Venus in Sagittarius, November 2 to 26

Brunild by Odilon Redon (1840-1916)

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.

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Venus in Scorpio, October 9 to November 2, 2011

~ christinerobinsonart.com ~ courtesy of Christine Robinson ‘Afternoon Embrace’, detail

Last evening Venus was splendid, becoming more diamond like while setting behind the line of  western hills, facing the near Full Moon in the East. Entering the glow of the Sun she acquired a sparkling golden hue, promise of more brilliance to come. Mercury was also in the picture but sadly too close to the Sun to be visible. We will have to wait until the end of October for a look at Mercury close to both Venus and the Moon (October 28 and 29).

In her Evening Star’s incarnation since mid August, Venus will become brighter and brighter until her maximum elongation in April next year. As she slowly separates from the Sun she will spend more time in the evening sky, becoming a conspicuous object for observation and meditation in the coming months.

The yearly passage of Venus through Scorpio heralds a period where feelings are deep and intense, and attachments are often tested, together with our capacity to relate in meaningful ways. No time for superficiality and flirting with life or love, unless it be ‘serious’ flirting.

Venus in Scorpio seeks to awaken the hidden layers of our emotions, revealing often thorny truths about our love life and relationships. At other times we may choose to avoid looking at these concealed depths, concerned about their intensity and the involvement and commitment they demand of us. When Venus is in Scorpio though it is difficult not to look within or to deny what feels so strong and compelling.

Mercury will be transiting Scorpio too, from October 13 to November 3, close behind Venus until the end of October. This combination brings the energy of Scorpio to bear not only on our emotional life (Venus) but also on our mental life and attitudes (Mercury).

These transits could prove an emotional eye opener,  and/or a return to ‘real’ passion, not just in love but in life’s purpose too, a time for searching mysteries and revealing secrets. Hopefully not too much of an emotional roller coaster (the dark side of this luminous medal), if we let feelings dominate unhindered (Water), losing sight of practicalities (Earth), logic (Air) and faith in Self (Fire).

The Water Signs of Scorpio, Pisces and Cancer, and the Fixed Signs of Taurus, Leo and Aquarius will feel this Venus’ effect more keenly. Not only if your Sun happens to be in one of these Signs, but also your Moon, Chart’s Angles or any planet.

There is always a story to a  planet’s transit through a Sign, and the story always involves other planets. Relationships amongst celestial bodies are formed and dissolved rapidly when planets like Venus or Mercury are involved. A planet’s transit through a Sign can never be looked upon in isolation, even if we tend to do so when we describe the potential effect of any Planet-Sign’s combination. Here I follow the transit of Venus through Scorpio, listing her encounters with other celestial bodies, as a guide to your Venus’ journey this month.

A reminder here that the transit of Venus through Libra ended with a harmonious aspect to Neptune in Aquarius (trine), on October 8, a psychic opening to unending possibilities in the realm of relationships, love, art and spirituality;  and also that Venus’ first contact while in Scorpio has been the trine to Chiron in Pisces, on October 10, an aspect promoting physical and psychological healing through love, cooperation and acceptance of our and others’ failings. Let’s see now what Venus has in store for us in the near future.

October 12 to 16: on October 13 Venus reaches a distance of 60 degrees from Pluto in Capricorn (sextile), aspect that will enhance Scorpio’s natural ability to deal with emotional difficulties, and its potential to become reborn after a crisis. Positive few days, brightened by the visionary Aries Full Moon on the 12th, to test the power of your inner resources, and with honesty and integrity deal with those aspects of your relationships that you perhaps consider irksome or taboo. Time for acknowledging your true feelings, not in a threatening but rather in a creative way, by building trust with others, clearing old resentments or, at least, come clean with them. This aspect is intensified, as I said, by the Full Moon climax, and also by an opposition the Moon in Taurus will form with Venus on October 13, and finally by another opposition between Venus and Jupiter in Taurus, exact on October 15.

After the encounter with Pluto, whose key words could be emotional courage and honesty, the opposition to Jupiter will stimulate vision and faith in future possibilities, especially in the area of relationship, art and finances, perhaps encouraging some to aim a bit too high or to fall into wishful thinking. Jupiter always magnifies the effect of the planetary energy he comes in contact with. Key words for a Venus-Jupiter’s contact could be ‘big love’, ‘big luck’, ‘big creativity’, or ‘big expenditures’, depending where your focus is at the time. Some realistically promising developments may arise from this, but also the tendency to take excessive risks, especially if Jupiter is a leading planet in your Birth Chart. With caution we can all enjoy the ride and become a bit exhilarated by all the new prospects in view, in our emotional, financial and creative lives.

