VENUS OPPOSITE NEPTUNE
Venus kicks off the week with an exact opposition to Neptune, whose orb of influence you may have felt over the previous week.
Planetary oppositions always foment fertile tension; times when opposite sides of ourselves, and lives, come into conflict. This conflict often manifests itself in inner and outer dramas – personal crises, in which we either feel compelled to choose between these opposing forces, or negotiate healthy ways of reconciling them.
As we are currently experiencing no less than two oppositions between earth and water signs, the central drama is between the practical demands of day-to-day existence, versus the emotional extremes and needs of our inner, spiritual lives.
It may feel like these two opposing concerns are inhibiting one another. We want to get our heads down, work, be productive, economical, but our emotional lives are distracting and tormenting us. Conversely, you may also feel like you need emotional, spiritual, and sensual fulfilment, but the ordinary, workaday demands of economic routine are obstructing you. The exaltations of your heart keep getting buffeted; dragged disappointingly back to earth.
The warring energies here are the opposite signs of Virgo and Pisces.
Venus in 2nd decan Virgo is not a very warm place for personal relationships. Though it is motivated by the desire to help and serve others, as it idealizes self-sufficiency above all other virtues, it is reluctant to receive the same love or help it offers. This can make for difficult relationship dynamics, in which people’s self-containment creates too many barriers for warmth and vulnerability to be readily shared. We would rather lose ourselves in the escapism of work, than confront overwhelming emotional realities.
But, overwhelming emotional realities (and unrealities) is exactly what Neptune provides. Empathic, extremely sensitive, and totally oblivious to all boundaries, its Piscean energies demand not the security of routine and self-containment, but the surrender to higher forces and emotions.
Venus in Virgo hates this. It would like nothing more than to obliterate these emotions entirely, so its disciplinary influence can remain unchallenged. Neptune feels the opposite – it wants to dissolve the mundane restrictions that inhibit its emotional and spiritual life, so that dreams, loves, and fantasies can flow freely, without being impeded by the necessity of harsh realities.
The one commonality they share is isolation. Virgo withdraws to work without distractions. Pisces withdraws to so that its vulnerability does not have to be threatened, as it seeks inner escapism.
A very hermetic aspect, as Neptune is related to sickness, this withdrawal could manifest as illness, hospitalisation, loneliness, or melancholy. Politically, its separation may also coincide with the imposition of more lockdown measures.
All is not lost however! In-between these two major players is Jupiter, trining Venus, sextile Neptune. Jovially injecting joy, good cheer, and fortune into the above dichotomy, Jupiter brings the promise of good luck into one’s earthly life: more work, more money, stoic optimism, and good news related to the buying or selling of houses.
This energy may also impel strait-laced, workaholic Virgo to lets it hair-down, and celebrate a little; overcoming that Neptunian opposition to come together with others, and place premium on the humanistic value of bonding, fun, and enjoyment. With Neptune’s influence, this could definitely involve more than a little drink and indulgence, as the Dionysian sides of ourselves are granted release.
Venus in Virgo can very easily get bogged down in obsessing about the little details of everything. Jupiter can help her to pull her face away from the microscope, and see the bigger picture; whilst also injecting more humour and optimism into Pisces’s often melancholic, or unrealistic, fears and fantasies. The earthiness of this trine should shield that optimism from going too far in the other direction.
MARS STRIKES BACK
Mars in retrograde, however, is not done sticking its oar in. Squaring Jupiter this week, all this watery and earthy introversion is ill at ease with impatient Mars, who, frankly, in the face of this hard work, and deep emotionality, wants nothing more than to have fun, and pursue his desires without obstruction.
But, as this aspect more or less ensures obstruction, and the destructive potentiality of over-blown egos, it will be important to learn to restrain yourself, resist impetuosity, and apply your energies in more productive areas.
SUN IN SCORPIO OCTOBER 22nd
As The House of Death, Scorpio transits are always interesting, because they offer us a chance to engage with the deep, mystical sides of existence we usually suppress. Most of the time, in order to be effective and align ourselves with the demands of the world, we repress our emotions, our dark side, our spiritual inclinations, and bestial desires. Modern day society leaves little space for the exploration of these parts of our psyche. Mostly, they are indulged in secret; little pockets of darkness we keep well away from prying eyes, so the image we convey of ourselves does not get polluted.
But, with Sun in Scorpio, these repressed states force themselves into our awareness. With a heightened sense of the unknown in life, we feel compelled to cast light on the hidden; to consort with sea monsters; exhume ancient tombs; find out the propaganda-free truth of our own personal demons. Rather than ignoring and denying the unknown, both in the world, and within ourselves, this is a good aspect for actively exploring it.
Exactly sextiling Pholus over the weekend, anticipate surprises, and unexpected developments. Scorpionic energy can bring out streaks of self-destruction and sabotage, so keep a close eye on your habits and motivations.
LILITH IN TAURUS
Lilith is a point of personal power, sex, manipulation, selfishness, blind spots, and pursuit of one’s own desires at the expense of others. After a seven-month streak in Aries, she will enter Taurus on the 21st, where she will remain until July 18th, 2021.
This transit could make us considerably more money, business, and work-driven. But we must caution ourselves against viewing every decision from the stand-point of economic self-advantage. At the risk of making us materialistic, we must be careful not to exploit others solely for personal profit, or allow ourselves to be so used in turn. People may feel more inclined to choose partners for the sake of financial, sexual, or domestic security and comfort, rather than actual love during this period.
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