Sometimes when you want something new to grow, you need to clear out some weeds. This week provides both opportunities to clear some brush and to plant some new seeds.
The week begins with Venus square Saturn. If you are in a relationship you want to keep, tread carefully… very carefully. Feelings are more likely to get bruised, irritable outbursts will be more common, and generally the mood will be sour. I know that for purposes of a Love Horoscope, this sounds pretty awful. But, bear with me: just like you can make some pretty tasty soup with some gnarly-looking leftovers, I’m going to help you through this.
On Thursday, two entirely different-sounding aspects to Venus make things complicated. First, Venus trine Jupiter is normally a time when love and affection flow freely, and relationships tend to flow smoothly. Normally I’d be jumping up and down excitedly and telling you all to go on a date or buy those flowers or put an ad on a dating site… but this week? Not so much. The other big aspect that is exact on Thursday is Venus square Pluto. If Venus square Saturn was cold, distant, and indifferent, the square to Pluto adds an extra layer of potential explosiveness. Venus square Saturn may be cold, but Venus square Pluto can be downright vicious.
So how does you handle this mess? It depends on your individual circumstances.
Many of us are being held back in our love lives by past disappointments or failures or heartbreak. If that’s you, it’s a good week to address that and set it aside. Ghosts make for interesting stories, but ultimately ghosts are just an echo of past grief. Haunted houses may be great fun for a while, but eventually you need to either move or do an exorcism if you want to live peacefully. If that’s where your love life is now, or if that is the state of your heart and it keeps you from finding love — make some cuts.
Others out there are caught in relationships that are more struggle than reward. That can happen even in a good relationship: humans aren’t perfect, and if you want to be in a relationship with one, things will occasionally go wonky. Understand that, be willing to forgive yourself and your loved one, and make an effort to build towards a new understanding.
If you are in a relatively new relationship and you hit a wall this week? Take a step back and try to be calm before you pull the plug on something that could be great — or before you throw yourself further into something that’s going nowhere.
And finally: if you are a complex mix of some or all of the above? Congratulations: you are a human being, and so are the people you love. Act accordingly, with the best of intentions and as much understanding as you can muster.