From Jun 2002*
Venus in Leo Opposing Neptune in Aquarius
Venus in Leo has just formed an opposition with Neptune in Aquarius. This is an energy of extreme idealism which can prompt things like inappropriate or unrequited love attachments (in high school, we called them "crushes"), an unusual level of deception and "failure to relate to reality" in your personal relationships, and a kind of dreamy secrecy involving "things you enjoy."
Except for the possibility that you could delude yourself -- or let yourself be fooled -- into believing someone you know is something he (or she) is not ... this can be a rather benign energy. In some ways you give other people too much benefit of the doubt. You may see partners in highly romanticized ways -- which are surely bound to disappoint you when you realize the "reality" of them again when this aspect ends.
You may also play to the romantic fantasies of others ... encouraging their unrealistic visions of who you are, what you want, and what you are willing to provide to a partnership. The fact is, you may need a lot of love at this time, and be willing to concoct or manufacture out of whole cloth images and dreams that don't actually exist in order to satisfy this yearning.
This energy also encourages you to spend money you don't have, to buy things you don't need ... but that you dearly want at the moment, and to give money and "things" away rather charitably -- often in the hope they will be appreciated more than turns out to be the case.
The most positive side of this energy is an extraordinary support of artistic and creative efforts. If you have inclinations at all in this direction ... now is a great time to indulge these interests. The results may be extremely meaningful and personally revealing. Just don't expect them to bring you much coin ... and don't do them with that in mind in the first place.
Fortunately ... or unfortunately ... this time of living inside your rose-colored fantasies only lasts about 7 - 10 days. Then you get to sober up and reclaim your usual life again, so enjoy it any way you can.
* Articles in the extensive series "Things to Know About" are constructed from information originally published in Step-by-Step, our Premium Members several-times a week Astrology Ezine. This Ezine has been continuously published since late November 2001. The material is published here mostly for my convenience. It is not intended to be finished, organized, polished or even complete. Some of it may be notes that don't even make a lot of sense, but you're welcome to look at it.
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