From May 2002*
Venus goes into Cancer today. When Venus is in Cancer, people are more sensitive, intuitive, protective, and sentimental in their relationships. They look to their family members and those they consider "part of the family" for emotional support ... and to want to solidify connections with these people.
Home life, privacy, and tending to deep psychological and security needs will take on more priority. People want closer emotional alliances with family members and other important people. They may show noticeable nostalgia, concern with tradition, and dwell on memories and "the past:"
When Venus is in Cancer, there is a maternal quality to the romantic side of life. With such strong emphasis on family connections, people are looking to "mother" their loved ones, and be mothered in return. Thus there is more accent on being dependable, domestic, sheltering, nurturing, security-minded, and able to supply what is wanted and needed without being asked.
People use money to improve their home situation and private lives and make purchases that add to the comfort and safety of loved ones and family members. The care of (or interest in) children may be evident - even to the point of "babying" loved ones, who, while they may not specifically need this ... may respond well, nevertheless.
Under stress, the energy used in relationships becomes childish, hypersensitive, dependent, anxious, obsessive, and emotionally unbalanced. People seek to meet their emotional needs by being passive, moody, clinging, complaining, "depressed," self-pitying, and touchy. These tactics may not be constructive in the long run, but they can get attention rather quickly ... which may be the whole point, after all.
* 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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