Venus Retrogrades Back Into Pisces

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Venus dips from the sign of her detriment (Aries) back into the sign of her exaltation (Pisces) today. She made this same transition – only inverse – on February 3, 2017 when she slipped out of her watery domain of the Fishes and adopted a bolder stance in the sign of the Ram. Whenever Venus graces her exalted Pisces domain, we develop yen for blissful pleasures – for some this may entail fantastical wealth, the heady buzz of falling deeply and helplessly in love, or even (on a less highly-functioning level) the pleasing high attained though euphoric substances such as MDMA. Our heart desires to receive the experience of something truly transcendental when Venus resides in Pisces; nothing mundane has a place here.

When at last she departs this prismatic land of rapture with the dewy residue of this dream still haunting her to boldly go forth into Aries, the reverie of time spent here fades so she is able to make this exodus from Eden. It’s difficult to leave heaven, but leave she must – perhaps that is why she functions so out-of-character during her passage through Aries; the anger at leaving a such a supreme paradise behind would certainly be understandable. But at the same time she knows she must undertake this Heroine’s Journey and will to one day return to Shangri-La, so she bravely sets out…

In Aries, Venus burns with desire; taking those first courageous (and sometimes graceless) steps toward new relationship and fiscal beginnings. As she turns retrograde in this sign it’s as if she falters, though – maybe what she thought she wanted has proven to be more of a challenge than initially anticipated. Or perhaps she‘s having a change of heart and doesn’t want whatever it was that originally provided the motivation for this Journey. She stumbles backward, fumbling toward Ecstasy and the escape of her Pisces refuge once again. It’s as if it had been a false start and now she realizes her Journey started off on the wrong foot, so she retreats to find respite in her watery Pisces domain where she doesn’t *have* to Fight and can instead just Float for a while. In this meditative state she finds her Center – yes, perhaps her movement had been premature. The longer she reflects upon this through the compassionate and nonjudgmental lens of her Highest Self, the more she realizes she had been confused – she had actually been chasing the wrong rabbit. Further, she had forgotten that if it’s a fight it probably isn’t worth it; recalling in this receptive state what her Spirit Guides told her the last time she was here – “What is meant for you flows to you and shall not pass you”.  In perfect love and perfect trust; so mote it be.

As Venus reaches this point of exquisite stillness – her Station on April 15th – her heart & soul re-align so she can move forward in earnest this time. Dropping any vestiges of the past and becoming wiser from this experience, she’ll set out with clarity of intention as she moves ever closer toward her heart’s true desire.

To Be Continued…


The Libra Lunar Eclipse

Today’s lunar eclipse in Libra definitely has our feelings about relationships taking center stage! Libra is the sign of partnership after all, and when I take into account Venus – the ruler of this eclipse – being rather prone to mooning over lost unions during its current tour of Pisces, I’ve been getting a wicked “White Flag” vibe off this lunation.

“But I will go down with this ship;
And I won’t put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I’m in love
And always will be.

And when we meet
Which I’m sure we will
All that was there
Will be there still
I’ll let it pass
And hold my tongue
And you will think
That I’ve moved on….”

As of this post’s publication, Venus has been conjunct Neptune for several days now, which has definitely heightened the inclination to pine for Love; possibly to even become a martyr to it.  These two planets are parting – perhaps with a bit of sweet sorrow – as we speak, but the vibe of this eclipse will be a slow one to dissipate while Venus moves toward the South Node and then Chiron over the next week or so.  What we don’t want to do, then, is take a cue from Dido and go down with the ship!

I think whenever we have truly loved someone, it can be hard to release the ideal of “Happily Ever After”. But Love is not a fairy tale, and so the dream can fade as partners go their separate ways. I believe it is important – when this happens – to honor the love that was there, yet to also recognize when a connection no longer has relevance in our lives.  It is sad, yes, but to sentimentally insist we will always be *in love* with someone discounts the possibility they served a spiritual purpose in our lives for the time they were in it and the connection was meant to be ephemeral.  If we cling to the past like this instead of blessing and releasing, how will we ever move forward and come to fall in love with Another in the future?

I propose that if we find ourselves reflecting upon a past partner at this time and wanting to reach out to them, we also need to be careful of our motivation for doing so.  It’s one thing if we feel as if we need to apologize for causing someone pain, but we should be aware this often isn’t experienced as helpful or healing to the other party involved and that what we may really looking for is absolution for ourselves.

