Venus trine Neptune: Transcending Separation

On December 5, 11:52 PM ET, Venus in Scorpio creates a harmonic trine to Neptune in Pisces. We have been feeling this energy for a few days already, and we will be able to harness the benefic influence of this aspect for approximately five more days.

Trines are angles of 120° degrees: they represent supportive aspects that promote the integration of the energies of planets transiting signs of the same element, in this case, Water. The alignment between Venus-Neptune is increasing our intuition, our receptivity, and our psychic openness: for this reason, it’s extremely important to be mindful of what we are taking in.

Venus trine Neptune

The current planetary configuration is reflecting increased sensitivity to what is happening in the world, as well as to other people’s energetic and emotional realities. As we are also in the midst of Eclipse season, it is crucial to find ways to ground, get back to our center, align with our own frequency, and balance our inner state.


Venus: Romantic Love, Values, and Relationship to Self


Venus, the ruler of both Taurus and Libra, is the planet related to how we relate to others and how we inwardly relate with ourselves. Venus correlates with how we manage our finances and our resources, with our value system, with our sense of self-worth, and with the extent to which we value ourselves, our energy, and our time.

Venus in Scorpio reflects an inclination to seek intense, deep, soul-bonding relationships: satisfaction is not possible with superficial pursuits or interactions. We tend to want it all and lose trust easily if we feel the other person is holding something back or if we sense some sort of dishonesty. During this transit, we are more introspective than usual: we tend to analyze our own psychological dynamics and to seek the real motivations and intentions behind our conscious desires and needs.


Neptune: Unconditional Love and Divine Innocence


Neptune is a transpersonal planet, and it takes 165 years to orbit the Zodiac. It is very far away from us, it takes about 14-15 years to transits through a sign, and its movements always reflect collective experiences and events. Neptune in Astrology is considered to be the Higher Octave of Venus, meaning that it is a higher vibrational expression of the same energetic quality. While Venus corresponds to romantic love, Neptune is related to divine and unconditional love. 

Neptune has been in Pisces since 2012, bringing the dissolution of many of our illusions and delusions, while allowing us to get closer to our spiritual nature. Neptune correlates to the sense of meaninglessness and disenchantment that we feel when we realize our perception of reality is not the absolute truth.

Neptune corresponds to the loss of innocence after an experience of disillusionment, as well as to a conscious return to innocence, that can happen only when we come into contact with our Higher Self and adopt a spiritual perspective of life. Accepting what we encounter on our journey and surrendering to something greater than ourselves is what helps us make the most out of any Neptune transit, which we will never be able to make complete sense of. 


Venus trine Neptune: Finding Balance and Holding Boundaries


With Venus-Neptune aspects, we tend to idealize people, situations, and relationships, and to see the world through rose-colored glasses. Seeing only the positive aspects of someone or something is easier than usual.

Contacts between Venus and Neptune remind us that, to be able to form conscious and healthy relationships with other people, we need to have a clear sense of self, of our values, strong self-worth and self-respect. Holding proper boundaries becomes essential to avoid losing ourselves in the other, or in our own illusions and ideals. For this reason, we need to make sure of how much we are able to give and what we need to receive.

Venus trine Neptune

The trine supports the integration of the energies of Venus and Neptune and helps us find a balance between extremes. Nonetheless, we need to be mindful that sustaining conditions of harmony requires constant work and honest communication.

Venus trine Neptune: Bridging Spirit and Matter


With Venus-Neptune aspects, we tend to be highly idealistic. However, it is also crucial to make sure we are practical: holding on to ideals and dreams is not enough. We still live in a three-dimensional world with all the conditions and limitations it implies, and we need to be able to navigate through them.

The trine between Venus and Neptune gives us the opportunity to find a better balance between the energy we direct towards material concerns and the energy we direct towards our spiritual pursuits. This aspect represents an invitation to let go of any disempowering belief around financial abundance and material security and to work towards healing the split between Spirit and matter.


Venus trine Neptune: Transmuting Emotions & Transcending Separation


During these days, we are going to feel more empathic and sensitive than usual: artistic and creative endeavors represent a great way to channel and transmute the intense emotional energy that many of us are experiencing. Both Venus and Neptune correlate with the arts, with creativity and inspiration, with the ways we try to generate more beauty and harmony in the world and express something we are not able to verbalize.

The trine between Venus in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces invites us to find new ways to connect with the Divine through our relationships with others, and through artistic and creative pursuits. Ultimately, this planetary alignment invites us to nurture our Spirit by connecting with a state of flow and pure presence, and to transcend the illusion of separation by seeing part of ourselves in all those people we are relating with.

