Venus conjunct Mars – A New Cycle of Relationships and Investments Begin

On August 24th Venus forms a conjunction to Mars at 4 degrees of Virgo. When these two planets join together every two years they represent a new cycle in relationships and other matters of importance to us. In the weeks or days leading up to this conjunction many closures take place in order to prepare for the new cycle. Wherever it lands in your chart, there is something new about to emerge, but much has needed clearing or completion before this can take place.

Venus is the archetype of the goddess of love and the signifies the principle of attraction. Her placement in a chart reveals the nature of the affections and personal value system. Mars represents our most primal self and the archetype of the masculine warrior, lover and hero. His placement in a chart shows where one is fired up, motivated and the nature of the sexual drive and desires in general. Their union is like the ultimate merging of the cosmic Masculine and Feminine.

Close behind in this conjunction are the Sun and asteroid Juno, goddess of committed relationships. In the sign of Virgo there is a focus on purification and improvement overall, in body, mind and spirit. On the negative side, Juno’s presence can heighten sensations of jealousy, possessiveness and codependency. Positively she would support responsible relating and in this sign would be ever willing to serve another and to make right with the environment. It would certainly make sense for those who have recently had the urge to clear house, size down on belongings or make a clean sweep in some aspect of life.

A trine is formed from the Venus and Mars conjunction to Uranus in Taurus, which signifies that the new relationship dynamics are fully supported and may show up in many unexpected ways. There is a desire to break away from old patterns relating to friends, groups and associations or to closely align with those who truly reflect one’s value system.

Due to the focus in earth signs people might be wondering what do they spend their money on and why. Coming into clear view are the reasons for why we have been drawn to certain things or them to us. With this there is also growing clarity about what we truly want in life and in relationship. There may be new plans and investments taking place to upgrade the conditions of home life, partnerships and work. Since the conjunction is taking place in Virgo, it is also a time for healing and repair of the physical vehicle, and to reignite the passions, life force energy or libido.

Virgos or those with planets in or prominent placements of this sign have been experiencing a strong reevaluation taking place for the past 4 years, since the last couple of conjunctions have taken place in this sign. They may be reconsidering the things that they have invested in, the beliefs they have adhered to and their manner of relating with others.

An inconjunct of to Chiron in Aries indicates that currently there are some frustrations with being able to accurately express the affections or that there are obstacles around relating that may seem insurmountable. It could help to take a step back and stop jumping to conclusions or acting in haste. Just let things play themselves out and see what they’re made of later on.

The square to asteroid Pallas Athena in Sagittarius suggests mental tension around individuality that must find outlets for release. Although the combination of Venus and Mars may indicate love and passionate union their meeting can manifest in various ways. In a tense relation to the goddess of both wisdom and warfare, there is more than a hint of agitation taking place when it comes to finding adequate mediums for expression. In this case philosophy and the arts are desirable modes of operation. Planets in Virgo seek to analyze but can get lost in details. Pallas Athena in Sagittarius points the way to higher knowledge with clear objectivity.

The new cycle of relationships and investments underway that is indicated by Venus conjunct Mars is showing us new dimensions of life, ourselves and our loved ones. Some form of prayer or ritual during this time, especially using herbs or natural healing substances may help to usher in the budding new forms of expression with ease and joy.

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Pondering the Venus/Mars Conjunction

art by Andrew Gonzales

I’ve been deeply pondering the possible meanings and manifestations of this month’s Venus and Mars conjunction, which is an aspect that occurs every other year. On October 5th 2017 the conjunction was at 18 degrees Virgo. On July 13 of 2021 it will occur at 19 degrees Leo. On August 24th it will occur at 4 degrees of Virgo. After several days of reflection upon this, I have come to the conclusion that part of the significance of this upcoming conjunction that follows Venus’s shift into Evening Star mode is that of healing wounds between the feminine and masculine aspects of consciousness. Virgo is the facilitator of this healing, serving as a bridge of communication between what has seemed or felt like broken parts, disjointed pieces that once made up the wholeness of being.

