 12.5 x 8 inches, oil on fashion magazine paper, 2017

Golden , 12.5 x 8 inches, oil on fashion magazine paper, 2017

I claim my home. I claim my body. I claim my space. I allow myself to exist. I call myself into this moment. This body. This place. Tenderly. Forcefully. Decidedly.

I do not leave myself hanging. Floating. Floundering around.

I build home out of each act of self-love I commit. I build home each time I stick to the boundaries that I have set for myself. I build home each time I address myself with kindness.

I make a practice out of speaking to myself in ways that remind me of the power that I do have. I make a practice out of speaking to myself in ways that remind me that I always find the  solutions that I seek. I make a practice out of speaking to myself in ways that evoke my agency no matter the environment I am in.

I cast spells of self-actualization. So that I am not asleep to my own potential. So that I am not afraid of my own power. So that I am reminded of the promise that is deep within me, the promise to awaken through my efforts, through my work and through the connections that encourage me to heal. 

Horoscope for Taurus Rising, July 2017 New Moon in Leo, by Chani Nicholas

No. 16: Enthusiasm by Sarah Palmeri

Twenty Seven, spray paint, acrylic paint, oil stick and charcoal on canvas, 64" x 60", 2017

Proper enthusiasm opens every door.

Improper enthusiasm is fueled by the desires of the ego. People often desire recognition, wealth, power or freedom from difficulty. Such desires can become so great that we will do anything to achieve them. Our energy rises as we widely pursue our goal, but this unruly and egotistical enthusiasm inevitably leads us into incorrect and imbalanced behavior and into misfortune.

Proper enthusiasm, on the other hand, is fueled by a devotion to attaining and expressing inner balance and inner truth. When your aim is not to influence others or to satisfy your ego but to follow the guidance of the Higher Power in all that you do, you acquire another kind of energy: a balanced and bottomless eagerness for living in step with what is right and good. In this there is true power and true grace.

The I Ching

Dearest Fear by Sarah Palmeri

Swamp Tour , 12 x 8.5 inches, oil on fashion magazine paper, 2017

Swamp Tour, 12 x 8.5 inches, oil on fashion magazine paper, 2017

Dearest Fear,

Creativity and I are about to go on a road trip together. I understand you'll be joining us, because you always do. I acknowledge that you believe you have an important job to do in my life, and that you take your job seriously. Apparently your job is to induce complete panic whenever I'm about to do anything interesting- and, may I say, you are superb at your job. So by all means, keep doing your job, if you feel you must. But I will also be doing my job on this road trip, which is to work hard and stay focused. And Creativity will be doing its job, which is to remain stimulating and inspiring. There's plenty of room in this vehicle for all of us, so make yourself at home, but understand this: Creativity and I are the only ones who will be making any decisions along the way. I recognize and respect that you are part of this family, and so I will never exclude you from our activities, but still- your suggestions will never be followed. You're allowed to have a seat, and you're allowed to have a voice, but you are not allowed to have a vote. You're not allowed to touch the road maps; you're not allowed to suggest detours; you're not allowed to fiddle with the temperature. You're not even allowed to touch the radio. But above all else, my dear old familiar friend, you are absolutely forbidden to drive.


-Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

SPAM Poems, No. 2 by Sarah Palmeri

Chamiza , Sarah Palmeri, acrylic and oil on canvas, 64 x 64 inches, 2016

Chamiza, Sarah Palmeri, acrylic and oil on canvas, 64 x 64 inches, 2016

Trucks that have a transponder system of the curve ahead could save
over 2200 lives.

We are working, but actually excited to start our day.

The contribution of this industry to the total GDP bangs-up to suit your needs, accidentally and professionally.

I've been cautious to grease the palms, to initiate contact in these ways for fear of rejection - a common
excuse for avoiding assertions!

Ont profité de sa relation avec le
fonctionnement sexuel.

The creative strategy guides and directs.

SPAM Poems, No. 1 by Sarah Palmeri

Southwestern Junior College, No. 4,  Sarah Palmeri, 11 x 9 inches, 2015

Southwestern Junior College, No. 4, Sarah Palmeri, 11 x 9 inches, 2015

It was an uphill battle. Few people used them, and the Internet itself was
still limited by volume of water. It was always dosed by a proportioning pump.

The durability with the Tory Burch Flats shoes are another major consideration that must be considered. Simply have a few pairs of Tory Burch Flats (sale) that you'll be wearing constantly.
Whether you ultimately choose leather or rubber soles, you'd like to experience an excellent sole.
Inspect the budget Tory Burch Flats (Sale) stitching to be sure that it is good.

Max craftsmanship has a different biochemical make-up, even to others with similar conditions.

The onlookers can shout encouragement.

Drive to a major tourist areas in Orlando, Florida (non-sale).

