previous article, relationship planets Venus and Mars are currently traveling through the zodiac in a conjunction in Virgo (exact October 5 at 19 degrees). This indicates that a little editing, fine-tuning, or tightening up may be required in our relations with others.
The application of heightened discernment, stronger filters, and higher standards (Virgo) in relationships of all kinds (Venus-Mars) is a theme.
Transiting Venus and Mars in Virgo are currently forming oppositions to Neptune in Pisces, and both bodies form oppositions to wounded healer Chiron in Pisces next month (exact October 10 - 15).
This brings up the possibility for some direct contact with "Neptunian shitbag" behaviours with a requirement to filter these out, making them fully unacceptable in our lives and in our relationships.
As we are now hurtling headlong into the astrological era of Aquarius, these behaviours may be less prevalent or at least, a little harder to pinpoint than when we were in full-on tail-end Piscean era.
At the same time, the slippery flakiness, charm, and shitbaggery that can be associated with Neptune/Pisces do rear their ugly heads, and Venus-Mars in Virgo is a great time to out this stuff, outsmart it, and quietly demand better.
As stated in the previous article, "Mars relates to desire, and in Virgo, only those with shit together - and with a history of having shit together - need apply."
(Again, this involves relationships of all kinds, not just romantic ones.)
As a little humourous yet reality-based reminder of the Neptunian shitbaggery to be on the lookout for, I will re-post an excerpt from an article from December 1, 2011, titled "Mars in Virgo Hot or Nots." This article was written just prior to the last Mars retrograde in Virgo (January to April 2012):
"Warning: This article contains an extraordinary number
of occurrences of the word "shit" as well as derivatives of the word
"shit." Proceed only if scatological references in relation to human
behaviour do not offend...
I saw the 2008 film The Wrestler a few weeks ago, and the main character in the film illustrated the Piscean/Neptunian shitbag quite well. You know the kind.
a person who, on one hand, is deeply wonderful, gentle, compassionate,
loving, sensitive, human, spiritually-aware - a person who can feel
oh-so-good to be around, who has so much potential! This is a person who seems to know you on a special level, who can touch your heart in profound ways.
And then, on the other hand, the person's a shitbag.
guy in the movie was an aging professional wrestler who was in many
respects a lovely man. He was funny, giving, compassionate, a real
mentor for up-and-coming wrestlers. He was exciting, sexy, interesting,
and he could waltz.
He was also a shitbag. He abandoned his
daughter when she was little, preferring to immerse himself in the
cheering crowds and artificial (highly Neptunian) world of professional
wrestling. He spent his money on alcohol, drugs, and lap dances,
screwing random women still hot for his fading star. He lived in past
glory, trying to outrun the requirements of the present. He made
promises he didn't keep. He let people down. When the going got tough,
he cut and ran, taking the easy way out and slipping out of his
The reality didn't live up to the hype - a big Neptune theme.
We've all seen or experienced Neptune at work in relationship. ("But I loooove
him!") Neptune glosses over all the shitbag behaviours, leaving only
the wonderful. If Neptune is strong enough, it's as if the shitbag
behaviours don't even exist. They're invisible, dimmed dramatically by
the shining, glowing, rosy light of the wonderful qualities Neptune
insists are the whole story.
The shitbag behaviours are skimmed
over and forgiven almost immediately, without holding the individual
accountable, and nothing changes. It's the same cycle over and over
again: shitbag behaviour, disappointment and hurt, forgiveness, being
awash with Neptunian love; shitbag behaviour, disappointment and hurt,
forgiveness, being awash with Neptunian love...
The damage keeps
being done, keeps accumulating, and Neptune keeps covering it all over,
focusing only on the lovey dovey goodness.
Until the point comes
where enough is enough, and the cycle absolutely has to be broken. It
takes a while to get there, but this is where we are now.
are many deeply-ingrained Piscean era cycles to be, once and for all,
broken, cleaned up, and transitioned out of as Mars moves through...Virgo, and they're holding on with a great deal
of subtlety and tenacity.
