by Nick Newmont
Now that we agree to stop beating up Mercury and blaming it for everything that goes wrong, let’s move on to a more pleasant topic-love. Venus, aptly named for the goddess of love, rules the part of our chart that we like the most. Venus is the planet of beauty, love and sensuality, not sex. Because it rules the signs of Taurus and Libra, it covers all the aspects of those two signs. Venus’s action is gentle and harmonious. The house where Venus resides in your chart, and the sign it is in, shows what you value and appreciate and is an indicator of your social urges.
Venus is in transit in Libra from August 29–September 23, and thus, is “dignified” in the sign. Venus feels right “at home” in Libra where she seeks to balance and harmonize. With Venus in Libra, we can easily be in love with love. We are more comfortable with a close partner with whom we can seek to have a balanced relationship. We are more inclined to employ charm rather than aggressive behavior in order to get what we want.
Although Venus in Libra virtually lives for relationships, there is an air of cool detachment to this energy. We are very obliging with others–quite willing to negotiate and compromise. We can be especially idealistic about love. We prefer things to be done the “right” way and are turned off by aggressive or uncouth behavior. There is a Pollyanna side to Libra that really believes in a win-win situation. Libra has a hard time understanding why things are not always fair or balanced.
The shadow side of this position is dependency, inconsistency and superficiality. In an attempt to avoid unpleasant situations, we could easily gloss over deeper issues at play in our relationships. It’s probably best to avoid the trap of acquiescing to our partners but privately resenting the fact or thinking ourselves martyrs for doing so! Libra has to learn to love deeply.
Wherever Venus is currently in your chart, this is an opportune time get in touch with that area of your life and, if necessary, make improvements or smooth things over. And if you so desire, beautify. On a business level, this is great time to network, meet people or join a like-minded group or organization. People are cooperative at this time.
Venus in Libra lightens us up and puts us in a loving mood. Even if you are on your own, buy some flowers, open a bottle of champagne and toast yourself. It’s an excellent time to fall in love with you.