Venus Conjunct Mars – The Cosmic Lovers Meet, A New Relationship Cycle Begins

Venus is conjunct Mars at 19° Virgo and a new relationship cycle begins.

Venus and Mars meet up in the sky on October 5th, exactly at the time of the Full Moon in Aries.  Last time we had a Venus Mars conjunction was in November 2015 and the next one will take place in August 2019.

A Venus Mars conjunction happens once every 2 years and marks a new beginning in relationships and partnerships of any kind. Like a New Moon, new planetary cycles offer a fresh beginning.

Venus Mars cycles repeat themselves every 32 years – we had nearly the same conjunction on the same day 32 years back, on October 5th 1985. Try to remember what happened back then, as this conjunction will have a similar energy.

Venus and Mars are the cosmic lovers and in astrology they describe attraction, love and relationships. Mars rules Aries and Venus rules Libra – Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, ruling the Ascendant and the 1st house, Mars is “I”. Venus is the 7th sign of the zodiac and rules the 7th house, or the descendant, and stands for the “The Other”

Even people who are not very familiar with astrology know that Venus stands for the feminine, and Mars, for the masculine. The astrological symbols for Venus and Mars are identical to those used in biology to identify sexes.

One of the most famous books of all time, “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus” shows the polarity of the two energies – Mars, the assertive, masculine energy, and Venus, the feminine, receptive energy.

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If you look in the sky, it makes sense that Venus and Mars are all about relating. Venus is the next planet inward from Earth, and Mars is the next planet outward. As in astrology we take the Earth as the centre, Venus and Mars are two planets on the right and on the left.

While Mars relates to the world by taking the lead, acting, doing, Venus relates to the world by sending subtle messages and choosing what she likes, and rejecting what she doesn’t. Mars rules war, Venus rules the law of attraction.

It is not that Venus does not take the lead. In fact, Venus is the one that chooses, and invites Mars to get closer. In courtship, it is Venus who sends the courtship signals, makes eye contact and smiles to Mars. And only then Mars is “allowed” to approach Venus.

When Mars comes to Venus without being invited, he might get some success, but all research and studies show that this “success” is short lived. It takes two to tango.

To have long lasting attraction, Venus and Mars need to express their role in a natural way. Venus sends the signal, Mars approaches, Venus chooses and the courtship goes on.

Venus and Mars are planets of polarity, irrespective of one’s gender or sexual orientation. In homosexual couples usually one of the partners takes the Venus role, and the other the Mars role.

It is so important that polarity exists in relationships, that life cannot be created without it. We won’t be here without Mars and Venus. Is it the passion between Venus and Mars, the “secret mix” between the two, that allows creation to take place.

Without a “chemical reaction” between Venus and Mars, we cannot create anything. The world around us is made out of polarities, we have yin and yang, 0 and 1, the North Pole and the South Pole.

The opposite poles of two magnets attract each other, but their similar poles repel each other. That’s why we need both Venus and Mars to create a “magnetic field”.

And as no magnet has only one pole, we both have a Venus and a Mars inside us.

Most creative people in the world tend to have Venus Mars aspects in their natal chart, especially the conjunction.

Van Gogh, Hitler, Mahatma Gandhi, Bette Davis, Al Pacino, Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, Bruce Lee, Joaquin Phoenix, Bruno Mars – they all have the Venus conjunct Mars signature.

In Astrology, Venus-Mars conjunctions are a great time to start new relationships, especially when Venus and Mars rise in the morning sky as they do now.

When Venus and Mars rise before the Sun, they have not been “burned by the Sun”, they have not got into the “Ego zone” yet, and can express their qualities freely.

This does not mean evening conjunctions are not benefic, but they express different planetary qualities. For new beginnings, morning rise planets are the best.

The Venus Mars conjunction on Thursday, October 5th has the Sabian symbol “A Caravan of Cars headed to the West Coast”, symbolizing a group of people journeying together in order to reach a common purpose.

Venus is the Divine Feminine and Mars is the Divine Masculine, so when these two planets meet, they express a special energy that we can all benefit from.

When we master the Divine Feminine, when we master the Divine Masculine, when we allow them to blend into one another, this is when we become “one” with the divine consciousness.

