Today Venus enters Capricorn at 3:43 am EST. Venus is not at its most expressive in Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn (making this yet another event with a strong Saturn signature this week). Love and related emotions tend to be rather guarded or reserved with this placement. Immediately upon ingressing Capricorn, however, this more self-contained Venus gets challenged.
There’s another side to this, though — in Vedic astrology, Venus and Saturn are great friends, joined by their shared rulership of Libra. So Venus has a point of affinity with Capricorn.
As well, Venus is an earthy planet, also associated with Taurus. So with Venus in Capricorn, we may get the pretense of restraint or conservatism which conceals a wild side just below the surface.
The challenge comes from minor planet Ceres, which entered Libra Sunday. This puts Ceres (grain, agriculture, nourishment and all the emotional connotations thereof) on a mission of social and relational justice and balance, in a sign ruled by Venus.
Ceres is also about the emotional politics between mothers and daughters. These placements put Venus and Ceres into a square aspect with each other from the first degrees of cardinal signs: the Aries Point, where personal and political/collective issues intersect.
Consider this bit of news from yesterday’s Democracy Now! broadcast:
A leaked draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s next report warns climate change could reduce crop production by 2 percent each decade for the rest of the century, driving up prices and plunging millions more into hunger and starvation. It is the first time the IPCC has issued a dire warning on global warming’s threat to the world’s food supply.
That is Ceres on the Aries Point via Libra in a nutshell: a warning that we each need to keep our collective food source (the Earth) foremost in our personal consciousness as a motivator to act in protecting it. Ceres in Libra seems to say, ‘If I get fed, everyone else needs to get fed, too.” It’s an ‘all for one and one for all’ kind of situation.
So what happens when Venus in Capricorn, brings a “fear of giving too much of oneself” (to quote Isabel Hickey) up against the imperative to make sure that all of us, in all our relationships, are fully nourished? Relationships need to be reciprocally nourishing, emotionally speaking, to be viable long-term. That asks us to be vulnerable and open, not walled off or unnecessarily cautious. A lot of people have been burned badly in this department, and feel an understandable need to protect themselves from more hurt.
In the context of the recent eclipses (which may have shaken some things loose or opened some doorways) and Mercury retrograde in Scorpio (reacquainting us with our sexual history) Venus square Ceres looks like a question (or a few):
Can you feel your own foundations and sense of balance enough not to be afraid to give of yourself (in healthy, balanced ways), and to express love and empathy? Can you receive the same when it’s offered?
Are you willing to put energy toward finding solutions for ‘shortages’, whether in terms of world food supplies, or love in your personal relationships? Are there similarities in your attitudes toward both?
If you’re not actually starving (for affection, for food, for emotional or literal nourishment) are you willing to share what you have with those who are in some way? Even if you feel you’re lacking, you may discover how much you have by offering yourself to others.
Venus will station retrograde in Capricorn starting Dec. 21 (the solstice) for about a month and a half. Perhaps she has something to teach us about using solid structures to guide, but not necessarily limit, love.
Additional research/writing by Eric Francis