Here's what to watch for:
* The Sun will shortly enter Taurus today. Watch for a shift in direction toward the grounded, stable, firm, and fixed, but also notice the underlying Venusian themes coming into focus: beauty, grace, harmony, and ease.
* With the Moon waxing toward full in the sign of Scorpio, but moving through the Venus ruled sign of Libra for the next two days before the full moon, we should take note of an important underlying theme. The emphasis on Venus ruled signs takes us to Venus in the Mars ruled sign of Aries. Mars has just turned retrograde. The Scorpio full Moon will similarly feature an opposition between the Sun in a Venus ruled sign and the Moon in a Mars ruled sign, but once again, Venus is in a Mars ruled sign. In other words, Mars is very much at play within Venus ruled things. He is pressing an agenda or has a certain amount of power or control within Venus themed "things."
This might mean that Mars is subtly influencing relationships, or that Mars is causing some kind of disruption to things that we've taken the time to bring together. Mars tends to take things apart. Of course this isn't always a bad thing. For example, let's say you've been working on a project for a long time. Then suddenly something new is inserted or interjected into your thought process that effectively deconstructs the project in order to start building it from the ground up again. Or let's say that certain realizations or epiphanies or even difficult experiences serve to destabilize something, but overall there is still a process of uniting or bringing things together that is taking place.
On the less constructive side of things, Mars is still pretty much dead stopped in the sky right now. This might mean a loss of momentum, depletion, exhaustion or lack of motivation, or the derailing of progress or enthusiasm. This might also mean breakdowns in communication or challenges in relationships of all kinds (see my Mars retrograde post from yesterday!).
* Meanwhile, Venus is square to Pluto in Capricorn and also applying to a conjunction with Uranus in Aries. This adds in themes of individuation within the context of relationships. Meaningful revolutions within our relationships, appearance, or aesthetic. Transformations of collective consciousness within or around sexual identity (think of all the religious freedom laws and all the talk of whose bathroom belongs to who). This also points towards issues of sexual violence, violation, or hostility toward women, as well as themes of feminine power in general.
The Plutonian emphasis also points toward erotic thoughts, needs, and desires, emerging in both healthy and unhealthy ways...coming to the surface to be seen, recognized, and dealt with or possibly creating some transformation of appearance, style, or substance.
Prayer: Teach us to understand the deeper meanings of our desires. Teach us to see a bigger process at play within any setbacks or challenges we are experiencing.