Let’s talk about the moon and venus in aspect.
The moon represents our emotional energy. It’s our temperament. It’s how we relate to our environment, how we process feelings, what feels like home, what nurtures us and how we nurture others. It shows us our beliefs about women coming into this life and gives us insight into our view of not only our own mothers, but also what mothers and mothering is all about. The moon is our base of feminine energy, and also rules our memories and how we attach feelings to anything.
Venus is how we give and receive love. It’s what we value and how we relate to what we value. It’s our self-esteem, it’s what we feel we have to offer the world. It’s our appreciation of art and our ability to see something as beautiful.
We all have both of these energies and we all have ways in which they relate. What aspects show us is how these energies are particularly impacted by each other. Think of dominos. If the dominos are far enough apart, touching one does nothing to the other. However, if they are close enough together, then touching one can make it fall, and knock over the other. Aspects show how energies interact with each other within us and give us insight into how we relate to and process these energies.
For people that do not have moon and Venus in an aspect to each other, there really isn’t any specific interaction or confusion regarding them. These folks will still have their strengths and struggles etc., and much can be learned by their placement in the chart. It just means that these folks process these two energies without each other. So using the short descriptions above, it means that can distinguish more clearly between how they feel about something and how they value it, between their emotions and self-esteem, between what feeds them emotionally and what they choose to be paid to do etc. versus someone with them in aspect to one another.
People that have these two energies forming a major aspect have strong interaction between the energies. This interaction is influenced by the sign, degree, house placement and rest of the chart, but part of learning astrology is about understanding individual pieces, so lets take a closer look at each major moon/venus aspect.
If they are conjunct, they see them as the same. They don’t distinguish between the two. They need their environment to look pleasing to feel at home, they need emotional fulfillment via work they are paid to do, they assign value to feelings. This means they can elevate them as well as sometimes judging them harshly and devaluing them. They value nurturing and take care of those they love. The energies work in a unified way.
If they are square, they see them in competition. They can struggle with believing they can get their emotional needs met by someone they love. They may have a hard time living with someone they love. They may struggle to process their feelings or believe that people won’t love them if they know who what their moods are really like. The energies force awareness of how the person has developed a karmic history that includes lives wherein their emotional needs conflicted with their values or the cultural values.
If they are trine, they experience a flow between them. Emotions easily bring an awareness of what matters to them. Getting their priorities straight, helps them to see how they feel about something. They are emotionally available to people they love. The two energies naturally support each other. There can be a tendency to slide too easily into taking care of people, so they need to remember to take care of themselves too.
If they are quincunx, the two form a neutralizing aspect to one another. This means that the person has a hard time accessing both at the same time. One tends to shut down when the other is very activated. This means people with this aspect can have a hard time knowing how they feel about people or situations that matter a great deal to them. They may have a tendency to be in relationships with people where they don’t feel safe to express their feelings. They may struggle to feel good about where they live. It can be difficult to believe their feelings are valued or that anything they do is worth being paid to do. They may have felt that their mother did not love them. It’s difficult to fully access and express their moon and Venus at the same time. One energy tends to shut down the other.
If they are in opposition, it’s hard to know how to get from one to the other. It’s like when you are driving down the road and you can see where you need to go, but you can’t figure out what exit to take to get over there. There is an awareness of both energies, they are both active, but it’s hard to know how to make them work together. This can tend to feel very frustrating, as if so much in life just never works out or fits together. It can be a struggle to know how to nurture what matters and manifest it so that it is a part of life. It’s as if the person feels they often come up short of getting what they want.
So if you have one of these aspects, does that mean you are doomed? Not at all. It just means you have some challenges. It means you need to get honest with yourself about the stories you tell yourself. Get honest about what you really believe and be willing to admit when perhaps your beliefs are worth reconsidering. It means you need to face your fears and start to walk through them. Everyone is lovable. Everyone has feelings. Everyone has value. Everyone can find a place where they can feel at home, people that can nurture them, environments where they can thrive. These comments are not meant to justify love lost or an unsatisfying life. They are a wake-up that you have some work to do to honor both of these energies and integrate them together in your life. It’s one of your reasons for being here and doing so will be well worth it.
Note: In a conjunction, the two objects are within 7 degrees of each other. Square is 90 degrees +/- 7 degrees. Trine is 120 degrees, +/- 7, quincunx is 150 degrees +/- 3 and opposition is 180 degrees +/- 7 degrees.
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