STRAIGHT STARS

The Georgia Straight - - Contents - By Rose Mar­cus

Three things are hap­pen­ing at the same time: the past, the fu­ture, and the now. Venus on a back­track of Li­bra and Uranus rekin­dling Aries in­sist we re­visit and re­assess be­fore we sign off and move on. Although both are on a re­play, both also prompt a new take­away. Don’t view the past as a block or a de­ter­rent; let it be your spring­board in­stead.

Some­times things have to swing to an ex­treme so that we can get a bet­ter vis­ual on it. Venus ret­ro­grade shows us what isn’t in har­mony, what isn’t in balance, and what is com­pet­ing rather than com­ple­ment­ing the win/win. Venus ret­ro­grade is a look-an­dlis­ten-bet­ter tran­sit. When things get askew, it is of­ten be­cause of pro­jected ex­pec­ta­tions, of over­rid­ing the in­for­ma­tion (what we see, what we hear, what we feel) be­cause we are overly at­tached to the pro­jec­tion rather than the re­al­ity, to some ul­ti­mate goal or ob­jec­tive.

Venus ret­ro­grade holds a more ob­vi­ous qual­ity re­gard­ing fate at the cross­roads. Uranus ret­ro­grade is on the same ac­ti­va­tion track, but its in­tended tar­get is chiefly directed to the so­cial and po­lit­i­cal spheres.

Tues­day is a big day for U.S. vot­ers, and it is also a big tran­si­tion day in the stars. Uranus ret­ro­grade backs into Aries and the karmic axis (north and south nodes of the moon) be­gins its next 18-month tran­sit through Can­cer/capri­corn. This sign axis fea­tures ev­ery­thing to do with home, fam­ily, se­cu­rity, con­se­quences of the past, author­ity’s rule, and get­ting it un­der bet­ter con­trol. Mon­day’s sun/nep­tune trine and Wed­nes­day’s new moon in Scor­pio in­fuse the now with sig­nif­i­cant cre­ative po­ten­tial.

ARIES

March 20–April 19

Venus in Li­bra puts more spin on your so­cial life and on re­la­tion­ship mat­ters. A next phase or stage is in the works re­gard­ing a key re­la­tion­ship (per­haps sev­eral). A part­ner­ship or con­tract holds good prospects. Start­ing Tues­day, Uranus on a back­track of Aries can thrust you into it fast. It’s fate on a flint strike, es­pe­cially so if you are born April 18/19.

TAU­RUS

April 20–May 20

Uranus backs out of Tau­rus on Tues­day, but it isn’t dis­ap­pear­ing. Along with Venus on a re­visit to Li­bra, these tran­sits aim to help you cut to the chase re­gard­ing up­grades and im­prove­ments. Venus can help you to find a bet­ter job or en­list more co­op­er­a­tion, bet­ter ad­vice, or more help. It can also stir up de­pen­dency is­sues. It is time to ad­dress the im­bal­ances.

GEM­INI

May 21–June 21 Com­par­a­tively speak­ing, Venus ret­ro­grade in Li­bra can be eas­ier or smoother go­ing than Venus in Scor­pio. Some­one or some­thing can re­claim your heart or take you on an­other go-around. What’s good is good; what isn’t calls for you to re­ex­am­ine and to ad­just your ex­pec­ta­tions. It’s an ap­pro­pri­ate tran­sit for rene­go­ti­at­ing a con­tract, ac­tual or karmic. Tues­day/wed­nes­day are good for a power play.

CAN­CER

June 21–July 22

Venus ret­ro­grade in Li­bra spot­lights fam­ily, home, and rec­on­cil­ing with the past. You may feel that no mat­ter how much you do, you give, or you pay that it never seems to be enough. Do your best; cher­ish what you have; don’t buy into re­sent­ment or re­gret. Start­ing Tues­day, Uranus into Aries puts a new spin on it. You are poised for a break­through.

LEO

July 22–Au­gust 22

A re­think is in or­der. A call back, an­other con­ver­sa­tion, meet-up,

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or look-see can be too. If it did the trick pre­vi­ously, it can again. Venus ret­ro­grade in Li­bra can boost your so­cial ac­tiv­ity, rekin­dle the heart, re­vive a plan or a good idea, or put you back in the game in some other way. Tues­day, emo­tions are on a quick trig­ger.

VIRGO

Au­gust 22–Septem­ber 22 The Virgo moon keeps you go­ing strong through Satur­day. Venus on a back­track of Li­bra pow­ers up your in­ner voice. You’ll now gain bet­ter feel for what or who is worth tak­ing on. Don’t over­ride your heart or your mind; lis­ten up in­stead. Start­ing Tues­day, Uranus in Aries can fire you up and/or pro­vide more in­cen­tive. Tough love is where it is at.

FLIBRA

Septem­ber 22–Oc­to­ber 23 You will feel the fullest im­pact of Venus ret­ro­grade in Li­bra if you are born Oc­to­ber 18 to 23, but, of course, we are all feel­ing it. While each day is in­form­ing, Venus gives you ex­tra time to sort your­self out, to ob­serve and to feel your way along. Uranus on a re­visit of Aries trig­gers some­thing more, some­thing fresh, some­thing fated.

SCOR­PIO

Oc­to­ber 23–No­vem­ber 21 Venus has just left Scor­pio for Li­bra, but she’ll be back in De­cem­ber. In the mean­time, the tran­sit is good for tak­ing time out to heal/re­plen­ish heart, body, and soul. Eat healthy; do right by your­self this week­end. Through Mon­day, give your un­di­vided at­ten­tion to stud­ies, a cre­ative project, or a ro­man­tic in­ter­lude. Gift your­self, too. Tues­day/wed­nes­day, ex­pect to hit the ground run­ning.

SAGIT­TAR­IUS

No­vem­ber 21–De­cem­ber 21 Mer­cury, freshly into Sagit­tar­ius, gives you/it wings. Venus on a re­visit of Li­bra and Uranus on a re­visit of Aries (as of next Tues­day) are also re­vi­tal­iz­ing. While the aim is to get plugged back in and/or to get it off the ground again, it is not about the same old but about tak­ing it in a whole new di­rec­tion. Tues­day/wed­nes­day sets the stage/tone.

CAPRI­CORN

De­cem­ber 21–Jan­uary 19 Con­tracts, ac­tual and karmic, are up for re­view. Pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally, Venus ret­ro­grade takes you through an im­por­tant reeval­u­a­tion and/or re­build-it process. Uranus on a back­track of Aries adds some­thing new or ex­tra to the mix. A key some­one plays a fea­ture role in both hind­sight re­flec­tion and how it shapes up next.

AQUAR­IUS

Jan­uary 20–Fe­bru­ary 18 Mars in Aquar­ius keeps you go­ing strong through the mid­dle of the month. De­spite Venus and Uranus tak­ing you on a back­track, Mars keeps you break­ing new ground. Through Mon­day, the go­ing is good. Use the next cou­ple of weeks to get your­self ahead be­fore Mer­cury turns ret­ro­grade. Tues­day/wed­nes­day be­gins a next phase. Watch for sud­den clar­ity or news.

PISCES

Fe­bru­ary 18–March 20 Spend­ing more, earn­ing more: Venus on a back­track of Li­bra keeps money on your mind. Sex and re­la­tion­ship mat­ters are top at­ten­tion get­ters too. With Mer­cury in Sagit­tar­ius on the move, you should see gains where it adds up the most. Now through the mid­dle of next week, po­ten­tials are on the rise. Tues­day/wed­nes­day keeps you/it go­ing strong.

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