Cowgirl Fabric (source: Etsy)

I have a Gitman Vintage shirt in this fabric. It’s one of my favorite things in the entire world.

The reason I’m thinking about that shirt is that Venus enters my fourth house just after midnight. I don’t mind fourth house transits, just as long as all the planets don’t pile up there all at once. With my Cancer moon, some fourth house transits make me more nostalgic, including when Venus moves through the sign. The funny thing about this particular transit is how it makes me feel nostalgic for things that were already retro when I was a kid — this fabric, for example. I remember prints like this on the curtains in my country cousin’s outdated bedroom, and in the lining of smelly old sleeping bags we would take camping in the early seventies.

“Cafe Astrology” alludes to these nostalgic feelings in its interpretation of the transit:

“During this cycle, you are especially fond of the life of the home and family. You are more receptive and gentle on a romantic level, and tend to be sentimental or nostalgic now. You may particularly value the aesthetics in and around your home during this period. If things are out of whack on the home front, you will do whatever you can to create a peaceful and stable atmosphere. Loyalty and sensitivity in your relationships are more important to you than typically. You might focus on ways to earn money in or from your home. This is a calming influence — a time when simple pleasures most appeal.”

While I’m not exactly a homebody (despite my Cancer moon), I do take a lot of pride in ensuring that my home isn’t a dump. With my Libra rising and my natal Venus at home in the fourth house, much of this interpretation resonates with me. But I really don’t think that I’m sentimental. I don’t have family photos on my fireplace mantle. I don’t have my university degree hanging on the wall over my desk. Even the two books I have published are inconspicuously tucked away on a shelf.

And knowing that about myself makes me think about the difference between being “sentimental” and being “nostalgic.” To me, the former has a connotation about looking back through rose-colored glasses, while the latter looks back with a wink and a nudge, saying “Can you believe what we were into back in the day?” “Nostalgia” makes me think of ridiculous things like cowgirl pin-ups, disco rollerskating and the toxic fumes of Toni home perms wafting through my mother’s kitchen.

So is that my smart-assed, kitsch-loving Capricorn sun telling me that everything in the world exists for me to ridicule, or if there is something else in my chart that makes me unsentimental despite my Cancer moon and my fourth house Venus?

With Venus about to move into my fourth house for the next few weeks, I can’t help but wonder . . .

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