* Although Jupiter/Uranus is front and center right now in the sky, it's interesting to note the passing of the iconic Playboy founder, Hugh Hefner, right as Venus is coming into an opposition with Neptune. I know next to nothing about Hugh Hefner, but I always find it interesting when the planetary transits seem to reflect the archetypal qualities that a famous celebrity was most known for, just as the celebrity is passing over. The Venus/Neptune opposition seems like a perfect reflection of the cultural phenomenon of Playboy magazine, as well as everything else that Hefner, as a cultural icon, stimulated in the collective imagination. Another interesting expression of this in popular culture today includes Julia Louis-Dreyfus' public announcement that she has breast cancer. These are of course in some ways very mundane examples of the Venus/Neptune transit, but by noticing these small things we learn to see the transits more clearly, every day.
* I've received a number of messages asking me why something more dramatic hasn't happened in the news in the past twenty-four hours in relation to the Jupiter/Uranus transit. First, it's important to note that there are incredibly intense and revolutionary things happening all over the world right now, outside of the US political drama, all you have to do is look past the US headlines and into the world section of any news outlet...or as "right under our nose" as Puerto Rico (for example). But it's also important to note that transits have different predictable ways of expressing themselves. The buildup to a perfection often develops and intensifies the themes of a planetary combination. The perfection itself usually pertains to a peak period of time where a series of events take place that becomes pivotal to the entire process indicated by the planetary combination. The stations of the planets and especially the turns they take either to move back toward perfection or moving away from the perfection indicate periods of intensifying or relaxing. And finally, as the transit begins to fade, right after the final perfection, we often see the "fruits" of the entire transit starting to appear, though it doesn't always occur all at once or in terms of one summarizing event. So, right now, we're in the last perfection stage of the transit, but we will still see these two planets interacting dynamically, presenting the "Fruits" of the transit over the next Moon cycle or two.
* Meanwhile, Venus is applying to an opposition to Neptune.
* Venus opposite Neptune is love and the shortcomings of love.
* Venus opposite Neptune is the ideal love.
* Venus opposite Neptune is the delusion of love, the dissolution of friendships or relationships because we see things for what they are.
* Venus opposite Neptune is the creative, sensual, erotic, and aesthetic longing, dream, and vision.
* Venus opposite Neptune is the trap of desire, as well as the renunciation of worldly things.
* Venus opposite Neptune is the call to join our senses to something higher, to transcend, to see the eternal within the physical.
* Venus opposite Neptune is the bad idea that tastes good and comes with a price.
* Venus opposite Neptune is the heartache of loneliness and the message in a bottle.
* Venus opposite Neptune is a bad artistic choice, a style faux pas, or a new image or design using unusual material.
* Venus opposite Neptune is the goddess, the woman, the mother, the maiden, and the crone, dissolving, dying, changing, sick, weak, or reaching through from dreams, visions, or reveries in order to inspire, encourage, heal, or offer blessings.
Prayer: Show us the Goddess in the midst of our lives, and may her teachings lead us through this powerful season of change.