Venus in Scorpio Square Neptune in Aquarius
From Sep 2002*
Venus in Scorpio has formed a square with Neptune in Aquarius, and because Venus will be going into retrograde early next month, the energy of this peculiar and troublesome aspect will hang around lots longer than is common for Venus aspects -- which normally are history in about a week.
When Venus is square to Neptune, the stage is set for a myriad of emotional problems brought up by desires and passions that have no constructive outlet and an imagination running wild.
Sometimes the fantasies seem connected to deep needs, repressed yearnings, or other scenarios that might possibly be karmic residue coming to the surface. There is an intensity, a profound emotional component, a genuine longing that speaks of something beyond mere wishful thinking -- or the usual daydreams -- in the feelings, visions, and cravings that come up during this time.
There is also a lot of romantic escapism in this energy, and the tactic of using fantasies and daydreams to get around some of life's more boring or unpleasant episodes is pronounced. Sometimes, too, the "evasion tactics" for coping with problems or unpleasant memories go too far into substance abuse and psychological "tricks" such as denial, avoidance, delusions, etc.
Relationships are tricky things now. You are unusually able -- and willing -- to fool yourself into believing what you want to believe about yourself and your associates. You are more likely your own worst enemy while this energy is around, rather than falling victim to someone else who is deliberately out to deceive you, although this certainly can happen. And the inability to trust your own opinions and instincts is a very uncomfortable sensation.
You may become infatuated by someone who is not only not good for you ... but who isn't really the person you think you see. It's a hard thing to overcome, even when you know you can't trust the information from your own senses, and there are plenty of people whose inner radar can zero in on your gullibility and take you for quite a ride ... in your car, with your gas, and with your cooperation, too!. That realization, too, can be a mighty hard pill to swallow.
This energy encourages you to get too involved in dubious romantic and financial arrangements ... both of which can end disastrously when you finally shake loose of the hypnotic spell and see matters in reality's cold light. You may wonder what got into you ... and not have a good answer. When your own mind plays tricks on you to this extent ... all you're left with is the true ... and truly unsatisfying ... excuse that "It seemed like a good idea at the time."
The lack of directness, honesty, candor, and aboveboard dealings can pollute all kinds of social, romantic and financial transactions now -- in ways that are downright embarrassing after the fact. Even you may be disturbed by your own deviousness, your lack of candor, and decisions to keep a certain measure of secrecy and mystery between you and "the other guy" that may not be characteristic of you at all. But there it is, nevertheless. If you sense evasiveness in other people, too ... it's not your imagination. It's really going on!!
Under the right circumstances, scandals, secrets, illicit affairs, theft, fraud, and con artistry all flourish when this energy is prominent. Impractical visions just get the upper hand ... and the desire for that unwise but ever-so-exciting fling, forbidden sexual venture, or the longing to get rich quick simply proves irresistible. It's wise to be scrupulously honest now in every way you can -- but it's also hard to follow that advice.
For what it's worth, the artistic products that come forth during this time can be both disturbing and profound, welling up as they do from the unconscious where the best and most inspired springs of creativity flow. If you're involved in any kind of creative profession or hobby ... giving your imagination free rein for a while, and watch what happens. Of course, enough self-discipline to actually accomplish something is helpful. Otherwise, again, it's way too easy for all this energy to spend itself in nothing but pipe dreams and woolgathering.
In its milder manifestations, this energy brings your feelings so close to the surface they can be bruised by even imaginary slights and criticisms ... and you are way too quick to feel snubbed by even a hint of unkindness or disapproval.
It's a peculiar time for all of us. Try to keep that in mind, too.
* 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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