When Venus enters Sagittarius on December 30, the “lesser benefic” travels through the sign ruled by the “greater benefic.”
What does this mean?
Well, ultimately Venus, the goddess of love & beauty, harmony & peace (known in traditional astrology as the “lesser benefic”) is about values.
And Sag? Well, Sagittarius–ruled by “greater benefic” Jupiter–is about expansion.
While Venus has to do with relationships to people & things that we value, Sagittarius is an all-inclusive consciousness expansion-oriented energy.
While expansion of knowledge through the world around us is positive, it pays to remember that expansion is not always a good thing (as anyone like me who’s still partaking of the holiday festival’s sweet goodies can attest!)
So what do you get when you put these two archetypes together?
Expansion Of That Which You Value–How Much Is Too Much?
Scenario #1: Too much of a good thing! Or, as I like to say, a time when it benefits us each to consider “how much is too much?” Do we need all those relationships and/or all that stuff?
Or might we be better off discerning (especially while the Moon is in Virgo these next two days!) exactly what is of real value to us and what is simply, well, you know…extra stuff?
Scenario #2: Love of expansion through travel—both literal and of the mind—into territory that leaves us with a new perspective, wiser, more experienced, & with a greater understanding of the world around us. Love of all-inclusive experiences, rather than those that limit us.
If you find yourself overspending, overeating, or simply overdoing things right now, you may chalk it up to the fact that it isn’t even New Year’s Eve yet & so you’re still entitled to enjoy yourself & party (and imbibe) with the rest of ‘em!
Come January however, when the dust settles, you’ll want to rein in some of that “party forever!” fervor but keep the positive attitude…and replace it with your love of all things Sagittarian: open-minded curiosity about life and other cultures, & travel–all in the spirit of expanding your world.
Venus’s Ride Through Sagittarius
On January 5, the day Mercury stations retrograde (more on that anon), Venus will square Neptune in the sky. This can be a time of high creativity when you might pour all of your romantic longings into writing the most poetic of sonnets, painting the dreamiest of pictures, singing sweetly, creating pleasing instrumental music, or dancing, photographing, etc. In short, engaging in any artistic/creative endeavor.
When the goddess of beauty & love bumps into Saturn on January 8 & 9, it may be time to come back down into the world of hard cold reality. This is not bad, however, depending on how far afield your fantasies strayed when Venus squared Neptune!
If you created some beauty in the world around you, the Venus/Saturn meet up can ground & manifest that beauty in concrete form.
However, if you “fell in love” with that new sofa (or person!), then got it home & realized it didn’t match the rest of your décor, you may be in for some disillusionment or a mini-fall from Cloud 9. (Caution! With Mercury retrograde by this point, you may not have read the small print saying you cannot return it!)
This is not a negative occurrence as long as it teaches you something. Sagittarius energy is always about teaching us so that we may expand our consciousness. While Venus transits through Sag, we’re taught about how our philosophy of life translates into that which we value.
On January 12 Venus trines the great awakener Uranus, and we skate into a little adventure in order to liven up a potentially dreary January winter’s day.
Engage in something new, something a bit more exciting than the regular dull & normal routine—but understand it’s a “just for the moment” energy that will not last. Nevertheless, enjoy doing something spontaneous and/or new!
Please Sir, Can I Have Some More?
Finally, Venus squares Jupiter (anyone see the mixture of Venus/Sag archetypes again here??) on January 18, putting to the test once again the question of “how much is too much?”
Over-indulging is again a potential energy prevalent in this square—as is general laziness—but no harm done if you are aware of the others around you, at least most of the time, lol…
Venus rules two signs: The sign of Taurus, the key words for which are serenity & pleasure, because Taurus rules the body & the five senses. That which pleases us we give value.
Libra rules relationships and social niceties. The key words for Libra are harmony, balance, & equality. A Libra concerns herself with the environment around her and the people in it, hoping for pleasing communication & relations.
A Libra knows exactly where the spoons go in the place setting and that the knife must be placed inward in order to avoid unnecessary injury (except when Venus is in Scorpio, that is! Bwahahahaha! Just kidding…)
Wherever You Go, There You Are…
The shadow side of Venus is resistance to change. The shadow side of Sagittarius is arrogance. Thinking not only that one knows it all, but that one may lord her knowledge over others is not the way to go…
When Venus enters Sagittarius, enjoy the ride. But don’t forget to remind yourself of your inner value, & that you don’t need to have that value reflected back to you in all that own, control, manipulate, or accrue.
Instead, when Venus enters Sagittarius, it’s far better to understand that your sense of self-worth is not simply within you, but around you as the external manifestation (be it through relationships, jobs, material objects, etc.) of your inner sense of self-value. Only then can you moderate the expansion of the world around you to reflect back to yourself your true inner worth…
Understanding this is the key gift you may look forward to when the greater & lesser benefics come together as Venus enters Sagittarius…
P.S.Here’s a little reminder that we all feel like orphans at times…but that when love doesn’t originate from within, we all become imprisoned by our external quest for it:
Where Is Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjJDekSculo