I wrote the post below in May of 2020, when Venus in Gemini was attempting to make an exact aspect to Mars in Aquarius and couldn’t quite make it work, always juuuuust missing no matter how hard she tried.
And now we’re in the same position again! This time, Venus in Capricorn is chasing a sextile with Mars in Scorpio. This week, she gets within half a degree, but then falls just a little bit behind. Soon after, she turns retrograde while Mars continues on into Sagittarius, oblivious to her advances. These two won’t make an exact aspect until mid-February, when Mars moves into Capricorn and conjuncts freshly-direct Venus.
Until then, many of us may be chasing things that we can’t quite seem to nail down. And given the signs we’re working with this year, it’s possible that many people may choose to give up the fight entirely and invest their energy in something that gives more back. But others may choose to doggedly keep going, knowing that the view from the top of the mountain is worth the work of the climb.
But regardless, assume you won’t see the summit until February. Knowing this now can help you manage your expectations and choose the most rewarding thing for you to work on. After all, we’re talking Venus in Capricorn here! Work is a given, but that doesn’t mean that all work is equally worthy of our efforts! The lesson in all this is to learn the difference.
Over the next few months, Venus and Mars are involved in an intricate dance. Ever since Venus entered Gemini in April, she has been chasing a trine with Mars in Aquarius. She has followed him through the degrees, gaining ground all the while. However, before she can make her exact trine, Mars enters Pisces, where he has no interest in Gemini. In fact, Pisces has a hostile, tense connection with Gemini.
But still Venus keeps up the chase. She turns retrograde this month and swings back through the degrees of Gemini, and finally, finally she makes her connection in early June. The only problem is that now it’s a square. Not exactly the dream love she hoped for.
This process of missed connections in astrology is called refranation. You can liken this to someone who has an obsessive crush. They chase and chase and chase and when they can’t obtain the object of their affection, they begin to build resentment. But that doesn’t mean they give up! They would still rather have their person, even if they kind of hate them, than accept their sunk costs and give up entirely.
So if in the next month or so there’s something you’re seeking that you just can’t grasp, or are living with an itch you can’t scratch, look to where Venus and Mars are transiting your chart. And rest assured that you will eventually get your hands on what you are seeking. The question is whether you’ll want it when you get it.
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