The planet Venus is our relational self--how we operate with other adults when our mutual desires are on the table. She represents our capacity to compromise and to also ensure our own needs/wants are met. At the moment she is standing stationary (from our perspective here on Earth) in the sign of Leo, the Lion. Leo is a natural leader with a penchant for finding followers and with Venus here, we are all likely to expect our partners, lovers and friends to bow down to us just a little:) Tomorrow, she will begin her retrograde cycle, moving her backwards towards the sign of Cancer where she was earlier this month. In Cancer, we have to reckon with our own tendency to give too much in our relationships only to be left feeling bereft after. Cancer is ruled by the Moon and offers the unconditional love of a mother to her child, while Venus is dealing in adult transactional love where we need both parties to participate equally. When she moves Retrograde, and probably even over the last few days as she came to a "halt", we will see a backing up and reversal of ourselves in relationship to others and in our general sense of happiness, beauty and harmony. Leo comes after Cancer to empower us after all of our emotionalism and service, and sometimes we need to repeat our lessons a few times through! She will be retrograde until early September, at which point she'll move forward again through Cancer, Leo and then into Virgo where she is debilitated and will be joined Rahu, the north node of the Moon. This is a time for us to reflect on our relational patterns and find the balance between what we give and what we get. If we can do the inner work and feel strong in our self, we will not give what we don't have to offer and we will not demand that from others either.
For the next few days the Moon will continue to be in a squeeze that has been happening every month for quite a while now. As our collective Mind moves through Virgo, Libra and Scorpio each month our thoughts and emotions are being disturbed and deluded by Rahu in Virgo and feeling undue pressure and fear from Saturn Retrograde in Scorpio. Right now, on Friday July 24th, the Moon is in Libra, squished between these 2 malefics, causing us to have an obsessive and delusional quality to what we accept into our mind, and a rather fearful yet committed output from our psychological process. Tomorrow, the moon will join Saturn in Scorpio for the weekend and into Monday, and we will once again find ourselves traveling through our imagined fears on an emotional roller coaster. Since we are seasoned warriors at this point, perhaps it is getting easier and we are learning more how to handle with each go around:)
All of this is happening at a time when our sense of power is clouded by Cancer's emotional waters as the Sun moved into the Moon's sign on July 16th, and our communication is giving new meaning to the phrase "pillow talk" as our communication planet, Mercury, moved out of its own sign of Gemini and into Cancer as well on July 20th. Here, our ability to discern information and communicate it to others is akin to talking through pillows because we are focused more on feeling good and connection than on right knowledge and speech. This is a great time to nurture yourself. With Jupiter's huge shift to Leo on July 14th, we have all felt an active surge in our ideals and power behind our philosophies but with all this other flux in the sky, we need to accept our actual state and give ourselves some love and attention. Actually, our best teachings evolve from reflection and inward study anyhow. Mars will be joining the Sun and Mercury in Cancer by the end of this month, and our actual ability to make big active leaps will be even more reduced. Now's the time for reflection, introspection and connection with people who love you, not who need something from you...especially over the weekend. When the moon moves into Sagittarius on Monday, you may feel more externalized, but I encourage you to maintain healthy boundaries in all that you do out in the world, and that can only begin with having those boundaries known and honored within yourself. With love and peace. Hare Ohm
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