October 18 to 24: the Moon and Venus are still dancing together. They will form at first a harmonious trine, from Cancer to Scorpio (October 19), enhancing feelings of family, emotional security and comfort; then a challenging square, from Leo to Scorpio (October 22), pitting against each other our individualistic needs and  our emotional attachments; and finally a creative sextile from Virgo to Scorpio (October 24), helping us in our practical pursuits, daily tasks and habits.

While the wise Waning Moon carries Venus’ message of love, through its highs and lows, Venus will enter in contact with Uranus in Aries, on October 23, via a 135 degrees angle (sesqui-quadrate). The meetings Venus-Uranus are always exciting, promoting independence in the area of relationship, but, when negative, creating emotional alienation and isolation. A good day to assert our independence, hopefully not expecting too much from our selves and others by forcing the real to match the ideal in our heads.

October 25 to 29: intense time for Venus, with some serious challengers coming her way, in the shape of Pluto the Transformer (semi-square on October 26) and Mars the Warrior (square on October 27). Many of us will feel like we need to stand our ground in relationships; it could be difficult to reconcile our need for relating and cooperating (Venus) with our personal desires and drives. How much is too much love? What sort of boundaries we need to establish in order to love without being swallowed up by the people we love?  There is a masculine/feminine tension here that could be sexual or simply emotional and need facing up to.

After the storm Venus, the young Waxing Moon and Mercury will become close to each other in conjunction, on October 28, crowning Venus’ passage through Scorpio. This transit will be a great show to witness soon after sunset, and astrologically a promise of harmony between the heart and the head, feelings and logic, secret of creativity and joy.

Venus and Mercury enter Taurus on May 16, transiting Taurus until June, soon to align with Mars

Woman at her Toilet by Henri Fantin-Latour

Henri Fantin Latour (1836-1904), the artist who painted the picture I have chosen for this post, became famous, I learnt, for his flowers and women portraits.  This seems to me a great association for the fertile Sign of Taurus, natural abode of Venus, representing Nature in her bountiful, peaceful and healing aspect, the apotheosis of the feminine principle of love over conflict, and pleasure over hardship.

Venus and Mercury enter Taurus on May 16, Mercury ending this transit on June 3 and Venus on June 10. Mars will be in Taurus until June 21, while Jupiter will also make his entrance in this Sign on June 4 and remain there for a whole year.

Venus and Mercury are again conjunct on May 17, Full Moon day, then Mercury will speed ahead to meet Mars on May 21, and Venus will also meet Mars on May 23. When we talk about Venus in Taurus this year, then, we should not forget that Mercury and Mars, and soon Jupiter, are very much part of her story too.

The Sign of Taurus is buzzing with a lot of different energies playing upon it; Mercury providing intellectual curiosity and stimulation, Venus pleasure and cheerfulness, Mars determination, vitality and the fighting spirit, and soon also Jupiter imparting wisdom, confidence and vision.

There is not going to be a better time, in the near future, comparable with this, for the number of opportunities becoming available to Taurus, a usually lay back and content Sign. Making the most of this alignment will make Taurus’ life more fulfilling, happy and active.

Scorpio, like Taurus, will feel the power of these configurations more keenly than the other Signs. Venus and Mars are intensifying Scorpio’s feeling responses, exposing it to sudden attractions and the lure of love and romance. At the same time Mercury makes Scorpio feel more communicative and social, a plus for this rather reserved Sign. Because the Taurus planets are opposing Scorpio the risk is there of experiencing the more challenging side of these transits, especially in the area of love or business partnerships, by causing jealousy, resentment and negative psychological projections.

These transits are significant for people born with the Sun, Moon, Ascendant or a number of ‘personal’ planets in the Fixed Signs of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo, Aquarius, and the Earth Signs Virgo and Capricorn. To a lesser degree also the Water Signs Cancer and Pisces, because Venus, Mercury and Mars will form harmonious angles with them (trines and sextiles).

The Taurus’ cluster will have however also a general effect on everybody, beginning  a period of greater emotional and financial stability. The pace of life may slow down a little for all of us, hopefully leaving us time to smell the flowers, as the iconic Ferdinand the Bull of Disney’s fame, content with simple pleasures and adverse to fighting.

Mercury in Taurus can help us to concentrate better and reach great depths, and Venus to savor loving feelings and sensual pleasures. While Mars will encourage deliberate actions, dictated by practicality, making us more doggedly determined to stay on the job until it is finished.

