Spending Time with Venus
on Venus's time in Libra, triplicity and a shopping list
Void Moon Grocery List
marking up Lenormand books
bare feet on gras
dancing in my room
ice cream cones
crunchy chili oil
What are you stocking up on?
Spending Time with with Venus in Libra
When it comes to planets in signs, we tend to view their transits as a monolith. Venus has been in Libra since last week so shouldn’t we be experiencing Venus in the same way today? But keep in mind that each degree of a sign, due to terms, decans, 12th ( 9th parts and fixed star positions, is unique and nuanced.
I want to explore what the next few, oh-too-short weeks of Venus in Libra will look like depending on which decan and fixed star the goddess of love is near.
But first, what is Venus in Libra like?
Like this tweet shows you, you can’t have Libra without Saturn, even when the lesser benefic is involved. As an air sign, Libra is concerned with relations, particularly when the self meets the other and reconciles those dualities. It’s also a sign that thrives in the mind so you may see a more removed, curatorial relationship to Venusian things— beauty, connection, pleasure, art— rather than the embodied, pleasure-seeking nature of Venus in Taurus
(( I get into the difference between the two domiciles of the planets below ))
10.7: Venus enters Decan II of Libra
If you are curious why Libra exalts in Saturn, look no further than this Saturn-ruled decan of the Scales. Throughout the tradition, the images associated with the middle 10º of Libra include:
“A black man having a journey of marriage and joy. And this is a face of quiet, joy, abundance, of the good life." (Picatrix)
“Two men furious and wrathful, and a man in a comely garment, sitting in a chair; and the signification of these is to show indignation against the evil, and quietness and security of life with plenty of good things.” (Agrippa)
These images consistently juxtapose aggression and darkness with comely garments and “the good life”. This decan, if anything, distills the essential relationship between Saturn and Venus. Oftentimes, there must be darkness— toil, burdens and conflict— for the sweet fruits of Venus to grow. Think of the long, dirty process of planting a seed to seeing it bloom.
But the key to this part of Libra is understanding our commitments, both the burdens and the joys. In 36 Faces, Austin Coppock tells us that Venus here can “create agreement where none exists” by making our lasting connections sweet. How can you bring life back to what binds you?
10/9: Venus conjoins Algorab: This fixed star is part of the Corvus, or crow, constellation. Throughout time, crows have been known for their intelligence and trickery; yet its dark color also connects it with the Underworld and its use in rites of divination, though remember the crow’s penchant for deception. Agrippa tells us a talisman made under this star, in the right wing of the Crow, “maketh a man choleric, bold, courageous, full of thoughts, a backbiter, and causeth naughty dreams; also it giveth the power of driving away evil spirits, and of gathering them together; it is profitable against the malice of men, devils and winds”. There may be a reckoning with one’s demons so don’t be alarmed when any come forward; remember what is important to you and know that working through the “evil spirits” within and without will help you get closer to your life.
10.15: Venus enters Decan III of Libra
This part of Libra is ruled by Mercury and Jupiter and is depicted by images of debauchery, “wicked lusts, singings, sports and gluttony” (Agrippa). After the promises of Libra II are established, we must balance these commitments with the chaotic and ever-shifting nature of life and our bonds therein. There can be an indulgence with this space that may feel alien from our “balanced” view of Libra, but a balance still exists; revery is balanced with rest or an inner calm that remains centered even in the midst of activity.
Venus here offers poise even when plunging directly into unrestrained pleasure. So long as inner balance is maintained, then this can be a time of attracting new joys and romps towards you.
10/17: Venus conjoins Arcturus and Spica: I love how close these two stars are to each other because, though they are of different constellations, they have long been connected. Spica, on the one hand, is the wheat sheaf in the hand of the Virgin; this is a star of quiet brilliance, abundance and the accumulation of riches. Arcturus, on the one hand, is part of the Bootes constellation, which depicts a man holding a sword in one hand and a hoe in the other; he represents the transition from hunter-gathering to agriculture, which, while a difficult transition, allowed more life to flourish and take root. The key on this day is to notice when your work needs incubation and protection (Spica) and when it needs to be brought to the world for its benefit, even if those around you won’t understand it (Arcturus). Venus conjoining these points allows both talent and the right audience to come forward.