Reflecting upon my own past loves, I can say that when I’ve been able to look at my past Self via the mirror of relationship and felt I’ve had something to apologize for,  I’ve never been shy about doing so.  But I’ve also never sought out an ex expressly for this purpose, either – fate simply intervened and brought us back into contact again, though only for the sake of expressing our mutual regrets and then releasing the attachment for good….a true case of “touch and go”.  I do think I will probably always love anyone that I’ve ever genuinely been in love with to a degree, but it is a very different feeling to me than actually still being *in love* with them.  I harbor the kind of vague, dormant affection one might for an old friend that hasn’t been seen in many years.  You acknowledge the history and love what they represented to you at one point in your life, but you also don’t linger in the past.  And with this Libra Eclipse infused with energy from the Aries Sun & Mercury plus its contact to Mars, it is all about living in The Now and being ready to embrace The New.  So if you catch yourself humming “White Flag” whilst pondering an ex, surrender the attachment as best you can.  Give it up to God/Goddess/The Universe.  And trust that if there were loose ends meant to be tied up, that you won’t have to go seeking him or her – Divinity will intervene to ensure that your paths cross again one day…


Venus In Pisces: A Sweet Surrender

Venus recently dipped into the sign of its exaltation – Pisces – this past weekend, infusing the current astro with some rather dulcet tones. Her siren song calls out, begging us for escape and for sweet surrender to the principle of Love. Love becomes a transcendental force when Venus resides here; representing a soul-union on the spiritual plane that transcends all reason, bounds, rules, classes, colors, and backgrounds. Venus in Pisces is the quintessential fairytale romance; the kind of idealized union we find in dreams or fantasize about. And it IS rather intoxicating, as it certainly does feel wonderful to simply let go & release into the heart swells as we float in an infinite ocean of Love. If nothing else, its warm embrace can certainly provide a beautiful – if temporary – respite.

“The Siren” by John William Waterhouse

As pleasant as all of this is, however, it can absolutely wind up being a siren song in so many ways if we weigh anchor and allow ourselves to get entirely swept away. Love may also make us blind under this influence…we tend to ignore red flags, gloss over faults, and put partners upon precariously high pedestals under this vibe. We can also pine for a union that’s not to be, or find ourselves so disillusioned with a present relationship situation that we check out and fantasize or try to drown our sorrows in a bottle rather than deal with problems head-on. This energy can involve themes of suffering and sacrifice as well…it may simply mean we have to give up a lot on the material plane for the love we so yearn for; the princess or prince becoming a pauper in order to be with their Beloved. Or we may become so trusting that we give our compassion, love, and/or money away to someone who isn’t worth it….a liar, a bum, an addict, a cheat, or a deadbeat, for example.

These cautions are mentioned because the more problematic expressions of Venus in Pisces may surface shortly as this planet finds itself approaching Neptune while engaged in a contentious T-square with Jupiter in Virgo & Saturn in Sagittarius between March 20-25. There are so many potential ways this can manifest, but one core takeaway involves this magical, courtly sort of love beset by Reality (Saturn) and Truth (Jupiter). It becomes essential to understand there can be a wide variance regarding our philosophical stance about Love at this time, and that it can run the gamut from idealism, to healthy optimism, to beneficial pragmatism, to excessive criticism, to pessimism….sometimes all happening at the same time. Jupiter in Virgo + Saturn in Sagittarius may threaten to poke holes in these romantic dreams; to deflate the insular little bubble we may have otherwise surrounded ourselves with via tuning out and failing to take an honest and perhaps hard look at the very real imperfections contained therein. We can swing from hopeless romanticism to overblown criticism easily in the blink of an eye in cases where the reality check that is delivered happens to be excessively harsh; potentially causing that dream love to come undone and dissolve entirely.

But does it have to come to this? With Venus so well-placed in Pisces, I am hard-pressed to say “yes”…I propose instead that what we really need is a good anchor, and we do get that with Saturn’s involvement. We need to slow it down for our own benefit; to bring ourselves back to Earth gradually where we look honestly at the flaws and faults regarding a romantic ideal to hopefully arrive at what I will call an optimistic state of realism. Can we take what we may now understand to be a castle in the air and work with it, without throwing the proverbial baby out with the bath water? Make it more substantial by shoring up any weakness in that vision, even if it takes an abundance of time & effort?

Personally, I do think it can be done, but then I am somewhat of a romantic at heart….  😉   ❤