Underworld Journey

Capricorn energy peaks this weekend, as the moon, Ceres, and Pluto all meet up in the sign. There's likely to be a strong pull towards environmental issues, particularly those centering on our food supply (Ceres is associated with the harvest and grains).

But this is not a cheery, Earth Day kind of vibe. There is a darker side to the meeting of Ceres and Pluto. In the myth of Persephone (or Prosperina, to be keep to the Roman names), Ceres enters the underworld to save her daughter, who has been kidnapped by Pluto. Yet it isn't a superhero kind of rescue - Ceres bargains with Pluto, who eventually winds up with Prosperina with him in the underworld for half the year - hence our seasons, as the earth is cold and barren when Prosperina is below.

We may thus expect compromises to be part of the picture, on both the collective level (with environmental issues) and personally. As we deal with some of the more difficult challenges facing us, we are unlikely to vanquish them with positive affirmations.What common ground can you find with your personal demons? What do they really need?

Today's meeting takes place in Saturn's sign, stressing the material realm and its limitations rather than unlimited possibilities, so we probably need to strike a bargain with the cold hard facts.

If it sounds like a less-than-romantic way to celebrate St. Valentine's Day, take heart (hey - just what kinda saint was this guy, anyway?). The sextile to Neptune should help to soften the harder edges of the Cap moon. Pay attention to your dreams this evening, as they may contain clues about getting larger visions down to earth, and a nice cruise can help shake off the journey to Pluto's realm.

Fishin' for Love

Venus, the planet associated with the Goddess of Love, enters Pisces on January 27th, beginning a three week cruise through the sign of the fish. In Pisces, Venus is more about agape than eros, more about compassion for all beings than fulfilling our personal physical and emotional needs.

Try to take in the big picture with a soft heart. The world offers us a lot of scary information that can make it hard to stay open. Shutting down and coming to quick judgments can be very appealing. Venus in Pisces can help us look at even the most difficult situation and pour some love into it.

Of course, romance isn’t on hold until February 20th, and Venus in Pisces will also color our more personal connections. As with all things Piscean, there can be a tendency to go to extremes - a relationship may seem so important that you are willing to sacrifice everything to make it work, or it may seem so hopeless that you want to walk away. Try to keep at least one objective eye on any situation as you bounce between emotional poles.

She starts on Friday the 30th, with a square to Saturn. This could be a make-or-break time for some partnerships. We try to take in the big picture and see where things are going, but it may be hard to get clarity. That’s especially true because Venus is heading to a meeting with Neptune on February 1st that can push us to the Piscean extremes. Drowning in sorrow or bliss are both possibilities, and while one may be better than the other, remember that you probably don’t want to drown at all.

The only other major aspect that Venus makes in the sign is a sextile to Pluto on February 8th. This aspect can help us to structure our relationships (Pluto is in Capricorn, remember). Power and passion come into our partnerships, but we can also use this energy to fuel charitable projects.

Lunar aspects to Venus throughout the month will also highlight the planet of love. A square on the 14th may add in a little extra tension, once again asking where things are going in the midst of the fun. Problems may be smoothed out a few days later, on the 16th.

Venus in Pisces asks us to open our hearts at all levels. It’s also a time to clear out and let go of old wounds - Venus in Aries is just around the corner, with its springtime energy, after all. It's not a bad time to consider a Relationship Consultation, and while Venus is in the sign you can get a full relationship consultation for $140 - that's a $20 savings.