Today Venus leaves Taurus, one of the signs it rules, for Gemini. The waxing Moon, on its way to a Full Moon on Friday, enters Virgo today conjunct Mars, which is still retrograde. With Mercury stationing direct in Pisces, the message from all these mutable-sign planets is to be flexible and use discernment. This is easier said than done, though as today’s fast-moving astrology develops, it will be very helpful.
For many, the sensuality of Venus in Taurus over recent weeks has been the main point of contact, centering and grounding in the midst of two personal planet retrogrades (Mars and Mercury). It’s also been a gorgeous light in the sky, making a long and easily visible conjunction with Jupiter during this time.
Venus in Taurus has offered a counterbalance to the recent sparky happenings in early Aries (equinox, New Moon and conjunctions to Uranus). But we don’t actually ‘lose’ the power of Venus when it moves into Gemini; it shifts to another vibration that complements the rest of the setup. Venus in Gemini is lighter and airier than Venus in Taurus. It is charming, witty, expressive and understands passion, but it sifts emotions through the mind rather than through feelings and the body. Venus in Gemini is the picture of emotional intelligence.
Notably, Venus will be in Gemini well into August, an unusually long time to spend in one sign. The reason for this is that Venus will be stationing retrograde about six weeks from now, and in a sense this is the first stage of that process. This is a long story about cultivating emotional intelligence, which is another way of saying thinking with both sides of your mind.
As Venus enters Gemini, it’s in a square to three different planets — Neptune, retrograde Mars and Chiron. Today the Moon will be right there too, conjunct Mars. Then all of this is collected around the lunar nodes, so all the mutable signs are involved.
This is a tense setup, a kind of classic alignment for overreacting, plucking strings on a number of levels. Squares can be tense and push us to act, however, with this much mental and emotional activity, action could be clouded by questionable judgment. Make sure you get your facts straight — which could take a little while. It will be worth the time, effort and patience it takes to do that.
The Moon tends to amplify emotions; conjunct Mars in Virgo — especially Mars retrograde — this can be a little nit-picky and overly self-critical. The solution to you feeling better about yourself is not ‘fixing’ your relationships; the ‘feeling better about you’ thing starts with you.
Meanwhile there is plenty of feminine-masculine push and pull, most of which is inner tension. If this spills into your experiences with others, it could get hot and prickly, and in the middle of a Mercury station, it ramps up the possibility for either misjudgments or tempers flaring as a result of miscommunication. You may find that you or others are feeling a bit bipolar, that is, prone to exaggeration or lack of awareness about ‘the other side’ of your personality. So, the thing to work for is balance between emotion and reason; between feeling and logic.
Keep reminding yourself to slow down your reactions and be circumspect and discerning as you figure out what any given situation calls for. Noting that Venus is square Neptune and Mars is opposite Neptune, the most useful thing you can give yourself is being honest with yourself. These words mean something different to everyone; make sure you know what they mean to you.