Venus in Aries
The bud stands for all things,
Even for those things that don’t flower,
For everything flowers from within, of self-blessing;
Though sometimes it is necessary
To reteach a thing its loveliness,
To put a hand on it’s brow
Of the flower
And retell it in words and in touch
It is lovely…
From Saint Francis and the Sow by Galway Kinnell
Venus is now in Aries. Let me be upfront about this transit. This is one of my favorite natal placements and transits even though Venus is said to be in detriment in the sign of The Ram.
Venus in Mars-ruled Aries is a warrior. She wears a shiny helmet and a gold breastplate. When Venus travels through the signs of her so-called detriment (Aries) and fall (Virgo) and really any other sign where her “true” nature is said to be compromised or inhibited we get a taste of the unfiltered Feminine.
We’ve been served a soft, pink and perfumed mythological figure but Venus has never stood for sexist cliches about beauty and love and sex.
In myth, Venus/Aphrodite had many relationships and each and every relationship represents different types of relationship. The relationship I want to touch on today is the Aphrodite-Ares (Venus-Mars) union as I believe this story goes a long way in explaining how Venus operates in the sign of Aries.
Aphrodite and Ares had a torrid affair. These two - the Goddess of Love and the God of War - represent the union of polar opposites (Aries-Libra): war and peace. Beauty and aggression. Balance and disruption. When Venus transits Aries, we’re invited to adopt a radical approach to so-called hyper-masculine traits like aggressiveness. If you identify as a woman, you will undoubtedly be familiar with the notion that to “look nice” you shouldn’t come across as pushy and “bossy”.
Venus in Aries asks us to toss those cliches. No kissing on the first date? Just go for it. Who ever cares less wins? Dare to care more.
Venus in Aries teaches us to develop Aries qualities like courage and assertiveness regardless of how we look but conversely, reveals that beauty - that stems from authentic self-expression - conquers. Marilyn Monroe had Venus in Aries, won the hearts of millions of people and became a style icon. Rihanna, another Venus in Aries, shows us that you can be a pregnant goddess and still look fierce.
Venus in Aries is very passionate. This passion may not be sustainable in the long term but it is nevertheless primal. What often happens during this transit is we get to surrender to a passion that is pure and not hindered or held back by appearances or rules. It doesn't matter if what you create or start now doesn't grow roots what matters is that you started.
It’s not about making "pretty" or being pleasing but about following something scary, exciting, risky and messy. This transit asks us to be one with the intensity you feel. Give in to the bold colors, the red longing, the fierce gaze ...
Let your love out with courageous action.