The only two planets closer to Sun than Earth have started our week in tandem. Venus entered its rulership in Taurus earlier today and will consummate the ingress with a sextile to Neptune tomorrow. Mercury conjoined Uranus in fiery Aries this morning and is a day away from linking up with nearby Vesta. The combined activity of Mercury and Venus symbolize an inner and outer environment rich in energetic possibility but needing your conscious contribution to achieve its potential within your life.
The potential of your inner and outer worlds right now is in its sheer energy. The question is whether that energy will be wasted in reaction, or function as a stimulation to creativity. Mercury is well positioned to support a stimulated mind.
In fact, Mercury in Aries is a stimulated mind. The quality of Aries is cardinal, which confers a sense of initiative. The element of Aries is fire, which easy to understand as something light and energetic. As you have probably noticed already, this morning’s conjunction of Mercury with Uranus takes the mental quickening up a notch. That’s because Mercury and Uranus share a symbolic connection with electricity and sudden events. Your simply reacting to a rapid pace and galvanizing occurrences will accomplish little more than burning you out. Vesta is on the scene in Aries to help with managing the inner combustion.
Vesta’s discovery chart for March 29, 1807 has both Sun and Mercury in Aries, so the origin of its identity in our consciousness (Sun) and its function in our thinking (Mercury) resonates with Vesta’s current placement in the cardinal fire. In addition, Vesta’s very name has a legendary connection with the management and conservation of vital energy within a structure. That’s because the Roman temple to Vesta was where a sacred flame was kept and cared for, symbolic of the hearth flame, which for most of human history has represented home on Earth.
The presence of Vesta in functional conjunction to both Mercury and Uranus thus implies a way for you to be present to the fire within without being consumed by it. The key will be conscious devotion to sustaining the energy in your bodily temple with a disciplined maintenance of its level and container. You know how to achieve those objectives from experience. The key is to shift your focus and attention to the task. That task will be complicated by the likelihood that your inner level of nervous energy is being matched by what’s coming at you from the outside.
For every person like you, present and conscious of the ambient astrology and how it is functioning in your life, you can be sure there are a multitude of others who are simply living a runaway chain reaction right now. Since avoiding contact with others is not practical for most of us, your challenge is finding a way not to get caught up in the frenzy you are likely to encounter. Since you can’t control anybody but yourself, the means to dealing with a frenetic environment lies in exerting control over what you attract. That’s where Venus comes in.
Venus, in the words of Robert Hand, “rules the spontaneous power of attraction.” Living, as most of us do, in a culture that encourages us to make things happen or go out and get things done does not cultivate the skill of employing the Venus archetype. Indeed, most of us see the power of attraction as a native ability mysteriously conferred to the physically beautiful or socially charismatic. That’s where Venus’ sextile to Neptune comes in.
Among other things, Neptune is associated with perceptions that are not valid. Among such invalid perceptions is the idea that attraction is not consciously attainable. Sextiles, like scholarships, support the effort to attain. Venus in sextile to Neptune encourages you to make the receptive, tangible qualities of Venus work for you by getting a fix on its practical side and actually putting out into the world some of what you’d like to attract. Now is a good time to try that because Venus is in Taurus.
Taurus is a fixed earth sign. That combination of quality and element implies a practical and tangible milieu for any planet, but especially Venus. That’s because Venus rules Taurus, which means it is strongest and most comfortable there, and that gives us a valuable clue. It is a clue that the true nature of Venus and attraction is not mysterious and ethereal, but genuine and accessible. The archetypal power of attraction associated with Venus is not alien to Taurus, it is essential. Just as what goes up must come down and fix to the Earth, what you put out into the world will be attracted to you, and that is how Mercury and Venus can be made to work in tandem for you right now.
Mercury, in its Aries conjunction with Uranus assures that what you put out can have abundant energy. Consciously including the modulation that Vesta represents gives you control over how your energy is perceived. If others perceive that you are above merely trading reactions, they will reflect a thoughtful response back to you and you will attract the same level energy from without that you attain within. It may take a little practice, but if there is anything to astrology as we have interpreted it today, there is no better time than now to begin.
Offered In Service