“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Effective Dates: December 8th, 2016-January 3rd, 2017
Helios’ Astrological Angle on Venus in Aquarius– YES! That is honestly my gut reaction to this transit. I know Venus and I have a complicated history, but this is the best news I have had all month. Maybe even all year. Aquarius is the sign of our greatest hopes, dreams and wishes, and she enters this sign under a Sagittarius Sun- The sign of optimism, vigor, and victory; All this fanfare for the goddess of Love, the one who can turn aside entire armies or soothe just one raging and stormy heart. Ladies and gentlemen, we have trudged through this hellish year, and had loss after loss, but here is our chance to swipe hope from the jaws of despair and at least end the year on the highest of high notes.
Venus will be carrying the torch for us into 2017, where she sets the tone for Artemis’ “Star Year”- taking us from the war-torn plains of our hearts to a Valhalla in our souls. She represents the best of us here, and if you work with her there will be no stopping you. We called this one High Voltage because what she can do is literally shock your heart back to life, like a defibrillator, even if you thought it would never beat again- even if you never wanted it to.
If I had to boil this transit down to one soundbyte, I would say that she wants us to feel Love without Limits. Right now, she wants us to see the whole of what is possible. You are capable of doing and achieving so much right now, but Venus doesn’t truly care about any of that; No, Venus just wants you to embody Love and that ALWAYS starts with loving yourself, first and foremost. You can be the grandest Lightworker, spiritual guru or whatever and still carry around nothing but self-loathing in your heart. Sure, loving other people is easy, but loving yourself, in spite of all those scars and dirty secrets of yours? Next to impossible. During this transit you will be challenged to look at the world around you with new eyes. See yourself as if you were a stranger, unaware of your personal atrocities and sins. Detach. Once you do that, give that stranger the same love you would give to anyone else, only better. Don’t analyze, just feel.
You will face challenges to this newfound zen, of course. Others who aren’t as in tune with themselves will be feeling themselves and having their egos on 10s, but you will need to resist the urge to respond in a similar manner. When someone on a power trip targets you and tries to steamroll you into submission, DON’T PANIC. You can handle whatever gets thrown at you. The external challenges you face are not as gigantic as you think they are. What’s more, you are far more likely to find support in the places that you expected fierce resistance before, as long as you believe in your goals you can turn even the most stanch opponent into an unlikely ally. Of course, the greatest of these struggles will be to turn your own heart.
You cannot continue to struggle against yourself any longer, and Venus is going to show you that you don’t have to anymore. Give yourself a second chance at happiness- I promise you that you deserve it!
Artemis’ Tarot Take on Venus in Aquarius- Cards: 6 of Swords, The Chariot, 2 of Cups
Mmm, this is my natal position for Venus, and I’m always excited to “come back home.” And Fuck, although some tough transits are going on right now, we are getting positive boosts from the romantic side of life. Juno recently made her transit into Saggo, and now Venus has finally powered through her rough Scorpio + Capricorn transits and found delicious, delicious freedom in Aquarius. With such positive aspects to Jupiter (trine) and Saturn (sextile), this is surely going to be a beautiful Venusian transit full of all the more positive aspects of the Aquarian archetype. Prepare for lightening flashes of insight when it comes to your personal finances + your romantic relationships, and for things to come together in some strange and unexpected ways.
6 of Swords. With Venus in Aqua sextile Saturn in Saggo, we are going to receive some revolutionary insights into our relationships. What’s amazing about this transit is that it will allow you the opportunity to actually see the patterns of your past romantic relationships in clear, Uranian insight (pow pow!) With Saturn in Saggo, you will get a surge of inventiveness and a philosopher’s edge. Whatever happens here, you will stumble on to a new method of love with a flavor of Aquarian/Saggo freedom attached to it. It’s time to leave behind essentially everything you ever knew about… well anything. Aquarius breaks every single box she sees, so the impossible may just be, well, very possible right now. Yes, in fact, you are going to know exactly what it is going to take to obtain the type of love you desire. The real question is, are you going to have the courage to rebel against perceived restrictions to obtain it?
The Chariot. With Jupiter blasting Venus off with trine energy from Libra, relationships that began as a result of the Jupiter in Libra transit will get an open door of opportunity. Although we will receive this opening there is also a warning here. The Chariot alludes to the armor that we wear in order to carry our most sacred desires through this cold and dangerous world. It is the ability to juggle contradictions and live peacefully between them. It is the control that it takes to protect inner from outer, and also integrate inner and outer. This building of external armor is very common Venus in Aquarius behavior. And it is often times very detrimental for individuals with this position in their natal. This energy often times makes an individual so wrapped up in their armor that it becomes difficult to express love. There are some hilarious stories about how negatively aspected Venus in Aqua individuals communicate their love. I once heard of a Venus in Aqua individual who could only communicate their feelings through mix tapes (one can only assume his love trauma began in high school).
An individual who has mastered their Venus in Aquarius knows that they must integrate and trust their gut/instincts, like any good scientist. What may seem like a contradiction may in fact be an opportunity to new and deeper understanding. If we do not have the freedom to experiment, how can we ever learn about chemistry? Scientists know that when they commit to finding an answer, they must also commit to having their hypothesis changed and changed again. That is the nature of our paradoxical universe. Once we hold on to one belief, something happens to rattle our world in the other direction. The Chariot is our Willful attempt to dance in the paradox via the power of our trust in our instincts and our ability to protect our heart – but not so much that it becomes eternally encapsulated.
2 of Cups. Oh boy, we have a 2 of Cups drawn for a Venus transit. This is a good omen. This card coming after the 6 of Swords and The Chariot tells me that this transit has a question attached to it, “How do we merge the contradictions in order to form unity even in difference?” The answer, according to my cards, is finding a goal with your counterbalance. Grumble all you want, Aquarians, even we have a counter balance. We can’t always be the frosty loner, misunderstood by everyone and everything. Sometimes we really are rebels without a cause – and we rebel against our own best interests. YOU CAN’T TELL ME WHAT TO FUCKING DO! Maybe you’ll hear this from one of your own: You should probably at least listen. Rebel against your own rebellion against merging methods with others. Jupiter in Libra is going to teach us a lot about listening and adjusting. This is no time to run from intimacy when incredible amounts of luck and opportunity are being presented to you by Jupiter. You are SEEING your opportunity. The real question is are you willing to believe in it and start adjusting your life to open yourself up to the blessing?
So here is the key to this transit – if you can integrate the contradictions inside of you (The Chariot – 6 of Swords), instead of suppressing them and controlling them, you will obtain what you most desire (2 of Cups). The issue with most Venus Aquarians is that our natal position directly contradicts the dominant culture. We believe in allowing our lovers to be exactly who they are – we love by breaking chains and setting people free. And if they come back to us, well, then we know it was meant to be.
P.S. Heretics- Don’t forget the kink. Always expect some weird kink to come up during a Venus in Aquarius transit. And expect kinky behavior to be inflated because of Jupiter and Saturn’s involvement.