The war of the mirrors: Venus opposition Mars at the Quarter Moon

The First Quarter Moon in Taurus occurs always while the Sun is in Aquarius, a critical time in the yearly Sun-Moon’s cycle, when emotional attachments and need for good old fashion security (Taurus Moon) seem to be at odds with the drive for a more independent life outside intimate and familiar relationships (Aquarius Sun). To make this conflict more obvious this year an opposition Venus-Mars falls very close to this phase. On February 1 or 2 (depending where you happen to be in the world) Venus in Pisces approaches the opposition to Mars in direct motion while Mars also applies to the same aspect in retro motion. This is a more significant coming together than a regular aspect when the swifter planet only forms the required angle. In this case they both do.

This is a typical attraction/repulsion transit: we want to relate, we may even feel that it is very important at this time to relate well, exchanging ideas and feelings, but there may be too much projection, too many mirrors, held by everyone, blinding us to the fact that what we see in others (antagonists, lovers, friends) is an exaggerated reflection of our own complexes, those emotional responses that we are not in the habit of questioning.

There is also a third party here; it is Mercury in semi-square (45 degrees apart from) Venus and in sesqui-square (135 degrees apart from) Mars. This complicates the opposition adding mental inflexibility, with the inability to really listen to what the other is saying, because one is too sure to be ideologically right. Venus in Pisces is favouring a feeling based approach, while Mars in Virgo a more analytical and realistic approach. In the way they view relationships Pisces and Virgo are two worlds apart. Pisces is driven by the desire to merge with the other person, sensually and emotionally, at the cost of losing one’s sense of personal identity. Virgo is instead seeking more an union of minds and practical support in relationships.

This transit will affect all of us in some way, its effect lasting a few days. The individuals more directly aligned to it are Virgo born September 14 to 16, Pisces born March 12 to 14, Gemini born June 12 to 14, and Sagittarius born December 13 to 15. To a lesser degree also Cancer born July 14 to 16, Scorpio born November 14 to 16, Taurus born May 12 to 14, and Capricorn born January 12 to 14. Or anyone with the Moon, any planet, one of the four Angles (Ascendant, Descendant, Mid-Heaven, Lower-Heaven) or the Lunar Nodes around the 21st, 22nd, 23rd degrees of the same Signs.

For all this transit is an opportunity to become more aware of psychological projections. Due to the fact that Mars is moving  backward, this aspect will also bring up old relationship issues, stuff we perhaps thought we dealt with and solved in the past, and that are now instead re-emerging.

So if you find yourself shouting at someone close, during these few days, you may want to look perhaps into the reasons you are both getting so emotional about certain issues. What i it that is making those issues so sensitive? If we were really suddenly aware of the enormity of the projections enacted on both side in our close relationships we would probably be horrified. Ignorance is bliss, as far as projections are concerned. Trouble starts as soon as we become aware, even only partially, of what the other person is allegedly trying to blame us for, to saddle us with. Healing however begins to take place only when we start realizing about our own unconscious projections onto others. It is a war of mirrors.

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