HEALING comes through CONNECTION.
(Venus in Cancer 5/7 - 6/5).
Trauma comes from the Greek word for wound. Our trauma is not what happened to us, it's our subjective experience of the event(s) and how that experience landed inside of us and affected our inner realm - our beliefs, thoughts, emotions, nervous system, and way of being in the world.
OUR TRAUMA IS THE EXPERIENCE OF DEEP INNER WOUNDING THAT HAS PROFOUNDLY AFFECTED OUR RELATIONSHIP TO OURSELVES AND THE WORLD, because it has disconnected us from ourselves and thus our ability to connect in general. It has affected our ability to be in right relationship with ourselves and life.
Venus in Cancer is here to help us heal.
Venus is relationships - our relationship to ourselves, others, money, resources, abundance, pleasure, and the world - by way of our value of ourselves.
Cancer is the moon-ruled cardinal water sign of the mother, where we come from, ancestors, past, childhood past, how we feel nourished and taken care of, emotional security, family, tribe, and belonging.
Cancer is all about connection. Venus in transit shows us how we express our love, where our focus of value shifts to, and what area of life blessings will come from during that transit.
With Venus in Cancer, we will be more focused on creating a sense of belonging, connection, and emotional security. We will feel more sensitive and intuitive, and express more devoted, caring, and protective qualities.
This is quite the energetic shift from Venus in Gemini, where our love expression has been more fickle, curious, and easily bored, wanting intellectual stimulation and being averse to anything stuffy, emotional, or that comes with a feeling of being tied down.
Venus in Cancer Dates to Know:
May is a dynamic month astrologically. We're moving towards good things over summer and fall, but May presents a "bumpy entry."
Venus lands in Cancer on 5/7, right after the first eclipse portal of 2023 closes with the 5/5 south node full moon "release" eclipse in Scorpio.
Mercury retrograde in Taurus stations direct on 5/14, and then just two days later Jupiter lands in Taurus, for an all-around fortunate year-long transit. Then on 5/20, Mars lands in Leo just two weeks ahead of Venus, activating the Leo energy that will be going strong all summer and into fall as Mars and Venus land there kicking off Leo season early, Venus stations retrograde in July (and will remain there on extended day bringing extra blessings til October) and sun and Mercury pass through end of July through end of August.
But here's the May catch: Jupiter into Taurus and Mars into Leo will be in challenging "growth" aspect to each other at 0° of the two fixed signs, and this tangle will only be amplified by Pluto freshly retrograde at 0° Aquarius, in T-square to the north node of future and south node of fate almost all of 2023. Pluto in lesson and review mode at 0° Aquarius (until 6/11 when it reenters Capricorn for a potent clean up round - it won't be back for over two centuries) is acting as gatekeeper for May's major energy shifts brought by planetary sign changes. We're moving into a new phase, but it's going to be a bumpy entry.
Venus in Cancer is the healing balm. While the planetary sign changes in May run into Pluto checking to see if we really learned the lessons and are truly in our power, truth, and above board with our motives, Venus in Cancer is balancing things, bringing the blessings. (If you want to understand what Pluto lessons are coming up specifically for you, click here to check out my article on Lilith in Leo and your personal summer "Renaissance," where I tell you what dates to look at and why to clue in to the theme that's coming up for you.)
