Ingress results in a change in tone and meaning for a point, which is an energy shift designed to promote and continue growth, as well as change, on a regular and ongoing basis. Each point moves at a different speed, so the ingress for Mercury, which is faster than Mars, happens more frequently and is part of a recurring cycle in which every point eventually “returns” to the same degree as part of its elliptical cycle around the Sun. This article will look at Venus ingress from Capricorn to Aquarius.
Changing the Tone, Changing the Meaning
On December 20th Venus will leave Capricorn and enter Aquarius at 1:42 am eastern standard time. In Capricorn, the “tone” was tied to how we achieve with or because of our relationships, and how we help others achieve. Venus, an air/earth sign (Libra and Taurus rulership), works well in all signs because it will either share the same element or compliment the element. In Aquarius, it will be more idealistic, scientific, and detached about relationships.
Venus Leaving Capricorn
In Capricorn, Venus found itself in the goal-oriented and achievement-driven energy of relating. Perhaps the best examples of Venus in Capricorn are the power couple or a successful tag team. The relating energy taps into what we can achieve with highly successful partners, whether we are talking about romance or business partnerships.
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Venus in Capricorn wants to get to the top of the mountain with the help of another person. This drive can involve two capable people working together or one person in the lead and the other as support. Venus in Capricorn seeks the synergy for success.
As Venus moved through Capricorn our choices in a relationship wanted to know what value a person offers to us and wants from us; “what can you do for me and what can I do for you, so we are both more successful?” The keynote is “affections are serious but restrained” and the symbol is “a beautiful woman buttons herself into an old-fashioned dress” (Astrology: the Divine Science, Moore and Douglas, 157).
At the Personal Level
Understanding the movement of points at the most personal level does require knowledge of your natal astrology chart. With your chart in hand and a solid, basic understanding of astrology, such as knowing the symbols for the signs of the Zodiac and the astronomical and calculated points that make up the layout of the solar system when you were born, you can learn your own flow with points as they leave one sign and enter another.
Based on the date, time, and location of my birth, my chart wheel begins with Scorpio and ends with Libra. The wheel is made up of 12 segments (pie pieces) called Houses. Capricorn rules my 3rd House of Communication so the time Venus spent in Capricorn was a period for me to connect with the relationships that could help me achieve my ambitions and get my messages out to the wider world.
Interestingly, I have no points in Capricorn, so this transit will not directly cross over any points in that sign for me. However, I have 6 points in Aries, which will all get square (challenging growth) energy when Venus hits the degrees between 0 and 25 of Capricorn (Chiron at 0 degrees of Aries and the Sun at 23 degrees of Aries). This will be an intense period of work and striving to get to a higher level in my career.
When points move through our houses, they bring their unique energy to bear on that area of our lives, both as an emphasis on our own inner development and with external triggers. This particular transit of Venus will be less personal for me, in general, in the area of my chart that it passes through, but it will act as a trigger for my 6th and 10th Houses where I do have points.
Venus Entering Aquarius
After the Capricorn goal-oriented work, how did that transit change your views regarding your idealistic vision of relationship and where you fit in your community? Venus in Aquarius tends to distance itself in a relationship in order to get a different perspective about relationships. There can also be a greater emphasis on general relating, with regard to your role in the community or among people who are not family or close friends.
In Aquarius Venus tries to relate to the larger needs of a group rather than the more direct needs of individuals. When acting positively, you can step back and often see people and situations for what they “really are”. When acting negatively, you can be cold and indifferent to people in need, easily disengaging to focus on your own self-interests.
The keynote is “attachments are idealistic and impersonal” and the symbol is “a group of young people admire a statue of Aphrodite at a museum” (168). You may choose to engage in unconventional relationships under this transit, just to see what they are like and how they make you feel without necessarily feeling the need to continue them after the transit is complete.
Since this transit places Venus in Aquarius, you can also look to Uranus, which is in Taurus, as an additional guide. Since Venus rules Taurus and Uranus is the point in question, you may really choose some very experimental experiences with others. Uranus and Aquarius are also two energies associated with revolution and rebellion.
At the Personal Level
In the case of my chart, Aquarius rules my 4th House of Family. I have no points in Aquarius, so this transition could bring some new and interesting contacts into my life as well as trigger some unusual relationship dynamics within my current family. I may have to hold or move towards an idealistic vision of family or accept that my ideal vision is unable to manifest in any way.
Since Aquarius is where Venus is moving, it helps to look to Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, which just entered Taurus this year. With Uranus in Taurus, Venus should consider making radical changes or be prepared for them. In my natal chart, Uranus occupies Virgo in my 11th House, so there is a very good chance some unexpected changes will occur in my relationship with my community.