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Venus opposite Pluto & Mercury opposite Neptune

On August 30, a lot is going on in the sky: Venus opposite Pluto will take place at 9:30 AM EST while Mercury opposite Neptune happens at 2:43 PM EST. These exact aspects are lasting only one day, but we are going to feel their influence for at least a week.

Venus in Cancer has already formed an opposition to Jupiter in Capricorn on August 25, and she will oppose Saturn in Capricorn on September 2, just a few hours after the Full Moon in Pisces. After the Full Moon takes place, we are likely to find resolution and gain clarity around some of the issues that we have been facing since August 25.

Venus opposite Pluto and Mercury opposite Neptune are going to affect the ways we relate and communicate with others and with ourselves. These aspects are going to influence our perception of reality and of the people closest to us. They may bring a few days of misunderstandings and mental confusion, but they also offer us excellent opportunities to know ourselves and others better.


Oppositions: Aspects of Polarization


Oppositions are aspects of polarization and necessary confrontation: they involve signs which naturally express opposite and interrelated qualities: one could not exist without the other.

These aspects show up in our family dynamics, social life, and intimate partnerships: oppositions always involve other people, hence some amount of projection. Their purpose is to allow us to become aware of the parts of ourselves that we are not conscious of, and that are being reflected back to us by other people.

Due to the exact opposition between Venus and Pluto we could witness polarization, power struggles, or disagreements, while Mercury opposite Neptune may bring communication issues and misunderstandings.

To make the most out of the energy of oppositions, the key is always finding balance and compromise, giving space to both planetary energies involved.


Venus opposite Pluto: Learning to Feel Safe


Venus is the planet of love: her transits reflect the main dynamics going on in our relationships with others and with ourselves. Venus also correlates with our values, our talents, our capacities, our sense of self-worth, and our self-esteem.

Pluto is also known as the God of the Underworld: this small, distant planet symbolizes our unconscious desires, wounds, and patterns of behaviors. Pluto always gives us the opportunity to evolve and change radically, if we dare to look into the dark. This planet indicates how we unconsciously try to create a feeling of safety and security through the behaviors we learned as children.

When Pluto is in aspect to Venus, there is a significant pressure to transform the way we relate to each other and ourselves. Venus is now in Cancer, inviting us to seek familiarity and nurturance and to generate harmony and balance in our personal and professional life.

Venus opposite Pluto

As the Venus-Pluto opposition is happening in the Cancer-Capricorn axis, it may play out in our family, between us and the people we live with, or between us and our colleagues or business partners. The worst manifestation of this aspect can be manipulating others, guilt-tripping, or engaging in power plays. This often happens if we learned early on that this is the only way we can feel safe.

In case you are aware of the darker undercurrents, pay particular attention to your instinctual behaviors during these days. You may realize that there is a power imbalance between you and another person, and uncover patterns you learned in childhood that are not serving you anymore.

Through this opposition, fears of abandonment, insecurity linked to low self-esteem, and body image concerns can be triggered too: if we are ready to do the work, we have the opportunity to fully heal these dynamics.


Mercury opposite Neptune: What is Real and What is Not 


Mercury is the planet of logic and intellect, of communication and critical thinking. The messenger of the Gods symbolizes our left brain, the information and data we gather and organize, and the way we perceive the world around us.

Neptune has a very different energy: he is the planet of mysticism and spirituality, of dreams and unconditional love. The God of the Ocean is impossible to understand with linear thinking: it is all about subtle sensations, feelings, and intuition.

When these planets oppose each other, it becomes harder to understand what the truth is and to what extent our perception of reality reflects what’s actually going on. We are likely to feel this aspect more intensely, as both Mercury and Neptune are now transiting the sign they rule: Mercury is in Virgo while Neptune is in Pisces, currently retrograde.

Venus opposite Pluto

This opposition reflects the conflict between rationality and sixth sense, between logic and subtle feelings. Mercury in Virgo wants to have it all under control, loves a well-organized schedule, knowing what to expect, making a precise plan for the days ahead. Neptune in Pisces, on the other hand, is all about going with the flow, improvising, and adapting to whatever comes up.

With Mercury opposite Neptune, many of us can feel ungrounded and confused. This aspect can indicate a situation where the person we are interacting with misunderstands our message completely. If you can, wait a few days to have important conversations. Make sure to speak kindly and honestly, and that your message comes through as you intend it.

Ultimately, these oppositions are an opportunity to see other people reflecting our blind spots back to us: this helps us notice where we still have work to do. If we manage to respond, rather than react, we can reach a deeper understanding of others and a more profound level of self-knowledge.

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