Venus in Leo is at the heart of the Sun today...
Here's what to watch for:
* Romance and bravado
* Stars and star power
* The empowered woman
* The queen
* Favors to/from the King
* An intensified sense of personal beauty, importance, and pride
* People who are magnetic, intensely attractive, alluring, for better and worse
* Women and leadership
* Those who are insiders, popular, accepted, and those who aren't
* Privilege, dislike or jealousy of those with privilege, and the desire to ord one's privilege over others
* Glamour and royalty
* A fortunate connection
* Receiving popular favor, fame, or recognition
* Glowing with transcendent beauty and purpose
* The young and promising talent, prince, princess
* Beauty, grace, likeability, and leadership
* Magnetic narcissists
* Culty sensations
* Favors to or from the rich and famous
* Dignified, classic beauty
As Venus and the Sun are joined together in Leo this week, we shouldn't forget that the Full Moon is also coming through in Aquarius, Saturn's sign, and brings with it an oppositional tension...insiders become outsiders and outsiders become insiders, fame and the fall, or the falling that makes one famous.
We are constantly bombarded by media images of fame, popularity, material success and beauty, and we are then encouraged to pursue such things ourselves, "this COULD be you, as well!" we are told. But the truth is that our desire to be beautiful in the eyes of others robs us of our true calling, which is found in the ability to see divine beauty, in everyone and everything, and to serve it humbly, without concern for whether or not others think highly of us. Ironically, when we put ourselves in the service of this kind of beauty, we start to glow. We become like a bouquet of the most beautiful flowers, adorning the altar of each moment.
As it is said in the Bhakti tradition, with love, we may each become walking places of pilgrimage.
All that's necessary is that we start imagining, wondering, questioning, praying, in each and every day, "Show me what makes you happy?" When this question is our first concern, as regular as our heartbeats, then we may become effortlessly attractive to the world. And anything and everything becomes a natural adornment.
Prayer: What makes you happy? Please show us the way. Because making you smile is our greatest joy and our most effortless beauty.
The Moon is void of course this morning in Gemini, about to enter her rulership in Cancer in a few hours. Meanwhile Venus is stationing and will turn direct tomorrow after a long 40+ days retrograde.
Traditionally Venus turning direct was an auspicious symbol, akin to something like the image of a man or woman rising out of bed for the first time after a fever passed through. Any planet turning direct usually signifies the return of its power, a change of circumstances for the better, or the restoration or return of something lost, delayed, blocked, or set back. For example, in my own birth chart, Venus is in the 4th house in the sign of Leo. This Venus retrograde has thus been taking place for me in the same house and sign Venus was in when I was born. Just as Venus turned retrograde we experienced a month long delay and setback in the process of purchasing our first home. Just as Venus was reaching her station point this past week, ready to turn direct again, my wife and I finally closed on the house and are now finishing our move-in process. The retrograde period, on one level, brought up for me an old struggle with feeling displaced from home...which is now resolving itself as Venus turns direct.
Venus may similar signify periods of revision, going into the past, delays, setbacks, or road blocks with regard to whatever Venus signifies naturally in a person's birth chart...but more generally to what Venus signifies naturally: love, romance, self esteem, valuables, relationships, sex, lifestyle, aesthetics, or personal style or image.
As Venus turns direct, look at your life and see if you can spot anything that has recently taken a turn for the better after a long period of setback, delay, introspection, or revision..dating back to roughly the end of July, but perhaps as early as late June. Also feel free to share your Venus RX experiences in the comment box!
Prayer: Born on the waves, goddess of love, now rising as the morning star, thank you!
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Adam Elenbaas is a professional astrologer and the founder of the Nightlight Astrology School. Adam holds an MA and MFA in English and Creative Writing and is one of the founding writers at RealitySandwich. To learn more about Adam, click here.