Feeling Cornered? Find Your Opening

The Astrology

  • The Moon in Aries will be a Full Moon at 4:10 PM CDT today, when it is directly opposite the Sun in Libra.
  • The Full Moon in Aries trine to Jupiter in Sagittarius is beneficial today.
  • The Aries Full Moon squares Saturn in Capricorn throughout the day.


When I thought about how to describe the energies that will flow around and though us today, the game of rugby came to mind. Everything I know about rugby I learned watching the movie Invictus, which is about Nelson Mandela and the World Cup Rugby Games in South Africa in 1995. The players push against each other A LOT. It’s similar to football, but with fewer concussions. The danger for rugby players is spinal injuries. It’s likely that some people will feel that there is a lot opposition to their goals today. The conflict can be internal, as well.

Then I thought about how we might go about getting out of a corner if we’re in one, and I thought about boxing. I don’t know much about boxing either, but I do know boxers don’t want to get cornered. I asked Google what cornered boxers should do. The best advice is don’t lean back against the corner post and then, if the opponent is leading with the right foot forward, try to duck under the opponent’s left arm. That’s the weakest side, because that foot is already behind the opponent. So, lean in, duck, and evade until you find an opening, and then…

In both rugby and boxing, there’s a winner and a loser. That’s not a satisfying solution if you’re the loser, so I thought there must be better ways to get out of a corner. If physical pushing, shoving, and hitting are sub-optimal choices, what else is there?

I thought of story writers. Writers write themselves into corners all the time. This is the advice I found about how to write yourself out of a corner.

  1. Go back in the story and search for the last place you didn’t feel lost. This will help you find the “wrong turn” you took.
  2. Throw a weird twist in and see what happens. This means you must give up your point of control.
  3. Realize it’s okay to deviate from your planned action. Sometimes we get into a place with our own ideas, or adherence to what we think is best, and that can limit us.
  4. Sleep on it. You might just be frustrated and burned out. If you’re stuck, take a nap and let your mind heal itself.
  5. Meditate. Give yourself time and space to think about nothing. Or take a shower, doodle, watch clouds. Chill and let your mind clear.
  6. And then,…

That’s pretty good advice for anyone who’s feeling conflict, whether it’s internal or external in nature.

What I’ve described are different ways the energy of the Full Moon-Sun opposition and the Moon to Saturn square could play out. There is another type of energy available to all of us today, which is expressed by the Full Moon to Jupiter trine.

The Aries Full Moon and Jupiter in Sagittarius meeting encourages feelings of happiness, well-being, and contentment, kindness, and generosity–life supporting activities. Feelings are our truth. I’ll digress for a moment and acknowledge that conflict, etc., are feelings so, of course, that also could be interpreted as “truth.” But the Universe is demonstrating that there is an alternate way through the day, and everyday. You get to pick.

Today’s Haiku

The great mother light
illuminates dark corners,
reflects your full cup.

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Venus: Goddess of Love and Strippers

The Astrology

  • The Sun is halfway through Venus-managed Libra and in a sextile (harmonious) relationship with Jupiter in Sagittarius. Sagittarius and Libra are compatible signs.
  • The Moon in Saturn-managed Aquarius is in a trine (beneficial) relationship with the Sun and Mars in Libra. Air signs Libra and Aquarius get each other. This cooperative trine improves communication.
  • Venus has moved into Mars-managed Scorpio. This change of address (leaving Libra for Scorpio) allows Venus to see and relate to Uranus in Taurus, one of the signs that Venus manages. This move also brings Venus into a harmonious relationship with Saturn in Capricorn.


There are SO MANY WAYS to talk about the current transits! All the items above are ripe with symbolism, but I will start with Venus has moved into Mar-managed Scorpio. The other items will have to wait for another day.

On the same day Venus moved into Scorpio, I got a text from a woman who’s traveling this week for business-related reasons. She celebrates her birthday this month, which means (from an astrological perspective) that Venus manages her Libra Sun, which makes Venus a prominent player in her life experiences. She said in the text that she’d reserved a room at an historic hotel in Atlanta and was looking forward to dinner at their rooftop restaurant. When she checked in, she was very surprised (a bit unnerved, too) when she found out that the hotel also has a strip bar where a woman who calls herself “Blonde” has been stripping for 40 years.

If I tried really hard, I could never imagine a scenario that expressed the symbolism of Venus’s move into Mars-managed Scorpio better than this woman’s real-life experience.

When Venus is in Scorpio, it’s in its “detriment.” Detriment here means “a state of being harmed.” When we think of Venus, we tend to conjure up images of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. This positive version of Venus is associated with romance, beauty, art, and the capacity to love one another. The shadow side of Venus is what we see when the goddess of love and beauty is harmed in her relationships.

As Above So Below (Bringing the astrology down to earth)

When a man or a woman’s ability to relate to others is damaged, what we see or experience are the negative manifestations of Venus. We see the strippers, sex workers, gold diggers, nymphomania, the “guy” or “doll” who exchanges their self-worth for something that has value: money or security, etc. But none of these manifestations could occur without the “other” person in the relationship. The stripper needs an audience. The gold digger needs a willing partner. And there will always be men and women who are attracted to the negative projection of the Venus archetype.

The positive expression of Venus leads us to love unconditionally. Now, I will be honest and say that I have struggled A LOT with the concept of unconditional love. I’ve learned, however, that my belief about unconditional love was wrong. I thought it meant loving someone in the “turn the other cheek” sort of way that was part of the instruction for living that I received in church. That kind of belief IS detrimental in any and all relationships.

To love unconditionally means to love yourself so well that your primary experience is well-being regardless of what is happening with others or in your environment. It means feeling balanced within yourself, because you’re not allowing conditions (other people or things) to destabilize you.

Venus in Scorpio will expose you to your negative beliefs that limit your ability to experience well-being. Once you become aware of what holds you back, you can transform your beliefs. This is the power of Venus in Scorpio.

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