Hooking Up

Posted by Len Wallick


The quality of transitional times can be difficult to discern while you are in them. Len Wallick outlines markers to be aware of during this transitional phase of 2015, specifically related to the Venus retrograde. As Venus ‘hooks up’ three times each with Mars and Jupiter, a new epoch in your life of one-to-one relationships is forming.

The quality of transitional times may be difficult to discern while you are actually in them. For example, when one day transitions to the next at midnight it’s often dark and you are most likely asleep. Something similar might be said to apply for any transitions from one era of your life to another.


It’s hard to see you hooking up with a new epoch up until you ‘wake up’ to hindsight.

Astrology, however, can provide perspective on both the present and the future, as well as the past. That’s how it was, is and will be possible to see 2015 as a transitional year.

This is the year the long continuum of seven square aspects from Uranus in Aries to Pluto in Capricorn (which started in 2012) began to end. Even now you are probably seeing something of another side to where you were before 2012.

Additionally, Saturn is taking up most of 2015 just to settle into Sagittarius for the next couple years. Finally, as 2015 draws to a close, the lunar nodes (two perpetually opposing points on the zodiac where eclipses take place) will transition from the Aries-Libra axis to the Virgo-Pisces axis.

Venus (retrograde since last weekend) returns to Leo tomorrow shortly after 11:27 am EDT (15:27:21 UTC). When that happens, two other series of transitional hook-ups that are unique and thus definitive to 2015 (both of which started earlier this year) will resume. In this case, the hooking up will translate quite literally through a series of conjunctions.

Conjunction aspects are when two objects hook up in space (as well as in time) to share the same degree of the same sign on the zodiac, while concurrently sharing the same degree of longitude in the sky. The prototype through which all conjunctions are interpreted takes place monthly when the luminaries (Sun and Moon) briefly merge for what we call a New Moon.

Just as with any New Moon, every conjunction is the beginning of a new cycle. For the Sun and Moon, that cycle lasts about a month, and the transition but a day. The brevity, frequency and regularity of a luminary conjunction often leads us to take that particular liminal moment for granted, unless you live in an area where more pronounced ocean tides, brought about by the combined gravity of the conjoined Sun and Moon, require you to take due notice.

Of course, anytime the Sun and Moon conjoin in the vicinity of a lunar node to precipitate a solar eclipse, the nature of the New Moon is emphasized. That’s how events correlating with eclipses will often serve some sort of significant notice on you, whether you live near the ocean or not.

Conjunctions between planets have another way to get your attention: through repetition. When two celestial objects conjoin but once to begin a new cycle between them, corresponding events can often fly under your proverbial radar until 20/20 hindsight brings you to realize their significance.

However, if one or both of the two planets in question goes into retrograde after the first hook-up, the conjunction can be repeated twice or more. That repetition serves to extend the hooking up over time, essentially emphasizing the transition. Corresponding events often follow suit according to the nature of the planets involved.

Every Venus retrograde features a single conjunction from the Sun. That’s because it is Venus passing between Earth and the Sun (essentially lapping us from the inside lane) that precipitates the illusion Venus is going backwards in the first place.

The last time Venus retrograded back into Leo from early Virgo (in the Summer of 2007) also featured a single conjunction from Mercury. In retrospect therefore, the quality (Venus) of your thinking (Mercury) very well may have undergone a subtle transition in 2007 that you you were not conscious of (Sun) at the time.

This Venus retrograde of 2015, however, is doubling down to precipitate three conjunctions with both Mars and Jupiter. Corresponding events are therefore almost certain to get your attention, because they will be either repeated or otherwise drawn out over time. What’s more, the nature of transitions being made in 2015 are almost sure to be reflected by the nature of Mars and Jupiter in combination with Venus.

You don’t have to know anything about astrology to ascertain what Venus and Mars combine to mean. It’s about relationships of the one-to-one variety. It’s about hooking up to form a couple and themes related to the dynamic between complementary things.

Since the first conjunction of Venus and Mars in early Aries on Feb. 22, we have seen a theme of transition in one-to-one relationships manifest already. Just look to the same-sex marriage decision rendered by the U.S. Supreme court.

With two more Venus-Mars conjunctions yet to come in 2015, the idea for you is to realize the transitions are not over. Hence, no matter how compelling any coupling you have made so far this year, stay flexible. Realize that you are implicitly in a process that will take you from one era of your life to a new epoch of one-to-one relationships. Understand that the process will not even begin to complete until 2015 is almost over.

