Continuing around the wheel, the point at which there is an awareness of someone/something opposite, the halfway point, is the beginning of Libra. Most people assume Libras are balanced but balance is being sought in Libra. The halfway point is the most extreme spot on the wheel. It is the place of the initial awareness of polarity and relativity.
If you were born between October 5, 1971 and April 17, 1972, July 30, 1972 and November 5, 1983, or between May 18, 1984 and August 27 or 1984, you have Pluto in Libra. With Pluto in Libra, the resounding bass undertone of life, the same undertone that defines your generation, is all about relationships.
Those with Pluto in Libra have come into this life with pre-existing imbalances in relationships. In this life, they want to try again, to ‘get it right’, and, in most cases, step away from the relationship at the right time and in the right way. So, for people with Pluto (or the South Node or the ruler of the South Node) in Libra, hooking up with people (maybe a lot of people) is of evolutionary importance.
Libras learn by mirroring others to discover who they are and who they are not. When out of balance, it’s very easy for Pluto in Libra people to lose sighting of their individuality and become overly absorbed in the reality of their partner. Co-dependency, needing to be needed, and damaged trust are all part of this archetype as ones experience with the other will, eventually, lead to objective awareness of the needs of self vs. the needs of the other. Libras are learning to listen objectively and to give what the other person needs (rather than what they want or is easy to give).
The higher tones of the Libran archetype are expressions of relationships in which both partners are secure in themselves and in which each person encourages the other to shine and follow their dreams.
Because Venus and Mercury orbit between the Earth and the Sun, they are never more than a certain number of degrees away from the Sun from our perspective. For example, Mercury will never be more than 16º in front of the Sun before it stations retrograde. Then it moves backwards (again, from our perspective) until it is 16º behind the Sun at which time it stations direct and begins running ahead again past the Sun, repeating the pattern ad infinitum. Venus never gets more than 42º away from the Sun. She makes a similar pattern to that which Mercury makes, although in true Venusian style, her retrograde pattern makes a lovely, 5-pointed star.
Mercury and Venus (and Mars) are called the ‘personal planets’ because those archetypes make up the overtly personal parts of a person, the parts of the psyche that others see and deal with on a daily basis. When two or three of the personal planets are in the same sign as the Sun they set a strong, unified archetypal tone. This month of February, however, it won’t be at all like that. The planets are all over the place.
For several weeks Mars and Venus have been traveling together in the last degrees of Pisces. On January 28, Mars left Pisces and entered Aries. Meanwhile, the Sun is in Aquarius and Mercury is in Capricorn: all the personal planets are in different signs! And Mars is in his home sign, Aries, which gives us all a fiery push toward getting our needs met.
In addition to the aforementioned combination of energies, Venus and Jupiter will both go retrograde this month, too. The various conflicting energies and Mars in Aries gives us an underlying sensation that things are in flux. Indeed, they are, specifically in the area of relationships and/or money. But before we change things, we must first pull back the curtain and see things as they are.
Today, Friday, February 3, Venus will enter Aries. She’ll cruise along in Aries for a month initiating new projects, relationships and sources of income. Then, on March 4th, Venus will slow down and stop (from our perspective) at 13º of Aries. For the next month, she will go backwards over those first 13º of Aries again, getting a better look at the relationships or streams of income that we began in early February. The issue is whether or not things are in balance. Fear and anger is to be expected. Consider matters introspectively for the month of March, using, as much as possible, the objectivity made available by Mercury in Aquarius. The first half of April is the best time to let go of resentment, anger, delusions, and the relationships that are not in balance. (∞)
The dance of Venus passing back and forth over the ASC point asks us to take a second look at our values, the fundamental dynamics of our relationships, and our relationship with money. It’s a time of resetting self-esteem and up-leveling our relationship with our self and to our own talents.
Supporting the work of Venus in the re-calibrating of our relationships is Jupiter who will turn retrograde February 6 at 23º of Libra. As he moves backwards a full 10º in Libra, the sign of balance-seeking, we will be encouraged to look at our values and beliefs, at how we spend our money, and whether or not our relationships are in balance. Jupiter and Venus (and Mars and Mercury!) are working together this spring to force us to reconsider the recent new beginnings and help us see where we are being excessive and delusional in relationships. (@)
Mercury is between retrograde cycles these days so he’s going full-speed-ahead. He will take only two weeks to race through Aquarius (February 7 to February 25), during which time our minds will literally be racing. Our thoughts will be focused on the groups we are part of (or want to be part of) and our dreams for the future. In February, we will be more open to information and ideas from all corners. And because the mind will be superficially skipping along the surface, it will be easier to be objective. This objectivity will come in super handy as we uncover imbalances in our relationship dynamics with the retrogrades of Venus and Jupiter.