Currently Venus and Mars are both transiting Leo, and so their expression together is exuberant and fun-loving. The asteroid Juno is closely involved throughout this transit signifying that commitment to serve, improve and grow in partnership is heightened. Venus is the goddess of love and reveals our true values while Mars is the god of war and progress, igniting our passions as well as our urge to overcome obstacles and excel. When these two unite, they can become impulsive in matters of the heart or flesh. However, in the sign of Virgo the energies of both planets can become either thwarted or highly refined, and this is especially so when they are in their Evening phases. In Virgo, Venus shows affection with practical help and gifts. In this sign, Mars busily goes about setting things straight, cleaning them up and increasing their effectiveness.

Looking back almost a couple of years ago, there may have been wounds incurred leading up to the last conjunction between Venus and Mars. In its most negative expression and being opposite of Pisces the “savior”, Virgo can be the “victim”. It could be that the wounds that were experienced during or leading up to that conjunction are coming up now for healing, or that psychological healing in general has become a focus. It may or may not be easy to realize the genuine worth of the experiences that we have had, especially if they were painful. Depending on what people were and are going through, the current build-up could be blissful, bittersweet or totally wild. New forms of beauty and strength are coming into view in our projects, relationships, and lives overall but they require a new approach to be brought to fruition. The old ways of doing things won’t work. The new ways may seem so uncomfortable at first, but it could be that fear of failure is a primary cause of discomfort.

In this day and age when people have become more divided than ever in race, sex, class and creed, there is a need for people to remember who they are and to know their own personal worth in the midst of all the clamour. This is what the Venus and Mars conjunction is bringing to light. In this time when misogyny takes the form of twisted political gender games, exploitation and continued villification of female egos and psychology, and when feminism and misandry lead to the feminising of men and boys in order to squash their masculinity, we have become a weakened race, no matter what is the color of our skin or what belief system is adhered to. When sado-masochism rules the world, it turns to darkness and devours the souls within it.

The archetypes of Venus and Mars on some level represent the rekindling of the alchemical and Sacred Marriage within. When this blending of the feminine and masculine have harmonized within us we are greatly inspired and see the world with new eyes. We feel differently about ourselves. We treat others differently than we did before. When the feelings of revenge, lust, and greed are replaced with actions toward self-betterment and compassion for all living beings, the most base elements of the Venus/Mars conjunction have become transmuted. There is hope for a healed and harmonious world.

I refuse to give up on this hope no matter how bad things are or how bad they get. So with these reflections I offer the prayer for love, peace and beauty to blossom between the sexes and all of life on this planet and beyond.

November Renewal 2015

With Venus conjunct Mars in Virgo today (11-2-15 here on the West Coast) and throughout the rest of this week health and beauty are highlights. This is the final of three Venus Mars conjunctions this year, the first being February 22nd at 1 degree of Aries, the second September 1st at 14 degrees Leo, and November 2nd/3rd at 24 degrees Virgo.

For many this means getting off on the right foot this month. Somewhere, somehow, love or romance meets healing and renewal and together they may enhance our lives in very tangible ways. This is great time to seek out and/or share healing services, especially of the holistic variety. Techniques such as massage, physical training, yoga, and the use of herbs, oils, and tinctures are favored.

VenusMarsCupid by Paris Bordone

VenusMarsCupid by Paris Bordone

The content and effects of diet is becoming more noticeable now, so it would be wise to select and prepare foods that are nourishing and nutrient dense, including lots of vegetables. Touch is also important now, whether it involves another person or connection to earth and soil.

We are in the season of death transformation, which does not necessary have mean something unpleasant. Since the planet of love is paired up with the planet of passion in the sign of practicality, there is more drive, energy, and inspiration to solve several of life’s myriad nagging little problems right now than at other times. Take advantage of it before the holiday craze!