Venus had its first of three conjunctions with expansive Jupiter more recently — on July 1 in Leo. Given the amplifying nature of Jupiter and the values associated with Venus, the implication is that the importance of all hookups being made at this time will be emphasized.

Once again, however, the repetition of two more Venus-Jupiter conjunctions later this year represents more than just an accentuation of the theme. It also indicates a timeframe (also not concluding until late this year) within which you should allow a process of development to continue to its natural conclusion.

Venus will remain in Leo until Oct. 8. Given that Leo is ruled by the Sun (an emblem of consciousness), your own emphasis until then is to remain aware of the bigger picture and longer process — rather than being swept up in hooking up at the cost of all else.

Also, neither Mars nor Jupiter will receive their last conjunction from Venus until weeks after Venus returns to Virgo a second time. Understanding that means that it will be essential for you to practice patience along with awareness.

Hence, give yourself the space and time to see this year through before you act to force anything having to do with relationships. By doing so, you will be more likely to ‘wake up’ in 2016 with the realization that you not only more clearly discerned the quality of what looks to be one of the most important transitional times in your life, you also more actively contributed to define it.

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Besides endeavoring to be of service to all of you here at Planet Waves, Len strives to live in Seattle while working as a professional astrologer. To contact him for an astrology reading you can send an e-mail to: lenwallick@gmail.com. His telephone number is 206-356-5467. In addition to his profession, Len contributes to the Seattle community without monetary compensation by serving as a Reiki practitioner and teacher through classes and outreach offered by the Seattle Reiki Mastery Series modality.

24 thoughts on “Hooking Up

  1. P. SophiaP. Sophia

    Len, Thank you for your reminder of our keeping in mind the the overall, bigger picture. So when are dates of the next (2nd), Venus – Jupiter, and Venus – Mars conjunction transpire. As Venus will be retrograde motion this time at least for the Jupiter conjunction (not sure if Mars will make it round during this phase), i am guessing it may be a revisit of their first conjunction (s). Also please help remind me, was that sign of the Venus – Mars conjunction in February. Hoping this will help me put some color on my awareness of the fresh aspects coming up. Thank again..:)

    1. Len WallickLen Wallick Post author

      P. Sophia: Thank you for your kind and comprehensive comments (all very much appreciated here). Wow, there seems to be a rash of fascination regarding specific aspects dates lately. In service, i will break down this time and provide them with a reminder that you should not get hung up on specific dates in what is (in functional fact) one, long continuum. Essentially a single, prolonged event – just like the Uranus/Pluto squares. Here we go.

      Venus Conjunct Mars in 2015 (all times UTC – do the math for your time zone equivalent):
      (1) Feb 22 at 1+Aries (05:12:36), both direct
      (2) Sept 1 at 14+ Leo (05:03:47) Venus retrograde, Mars direct
      (3) Nov 3 at 26+ Virgo (01:10:06) both direct

      Venus Conjunct Jupiter in 2015 (all times UTC)
      (a) July 1 at 21+ Leo (07:50:46) both direct
      (b) Aug 4 at 28+ Leo (21:46:46) Venus retrograde
      (c) October 25 at 15+ Virgo (20:03:07) both direct

      1. Barbara Koehler

        Thanks Len, that 3rd conjunction between Venus and Mars is conjunct Bernie Sanders natal Neptune at 26+ Virgo, which trines his natal Saturn (conjunct Uranus) at 28+ Taurus!

  2. Elizabeth Wray

    Oh my Len….your message is a gift for my life’s unfolding especially in one – on -one relationships. Your points are noted as I have also been advised by other guides to be aware of the big picture and be patient as the year progresses. It does feel like one of the most transitional times in my life.
    Much love & appreciation,

    1. Len WallickLen Wallick Post author

      Elizabeth: Thank you. It’s a welcome validation to know my interpretations are in agreement with your other guides. Please accept my appreciation in return.

  3. Geoff Marsh

    Thank you for this longer perspective on things, Len. It’s a refreshing bridge to the other side of this weekend’s rather challenging alignments, for me at least.

  4. P. SophiaP. Sophia

    Also interesting, and in line with your recommendations,August 2015 is a 16/7 Universal Month. 7 being very spiritual, of inner vision a soul purpose (conveniently and grateful to have all this transfiguring going on in my 11th house) so taking it slow and with awareness Venus touching the others really is offering us a gift. Our answer to that is acceptance, but also patience.

