The Beauty of Your Worth
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The Language of Seduction
The combination of Venus and Mars tells a story of passion, where beauty and pleasure meet physical desire. This week, Venus in Aquarius meets Mars in Gemini in a rapturous trine aspect (Jan. 9, 2023, 7:22 am PST). When this aspect is exact between two planets, it means they’re in signs of the same element, and their natures resonate with the same quality and disposition. Their attraction to each other seems inevitable, like the relationship between the head cheerleader and the captain of the football team.
At this trine, Venus and Mars connect in the air element, in which a meeting of the minds is the key to intimacy. The lovers woo each other with witty repartee, delighting in the language of seduction. It’s an aspect that passes quickly; is it the beginning of a great love story, or a fleeting moment of flirtation and pleasure? It hardly matters; one day can be enough to conceive a child – or any other act of creativity that can live on long after the lovers have parted.
If you’re already in a close relationship that’s been struggling, a day either side of this aspect could be very positive for sorting things out. Go on a long drive that will give you plenty of time to talk, rekindling warm feelings and help you remember what brought you together in the first place.
Pleasure Provides a Push
The Lunar Nodes represent the process of releasing old patterns and embracing new challenges. This is generally difficult; we’d often prefer to stagnate in a toxic but familiar situation rather than reach out to an unfamiliar one, however potentially positive. But a planet squares the nodal axis, it provides an incentive – or a push – in the direction of growth.
As Venus in Aquarius squares the Nodes this week (Jan. 10, 2023, 11:51 pm PST), pleasure provides the push. The South Node in Scorpio represents a default position of fear, suspicion, mistrust; but the North Node in Taurus urges us to trust, take things at face value, and enjoy what we have.
Why would we hesitate to embrace this life-affirming, North Node world view? When you’ve been disappointed and mistreated, believing the best of others can feel like a sucker bet. But have faith. If we take steps, however tentative, toward the North Node, we’re rewarded with happiness. How to proceed? Venus and Taurus are connected to sensual pleasures, so let your senses guide you toward new and different food, scenery, sights, sounds, and smells. Smile at strangers on your morning walk. Have lunch with a friend. Let your senses bend you toward the simple pleasures of your everyday life.
Proceed with Caution
It seems Mars has been in Gemini forever, although it only entered the sign on Aug. 20, 2022 – mind you, that’s a good long time when Mars normally spends only two months in a sign. And it feels like it’s been retrograde forever, too, though that’s only been since October 30!
The point of this protracted Mars in Gemini and its retrograde period has not been about punishment, but rather about restraint and discipline. Mars the warrior in Gemini wields language with great skill, but it’s even more effective when it’s gone through basic training; and being retrograde has provided a tough boot camp.
By now, we’ve probably gotten a bit used to the frustration and blockages that this retrograde has symbolized. But this week, Mars at last stations and turns direct (Jan. 12, 2023, 12:56 pm PST).Particularly if your chart is heavy in planets or points in Aries and Scorpio (the signs ruled by Mars) or Gemini, you may feel like a kid who’s just gotten a cast off a broken leg – ready to get out and hit the ground running! But until Mars leaves Gemini on March 25, proceed with a bit of caution; you need a little more time to gain the strength and clarity to move ahead.
What It All Means
Sometimes, a good, solid nap is just what you need to refuel your mind, spirit, and creative juices. A lunch break overlooking the ocean or a lake, or in the company of a good book, can do the same. Do it for the right amount of time – not too much! – and you’ll be refreshed and productive for the remainder of the day.
When the Sun sextiles Neptune (Jan. 13, 2023, 6:11 am PST), it’s dream time. An afternoon nap or even gazing out the window, daydreaming. can help you figure out what story you’re getting ready to tell. The Sun is on the Sabian symbol 24 Capricorn: A woman entering a convent, so some contemplation will serve us well today.
The Sun in Capricorn is filled with ambition and rarely has trouble composing an agenda to reach its goals. But Neptune provides the extra element of vision, uniting Capricorn’s earthly ambitions with the larger question of what it all means in the grand scheme of things: how your worldly goals are connected with your spiritual purpose.
The Beauty of Your Worth
Are you beautiful? Worthy? Lovable? And who gets to decide that, exactly?
Venus’ square to Uranus (Jan. 14, 2023, 5:22 pm PST) is a wake-up call to break away from other people’s opinions about our worthiness and instead, celebrate our true, unique beauty – of face, body, mind, talent, and spirit.
Venus is also a financial planet, and money is another way of evaluating what things – and what we ourselves – are worth. When Venus skirmishes with Uranus, we might encounter sudden gains or reversals (Uranus). That’s noteworthy from a practical standpoint, but also because our relationship with money reveals scads about our confidence, security, and values. Sample questions: Are you giving more than you’re getting? And is money making you more free, or less?
A Second Opinion
The Last Quarter Moon issues a progress report on what we set out to accomplish at the New Moon. At the Capricorn New Moon we ask: what do we want to accomplish in the new calendar year? We might consider New Year an artificial construct with no real astrological resonance, but it has plenty of real-world importance, and Capricorn is nothing if not connected with the real world of calendars and timelines.
Capricorn is also bit of a lone wolf. When we think of New Year’s resolutions, they generally take the form of what we want and can do on our own. But the Last Quarter Moon is a moment to evaluate how well that approach is working for us. This week’s Last Quarter Moon (Jan. 14, 2023, 6:10 pm PST) falls, as it often does during Capricorn’s season, in Libra, the sign of collaboration. The Sun in Capricorn is conjoined with Pluto just now, even more determined than usual to do things in its own way and brooking no opposition. But even the most powerful Capricorn executive can benefit enormously from conferring with a trusted advisor, and that’s what the Moon in Libra represents here.
This Last Quarter is a critical moment in this month’s New Moon cycle, but it’s also the last critical moment in a Lunar Phase Family cycle that began at the Oct. 16, 2020 New Moon. That New Moon pitted the Sun and Moon in Libra against a retrograde Mars in Aries, with all of them square Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto in Capricorn. If that New Moon was about learning to rely more on our own counsel, the Last Quarter in this cycle says that we’re now secure enough in our own point of view to invite a second opinion. It may come from a spouse, close friend, coach, or business partner, but at this Last Quarter Moon, get another perspective.
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