To take advantage of these energetic shifts in February, be willing to examine the balance points in your relationships: Is there as much listening as talking? As much receiving as giving? Is the attention usually centered on one person? Does each person in the relationship have the freedom to follow their desires? Also be willing to examine how your values are connected to your self-esteem. If your values, money situation or relationships need to be adjusted, you will know what you need to do by April. If by then you aren’t sure or haven’t made the changes, circumstances may change on your behalf when Jupiter stations direct in June. When Venus enters Aries (February 3), we will begin all manner of new relationships. A month later when Venus goes retrograde, she will show us where our impulsiveness, selfishness, need to be needed, and our instinctual desires pull us into delusional situations. Use the information uncovered in the retrograde period to make adjustments in relationship dynamics and personal values.
More specific information can be gleaned from your chart by penciling Venus in outside the wheel at 0º Aries and considering the information that the house placement provides.
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(∞) April 2, the still retrograding Venus backs out of Aries and into Pisces. On April 15, at 26º of Pisces, Venus stops (from our perspective) and begins moving forward again (stations direct).
(@) Jupiter will be retrograde until June 9.
Today’s Current Events post is a two-fer. It’s about Jupiter moving into Libra, and the square between Saturn and Neptune.
From September 9, 2016 to October 10 of 2017, Jupiter will be traveling through Libra. This transit, which begins Friday, will make for a noticeably festive weekend. These two energies together are great for our social life. Jupiter takes twelve years to go around the wheel, spending about one year in each sign. This year, from basically September to September, there will be more parties, more discourse and more social movement, in general. It’s a time of meeting new people and letting go of any relationship that has become rigid or limiting or is unequal in some fundamental way. Depending on where Libra is your chart, more can be said about it, but, in general, it’s a great time to connect with old and new friends from different cultures, to expand relationship patterns to allow new people and ways in, and to expand your social horizon.
Look at your chart to find Libra, the horizon-looking glyph. Notice which house 0º Libra is in. That is whereabouts Jupiter is traveling in your chart now. The house it is in indicates where in your life you’ll have particularly good fortune, where things will go well and perhaps, expand, where there will be some form of benevolence, perhaps over-indulgence. Even if you don’t know where Libra is in your chart, this is a special time – use it. Cooperate with the energies and make the most of this year by hosting or going to parties, learning a language, traveling and meeting people (especially of other cultures), and letting go of relationships that are not balanced.
September 10, 2016 is when Saturn will make a third-quarter square to Neptune. The interaction of Saturn and Neptune is a major, long-term cycle. It takes Saturn 36 years to go all the way around the wheel to meet back up with Neptune (who is much slower). The cycle began February 20 of 1989 with a conjunction in Capricorn. Overall, the cycle is about letting go of rigidity and tradition to allow compassion, forgiveness, and faith to guide us. The first-quarter square happened in April of 1999, and the opposition happened in 2007. This third-quarter square is the third, major hit we’ll have of this energetic interaction until 2025 when the cycle ends and a new one begins. We will feel this transit’s energy most strongly for about 2 weeks.
Saturn is about limits, discipline, time, responsibility, and the maturation process. Neptune is nearabouts the opposite. Neptune is boundary-lessness, letting go, timelessness (and the doing of things that promote the experience of it), and escapism. When these two meet up limits become permeable, and illusions and delusions are created related to work, goals, family, the disciplinarian of the family, authority and authority figures. Squares create tension because each of the planets is wanting/doing different things. Saturn in Sagittarius is going to point out where our beliefs have gotten rigid or dogmatic, and Neptune in Pisces is going to expose where we are being delusional, perhaps about work, authority or how much escapism we are doing.
More specifics can be sussed out by knowing where (in which houses) this square falls in your chart. But you can get some hints about how by this cycle has been manifesting for you by considering the cycle as a whole. Look to the time-periods mentioned above as well as last November and June of this year to get a sense of how this transit is being experienced in your life. What was the confusion/uncertainty about at those times? Decisions that were made in November that came back around in June of this year that are coming back around again. With Neptune involved you can be sure that things are not what they seem.
The ideal use of this energy is in bringing into manifestation something experienced in the Unseen. If you are a musician, poet, visionary artist, dreamworker or meditator this can be a very productive, focused time.
If you want me to take a look at your chart so we can speak about either of these transits, hit me up. I’d love to chat with you about it. If you’d like me to speak on something specific, please do leave a comment.