This past weekend, Venus returned to Scorpio. The Goddess of Love passes through the sign every year, but this year she’s spending a little extra time due to her retrograde. She initially entered on September 9th, then retrograded back into Libra on November 1st. Venus will remain in Scorpio until January 7th.
In the sign of the scorpion, Venus brings emotional intensity to our relationships. At best, she fosters deep connection and intimacy. At worst, jealousy and power plays can become our way of relating. Yet beyond the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ of Venus in Scorpio, we need to recognize that a process takes place when she’s in the sign. We are given an opportunity to clear out and purge relationship patterns - and sometimes relationships - that don’t serve our highest potentials.
Cleaning out a wound is a messy business. Pain and fear are often involved, and sometimes what we find is just plain yucky. Plus, we need to be careful and objective while we experience some unpleasantness. Usually, we have to be nurse and patient at the same time. It’s no wonder we tend to get rather upset in the process. Yet what is the alternative?
Those of us who are in a good place in our relationships are likely to move through this period with relative ease. There’s excellent potential for greater emotional and sexual intimacy, a baring of souls that resonates on the physical plane. It could be an opportunity to explore a fantasy you’ve been hiding or to open to something you’ve never considered.
Folks who are in a more delicate place may find that struggles increase with Venus in Scorpio. If you can be mindful of what’s going on, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Letting out your feelings and expressing the difficult side of partnership can bring greater awareness and help you to release resentment.
Single people may have a more challenging time of it, as a veneer of caution tends to accompany Venus in Scorpio. Yet for singles as well as for those in a partnership, the same general strategy holds: be real. Let go of expectations in favor of what’s actually happening. Work with the truth (as you see it).