For the last two years, we been rebuilding our relationships – the last Venus-Mars initiation (October 2009) was about “After a storm a boat landing stands in need of reconstruction” (Libra 16). It should be obvious to most folks, based simply on the common connotations of Venus and Mars, that the Venus-Mars cycle is about our relationships, and most particularly about our Relationship. And, sure, that also includes our relationshit, mostly our unfinished business with our parents and “past” lives, and of course past spouses and significant others.
That turns out to be all too relevant, since the imminent (August 20 at around noon PDT) Venus-Mars initiation will challenge our willingness to leave the past behind and accept our future. Which is to say, it’s at the point of a T-Square to the Moon’s Nodes, which in turn is to say that it’s in a Fourth-Harmonic relationship (mastery through challenge) with the Moon’s South Node (in a word, “past lives”) and also with the Moon’s North Node (the doorway to our future).
There are two major generic impediments to leaving the past behind. One, the unfinished emotional business “hooks” us, and keeps us frozen, and Two (which is really the same thing), our Identity is built upon the foundation of our personal history. So letting go of our Karma (inertia) is always an “Ego Death,” which literally feels like we’re dying, because we are – that is, our I-dentity is changing, being reborn, which means it must first shed it’s old skin, and the old skin is attached. It’s one thing to be flayed, but our old I-dentity also has deep roots that reach way down into our Being. So letting go of our Karma is like being flayed while having a root canal.
Unless you shift your attitude. If you recognize any serious emotional disturbance as an Ego Death, remember that it’s your future well-being that you’re resisting, and celebrate the pain as if it were Labor (which it is, and boys getta do it too), you can make the whole process fairly effortless. Not that shifting your attitude is effortless – that’s the hardest part. All pain is resistance, after all. Consciousness is choosing a different Program, remember? Pain is a signal to get Conscious.
Now in this case, the Moon is involved. The Moon always amps up the emotional heat, so that could make things harder cuz they’re more emotional, or easier cuz things get so theatrical that we can’t help but laugh at ourself (do resist the temptation to laugh at your counterparty, unless they laugh first). But, and this is a gift, the Moon sits on the North Node (Future), not the South Node (past). So our Future’s going to be pulling us forward, and we’ll be feeling our emotional attachment to our own Dreams and Desires more than our emotional attachment to our History. Hooray!
And, like most T-Squares, this one comes with it’s own Grace Kit, in the form of Third and Sixth Harmonic relationships with Mercury and Pallas. Third and Sixth Harmonic relationships are about Grace, Ease, Creativity, Fun. Mercury represents the mind, awareness, communication – it’s always very useful when the mind is our friend, and it’s Stationary (strong), turning Retrograde. Pallas represents Boundaries. So Letting Go and Moving On will be greatly facilitated by talking about it, setting good Boundaries (which may be harder or softer), and generally staying alert and awake when difficulty arises.
So really, this is a fabulous configuration, and the only potentially difficult part should be recognizing emotional pain as the beginning of a positive release, and willingly letting go of our old skin.
Which brings us the the Venus-Mars Cycle itself. It lasts about two years, and as we said, we’re just finishing a rebuilding phase. The new Cycle begins at 14 degrees of Libra, “In the heat of the noon hour a man takes a siesta.” We can read that alotta different ways! It doesn’t sound too good for staying alert and awake. But look at it this way. It’s the Male Ego and testosterone that drives competitiveness and ambition. If that urge falls asleep, that’ll be very good for the Planet. The whole sign of Libra is about releasing individuality and embracing collaboration, and this Libra midpoint just describes an important step in that process.
So we can summarize by saying that the next two years of relationship business will be about embracing collaboration, which is probably the Planet’s greatest need right now.
And, it’s not optional. We say this because Pluto is also Stationary (going Direct) at this time. Stationary means strong, and Pluto is about the Big Wave, or the trend which is so strong that resistance is futile, the current in the River of history. And, Pluto is the focus of a second T-Square, this one with Vesta-Saturn (focusing our Attention on what’s Sacred) and Jupiter-Uranus (that fantastically new and refreshing Soul Chord impulse we recently received). When you’re resisting necessary Change, a Stationary Pluto feels like swimming in Jello. When you’re excited about your future, a strong Pluto moves you forward in leaps and bounds.