There are several important things happening astrologically this week, but what I am reflecting on most happens Saturday, February 2, as Venus in Sagittarius perfects a trine to Uranus in Aries.
Venus is the planet of love, connection, union, beauty, aesthetic and social harmony, and the general significator for relationships. Uranus is the planet of disruption, upheaval, revolution, and sometimes sudden, life-altering change. A trine is a geometric relationship of 120 degrees between planets in signs of the same element and polarity. Both Venus and Uranus are in fire signs—Sagittarius and Aries respectively—which crave movement, action, and freedom. Venus is finishing up its time in Sagittarius, where it has been for most of January. On Sunday, February 3, Venus will move into Capricorn, and we will be asked to take responsibility for our relationships, mature in our approaches to love, and recognize the value of hard work and building connections that can last. But just before Venus arrives in Capricorn, Venus takes all the expansive, generous, adventurous fire of Sagittarius into a deeply supportive aspect with Uranus.
I see this aspect is a provocation toward revolutionary love.
We’re being invited to set fire to the limited and limiting ways in which we try to contain, restrict, or prohibit our experiences love—for ourselves and for others.
It’s a supportive push to challenge the habitual patterns or worn-out systems and norms that tell us how to love and create meaningful connections in our lives. It is a burst of creative innovation, for imagining and generating the loving relationships that we need, even if it means moving beyond our own comfort zones in order to do so.
What is the love that you need that feels beyond what you can imagine? What are the systems or structures that are limiting the love you can imagine or how you might act on it?
This could be an explosive moment, a combustion that sets you along a new path or that brings into sudden focus changes that began last March when Venus was conjunct Uranus in Aries. Maybe seeds of change were planted then that are only now bursting into full view.
Venus trine Uranus might also ask: how do you allow beauty to shake you, to change you, to transform you?
How might your relationship to aesthetic experiences—art, dance, music, poetry, ritual, the beauty of the more-than-human world—inspire new forms of social relations, where aesthetics become ethics?
How can you allow that which you value most to disrupt your personal—or the collective—status quo, in ways that might be disorienting but supports a greater good?
We’re also approaching the New Moon in Aquarius on February 4, coming to the end of a cycle and setting the stage for new beginnings.
As always, what these transits can mean will be different for each of us, depending on the particular placements of the planets at our moment of birth. But these are some general themes coming up this weekend. If you know which houses Taurus and Libra—the signs ruled by Venus—occupy in your natal chart, you may direct some of these questions toward those specific areas of life. You might also take a look at where Aries and Sagittarius are in your chart, and pay attention to what is happening in those areas of life.