It’s time to interrupt a flow of Mars posts with an appearance by the one and only Goddess of Love and Beauty, Venus!
Right now Venus is in the sign of Virgo, approaching the 1/2-way mark, while Mars continues his maternal move through the sign of Cancer. What makes this combination notable is that both planets are in signs of their “fall.” Mars isn’t at his best in Cancer, and Venus has a hard time in the sign of Virgo. This doesn’t mean they aren’t strong—it just means their avenues of expression are more back road than highway (more difficult terrain with fewer rest stops). What’s going on when Venus enters the sign of the Virgin?
As the Goddess of Love and Beauty, full of flirt and fertility and come-hither appeal, Venus is the kind of Goddess who gets what she wants. When both “like attracts like” and “opposites attract” are true, you’ve got a pretty good arrangement going on, right? Well, when Venus reluctantly enters the all-too-sensible, practical and picky sign of Virgo (probably with her eyes rolling) it’s not necessarily pretty. Her bedroom eyes actually start eyeing the bedroom, noticing whether the bed is actually made or not! And more importantly, whether the bed is made or not actually matters! It can be a deal-breaker! See, there’s a “Princess and the Pea” residing within Venus in Virgo, and she knows when something isn’t quite right. Love is certainly possible—you might just need a couple dozen more mattresses in order to make it work.
In Virgo, Venus’ eye for beauty becomes the discerning eye for criticism. Rather than focusing on her lust, she’s focusing on her list—and her list is long! For starters, it might look something like this: too fat, too short, too tall, too thin, messy hair, flakey hair, dry skin, not smart enough, not good enough, “Does this dress make me look fat?,” “Do these pants make my butt look big?”—and don’t even mention that pimple (it’s not as big as you think it is—it’s bigger!). “One size fits all” becomes “No sizes fit me!” If there’s something wrong, Venus in Virgo knows it. See, with Venus in Virgo, self-esteem takes a hit. It’s hard to have self-esteem when there’s a critical voice maintaining a long list of corrections that must be made (to you or your partner) in order to be good enough. How am I supposed to like myself when I’m always supposed to be improving myself? Aren’t I already enough? Enough, already! Can you see why Venus has her “fall” in the sign of the Virgin?
Remember, though, this isn’t about weakness. With Venus in Virgo played to its best, you get talent scout and critic extraordinaire Simon Cowell. Likewise, with pen in hand and nature images to spare, is there a better modern poet than Mary Oliver? With her upcoming biography entitled “The Smart One,” Kate Jackson had both beauty and brains in “Charlie’s Angels.” Julie Andrews was an absolute perfect fit to play Maria in “The Sound of Music,” listing all of her favorite things in detail (with Venus in Virgo, they’re not just packages—they’re brown paper packages tied up with strings). Venus in Virgo loves her favorite things! Sarah Brightman played the innocent and pure ingénue in “The Phantom of the Opera,” and with her Venus in Virgo exactly conjunct Pluto, pristine Christine even descended into the Phantom’s Underworld, as if on cue. Perhaps the consummate Venus in Virgo is Martha Stewart. She’s picky, fussy, finicky, fastidious, prudent, crafty, and smart! Who else might say, “I have a microphone on one ankle and an ankle bracelet on the other, so I’m well balanced today.” More importantly, we might credit her enormous success to Venus, heard in her statement, “All the things I love is what my business is all about.”
Finally, I see a lot of Venus in Virgo in Stella the Skunk, from the Dreamworks movie “Over the Hedge.” What better way to end a post about Venus in Virgo than with a skunk? Also known as the “Master Blaster,” rather than attract everyone in the room toward her with her dazzling charm and sensual allure, Stella is much better at clearing the room. Venus in Virgo has skills, you see. And when she’s good and ready, Venus in Virgo can rise and shine like the best of ‘em! Says Stella as she meets a potential mate: “Okay, that’s it. I’m sick and tired of everybody taking one look at me and running away ‘cause they think I’m filthy. Well I got news for you: I didn’t get primped and preened to have some overfed, pompous puffball tell me he’s too good for me. I’ve got makeup on my *butt*, dude! And you don’t even want to know about the cork!”
And with that, may you enjoy the rest of Venus’ days in Virgo! She leaves her stack of mattresses behind and moves into Libra on September 14.