On Thursday, July 8, Venus in Leo will form a square with Uranus in Taurus. Venus is separating from an opposition with Saturn in Aquarius and applying to a conjunction with Mars — and using only the visible planets, this is a condition of enclosure, in which Venus is flanked by the rays of Saturn and the body of Mars. This can describe challenges in our relationships and social dynamics, confronting barriers that seem immovable and reeling into the impulse to separate. Intimacy can sometimes feel threatening or even impossible, especially if we are holding trauma in our systems or if we were shaped by inconsistent care. In between the unyielding thought patterns and the instinct to bolt is Uranus, the planet of disruption and upheaval making a square with Venus, shaking up our ability to coregulate and feel safe with others.
But these aspects can also tell another story: Saturn can remind us of the boundaries we need to maintain in order to love well. Venus conjunct Mars can describe the fiery passion of coming together in shared desires. In this story, Uranus describes our liberation from old patterns that were never working in the first place. As we face our fears and ask for what we need, we find freedom that we did not know was available to us, an emancipation that sets us loose into blazing erotic satisfaction.
The planets describe archetypal patterns. How they correlate with our lives is full of variation and often choice. As you navigate these transits, look back to April 22 when Venus was conjunct Uranus to understand what was planted then that is now breaking through the surface of your life. What will be your story for this astrology?
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Today Mars in Leo will perfect its square with Uranus in Taurus at 13º. This square comes just two days after Mars opposed Saturn—and is still within 1º of that opposition. Here we may feel a similar combustibility as we did back around January 13 at the Mars/Uranus conjunction, a building of energy for change blazing against structures that resist such change. But here we may acutely feel the limitations of rigid ideologies setting the parameters of what is and is not possible. We may find our energy for radical change colliding into the walls of institutions that resist our efforts. Uranus inspires innovation, and perhaps it is at these limits that we will be pushed to generate new emergent strategies (adrienne maree brown) for addressing systems that refuse to respond to our demands. Notice where you are experiencing your drive and determination crashing into seemingly immovable structures that deny your momentum. How might the limitation itself provide valuable information for the kinds of innovations that are needed in order to forge another way?
[Image reads MARS SQUARE URANUS 3 July 2021 in light green letters on a dark red background.]