Venus enters Libra on August 29th, achieving full strength in the sign that she rules. Venus at full strength means all relationships (not just romantic) are in the spotlight. Compromise, balance and diplomacy will be issues.
Appearances will matter. This can be shallow, or it can be a graceful achievement due to iron will disguised as politeness. A lot of work goes into Venus in Libra's pretty picture, but you'll never see the effort. She makes it look easy, which is something people take for granted.
Despite this transit's rep for sugary flirtations and facades, the deeper story is about finding balance. This transit demands your awareness - if you skip through on auto-pilot, you can fall into the Libra traps of projection and people-pleasing. Unbalanced Libra happens more often than not. Lazy Venus in Libra allows the scales to sag all the way to one side, and someone ignores their values in favour of relationship harmony. When Venus in Libra is on the ball, she (or you) have sussed out what the other person wants while honouring your personal desires. A finely tuned compromise is achieved. Sounds like work, because it is. Equality does not come easily.
You can make the most of this transit by paying attention to balance points in all relationships. And, by watching out for projections (yours or theirs). Realize when someone is assigning their stuff to you. Or when you're projecting your romantic ideals and unmet needs onto someone else.
Having written all this, know that you can also have fun with this transit. It enhances social energy, lightens things up, and could make everyone a bit more interested in loving rather than fighting (other transits and eclipses not withstanding).
A few hours before Venus exits Virgo for Libra, she'll conjoin Mercury, at 29 degrees. This suggests meeting a key person, or hearing a specific piece of information with a friendly/positive spin. You'll have the appealing facts, shining like small cut gems. And as Venus moves into Libra, you can use them...up to a point. Mercury stations Rx one day later (August 30th). Just as it reaches the final degree of Virgo, it turns around, moving away from Venus. So these developments may take awhile to ripen. Mercury Rx means going back over the facts, asking questions and checking for validity.
But still...Venus in Libra is relationship time. Have fun but stay sharp. Work on your balance point.
Here are the aspects Venus in Libra will make:
- Sept 3rd: inconjunct Ceres Rx, 5 deg Taurus
- Sept 7th: sextile Saturn, 10 deg Sag
- Sept 7th: inconjunct Neptune Rx, 10 deg Pisces
- Sept 9th: inconjunct South Node, 12 deg Pisces
- Sept 11th: square Pluto Rx, 14 deg Capricorn
- Sept 14th: square Vesta, 19 deg Cancer
- Sept 16th: trine Pallas Rx, 21 deg Aquarius
- Sept 17th: inconjunct Chiron Rx, 22 deg Pisces
- Sept 18th: opposite Uranus Rx, 23 deg Aries
- Sept 19th: sextile Mars, 24 deg Sag
- Sept 23rd: Scorpio ingress