by Robert Wilkinson
We enter a pretty intense zone over the next few days! This one affects a huge number of people in some very personal ways, so make sure of your methods, have confidence, and keep your eyes on the prize!
What's happening is Venus at 24 Leo squares Mars at 24 Scorpio. That of course affects everyone with planets in their charts near 24 Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, as well as those with planets near 9 Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. This aspects requires focus, making sure that you’re using the right means to the end, and to keep your eye on long term payoffs so you can keep many things going despite interruptions.
This is a configuration where our ability to concentrate on the inner, Spiritual Self at the expense of outer things is rubbing up against our need to incorporate inspiring experiences and realizations into our daily lives. We have the ability to release some powerful energies, both in terms of expressiveness as well as letting go, but only as we focus inwardly and let go of the outer forms to claim the inner magnetic loving essence of something.
If you confront a lack, a need, a void, or a problem to address, the antidotes involve radical dispassion and genuine compassion, seeing past experiences as your method through which you can teach others who also may be dealing with similar challenges. Some will have to defend their mission, or see the broader context of their mission, while others will have to demonstrate expertise, or take command over someone else’s expertise.
Venus is powerful in creative and dynamically expressive Leo; Mars is in its home in Scorpio, and very strongly itself. Neither planet is particularly afflicted at present, so this square should be a favorable release wherever it falls in your chart, and should also show as shifts in the life areas (houses) ruled by Aries, Taurus, Libra, and Scorpio.
Venus last conjuncted Mars (beginning this Venus-Mars cycle) May 23, 2011, at 10 Taurus. That fused the affairs of the houses where we have Aries, Taurus, Libra, and Scorpio and focused the Venus-Mars blended energy at 10 Taurus until their next conjunction on April 6, 2013, at 20 Aries.
This is the last waning square of that cycle. It made the first waning square in April 2012 from 4 Gemini to Mars at 4 Virgo, it’s stationary direct point. Then Venus retrograded and made a second waning square in early June from 17 Gemini to 17 Virgo. This is the final waning square, and marks the end of the culmination of what began May 2011.
In practical terms, it indicates that the past 17 months have been about us finding a larger or greater self-dedication, some form of greater service we could do with and for others. We have now fulfilled that, and are harvesting the fruits of the labor.
As the culminating square involves both Gemini and Virgo, and now Leo and Scorpio, it is a quite varied type of fulfillment, being both ideological and practical as well as inspired and magnetically appropriate. Whatever does not have these qualities is being fragmented as we speak, since the waning square (bringing fulfillment) also brings the beginning of the end of whatever that cycle was about. If it has produced a germ of life then it will be renewed at the coming conjunction. If not, this is the symbolic “Autumn” for the old Venus-Mars cycle that will end when that season ends.
This square can bring either favorable or unfavorable shifts, depending on how we’ve integrated Venusian and Martian energies in our personalities. As with most of these types of situations, look to the planetary dualities and go for the high road! To refresh you,
Venus is Wisdom/Folly. It is written that this is the aspect of consciousness describing our subconscious response to self-consciousness, affecting our “mental offspring.”
Mars is Grace/Sin. It is written that this is the aspect of consciousness that shows whether our responses are manifesting error or truth, maladjustment or beauty.
These two are now in an aspect that can show as friction, but also as dynamic changes by two autonomous powers each equally strong and determined. As I touched on earlier, Venus, the planet of love and relationship, is in loving and creative Leo, while Mars, the planet of initiative and “getting it done” is in its highly concentrated and focused home sign of Scorpio. It may be that sparks can fly, but the trick is to recognize what kinds of sparks and knowing whether to get nearer or farther away!!
Copyright © 2012 Robert Wilkinson