Morning Star: Daily Astrology for July 27, 2014

This morning, we wake up to Moon in Leo waxing toward a trine with Uranus in Aries (8:15 PM) and a square to Saturn in Scorpio (8:38 PM). The big news over the course of the next few days, however, comes from Venus.

Do you remember the first of this year when Venus was in Capricorn? She officially entered Capricorn on November 6 of last year. On December 22, Venus turned retrograde in Capricorn at just one second shy of 29 degrees. She turned direct on February 1st at 13 33 degrees.

Today, Venus is nearly finished opposing the degrees in Capricorn that she moved through ONLY ONCE in her passage in Capricorn. For the record, she met up with Pluto via conjunction in December 2013 at around 9 degrees. The two did not meet up again at the exact degree. Venus' station direct degree did not take her all the way back to Pluto. It was close. But, not exact.

Venus has danced with Pluto several times around the zodiac this year. When she was in Pisces, she found Pluto by sextile. When she was in Aries, she squared off with him. When she was in Taurus, she trined Pluto and the two did a wonderful Tango. Now, Venus looks across the zodiac at Pluto and the tensions begin to rise.

Venus/Pluto conjunction sabian 10 degrees Capricorn:

Bovee says, “The key is kindness. A little give and take. Composed, calm and kindly as if gracefully suspended in air, the albatross can give and receive without going too far… or not far enough. Some will be very sensitive regarding which side of the equation they perceive themselves to be.

Human relations are like this. It is possible to do too much for others… a disempowering of sorts. It is possible to give too little. Consider the space that opens in these awkward moments to be fraught with creative genius such that things can work out brilliantly... kindly."

The sabian from her conjunction in December talks about healthy relationships and fair exchange versus unhealthy and possibly codependent relationships. Mars was in Libra at that time, firing up all the things that Venus' conjunction with Pluto heralded. It was hard. Wasn't it? Mars in Libra? Our normal modes of asserting ourselves weren't working. We had to look at how we do that plus look at how we partner and look at how effective we were in those partnerships.

The Sabians for the sextile on April 18:

Venus in Pisces met Pluto in Capricorn just AFTER Pluto stationed retrograde on April 15 of this year. You remember April, right? There were eclipses and Cardinal Crosses and things were nuts for lots of people. Venus/Pluto was an aspect many overlooked in the chaos of all that. Oh, but Venus was in play during this time, for sure. Value and motivation gut checks were flying around at this time and would continue until Venus entered Taurus. Me vs We was certainly at the forefront and plenty of people were discouraged...if not flattened entirely.

As a matter of fact, a whole lot of feminine energy was rising during the time we were focused on the overtly masculine energy of the Cardinal Cross. The feminine energy crept up on people.

14 degrees Pisces for Venus: A lady in a fox fur

Bovee says, While some may flounder for a while in emotional confusion, perhaps striking wildly at something they thought they heard or witnessed, careful focus wills a needlepoint to precise recall… recall to past. Revelation for the future calls upon a hoary past, thus fox wisdom goes.”

14 Capricorn for Pluto “An ancient bas-relief carved in granite”

This was a very important degree for Pluto. It keeps showing up in interactions with Venus throughout the year as well as being prominent in Pluto's aspects to other planets. It signifies the very rock (Capricorn) that Pluto is trying to break down. Those old, default patterns whose effectiveness has expired.

Venus/Pluto will bring up past lovers, friends etc. And, many times, during Venus/Pluto's interactions and while Mars was in Libra (particularly when he was retrograde) lots of people experienced such interactions by actually physically running into people they had relationships with in the past. Or, by just reminiscing about those times.

The purpose of that is to bring forth a comparative view. Who you were then and how you acted in that relationship versus who you are now and the things you have learned since. But, to be honest, these situations in and of themselves make it VERY hard to look at things logically. First of all, Venus in Pisces knows no logic. Ok? She is exalted there but she is also reminded of that deeply connected compassionate and unconditional type of love.

This was also an opportunity to forgive (Venus/Neptune in Pisces) and let go of past hurts, delusions and transgressions in relationships.

The Sabians for the square(Venus/Pluto Rx) on May 15:

14 Aries for Venus “A serpent coiled between a man an a woman” Hill in an article discussing a New Moon in Aries in 2011 at the same degree says, “Temptation, fear and passion can all too easily get in the way of any relationship, old or new. It can sometimes be difficult to tell exactly what’s coming between people; it could be an emotion, psychological condition or memory. The ‘Serpent’ in this situation is not necessarily in a threatening pose, yet it can still induce a sense of fear or tension because of assumptions and prejudice”

Venus in Aries TYPICALLY is very prompt to take action toward what she wants. She is a warrior. But, during THIS passage, Venus in Aries' ruler was in detriment. And, Venus herself was also in detriment.
Plus, Action (Mars) and Want (Venus) were in opposition. We were surely tempted to do things the way we have always done them but those things WERE NOT working at the time. The frustration from that just kept increasing. We wanted (Venus) to move forward and initiate (Aries). But, MAN did we ever hit walls! How easy is it to fall back into temptation when you are already deflated to begin with? Pretty easy.

