Since Venus is almost exactly opposite Neptune, let’s talk about the Venus/Neptune dynamic today.
While Venus is the goddess of love, beauty, desire, harmony, and happiness, Neptune represents glamour, intoxication, imagination, fantasy, delusion, drunkenness, and the transcendent or transcendental. When you put these two planets together you get a pretty fantastic mix of beauty, grandeur, allure, desire, eroticism, mystery, altered states, and aesthetic or artistic intoxication. The Venus/Neptune dynamic isn’t a rare alignment by any means, but it’s definitely not as widely or popularly written about by astrologers as larger/slower moving planetary cycles.
Venus/Neptune dynamics are notorious for creating the unquenchable romantic longing. Relationships or lovers may never be good enough, dreams and fantasies never actualized, longings interrupting life to the extent that just about anything may seem unbearably “normal” or “boring.” For these reasons, Venus/Neptune can be one of the most irritating transits out there. Sometimes with clients I will use the phrase “divine discontent” to describe Venus/Neptune contacts…as though nothing is ever good enough and yet this very state of “never good enough” is like a glass of wine that simply can’t be put down..it just tastes so good to ache and yearn so much for something we can’t have. In this way, Venus/Neptune is a bit like a kind of erotic torture chamber or a fantastic foreplay that never ends. Our ability to enjoy the Venus/Neptune dynamic may depend upon whether or not we can delay gratification, or recognize the fantasy and essentially let go of whether or not its “actually” realized.
With Venus in Virgo (the sign of her depression/fall) it’s also possible that we’re experiencing a divine irritation with the smallest imperfections or impurities within our relationships, our partners, or ourselves. If we’re looking in the mirror and constantly finding the smallest flaws, or dealing with a kind of romantic level of dissatisfaction with ourselves, our wardrobes, our artwork or the appearance of something…Venus/Neptune with the Virgo flavor can definitely create these kinds of irritations.
On the other hand, Venus/Neptune is also known for profound artistic or spiritual inspiration, channeling, or transmission. States of revelry or being profoundly connected to the muse might take place with Venus/Neptune in opposition right now.
The fact that Neptune is in the sign of Venus’ exaltation might also suggest that someone or the influence of some outside presence might take something mundane or simple and make it appear transcendent. Like a makeup artist who sees the beauty we don’t see and then presents that beauty to the world. Or a hairdresser or interior designer who can take a little and make it into a lot. The idea of Neptune, planet of glamour, taking something simple and maybe self conscious (Venus in Virgo) and making it into something other worldly and hypnotizing is quite strong right now. This might be part of some kind of elaborate deception or delusion too…it all depends.
So simple advice for the day: allow for the simple to become other worldly and allow for the other worldly to become simple.
Prayer: Help me to see the loyal hands of the simple poet between the lines of grace.