Effective Date: August 5-31, 2016
Helios’ Astrological Angle on Venus in Virgo– “Is this more than you bargained for yet? Oh don’t mind me I’m watching you two from the closet, Wishing to be the friction in your jeans- Isn’t it messed up how I’m just dying to be him? I’m just a notch in your bedpost, But you’re just a line in a song…” -Fall Out Boy
Okay, fine- I’m showing off my emo cred here; But is there more of a frustrated Venusian lyric? Actually, now that i’m thinking about it, there are some damn good ones from Panic at the Disco!… Anyways, YES! we continue our romp through Virrrrrrrrrgo with our girl Venus, and I know I have said this quite a bit but this is not the typical transit. Usually i’d ramble on about some half-strung nonsense re: Madonna/Whore aspect of Venus with some references to BDSM, but this time the vibe is very much something out of the French Resistance in WWII or East Berlin right afterward. There are hidden agendas all around you and no one can be taken at face value here. Everyone is working towards their own goals and no one is on your side. You are stranded in enemy territory and no one speaks your language, let alone supports your aims.
In fact it will help you very much if you start to see yourself as a spy during this time period- Especially if you are able to disassociate yourself from others, seeing them not as people but as assets. That way it hurts less when they betray you to further their own aims, or worse- when you have to do it to the ones you care about. Emotional attachments can hold you back, but you can use them to get what you want, if you are willing to get back into the despicable game of playing on others emotions and stomping on their hearts.
There have been major wounds incurred since Venus in Cancer for you- it is important to remember that you have been PUSHED to this point, it is not a natural progression of your growth- this is a time to get through, not one to essentially be celebrated. Your goal is to get to the other side, to Venus in Libra. That is where you will start to shine, not here- and NOT shining in your current mode needs to be something that spurs you on further, not something that you allow to hold you back.
Essentially what you want is to strike a balance between being a hooker and a spy. Do what you need to do, but ensure that your true goals are a mystery to everyone but yourself, because EVERYONE around you can hurt you- They can and will betray you because in the end they don’t actually care. Right now, the only one you can trust is yourself. Know the strengths and weaknesses of those around you so that you can manipulate them and play them into doing what you want. This plays into our title pun, as it could be taken as either discreet or discrete. The difference being “Discreet means on the down low, under the radar, careful, but discrete means individual or detached.” You need to be both. Detached yet able to ensure those around you are invested in you, while giving them nothing that could be used against you. Secretive yet intimate to those who crave that intimacy and would give you more from it.
Venus is not comfortable in Virgo (really only Mars and Saturn ever are….) and that will translate to you being relatively off-balance throughout this transit. Nothing will ever really make sense, and you will definitely be blindsided once or twice, through no fault of your own. Do not allow this to get to you, and make sure that you remember that while you are suffering from this, so is everybody else! Being the extremely understanding and attentive partner who always walks out on their subject (to keep their interest) is a tried and true strategy to gain intel that you wouldn’t have access to otherwise. Find the ways to get ahead right now, even if it is a regression into old patterns, but most of all ensure that you give it up for Venus in Libra.
Artemis’ Tarot Take on Venus in Virgo-
“I got my feet on the ground
And I don’t go to sleep to dream
You got your head in the clouds
And you’re not at all what you seem” – Fiona Apple
Cards: 6 of Cups, Death, Strength
Ugh, I can already see Venus in Virgo with some sexy glasses, thwaping her ruler into her palm and shaking her head. It’s a confusing sort of terror. We are going to get punished for our careless, love drunk mistakes, but her corrections are necessary. They are NEEDED as Jupiter moves into Libra and puts a dramatic focus on our relationships. Remember, tower year, and that includes the destruction of the shoddy towers we create in our romantic life. You naive motherfuckers, you built on shaky ground. It’s fine. We are all naive to some degree. It’s hard not to be when it comes to issues of the heart. We have been spoon-fed the dominant culture’s version of ideal love our whole lives, so reality slaps are going to be a bit harsh for those of us who still believe these downright fairy-tales (no offense to the Fae). Un/fortunately, corrections are on the horizon. Virgo is going to beat the shit out of us a little bit more as Jupiter makes his transition from Virgo into Libra. What to do when you know something is wrong? Well, the cards tell me you must kill it.
Aaah, you have your complaints, you have your critical eye placed directly on your relationships (the Death card is ruled by the Zodiac detective Scorpio). Love isn’t always roses and bunnies, it is also war (why do you think so many love goddesses were also war goddesess). Illusions are a big theme in this ingress – and breaking those illusions will be key. Hopefully the lessons of Venus in Leo don’t leave us with too much of an inflated ego. Developing a healthy ego that has the ability to navigate through reality is very important, but letting that ego get into the mode of playing power games is downright horrible.
This is all about finding our higher love octave as Neptune will be opposing Venus. Neptune will still be in retrograde during this time, so the illusions our love life is built on will be stripped like crazy. There will be a death of fantasy and a devastating blow to our universe. If you are having an affair, you better figure out a way to gain some integrity back into your life – like talking to your partner about having an open relationship or fucking leaving them if you aren’t happy. Remember, Virgo is all about integrity. If you are lacking it, she will punish you. Use your discretion here. How will you approach the topic? How will you break it down? How will you be of true service to yourself and your partner? Virgo is all about betterment and making sure the structures are sound so that the next earth sign, Capricorn, may build on a good foundation. Remember, all towers eventually fall, so it’s best to be alone than in a relationship where you are building false structures with someone. The fall from the top is going to hurt a lot fucking more than ending it any time prior. Integrity will, in the end, save everyone.
There is a tremendous strength to be found in having the courage to end things when they need to end. Honesty is true justice, and all hearts eventually heal. We must see the reality of our lovers – their flaws up close and personal – and we must decide if their person is our partner in crime or holding us back from the most honest life possible. This transit will finally give you the ability to see clearly what has been literally staring you in the face the entire time. This transit doesn’t equal the end of every and all relationships. The death of illusion can, and will, bring some of us even closer together. Sometimes we hold ideas about our relationships that aren’t true at all (he thinks I’m annoying or she thinks that I’m too critical), when, in fact, the opposite is true. It’s quite crazy how potent illusion can be and how we can completely trick ourselves into believing two different things at the same time. We can be told by everyone around us that something seems off about a situation, it doesn’t matter, we will still believe the thing we desire to perceive instead of the reality of the situation. This doesn’t mean love is somehow false – only that we build on false love all the time. We are, in the end, truly our worst enemy.