The conjunction of  Mars and Venus will ask us to balance our masculine and feminine energy.  When the masculine and the feminine energies are in balance, we experience a state of easiness, flow and great vitality.

If you feel tired or unmotivated it could well be because there is an imbalance in the expression of the Mars energy, of the Venus energy, or both.

You can balance your Mars energy by surrounding yourself with good masculine role models, by watching hero movies or reading hero books, by asserting yourself when you are taken for granted.

You can balance your Venus energy by spending time with good Venusian role models, by discussing about relationships with people you trust, by developing compassion and appreciation.

Look at where Venus and Mars are in your chart. Is Venus in a feminine sign or in a masculine sign? What about Mars?

Venus and Mars are also crucial in synastry when you want to assess the potential of a romantic relationship.

There are many indicators which describe compatibility, such as Sun and Moon, but if you want to understand the potential for intimacy, passion and sexual chemistry in a relationship, look at your Mars and Venus placement and at your partner’s Mars and Venus placements.

If you are a woman or take the feminine role in a relationship, and your Venus or your Mars are in feminine signs (Yin), a good match for you is a partner who has Venus and Mars in masculine signs (Yang).

If your Venus and Mars are in masculine signs (Yang), again, you are still better off with a partner who also has Venus and Mars in masculine signs, especially Mars.

When a woman is Yin, she needs a stronger men, with more masculine energy. When a woman is Yang, she needs an even stronger men.

If you are a man or take the masculine role in a relationship, and your Venus or your Mars are in feminine signs (Yin), look for a partner who has their Venus and Mars in feminine signs (Yin). If your Venus or Mars are in masculine signs (Yang), both partners with feminine or masculine Venus and Mars are a good match.

When a man is Yang, he needs a softer partner, with more feminine energy. When a man is Yin, he needs an even softer partner.

A Yang Woman with a Yin man is the most difficult combination, but it can be overcome with awareness and acceptance. Physical chemistry is not a “make or break” element anymore in an enlightened, mature relationship.

You will feel the energy of the Venus Mars conjunction stronger if you have Aries, Taurus, Libra, Scorpio ascendant or if you have personal planets or angles around 19° Virgo.

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How To Read Transits In Your Natal Chart – Step By Step Instructions

Astrology can be confusing and overwhelming. You may or may be not familiar with the word “transit” – astrologers tend to use this term a lot because it is a very important part of astrology, and it is especially important in predictive astrology.

Maybe you are not familiar with the term “transit” but you read that “Jupiter moves into Scorpio” or “Venus switches signs and is now in Virgo” – these are in fact, planetary transits.

But most important, you want to know how a transit is going to affect you. What does it mean for you that Jupiter moves into Scorpio? What does it mean for you that Venus is now in Virgo?

If an astrologer says “look at where you have 28° Leo in your natal chart to see how the Eclipse is going to affect you” – how do you know where you have 28° Leo?

To understand how the planetary transits are going to affect you, let’s firstly try to explain what a transit is.

Every day the sky is changing. In Astrology, the movements of the planets in the sky relative to the Earth are called ‘Transits’.

When the Sun moves across the sky, and rises a little bit east or west than it did the day before, that is a transit. The transit of the Sun.

When the Moon is Full and shines bright in the night sky, or when the Moon is a tiny sliver of a crescent waxing moon, that is a transit. The transit of the Moon.

In the same way, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, rise and set in a different place in the sky every day. These are also transits.

Let’s look at the definition of the word “transit” – “the act or fact of passing across or through; passage from one place to another”.

We now understand that a “transit” is only relative to something. When you want to know how a planetary transit is going to affect you, you are in fact looking at your natal chart, transited by the planets in a specific moment in time.

A transit chart is always a comparison between the sky at the moment of your birth with the sky at a specific moment in time.

Let’s say your birthday is January 1st 1070. This is your natal chart, and it never changes. However, a transit can be in any moment in time. You can look for transits on June 5th 1998, or October 10th 2017, basically any moment in time, in the past of future.

Below I will take you step by step through the process of reading transits, so that you learn how exactly the planetary transits are going to affect you.

Of course, you can follow the process with other people’s natal charts, and will be able to find out how the transits are going to affect them.

