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May 19 – June 13, 2018
Venus represents art and romance, pleasure and beauty. Her transits speak to the heart. In Cancer, we see the power of woman, of unconditional love, of roots and comfort and what it means to be settled. Venus in Cancer provides soothing, supportive counsel. The crab feels as she swims beside us: delicate, intuitive, just like the moon.
Cancer is a water sign, like her sisters Scorpio and Pisces. All water signs are spiritual and creative in nature. However, I know plenty of Cancers who have not tapped their creative/spiritual potential and instead channel the crab in fits of irritability, one after the other. It’s true, some Cancers are temperamental and quick to anger, and it doesn’t take much to trigger them.
The crab is a moody, acutely sensitive creature who feels chronically misunderstood. When crabs are threatened, they retreat into their shells. This is how we will respond now under stress, and with great frequency. Venus in Cancer behaves like an exposed nerve, a soft underbelly, tender and vulnerable. She is affectionate, deeply devoted, but irrational, reactionary, taking everything personally.
With an overwhelming desire to love and be loved, we may feel that we care “too much” or love too hard. The Cancerian influence is so warm and fuzzy that we may unintentionally smother friends and lovers with too much nurturing, too much attention. This is not a social transit, although it is a good time to spend with family, particularly mother / female figures. It’s a time to incubate, to learn the intricate folds of our heart and intuition. Later, when Venus enters Leo, we will step into more expressive, extroverted roles. First we must save and stabilize, financially and emotionally (Cancer), then we can spend freely and lounge in leisure (Leo).
This is not a good time to take risks. That comes later, when Cancer’s water gives way to the fire of Leo, the fire of pride and mutual respect and childlike joy. First we must learn to love and take care of ourselves, to become our own mother. Life will feel soft, gooey and mawkish for awhile, but the fire will be here soon enough, sizzling our skin. For now, find solace beneath the waves. Curl up inside your egg, your cocoon, your private ocean.
Gemini season starts May 20, the first full day of Venus in Cancer. In fact, this entire transit will take place within the Gemini season. May 25 is the first interesting day. Venus herself is forming a hard angle to Saturn Retrograde in Capricorn, but two other positive influences will be at play between Mercury in Taurus and Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn, as well as Jupiter Retrograde in Scorpio and Neptune. It’s a heavy earth and water day, so expect slow motion and fatigue. Any interpersonal challenges that flare up on May 25 should be resolved by June 1 when Venus forms a beautiful trine to Jupiter. She forms the same helpful angle to Neptune one day later. The first weekend of June looks like it is going to be exceptional. Lastly, on June 5 Venus faces off with Pluto. The sun will be conjunct Mercury on this day, which is always great, but it may not be enough to stave off Pluto’s darkness. Watch for volatility in the form of emotionally-charged confrontations.
While Venus is in Cancer, she is an evening star, setting just after the sun each night. When she is an evening star, she is known as Hesperus. Calm your heart with music and Cancer Yoga. I was born with Venus in Cancer, so for the next few weeks you get to see what it’s like to have my kind of heart. No one ever said the path of the heart was easy! The yogis say that it is the most difficult of all. If you were also born with Venus in Cancer, this is your Venus Return! To find your personal Venus sign, click here.
Mantra: I feel