  5. P. SophiaP. Sophia

    Yeah Geoff, I wholeheartedly agree. I think there was, and still is, a lot of quick shifting going on. And if your not in awareness of this positive energy perspective and ultimate outcome, during this transition it can be quite confusing and scary for many to process what is going on. Thank goodness we have our perspective and cosmic awareness and support of the connectivity.

    1. Erin Willis

      Agreed, P. Sophia and Geoff. Len, thank you for perspective that has allowed me to let go of anxiety around some pretty harsh and confusing transitions occurring in the last couple of weeks.

  6. P. SophiaP. Sophia

    And..the fact you are aware of this energy means you are already on your way, heading in the right direction. :)

    I won’t hog any more airtime now..

  7. DeborahDeborah

    Like getting our first glimpse of far away Pluto, you’ve given us a view of the new horizons that await us all…and we only need patience and awareness to endure the upcoming transition. Thank you, Len. for helping us focus and get transformation in sight. It’s been a long time coming.
    So much gratitude for Planet Waves as you share invaluable knowledge, insight, eloquent writing skills, and uplifting photos that buoy my spirit on a daily basis. Don’t know how you do it, but so thankful you do.

  8. Barbara Koehler

    Fascinating stuff Len, and I’m delighted to see such a lengthy exploration to this business of conjunctions and the transitional times we are in. When Venus made her first conjunction with Jupiter early this month you might have been awake enough to observe that the Sabian Symbol where these 2 benefics met was quite meaningful , but I wasn’t. A CARRIER PIGEON FULFILLING ITS MISSION, or as Dane Rudhyar says “This is the ideal of the WORLD SERVER.” At least I caught it before their 2nd conjunction. At least I’m catching clues to the theme of their new cycle.

    When the missing Malaysia plane took off on March 8, 2014, Venus was at 1+ Aquarius and square Ceres at 1+ Scorpio retrograde. Today a piece of the missing plane might have been discovered on an island named, of all things, Reunion. Yesterday transiting Ceres was conjunct the degree Venus was in when that plane took off, her 2nd conjunction to that degree and a conjunction that will be repeated a 3rd time. Seems transparent enough; Ceres’ heart-wrenching search for her missing daughter must be how loved ones of the people on board that missing plane have felt. Today trans. Ceres at 0+ Aquarius retrograde is quincunx (adjust) trans. Venus at 0+ Virgo, as those loved ones contemplate possible closure to their long hoped for reunion.

    Another conjunction which I don’t have a clue as to when it took place, has reached the midpoint of their cycle, their opposition to one another. That would be transiting Uranus and transiting dwarf planet Haumea. As it happens, trans. Uranus conjuncts the U.S. Sibly Chiron at 20+ Aries and trans. Haumea conjuncts the U.S. Sibly Juno at 20+ Libra. Considering that the U.S. Sibly chart is weathering, in addition to trans Uranus conjunct it’s natal Chiron, an opposition from trans. Pluto to the natal Sun, a T-square from trans. Saturn in Scorpio and trans. Jupiter in Leo to it’s natal Moon, trans. Neptune to it’s natal Nessus, and now trans. Mars conjunct it’s natal Mercury, a transiting little dwarf planet conjunct a little natal asteroid would seem no big deal. However. . . .

    The Hawaiian goddess Haumea who presides over childbirth, is also credited for presiding over sacred birthings when conjunct a natal or transiting planet. Stories have it that transformation and a purity of the soul can be experienced when this happens. This opposition between trans. Haumea and trans. Uranus is a worldwide event, but, only in America is it being teamed up with a matching opposition between U.S. Juno and U.S. Chiron.

    Juno’s symbolizes that which is unequal, be it for example between races, sexes, amount of income or financial worth. Haumea offers U.S. natal Juno a new “sacred” birth, but only if a balance (necessary to achieve in oppositions) can be found with U.S. natal Chiron. Trans. Uranus intends to overcome those wounds that Chiron symbolizes. It’s an induced labor, this opposition between Haumea and Uranus and it suggests, no it is demanding from the U.S. Chiron opposite the U.S. Juno a balancing of all things unequal, and it will be done with the aid of a PROGRESSED U.S. Mercury, finally stationing direct at 20+ Aquarius, whose Sabian Symbol is . . .

    “A DISAPPOINTED AND DISILLUSIONED WOMAN COURAGEOUSLY FACES A SEEMINGLY EMPTY LIFE. The capacity to meet emotionally upsetting experiences in human relationships with strength of character and personal integrity.” Keyword is RESILIENCE under adversity. (from Dane Rudhyar’s book, An Astrological Mandala)

    So, just in time, PROG. Mercury comes along just as trans. Uranus and Haumea oppose one another and simultaneously hook up with the opposing U.S. Juno and U.S. Chiron, providing a newly found mental view for the U.S., one that provides RESILIENCE through it’s trine to the U.S. Juno and a sextile to the U.S. Chiron. Resilience like what the surviving loved ones of the passengers aboard the missing plane must find.

