Venus Retrograde In Aries: I Ain’t Mad At Cha

This is a perfect theme song for the upcoming Venus retrograde in Aries; a time when old friends and/or old loves may be apt to resurface in our lives.  Aries is the sign of war and when Venus visits here she dons the war paint to become an Amazon.  But with the impending retrograde in the mix (which begins on March 4, 2017) I instead get the sense she may be trying to broker some kind of peace; that (at the very least) she could be calling for a temporary ceasefire so we re-evaluate whether or not it’s worth holding onto our anger regarding a past or present relationship situation.

Perhaps there were once similarities between ourselves and Another but our Paths somehow diverged and now we’ve find ourselves on opposing ends of a spectrum, or even engaged in some kind of rivalry.  I think of the Venus retrograde period like a sort of DMZ where a treaty between the parties involved can keep hostilities from spilling over into a given area and/or prevent collateral damage to those who could otherwise potentially be caught in the crossfire.  There might even be the chance to charm an adversary – at least, for a time…

Now people from our past often resurface during a Venus retrograde, but this begs the question: Just how contemporary are they to our *now*? Aries is a sign that doesn’t stay stuck in the past – it’s too busy moving forward and/or just relishing the present moment to get all sentimental.  Besides, would Present Us even get along with Present Them?? However, this won’t stop some from seeking to bury some kind of hatchet under the Venus retrograde – personally, I feel if there is any kind of reconciliation to be made this is a time to let OTHERS take the initiative and extend the olive branch rather than make the first move ourselves.  And bear in mind there is also no guarantee any relationship that rekindles under this energy will be conflict-free – especially as Aries is the sign of Venus’ detriment.  But for better or worse this entire retrograde phase may symbolize there are some loose ends to be tied up or, conversely, severed in relationships so we can move forward without looking back in anger.  We don’t even need another person to do this, either – this is something we can absolutely DIY.

02/07/2017

Warrior Venus, Bullish Mars

warriorvenusVenus is about to leave watery Pisces a prolonged stay in fiery Aries, shifting from the sign of her exaltation to the sign of her detriment for an almost 4 month long stay beginning this coming Friday. This is a big energy shift, as Venus goes from being an angelic Dream Girl to a total tomboy ready to kick ass and take names – think: Xena. This will be further complicated by Venus’ impending retrograde (kicking off at the beginning of March) and Mars entering Taurus shortly thereafter, creating a mutual reception between Venus and Mars. This is going to be a tough pairing because Mars is *also* debilitated in Taurus, meaning that although the energies of these planets reinforce one another they’re apt to bumble around rather clumsily; neither being very comfortable in one another’s home. It’s kind of like The Odd Couple + Trading Spaces – will Mars be the bull in the china shop? Will Venus wind up burning the place down? Tune in during March and find out, LOL!

In all seriousness, though, these energies *can* be worked with to coax more constructive expressions out them – you just have to really keep an eye out for their more problematic manifestations and do whatever you can to avoid playing into them. Neutrally, this has a “get money” kind of vibe to it which can be great if we need a little extra motivation to push our earnings UP! For example, a little friendly competition can be lucrative – a desire to win can spur us to put ourselves out there and be more aggressive regarding anything that can score us some profit. HOWEVER, we shouldn’t be SUPER forceful about it – polish and finesse are absolutely essential for balance! We also need to avoid any super-risky/impulsive financial ventures so we don’t wind up “in the red”. The other thing about this energy is it can spur us to SPEND money just as fast as we make it – it could figuratively burn a hole in our pockets for sure! Insta-Thing Lust is a very real hazard of this pairing, and covetousness should definitely be viewed as a Deadly Sin. If you want something BAD, spend the Venus retrograde fiendishly acquiring the funds to make it yours but stop short of actually buying the thing until Venus reaches her home turf of Taurus in June – especially if it’s a beauty product/treatment, any kind of “luxury” purchase, or major clothing/apparel expenditure. This will ensure it’s not an impulse buy and by then that moneymaking heat-seeking missile you’ve been developing/training for the last 4 months should have netted you more than enough cash to burn!

This planetary pairing is also great for attracting a comrade in arms to fight the good fight alongside you, or for charming/disarming a rival. Flirtations also flare up MEGA fast with this energy, but just be aware that chemistry ≠ compatibility. You can be insanely physically attracted to someone, have sensational sex, but might find them incredibly annoying as an actual partner so rushing into a romance is not a great idea. Lovers may wind up being be conquests more than anything, due in part to the fair amount of selfishness this vibe can generate where each may look to their own “wants”. The other thing to note is “traditional” gender role reversals may become more commonplace under this vibe, with women being more inclined to make the first move/be the pursuer/wear the pants in the relationship while men become more passive. Broadly speaking, Mars in Taurus can tend to feminize men while Venus in Aries may be inclined to butch up broads – throw a mutual reception into the mix and it’s a bit of a gender-bender!

02/01/2017

May’s Mars/Venus Mutual Reception

Some vital info for May: We have a mutual reception in effect between Mars & Venus for about 80% of the month! A mutual reception means that Venus will inhabit the sign Mars rules and vice versa, which creates a strongly resonant interplay between Martian & Venusian energies, bringing them out to the nth degree. In a nutshell, this means ….Read More…