Here’s a meditation for Venus in Pisces, adapted from Buddhist practice: Imagine that you are creating a world in which you would be perfectly happy. Picture yourself as completely joyful, serene, and at peace. Nothing is wrong with your world, your universe.
A cat, crying in a far distant galaxy? Could you be purrfectly happy (excuse the pun), if a cat was unhappy in your otherwise unsullied universe? I don’t think so... you’d need to block out that cat, suppress the awareness that somewhere in your personally-designed ideal cosmos, a cat was in need. And that suppression would cost you energy, and that loss of energy would take away from your perfectly happy state of being.
Or, alternatively, you could make the effort to make the cat happy.
And if a cat in a distant galaxy can mess up your sense of happiness, how much more would a hungry child, a shivering person, or a frightened animal in your local neighborhood?
On inspection, it turns out that even in the most selfish conceptions of happiness, we need to make all beings happy before we can really enjoy our own happiness completely (not partially, but completely). In order to celebrate our personal joy without feeling the nagging tug that our universe is tainted with unhappiness, we need to make all sentient beings happy.
A big job? A tough job? Certainly. But Venus in Pisces is up to it.
In the sign of the fish, Venus isn’t so much about eros, personal erotic love, as agapé, universal compassionate love. At the least, Venus in Pisces should help us to be a bit less clingy and demanding in our relationships, and it should be easier to see the big picture.
Venus will be busy this year as she sails through Pisces. It’s a generally active month, featuring a solar eclipse on the 15th, and Venus isn’t missing out on the activity. On the day of the eclipse she makes an easy sextile to Saturn, suggesting that we build structure in our relationships. Despite chocolates and roses the day before, this is likely to be a rather serious time in matters of the heart.
Less clear will be Venus’ meeting with Neptune on the 21st. This aspect can really open hearts. An outpouring of compassion is one possibility. An admission of vulnerability is another. And getting taken in by a well-spun story is yet another possible outcome. Enjoy the fantasy, but a bit of skepticism about the reality is not a bad idea.
Things heat up a bit around February 25th, as Venus squares off with Mars in Sagittarius. While typically igniting passions, given the signs involved we may feel a more abstract conflict. With both planets aspecting asteroid Vesta on the same day, sexual tensions are likely to be felt strongly, perhaps between what we desire in relationship and what we want sexually. We’ll have plenty of opportunities over the next week to work things out.
As Venus moves on to sextile Pluto on the 27th, power plays may be brought to light and dissolved. Approach the week between the 26th and March 4th with openness – of both heart and eyes.
Venus trines Jupiter on March 1st, the day of the full moon. Venus and Jupiter get along very well with each other, and we should be feeling a more harmonious connection between emotions and sexuality. The full moon in Virgo isn’t the most raucous, lunacy-inducing energy, but it should suffice to get the passions moving.
With Venus meeting with Mercury on the 4th, we should have an opportunity to talk about things, at the very least. After that, Venus packs her bags for Aries, climbing out of the Piscean waters and into a feistier, fiery mode.
But first, feed the cat.