Venus in Libra
Venus enters Libra on August 6th and she’s strong in the sign that she rules. Libra is about the relationship side of Venus - you versus them. Compromise, projection, attraction and social graces are the themes for this transit. What is socially acceptable? That will be the question while this transit is in force (until September 9th, when Venus enters Scorpio).
But...Venus will station Rx in Scorpio on October 5th and revisit Libra from October 31st to December 2nd. I'll write more about this in my Venus in Libra post, coming up on August 6th.
As Venus enters Libra, she will apply to a painful opposition with Chiron Rx (exact on August 8th) and a tough square to Saturn Rx on August 9th. August 6th to 9th will be difficult relationship days, for sure. Social vulnerabilities will be triggered along with limits on what you want (and who you attract). I'm writing transit posts every day this month (thanks to my lovely Patreon supporters), so stay tuned for a more detailed look at these influences.
Fortunately, Venus will also trine Mars Rx in Aquarius to August 7th - when Mars and Venus are in harmony, what you want is supported by what you do to get it. Mars Rx trine Venus means that going back, trying again or rolling with the delays can have favourable consequences. You’ll still be dealing with some painful or embarrassing moments, but there will be an area of support or relief.
Uranus stations Rx in Taurus on August 7th. The shake ups that have been introduced since Uranus first entered this sign in May will either intensify in one, specific area (if Uranus Rx is backing towards an exact aspect to your natal planet) or will ease up (if Uranus Rx is backing away from an aspect to your natal planet). An intensification means change has to happen now, and a pause in any changes will be temporary.
New Moon Eclipse in Leo
On August 8th, the Sun makes an inferior conjunction to Mercury Rx in Leo, marking the halfway point of Mercury’s retrograde. This can be a time of clarity, when Mercury’s Rx makes sense and pertinent info or a key messenger is revealed. This conjunction will feature in August 11th’s New Moon eclipse in Leo, which will be the focus of a Yod to Pluto and Neptune.
I’ve written about the eclipse in detail in this post, but here is the main deal:
“…the Sun/Moon conjunction makes an inconjunct to Pluto Rx in Capricorn and Neptune Rx in Pisces. Neptune and Pluto sextile each other, suggesting power (Pluto) with transcendent (Neptune) abilities. The mystic, the universal transformation, the magnetic dream. But when these energies are focused (via the inconjunct) onto Leo, there is the potential to lose track of the higher vibrations and attempt to dominate others or exercise power just because. It can easily go off the rails.
Neptune can undermine Leo's pride and Pluto can intensify things to the point where it becomes an issue of pure dominance.
That's not what this eclipse is about. Ideally, you would focus on a higher purpose (there is a higher purpose...it's not just about you) through your creative drive and make it sing as you connected to the collective (the universal purpose).”
The focal point of a Yod is a task that’s also a challenge, and this challenging task will be squared by an opposition between Jupiter in Scorpio and Juno in Taurus. This opposition will harken back to August 3rd (when it was exact):
" …there’s a showdown between a famous couple as Juno in Taurus opposes Jupiter in Scorpio. Juno (representing partnership agreements) was Jupiter’s faithful wife, even in the face of his endless infidelities. When these two aspect each other, the interplay between expectations (Jupiter) versus the actual agreement between two people is emphasized. An opposition is a result - the turning point regarding a commitment (in any type of partnership) will feature some tension between hopes versus reality (even if this is a positive outcome).
The Taurus/Scorpio axis means any conflict will be deeply ingrained (these are Fixed signs) but it can also indicate a solid commitment. However, know that Jupiter in Scorpio pushes the boundaries while Juno in Taurus stubbornly insists on keeping things the same. "
Mixed in with the eclipse, this new beginning will feature an agreement or new partnership chapter, but there will be tension and exaggerated expectations.
Mars Retrograde Backs Into Capricorn
Finally, on August 12th Mars Rx reenters Capricorn. You’ll be revisiting work, focused actions or expressions of authority. Or, you’ll be pausing to reconsider so you can gain more control and authority. This is a very deliberate, focused part of Mars’ Rx. You can use it to regain control or reestablish your authority.
