By Cal Garrison a.k.a. Mother of the Skye
This week’s Horoscopes are coming out under the light of a brand new, Virgo Moon with Venus moving from Libra to Scorpio, and Mars moving from Capricorn to Aquarius. Of course there are a lot of other aspects to consider – Venus is squaring the Moon’s Nodes and opposing Uranus, and there are a number of other configurations that we could talk about that if we wanted to. Instead of going down that list, for now, I’d like to look at what’s happening to Venus and Mars as they get ready to change signs.
Venus rules Libra. She has been passing through that sign since Aug. 6. When a planet passes through the sign that it rules, the energies it embodies have an easy time expressing themselves. If we take Venus to govern love, and the spirit of cooperation that allows us to co-exist in a conscious, equal relationship with others, we could assume that things have been relatively harmonious in those areas of our lives for the past month or so. If we apply the same principle to what’s happening globally, it suggests that even in a state of turmoil and conflict, we have managed to reconcile our differences and maintain life on planet earth in a state of peace and harmony.
Mars retrograded back into Capricorn, on Aug. 16. Previous to that, it was in Aquarius, having entered that sign on May 16. The fact that it dipped back into Capricorn for a few weeks may have been a blessing. Why? Mars rules the male principle. It holds sway over the way we choose to inseminate the matrix with our dreams and desires. Its sign placement has a lot to say about how we direct those dreams and desires, for better or worse. Mars happens to be exalted in Capricorn. Its presence in that sign allows the forces that it governs to come from a place of total integrity in ways that serve and protect the greater good of all.
With Venus shifting from Libra to Scorpio, a different set of principles is about to come into play. Venus is in its detriment in Scorpio. We could say a lot about what that means, but suffice it to say that the spirit of love and cooperation that are easy to access in Libra are harder to come by when Venus is in Scorpio. Finding any sense of balance,or conscious and equal expression requires us to come from a deeper, more spiritual place. Under this influence it becomes important to accept and embrace everything and everyone, including the dark stuff, and the things we can’t abide, unconditionally. Most human beings are not open-hearted, conscious, or evolved enough to readily adopt that perspective.
As far as Mars goes, it is about to leave the sign of its exaltation and move into Aquarius. Mars is not good or bad in this sign, but it has two different modes of expression. In some situations Mars in Aquarius manifests according to the status quo. It becomes totally committed to the idea that it’s best to stick to the plan and conform to the ideals, traditions, and precepts that have been handed down from generation to generation.
In other situations. Mars in Aquarius surfaces as the rebel, the iconoclast, or the revolutionary spirit whose actions serve to move life on this planet beyond the old patterns, into patterns that allow us to evolve beyond