Venus of Urbino (source: Wikipedia)

I had a couple of Venus squares occurring in my horoscope yesterday. I was looking into them because Venus is not only my ruling planet, but it’s moving quite slowly at the moment. Aspects that would normally be fleeting are lingering for a few days, providing me with the opportunity to evaluate how they really affect me.

In the last week of May, I’m going to be able to revisit the current configuration that seems to be affecting me on a rather personal level: transiting Venus squaring my near exact Pluto/Chiron opposition. In that retrograde pass, and during the subsequent direct pass that follows in late July when the planet returns to direct motion, I will experience what I’m feeling today at a relatively normal pace.

But yesterday was unusual. I felt these aspects rather acutely. What’s more, I felt as if my entire day was devoted to introspection and trying to figure out why I was feeling them so acutely.

To be honest, I was grateful for the opportunity to look inward. By the end of the day, I was feeling quite content. Considering that I not only have those squares occurring in my chart at the moment, but also a few others looming, I was happy I didn’t find myself jumping off a tall building or purposely wandering into traffic.

With my Libra rising, I can be a rather superficial person at times. Still, it is my Venusian superficiality that often rescues me from the worst of what the world has to offer. When I’m experiencing several unfortunate aspects simultaneously, I retreat into the world of fashion, or art, or gardening, or something else that takes my mind off of all the bullshit that is going on around me. It’s a coping mechanism, and a pretty good one.

At times like this, I’m thankful to have Venus as my ruling planet — even as it tries to torture me by slowly squaring all these outer planets in my chart.

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