The biggest aspect of the week will have a direct impact on the love lives of many of you, and it’s going to take some explaining, so first: a look at the two other major astrological events this week.
On Thursday, Pluto turns direct. The run-up to the great Saturn-Pluto conjunction has now officially begun! This week will be particularly stressful for any placements in your birth chart close to 20 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn), but holds particular promise for placements around 20 degrees of Taurus or Virgo. Learn the details of your chart, and have a look for those placements. You’ll want to be fully prepared for when the Saturn-Pluto conjunction is exact in January.
On the same day, Mercury enters Scorpio. This means two things: first, thoughts and communications will take on newfound sharpness and seriousness. Second, although it’s not exact until next week, Mercury is approaching the opposition to Uranus. This can make your Mercury functions (sending messages, making your meaning clear, short trips) erratic and unpredictable. If you read that and thought, “Hey, that sounds a lot like Mercury retrograde!” you’d be absolutely right. Oh, and while we’re at it? The next Mercury retrograde starts at the end of the month.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s look at the big romance news for the week. On Tuesday, Venus square Pluto is exact (but influences the entire week). It’s probably a safe bet that many of you here reading this love horoscope will have some kind of an appetite for more love and/or romance in your life. The powerful longings that can come with Venus/Pluto aspects can be useful if you’re looking for someone who’s hungry for that sort of thing. But the square aspect is rarely a comfortable one… so let me tell you a story about “appetite.”
I was a fat kid. Not chubby, not obese, not even “morbidly obese.” I was fat. How fat? I don’t take any pride in telling you this, but between the ages of ten and fifteen my weight hovered between about 280 pounds and over 300 pounds. Yeah, like I said, I was a fat kid.
As was the case with many children growing up in the 1970s, I was also poorly supervised. In fact, every Saturday I would start my day off with a big bowl of Count Chocula and a peanut butter sandwich, which I would get for myself and then eat while watching TV in my room.
…And then I’d have another bowl of cereal and another sandwich, and then another bowl of cereal and another sandwich. By one or two in the afternoon, when the Saturday cartoons were done, I would often find myself in the bathroom experiencing intense pain and promising God that I would stop if he would make it go away now. But the next Saturday would always roll around, and I would almost always find myself in the same situation again. It took me until I was sixteen to finally get a grip on that, and to get back to a healthy weight.
My point here, as it relates to the Venus-Pluto square? Longing can be good — vital, even. But if you don’t use a little discernment, it can lead you terribly astray. Don’t let your appetite for love this week do you or anyone else any harm.