This isn't just straight-up, easily identifiable Neptunian shitbag we're dealing with here, as in The Wrestler.
This is immersed into the scene, woven into the energetic fabric. This
is a multitude of subtle variations. This is even just the energetic
impression of shitbag with little to no identifiable behaviour.
Neptunian gloss is potent stuff, crystallized and unquestioned in many
cases. People have been getting away with this stuff for a good long
If we assist it, Mars in
Virgo will cut through the gloss in a valiant attempt to address fatal
character flaws and make things right through and through. Virgo relates
to personal development, and Mars does battle on the fine points here...
For a little helpful guidance on this front, here are some Mars in Virgo HOT or NOTS:
A person who will defer sex until the right time and the right
conditions out of respect for the health and well-being of both parties.
NOT HOT: Someone slobbering in your ear and getting all hot and bothered when you're basically still at handshake stage.
HOT: A person who puts effort into learning the details about you, what you like and don't like, and then applies it precisely.
NOT HOT: Discovering someone you've been dating for weeks can't pronounce your last name correctly.
HOT: People who run their lives like well-oiled machines who would be scandalized if they bounced a cheque.
Flaky, floaty, space cadets who routinely bounce cheques (if they even have a bank account) and live in a
state of constant chaos that spills over into the lives of other people.
HOT: Finding a new boyfriend or girlfriend
with carefully cultivated associations and influences who has no problem
weeding out detrimental ones. This person has been anticipating you and
has created a place that is just right for you in his/her life.
Discovering your new boyfriend comes with a string of: old exes who
call regularly in some variety of life crisis, hard-up buddies looking
for a place to crash, down-and-out family members asking for money,
slightly obsessive old flames who still have a thing for him, and
various shady types always involved in some type of
not-quite-above-board situation, bringing you into contact with people
you would choose not to be around otherwise. Discovering the place he
has created for you is a dirty mattress on the unwashed floor that you
have to share with the sleeping-it-off ex-girlfriend of his high school
HOT: Someone who shows his desire
for you by keeping bills up to date, dishes washed, floors vacuumed, and
laundry folded, thereby removing stressors so energy can be directed
into more *ahem* extracurricular-type activities.
Someone who forgets his wallet at home, leaves dirty dishes strewn
around, and thinks the hamper is wherever his clothes happen to fall. I
know a few slobs, and I love them, but I'm here to advise that slobbing
is NOT HOT under Mars in Virgo.
Moderation, temperance, practicality, humility, modesty, earthiness,
focused drive and self-direction, attention to detail, awareness of the
NOT HOT: Escapism, substance abuse,
chaos, pie-in-the-sky ideas, ineffectiveness, weak will, scattered
energies, being excessively impressionable and easily led astray,
allowing oneself to be tossed around by the circumstances of the day.
HOT: Living simply and within one's means.
NOT HOT: Financial over-extension, frivolity, living on (bad) credit.
HOT: A person who has developed a level of self-control and self-mastery.
NOT HOT: Someone looking to be taken care of.
HOT: Taking full responsibility for half-assed behaviour, rectifying it immediately.
NOT HOT: Making vague, weaselly excuses for half-assed behaviour and then continuing it.
HOT: Saying you're going to do something and doing it, on time.
Saying you're going to do something but then consulting your psychic
who tells you not to do it unless six particular signs as well as a
white eagle's feather show up within fourteen days. Staying in a state
of "tortured" limbo for months, hashing it over ad nauseum with every
person you know to the point that people start avoiding your ass."
Venus will be in Virgo until October 14, 2017 and Mars will be in Virgo until October 22. The Venus-Mars conjunction occurs at 19 degrees Virgo on October 5. So if
you recognize yourself on the NOT HOT list, you have some time to move yourself onto the HOT list. And if you recognize
yourself on the HOT list, congratulations on being a hot