In yesterday's column, I may have left a negative impression of Venus in Scorpio. It is a complicated subject and I want to explain it a little further. Nothing is 'bad' in astrology, and I always want to indicate solutions when I address difficulties. I may not have done that in the earlier post.
This first week of November, we will have the opportunity to process a lot of emotional pain and drama and face it squarely. Stated simply, Venus in Scorpio does bring forth the power of devotion. But like all things related to Scorpio, this devotion is often arrived at after a painful process. The true power of the sign Scorpio is the courage to actually face difficult emotions truthfully. Many times that truth is found once the planet gets toward the end of Scorpio, in the Nakshatra of Jyestha -- Antares in Western astrology. This is the section of the zodiac where we face the choice to either go to battle and fight against those who we think have slighted us -- or have the courage to turn inward toward truth. As it relates to Venus, it is facing the truth of the illusions we project onto other people. Jyestha is ruled by the mighty Vedic God Lord Indra -- the king of the gods. But Indra was also notorious as being puffed up with pride, so much so that he was constantly jeopardizing the kingdom as a result.
As it relates to Venus, the Nakshatra Jyestha gives us the courage to express our emotions and have the courage to face our unreal fantasy projections and illusions. Most of these projections and illusions revolve around our hopes and expectations that worldly love and the romantic notions we have tied up in another will be enough to satisfy our cravings. It is a painful reckoning with Venus. She is the planet of beauty, romance and the wispy promise of eternal happiness on Earth -- in these bodies -- with these ideas and thoughts. Venus is the energy that weaves these beautiful stories that disappoint us. (Western astrologers also point to Neptune is a planet of fantasy illusions) Of course, that is not the ultimate, highest expression of Venus. Her ultimate, highest expression is the awareness of the sublime beauty of life -- the origin of our projections. But that sublime beauty is something not of this Earth. The craving to 'possess the Venus ideal' is the engine that drives our deepest illusions and disappointments in relationships and with others in general.
Looking out through these bodies and minds, it's easy to forget that we own nothing or no one here on Earth. We are renters, not landlords. One day, we have to give it all back. At times, I think the most painful thing we have to give up is our illusions. We forget that we created them -- we create our attachments. Nothing or no one is screaming for us to get attached to them, and if they did, we would do exactly the opposite.
When people fall short in our eyes, they are falling short of the Venus ideal we had projected onto them. In Scorpio, our emotional attachment to that illusion is highest, as Scorpio is a fixed water sign. We try to hold that illusion in place, but it is useless. It is like trying to hold water in our hands. Then we face a choice. We may feel let down by our own failed fantasy projection and be angry at the other person / feel victimized as a result. This feeling of being victimized is often used as justification for perpetrating aggression toward another. This victim/perpetrator cycle is one of the biggest downfalls of the Scorpio nature.
As was said, the bold and powerful Venus in Scorpio nature has the courage to probe into our own failed illusions and transform/return them to their pristine state of divine, sublime power: the power of devotion. This takes emotional courage, the hallmark of Scorpio. It also brings quite a bit of emotional pain usually -- another hallmark of Scorpio.
This week, if we have the courage, we can plant the seeds of transforming our shattered illusions into a greater and more clarified devotion to the true source and nature of beauty, the infinite love in our hearts that is imperishable, that created us, that IS us. Then, as Venus moves into Sagittarius on November 7 and joins Jupiter (Guru), the two great teachers will be together within us. Inspiration, love and forgiveness will be aligned with an eye toward uplifting teachings and greater hope.