Here's what to watch for:
* Venus has just entered Mercury's earthy home and exaltation, which happens to be the sign of her own depression or "fall." What does this mean? It means that Venus is now navigating some of the inherent archetypal tensions between herself and Mercury. Rhetorius summarized this in terms of the relation between desire and sensuality and logic or reason. He said that where one increases the other is depressed and vice versa. So...
* Venus in Virgo is sometimes overly rigid, analytical, dry, or worried when she prefers to be harmonizing, flowing, sensing, feeling, and enjoying.
* Venus in Virgo is sometimes torn between the desire to enjoy any kind of sensual happiness and the nervous tension of the mind. This can lead to an intense back and forth between the senses and the body and the mind. Imagine the image of a pent-up Librarian...by day he is the keeper of the Dewey decimal system, but by night he moonlights as an exotic dancer!
* On the other hand, Venus in Virgo sometimes guarantees (as one of my readers pointed out yesterday) that we will have better discernment or detachment so that we will make wiser decisions in relation to our desires and senses.
* Venus in Virgo is also the meticulous craftswoman, the detail-oriented architect or designer.
* On the other hand, Venus in Virgo can indicate that our attention to detail when trying to make something beautiful actually makes it end up looking too technically perfect and not "natural" enough.
* Look to the whole sign house of Virgo (or Virgo ruled house) in your birth chart to see where Venus is starting to embody these tensions!
* Playing with the tensions between planets is the simplest and oldest way of understanding how to read any planet in any sign. The reason Venus was "depressed" in Virgo isn't that it's inherently a bad sign for Venus, it's that it reflects a more difficult tension for Venus within the home of another planet. So imagine the goddess being forced to hang out for a while in the house of a brilliant but nervous mathematician...it's not her ideal suitor!
* Next, tomorrow Jupiter turns direct in Scorpio. A planet turning direct is like someone getting out of the DMV. Sometimes the universe puts us into situations where we are forced to contemplate or wait for something. You may enter the DMV whistling a happy song bright and early, but then find yourself held up for hours on end, eventually doubting your own existence. But it's all worth it. The DMV is like a modern sweat-lodge in the sense that when you emerge from the intense heat of the ritual you are strangely cleansed. When you leave the DMV, for at least the first hour afterward you feel like an adult, like a real person, with real choices, and the sky is the limit! :)
* Jupiter turning direct indicates that the planet of expansion, faith, growth, abundance, confirmation, good luck, and nobility, is about to start working its magic again (look to the Scorpio ruled house in your birth chart).
* A period of doubt, revision, reflection, delays, and reversals of fortune is coming to an end and momentum will likely start moving things forward again.
* Jupiter turning direct is also about a moment of coherence. You may feel as though you are gaining clarity, wisdom, or understanding, as you turn a corner, finish a project, or prepare for something new (again, look to the Scorpio ruled house in your birth chart). For example, in my own chart, Jupiter is moving through the 7th house of marriage and partnership, and my wife is about to give birth to our second daughter!
* Jupiter turning direct may also indicate that you are experiencing a deep feeling (water sign!) of renewal, regeneration, or rebirth. You may feel as though you are leveling up or powering up after a period of feeling somewhat stuck or weighed down by something.
* Note, Jupiter turning direct in a fixed sign is a bit like a humpback whale slowly turning around and starting to swim in the opposition direction. It's a process! :) Give it some time!
Prayer: Teach us to hear the voice of our higher intelligence, which is careful but fluid, meticulous but easy, uncompromising but effortlessly beautiful.
**ps--in case you missed it, check out yesterday's live video blog on Venus in Virgo and be sure to check out my recent appearance on Chris Brennan's "The Astrology Podcast."