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The Wheel of Light

Monthly Newsletter - October 2006

Venus and Mars represent energies that give expression to the way in which we interact with others. Venus is receptive. Its focus is creating and maintaining harmony. It is thoughtful, considerate and congenial. In a natal chart it can indicate our needs in relationship and the behaviors that we manifest that are designed to meet those needs. Mars is assertive. It provides the driving force that enables us to express ourselves outwardly and physically. It can pertain to motivation, sports, competitiveness, anger and sexuality. In a natal chart it can indicate our level of energy. Taken together they represent the way in which we express ourselves to others (Mars) and the way in which we respond to others (Venus).

This month these two planets will conjunct each other. The day of the conjunction is the 24th, but its influence could be felt all month and even into early November. Whenever planets conjoin each other, the challenge and the opportunity is to integrate each separate energy into one larger block. If we are unsuccessful with the integration, each planet is left to do its own thing in its own way. This can lead to a waste of the potential or to a confusing mess. If we are successful in that integrative process we should be highly productive in expressing the combination because there is a lot of energy in the same place and having the same focus. That is especially true in the case of Venus and Mars because of their similarities.

In the positive expression, a Venus - Mars conjunction enables us to fully integrate our female (Venus) and male (Mars) energies so that we can function in a balanced way in our relationships. Regardless of whether we are female or male, we have the opportunity to be both receptive and assertive in our interactions with others. This is especially significant in our primary relationship when the energies of affection (Venus) and sexuality (Mars) are prominent and prioritized. We can grow beyond the stereotypical sex role patterns of behavior and function as a more complete person within that context. We feel comfortable being accommodating to our partner (Venus) as well as comfortable initiating an event, project or situation with the partner (Mars). We don't have to feel limited in our behavior by societal or familial expectations or even by our own past habits. If you are a woman this is a great opportunity to be more assertive and self-affirming even as you maintain a natural, comfortable feminine grace. If you are a man this conjunction offers the possibility to learn to be considerate and diplomatic even as you maintain a natural, comfortable male charm. Becoming more complete within yourself can help to break patterns of dependency in your relationship in which you manifest only half of the Venus-Mars potential and allow the partner to express the other half. Regardless of whether you're involved in a heterosexual relationship, the potential to break out of limiting patterns of behavior and express the totality of who you are can be utilized. This conjunction can be liberating to each of us as individuals as well as bring some fun and opportunities for new experiences in our relationships.

If we are not successful with the integration of Venus and Mars we could be more out of balance in our relationship than we may normally be. It's as if one the planets and its energy is hiding behind the other, out of sight and out of mind. Or we could blend the two influences in a way that generates confusion that could cause us to make bad relationship choices. This is especially true if you are not in a committed relationship at this time. You could confuse love with sex and assume that if you find someone attractive, you should have sex with them and therefore you must be in love. Or you have feelings of love for someone and assume that therefore you should have sex. It's great if the two qualities intersect in the same relationship for both people at the same time, but to assume that they do is unwise.

The planets begin their conjunction in Libra but on the day of the exact coming together they both transit into Scorpio. This suggests that the initial coming together of these two primal influences within yourself and between you and your partner could be comfortable, gradual and easy. Venus is the ruling planet of Libra, so that is the more prominent energy during that period. Scorpio is more emotional and passionate than Libra. Mars is the co-ruler of Scorpio. Anticipate the relationship becoming more intense, perhaps more sexual from the 24th on. There could greater needs for security and depth of interaction. Being more sensitive also implies that Scorpio can feel more vulnerable than Libra. This could cause you to seek more control in the relationship or hide your feelings and withdraw from the partner. Scorpio can have trust issues. Scorpio is the sign of transformation. One vehicle that Scorpio uses for transformation is relationship. In order to experience personal transformation through the relationship (and of the relationship) you both must be willing to be emotionally available and willing to reveal to each other your sensitivities, vulnerabilities and shadow elements. Through this shared intimacy the relationship will deepen and become more honest. You will feel more bonded to each other and willing to trust each other in a deeper way.

