My personal Venus return is tomorrow evening. If you have Venus in Virgo, then you already have, or will experience your Venus return at some point of Venus' transit through Virgo. But what is a Venus return?
First, let's learn about Venus:
Venus is the second planet from the Sun. It is a rocky planet with the densest atmosphere of all the rocky bodies in the Solar System, and the only one with a mass and size that is close to that of its orbital neighbor Earth. Orbiting inferiorly (inside of Earth's orbit), it appears in Earth's sky always close to the Sun, as either a "morning star" or an "evening star". While this is also true for Mercury, Venus appears much more prominently, since it is the third brightest object in Earth's sky after the Moon and the Sun, appearing brighter than any other star-like classical planet or any fixed star.
The Romans adapted the myths and iconography of Venus' Greek counterpart, Aphrodite, for Roman art and Latin literature. In the later classical tradition of the West, Venus became one of the most widely referenced deities of Greco-Roman mythology as the embodiment of love, affection, and beauty.
Venus is considered the planet of love; in early times it was called the lesser benefic. It rules are, culture aesthetics possessions, partners, beauty, charm, good taste, sentimentality, sweets and sugar, color, harmony, poetry, paintings, jewelry, singing, drama, and music. Venus' action is gentle and harmonious. Governs emotional contacts, tenderness, moral character, marriage and unions of all kinds. Also, sociability, disposition, luxuries, pleasure and appreciation. Venus is the planet of love and sensuality, not sex.
Where you find Venus in your chart reveals what you really enjoy.
This is the natural home of Pisces ruled by Neptune. It's a house of endings and subconscious that reveals our unknown or hidden strengths and weaknesses. It shows sorrow, suffering, limitations, handicaps, secrets, seclusion, frustration, behind-the -scenes action. It indicates places of confinement, jails, hospitals, mental institutions, etc., restraint, inhibitions, exile, secret enemies, hidden dangers, self-undoing and clandestine affairs.
It reveals the things we hide from others. Research, background, subjective sustainment, inner consciousness, the subconscious mind, spiritual debts to be paid ( Karma ), but also charity, sympathy, and public welfare. It is often called the closet, or dustbin of the horoscope because it is here that we sweep away or hide problems which are too painful to face or difficulties that we refuse to acknowledge.
Venus in the 12th House
This transit portends relevant changes in our relationships and finances, and depends on its surrounding placements and most importantly, our understanding. The house is considered malefic because of its association with hospitalization, escapism, and incarceration; thus, it could represent discontent in love or finances. We may experience the need for a more private love life during this time. We may discover secrets, and, if the relationship has been weak, it may lead to separation.
On a more positive note, this transit indicates a craving for more depth in relationships involving spiritual meaning and understanding. Yet, there's a danger here of sacrificing ourselves and our resources for our partners, as well as the opportunity to let go of something material. This is the influence of Libra in Venus' 7th house home. Peace at any price is not the way to go.
We should take extra care of our mental and physical health during this time. If we begin to feel trapped in a relationship, honesty about our feelings is paramount. Don't shrink. This transit allows us to step into our power and express our true feelings rather than sacrificing for another's benefit. Also guard against how critical we are of others. Although Virgo's intentions are purely to offer improvement to others, it can come off as highly critical, damaging another's self-confidence.
Because this is a house of endings, relationships can end as a result of criticizing, judging, and clingy behavior. In addition to our tongue, guard our finances as well. Especially against scammers - after all, tis the season!
I wish you much love and success on your journey around the Sun!
Image: Venus Rising by Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman
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