Aspects of Note this Week
All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 7 hours.
TUE: Mercury square Pluto
WED: Mercury biquintile Neptune
THU: Mercury quintile Saturn
FRI: Venus stations retrograde 12:04 p.m. PDT
SUN: Sun conjunct Ceres, Sun quincunx Neptune, Neptune quincunx Ceres
VENUS, the planet named for the Roman goddess of love, goes retrograde this week. When planets are retrograde (appearing to move backward), they are actually closer to the Earth than at other times in their orbit. This proximity brings their themes into stronger focus in our collective experience and in our individual lives — and the backward motion means that we tend to approach these themes more subjectively than usual. For the most part, we also find it beneficial to be more in review mode than in creation mode related to the planet’s areas of influence.
All planets are linked energetically with at least one of the twelve signs of the zodiac, and some are associated with two. Venus is one of the planets that does double-duty, reigning over both Libra and Taurus. As planetary ruler of Libra, the sign of The Scales, Venus has jurisdiction over issues of relationship, equality, and fairness; as ruler of Taurus the Bull, she concerns herself with nature, physical pleasures, values and material resources, and financial well-being.
Venus goes retrograde every 18 months or so, for about 42 days at a time. She is moving very slowly forward this week, and comes to a standstill on Friday, October 5, at 12:04 pm PDT. At that time, she will reverse her course, being retrograde until she stations direct on November 16.
THE FACT that Venus is in Scorpio as she begins her retrograde phase greatly influences how we will experience this period. From her throne as queen of Libra, Venus retrograde will ask us not only to consider our alliances in general, but also specifically to review those intimate relationships from the past that involved the use and abuse of power, secrets and hidden truths, and subjects often thought of as being too taboo to discuss in “civilized society.” While Libra may be mostly concerned with harmony (or the appearance thereof), Scorpio takes us to the heart of any matter, even if it causes upset.
MERCURY plays a vital role in the week’s activities (aka shenanigans), starting on Tuesday when the Messenger Planet squares Pluto. We can expect confrontational words, accusations, and arguments early in the week, that interfere with Mercury-in-Libra’s yearning for cooler heads to prevail. This square aspect can bring even more “inconvenient truths” to the surface — as if we hadn’t already had a great helping from this particular plate!
GIVEN that nebulous Neptune is involved in the aspect on Wednesday, we can expect attempts to obscure the truth, as well as finger-pointing and labeling others as liars. The Mercury-Neptune combination can be very imaginative in a positive way, but it can also be used for deception, where the facts are manipulated to control outcomes. As participants in or observers of this charade, we can feel disillusioned and confused by the competing “facts” that are being offered.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: Your relationship with home and family are highlighted this year. It may be a time when you express nurturing in a new way, either through becoming a parent, making changes in your home, caring for a person in need, dedicating yourself to better health and nutrition, or tangibly expressing your caring for the Earth and our environment. In some situations, you may run into differences of opinion, especially if you are revealing facets of your personality that you had once kept hidden. If this occurs, your challenge will be to stay true to your knowing of what is important to you, without falling prey to the need to make everyone else happy.