On July 24th, we will experience
Venus opposite Neptune, with Venus in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces. In astrology, an opposition is literally when two planets are opposite one another and are roughly 180 degrees apart.
While oppositions tend to be challenging in nature, there is a silver lining in this transit that may just teach the zodiac signs what the true meaning of love really is. And that's good news for your love horoscope, too!
As it is currently eclipse season, anything that occurs does so with a wild card nature. Things are not what they seem, negatives may turn out to be positives, and positives may turn out to be lessons.
The point is that during this season, nothing is to be taken for face value, especially when it comes to love and relationships.
Sometimes, relationships may seem impossible, like the world is stacked against them and it would truly take an act of God in order to change things so they could be together. Well, consider these next few weeks just such an act.
It’s going to be a time when things will get tilted on their axis, when we will find out the motivations and intentions of others, and in that process we will also become aware of exactly what direction we should take in the next step of our journey.
Venus is the planet of love, but in Virgo her nature changes. While she is still romantically focused, she places less emphasis on the flowers and gifts and more on the tangible plans. This means that when Venus in Virgo, it’s a time to focus on the details; this doesn’t just pertain to making plans for the future but also to what we really need from a partner and if those needs are being fulfilled.
Neptune in his worst is the planet of illusion, and the watery realm this planet wears his rose-colored glasses better than any other. Neptune is otherworldly, spiritual, and off the grid by nature, but sometimes, in terms of love and even in looking at ourselves, this can prove to be problematic. Yet, Neptune isn’t all bad news, because this is also the planet of unconditional love.
While traditionally speaking in astrology, an opposition can be difficult and can place two opposing factors at odds with one another, Venus and Neptune actually can help show us where the gold is within our relationships. Often it seems that we need the worst of times in order to become clear on certain things like who is there for us, what we need, and where we want to go from here.
Sometimes we need to see destruction of what we previously knew in order for us to finally become clear on what we hope to build in its absence.
Venus opposite Neptune will be creating challenges for us, that there is no doubt of; however, the beauty of this transit comes in the after. Will we be drawn closer to someone, will we be redirected completely, will we take steps to make a commitment, or will we part ways forever? These are just a few of the questions this transit bring up in its wake.
Within the spaces of opposition, between both of these planets, unconditional love will be shown. It’s only in those moments where it feels like nothing is certain that we realize just who is there for us.
Even though this transit will act more like a catalyst for change, there still are some positive aspects that could come out as a result. One is the strong desire to make plans, which, especially in love, is something we often struggle with.
We get caught up in the love aspect, the feel good mushiness, and forget that love isn’t just about the feelings present but rather what we are going to do because of them. To love is a joy, and while we should remain autonomous, nothing stays the same.
If we and our lover are progressing on our journeys together, then at some point the issue of what comes next will arise.
This transit may magnify that more closely for us by seeming to encourage us to get to a point from which there is no turning back. Unconditional love is just that, but to not be a martyr for love means that we also need to make sure we’re actively speaking up for our needs.
The truest form of love is a balance of wants and needs, both individually and those of the partnership. We can’t have everything we want, and it’s unlikely that every day we will have each one of our needs met. But it is about an equal exchange.
Yet in order to have that equal exchange between partners, we need to also be able to articulate that for ourselves and to know what and who in our life is a priority for us. In this transit, we could also experience that feeling of being taken advantage of, or of realizing that we placed someone as a higher importance than we were for them.
While it’s normal to take these feelings and run with them,
Venus opposite Neptune is asking something more from us. No one has the ability to do anything to us unless we give them permission to do so. So while it would be easy to place blame, what this transit is also asking is if we have extended that unconditional love to ourselves first. Have we put ourselves first before any others?
Many things will become clear, even if it’s uneasy at first, because while love is always amazing, true love is something different. True love inspires us to love ourselves as deeply as another, but it’s in the trenches with us at our most difficult times where true love never leaves us wondering.
Kate Rose is an artist, free thinker, lover, writer, passionate yogi, teacher, life coach, mentor, mother, rule breaker and rebel. She truly believes the best is yet to come and waits, with bated breath, to see what it may hold.