Romance is easy. Love is hard. Any old fool can buy roses or chocolates or a surprise gift for someone who is the center of their attention, but to truly love someone you need to see them for who they truly are, including the flaws and the scars that life has given them. This week’s forecast may be light on the romance, but it provides plenty of opportunities to see yourself and your loved ones more clearly. Love can heal, but you can’t heal an injury without addressing it first.
The week is dominated by two aspects that will make a smoothly functioning love life potentially difficult. Venus square Saturn is exact on Tuesday. Now is not likely to be a good time to make progress with a newer relationship, and you may feel like you’re losing ground with a more established relationship. There’s no need to panic though: it will be over by next week, and this aspect happens twice a year, so you’ve been through plenty of them before. If nothing else, Sun trine Jupiter is also exact on Tuesday, so assuming a positive attitude and leaning a little on gentle humor may help.
Chiron, the astrological repository for the mental and emotional harm that has been done to us in past, takes center stage this week. Wednesday is the day that Mars square Chiron is exact, and that aspect casts a shadow over everything else in this forecast. Let’s be honest here: it’s all too easy to lash out at someone when they accidentally step on your toes, but if we’re going to be completely honest with ourselves, we have to admit that we can often be the person doing the stepping on someone else’s toes. Simple physical acts like that can be quickly forgiven and forgotten, but ripping open old scar tissue is a lot harder to deal with. This aspect makes that sort of thing much more likely this week. Please be gentle with each other.
Sometimes the best way to get through emotionally difficult times is to simply put your head down and bulldoze your way through them. On Saturday Mars enters Capricorn, which is the sign of its exaltation. If there’s one thing that Mars in Capricorn knows, it’s how to stay focused and roll with the punches and keep moving against difficult odds. Between now and May 16th, you can use this energy to overcome nearly any obstacle you might face.
Saturday also brings us a New Moon in Pisces. New Moons represent the beginning of a new cycle, and if you consciously work with the energies on Saturday, then whatever hurt you uncovered during the previous week can be addressed and the healing can begin.