Bad Company (source: Louder)

Venus entered my eleventh house last night where it will remain until October 25. My horoscope on astro.com describes the transit as follows:

“This is one of the best of all influences for group activities or activities with friends. You will feel friendly toward almost everyone, and they will be friendly in return. It is a good time to have friends in for a party or to go out with a group of friends for a good time. You will enjoy each other’s company immensely and be much more loving and affectionate with each other. This benefit is not limited to activities with friends. Any situation in which you deal with many people in a group setting, for example a business conference or organizational meeting, is favored by this influence. Your ego energies are low enough so that you can deal agreeably with others, making whatever compromises are necessary without feeling that you are losing something personal that you should defend.”

I guess that’s a good thing considering that I’m going back to work in a few days. I haven’t been terribly social throughout the entire quarantine period, but I figured that had more to do with all the planets hovering around the bottom of my chart. Once Saturn entered my fourth house, I just expected to be more insular.

But I am a social person who has practically lived in a gym for the last thirty years. Even though I can show up and work out without barely saying a word to anyone, I still value the exercise of forcing myself to be sociable. I am an extrovert, after all. Sometimes people don’t get that impression from me, but it’s because they confuse my snobbery with introversion. I’m not exactly the warmest person in the world.

That’s because I have my natal Venus in Aquarius. It lends an air of detachment to my bearing, and it’s a big part of the reason why I can sometimes be bad company.

Anyway, Venus transiting through the eleventh house (the part of the zodiac associated with Aquarius), usually makes me feel as if I’m at home with my aloofness. I don’t worry about it, and that makes me easier to be around. It allows me to take a step back and consider how I come off to people who confuse my detachment with a penchant toward bitchiness.

In a week from now, when the sun enters my first house, I’ll be returning to the gym to prepare for its reopening later in the month. For a couple of weeks, while Venus is still transiting my eleventh house, I should be fairly pleasant to be around.

The timing couldn’t be better. And because I’ll be required to wear a mask, no one will mistake the look on my face for something it’s not. It’s a win/win for all of us.

Thanks, Venus!

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