    So yes, practice patience, by all means. There is something going on that’s bigger than just me or just you or just the U.S.A. Read the signs, Jupiter trines Venus 3 times to get their cycle going, trans. Uranus opposes trans. Haumea, the U.S. PROG. Mercury finally ceases his retrograde and arrives just in time for America to start thinking of the future, rather than dwell in the past. A piece of the puzzle of the missing plane might just have been found in Reunion. Yeah, we can do this.

  9. DeborahDeborah

    That disappointed and disillusioned woman thing hits close to home on many levels, be…from the constant social attacks on women to our one-on-one relationships. You’ve nailed it.

    1. pam


      The Hawaiian goddess Haumea who presides over childbirth, is also credited for presiding over sacred birthings when conjunct a natal or transiting planet. Stories have it that transformation and a purity of the soul can be experienced when this happens.

      The capacity to meet emotionally upsetting experiences in human relationships with strength of character and personal integrity.” Keyword is RESILIENCE under adversity. (from Dane Rudhyar’s book, An Astrological Mandala)

      Very inspiring thank you Be

      1. Barbara Koehler

        Thank YOU Pam. This goddess is the epitome of the archetypal feminine. I believe she has arrived at this point in space and time to remind us of the value of this basic principle. Here is the Sabian Symbol which transiting Haumea shares with the U.S. Juno;

        “A SUNDAY CROWD ENJOYING THE BEACH. A revivifying contact with the Mother-force of nature and of social togetherness.” Dane Rudhyar says “We may speak here of OCEANIC FEELING, one of attunement to the most basic rhythms of existence, at whatever level it might be.” (from An Astrological Mandala, pg. 185-86)

    2. Barbara Koehler

      I agree Deborah, that the U.S. progressed Mercury has been sitting on a degree with such provocatively feminine/yin symbolism for such a long while, “speaks” to the trials women have endured up until more recent times. The most basic feminine personification of woman is Mother, yet here she, Haumea, is teamed with a symbol, Juno, in the U.S. chart that screams anything but basic in the world of women. The Juno type personality has been known to challenge (wound) an already insecure type of man so the idea might be to lessen the extremes of macho male and subordinate female, which, I believe, we are beginning to see more and more of. Equality and balance; that’s the goal.

  10. beleclaire

    Sage advice Len
    Seems to me that life is just a never ending series of transitions!
    My Aries Moon wants to race ahead with everything and I needed this reminder to just let things be/come in their own time
    Thank you x

  11. Mary

    It’s been an amazing ride, and those worrds (language altogether) fails to describe where I am/wher I was … so I look up the degree on serennu and indeed it is one big centaur sandwich with 1992 QB1 at 7 degrees Aquarius. Yep, I’ve put it all on the line again in order to get here … I’ll be checking out QB1992, thanks to you and your peeps :-)

  12. aWord

    Odd, I got an email today about an upcoming high school reunion, from people I’ve not been able to get in touch with for many years (although I knew where they all were, just couldnt connect).
    Something big is going on for sure, a little resiliance will be welcome.

  13. Barbara Koehler

    Transiting Uranus and Haumea (now in opposition) started their present cycle in the 60’s with 3 conjunctions. The 1st was on September 25, 1962, both were direct, at 2 Virgo 49. The 2nd hookup was when both were retrograde at 2 Virgo 07 on March 21, 1963. The 3rd one was on June 16, 1963 at 1 Virgo 47, both planets were direct. Just over 2 years later Uranus would make his 1st conjunction with Pluto, carrying with him Haumea’s influence regarding the feminine.

    I wonder if when transiting Venus stationed retrograde on Saturday (and Uranus stationed retro the following morning), and she was only one degree shy from reaching that conjunction degree between Haumea and Uranus in the ’60’s, if she was putting off something related to those conjunctions.

    In October, trans. Venus will cross over 1-3 degrees of Virgo, on her way to a trine with Pluto and a conjunction with Jupiter. While she’s at 3+ Virgo there will be a New Moon at 19+ Libra that will oppose Uranus at 18+ Aries retrograde. Transiting Haumea, at 22+ Libra will be square transiting Eris at 22+ Aries retrograde. I must mark my calendar to note what is happening then. Could be very interesting!

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