Today is the Full Moon in Libra just after 3:18 pm EDT. In addition to extreme tides and the possibility of equally extreme emotions and reactions (teachers and hospital workers can testify to this) as a result of this lunation, the mutable cross we’ve discussed this week is still a factor. And this weekend, Venus aligns exactly with two other planets in that configuration: Neptune in Pisces and retrograde Mars in Virgo.
In the case of Venus square Neptune, we’ve mainly considered the configuration in terms of its potential for self-deception. The sky is teeming with messages about the secrets we keep from ourselves, triggering and rooting out old pain, and making decisions toward a clear, healthier goal. Interestingly, Venus square Neptune is an aspect that often shows up in the natal charts of spiritual students, according to Isabel Hickey. The objective, apparently, is to be able to transform personal affection into universal love – to let go of the desire for love and instead be love. But that is no easy thing for most of us, conditioned as we are to get attached to our attachments. Is that where you are? Is you attachment to your desire for love getting in the way of giving, receiving and being love? If it is, and you know it, part of today’s challenge is clear – even if it isn’t easy.
Bkoehler, in a comment yesterday noted of this aspect (and the Full Moon’s role in it), “You might need greater discipline and sensitivity as well as discernment and organization at this time [with regard to self-expression]. But just remember, this might be a blessing in disguise when we are talking about a full, Full Moon in Libra, the sign of relationships, at the same time that Neptune squares Venus. … Yes, something will probably have to be ‘let go’, but in the long run it will likely be a good thing.” Ah, the long run! It always sounds so great in theory, doesn’t it? But so often so hard to appreciate in the moment.
And it’s perhaps even more challenging as Venus squares retrograde Mars in Virgo, exact Saturday, though we’ve been feeling it already. Hickey describes this aspect as, “Conflict between passion and love,” with the passions and emotions needing a firm, guiding hand. Sounds great if you happen to be (or visit) a professional dominatrix. In lieu of that, take heart in the fact that this square is taking place in mutable signs. That offers a little more flexibility than some Venus-Mars squares give. And remember that with Venus in Gemini, we’re experiencing our passions on a more cerebral level – so we may be able to apply that guiding hand yet, with some sensitivity and discernment even.
In fact, both Venus and Mars are in signs ruled by Mercury, and now that it’s direct, the channels of communication (even within ourselves, which is where we feel a square’s tension) should be clearer. Note that Mars is preparing to station direct one week from today, and Venus will station retrograde in just over a month. Try thinking of this square as a passing of the baton in your relay for self-understanding; see if you can hear what Mars is whispering to Venus in between the shouts. You may end up being able to cover that much more inner ground during Venus’ leg of the 2012 retrograde relay.
These two planets will square each other again from the middle of these same signs in early June. In fact, that happens the day before retrograde Venus makes its rare transit of the Sun. Whatever step you take now in response to the tension you feel between your active desire and your receptive love this weekend will have a counterpart in just under two months. Regardless what that may mean in the long run, it will be worth it to be as fully present as possible for this leg.