Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Venus Enters Gemini, A New Relationship Cycle Begins, and Mutable Madness Permeates the Skies

Venus in Gemini April 3 to August 7, 2012
Venus in Gemini retrograde May 15 to June 27 from 23 degrees to 7 degrees
Venus Transit June 6, 2012 at 15 degrees

Venus entered mutable Gemini April 3, just before its new dispositor Mercury went direct in late Pisces early this morning (April 4).

Things are on the move - sort of.

What's really going to get the show on the road, though, is Mars going direct in mutable Virgo April 14 and Mercury leaving sign of its fall, Pisces, and re-entering Aries April 16. At that point, we go from a holding pattern with action planet Mars slowing to a stop in the zodiac opposite Neptune in nebulous Pisces to a small amount of forward movement that picks up steam by the end of the month.

As Mars in Virgo completes its nearly three-month retrograde period and stations direct, we almost imperceptibly shift to forward motion and gradually move along a more precise, intelligent, and effective trajectory. Our goals have been honed, refined, and defined through the Mars retrograde in Virgo and our skills sharpened. As of April 15, we start to put it all into practise.

We have to move carefully here, picking our way through subtly, masterfully, as Mars goes direct opposite Neptune. Mars-Neptune is a potentially nasty opposition that can bring injury, illness, and misfortune. Exactitude of action is key. If we aren’t hitting the Virgo precision marks as Mars goes direct, we’ll know it. The Mars-Neptune opposition will kick up chaos, annoyance, and oddness from all angles, and we’ll have a limited amount of time to get on track.

Love and relationship planet Venus entering Gemini, the airy, communicative sign of the twins, is also an important development.

Venus will retrograde in Gemini May 15 to June 27, and this indicates a shift in relationship cycles - one closes, another begins. Because the June 5 Sun-Venus interior conjunction in Gemini is also a Venus Transit, this shift in relationship cycles is profound and far-reaching. The upcoming Venus Transit acts as an official relational backdrop change between astrological eras. As of this event, we're no longer one foot in, one foot out. We officially move beyond Piscean-era relationship ideals and constructs and are propelled into the early stages of a new relationship paradigm - relating within the astrological Aquarian era. New tracks emerge that were previously unavailable. Relationships and we within relationship are not the same coming out of this June.

We start to move with this shift now as Venus begins its transit of Gemini, and the "whole new relationship ballgame" themes really start to dig in as of April 11/12.

At this point, as far as relationships go, we have to know better and put it into practise.

From a previous post: "The Venus Transit is an eclipse of the Sun by Venus during which we are able to observe Venus passing across the surface of the Sun as it orbits between the Sun and Earth. Astrologically, this event will be marked by a conjunction of the Sun and Venus retrograde at 15 degrees Gemini on June 5, 2012.

Venus Transits occur in pairs in the same sign, eight years apart (one Venus cycle), and they do not happen often. The last Venus Transit - the pair to this one - occurred June 8, 2004. The most recent Venus Transits prior to the 2004/2012 set occurred December 1874/1882 in Sagittarius. The next set will occur in December 2117 and 2125, also in Sagittarius.

Suffice it to say, it's a noteworthy event during our stay on planet Earth."

At the time of the June 5 interior conjunction to the Sun (the conjunction that occurs as Venus is retrograde), Venus will be at perigee, or at the closest distance to the Earth in its orbit. The benefic, love planet will be at the point of its strongest presence on this planet as warm waves of Venusian love and benevolence flood the energetic atmosphere, and we're recharged (and released) at the heart.

Whatever was begun around June 2004, at the time of the last Venus Transit in Gemini, reaches a culmination point now.

This is a truly magical astrological and astronomical event. Observe it this June 5/6 with wonder.

And there's even more reason to celebrate: as of the Venus Transit, the Via Combusta Scorpio relationship cycle we've been working with since September 2010 is officially complete, and we step into a new relationship cycle with new themes.

This new relationship cycle begins in earnest at the end of June as both Saturn in Libra (June 25) and Venus in Gemini (June 27) go direct and we experience the first of the seven Uranus in Aries - Pluto in Capricorn squares.

The Via Combusta Scorpio Venus cycle forced the experience, examination, and eventual clearing of deeply ingrained relationship patterns as a “clearing of the relational slate” ahead of this Venus Transit and Venus retrograde in Gemini.

This relationship cycle, in combination with Saturn transiting Libra, was trying, to say the least. Venus is in its detriment in Scorpio. Things cut a little too deeply and can get a little too in-your-face in that sign for the likes of social, beauty-loving Venus. Deep frictions, hurts, and grudges, carried through our ancestral and spiritual lines, were triggered and often brought to an explosive head during this cycle, which reached back to 2002, 1994, 1986, etc.

In Via Combusta Scorpio, we were working with themes of power in relationship, domination/subjugation, abuse – both subtle and blatant, betrayal, bullshit, misuses of energy - particularly sexual, emotional authenticity and the lack thereof, ancestral patterns, rage that comes from the root, and some often-unpleasant “soul mate” work. Heavy stuff.

Our relationships and we within them were in a state of deep metamorphosis, and it wasn’t always pretty. Beauty to beast. Beast to beauty.

The distance between what people were really feeling in relationship and what they were putting forth as fa├žade created breaks along relationship fault lines during this cycle – pressurized further by Saturn forcing us to get real in and through relationship – and people found they just couldn’t pretend anymore.

Before the regeneration and resurrection, Scorpio involves splits, endings, and deaths. Though painful, the Venus in Scorpio cycle worked to clear our lives of relationship dead weight – relationships that would not sustain and fulfill over the long-term - while drawing attention to our own unhealthy relating patterns.

Scorpio is a sign of alchemical reactions designed to deepen, purify, cleanse, vitalize, authenticate, and metamorphose. Having those alchemical reactions, often out of our control, in relation to another person or people is generally not comfortable territory.

We were eking out the conditions for true soul-level compatibility, removing the influence of all the rest, and it wasn’t an easy cycle.

So we’ve been digging around in the Scorpionic relational muck and mire for a year-and-a-half now, and the healing period catalyzed through the vehicle of relationship is drawing to a close.

Our relational flavour now shifts from deep, dark, internalized Scorpio with all its complexity, intricacy, and metaphysical exploration to a much lighter, breezier, and more social sign – Gemini. We move from water to air, reach the surface, and get some breathing room.

The focus turns from purging relations to making connections, from soul-divining to networking, from the traversing of emotional and psychological shitstorms to friendly, daily communication.

The move of Venus into masculine/yang Gemini releases us from the often heavy feminine/yin Scorpionic relational territory and sets our sights on more movement, interaction, networking, and social cross-pollination.

It’s just lighter, and that comes as a relief.

At the same time, we had better hope we did our Venus in Via Combusta Scorpio work well, that we finished everything we could finish, severing ties to detrimental relationship patterns, constructs, and people and gaining the valuable perspective both scorpion and eagle bring us. Saturn in Scorpio (October 2012 to September 2015) is going to be testing and challenging us on every last bit of unfinished business there. It will be looking for every etheric tendril still connected to someone, something, or some situation we should have said goodbye to, and we'll deal with the consequences of staying attached.

The territory of the Gemini-flavoured Venus cycle puts a focus on relationships with siblings, with our local neighbourhoods, with society, with media, and with modes of transportation. We can expect these to be major themes over the next year-and-a-half as our societies undergo major change.

New ideas about urban planning and transportation will be put into practical action - many, unfortunately, with the ulterior motive of controlling populations. New societies and associations will form. Long-stymied connections will be solidified.

Daily communication skills within relationship will be a major focus, both verbal and non-verbal.

This Venus cycle indicates more movement of ideas and of people, and networks formed as the internet proliferated our societies come into full, practical function as we enter both Mars (Virgo) and Venus (Gemini) cycles disposited by Mercury.

This is a much lighter, more sociable Venus placement. Relationships don’t hurt so much here. There's less complexity. Love is more a matter of the mind, of the intellect. The crystallized issues that existed under the Venus in Scorpio overlay dissipate almost magically in some cases. Gemini is not a sign that attaches, and it’s easier to move on. A flowing social quality comes strongly into play. People find speaking and writing skills attractive and seek to utilize their own. Those who can sharply and effectively use humour, social satire, or parody to illustrate the manipulations and delusions of our times will be popular.

Gemini is a sign that can hold dual or multiple realities at the same time without cracking under the strain. The transit of Venus through Gemini and subsequent cycle assist people in navigating the ever-widening spaces between mainstream, consensus versions of reality and what's really going on. The continued spread of information outside the mainstream folds creates a sort of critical mass under this transit.

Media deconstruction and criticism become highly important as people struggle to gain perspective beyond the constructs of media and social commentary - both of the dominant paradigm and of controlled opposition/gate-keeping. Tone and non-verbal cues will often be more important for understanding intent than the spoken words.

The persuasive effects of oratory will be used to move the people under this Venus cycle, and people will be challenged to stay their own courses.

With the sign of the twins, dual and multiple natures rule. Venus in Gemini is a placement with the potential for two-faced, master manipulation, and it will be difficult to put our fingers on this. The manipulative, duplicitous twin stands behind the people-pleasing, silver-tongued twin showing off and juggling for the crowd, always influential, always persuasive.

Flaws of character previously hidden will come out in social realms, as the talk proves cheap. It will be our Mars in Virgo duty to notice and grab hold of the fishy details before Gemini rolls them under again with a trick of the tongue. The strong influence of Mars in Virgo over the next two years, squaring Venus in Gemini, indicates that the fight is to pin down and analyze the real effects of the words, finding the holes that quick-talking Gemini would prefer to gloss over. This will be tricky, as people won't want to be pinned down, but Mars in Virgo has the capacity to tunnel through bluster and verbiage to what's really being said, what's really being suggested, puncturing style over substance and lip service over reality.

It will be difficult to know where one stands with others, at times, and even more difficult to know what we ourselves need and want in relationship as we move into this whole new relationship ballgame.

The impression of Venus in Scorpio is still with us, though, and it is meaningful connections we're after throughout this Venus in Gemini cycle. An exchange of words that gets things done. Light connections that have deeper, underlying roots.

We're looking for relationships so natural and communication so facile that it is as if two twins were interacting, different but with a connection so inherent, it could not be denied. Venus in Gemini puts a focus on the importance of the relationships with siblings or with people who feel like kin in this way.

Mutable Energy Dominates April to August 2012, Kicked Off by a Venus-Mars-Neptune Mutable T-Square April 5-7

Venus entering mutable Gemini means we now have a predominance of changeable, adjustable, malleable energy in the astrological atmosphere, and this mutable energy dominates into early August.

We're entering two new, mutable-flavoured cycles with Mars (goals, action, will, direction) in Virgo and Venus (relationships, needs, values, money) in Gemini.

Neptune is also in mutable Pisces, and Venus, Mars, and Neptune form a mutable t-square April 5-7, ramping up the head-spinning themes. As it occurs with Mars stationing direct, the energy and challenges of this highly transitional t-square energy are carried strongly into the following two-year goal cycle. Expect almost continual change, both gradual and dramatic, and it's up to us to stay on top of it, heading off the tendencies to be blindsided when situations or people are not as solid or stable as they appeared.

“Mutable” basically means “transitional,” and stakes are being pulled up on a number of fronts as we move through major transition this spring and early summer.

A predominance of mutable energy can create chaos, ineffectiveness, and confusion, and Mars will have its work cut out for it keeping things in some semblance of practical Virgoan order. Everyone will have to keep a close eye on anxiety and stress levels within this state of flux.

With this much mutable energy at play, the goals are to stay loose, stay fluid, stay adaptable, and keep making practical progress wherever and whenever you can. Things might not go as planned, but acting and reacting keenly to subtle changes from moment-to-moment keeps us in the game.

Things are brought to a fevered, mutable pitch throughout May and June with two New Moons in Gemini at zero and 28 degrees along with a Sagittarius Full Moon at 14 degrees. Adding to the instability, the May 20 zero degree Gemini New Moon and the June 4 Sagittarius Full Moon are eclipses.

The Venus-Mars-Neptune mutable t-square April 5-7 early in the signs re-formulates at the Sagittarius Full Moon eclipse June 4 as an off-the-charts in potency mutable t-square. This is a one-two punch as the Sagittarius Full Moon partial lunar eclipse within mutable t-square formation falls June 4, followed by the Venus Transit.

At the time of the June 4 Full Moon, the Sagittarius Moon opposes the Sun in Gemini, with Venus in Gemini closing in its conjunction and Mercury also in Gemini. Mars in Virgo, now direct, will be forming a tight t-square with the bodies in Sagittarius and Gemini. The North Node will be in Sagittarius, and the South Node will be in Gemini. Chiron and Neptune will be in Pisces. This is every personal planet (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) in mutable signs, along with Chiron and Neptune.

Anything can happen. Everything is in motion at this point, whether it appears to be.

Venus-Mars Square Series

Feminine Venus and masculine Mars form three squares between April 7 and September 27, two in mutable Gemini and Virgo and one in fixed Leo and Scorpio. The masculine principles are squaring off with the feminine principles over the next six months, and this creates friction both internally and in relationship. There is some difficulty reconciling what we want (Mars) with what we need (Venus), as these things are at times vastly different and keep changing.

Relating to other people under this much mutable energy can be challenging as plans change dramatically and people change their minds under new frictions. The social juggling aspects of Gemini will be put to full use during the transit of Venus through the sign.

As Venus and Mars are personal rather than transpersonal planets, this square friction is apparent in our personal lives and in our personal relationships.

As Venus in Gemini will be square Mars in Virgo June 4 and during the Venus Transit, the frictional, clashing, dynamic square energy colours our newly emerging relationship cycle strongly.

You didn't think we were getting off that easily, did you?


david5379 said...

I dont think I can convey how much sense this makes, also how exciting this is, Pisces sun, Gemini moon, and virgo rising, and I cant wait

Ursula said...

Brilliant article, Willow, a major piece of writing. Thanks for your thorough depth of analysis. As David just said, this is exciting. Virgo sun, Sadge moon and rising here and yep, it all makes so much sense. Thanks a mill.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for this Willow. I'd also point out that there has been a very tight, very potent mutable grand cross in effect for some time now involving Mars opposite Chiron tightly square to the lunar nodes, with Juno stationing retrogade recently right on the North Node. So this would reinforce what you are saying about this mutable energy and relationships. (Although I look at Juno as being as much about our projection mechanisms as about relationships per se.)

Willow said...

Yes, I don't generally use the nodes for configurations like a t-square, but the mutable effect has been at play for a while now.

Anonymous said...

Thank you on this article Willow,I am ready for an interesting ride

Jason said...

With it being 2012 no i didnt, amazing read.. So funny my gemini neighbors been in such a good mood on time whisteling humming songs offering me food. Lol. This from a guy who has stolen from me before, his apartment is fit for an episode of hoarders.

Im also keep getting so suprised by how much annoyingly leonic libras can seem. With there ability to "disagree" for a day or two, it comes off as so egotistic. And there ability to fall for fantasy, and deny truth at all costs in favor of prolonged venisian beauty, drives my scorpio moon quite batty.

As an aquarius, libra and gemini do not make the best pals for me after all.

Kat Daffodil said...

Willow - great article - KT

"the Via Combusta Scorpio relationship cycle we've been working with since September 2010 "

You are the only astrologer on the web I have been reading that is discussing this, but you are right on the money. My boyfriend started having trouble in September 2010 - it was a very traditional relationshp - and I have been left picking up the wreakage. 2011 sucked - we got back together and he broke up with me again. All those negative pisces dyanmics you talk about - he has - Mars conjunct Chiron in Pisces in the 5th house oppose Pluto in Virgo in the 11th house. Airs sun at 1.55 degrees (three hits with Uranus last year).

No Closure - yesterday I finally sent an email to say some things i needed to say (I was not bitchy nor was I mean - I just put out there my experience and pointed out to him how destructive that ending was.

When we started he chased me down like a wild animal, he would not take no for an answer, and he joked about stalking me. I had my doubts going in - but he basically talked me into the whole thing - took six months - and he was happy for a year - and then we had the first break up October 2010 and I was in shock. It was sudden, unexpected and all him. It was the night Venus conjuncted Mars in Scorpio and saturn was transiting his ascendent. The second break up was the day Sun transited his descendent.

Your articles have perfectly described this whole interplay. I have been repeatedly incredulous when I have read them as they are so right on. It helps me to know this is a collective dance, and it helped also for me to send that letter yesterday. My moon and mercury is over there in Gemini in the 11th house - and it is good to and my north node is at 3 degrees virgo. It is good to know better days are coming. Your article series on all of this has been a god-send.

I will never again give away my will, my power, nor allow myself to be isolated by a man like that. He had me on lock down for two years.

Good-bye - Good bye. All the best -Like I said you are the only one writing about this in such a clear manner.


Willow said...

Thanks for your comment, Kat, and I'm so glad you're getting clear of that relationship. Go, you!

The no closure thing is one of the harshest aspects to deal with, especially with your placements, and I'm so glad you are just taking your closure, thank-you very much! That's the way it has to be played in most cases.

Kat Daffodil said...

Thanks Willow. Please keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Hi Willow, since there's so much going on with Venus and Gemini, any insights/perespectives with this one..I am Venus AND Mars in Gemini within less then one degree, slightly more then 19 degrees and the other at 20 Cancer Sun/Virgo Rising/Libra moon) I don't ever comment though this time, I thought there may be some potency going on with the confluence of both Geminis...and the next few months. Thank you!

Willow said...

I don't actually do analysis of personal charts outside paid readings.

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