14 Capricorn for Pluto “An ancient bas-relief carved in granite”

Bovee says, “In simple terms, we could say this intellectual turn was one of background awareness. It singled out the individual, threw him or her against the measure of a darkened bottomless sky, and made almost every thought, emotion, wish, ideal seem a petty conceit of utter insignificance when held against that light... or lack of it”

So the first Sabian, from the conjunction told us to be aware of mutual exchange and the tendency to fall toward enablement and co-dependency. In the sextile, we were given an opportunity to assess past Venus issues and forgive and let go. During the square temptation crept in to go back to this “stone” instead of continue to chip away at it. This “temptation” was no small thing either. I remember it, well. On a personal level, I railed the Universe because it was the GRANDFATHER of all temptations for me at the time. It was quite a forceful and tempting call to do something that Venus KNEW was connected to a habit she really needed to break. And, at the time, she was pretty frustrated. Did she give in? In some instances..yes. It was the choice of the individual mostly and the answers to that question (Did she give in?) varies.
For Venus trine Pluto Rx (Taurus/Capricorn)

Venus trine Pluto on June 9 was rich. While in aspect to Pluto, fine milk chocolates magically turned into dark sensual smooth and rich dark chocolate.

Venus was at home in Taurus and much more settled. There was a sense of relief that accompanied Venus in Taurus this year. It was a time when many felt as if they could relax for a few minutes. Pluto was retrograde, still and this interaction actually backed up a degree for our further review.

For Venus at 13 Taurus: Shelfish groping and children playing

Bovee says, “Expect a highly refined sense of priority, which while focused, is also smooth and natural. From this secure ground, one can reach into the unknown for making sense of connections to constructive purpose.”

For Pluto at 13 Capricorn: A fire worshipper (sounds like Vesta, eh? And she's been hovering around our Venus ruled NN for how long?)

Bovee says: “When one individual brings a regard of worship to another, the elements of combustion and care are present in proper balance. Consider this:

... air, the space accorded another to be who they are, the space for their true spirit to shine.

... fuel; what one brings to another....  a gift, a conversation, support, encouragement.

... flame: the burning spirit of the other, that shining flame that you recognize such worth in.

... earth: your presence as another human being who, in proper worship and care, attends to the other.

When these elements are brought together, wondrous... magical.... things can happen. The warmth between two people grows like a fire coming to fullness. It endures while being tended like a fire with just enough fuel to keep it burning, but not so much so as to bombast as bonfire, nor too little so as to flicker out by bringing no worship."

For the upcoming opposition (2:36 AM tonight) Venus and Pluto meet up at 11 degrees and 43 minutes. Pluto is direct this time.

For Venus at 12 Cancer: A Chinese woman nursing a baby with a message

Bovee says, “Life is lived as a metaphor. Every journey home is written large on the background canvas of all life. The particular detail of the moment… a baguette picked up at the bakery for example… merges into the inexhaustible textures of returning home.”

For Pluto at 12 Capricorn: A student of nature lecturing

Bovee says the theme of this sabian is “Through new eyes”

Venus has been transformed this year. Values have changed. The dynamics within relationships have changed. We've had power struggles. Break ups. New relationships formed. Venus has reflected on the past and projected into the future and been given stark reminders of what she needs to change and where she is vulnerable to temptation to revert back to old and worn out patterns. The way we value others has changed. The way we value ourselves has changed. And, to a large degree, the old things we found value in seem a lot less important. Look, the new iPhone is out!... and 300 people just disappeared on a plane while millions continue to be murdered because of a perverted holy war, women are being held captive and sold into slavery and our children are suffering for all of it. Yeah. Who gives a shit about the iPhone anymore?

It was subtle. But it happened. And now Venus sees things a little differently. And with her new perspective, she stares across the zodiac at Pluto in Capricorn. She revisits all the information and situations one more time before she assesses the current situation. There will be temptation. There will be old relationships that float up again for us to review. There will be a homecoming and home looks a lot different, now.

What will Venus do? Will she forget everything she has learned? Will she use her new insight to further develop herself? I'll give you a clue. You hold the keys to her how you react to this energy. Will you incorporate Venus' new wisdom? Or will you continue to project the shadow of your Venus onto the face of everyone you meet and continue blaming everyone else for your money and relationship problems?

The Universe doesn't really care, again, one way or another. Its job is to present you with the energy and then dole out the consequences of the way we employ that energy as per appropriate in a ridiculously unbiased manner. So, instead of thinking about “Oh my gosh! I have to do the right thing here. Realize, the “right” thing is based on your assessment of it and no one else's. The Universe is giving us an opportunity to change for the better...or not. It's just that simple.

I have a feeling that many people will accept their new view upon things if not welcome it outright. Others will shirk in fear because of the monumental weight of the needed change. But, for the most part, as Moon waxes in trine to Uranus in Aries and square to Saturn in Scorpio, we will be primed to incorporate and solidify (Saturn) a new vision of ourselves in the future (Uranus in Aries). And that certainly includes a reshaping of our values and value systems.

Look back at the dates of Venus' previous interactions with Pluto. Can you note any personal themes that continually emerged during these times?

Venus has more Pluto interaction to come. She doesn't meet up (conjunction)with Pluto again (starting a new cycle) until December 21st. This conjunction occurs immediately preceding a New Moon in Capricorn (12/22). And, oh yeah, Mercury is in Capricorn too making his way toward a conjunction with Pluto himself during all of this. AND, Uranus is tightly in the mix too.

June 26th, 2012: 8 degrees

September 19 2012: 6 degrees

May 21 2013: 11 degrees

November 1 2013: 9 degrees

April 21 2014: 13 degrees

December 15 2014: 12 degrees

March 17 2015: 15 degrees
If you look at tonight's opposition in the same way we look at the movements of the Moon, this is a Venus/Pluto “full moon.” They don't get farther away from one another than they are right now. This is the culmination, the watershed, the snake shedding its skin. Then, the rest of Venus interactions from here until her next conjunction with Pluto will involve letting go of those habits and replacing them with new ones...or not. The next tense aspect from Venus to Pluto will come (aside from the inconjunct she will experience while she is in Leo) while Venus is in Libra. The square occurs at 12 degrees. Today's aspect is the midway point where what we decide holds great importance.

Have you checked in with Venus lately?