During her stay in Taurus Venus will enjoy a period of special power, because Mars, Mercury in Taurus, and soon Jupiter, as well as Saturn in Libra are all transiting Signs that are traditionally considered Venus’ domains, so that they all have to pay homage to her and do her bidding.

We can now learn how to save energy and relax, while still being productive. This is a blessing really, considering the hectic times ahead, when the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars will all be in restless and speedy Gemini between the months of June and July, another unpredictable Eclipse season, with three Eclipses on the radar.

For an astrological discussion about the June-July Eclipses please navigate from HERE to my June to September Forecast article.

Negatively the emphasis on Taurus, as with all Fixed Signs, could increase, however, our chances to get bogged down in projects, relationships and thinking patterns, slowing considerably our progress. Knowing the risks we have to find a balance between the need to take it easy and the need to get things done, or to move from situations that have become stale or toxic.

Gardening by the lore of the Moon we learn that sowing and planting when the Moon is in Taurus encourages root growth, also helping to establish perennials, those plants that need to survive more than one growing season, going deep into the soil to get their nourishment from our Earth Mother. This is a great symbol for Taurus’ power and gift of productivity, constancy, firmness, solidity and enduring strength, qualities now more available to all of us.

There is also, of course, a spiritual side to this Earthy Sign, that, by the way, is not usually more materialistic than any other Sign. Some  Taurean have a marked interest in everything occult and in old traditions and sacred scriptures. Practices of devotion and beautiful heart-felt rituals, as well as contemplation and transcendental meditation are well suited to this relaxed and unhurried Sign.

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Weekly Astrological Highlights, May 9 to 15, 2011

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THIS WEEK MOON

The Moon s in waxing mode, providing extra energy for all enterprise and activities.

Emotionally we may meet the cycle’s first serious obstacles. It is the Leo First Quarter Moon Phase, on Wednesday, May 11, when we will need to toughen up and find creative solutions to our problems, to eventually fulfill the Full Moon’s goal.

On Saturday, May 14, the Moon will enter her Libra Gibbous Phase, a step closer to the Scorpio Full Moon due on May 17, and hopefully a flurry of great activities.

THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS

The major transits this week are the ingress of Mars in Taurus, on May 11, and the multiple conjunctions in the Sign of Aries, Mercury and Venus on May 10, and both Mercury and Venus with Jupiter on May 12.

Click HERE to navigate to my Mars in Taurus post and HERE for Readings of Mars in Taurus for all Rising Signs.

And HERE for a sky-scape of the Aries multiple conjunction.

MAY 10 to 12, and spilling into the next week: anyone prepared to get up a bit earlier this week will be able to observe these multiple conjunctions first hand. With Mars close by, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter will all be together above the Eastern horizon, just before sunrise.

Hopefully these aspects will communicate optimism and enthusiasm to many people. The  individuals more likely to feel their beneficial effect will be however Aries, born April 11 to 17, Cancer, born July 14 to 20, Leo, born August 14 to 20, Libra, born October 15 to 21, Sagittarius, born December 14 to 20, and Capricorn, born January 12 to 18.

This is Aries stuff at its best, vision, initiative, courage, because the conjunction Mercury-Venus unites the head with the heart, firing the mind with artistic feelings and the heart with understanding, promoting great conversations and intelligent as well as exciting relationships. Mercury and Venus’ conjunctions to Jupiter are also expanding the scope of both planets, encouraging confidence and optimism in the communication and relationships’ areas. Ideal time to feel inspired about writing or art making, because aesthetic feelings are strong, the mind is alert and you may feel more than usual confident in your abilities.

With the ingress of Mars in Taurus and the imminent conjunction of Venus to Mars in Taurus (May 23), these exciting transits could provide the right inspiration for practical activities and business in the near future, and also for more stable and content relationships.

Click here for my most recent post on the June to September 2011 Major Transits

Click HERE for my recent post about  the Aries Equinox conjunct Uranus

If interested, please click HERE to navigate to my recent Venus in Aries’ post .

Click HERE to navigate to my most recent post on the transit of Uranus in Aries, and other major transits.

For more information about the ingress of Neptune in Pisces, please check two of my posts on the subject HERE and HERE.

A post on  Jupiter transiting Aries can be found HERE.

The aftermath of the Aries~Taurus Full Moon, daily transits for October 24 2010 and beyond

What difference a day makes

So, it was Full Moon yesterday. No one should have missed out. Some potent feelings were around and the strong desire to share them. It  felt positive to me, but it might as well have been too full on for other people. Sharing the experience we have at a Full Moon can give us a glimpse of what we really mean by Astrology, the living reality of it.

Life was too full and interesting for me to find time to post! You probably didn’t have much time to search the net either.

