You’re being asked a question this week: do you expand and go forward, or do you cut back, possibly even moving backward? The astrology suggests there are areas of your life where it is desirable to expand in some way — to move forward into opportunities and to give of yourself. In fact, it is actually essential to your personal evolution.
At the same time, that approach will not work with everything. Sometimes restraint is called for, and the astrology points here, too.
Before I explore these themes more, the super-short version of the week’s major aspects is that Mercury, retrograde Venus and Jupiter are all conjunct in late Leo, and the three of them are square Saturn, now direct in Scorpio. If you get off on the details, here are the times for the individual aspects (feel free to skip this bit if it’s not your thing):
Monday at 6:36 am EDT (10:36 UTC), Jupiter in Leo squares Saturn in Scorpio. On Tuesday at 5:47 pm EDT (21:47 UTC), retrograde Venus conjoins Jupiter (the second of three in a series). Venus squares Saturn Wednesday at 11:08 am EDT (15:08 UTC).
Then Mercury gets into the act: Thursday it conjoins Venus (10:25 am EDT / 14:25 UTC) and squares Saturn (4:19 pm EDT / 10:19 UTC). Finally, on Friday, Mercury conjoins Jupiter at 3:08 am EDT (7:08 UTC); about 12 hours later, Mercury ingresses Virgo.
Back to our story: you’re probably aware of two kinds of limits in your life. There are internal limits that actually block you from doing what you’re capable of and what you truly desire most to do. Those are usually psychological and have roots in childhood, but aren’t doing you any favors. One form of this is ‘the inner critic’, which has gotten some attention on Planet Waves recently in relation to Venus retrograde in Virgo (Venus has since backed into Leo) and in Eric’s Astrology for Artists / Art of Living readings.
Then there are the actual, material limits related to managing your life responsibly so that you don’t, say, go deeper into financial debt than what you can handle. Or, less materially but no less tangibly, there are limits to how much emotional pain or emotional investment you’re willing to endure in an intimate sexual relationship — though many of us have learned those limits the hard way, by allowing ourselves to exceed them.
Along those lines, I know someone who is fond of saying, “You only truly have what you share.” I’d like to qualify that statement so that it’s more accurate — and also more reflective of the week’s astrology:
Spiritually, you only truly have what you give; materially, you can only give what you actually have. The thing is, we humans have a funny way of mixing up these two facets of life.
People pile up credit card debt so they can get the latest techno-tainment gadgets, fashion and so on. Yet often relationships become competitions of emotional withholding, and the creative expression of a person’s soul-purpose gets shrugged off as a frivolous waste of time.
Something like a square between Jupiter (with Venus and Mercury riding shotgun) and Saturn can get a little confusing. Jupiter says, “Expand! Go forth! Luxuriate!” Saturn says, “Withdraw. Restrict. Stay within the boundary.”
When these two imperatives are pit against each other within you, it can feel like a battle. More helpful would be to frame it as an exercise in discernment. You get to figure out where you can let loose and where you need to hold the line, in a way that gets you closer to your higher goals. That Jupiter is in Leo and Saturn is in Scorpio might actually help in this regard.
When it comes to things like love, generosity of spirit, your talents and gifts, and compassion, you can pour yourself into the opportunities that present themselves. In fact, you open up space within yourself if you offer these things freely. Your talents do not get stronger (which may translate into more marketable, or at least more fulfilling) if you refuse to share them when you get the chance.
At the same time, you can’t buy all the beautiful, luxurious things you’d like if you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck. Which is not to say you cannot enjoy beautiful things, or find ways to make yourself feel luxurious and cherished within your means (an entire chapter of Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way is devoted to this essential exercise of pampering the inner child/artist in authentic ways without breaking the bank).
It is to say, however, that this week’s astrology emphasizes being able to discern the areas of life where it might be wise to stay the course or even pull back a little, along with the areas of life where you’ll cultivate greater joy if you really go for it and pour yourself out, heart and soul. Go for it.