Venus and Mars, wills
opposed, face off in our sky:
Gloss: Currently, Venus and Mars are directly opposed to each other in the zodiac. Mars is retrograde in the 28th degree of Leo, and Venus is in the 23rd degree of Aquarius. They are nearly 180 degrees opposite each other. What’s interesting here is the nature of these two planets. The sigil, or symbol, used in astrology to represent Venus is the same sigil to represent woman in our society. And the sigil used to represent Mars in astrology is the same one that we use for man. What society neglects, however, is that every human has both impulses within them, in varying degrees and expressions.
All of the seven physical planets that we can see in the sky have a base of power within our body, correlating with the seven chakras, which is both literal and metaphorical. Mars is found in our solar plexus chakra, and Venus at our heart chakra. It is interesting to note that our society has collectively decided that the solar plexus — the home of one’s will, one’s fire, one’s umph — is the distillation of what a man should be. And the place of the heart — where one is most receptive and open, most caring and nurturing — is the essence of femininity.
When we look at the planets of astrology more closely, we see that there is a pattern of masculine/feminine energies playing out in all of the planets. Let me give you a little chart that gives the planet, whether its feminine or masculine, and what chakra is its home:
Sun — masculine — crown chakra
Moon — feminine — third eye chakra
Mercury — androgynous — throat chakra
Venus — feminine — heart chakra
Mars — masculine — solar plexus chakra
Jupiter — traditionally masculine, but I claim an “impotent feminine” — genitals chakra
Saturn — an “impotent masculine” — root chakra
So from top to bottom we have: masculine, feminine, androgynous, feminine, masculine, feminine, masculine. There are three pairs of opposites, and one “other”, the sexless Mercury — in the throat, the pivot point between mind and body, whence words flow. Mercury’s characteristics will be fleshed out more in later posts.
Getting back to the haiku at hand, right now the strongest currents of masculine and feminine planetary energy are staring each other down in our sky — literally face to face. Their wills are opposed. There is a classic showdown between Man & Woman, Will & Understanding — and this is happening both within and without. The result is a yearning that can only arise from such a stark opposition. Take note of what you desire most today, and you will probably find the source of your internal and external tensions.