Venus in Aries in the Birth Chart and in Transit

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The ‘Phase’ Venus is in, Morning Star at present, has also a bearing on the possible effect of  her Transits.

Venus in Aries between April 6 and 30

On April 6 Venus emerged from the ocean of Pisces, a vast realm of magic and mystery, to enter the fiery home of Mars, a place for initiative and challenges, where the feminine principle embodied by Venus is clad in armor and ready for a fight. Here we experience the feisty aspect of Venus, the more independent, masculine Goddess, for whom love is conquest and adventure, or otherwise boring and expendable.

Brave, bright and cheeky Venus in Aries is here to cheer us up, inspiring confidence and optimism. Especially susceptible to her infectious enthusiasm are the Fire Sign, of course: Aries itself, by conjunction, Leo and Sagittarius, by trine, the other Cardinal Signs, Cancer and Capricorn, by square, and Libra, by opposition, and also Gemini and Aquarius, by sextile aspect. If your Sun is not in any of these Signs, also the Moon, a planet, a Lunar Node or one of the four Angles (Ascendant, Descendant, Mid-Heaven and Lower-Heaven) will suffice to feel this Venus’ effect.

One aspect that is not often emphasized when talking about this placement of Venus is her highly idealistic nature, passionate and aspiring, therefore also easily disappointed by the realities of love, commitment and the humdrum of everyday relationships. Love inspired by higher visions of freedom, equality and justice, unrealistic perhaps but worth fighting for.

We should also remember that Venus is in her Morning Star phase, rising before the Sun, a time, in her 584 synodical cycle with planet Earth, when she manifests her more outgoing and adventurous side. This phase (that will last until June 6 when Venus will return to the evening sky), in combination with the Sign Aries, promises more honest, direct and independent relationships in the making, and the strong desire for being self-sufficient, producing sometimes an allergic reaction toward co-dependent and close knit relationships.

Living the positive side of this transit could mean a boost of loving and creative energy for the Fire and Cardinal Signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), with more opportunities for socializing, dating, perhaps beginning new relationships on the spur of the moment. Instant attraction can come easy when Venus transits Aries, because we respond readily to external stimuli, we are less inhibited and more open to new possibilities, daring to take some emotional risks in order to reach out.  Sudden attractions are more possible and the desire to try new things is strong. This is not however the best Venus’ Sign for serious commitments because tomorrow we may find ourselves indifferent to what seemed very attractive today. The need for novelty and change is strong with Venus in Aries, always ready to move on.

A sense of adventure could lead us into relationships that may prove not so suitable after the first enthusiasm and novelty wear off. Hasty commitments are better avoided at this time, or soon we may find ourselves looking elsewhere to meet our emotional needs.

For well established relationships the transits of Venus in Aries could mean an increase in discussions and arguments, headstrong attitudes stopping us from hearing what the other person is saying. Forcing our opinions on each other could only make matters worse at this time, because Venus in Aries doesn’t leave much room for compromise.

Apart from relating Venus has also a lot to do with creativity and aesthetic feelings, as well as with our value system and material finances. Because Aries is a Sign of action Venus here may prompt many to act out their creative ideas and imagery, making things, or starting something that we didn’t have the initiative and confidence to tackle before. Like with all the Fire Signs the need for self-expression is very strong in Aries.

On the financial front there may be a tendency to spend freely or on things that take our fancy in the moment. In business and work Venus in Aries can provide the impulse to initiate new ventures, especially those that will promote a greater degree of independence. Risk taking is fun for Venus in Aries who is always on the lookout for some form of excitement. While the transit is active you may find yourself also more inclined to inspire others to become more independent and self reliant,  by example and also by a not too gentle push, driven by the desire to show them the myriad possibilities available to get out of stale situations. There is nothing stale about Venus in Aries! If you are so inclined you could use this energy to become more militant and outspoken about issues that are close to your heart.

The major transits formed by Venus in Aries this month

Between April 20 and 23 Venus will, first, square Pluto in Capricorn and then conjunct Uranus in Aries.

These could be the days of maximum excitement and potential extremes. They could be also very creative and innovative times, when we finally succeed to get rid of the old and embrace the new, with renewed confidence and independence. We could discover or re-discover our true values, perhaps not the same as those we have been conditioned to think should be our values.

During this transit of Venus it is important to mark the difference between positive assertion and the tendency to seek conflict by stressing differences rather than smooth them, the natural role of a less Martial Venus.

The effect of Venus Morning Star in Aries would of course be modified in many ways by the other planetary Transits active during this month, especially Mars in Sagittarius, soon to become retrograde (April 17); Mercury in Taurus, retrograding on April 29; Jupiter in Virgo; Saturn in Sagittarius, etc..