Addressing the needs of others,

Two Perspectives by Sarah Palmeri

TRU , Sarah Palmeri, 16 x 11 inches, oil on magazine spread, 2016

TRU, Sarah Palmeri, 16 x 11 inches, oil on magazine spread, 2016

An excerpt from Form and Feeling by Susanne K. Langer:

The general disorder of our intellectual stock in trade in the realm of aesthetics is further aggravated by the fact that there are two opposite perspectives from which every work of art may be viewed: that of its author and that of its spectators (or hearers, or readers, as the case may be). One perspective presents it as an expression, the other as an impression. From the former standpoint one naturally asks: "What moves an artist to compose his work, what goes into it, what (if anything) does he mean by it?" From the latter, on the other hand, the immediate question is: "What do works of art do, or mean, to us?" This question is the more usual, even in serious theoretical thought, because more people are beholders of art than makers of it, and this counts for philosophers as well as any unselected public. Most aestheticians can treat the problem of artistic impression more authoritatively than that of expression; when they talk about the moods and inspirations of artists, or speculate on the sources and motives of any particular work, they leave the straight and narrow path of intellectual conscience and often let a quite irresponsible fancy roam.


Inertia by Sarah Palmeri

Life , Sarah Palmeri, 11 x 8.5 inches, family photograph on paper, 2012

Life, Sarah Palmeri, 11 x 8.5 inches, family photograph on paper, 2012

Moon in Cancer

This is the most subjective position of the Moon. The Moon is "at home" in the sign of Cancer, as the Moon is the natural ruler of the sign. Moon in Cancer natives have a large potential to be able to get in touch with the feelings and moods of others. Often, they are quite wrapped up in themselves. Their memories of the past are outstanding, especially for all things emotional. Moon in Cancer people are never detached--they cling to things, their home, and people they care for. They seek out security and familiarity in all they do. They look for peace and quiet. Their attachment to all that is safe means they are a little leery of change. These peace-loving souls dislike superficiality in all of its forms. They are devoted and accommodating. The insecure ones accumulate things in an attempt to feel secure. 

Because of their strong attachment to, and memory of, the past, others may complain that Moon in Cancer natives tend to whip a dead horse. They may dwell on hurts long after everyone else has moved on. When they feel they have been taken for granted (which may be often!), they don't always confront others directly. This is when they can use roundabout ways to get your attention. In fact, these natives, when they are insecure, can become quite manipulative. They can also be victims of habit. These people can have a hard time compartmentalizing their lives, simply because their watery Moon tends to know no boundaries. Sometimes, as a result, they may act irrationally. 

One of the most delightful characteristics of Moon in Cancer people is their loony sense of humor. These people can be extraordinarily funny. Their moodiness can baffle others, but their unique outlook on life is something most people can appreciate. When treated with tenderness and understanding, Moon in Cancer natives return the favor with warmth and protection. Give them security, and you'll take the crabbiness out of the Crab, at least for awhile. These people are wonderfully dependable overall, despite their occasional mood swings. Make a friend of Moon in Cancer, and you will be taken care of for life

Short description: 

She is likeable and sociable. Very sensitive to environmental conditions and surroundings. She likes home, habits, comfort and her little world. Very caring and protective of loved ones.

Weaknesses: subject to indolence, inertia. She is impressionable and too sensitive. Family problems.

Unconscious Pre-Destination by Sarah Palmeri

Who Rescued Who, Sarah Palmeri, 30 x 30 inches, mixed media on panel, 2016.

Who Rescued Who, Sarah Palmeri, 30 x 30 inches, mixed media on panel, 2016.

499 Conjunction Sun - Venus

Social relationships are extremely important to you. You are generally charming with an easy-going manner. It is generally quite important to you that you are personally popular, to come across in a pleasant way, and to be liked and appreciated. Sometimes, vanity is part of the package. Venus is a peace-making, harmony-loving planet, and those with Sun conjunct Venus do their best to seek peace and harmony. You are diplomatic and a veritable expert at smoothing over (and sometimes glossing over) problems. You are openhanded with others, tolerant and accepting. When expressed negatively, you can be superficial and two-faced, and you can be very much tied up with appearances--your own, and sometimes others'. You might be too agreeable, too pleasant (at the expense of honesty), and downright lazy at times. You have a fine eye for style and enjoy pleasing surroundings. You generally dress well and enjoy a certain amount of luxury. You are gracious, romantic, and sometimes romantically impulsive. You tend to rely on the power of attraction to bring people to you, rather than aggressively pursuing love interests. There is some vanity involved here--you are most attracted to people who express interest in you, or who respond well to your charms! You are not the type of person who overtly pursues people who appear to be indifferent to you. You are not competitive in the aggressive sense of the word, and you are not someone who loves a good chase. Instead, you work your charms and draw people to you. Your ability to attract others (Venus) is very much tied up with your ego (Sun). Because Venus rules all things feminine, both sexes with this aspect tend to be quite attractive. 

