::Venus & Ceres conjunct Scorpio::
RELATIONSHIPS, INTIMACY, POWER, TOTAL TRANSFORMATION, GRIEF, LOSS, GAIN
These two have been quite the pair over the last few months. Venus has been in Scorpio since early September and did a little retrograde action through Libra briefly - she stays in Scorpio now until Jan 7th and actually just left her “shadow” phase a few days ago - I certainly felt that shit.
Ceres entered Scorpio on Nov 11th so these two already have joined together briefly as Venus was Retro in Libra and Ceres was on her way out on Nov 6th.
Back on Nov. 6th with Libra - these two were very much about partnership dynamics - the me vs. we - brining up thoughts about the compromises and sacrifices we make in order to make things work, asking us to revaluate what roles we’ve been playing in relationships and whether or not it was fair, just, equal.
Ceres always brings up themes of Loss, Abundance, Death, Renewal, Nourishment & Malnourishment. In Scorpio her job was no easy feat as these are the lands of the Underworld - a place she felt tore away much the needed nourishment from her relationship to her Daughter (Persephone).
We’ve been exploring the territory within us that contains our attachments to having control, our fear of letting go, and our concept of Power.
We’ve explored Grief as well - as Scorpio is a place of death and regeneration as well. This transit may have foretold that a sense of loss was imminent. Some of us may have bit the bullet early and met it head on - others have felt this week calling out to us to let go of something as the year 2018 comes to a close and we feel the pressure to metaphorically or literally close the chapter of another year of life.
Venus joins in on the festivities - and makes this message even louder than before. Venus & Ceres in Scorpio have made the need for the nourishing quality of intimacy louder than ever, and made it clear where there it was lacking.
Venus is gracefully demanding - esp in Scorpio - she expects there to be transformation through relationships, she expects parts of the ego self to die, she expects to access a deeper more powerful form of self worth, she expects intimacy and the truth.
Ceres is more grabby in nature - she holds on to what she values for ..dear life. She latches on - so aware of what is at stake. She is that very human part of us that cares - and cares a lot. And because of that - any Ceres transit teaches us what it feels like to hold on, what it takes to let go, and what comes from nurturing something - and then knowing when to cut off the supply. This is not pleasant work - but she ultimately teaches us about what we truly need to feel nurtured and what we are capable of going without at various different stages of the year - of the life. She helps us reveal what we refuse to budge on and how that works against us or for us.
These themes are all doubly strong within the realm of Scorpio. The fixed water sign who wants it all or nothing, to feel in extremes, whom is also learning how to release and embrace the little deaths that lead to powerful evolution. Scorpio also kicks and screams her way through this until she does it enough times to understand the value in letting it happen - and in meeting it. I always see Scorpio - and especially with Ceres here as a the freedom of a rock bottom type moment. And how once we get there - we are often forced to change. With time we can recognize these cycles and patterns and prepare for them.
There is no doubt that with Ceres and Venus conjunct - relationships are absolutely forced to transform. If things have been going well - this could be as “simple” as making a major change together in a partnership. If things have been less than stellar - a separation can occur to force clarity and truth to the situation and allow each party to grow and evolve exactly as they need to in this juncture.
Ceres & Venus can also invite grief into the picture - how we allow grief to be felt - mourn the loss of things - what we need to “get through”.
Just today I realized I started the process of Grief while inside the container of a relationship, that now that things have ended - the grief takes on a new shape and I’m approaching things differently than with previous relationships.
The other component to this Ceres & Venus conjunction in Scorpio could be with dealing with childhood trauma and how that has influenced our sense of self worth and ability to allow love into our lives or not. Since Ceres rules some aspects of parent relationships (more Mother Daughter - but it could def be Mother Son too) you may recognize that there was some nourishment or unconditional love you didn’t receive as a child that prevents you from showing up in relationships and creating the level of intimacy required to have them thrive. Scorpio is the stuff we feel a mass amount of shame, guilt or fear around - the stuff we hide away…now that Venus is out of her shadow - more is revealed.
Ceres and Venus make a gentle sextile to Pluto in Capricorn this week helping us with the processing of letting go and letting death of some kind come in to allow positive change. We are seeing things go much deeper than what they are presenting as on the surface. We may feel there is something larger at play and truly - out of our control. We have an opportunity to show unconditional love for others by doing the hard things that don’t seem to “make sense” in the moment but are better in the long run.
Since this conjunction and this sextile are both “positive” in nature - and Scorpio and Ceres can be so harsh - this indicates that the pain and grief we are going through right now - is right on time and will manifest in positive and profound changes and Personal Power.
Hopefully by the end of these Scorpio transits (Venus - Jan 7th & Ceres Jan 25th) - things will feel much more hopeful, expansive and motivating.