* In the sign of Aries, Venus is said to be in her "exile," and this is due to the fact that Mars and Venus are planetary contraries. They are fundamental opposites in the language of astrology, and so it is challenging for Venus to be Venus in the temple of Mars and it is challenging for Mars to be Mars in the Temple of Venus. Symbolically this can point to a wide variety of different possibilities, which we have to use our imagination to identify in our lives right now.
* Adding Mercury into the mix we have the potential for strained or challenging communication dynamics in love or relationships, difficulties in diplomacy, and negotiating multiple levels of conflicting self-interest or selfishness.
* Add the square from Mercury and Venus to Saturn and we might also see an unwillingness to change, a desire to control or dominate others, or the tendency for selfish interests to be met with firm resistance or denial.
* This combination of planets may reflect the tendency to mistake selfishness for principles or principles for selfishness, to refuse to take "no" for an answer or to cultivate a healthy level of personal restraint or discipline.
* There is an opportunity in this transit for us to grow up mentally, intellectually, and relationally. Sometimes we falsely believe that for one person to be right the other person has to be wrong. Sometimes we ignorantly believe that the opposite of a truth is a falsehood, rather than another great truth. Sometimes we believe that limitations, constraints, or denials are only curses. And sometimes we believe that happiness is found in what we do rather than in what we are. All of these lessons will up for review this week!
* Another key insight for this transit involves humility. There is a way to be bold, strong, charismatic, firm, committed, disciplined, and principled while recognizing our constitutional position, as very small beings in an incredibly vast universe. One of the reasons humility is so challenging for us, and one of the reasons we so frequently extoll spiritual philosophies about how great and powerful we are, is that we can't imagine the benefits of being small. Our egos rush so quickly to the edge of the cliff of insignificance when we contemplate our true size in the cosmos that we quickly swing to the opposite extreme and imagine ourselves to be all powerful, instead. But humility and "great" happiness are not opposites. In the depths of humility, there is a great and divine secret, and that is the eternal reciprocity of humble devotion. When our greatest happiness is the happiness of the beloved, a kind of profound competition takes place. Our lives in the humble service of the divine begin to shine with the happiness of the divine, as divinity receives our devotion. We are thus made glad by the gladness of that which we serve. And though this gladness is unending and "great," it is sustained by the spirit of humble service.
* So the question becomes, how do we remember the spirit of "humility" in the midst of our most principled conflicts or interpersonal demands, needs, or struggles? It's not easy!
Prayer: Make it easy for us to be small. Attract us with the flowers of your humble fragrance. May we see your happiness shining in our devotion.