Aspects to Venus in your partnership sector (including the opposition to Chiron Rx in your sign) can trigger difficult moments as you attempt to balance a partner’s wants with your future goals, and a specific, painful issue that you’re dealing with. A new or existing relationship could trigger your insecurities. Watch for the tendency to clamp down and maintain control as a defence. Stepping back and putting this partnership into a broader context can help. All relationships (social, romantic, business) should flow if you concentrate on the natural give and take rather than attempting to dominate the situation.
Uranus Rx in your sector of personal resources can intensify changes in your financial or emotional security. A specific habit or situation that you’ve been clinging to may be forcefully disrupted. Alternatively, changes may temporarily pause, giving you time to take stock of a new source of income, new job or new definition of security.
Sun conjunct Mercury Rx in your sector of self-expression illuminates a key understanding regarding a new attraction, creative project or children/pregnancy. This clarity will be directly related to the eclipse in this sector, as new developments in one or more of these areas ask you to focus ambition, your drive for success and dreams/compassion. This is a difficult mix of power and transcendence of power - there’s a higher purpose emerging that’s about more than just having fun or getting something you want. Ultimately, you can be recognized for a significant contribution or connection with someone special, if you play your cards right. The square from Jupiter/Juno can pump up your confidence and desire for more, but make sure you don’t get ahead of yourself and spend (emotionally or financially) more than you have. The concrete reality of a partnership agreement (especially if finances are involved) can conflict with what’s not openly acknowledged.
As Mars Rx returns to your career sector, you’ll be revisiting previous ambitions, competition or dealings with those in authority. It’s time for a second look at what you’ve been doing to get ahead, and this may involve a slowdown regarding a job, job search or business efforts.
Aspects to Venus in your sector of routine can emphasize frustrations involving health or work. You may be feeling ignored, unappreciated or all on your own - consider how you can help yourself for the moment. Know that someone in authority, or your actions regarding career/ambition, can help. Don’t give up, even as you run into blocks or an unbalanced work load.
Uranus Rx in your sign can underline a key area of change/surprise regarding lifestyle, a relationship, public identity or appearance - a disruption may become more intense, especially if you’ve been ignoring the need for change. But for some, change can temporarily ease up. However, know that you can’t go back to what was; you’re being given a reprieve so you can get things in order and prepare for the next round.
Sun conjunct Mercury Rx in your domestic sector suggests a key conversation or piece of info regarding a home or family issue. Information from the past (or childhood) may be revealed, and this will connect to the eclipse in this sector. The eclipse itself suggests new developments at home/with family that involve a tricky mix of social/group ideals and change on larger scale (relocation, travel, legal issues, ethics). Social dynamics can confuse some issues, and you’ll also be dealing with a powerful drive to move ahead and make permanent changes. The square to Jupiter (and Juno in your sign) suggests partnership goals (or a domestic partner’s expectations) can push matters ahead, but your agreement may be different from their hopes - you could feel that your partner is leaping before you’re ready.
Mars Rx’s return to your sector of opportunities sees you revisiting issues involving travel, education, legal matters, publishing or ideals. Something may need to be re-established or reworked in these areas before you can make it official. In some cases, there may be a question about the ethics of certain actions. Travel plans may also be revisited.
Aspects to Venus in your sector of self-expression can hi-light a social insecurity, dent to your public image or romantic rejection, as you deal with deeper issues around fears of getting close or feeling out of control. Insecurities can be public and private, but there is room for future growth and exploration into new territory, if you’re willing to step outside your comfort zone. Perhaps what you want lies elsewhere.
Uranus Rx in your hidden sector may go unnoticed, but know that a seismic shift or gradual ending has temporarily been put on hold.
Sun conjunct Mercury Rx in your communication sector can be your aha moment as a conversation or insight puts previous delays and mixed messages into perspective. Too, you may receive an answer that reveals previously hidden information. This will be connected to the eclipse in the same sector, which will present a new chapter, major answer or official declaration. This could be your big decision, but you’ll be dealing with conflicting career ideals versus the desire for control, power and money. This could be about a dream job, but you’ll have to find a way to articulate or focus on what matters most to you, while not forgetting about your higher purpose. The square to Jupiter/Juno can pump up the promises, expectations and hopes for the future - just make sure everything can be delivered before you say “yes”because some unspoken partnership agreements will be in the background.
Mars Rx’s return to your sector of shared resources can see you temporarily pulling back from expansion/exploration so you can get your house in order regarding debts, taxes, loans, you partner’s finances or intimacy. There’s more work to be done in the background before you can advance.
