We have some more Aries action this week: Mercury just joined the club over the weekend, and is headed for a conjunction with Uranus. However it’s not all fire and ‘me, me, me’ anymore: Venus leaves Aries for Taurus today at 3:25 am EDT.
Venus in Taurus should help temper and ground personal relations, especially if yours felt strained last week. Venus rules Taurus (and Libra), and here the planet of love expresses itself best through the senses. Good food; beautiful art; sex that takes its time building to some serious heat with generosity and receptivity; literally putting your body in contact with earth; these are all things that say ‘Venus in Taurus’.
The Sun will be joining Venus in Taurus at the end of the week (April 19). That also may help slow your inner pace to something a little more measured than it has been lately. Any slowing and accompanying sense of grounding will better allow you to take in your surroundings (both the material and the people near you).
Before the Sun gets there, however, it conjoins Mars in Aries. That’s exact Wednesday at 8:20 pm EDT, and looks like a peak of heat, desire and motivation. We’ll get into that a little more tomorrow. With both Venus and Mars each in their respective signs, masculine/feminine and active/receptive would normally feel pretty balanced. But to have the Sun come along and conjoin Mars in Aries right before ingressing Taurus is a little like getting a shot of testosterone just before entering a field of daisies with the most beautiful woman in the world.
As mentioned, Mercury ingressed Aries on Saturday. Mercury is comfortable in Aries, making for a quick, witty, inventive mind. With four other planets still there (Uranus, Eris, Mars and the Sun), you’ll still want to stay conscious of superficial impulses and your ego/temper, even with Venus getting back to nature as she is: Mercury is moving into a conjunction with Uranus (exact Saturday, April 20).
If Mercury in Aries is a quick mind, Mercury in Aries conjunct Uranus can multiply that effect exponentially, with extra emphasis on ideas that are interesting (or just weird), innovative or surprising in their boldness. As noted last week, Uranus is currently in a quincunx to Saturn. That says: have an idea, do a little reality check, and then experiment. Don’t let your reluctance (Saturn) get in the way of your experiment (Mercury-Uranus).
Or, to borrow the words of regular reader “awordedgewise,” it’s “Just like a sculptor’s process — shift/observe, shift/observe, shift/observe — until the new creation is complete.” Saturn could show up as a stage in the process of whatever you’re working on where you have to pause, fully take in the form of things currently, feel it out as far as it can go, and then allow the next idea to spark — even if it takes you in a totally new direction. Lots of people are resistant to new directions, however — hence the need to keep Saturn in the form of reluctance in perspective.
Unexpected directions are not inherently untrustworthy just because they’re not where we thought we were headed. Unexpected directions just require us to be grounded enough and trusting enough of our senses (Venus in Taurus) to feel our feet still in contact with the path — even if our minds light the way like fireworks: suddenly, intermittently and with wild colors, shapes and sounds.