VENUS OPPOSITE URANUS
Not long having entered Scorpio, Venus begins the week in a cluster of aspects, opposing Lilith, trining Gonggong, and sextiling Pholus, over the 23rd and 24th.
Distanced from the responsible and socially conscious energies of Libra, this Venus could find itself very susceptible to temptations of a sexual, romantic, or financial nature; possibly appearing very abruptly in our lives, fomenting experiences of emotional chaos.
With Mercury trining Neptune at the same time, overwhelming its usual discriminatory prowess with sensations of a deeply spiritual, psychic, and emotional nature, we may find it hard to tell our fantasies apart from reality, and discover ourselves getting lost in a shared dream with others.
While this could be a dizzyingly exciting experience in and of itself – if it doesn’t turn prove to be a shared illusion – because of Lilith’s presence, it’s worth being aware of people’s collective devils – that people may be tempting us with promised delights, simply to use us, or gratify their own desires; or we may find ourselves guilty of the same exploitation.
Seductions may not be all that they seem, possibly leading to issues of control, disorder or infidelity. Strife can best be avoided if people can be upfront about their desires and intentions, so that everybody knows where they stand.
However we respond to these temptations, and instinctive desires, Venus’s direct opposition to Uranus on the 27th will trigger significant changes related to love, work, finance, home life, and relationship status.
In terms of romance, we could find ourselves falling head over heels for someone, in a way that disrupts the usual flow of our lives, and requires a period of readjustment. Relationships may begin or end; jobs be gained or lost.
As Vesta will also be coming into direct conjunction with Orcus, we may especially experience disruption and upheaval in our domestic lives.
The explosion of lingering tensions could lead to major changes of dynamic and relationship with those we live with. For some, this may even result in the need to move, or find a new home. For others, Orcus’s transformative energies may be processed more productively in redecoration, the fixing of long neglected fixtures, or a reshuffling of feng shui to welcome in fresher energies.
All of the above aspects are well-placed for having imaginal and spiritual breakthroughs, psychic insights, and experiences of heightened sensuality.
SUN TRINE CHIRON
If all these water-heavy transits render us susceptible to being pixie-led by our fantasies and feelings, with Sagittarius’s fun-loving, spontaneous nature adding fuel to these already desire-lavished flames, one major source of clarity and reason is the trine to Chiron, exact on the 26th.
Named after the mythical centaur famous for training all the great heroes, Chiron can aid us in accessing higher wisdom – in having special revelations and insights into who we actually are.
Much of the time, the true vastness of our self is left unknown and unexplored. Like limpets buffeted by tidal patterns and oceanic waves, we cling to one small part of ourselves, and, for the sake of security, take it for our entire identity.
For some, the rock they cling to is pride – the portion of us that is only willing to hear good spoken of itself, brooking no criticism. For others, their sense of self is entirely dependent on others. When they are praised, they believe well of themselves; if they are badly treated, they believe they must be bad, too, for having warranted such treatment.
The fact is, who we think we are, and who we actually are, are two entirely different things, even if they can be treacherously tricky to separate from one another.
We are usually infinitely more nuanced, varied, complex, and multi-dimensional than we give ourselves credit for. But, because infinity and complexity can be hard to cognize, we are prone to reducing ourselves to simple binary statements: “I am this; therefore I am not that. I am good therefore, I am not bad; I am bad, therefore I am not good.”
But dualized thinking is fallacious, because every polarity contains a portion of its opposite. Every chaste pure person has a pervert inside of them. Every criminal or murderer is a saint unmanifested. While these cheap systems of classification can be useful, they are only provisional at best, and can create erroneous impressions, untrue to life.
The only way we can truly appreciate the totality of who we are, is by transcending such concepts, and approaching things from a place of pure wisdom and pristine perception; by looking at ourselves holistically, without moral order or judgement.
This aspect can help us achieve this clarity. By seeing things clearly, untainted by bias or fear, we can forgive ourselves for our past mistakes, and heal and release past traumas. We honestly look at scars and errors, without clinging to them, and forcing them to be defining statements of who we are. Instead, we see that they are but markings and arabesques in a much larger tapestry; they contribute to the expansion of our growth. The only true limitation comes from our refusal to let go.
Chiron can help us move on from the past, and embrace the future with a greater sense of optimism and self-awareness; because, only through deeply penetrating the nature of our self, and the patterns of behaviour and experience that make up that self, can we learn to take things to the next level, instead of getting stuck in the same old grooves of repeated mistakes and self-recrimination.
On a more mundane level, this aspect may involve having significant encounters with healers, doctors, teachers, or anyone embodying a wise man/woman archetype, who can help us heal, and achieve deep insights. We could also be called upon to adopt that archetype for others, providing a source of illumination for those in need.
SATURN TRINE SEDNA
Towards the end of the week, Saturn comes into exact trine with Sedna.
Sedna aspects are not always easy to weather, as, like the 8 of Swords or The Hanged Man in Tarot, they can place us in situations where we feel victimized or trapped; where life constricts around us, and we are expected to live up to impossible demands.
Sedna is a wrathful sea goddess from Inuit mythology. While there are variations on her myth, as with many goddesses, Sedna began her life as a human woman. Her cruel, despotic father put pressure on her to marry; in defiance of him, she marries another being – sometimes a dog, fulmar, or crow – who treats her as badly as the man and father she rejected.
When she returns to her father, he punishes her by rowing her out to sea, and throwing her overboard. When she attempts to hold on, he hacks off her fingers, whereupon she falls to the bottom of the sea to become ‘The Mother of The Deep,’ the volatility of whose mood determines whether the hunters dependent on her live in feast or famine.
During Sedna transits, we may find ourselves living out a transfigured version of this myth, or living in close quarters with a person who embodying the Sedna archetype. We find ourselves in circumstances where we have little to no control, or are at the mercy of forces seemingly beyond us; where all our attempts to reach out for security, help, or comfort blankets, are met with refusal, rejection, contempt, or ignorance.
Equally, we may find ourselves in the company of deeply traumatized or troubled characters, who, though they demand our help, respond to our best efforts with wrath, suspicion, fear, and abuse. Trying to be a supporting angel, we get perceived as a potential abuser instead.
As unpleasant as all this is, this aspect can help us to gain a deeper understanding of the darkest part of ourselves – of the subtle and ingrained ways we imprison ourselves, or refuse the help or kindness that is offered to us, for fear that it will open us up to more abuse, thereby becoming complicit in our own encagement.
But, by refusing help, and seeing everything through the lens of trauma, we can easily keep ourselves entrapped in a cycle of victimization. If we look at every helping hand as a violent blow yet to be delivered, we may so frustrate our potential helpers by accusing them of repeating abuses we have suffered in the past, that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.
This reveals the other side of the symbol of Sedna’s severed fingers. Sometimes the only way we can prevent ourselves from repeating negative cycles is by stopping them dead in their tracks – by refusing to hold on any longer to the past, and allowing the processes of changes and transformation to proceed unresisted.
Just as it is only after reaching a point of maximum helplessness that Sedna transforms into a powerful sea goddess, sometimes it is only when we surrender to the impossibility of a given situation, that the exit at last reveals itself, and an awareness of our own strength and ability to endure such circumstances, becomes apparent to us.
The only way out is through.
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