Aspects to Venus in your domestic sector can trigger painful issues with a domestic partner, business partner, or personal versus work life. Doubts about success can impact your happiness, and the demands of a partner can make you feel restricted. However, there’s assistance in the background if you tune into the deeper connection between you and another, or tap into your inner resources.
Uranus Rx in your social sector can intensify a specific change involving friends, groups or your public image. Or, you may find that changes in these areas temporarily cease. However, know that your social landscape/reputation is still on the way to being permanently transformed. Use the break to consider what needs to be left behind, regarding your connection to the public or certain friends.
Sun conjunct Mercury Rx in your sector of personal resources can be a point of clarity regarding earned money, self-esteem or values. What you need to do to ensure your independence and prosperity will become clear, and you may get an answer regarding a source of income or salary. This will connect to the eclipse in this sector, which can present a new source of income or new approach to security. However, you’ll have to incorporate issues around higher ideals/hopes and the power balance with a partner. This isn’t all about money or your satisfaction - there’s more at stake because others will be impacted. Find a way to ensure your security while not making it all about you. The square to Jupiter/Juno does suggest a significant financial or ego boost, but remember that this is about more than what makes you happy - a partnership agreement is key, and the social impact will be important.
Mars Rx’s return to your partnership sector will remind you that there’s more work to be done on a relationship. You may still be dealing with someone from the past, or having to rebalance your actions with another.
Aspects to Venus in your communication sector suggest hurtful conversations or limits on what you want to say. Too, you may feel restricted/denied in your ability to express love/affection, but know that a partner or significant person that you have a one-on-one connection with is still open to what you have to say. Compromise is possible.
Uranus Rx in your career sector suggests overhauls to your future goals, professional image or expressions of authority may temporarily ease up. Too, if you’ve implemented certain changes to your career path, you may have to take a step back and reconsider or make adjustments.
Sun conjunct Mercury Rx in your sign can illuminate a key message or significant person from your past. Reviews or delays could generate clarity, and there can be an internal decision or shift in attitude. This will connect to the eclipse in your sign, which will feature a powerful new beginning regarding a relationship, lifestyle issue or your identity. But you’ll also have to deal with tension around attempting to make changes to your daily life while releasing control over something deeper that you share or owe. Something needs to “die” regarding your daily routine/work habits/self-care in order to make room for improvements, while you also recognize that that are certain things you cannot control. There’s a risk that this beginning can undermine your ego, but really this is about allowing necessary transformations to increase your personal power and purpose. The square to Jupiter/Juno can exaggerate your hopes for this new beginning (due to domestic issues or family plans) - gains must be measured against the professional or official aspects of an agreement. A professional partnership could be featured, but it may raise some tension with your primary goals and ego.
Mars Rx into your sector of routine can put partnership developments on hold while you revisit practical issues and obligations. Too, a partner may step back - consider how this impacts the balance between you.
Aspects to Venus in your sector of personal resources can hi-light a financial or self-esteem shortfall. What you want may be in short supply, and deeper issues of trust and intimacy can trigger some wounds. Fortunately, your efforts to improve, correct and attend to obligations (even if you have to redo or try harder) can help, as you find that flow between what you want and what you have to do to get it. If self-esteem is an issue, this energy supports doing something for yourself.
Uranus Rx in your sector of opportunities can see you reconsidering a new area of exploration or risk. Travel, education, legal matters, publishing or any unknown endeavour may involve a slow down or retreat. This does not mean it’s over, or that it’s failed - the step back is only temporary, allowing you to regroup and make adjustments to your plans. You won’t get it perfect on the first try.
Sun conjunct Mercury Rx in your hidden sector can illuminate a dream, secret or instinctive area of knowledge. Something that’s not fully seen may still make sense, and this will connect to the eclipse (in this sector) as an intuitive new beginning emerges. Here are the seeds for your ultimate purpose/goal (the dream come true) but you’ll have to deal with incompatible prompts that involve a relationship fantasy/sacrifice and drive to advance your own power and purpose. There’s something special you want to create, and possibly a significant relationship that you want to grow. But in order to see true success, there’s something you have to give up - the illusion of control or invalid ideas about what’s really important. The square to Jupiter/Juno suggests big ideas/promises may factor into this, but make sure you read the fine print (or be very precise about what you’re communicating). It will be easy to overlook the essentials in the rush to believe what you want to believe, and a contract or relationship agreement may be more vague than anticipated.
