The last few nights, against the darkening glow of the twilight sky, I observed Venus aligned to Mercury and Antares of Scorpio, nicely framed by a little westerly window in our humpy.
It is a rare treat to see elusive Mercury so clear and bright. At the same time Jupiter was rising in the East, last night also accompanied by a big Moon, completing a very special setting.
Venus and Mercury, visibly transiting against the backdrop of the Scorpion constellation, are actually in the Tropical Sign of Sagittarius, Venus having entered this Fire Sign on November 2 and Mercury the day after (to better understand the difference between Tropical and Sidereal Signs please navigate to my TWO ZODIACS TUTORIAL PAGE, here).
The Signs of Scorpio and Sagittarius couldn’t be more different, as it is the case with all Signs following each other on the zodiacal wheel. Each Sign brings its own brand of experiences and wisdom to the planetary function they colour, following an evolutionary spiral toward a more inclusive and holistic awareness. When it is Venus who passes from one Sign to the next, we are given an opportunity to explore novel aspects of love and relationships. In this instance Mercury will remain close to Venus until the middle of November, after that slowing down and becoming stationary retrograde in Sagittarius from November 23.
Venus in Scorpio turned our feelings inward, intensifying them. When Venus is in a Water Sign, and in Scorpio in particular, emotions become tangible things, the whole of life being permeated by them. We learn to swim in the undercurrents of our own psyche and that of the people we are close to. As Venus moves out of Scorpio our feeling should become lighter, our moods more social and outgoing, even adventurous. The presence of Mercury in the same Sign should help Venus along too (they will become exactly conjunct on November 8/9).
All the Fire Signs, Sagittarius, Leo and Aries, and also Gemini (by opposition aspect), and Virgo-Pisces (by square aspect) will be particularly sensitive to this transit of Venus.
Venus in Sagittarius, a Jupiter’s Sign, is now also in Mutual Reception to Jupiter transiting Venus’s own Sign of Taurus. Mutual Reception represents a relationship amongst planets that is not angular or geometrical, like squares or oppositions, but rather based on the affinity certain planets have for certain Signs. A Mutual Reception unites the planets involved in a very intimate way, energetically as it were, in a way that suitably blend one energy with the other, so that the effect of one should not be considered without the other’s.
Viewed this way the passage of Venus through Sagittarius, while Jupiter is in Taurus, may prove perhaps not as adventurous as Sagittarius itself would indicate, because Taurus tends to be a cautious Signs, slow in making decisions, not willing to take too many risks. So a blend of enterprise and caution is here for us to experience, perhaps meaning that we can try something new this month in the area of relationships, love, finance or art (the functions over which Venus presides), without forsaking those values that provide us with emotional and material security. The Fire qualities of impulse, hope, confidence mingle here with the practical and realistic outlook of the Earth Element.
What I wrote in January this year, when Venus was also transiting Sagittarius, can apply to her present transits too, notwithstanding the sobering Jupiter in Taurus’ factor:
“Sagittarius is the most forward looking, optimistic and visionary of all Signs. Under this influence Venus will seek relationships (her function in the psyche) with renewed optimism and passion, unfettered by the emotional trappings that are so characteristic of the Water Signs, and of Scorpio in particular.
Sagittarius is about living in the moment, without too many plans or obligations. If we respond to this energy, we may also become attracted (Venus) by the fleeting moment, the ideal, the vision, the potential in every situation, perhaps also becoming disenchanted by the factual, what or who is really there. We may seek partners in adventure now rather than emotional security. This placement will encourage instant attractions, toward new people or activities, while it may not be the best suited for long term commitments.
Travel may be in the cards for many or thought of travel, because to Sagittarius the grass seems always a little bit greener on the other side of the fence, especially in the open fields!
This could be a rewarding time to take up a fitness program, to enjoy sports and games, the outdoor life, camping, campfires and visiting wild and unexplored places, physically and with our mind, through reading, speculations, philosophical discussions; the sort of activities that foster a sense of individual freedom and enthusiasm“.
Venus, Mercury and even Mars are fast moving planets, constantly changing their positions relative to the other celestial bodies, from day to day and week to week. At present I’m considering ways that will allow me to post weekly or fortnightly readings on the currents transits, like I used to do months ago. I had to abandon the practice because these posts were taking too much of my time. I know they would not if I weren’t fussing too much about them (try not to be fussy when you got a Saturn in Virgo squaring everything!).
An alternative to writing could be recording. Wish me luck. I’ll keep you posted on future developments.