Venus in Scorpio, October 9 to November 2, 2011

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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.

The first half of October 2011, focus on Libra and Leo

Around the time of the Spring Equinox (September 23) we are seeing important changes taking place in the sky picture. Earth’s inner companions, Mercury and Venus, and her closest neighbor in outer space, Mars, have moved or are soon moving into new Signs. Venus entered Libra on September 15, Mars Leo on September 19, and Mercury will be in Libra from September 26.

The influence of gentle Libra will calm the impetuosity of Mars in fiery Leo, a great combination for all creative activities and loving, passionate relationships.

The dance of the planets close to Earth is always an important indicator of the pulse of life on our globe, generating the special focus that makes some periods best suited for certain activities and experiences, from week to week.

Mercury and Venus, in particular, moving as they do within Earth’s own orbit, have a very special link to the Sun, defining the solar expression in specific ways according to the Sign they transit at any given time, be the same as the Sun or different. Both planets will be in Libra for a while, the same Sign as the Sun: Mercury until October 13 and Venus until October 9. The Sun will remain in Libra until October 24. Libra then is coming to the fore in a big way during the first half of the month of October.

Libra is eminently a Sign of relationship, because through Libra we all seek to achieve a degree of harmony with the external world and other people. With Libra we experience loneliness and boredom when our lives are not socially active, or our love life not fulfilling.  The ideal for Libra is to share the world with others in the fairest possible way. Relationships are not the ‘merging with another’ emotional roller coasters characteristic of the Water Signs, or the passionate affairs and conquests of the Fire Signs. Libra strives constantly, like all the Air Signs, to keep its cool and maintain a degree of detachment, despite the terrible urge to interact. One’s sense of self depends however on Libra’s ability to relate without compromising its integrity and principles. So Librans, or people with Moon, planets, Ascendant in Libra, often walk a tight rope, constantly balancing their own needs and preferences with those of others, in the often vain attempt to find the perfect balance they so much aspire to.

Early October will be a great time for everyone to walk that rope, spending some extra energy to make our relationships come closer to our ideals, rather than accept or lament all the things that are not actually up to our standards.

Venus in Libra is in her own ambience, because Libra is one of the Signs over which the Goddess of Love exerts traditional rulership, bringing up the most desirable traits of this Sign, the gift of diplomacy and a special eye for beauty.  Because Mercury, planet of communication and all form of exchanges, is also in Libra, our reading, writing and conversations will also take on the colour of Venus, taking on a lighter tone, leaning toward the arts, while conversation will be stressing understanding and fair play rather than confrontation and heated debates.

On October 7 Mercury will make contact with Saturn in Libra, an aspect suitable for serious thinking, studying or any type of mental work that requires concentration and profundity. On the down side it could bring up some sadness especially if we concentrate too much on the past or on our real or imagined failings, stirring up feeling of inadequacy that could paralyze our efforts for a little while. Help is on its way though, with a gentle transit of Venus and then Mercury to Neptune.

As Venus ends her stay in Libra she will form a harmonious angle (trine) to Neptune in late Aquarius on October 8, a romantic, dreamy and imaginative contact, inspiring for artists, lovers and day-dreamers, especially if they had planets in the late Air Signs at birth, the last three degrees or so. A bit later on in the month, on October 12, Mercury will also form the same angle with Neptune, confirming the period between October 8 and 13 as one suited for romance, artistic expression, especially through music, spiritual encounters and magical trips.

In the meantime Mars will remain in Leo, until November 11, and then begin an eight months long journey through Virgo. Leo is a positive placement for Mars, providing the fiery passion the Red Planet feeds on, but also containing that passion and controlling it, enabling us to utilize the positive energy for creative and enterprising feats.

The most important of Mars’ transits during this period will be a challenging square to Jupiter in Taurus on October 3, an aspect that stresses the need for caution in order not to overstretch our resources or take too many risks. ‘Look before you leap’ should be the keyword at this time, in particular for some Leo (born between July 30 and August 1), Taurus (born April 27/29), Aquarius (born January 28/30), and Scorpio (born between October 31 and November 2); also for anyone with the Moon, planets or one of the Natal Chart’s Angles between the 7th and 9th degrees of the above Signs.

For a more in depth view of the major transits becoming exact between the Libra Equinox and Capricorn Solstice 2011 (September to December) please click HERE.