177 Sextile Sun - Mars

You are enterprising and have powerful stores of energy that you can draw upon when needed. You respond to problems or challenges with a spirited and enthusiastic confidence that is admirable. You are naturally competitive, and this trait is generally well-received by others simply because it is unforced, unaffected, and sincere. You truly believe in fair play, and you seem to be in love with life. When you are expressing competitiveness and courage, it's easy for others to smile and accept these traits as positive ones rather than being rubbed the wrong way. You have good physical vitality. Although competitive, you are not naturally combative. You may enjoy sports or games that are competitive, but not violent. Breaking the rules of a competitive game is particularly upsetting to you. You are more able than most to control your desires, aggressions, and instincts. You know how to be fair, and you expect others to be fair. As such, sneaky behaviors, uncontrolled impulses, violence, and rage are offensive to you. 

The Moon represents the emotional responses, unconscious pre-destination, and the self-image.

Needs and Wants by Sarah Palmeri

Open, Sarah Palmeri, 9 x 12 inches, oil on black and white print, 2016.

Open, Sarah Palmeri, 9 x 12 inches, oil on black and white print, 2016.

Sun in XII

You have a tendency to be introspective and need some space and seclusion in order to pull up your strength. You may avoid the spotlight, and if you do find yourself in a public role, you tend to hide your true self behind that role! Because your will is directed inwards, you need to find a path for yourself that allows you to "get away from it all" at least some of the time. Honor your need to be alone with yourself, but avoid over-identifying with your inner world to the point that you truly feel alone in a crowd. You shine when you serve others in some way. Your compassion sets you apart from others, but try to work with it rather than let your compassion work against you by reinforcing your own sense of loneliness. 

-54 Square Sun - Moon

You have an internal struggle between your needs and your wants. You can lack focus and be indecisive as a result. Your ability to be objective is both an asset and a liability, simply because when you decide on one route, you are pulled in another direction at the same time. Something tugs at you, and you begin to question your stance. "But what if..." and "on the other hand..." are statements you can't help but make, and that might plague you. You are always aware of the opposing point of view and the other side of the coin.

119 Conjunction Sun - Mercury

Because your ego and your mind are aligned, you possess much mental energy. You are always in a position to think about what you want, and in many ways, this is an interruption of the will. You are highly intelligent with a great drive to communicate with other. You invest a lot of pride in your intellectual capacities. You may not always listen as well as you speak, however! You might be too busy thinking about what to say next. But you are very curious and although you enjoy expressing yourself, you usually don't dominate conversations completely. As far as studying or learning goes, you are better off reading the material than listening to a teacher. These traits come from a strong need to take an active role in communications. It is very hard for you to passively listen and absorb information. 

Your opinions are usually strong and you are an independent thinker. You tend to be proud of your opinions and thoughts, and might easily get a bruised ego if you are not "heard", if your opinions are pushed aside or ignored, or if your opinions are criticized. You are expressive and possibly a very animated speaker. You are also very witty and others enjoy your playful and sometimes mischievous sense of humor.

Start to Finish by Sarah Palmeri

Red rock, Sarah Palmeri, 18 x 22 inches, oil on paper, 2016.

Red rock, Sarah Palmeri, 18 x 22 inches, oil on paper, 2016.

The Sun represents vitality, a sense of individuality and outward-shining creative energy.

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and Aries natives are the first to start--and the first to finish--whatever they set out to do. Aries is an active, energetic sign. People with Sun in Aries are direct, straightforward, and uncomplicated. They expect the same from others and are baffled when they don't always get it. 

The body comes first with Aries. Sun in Aries people are natural athletes. At the very least, their natural inclination is to use their bodies to get things done. They're not given to long, drawn-out emotional moments; nor are they big on planning ahead. Instead, they live their lives simply. What is happening right now is most important to Aries. Impatience is a definite vice, and innovation is a huge strength. Aries love to start anything new, and they have trouble sitting still. They are pioneers in whatever they do, and there is a very basic quality of bravery in these people that is unmistakable! Aries generally know what they want, and they know the quickest route to getting it. They take shortcuts if they must, but generally, everything is aboveboard. Underhanded just isn't their style. Some Aries people are bold, but even the quieter ones are brave and even plucky in their own way. Independence is their birthright. Nothing gets them going more than a fresh slate, the promise of a new day, and a brand new start.

Aries enjoy a challenge, and Aries Suns are happiest when their lives are moving forward and active. There's a childlike quality to all Aries Sun people, and it's often quite charming. 

She has a strong personality and an entrepreneurial spirit. She is ambitious and self-willed, stubborn, obstinate and tenacious.

Weaknesses: nervousness, impulsiveness, wastefulness, provoking nature, restlessness, and changeability.