Venus squares Neptune. This is the first of three transiting squares between these two planets, the others perfecting on May 20 and July 27. This is because Venus will retrograde in Gemini on May 13 and will go over the same degrees of the zodiac three times. Retrograde planets forming aspects three times says that we have important lessons to learn pertaining to the meaning of the two planets involved. A square aspect brings conflict and tension. These two planets get along based upon temperament. Venus rules the law of attraction, close relationships, love and affection, beauty, money, possessions and innate talent. Neptune is the higher aspect of Venus so whereas Venus concerns itself with matters of love on the earth plane and has a more personal tone, Neptune is about unconditional love that transcends personal boundaries of what one wants, desires and must have. Venus on her negative side can be bitchy, selfish, narcissistic and personally indulgent.
A square aspect says the two planets are in conflict causing strife, stress and friction and they must solve challenges in order to grow and create something greater. That’s when the square is used at its best. At its worst, the square aspect brings to light the same challenges but the person cannot for some reason bring to consciousness constructive ways to work with the aspect and therefore caves in to the more negative combination of energies. Of course sometime the negativity may be brought into one’s life via unforeseen situations and people. Our destiny sometimes seems to be in our control and other times out of our control.
We have three opportunities to review what these beautiful planets mean and can help us learn. When the friction arises the positive version of these planets suggests using one’s imagination in more creative ways. Relationships can become more spiritual, deeper and transcend mundane, everyday routine. Perhaps an illness causes a surrender of pettiness and fosters deeper intimacy and appreciation of another. This aspect can be the dissolve and loss of money leading to a sense of feeling lost at sea and losing one’s essential core of self-worth, self-esteem and inherent internal value. The translation into a loss of money can cause one to feel a sense of hopelessness. Because of this, one’s work has the potential to be infused with more imagination through a conscious effort towards allowing in the higher octave of creativity. Many, through no fault of their own, will be thrust into situations where they must create new ways to make money and tap into their creative potential. In these cases the imagination must infuse their talent to create hitherto unforeseen ways of earning. It’s about taking loss, disillusionment and creating new magic, music and poetry. Yes, one can create these literally if those are the professions in which you work, but I’m talking about listening to the inner muses within to recreate the magic, poetry and music that runs through the inner fabric of all that we do to create beauty, art and life here on earth no matter what our profession. Venus affords us the luxury to live well and Neptune supplies the inspiration. Spirituality and meditation are ways that help open the third eye to see something greater within that can be shared without.
When one is suffering from depression, this aspect can easily slip into negative behavioral patterns such as indulgence in sex, drugs, and alcohol. One’s sense of reality is totally skewed towards fantasy, illusion and unreality in overly sensitized and heightened ways. Lies and deception can abound when it comes to meeting new people or pulling the wool over someone’s eyes. People can easily fall prey to financial scams and get rich quick schemes so if something seems too good to be true, more than likely it is.
One of the highest manifestations of this energy is unconditional love and compassionate surrender towards helping others in less fortunate circumstances. It’s not necessarily about giving the shirt of your back or the last ten bucks in your pocket but showing kindness, empathy, caring and tenderness towards others through selfless actions of sharing what you have with others without expecting anything in return.
Dream big; yet the conundrum is whether or not those dreams can eventually manifest or will they merely be castles in the air. We have several months to work through this.
Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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