The conjunction between Venus and Mars this month, especially in the signs that each planet rules, provides us with remarkable opportunities. Not only can we work at integrating two fundamental parts of who we are, thus becoming more whole as individuals, but we can also share that wholeness with our partner in ways that can enhance the emotional flow and spark the sexual connection between you. Transformation of self and of the relationship are the ultimate rewards.

Aries (March 21-April 20
The full Moon in Aries on the 6th challenges you to be more emotionally self aware and provides the energy to be more emotionally responsive to others. Growth for you comes from avoiding the overly direct, abrupt or assertive modes of expressing your feelings and tuning in to the more subtle emotions within yourself and others.

Taurus (April 21-May 21)
Venus rules Taurus as well as Libra. In addition to relationship Venus also pertains to the arts. This month is a wonderful opportunity to get back in touch with your artistic nature. Start a new project or feel the drive and passion that can deepen your interest and involvement in one that is ongoing. Growth can come from combining your aesthetic sensibility with the courage to express yourself.

Gemini (May 22-June 21)
Your ability and desire to learn new information and share what you already know is very strong from mid-month to early November. You could also feel certain blockages in either learning or communicating. These may actually be certain fear-based patterns of self-criticism rather than any outside influence. Growth comes from sharpening your analytical skill and probing more deeply into a subject than you usually do.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)
The new Moon in Aries on the 6th and new Moon in Libra on the 21st help you plug right in to the potential of the Venus-Mars conjunction in a very personal way. Apply these energies to your life by being more assertive and self-affirming in your work and more accommodating and diplomatic at home. Growth comes from being more direct with others than you normally are.

Leo (July 23-August 23)
The Sun is your ruling planet and it will conjunct both Venus and Mars from mid-month through early November. This will help you illuminate these energies and bring creativity into your relationships and projects. Growth comes from being more receptive and accepting in relationship than usual without losing your inherent confidence and courage.

Virgo (August 24-Sept 22)
This is a month to be more open about yourself and more interactive with others. You may feel more comfortable doing this in early month when the Venus and Mars are in Libra and the emphasis is on comfort and cordiality. Growth comes from tuning in to the emotional intensity from the 24th through early November and allowing deeper feelings to flow between you and others.

Libra (Sept 23-Oct 23)
It's all about relationship and arts, two areas near and dear to you, especially in earth month. Later in the month, and through early November, you may find yourself drawn to financial issues and the need to be more proactive in creating a more viable, comfortable or stable reality for yourself. Growth comes from taking advantage of the energies by integrating the clarity of your values about material issues with the courage to make the necessary changes.

Scorpio (Oct 24-Nov 22)
Early month artistic inspiration, and the need for the alone time necessary to act on it, could give way to the drive to be more self-aware and socially interactive from mid-month through early November. Growth comes from being more open about the depths of your feelings in clear, self-affirming ways even as you are clear in discerning those with whom it's appropriate to share this.

Sagittarius (Nov 23-Dec 21)
Your ruling planet, Jupiter, has been transiting through Scorpio all year. A main theme of that transit is to get more deeply connected to your own inner being. This month three other planets join Jupiter in Scorpio. Growth for you this month comes from being more open with appropriate people about some of the things you've discovered about yourself.

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 20)
The push-pull of expanding your limitations and being more focused in your growth that has been going on throughout the year, continues this month. What is different is that those issues may be played out more in your personal relationship. Growth comes from paying attention to both your feelings and your behavioral interaction to make sure that you are being honest in revealing your softer side.

Aquarius (Jan 21 to Feb 19)
This is a good time to be more self-affirming at work, perhaps by initiating a new project or simply standing up for what think. You may also notice a simultaneous desire to make your workplace more aesthetically pleasing or being more harmonious in your interaction with your colleagues. Growth comes from integrating these two influences and not allowing either one to prevent the other from happening.

Pisces (Feb 20-March 20)
This is a month to openly share new awareness that has emerged over the past few months into your life and your relationships.. Growth comes from using the enhanced intuitive clarity that is a part of that new awareness, in order to be realistic about how, why and with whom to share this information with.

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