Astrology of Now: Pour Some Sugar

July 22, 2015

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Angelo Bronzino -- Allegory of Lust

Angelo Bronzino — Allegory of Lust – detail

The mistress of love and harmony, Venus herself, is usually pictured reclining, either ready for love or just finished.  The power of the goddess subsumed into the erotic fantasies of generations of artists and patrons. The goddess of love diminished into an object of desire.

Her astrological meaning is, of course, much more complex, powerful and multifarious. But it’s hard to blot out the popular image of her as a fleshy toy in the periphery of our vision, and of course, sex is part of her story, maybe especially when she’s in the sign of Virgo, the virgin.

We need to think about Venus now because she is standing still before turning retrograde on July 25. Indeed she sits at 0° Virgo from 18 July to 31 July.  This is a long time for her to stay in one spot: maybe she’s making a point.

Traditionally, Venus is in “fall” in Virgo, because she is “exalted” in Virgo’s opposite sign Pisces. Supposedly, this means her action is weakened.

Antonio Banderas and Victoria Abril in Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

Antonio Banderas and Victoria Abril in Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

Sex

Contrariwise, Venus in Virgo, the sign of the virgin, in the natal chart can give a powerful earthy sex appeal. Think Sophia Loren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon, Patrick Swayze, Antonio Banderas, Catherine Deneuve — all actors famous for celluloid-melting sexual charisma, and frankly flaunting it for the camera. And think of that great poet of sex and death and passion, Leonard Cohen, with Venus precisely conjuncting Neptune, the planet of music and poetry, in Virgo.

Oh I want you, I want you, I want you
On a chair with a dead magazine
In the cave at the tip of the lily
In some hallways where love’s never been
On a bed where the moon has been sweating
In a cry filled with footsteps and sand

— Leonard Cohen, Venus in Virgo, Sun in Virgo Rising

No, Venus in Virgo is not about virginity or abstinence. Rather to the contrary: Venus in Virgo is dead sexy. Maybe that’s why she’s said to be in “fall”; after all sex appeal is a dangerous thing.

So what of this station on 0°? 0° is important in any sign. It’s the omega, the opening credits, the entrance, the initiation. This month Venus looks into Virgo for a while, maybe polishes the doorstep with the tail of her toga, and then turns around and heads back into Leo on August 1. Nevertheless, only this o° Virgo and 14° Leo receive this much Venusian attention this year.

Sugar

Virgo has a connection to health, diet and daily routine. Part of that is sexual health, but there’s more.

Def Leppard’s Pour Some Sugar On Me makes explicit the Venusian connection between sweetness and sex. As is the way of astrology, Venus is telling us something else also as she stands on the threshold of Virgo.

Sugar is highly addictive and in excess, it’s a kind of poison, and herein lies a dark side of Venus. There’s more than one white powder that can own you. Neptune brings down the fog, but Venus seduces us with sweet substances, and junk.

Value vs. Junk

Venusian arts — painting, decorating, stitching, laminating — add value. Venus can make the worst piece of tut look like Louis Quinze ought to sit on it, or the ugliest face disappear under artful makeup.

Virgo is a critical sign. After the bling and bombast of Leo, Virgo does the accounts. Libra, of course, will put things in the scales and make it all harmonious and lovely again, but it’s Virgo who does the maths and finds what’s wanting. Venus is the planet associated with cash. Huge wealth and debt are Pluto’s domain, but money is Venus.

Venus at 0° Virgo asks you to take a critical look at your accounts, both literally and in terms of what you value. What’s under the veneer? Is it chippendale or chipboard?

Virgo discriminates.

So here are some questions to ask yourself during this Venus station.

What do I value?

Is my sex life healthy?

What am I addicted to?

If you have planets at 0° Virgo or Pisces, this station may be asking you to look at your relationships in the light of these questions. If you have planets at 0° Taurus or Capricorn, you may want to ask yourself about the things you take for granted. But this station is useful for all of us, because astrology is about living well with the spirit of the times, and Venus in Virgo demands that we make living well a daily practice.

 

 

 

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Astrology of Now, Venus, Venus retrograde, Venus transit, Virgo

12 comments

Acquafortis said:

Antonio Banderas is the testimonial for Mulino Bianco, a big sweet Italian confectionary and bakery company owned by Barilla. Look at this video, very Venus in Virgo (sorry couldn’t find it in English and there are some more of such videos):
https://youtu.be/c3gPZ3U4sJw
On a different note, yet connected, shall we include sex as a daily practice for living well? 😉

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Christina said:

Perfect, right down to rubbing the white stuff between those sensitive Venus in Virgo fingers.

Sex or no sex — we’re all individuals but it’s something to thimk about.

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Sally Kirkman said:

Brilliant article, Christina. Venus is such a complex feminine energy and yet we tend to pigeonhole her into what modern society believes a woman is/should be. She is a seductress at heart, the goddess of temptation and both sex & sugar are definitely her domain.

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Les said:

As I understand it, Virgo is related to being unowned, not virginity! Virgo is an earth sign. My Venus is Virgo is conjoined Pluto, though (like that lovely many, Antonio Banderas). 🙂 But yes, discrimination. Being healthy physically.

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Les said:

Lovely man, I meant. (virgo editor unhappy now)

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Christina said:

Oh yes. I wrote a piece about Virgo and African independence in the 1960s along those lines. http://www.oxfordastrologer.com/2014/10/west-eastern-eyes.html

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Christina said:

Oh yes indeedon the Virgo unowned. I wrote this piece about Black Power from that starting point http://www.oxfordastrologer.com/2014/10/west-eastern-eyes.html

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Les said:

Oh, excellent post, yes! And weird about all those musical artists born around the same time in 1958 (all just before me, as I’ve noticed before – I was Sept 11 ’58). But the black power thing is very interesting with Pluto conjunct Uranus. We’re revisiting that with the Pluto-Uranus square here in the US, with abuse of power towards black people coming to light and being protested as people are fed up with it.

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Christina said:

I have wanted to write about Ferguson and so on for a while but the subject is so incendiary. It does indeed connect exactly with the Civil rights movement and the Civil War too.

Gree said:

I think venus is in the fall in virgo because it is hard to form romantic long lasting partnerships with this placement. You are seen as beautiful, but perhaps too beautiful, too sensual, etc. I have this placement in the 12th house so I think this is an issue I have dealt with in past lives perhaps as a servant. Nice article, I enjoyed reading it. It is very apt.

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Vesta said:

Virgo is mostly my 12th house, where uranus/pluto are conjunct and part of a t-square, opposite Saturn in Pisces in 5th, square mars/venus in Sag. I’m doomed! It gets worse. Can’t remember which aspect it was, but there’s something about there always being a third person, and so far, that’s been true. If there isn’t a third person to begin with, there is soon after. Hasn’t helped my trust issues. :/
Libra AC, I attract partners ok, but then it all goes wrong. 🙁 I get upset, write myself off, I’m alone for a while, until the next time… Rinse and repeat.
So now I don’t know what to do. The pattern repeats. They come along but don’t stay, and/or there’s a third person. Whichever way I look, I lose.
Plus on top of that, health issues, chronic fatigue, which fits with 12 house confinement, you need energy to do stuff, which means I’m alone for longer and longer.
Venus reminds me it hurts. Both not having company and missing those who moved on. 🙁 But there’s no open door to try. Not that I can see.
But another side is I do value solitude, I love being alone! I love company too, but I need alone time to rest and recharge.

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