Heaven’s just a rumor she’ll dispel.
As she walks me through the nicest parts of hell.
I still dream of lips I never should have never kissed
Well she knows exactly what I can’t resist
If she says come inside I’ll come inside for her
If she says give it all I’ll give everything to her
I am justified
I am purified
I am sanctified
I’m still caught up in another of her spells
Well she’s turning me into someone else
Everyday I hope and pray this will end
But when I can, I do it all again” – Nine Inch Nails, “Sanctified”
Effective Date for Venus in Scorpio– September 23rd- October 18
Helios’ Astrological Angle on Venus in Scorpio– Break out the chains and lube up your lemurs, because this is going to be one sexy, dirty, and completely off-the-wall weird transit. Yes, boys and girls, its time once again for our girl Venus to head into Scorpio. Now, I know a lot of you look forward to this one for some reason, and part of that is the fault of the astrological community at large- Venus gets a lot of great publicity, and Scorpio gets a fair amount of its own, but you know who else does? Donald Trump. Yeah, that’s right. You see what this transit does is it takes the masks we hide behind, any falsehood or half-truth, and it rips them off of you, exposing anything that you are trying to hide. Every tiny bit of our personal ugliness that we try and dress up or smooth over will be magnified and scrutinized under this transit. So, uh… prepare for that I guess.
Now there’s a myth I drag out every time we talk about Venus and the underworld. Its one of my favorites, primarily because its so old and so damn weird and cool. The story of Inanna and Ereshkilgal (also Tammuz is there).The myth comes to us in fragmentary form, from the Epic of Gilgamesh. In the myth, Inanna (Venus) is not portrayed in the best light. Our girl goes into the Underworld (collective groan as we hear this same story again) to attend a funeral for her twin sister’s (read: shadow-self) husband. She comes very richly dressed, and her sister, Ereshkigal(Pluto/Scorpio) is suspicious of her intentions. So she (Ereshkigal) demands at every gate of Hell, that Inanna remove one layer of her clothing, because “That is the way of the Underworld”. After passing through all 7 gates of Kur (the Underworld), our girl arrives at the funeral, quite naked. After being right pissed, and behaving quite badly (or a dastardly plot, we’re not 100% sure what went down here), our girl becomes trapped in the Underworld. A deal is worked out, and she is released, however someone else must take her place. She pleads with all the gods, but cannot get any of them to take her place. At the end of her rope, she finds her lover, Tammuz on her throne, looking resplendent.
Our girl loses it.
She unleashes a horde of Demons on the guy, and he books it out of there. His sister tries to hide him, but she is no match for the demons, and they rip Tammuz to shreds. So she finds someone to take her place after all (in a fashion). His sister, Belilu, cries out to heaven about the injustice of it all and is just a general wreck. So yet another deal is worked out (I quite like these Sumerian gods, with their negotiable mortality and all) where Tammuz gets to come back to the Land of the Living for 6 months out of the year (aka The original Persephone/Adonis story). And in the end, Tammuz spends those 6 months with Inanna anyways. Everybody wins! (I think…) So what is the moral of the story here? Hell if I know… Oh wait, its my job to know these things? Okay well, we have a trip through the Underworld that strips you bare and leaves you raw, getting stuck there due to your own negative reaction to the process and trying to fight your way out, which is a bad move and leaves you stuck with trying to make an impossible decision to save your own skin. Not the greatest scenario.
Artemis’ Tarot Take on Venus in Scorpio-
Cards: Death, Ace of Wands, Queen of Swords —– Card for Jupiter in Libra’s influence: Justice
I have worked a lot with Scorpio energy. Diving into Scorpionic archetypes 2 winters ago is what got me to shed so many horrible misconceptions I had about myself (see 8 of Cups by Artemis). Scorpio is the detective of the Zodiac. They are investigative; prodding the psychology of everyone around them. For example: I have Pluto (Scorpio’s planet) at my midheaven, which gives me this piercing, prying, intense, transformative presence. There isn’t fuck all I can do about it. It’s literally the first thing others notice about me, and it is literally the first thing others notice about a heavily influenced Scorpio individual as well. Get ready for this type of energy to enter your love life and seep into your ideas about physical fortune.
Have you felt the pressure building? This transit is like seeing smoke and going in instead of running. Mars will be in Capricorn, ravenous and blood thirsty, launching us into new worlds because we will finally have the drive of the gods behind our back. And Venus moving into Scorpio will take all of the strange psychology of your particular love life and bring it right to the forefront. If you haven’t noticed, the masks have been falling away from you since the Scorpio Full Moon back in Taurus season. Life is a constant roller coaster of transformation, and if you stay stagnant, you seep right back into the fabric of things instead of being an active, conscious participant in it’s unraveling. As the universe unravels, so do you, and Venus in Scorpio is going to make sure of it.
Let’s descend into the reading…
Death Card, aka The Nameless Card. Your values have been your compass through the past year, but they are about to be met with some gruesome scrutiny. Is that reaaaaallly what you believe is true, or is it what you think you should believe is true? You need to fully experience those values (Venus is the planet of Values) and also intellectually inspect them after said experiences. You can’t live your life from one angle or the other, so it’s time for Scorpio to do what she does best; make us fully confront all the lies we tell ourselves so that we may become the best version of ourselves. For some of you, this will mean layering more lies on top, like frosting on a fucking hell cake, expecting not to see those pesky things again, because, well, you did such a great job cementing them in this time. Eh, isn’t that what you told yourself last time? The thing is, Heretics, everything that goes into the underworld never stays in the underworld. It comes back up, in weird and unexpected ways.
Here is where the “kink” aspect of Venus in Scorpio kicks in. Ace of Wands. We play games with ourselves, our subconscious and conscious mind dancing around each other in theatrical performance for the outside world. For those with an investigative nature, we notice these patterns in others. For as many aspects of ourselves that we keep caged up, there are ways in which they come out to play. There are consensual and safe ways for these things to come out into the light of day, and partners who can help you theatrically move through your shadow dance are some of the best partners you will have. How deep is your love? How deep are your hurts and pains about love? The shadow side will try and find a way for you to reconcile these, to alchemicly meld and transform those parts of yourself. How does your personal psychology want to play those things out in regards to love and sex and your ideas of security (Venus)? The thing is, you’re not going to be able to help it.
The transformation is going to knock at your door whether you like it or not, and you’re going to have to sit down with it and have tea and discuss all the things you really, really, really want to feel in order to move on from past pain, or to prepare yourself for becoming something else. Now, shadow elements don’t always have to be about reconciling something negative. Sometimes they are about building up toward something we want to become. How does your mind want to theatrically prepare itself to transform – to take on more powerful personality traits?
Queen of Swords. There will be people in your life that have entered it since the Scorpio Full Moon back on 4/20 that will now begin to crack you the fuck open. Tell your lies, Heretics, and watch your words turn to ash as you speak them. Tell your truths, Heretics, and watch yourself ascend out of the underworld like a fucking Queen. You can’t leave here, you can’t leave these depths and the shadow games they play until you fully confront yourself and take off all the masks. Scorpio is a water sign, and it’s going to be an emotionally charged transit. It will transmute itself into all of your cracks and pours, seeping into the deepest parts of yourself without you realizing there was any way to get that deep. The Queen of Swords slices and dices, and she can be a cruel mistress. With this Venus transit coupled with a Capricorn Mars transit, get ready for your love and sex lives to get really fucking dark (yet sexy), exposing, and intense as fucking hell. What will you see in the mirrored depths? Pay attention. And be brave. Dive in, because it’s the only way out.