Mars Rx into your sector of self-expression sees you returning to a creative or romantic goal and intensifying or adjusting your actions. More work may need to be done before you can manifest this in your daily life.
Aspects to Venus in your sign suggest a situation where you feel less attractive, worthy or social. Domestic responsibilities, heavy family issues or traditions can limit you or emphasize certain insecurities, and a key partnership issue can also hi-light a vulnerability. Projection can be a problem, or you may be weighed down by responsibilities for a sick or troubled partner. Fortunately, the trine to Mars Rx in your sector of self-expression says there are actions you can take that will boost your self-esteem while giving you an outlet (to celebrate or create). This is not a new issue, so it should be familiar.
Uranus Rx in your sector of shared resources can see you digging deeper regarding shared finances or intimacy. Or, disruptions in these areas may ease up, giving you back a measure of control. Know that this is temporary - you’ve only just begun the intense excavations.
Sun conjunct Mercury Rx in your social sector prepares you for the upcoming eclipse with a key conversation, social announcement or realization involving friends, groups or your public image. Watch for social dynamics, or your impact on the public, to become clear - the eclipse will usher in a new beginning in one of these areas. While the main theme will be you in the spotlight, you’ll have to make adjustments to changes at home/the death of a past issue and a shifting situation involving daily routine or health. The square from Jupiter/Juno can pump up your desire to spend/display but you may also run into deeper conflicts around an unspoken or very private agreement. Financial discord with a partner is a possibility, as is a public display with hidden relationship tension.
As Mars Rx returns to your domestic sector, you’ll be revisiting issues involving family arguments, a relocation, home business or home renovations.
Aspects to Venus in your hidden sector suggest that reality (in the form of a hard conversation, official document or verbal restriction) can limit a secret or unacknowledged desire. There may be a painful issue involving work or health that you’ve been avoiding. However, actions at home or with family can help you manifest some of what you want (although you’ll still have to obey certain rules). Watch for background support.
Uranus Rx in your partnership sector can put relationship changes on hold or intensify a partner’s restlessness/desire for independence. If things seem to go back to normal, know that this is temporary - use this time to take note of what needs to change, because old definitions of partnership no longer apply. A new, unpredictable relationship that recently began may slow down or be put on hold, but again, this is temporary.
Sun conjunct Mercury Rx in your career sector illuminates a career goal, conversation with someone in authority or your next step regarding a new job or professional image. This will connect to the eclipse in this sector, as new beginnings are based on what you’ve learned/understood. At the same time, watch for tension with verbal power plays and idealistic creative or romantic urges. There may be a powerful drive for recognition and achievement, but you can also lose focus and get pushed off course if you become distracted by power plays. The square to Jupiter in your sign will definitely boost your confidence and urge to go big/achieve, but Jupiter’s opposition to Juno suggests some conflict with a partner or partnership agreement. - your hopes may not be line with what they want. If there’s a written contract, check the fine print.
Mars Rx back into your communication sector can reignite an old argument, topic that you feel passionately about or urge to make your voice heard, once again. What needs to be repeated?
Aspects to Venus in your social sector suggest tensions with friends, groups or your public image. Insecurities (financial or emotional) can make you feel unprepared for a social event, or unwanted/unappreciated. However, you do have the potential to easily and strongly say what needs to be said, in a way that grabs people’s attention but doesn’t offend anyone. Encouraging for public speaking or general socializing.
Uranus Rx in your sector of routine can temporarily ease work or health changes. You can regain some stability, but know that the overall transformation to your daily life (and self-care) is still an issue. For some, a specific area of change may intensify.
Sun conjunct Mercury Rx in your sector of opportunities can clarify an issue around travel, education, legal matters or publishing. A key area of knowledge, or distant plans for the future, can be illuminated and will be featured in the new beginning of the eclipse. This strongly suggests moving ahead, but you’ll have to work on focusing changes to your financial and domestic situations in order to make this happen. Relocation is favoured, but know that part of your existing security foundation is permanently dissolving. This can feel risky and exciting, and the square to Jupiter/Juno suggest hidden or unexamined expectations can pump up your hopes for the future. However, pay attention to any conflicts between the reality of an agreement versus those big hopes. A partner’s plans may not be in line with yours.