If you want to know what Venus in Libra will bring, or what your own Venus is up to, my books for October are open!
Like Venus herself, I see my consults as an intimate space for shared wisdom and compassion to arise. In this container, I’m not here to tell you to be different; virtually every client I have astounds me with how much they are already living the rich life their chart describes. What astrology readings offer you is the radical idea that you are needed just the way you are— though perhaps you need some language and guidance to get there. I always offer follow-up practices and remediation to help you not only do what you need to do but to fully appreciate your life.
I currently offer natal, year-ahead, fixed star and relationship readings.
The Difference between Domiciled Planets
Something I’ve also been considering: the difference between the two signs that share a planetary ruler. You see, of the five planets with two home signs, each has a domicile with triplicity dignity1 and one without. For example, Taurus, an earth sign, also has Venus as one of its triplicity Lords while Libra, Venus's other home, does not have triplicity support from its ruler (instead it has Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter). This means that each planet prefers one of its domiciles more than the other. We can learn more about the planets, I believe by paying attention to which sign it prefers. Here’s a list of the domicile planets that also have triplicity dignity:
Venus in Taurus: both planet and sign here are nocturnal, less focused on the concept of beauty and love than the felt connection in the body; intimacy is localized in what is natural (i.e a wild garden), slow and cyclical rather than what is constructed and labored over (a marriage contract, a curated art show). Rather than looking outward at what others are doing (Venus in Libra) Venus in Taurus assess the native’s internal values to determine their course of action.
Saturn in Aquarius: While Saturn can very much make do with the raw materiality and reliance on tradition that goal-oriented Capricorn utilizes, it thrives when asked to use the mind to imagine and work towards better futures. As the planet of ignorance, when’s a better time to not know than when you’re trying to implement something new? Also methinks Saturn likes being the exile more than stuck being the king’s advisor.
Mercury in Gemini: While praised and exalted in Virgo, light-as-air Mercury prefers the freedom it’s given in Gemini. It is not beholden to practicality or usefulness, but can live in the possibilities of the mind as it envisions novel or impractical connections. Gemini is also more childlike, so the sign fully lets Mercury be its trickster self.
Jupiter in Sagittarius: Jupiter in Pisces is a beautiful combination but, at times, confusing; here we see luck and faith through dissolving and surrender. This may feel like certain beliefs or unhealthy dynamics are taken away from us, much different from the enthusiastic seeking of Sagittarius. In the fire sign, Jupiter springs into action to understand the laws of the native’s life and bring as much of the desired blessings under the helm of these laws.
Mars in Scorpio: Though we’re used to seeing Mars as an impulsive foot soldier, here we see that Mars actually prefers the cover of night. The passions of Mars can be explosive and powerful, but here we learn they are most effective when passing through the deep, nocturnal realm of Mars. Someone who is not beholden to outward power as Aries (which exalts the Sun, the king) may be what also allows Scorpio Mars to act more fluidly or secretively; here, lesser malefic is more beholden to internal desire and effectiveness than self-image or recognition for their efforts.
☀️Calling all Leo Risings☀️
If you’re a fixed rising, you may be going through it; eclipses are happening in your angular houses, as is the Saturn-Uranus square.
This Sunday at 4pm EST, I will be hosting an informal meeting of Leo risings to discuss the past and future with other people going through similar cycles.
Even though I have plenty of lovely friends to discuss astrology with, there’s something special about talking to other Leo risings. Beyond have the same transits in the same houses, they also have their whole life set up in a similar way:
As this tweet thread shows, all Leo risings, by whole sign house, have Mercury ruling the 2nd and 11th house, and Mars ruling the 4th and 9th, connecting those houses together and informing our experience of, say, Mars’s long transit in Gemini. Having my experience seen and expanded by other Leo risings has been so healing and I hope that any other Sun-ruled bbs will join us! It’s informal, with no prior astrology experience required.
How had Venus in Libra treated you so far? Let me know in the comments 🍦
Until next week,
The planetary rulers divided up amongst the elemental triplicities