VENUS CONJUNCT NEPTUNE:
The planets are always in motion. As Chani Nicholas says, astrology never stops. The wisdom and insight of making meaning with the skies comes from the ways that all these overlapping and intersecting cycles move together in relation to one another—at different speeds and different scales.
There is always a lot happening in the sky, just like on earth. As above, so below.
The aspect—or relationship between planets—that is holding my attention this week is the conjunction between Venus and Neptune in Pisces, which will happen in the early hours of Wednesday, April 10—tonight, moving into tomorrow. Venus is the planet associated with love, beauty, union, desire, and pleasure. Venus brings together, the sweetness and gravity that attracts and gathers and merges. Venus is a benefic planet, affirming and connecting us to our full-bodied sense of YES. Venus is exalted in Pisces, a mutable water sign associated with empathy, compassion, depth of feeling, and adapting to shifting tides. Venus has power and recognition here, finding what flows together to nurture the greater good.
Neptune, an outer planet, is more mysterious. Neptune is associated with dissolution, the erosion of boundaries between self and other, the individual and the collective. Neptune is the planet of fantasy, imagination, illusion, spiritual ecstasy, and sometimes intoxication. With Neptune’s influence, it can be difficult to find clarity or precision, but easier to feel our way into other states of consciousness or expansive visions of reality.
This conjunction is ruled by Jupiter in Sagittarius. Jupiter is the planet of abundance, expansion, growth, and cohesion. Like Venus, Jupiter is also a benefic, and in Sagittarius, Jupiter is in its domicile, like being at home with access to all of its resources and capacities to affirm and say YES.
As we move through tonight and into tomorrow morning, this is an excellent time to connect to your own fantasies and desires, softening any rigid ideas about yourself or how the world must be, and allowing yourself to be carried on the waves of what might be possible if you were to dream into your own imagination and pleasure.
It could be a nice time for a candlelit bath or meditating with a soothing cup of tea.
It’s a perfect week to create some unstructured time in which to connect to your own sense of pleasure, to allow yourself to be with your own body and follow what feels good.
If you have any sort of creative practice, this is a lovely time to connect to things that inspire you, indulging in your own imagination of what your art could become.
If you have vivid dreams—and don’t be surprised if you do—this could be a good week to write them down and consider the deep wisdom of your unconscious self.
A simple ritual for this astrology would be to set aside time tonight or tomorrow, clear a space where you feel safe and comfortable, connect to whatever it is that reminds you that you are not separate or isolated—whether that includes ancestors, goddesses, deities, the land on which you live, the air that your breathe, etc.—and journal with these questions:
-What are the experiences that connect me with pleasure and joy, and how might I cultivate more space in my life to affirm those experiences?
-What is it I desire? When I drop into the rivers of my own longing, where are they leading me? What is at their source?
-How can I create more beauty in my life and the world around me? Who are the others with whom I might connect and collaborate to create this beauty?
Remember, Neptune isn’t primarily about the rational mind. Allow yourself to drift, free-associate, sink into mystery, or sail into perspectives that you mind not reach if you try to “think” your way there.
Sending you all the love and care as we swim through this beautiful conjunction.
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