Mars Rx back into your sector of personal resources can reignite a past financial ambition or conflict. Once again, you have to push to get what you want, or what you feel you deserve.
Aspects to Venus in your career sector (including the square to Saturn Rx in your sign) can hi-light painful issues with authority, your professional image or a job position/search. A professional relationship can be troublesome, as you’re reminded of limits and boundaries. Your own expressions of authority can trigger some awkward moments, but know that your efforts to maintain polite, professional energy can work in your favour regarding earned money and self-esteem. Your renewed efforts or patience will make you look good.
Uranus Rx in your sector of self-expression can see you rethinking an issue around creative work, a new attraction or children/pregnancy. Maybe you’re not quite ready for the big leap. Use this temporary delay to confirm your desires and wrap up any old limits that may be holding you back.
Sun conjunct Mercury Rx in your sector of shared resources can illuminate a hidden piece of information (and a deeper understanding) regarding shared finances, intimacy or psychological issues. The real reason may become clear, and this will connect to new beginnings triggered by the eclipse in this sector. A new approach to money, intimacy or secrets/uncomfortable issues will be challenged by unclear details (or fantasies) and the inconjunct to Pluto in your sign suggests you may try to push or manipulate the results. Know that much of what happens will not be within your control. Consider how you can focus a higher ideal and make it work via what you share. Opening up and trusting someone may be key. The square to Jupiter/Juno can amplify a power imbalance (financial and emotional) between you and a partner, or someone you owe money to.
Mars Rx’s return to your sign suggests there’s more work to do, or a second chance to take action and make something happen.
Aspects to Venus in your sector of opportunities can trigger some uncomfortable moments involving long-distance romance, travel, education, legal matters or publishing. Hidden limits, rules or fears and external insecurities around not being heard or not having your voice respected can stir up tension. Too, you could hear some unpleasant news in one of these areas. However, know that Venus’ trine to Mars Rx in your sign says that you are in the perfect position to act and get what you want (background limits notwithstanding). Your renewed efforts or connection with someone from the past can work out nicely.
Uranus Rx in your domestic sector suggests changes to home/family (including relocation) may be put on hold for the time being. However, know that these changes will kick in again. Use this time to take stock of what parts of your past need to be permanently discarded. In some cases, there may be a concentrated area of disruption with intensified messages about what tradition/habit is no longer valid.
Sun conjunct Mercury Rx in your partnership sector can point to the return of a past partner, or a key conversation in an existing relationship. What you learn from this will feed into the eclipse’s new beginnings. A new relationship, relationship chapter or understanding of how you relate to others, one-on-one, will involve the integration of ongoing shifts and endings involving money, security and what you’ve been basing your power and purpose on. A metaphorical “death” can empower this new beginning, but only if you’re truly ready to let go. The square to Juno/Jupiter can amplify your desire for success and achievement, but keep in mind that there will be conflict with certain partnership goals (domestic versus professional). In some cases, a new professional partnership may be featured, but you’ll have to navigate conflicting priorities.
As Mars Rx returns to your hidden sector, it may be time to reconsider your next step. Or, do nothing for the moment and allow recent changes to sink in. This is not the best time for open action and advancement.
Aspects to Venus in your sector of shared resources suggests painful limits on money or intimacy. What you want from another, or what you share with another, will be unbalanced and may trigger a key insecurity/survival fear. Know that you can tune into instinctive actions/impulses to find some release and make progress. What goes on behind the scenes can support you.
Uranus Rx in your communication sector can see you rethinking a radical new idea or way of communicating. For now, you may have to reassess these changes or reconsider your plans, but know that this pause is temporary.
Sun conjunct Mercury Rx in your sector of routine can illuminate a key solution, diagnosis or improvement. With this knowledge, you can move into the new beginnings triggered by the eclipse. Work, health or daily routine will be impacted, and the inconjunct to Neptune Rx in your sign can blur your focus. You may not be clear on what’s right or best, but know that your ultimate goal is to translate a dream/ideal and social change into something that works in your daily life. The square to Jupiter/Juno suggests that verbal or written partnership agreements can exaggerate matters, if expectations are out of line with reality.
Mars Rx into your social sector reignites an argument or initiative involving friends, groups or your connection with the public. This can be your time to try again, double down on your efforts or take a second look at public actions.