Jan 3 – Feb 3, 2017
During the hour that Venus transited to Pisces in early 2016, I was sitting in a cafe in north India called Sheroes, as in “she-heroes.” The establishment was founded by women who are survivors of acid attacks. Although their perpetrators attempted to extinguish their beauty, these women are even more radiant than before. Sheroes quintessentially encapsulates Venus in Pisces: beauty which transcends the physical.
Pisces is an all-encompassing blanket of seraphic wisdom, the Oversoul, the transparent eyeball of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Nature.” In Hermann Hesse’s classic “Siddhartha,” Buddha and a fisherman discuss how a river flows in many places at once and yet is still called by the same name. This is how Venus in Pisces operates: love and friendship stretch and dissolve and bloom again, forever cycling through a phantasmagorical series of awakenings in the waters of perpetuity.
This transit sees no need for particulars – it is enough to simply be, to love without question. We often forget that we are directly linked to something impossibly magnificent. Pisces is the last sign in the zodiac, master of imbrication, rainbow scales sparkling in the starlight. She is neither rational nor logical, but perceptive, yielding, ethereal, otherworldly, eternal.
Venus in Pisces cradles the soul, soft and malleable, ready to shift into whatever new form best captures and emanates the light of Universal Love. The people she attracts reflect the fishes’ deeply spiritual qualities. Friends come together regardless of nationality, religion, sex or color. What we have in common is belief in a better world. That world begins with our communion. As one, we meditate, we learn, we practice. Together we pursue the path of self-improvement, the path of the heart, the path of cooperation.
Look forward to sharing the company of people who love and understand you beyond what can be said. Pisces thinks greatly and says little, perhaps feeling no need to verbalize Love because she abides here at all times: Pisces is Love. Venus in Pisces carries herself with striking modesty and inner calm. Her love seems reserved, but she is just shy. Pisces may hold back because she lives at the brink, poised at any moment to sail noiselessly into the Divine abyss.
This transit reminds us of something that we humans try to ignore: stripped of our bodies and outward identities, we share the same molten core, straight from the Source. What a delicious rediscovery, and what bounty awaits. How fortunate we are to have the opportunity to meet people from all corners of the Earth, and then be able to keep in contact wherever, whenever.
A profound weight lies on the delicate shoulders of Venus in Pisces. It will be her responsibility to unite our species against the evils of mankind at the outset of what will surely be an even more dramatic and heart-wrenching year ahead.
Venus joins the Moon, Mars and Neptune in Pisces on the day she moves into the constellation, and Mercury will still be retrograde. On January 12, Venus and Neptune share the same degree, known as a conjunction. This is a highly auspicious day favoring creative endeavors (especially related to music and dance), spiritual insight and psychic penetration to the nether-realms. On January 27, Venus squares off with Saturn in Sagittarius. We last saw this aspect on August 13, 2016, the day Saturn Retrograde ended. This is definitely a less joyous and more serious occasion. Expect more interpersonal issues at this time due to false perception that we are unloved or unwanted. We might be unusually shy, stiff or reserved in order to cover our lack of self-confidence and increased sensitivity to rejection. A negative attitude and “the tendency to need more than what is possible” (CafeAstrology) prevent us from being truly productive with our feelings. Consequently, this creates emotional distance, even if concerns for loved ones are valid. Don’t read into anything too much.
Mantra: we are One