Now that we have the Sun joining retrograde Mercury in Scorpio, you may be starting to notice a sense of astrological undertow — a kind of visceral pull toward the feelings, experiences and ideas Scorpio is known for. It’s a pull that can lead you to transformation whether you want it or not. Saying ‘yes’ to the journey can take on many shapes and flavors; right now, one version relates to the way infatuation can function like a drug.
The configuration shaping up involves Pholus and Ixion in Sagittarius. We encountered them earlier in the week, in an aspect related to co-dependency and our culture’s alcohol abuse. On Friday, Venus joins the conversation by conjoining those two minor planets in Sagittarius.
Since Venus is the planet of love and Pholus can take a small cause and spin it into something bigger, Venus-Pholus in Sagittarius has the potential to help any groovy love-and-sex adventures to really take off. They might even feel (or be) a bit ‘cosmic’.
Ixion, however, puts an edge on things. Signifying ‘anyone is capable of anything’, Ixion could heighten the more cavalier ‘gotta be me/gotta be free’ element of Venus in Sagg. While not a bad thing in itself, it could be challenging for many people — whether experiencing it in a partner (fear of losing them) or within oneself (guilt for needing/desiring independence).
What happens, though, when we look at Venus-Pholus-Ixion in a broader cultural sense? Through that lens, it can begin taking a shape that’s closer to the addictive behavior patterns (co-dependency and alcoholism) that came up in Tuesday’s Daily Astrology column. In this incarnation, we get ‘infatuation as a drug’.
How often have you noticed yourself or a friend getting obsessed with the chemical-emotional high that comes with new relationships, until it starts to look like drug-seeking behavior? How many people do you know for whom a relationship just doesn’t seem ‘right’ or satisfying or ‘fun’ once the bloom is off the proverbial rose — and then it’s back on the hunt again?
There’s little or no chance in that game for genuine intimacy — being honest; vulnerable; communicative; receptive; generous; open about fears and shortcomings, as well as desires and joy. Chemistry only gets us so far, which can be scary. That fear coupled with the sugar-high of infatuation can keep people trapped in behaviors and patterns of relating that block them from true connection (both with others and within themselves).
We even see a version of it in our collective infatuation with famous people. Culturally, we can’t seem to get enough of news about them; we emulate their style; we imagine them to be ‘dream versions’ of the regular people we actually relate to. How can a ‘real’ person hope to live up to that?
As mentioned, with Sagittarius, there is the potential for ‘cosmic’ or deep spiritual contact with someone. But generally speaking, our culture does not encourage or support that, choosing instead to promote myriad ways of masking its potential.
Some people can crack through that static via mind-altering substances. Again, Pholus’ association with alcohol (and by extension, similar substances) suggests a double-edged sword: where’s the line between taking enough LSD to find enlightenment, versus burning yourself out chemically? Where is the line between accessing and masking inner experience?
As these themes intensify approaching Friday, the Moon conjoins Jupiter in Cancer — and they’re making an awkward angle (quincunx) to Venus-Pholus-Ixion. The Moon rules Cancer, and Jupiter is all about expansion — so it looks like cravings for family, comfort, home and related themes will feel very important on an emotional level. Those things could feel at odds with what the Sagittarius grouping is bringing up for consideration.
But Jupiter rules Sagittarius: the two sets of urges are more connected than they seem at first, though you may find yourself swinging between them. Remember that Mercury is retrograde in Scorpio — and in the same neighborhood, degree-wise. If you can allow yourself to feel it all and follow the different threads back and in, who knows what you’ll learn.
With Eric Francis