Let Go of Deliberate Discontent

The Astrology

  • The Moon meets with Uranus in Taurus today and continues its tour of Taurus through Wednesday.
  • The Moon illuminates Venus and Mercury in Scorpio, while Uranus intensifies social exchanges.
  • The Sun in Libra has received testimony from Jupiter in Sagittarius and Saturn in Capricorn, and now it’s deliberating. Its next meeting is with the Moon as the Moon passes through Gemini Thursday and Friday.


The Moon is associated with emotions, Venus with giving and receiving, Mercury with communication and thought, and Uranus with social-consciousness and awareness, excitement, breakthroughs, and chaos. The Moon and Uranus in Taurus oppose Venus and Mercury in Scorpio, mirroring our views, thoughts, and communications regarding social responsibilities and justice, personal responsibilities, and intensifying our personal and global relationships.

As Above, So Below

We see ourselves in the behaviors of others. We’re trained to see and hear hopelessness, grief, and fighting. Some will argue that we feel the need to stay aware of dangerous conditions so that we can protect and defend ourselves when necessary. If you accept that line of reasoning, then the cycle is completed and repeated when you respond with feelings of fear, hopelessness, and despair. Or, you can choose what and who you pay attention to. You are 100 percent in charge of you, how you feel, and what you do.

Your emotions are your guide to well-being, and thoughts follow emotions. What do you feel excited about? What breakthroughs and new thoughts have you had recently? What do you see (reflections) that you no longer want or need in your life?

Taurus and Scorpio are fixed signs. Both signs are associated with holding on fiercely to what seems important even as discontent builds: material things for security (Taurus) and emotions to maintain control (Scorpio). The disseminating Taurus Moon reminds us that everything is part of a cycle, and now is a good time to let go so room can be made for new thoughts, beliefs, and actions.

Today’s Haiku

Excited mind seeks
freedom. Optimism reborn,
emotion magic.

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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