Botticelli’s Venus (source: Atlas Obscura)

Here is a close-up of Venus’ feet from Botticelli’s painting “The Birth of Venus.” The article where I found the photo discusses the long second toe of Venus: something I wasn’t really thinking about when I went looking for an image to illustrate this post.

Anyway, Venus moved into Virgo this morning where it is more grounded and down-to-earth than it is in Leo. Yet Venus in Virgo is a much-maligned position by astrologers when it is in a natal chart because the planet is in fall in the sign. It endows individuals born with the placement with an overly-critical nature where they question emotional responses rather than allowing themselves to give into their feelings. It is an awkward place for the planet to be, but it’s probably worse for the partner of someone with the planetary position, especially if they don’t like having their motives constantly analyzed.

It doesn’t necessarily impart an awkward air to the current astrological climate when it moves into Virgo, but it can make us question the validity of our emotions. Cafe Astrology offers this brief, yet profound description of Venus in Virgo’s generalized influence:

“If it makes sense you love it, and if it doesn’t you feel guilty about it: that’s what it’s like now.”

Attempting to rationalize our feelings can be futile at times. Sometimes we just need to go with the flow and allow ourselves to feel whatever we are feeling. However, that’s unlikely to occur when the sun joins Venus in Virgo in a couple of days. It gets worse when Venus meets up with Mars at the end of the week. Many of us are going to be far too eager to “understand” each other by evaluating every single thing about everyone else (and calling them out for their perceived shortcomings), while failing to recognize that knowing ourselves is just as important when we attempt to form relationships. What’s worse is that many of us will not leave well enough alone, and we’ll feel guilty if we don’t resolve every single issue in front of us.

This can be a time when we get sidelined by ridiculous details that have barely anything to do with the “big picture” — like long second toes, for instance. My advice is to take a good look in the mirror before you go telling anyone else what you see when you look at them. For a few days, none of us are going to be having it.

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