Today we may start to integrate the experience of the Full Moon, always a revelation of sort, a climax, a realization that should encourage us on the inward journey the darkening fortnight is now bringing.

The symbol I see on the cusp Aries-Taurus (29°32′) is that of a seed, a concept, an idea, an inspiration beginning to take concrete form, grounding itself in the fertile soil of our everyday reality. The Moon in Aries is like a spark, a stimulus toward action but still in need of a vehicle through which to manifest itself. Taurus represents just such a vehicle. The capacity for our ideas to find a suitable form and become reality have been part of the realization and vision contained in this special Full Moon.

More of this kind, I mean Full Moons on the cusp between Signs, occurred this year already, see the September Full Moon with the Moon at Aries 0°15. And more will follow, see the November 22 Full Moon on the cusp Taurus-Gemini and the Total Lunar Eclipse Full Moon on December 21, on the cusp Sagittarius-Capricorn.

On October 23 the Sun, just eleven hours after the Full Moon, also entered a new Sign, on the opposite side of the wheel, from Libra to Scorpio.

There are now five bodies in Scorpio, Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars, plus the asteroid Vesta (or Hestia). This passage promises eventful times for all people who have Scorpio highlighted in their Birth Charts, and to a lesser degree also Taurus, Leo and Aquarius (the other Fixed Signs), as well as Cancer and Pisces (the other Water Signs).

Mars will leave Scorpio soon, on October 28. Hopefully we have used his energy wisely, in the last one and half months, to cut those ties that bind, to be strong in our feelings and personal truths, more honest with ourselves and others. Mars should now leave us with the desire to move on from here, to bigger and better things, from a deeply personal level to an impersonal and far-reaching one (Sagittarius Mars, October 28 to December 8).

Mercury, who entered the Sign on October 21, will exit on November 9. The Scorpio Mercury’s period is not for the faint-hearted. We need to accept levels of thoughts that we usually avoid because the depth scares us or because of the need to face those sides of ourselves we find difficult to own. Hopefully we will not be too tempted to dump our negative thoughts onto others, becoming judgmental and cynical. This is an ideal period for any type of research or in depth study, for investigating occult phenomena and the working of the unconscious in our daily lives. On October 25 Mercury will become conjunct to Venus retrograding in Scorpio, an aspect full of poetry and creativity, when deep emotions can find adequate expression in words, and like minds meet.

On a more material level the encounter of Mercury, the God of Business and Trade, and Venus, the Goddess of Wealth and Pleasure, could encourage successful business transactions, buying and selling in general.

The Sun will be in Scorpio between October 23 and November 22. I am preparing at present some general readings describing the effect over the coming year of the transiting Moon on your birthday or Solar Return day. You will be able to access this information each day of the year.

Venus is slowly retracing her steps toward Libra, re-entering Libra on November 8, then turning Direct on November 19 and re-entering Scorpio on November 28, until early January 2011!

As I said in my previous posts on the long transit and retrogradation of Venus in Scorpio the Venus in Scorpio period, and even more so when Venus is retrograde in this Sign, is one when we will feel like seriously assessing  or re-assessing our value system, sifting the wheat from the chaff, as the Bible says. What is fundamentally important will take precedence over momentary fads or fleeting desires. We are now on our way to discover, or more likely re-discover those activities, people and relationships which really count in our life and are vital to our emotional survival. We need to go through the confrontations and emotional turmoil of Scorpio in order to liberate ourselves from what of the past does not serve anymore as soul-enhancing role, to then enter the lighter, more adventurous and future oriented Sign of Sagittarius.

Finally Vesta entered Scorpio on October 9 and will leave this Sign on December 5. Vesta is presently conjunct Venus, for a couple of days, making the present time also ideal to honor the sacredness of our love life, our family and more intimate relationships. Vesta in fact was in ancient times the Goddess and she is today the archetype of the sacredness of heart and family, the one whose role is to keep the family and heart’s sacred flame for ever alive.

These different time-frames show how Scorpio in particular and all the Fixed and Water Signs in general are being stimulated mentally (Mercury), physically (Mars), emotionally (Venus), energetically  (Sun) and spiritually (Vesta) by the present transits.

Today, October 24, the Moon is transiting Taurus, stimulating the Scorpio energy via opposition. Yesterday the Moon opposed the Sun and Mercury, today is Venus and Vesta’s turn and tomorrow will be Mars. Avoiding the astrological cliche that oppositions are simply aspects of antagonism and strife (that, of course, they can often be), these transits are here to show us the other side of any issue or question, the point of view that can complete and enrich our, rather than be unproductively biased against it.

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