~ 5/12-5/13 - Venus in Cancer trine Saturn in Pisces, sextile Mercury in Taurus
Right after landing in Cancer, Venus joins the Mercury direct party, making supportive alignments to both Mercury about to station direct 5/14 with Saturn's supporting from Pisces. This speaks to "all good things," coming about with Mercury direct. This alignment began around 4/5-4/7 as Mercury entered the pre-shadow of its retrograde in Taurus in positive alignment to Saturn in Pisces. Mercury is the mind and thinking and communications, and Saturn is about making things real. Saturn in Pisces is about making the ideal and dreams real, and also will reality check us when we are feet aren't on the ground and we're drifting off into fantasy land. Mercury retrograde reviews thinking, ideas, and communication/expression, and Taurus is the Venus-ruled earth sign of material security, resources, pleasure, and the creature comforts of life - by way of self-value of course. We cannot attract our desires if we aren't solidly seated upon our thrones. We get what we believe, not what we want. That Mercury-Saturn alignment (think: refining our ideas for making dreams reality, editing, researching, long-term planning) was the first in a series of three - the final two will come back to back as Mercury stations direct, without the two planets ever leaving aspect orb, from 5/10-5/22 - the first part is with Mercury retrograde from 5/10-5/14 and the finale or resolution is then after Mercury stations direct, from 5/14-5/22, carrying us through the 5/19 Taurus new moon. Venus will be lending a healing helping hand from Cancer, aligning with both Mercury retrograde and Saturn 5/12 and 5/13 just before Mercury stations direct 5/14, so pay attention these days to how self-value and values are getting a boost and clarification and how it plays into this larger Mercury retrograde theme you've been working on for the past few weeks, and how it ties into whatever came up around 4/5-4/7.
~ 5/15-5/17 - Mars in Cancer trine Neptune in Pisces
Now we are talking about an alignment from Mars at the end degrees of Cancer to Neptune in Pisces, but you'll want to also pay attention to what comes up 5/15-5/17, because Venus is going to be following directly in Mars' footsteps and making this exact same aspect, bringing the second half of the equation, 6/1 and 6/2, right before she lands in Leo on 6/5. Remember these both are water to water flowing alignments. Both water signs are about connection, with Cancer being more on the emotional and human realm, about nurturing, and Pisces being a more spiritual and broad concept - we are all one like drops of water in the ocean - all life is connected. Mars is the masculine energy and how we go after what we want. Mars is about direct confrontation, but in Cancer it tends to go sideways, like the crab itself. Venus is the feminine energy and is about how we align with, attract, and receive what we want. Mars represents our powers of assertion, Venus represents our powers of attraction. But they will both be making this flowing aspect to dreamy Neptune in Pisces from Cancer, one right after the other. Pay attention to what desires arise 5/15-5/17 with Mars, and then see how Venus helps you align energetically with those desires 6/1-6/2.
~ 5/25-5/26 - Venus in Cancer sextile Uranus in Taurus
Towards the end of May, just as we are leaving the "use caution" bumpy period on strong 5/14-5/26, Venus makes an opportunistic alignment with change-bringer and awakener, Uranus in her own sign of earthly desires, Taurus. Uranus in Taurus (2018-2026) is helping us innovate the way we create a sense of security on the material plane, through resources, pleasure in life, and worldly possessions. We've already passed through the major "shake-up" that's forcing us to create changes with the pandemic and related issues. Venus in supportive alignment to Uranus helps us to truly value our own uniqueness and move towards what is in alignment with that with a sense of excitement rather than resistance to change and what is unfamiliar. Try something new, be spontaneous, socialize, break the status quo and shake up your old routine and see what unexpected (good) surprise awaits.
~ 6/1-6/2 - Venus in Cancer trine Neptune in Pisces
Beginning of June, just before Venus moves on into Leo for her star performance of 2023, she has a little meeting with Neptune in Pisces, adding to whatever Mars activated mid-month. What desires are you aligning with energetically?
~ 6/5 - Venus enters Leo until 10/8 (Retrograde 7/22-9/3)
Venus lands in Leo on 6/5, for one of the big energetic signatures of 2023, as she will stay there until 10/8 and also go retrograde. Although not as intense as the bumps we encounter most of May as Jupiter lands in Taurus in square to Mars landing in Leo and Pluto retrograde at 0° Aquarius, Venus still must cross the path of gatekeeper Pluto as she enters Leo. Expect your self-value, values, and inner security to be put to the test by Lord of the Underworld. If you still have shadow bits locked away, in disownment and denial, you will definitely feel this. (To get an idea of what this might be about and if you've worked through it, check out my post on it here.) By 6/11, Pluto will be back in Capricorn, tending to its unfinished underworld business there, so by the time Mercury and sun land in Leo in July, they will have free entry to the sign.
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