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Scorpio Last Quarter Moon, Mercury in Pisces and highlight on the Asteroids goddesses

Today, February 15 2012, is the yearly Last Quarter Moon in Scorpio, significant phase for Scorpio but also for the other Fixed Signs, Taurus, Leo and Aquarius, not only if your Sun is in one of these Signs but also if the Moon, a planet, the Lunar Nodes or one of the four Angles happened to be there at the time of your birth, in particular between the 24th and 26th degrees of the same.

This is ideal time for some deep soul searching, penetrating to the core of any emotional problems you may be experiencing. No good trying to gloss these feeling over or escape them by getting busy with other things. The Scorpio Last Quarter is a wonderful opportunity to truly understand where all that emotional stuff is coming from, the root causes of it, because discovering those will be a great step toward healing them. The opposition of the Moon to powerful Algol, beta star of Perseus, also known as Medusa’s Head, at the time of the phase,  stresses the need to tackle old resentments and fears that may be disturbing our psyche and stopping us from loving each other the right way. It is time to liberate ourselves from darkness and open up to the light. The forming 90 degrees angle between Venus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn (exact on February 16) also stresses the need to fight the darkness with light, and to act upon those negative feelings which are the enemies of love.

To help with this, Mercury has moved into Pisces and became conjunct Neptune yesterday, February 14. The transit in Pisces will last until March 4, becoming active again between March 24 and April 17, due to Mercury’s Retrogradation (starting on March 12 when Mercury will be in Aries), a protracted opportunity to experience the psychic openness and mental fluidity of this watery Sign.  The transit of Mercury in Pisces and his current conjunction to Neptune could help us, during this Scorpio Moon phase, to avoid getting obsessed with emotional issues and bogged down by them. Pisces can always encourage us to go with the flow of things, to surrender to what cannot be changed and to find spiritual meaning in our experiences,  including the most trying ones.

Adding an interesting aspect to today’s Astrology the Asteroids Goddesses Vesta (Greek Hestia), Ceres (Demeter), Pallas (Athena) and Juno (Hera) are involved in important transits: Vesta in late Pisces is in trine to the Moon in late Scorpio, while the Moon will conjunct Juno after entering Sagittarius. Ceres is conjunct Venus in Aries and both are in square to Pluto in Capricorn, while Pallas is just separating from Mercury and Neptune in early Pisces . The highlight on the Asteroids makes this a very suitable couple of days for cultivating relationships amongst women and to honor the feminine in both men and women. The four major Asteroids in fact represent different aspects of the feminine: Ceres the maternal, Juno the lover/spouse, Pallas the filial and Vesta the sisterly aspect.

Click HERE To view my recent post on Venus’ transit through Aries (February 8 to March 5).

Click HERE for a description of the functions ascribed to the four major Asteroids in one of my Living Moon Tutorial Pages.

Venus in Libra

Some of the regular readers of my posts would have perhaps noticed that I didn’t write anything about the transit of  Venus through Virgo. In fact I didn’t write anything about much in the month of July. The reason is that, in good Saturn in Virgo fashion (my Birth Chart), while both Mars and Venus were also transiting this Earthy Sign, I found myself too busy with too many little but pressing  things: commitments I conveniently forgot I’ve made, long overdue cleaning up (of bookshop, house and computer) and many other menial and non menial tasks that, all of a sudden, couldn’t wait any longer!

If you too have found yourself lately frantically cleaning the garage or attic, or scrubbing your email box from all of last five years good wishes and cute slide shows, now you know why this was so for a while. The good news is that Venus left Virgo for Libra on August 7, while Mars also entered Libra on July 30. We could now find more time for such ‘frivolous’ things as writing and being creative, even perhaps to enjoy ourselves a little.

There is a catch, there is always a catch: entering Libra, the Air Sign traditionally associated with Venus, and with all that is pleasant, beautiful, harmonious and loving in life, Venus also enters the field of battle already occupied by the great destiny makers of the Zodiac.

The first is Uranus in Aries (Venus opposes Uranus on August 7 ): ‘love me but let me be’.

Then is Saturn in Libra’s turn (Venus meets Saturn on August 9): ‘love as commitment and duty, or loneliness and emotional isolation in relationships’.

On August 10 Venus squares Pluto in Capricorn: ‘love/hate’, a not so uncommon situation, or very intense and memorable love encounters, spiced by desire and jealousy.

On the same day Venus also opposes Jupiter: ‘I want more from love’.

On August 21 Venus will finally meet Mars in Libra, just in time for the Australian Federal Elections, a fit symbol for a ‘man versus woman’ public event.

All these powerful transits will prove challenging for peace-maker Venus. She will have to confront head on issues she usually prefer to gloss over or politely ignore. Only love and friendship that can withstand the tough scrutiny of these unlikely fellow travelers will cope well with this special transit of Venus in Libra, particularly in the first week or so of her passage.