Venus in Pisces: Addicted to Love – 3 January – 3 February, 2017

Agent 17 Armand Diaz

Venus in Pisces: Addicted to Love 

(3 January – 3 February, 2017)

by Agent 17 – Armand Diaz

and Agent Amor – Margaret Gray

Venus, the planet we most associate with relationship and love, spends four weeks in Pisces this year. As we expect with the sign of the fish, things can go to extremes – and move in several directions at once.

Pisces is considered the exaltation of Venus, the sign in which her energies are best expressed. Venus in Pisces is more about agape, or compassionate, universal love, than it is about eros, or personal, erotic love. Venus in Pisces may be more inclined to wear a nun’s wimple than a beauty crown, more likely to offer alms to the poor than her arms in an embrace. Venus is about connection, and in Pisces she reminds us that we are all connected, we are all beings sharing this journey of incarnation, and we are all capable of realizing this and acting accordingly.

Yet Pisces is a dual sign, and there is another side of the story. One fish swims upwards towards spirit, the other downwards towards manifestation (actually, the fishes form a cross of matter and spirit). This other fish is just as inclined to go beyond limitations and seek connection as the first, but wants to do so within the personal realm. Thus we can see a darker side of Venus in Pisces – addiction to love, inability to let go, and a sense of helplessness or even martyrdom in relationship.

Most of us won’t feel the extremes of Venus in Pisces, but we’ll all get a taste of both sides of this watery placement of the goddess. On the personal level, we can get a roller coaster ride of ups and downs in the area of partnership – or maybe we find ourselves moving between the Tunnel of Love and the Haunted House. More helpfully, Venus in Pisces can also put partners and partnerships into soft focus, blurring some of the sharp lines that can make for conflicts. On a more transpersonal level, we can feel greater compassion for other humans and all beings sharing our time and place here on Earth.

The first thing Venus does when she gets into the sign is to make an easy sextile to Mercury retrograde. This may have us revisiting conversations with our partners, and should open up the lines of communication. With the moon also in Pisces and Mercury retrograde, it may be better to feel our way through interactions rather than relying on the literal meaning of the words.

Venus meets with the south node of the moon around the 5th and 6th of January. This could bring about some of the more challenging aspects of Pisces, and a sense of hopelessness, powerlessness, and overwhelming sadness will affect (or is it infect) some of us. On the other hand, there could also be a tendency to overly romanticize a person or relationship. The south node often indicates collective trends, and it’s possible that we’ll see an effect on prominent women around this time.

On January 12th, Venus meets with Neptune, ruler of Pisces. Again, things can be brought to an extreme, although here we may see people and situations as far better or worse than we otherwise might. As much as you’d like to see the princess in the tower needing rescue, the knight in shining armor, the wicked witch, the dragon, and all the other stuff of legend, it’s probably best to keep in mind that you’re really dealing with ordinary folk.

A sextile to Pluto on January 20th could spark passion – but remember that passion can mean a few different things. While there could be an erotic charge to the time around the 20th, there might also be some subtle power plays – especially with the moon in Scorpio. If your intuition tells you to pay attention, it may be a good idea to listen carefully and read between the lines. Not every veiled message is a problem, though, and there could be some potential hiding behind the curtain.

As January wanes, we get to a more serious and perhaps more challenging time. Venus meets Chiron and goes on to square Saturn from the 24th to the 27th, aspects that may have us considering and reconsidering where we are what we want to do in our relationships. Partnerships that are under stress could be released as we come into the new moon on the 27th, yet this is also an opportunity to deepen commitment and take things to the next level. Venus/Chiron may have us reliving past pain, but Venus/Saturn prompts us to make practical decisions.

Venus’ time in Pisces is likely to be most dramatic for the Water signs, Cancer, Scorpio, and of course Pisces itself. These signs will enjoy the emotional tone that Pisces lends to love and relationship.

The Fire signs, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, may have the most challenges, as Venus in Pisces is too indistinct and feeling-oriented for the fast and impulsive energy of Fire. Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) also may have some trouble understanding Venus in the sign of the fish, while Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) can resonate with relative ease and benefit from the softening and moisture brought about Venus in Pisces.

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Agent 17 - Armand Diaz

Agent 17 - Armand Diaz

Agent 17 – Armand Diaz, Ph.D. Armand’s approach to astrology is informed by his extensive work in the evolution of consciousness and a broad knowledge of ancient and modern spiritual traditions. He also reaches beyond astrology with both Tarot and the I Ching,. Although a sunny Leo, his Scorpio ascendant isn’t afraid to tackle the tough issues, as reflected in his most recent book, Separating Aspects: the Astrology of Breakups, Divorce, and Other Partings, the result of years of delving into difficult territory with clients.

Armand teaches astrology, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops within the United States and internationally. He is a contributing writer and editor to a number of astrology websites, and has been published in The Mountain Astrologer and other journals. His books include Integral Astrology: Understanding the Ancient Discipline in the Contemporary World, and Transpersonal Astrology: Explorations at the Frontier, an anthology which he co-produced and co-edited.

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