Let’s start.

Firstly, you will create your natal chart. There are several websites where you can generate your chart – we will use astro.com

Go to www.astro.com

1. On the astro.com landing page you click on “Free horoscopes”

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2. You will then be prompted to the page below. Click on “Extended chart selection”

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3. Go to the “guest user” section and click on “click here to go to the data entry page”. (later if you wish you can also create and account on astro.com to store your data)

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4. You will know create your guest profile to generate your natal chart. Put your name down and the birth details: birthday, time of birth, country, and birth town as shown below:

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5. Almost there! You now go to “Chart type” and scroll down until you find “Natal chart and transits”. Then you select “Natal chart and transits”

You then go to “Start date for charts marked with*” and you put the date for the transit you are interested in. If you are interested in the transits for today, you leave it as it is, because the current date is set by default.

If you are interested in let’s say the date when Jupiter moves into Scorpio, which is October 10th, you then put this date “10 Oct 2017”

Lastly, go to “House system” and select “whole signs”

That’s it!

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6. Your chart and the planetary transits for October 10th 2017 are generated! All the planets inside the wheel, colored black, represent the position of the planets at the time of your birth. This is your natal chart. The planets outside the circle, colored green, represent the transits, i.e. the position of the planets in the sky on October 10th

When you read transits, what you really do, is to compare the position of the planets at the time when you were born, with the position of the planets for the date you want to forecast.

Now you know that “transit” in astrology means a comparison – between the sky at the time when you were born, with the sky at a given date. Imagine someone took a photo of the sky when you were born, and then they take a photo of the sky right now.

If you compare the two photos, you will see where the planets are positioned in the sky right now relative to where they were positioned when you were born. This is what a transit is.

In our example – let’s say you want to see how Jupiter’s move into Scorpio will affect you.

For this, you look where Jupiter is found outside the circle (if you want to see where Jupiter was positioned at the time of your birth, you would look inside the circle  – remember inside the circle is your natal chart, outside the circle, is the transit)

Planet Jupiter is highlighted in red – can you see it? This is the Jupiter transit.

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You now want to see how the Jupiter transit is going to affect you. For this, you need to look inside the circle, and find the corresponding number (from 1 to 12). The numbers from 1 to 12 are called houses. When a planet inside the circle is in a certain house, you call it a natal placement. When a planet outside the circle is in a certain house, you call it a transit.

In Jupiter inside the circle is in your 12th house, you say “my natal Jupiter is in my 12th house”. If Jupiter outside the circle is in your 12th house, you say “Jupiter currently transits my 12th house”

The planets inside the circle never change. Your natal chart never change. But the planets outside the circle always change.

This is how you read a transit. You look at the planets outside the circle and which houses they pass. In the example below, Jupiter will transit your 12th house.

7. Let’s take another example. In the same chart, you now want to check the Moon. You want to find out which house in your natal chart is transited by the Moon.

In the example below, Moon transits the 7th house.

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8. Now let’s take a different example, a little more difficult. Let’s say you read that the Solar Eclipse in Leo falls at 28° Leo, and you want to find out which part of your chart will be affected.

In the example below, 28° Leo is in the 9th house. Although you don’t see the 28°, you can see a small grid – the sign of Leo is split into 30 small lines, each one representing one zodiacal degree. Therefore, 28° Leo is where you count the 28th line inside the sign of Leo.

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This is how you find out how a transit is going to affect you.

You now know that for someone born on January 1st 1970 at 5:32 AM in LA, California, Jupiter is going to transit their 12th house, so matters related to the 12th house will come into focus from October 10th, when Jupiter moves into Scorpio, until November 9th, 2018.

Astrology is a bit more complex than that, there are different ways to calculate the houses (you may be more familiar with Placidus house system for example) – but the whole signs, the system we just used, is a very good start if you are just starting with astrology.

Also, although houses are the most important things to look at when you want to interpret transits, they are not the only thing to look at. Planets also transit signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini etc.) and make aspects to your natal planets (conjunction, trine, square, opposition etc.)

But I will write more about these in next articles.

Now is time to practice. You can play around with your chart, choose a few dates you want to check transits for, and see how the planets transit the houses of your natal chart.