Now that Saturn (necessity and responsibility) and Venus (beauty, love and money) are both moving in direct motion, having completed their retrograde phases, it seems that circumstances surrounding business and the exchange of money or affections could start to improve. The caution (Saturn) here is not to be too gung-ho for a change or overly self-indulgent (Venus) that one loses sight of any progress made in self-understanding over the last several months.
Why am I lumping these two planetary energies together? Perhaps because I find it interesting, as in "there's no such thing as coincidental", that they turned direct within a couple of days of each other. My mind likes to find connecting threads between closely occurring geocosmic cycles and events. And while I am not always successful in this endeavor, the process often unearths a nugget or two of insight for me to share. Keeping that in your mind, I invite you to take a walk with me.
First of all, Saturn is exalted in Libra, the zodiac sign of refinement and harmony which is ruled by Venus. Saturn went retrograde on February 8th giving us all a chance to focus on our relationships, all of them, especially the one we have with ourselves - you know, the little self and the big Self, the human and the divine. Then Venus went retrograde May 15th in Gemini, the mutable sign of inquiry and communication, causing us to look into our own mirrors at who and what we attract and why. Are you still with me here? OK, good, on we go...
Both Libra and Gemini are air signs which are concerned with mental energy like sharing of ideas, communicating and interacting. The other air sign is Aquarius which operates through interconnectedness, like groups and the internet, but we will allow Aquarian energy to remain in the background today, connecting us through this Blog yet not up for discussion. So, the last several months of saturnine Saturn backtracking through the final seven degrees of Libra have highlighted the need for introspection in the area of human relationships. Some of you have been seeking the ideal relationship for yourself, only to discover that getting to know yourself better, was the key to experiencing balance and finding true relationship happiness.
I have seen this process in action with a couple of clients over the past two and a half years as Saturn has traversed Libra, and I have watched as one client, previously desperate for a marriage partner, stopped dating to do some intense inner work, which allowed her to recognize her partner when he showed up. Conversely, I have also seen a couple of clients so eager for the "perfect" relationship that all of their projections of perfection onto the partner only bounced back images of imperfection. They are still working on the balance of self to Self before Saturn moves into watery Scorpio in early October putting the emphasis on deep emotions and co-creativity.
Now, let's look at Venus in Gemini, where she took up residence on April 4th for an extended visit that doesn't end until she moves into watery Cancer on August 8th. That's over four months of getting up-close-and-personal with your thoughts, agreements and the people closest to you every day, four months of putting your money where your mouth is and four months of re-thinking how much you need to actually live every day. Throw in the New Moon Solar Eclipse five days after Venus went retrograde May 15th, a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse June 4th and the Inferior conjunction of Venus as she was eclipsed by the Sun on June 5th and that's a whole lot of pressure to get right with your values and how you communicate them!
What I hope you have learned these last two months is patience and trust, trust that as long as you have applied yourself to identifying and working toward what you truly value, you will make progress. The caution here is impatience, over-thinking or losing your focus. The energy of Venus is receptive and now that she is in direct motion again, you need to avoid taking too many opinions or keeping your needs to yourself. The time for gathering information was during her retrograde period and now is the time for letting others know what is important to you as you begin to move forward on your decisions. Some of you may share this information verbally, others through writing and still others by investing your time, resources or talents into projects with family, neighbors or co-workers. Venus rules beauty, money and love and in Gemini, she wants to spread some of it around - just remember not to waste any time or resources on anyone or anything unworthy of all that insight you've gained!
Remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground.