Venus entered Scorpio, the sign of its detriment, on September 11, and the Venus-Saturn-North Node conjunction officially heats up.
Venus is the planet that rules relationships. Scorpio is a sign that involves patterns ending. Hence, transiting Venus in Scorpio (September 11 - October 7) is a great time to end detrimental patterns in relationships of all kinds.
Venus in Scorpio will suck the poison out of your relationship. It will reformulate things from the guts out. But your relationship has to be strong enough to withstand that process first. If it isn't, it will end, die, come to a point of completion. All Scorpio themes.
This is one of the reasons Venus is so uncomfortable in the sign of the scorpion. Venus is about love, beauty, relationship, mutuality, shared enjoyment. Who ever wants to see a love relationship die? Who ever wants to dig up issues that could bring about your relationship's demise?
With Venus in Scorpio, however, there are some underlying issues, some imbalanced energy exchanges, some true feelings being swept under rugs, and if these are ignored or denied for long enough, they start to undermine the entire foundation of the relationship.
This is what Venus in Scorpio knows, and this is why Venus is so intent on getting to the roots of the matter during its time in the sign of the investigator.
There's more to our relationships than meets the eye when Venus is transiting Scorpio, as it is now, and we have to penetrate these hidden layers, releasing pent-up energy, suppressed emotions, and convoluted relating patterns - or deal with a slow, potentially-painful relationship death.
These are life-saving efforts being applied by Venus in Scorpio in relationship now, but these efforts could also kill our relationships. This is the razor's edge we walk between life and death, sustainability and collapse, when planets are transiting Scorpio.
Scorpio is a sign that will go to the mat for the ones it loves. It is loyal, devoted, determined, committed, intense. But once it has given all it can give, the relationship is on its own. It has to either live or die under its own steam.
This is the point we're coming to now.
Venus blazes through early Scorpio, forming a conjunction to Saturn and the North Node at 8 degrees Scorpio on September 18. This conjunction will also be exactly sextile stationing Pluto at 8 degrees Capricorn. You can read more about this here: An Alchemical Social and Professional Mix Percolates As We Head to Equinox
Saturn relates to lessons. The North Node relates to our successful, soul-driven path forward. Scorpio relates to things most people prefer not to deal with.
As Saturn conjuncts the North Node, something it does about once every 11 years, we are challenged to go deep, to go subterranean, to traverse and dig into murky, semi-conscious territory that can keep us trapped in unsatisfying or even hellish scenarios.
Nowhere is this more the case now than in our relationships - both professional and personal.
There are some detrimental patterns and power dynamics percolating, simmering, alchemizing beneath the surface of our daily interactions. These are patterns and power dynamics that have dogged us - and all of human society - for a while now.
The things left unsaid, often for generations. The slights, the imbalances, the subtle (or not-so-subtle) mistreatments. Dirty motivations. Cyclical sticking points. The overall energy drain of being in imbalanced, one-sided relationships.
Scorpio is a sign that relates to the underlying energetic framework that supports our existence. This framework is emotional, psychological, sexual, psychic, energetic. It's meaty. It's concentrated. And its existence is often denied by those who do not have the Scorpionic X-Ray vision to see what goes on there. There's a lot of energy work going on in this underlying framework. Someone has to do this work, and it most often falls to the Plutonic/Scorpionic types.
Transiting Saturn in Scorpio (October 2012 - September 2015), however, indicates a time of restricted energy across the board, and especially for the Plutonic/Scorpionic types. No one has energy to give away for free anymore.
Many of our relationships have been set up to depend on this free energy. This hidden work. This underlying support and too-often unrecognized effort. People have gotten used to this invisible Scorpionic glue holding things together, getting us through the crisis points, bolstering us when we're so scared we can't think straight.
If you're giving way more than you're receiving in your relationships, it's time to either a) reformulate or b) make a clean relationship sweep, withdrawing your energy, talents, and skills from unsatisfying relationships that lack true reciprocity.
Relationships are a two-way (or more-way) energy exchange. If the reciprocity is not there, it's time to move on. People just don't have the energy to prop up dying relationship forms under these aspects and transits.
The dying relationship forms are certainly providing fodder for our social alchemy this fall, however. As we shift astrological eras, from Pisces to Aquarius, the old relationship forms are no longer really working. The new forms are not yet in existence. And so we're challenged to fold it all into our alchemical soup, transforming, purging, changing, making something new, getting comfortable with an ongoing process that we cannot see the end of.
The Aquarian shifts and Piscean letdowns experienced so frequently in relationships now are the fuel and the fodder as we change underlying energy dynamics, as we wrestle full reciprocity, fairness, mutual support, and satisfactory exchange from the old relationship forms.
The Piscean letdowns in relationship reach a peak point around the time of the Venus-Saturn-North Node conjunction in Scorpio, as we also experience a late-Pisces Full Moon (26 degrees) on September 19.
At the same time, the direction into Aquarian-era relationships is too often looking like a misdirection. We're at the newest (and most immature) part of the burgeoning astrological Aquarian era, and people are being pulled into states of extreme individualism. An Ayn Rand dystopia. Every person is a precious, precious snowflake, a stylish little tropical island unto him or herself, with no need for social contact, face-to-face interactions, or other people, period.
"Hrmph!" says Venus.
"Bollocks to that," says Venus in Scorpio.
Whenever Saturn is involved, we're being tested. As Venus and Saturn form a conjunction on the North Node of the Moon, we are being tested on some deep, thorny, and uncomfortable issues related to love, money, relationship, sex, power, and energy exchange. We're being tested on issues that have been swept under the rug in the relationships of our family members and ancestors for generations.
We now have the opportunity to break these detrimental patterns in a mature and matter-of-fact manner, to address problematic underlying energy dynamics once and for all.
We have the opportunity to set things energetically straight in relationships of all kinds. Don't abnegate your responsibility on this one. Use all your maturity and all your wisdom and all your patience and all your experience. Dig in and hold your position.
With Saturn so prominent now, we're working with the potential for long-term progress and success or for long-term problematic aspects that dog us for years or even decades to come.
Venus in Scorpio is rooting around in our relationships and in our social exchanges for the next month, and the acute point - the make-or-break point - occurs as Venus comes together with Saturn and the North Node around fall equinox.
If we dig in and get to the bottom of things now, if we face our fears and set the energy dynamics straight, if we refuse the same old relational bullshit, we set our relationships on the right long-term trajectory. If we avoid things, deny things, or otherwise drop the ball, we could carry these challenges and karmic love lessons forward with us for many years to come.
Venus is very active on the cardinal points at the moment, indicating necessary leadership into new relational territory. You'll recall that Venus is just coming from Libra and the cardinal Grand Cross it activated in late August, 2013: Venus Enters Home Sweet Home Libra, Kicking Off the Cardinal Grand Crosses
Now, Venus hits the alchemical mark with the conjunction to Saturn and the North Node in Scorpio and the sextile to Pluto in Capricorn.
At the end of this year and the beginning of 2014 (December 20, 2013 - January 30, 2014), Venus will go through a Plutonic (transformational, alchemical, changing) retrograde process in Capricorn in yet another cardinal activation. Venus in Capricorn will also oppose Black Moon Lilith in Cancer during that retrograde.
Some dark energy and some harsh, unspoken emotional realities are going to come to light in our relationship structures and dynamics at that time, particularly related to women's roles and responsibilities in relationship.
New leadership is going to be required throughout that retrograde process, and women will be particularly called upon on this front, in both personal and professional settings.
We will be restructuring our relationships during the Venus in Capricorn retrograde period, taking this dark energy into full consideration, as relationship structures are alchemically reformulated from the guts out. We will commit to new responsibilities toward others during that retrograde, and we will also discharge some old responsibilities that have been taken off our plates.
The Venus retrograde in Capricorn will be a time to get very serious about who we have in our lives. We're setting a foundation for relationships under very challenging circumstances, and we're only looking for those partners and partnerships that can go the distance.
As Venus transits Scorpio now and into the first week of October, activating stationing Pluto in Capricorn by sextile, it's time to take a good, hard, proactive look at the state of your relationships ahead of the retrograde.
If you've been feeding energy to people and partnerships over the course of time in hopes that they will one day return the effort - today's payday.
If you feel your relationships have enough life, enough reciprocity, and enough soul in them to stay the course, keep them in your life. Nurture them. Enjoy the mutual support.
But if you've given all you have to give with little received in return, it's time to cut the cord. It's time for those relationships to reformulate and to sink or swim on their own.
This is the cut-throat nature of Scorpio that Venus (and Venusians) find so hard to tolerate. But when your relationship is an unsustainable sinking ship, taking you down with it at the end of the astrological Piscean era, it's a matter of survival. Plain and simple.
RIP, untenable, one-sided relationships. To continue in those now would be folly.