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Take Relationship Battles to Bed as Venus in Aries Opposes Mars in Libra



by Stefanie Weiss April 25, 2014 07:10 PM EST
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Feeling intensely fierce and feisty this week? With the planet of romance opposing the planet of desire, your love life might be a passionate battleground right now. This undeniably ardent and antagonistic energy builds to a powerful crescendo that culminates on the weekend of May 11. But rather than polish your proverbial sword for a fight, consider honing your relationship skills -- diplomacy will get you what you want faster than throwing daggers will. And if you want to take it to the bedroom -- even better!

Venus is the planet of beauty. She tends to favor light and playful seduction over a show of strength. She is known as the Goddess of Love for good reason: she holds dominion over our partnerships and romantic adventures. Currently she is in Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, and the most demanding of all. Aries doesn’t like to wait for anything -- passion in particular. This placement is even more charged because Aries is the sign opposite Libra, the sign that rules Venus. The polarities are already striking. But wait! It gets even more powerful.

On the other side of this titillating equation is Mars, the God of War. Venus is known as the consort of Mars in Roman mythology. These two symbolize the idea that opposites attract better than any other astrological pairing. Mars is pure, unadulterated masculine energy -- a potent force of action. Venus is the receptive, pliable feminine. Her curves fit her partner’s needs. Venus and Mars are currently in something called “mutual reception” which is to say they are in the signs of one another’s rulership. Ordinarily, this would make them both stronger, but not in this case.

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Since Mars is currently retrograde in Libra, he feels like he’s going to jump out of his skin, or worse, explode into fiery filaments if he can’t express himself immediately. Mars is uncomfortable enough in polite, people-pleasing Libra. He doesn’t like to sit around with his hands folded. But the retrograde (in effect until May 19) is slowing him down even more, making him feel a bit weak and ineffectual. When hyper-masculine Mars is thwarted this way, jealousy and passive-aggressive outbursts are par for the course.

If you or your long-term partner, lover, or potential paramour are triggered this week, try this: imagine Mars and Venus in a sexy tango instead of a pitched battle. Consider carefully stepping out of your usual role. Play with power instead of willfully wielding it. This is when your copy of Fifty Shades of Grey will come in handy. Instead of getting into an awful fight, you might end up having some of the best sex of your life – choose the latter.

And if you’re single -- definitely mingle this weekend!
 
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