Venus in Cancer, the pearl in the shell

Aphrodite Anadyomene (rising from the sea) ~ Fresco from Pompei

I have chosen this picture to symbolize the transit of Venus through the Cardinal Water Sign of Cancer not only because the Goddess is here represented floating on the sea and accompanied by water nymphs, but especially because she is reclining in a beautiful shell. The shell in fact seems a very appropriate vessel for Cancer, because it is the ever-present home of sea creatures that, like many Cancerians, bring their protective home and sense of belonging with them wherever the currents of life happen to bring them.
Venus will transit Cancer between May 20 and June 14. This brightest among planets is still visible in all her glory in the evening sky, setting about two and half hours after the Sun.
Just prior to her entrance into Cancer Venus, in the last degrees of Gemini, formed some rather challenging aspects with Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus (90 degrees angles, between May 17 and 20) and a harmonious aspect with Neptune (trine on May 19). These transits have brought some disharmony and disruption in our loving relationships, stimulating us to find a difficult balance between our desire to commit and find emotional security (Saturn) and our ideals, often difficult to translate into reality, of what love and relationships should be like (Jupiter-Neptune’s contacts). Just the day she entered this new Sign, one famous for its sensitivity and nurturing qualities, she also crossed the path of Uranus on the cusp Pisces-Aries, so that all the good intentions of being loving and caring may have gone out of the window for a while, under the rebellious influence of this eccentric planet.  Under the rays of Uranus it might have felt OK even to be alone rather than compromise our independence and freedom of movement for the sake of close relationships.
As she moves ahead into Cancer Venus is however identifying more with the Moon’s emotional realm. Care of our loved ones is coming to the fore again, with a general desire to improve our home life, spending quality time with family and lovers, taking care of domestic duties, cooking, cleaning, babysitting, looking after the oldies, etc. These aren’t just chores for Cancer as they would be for Sagittarius or Gemini, for instance, but are important duties that are elevated to the heights of rituals to ensure the sacredness of family and home, without which life may feel rather empty and meaningless. This annual transit of Venus through Cancer should help all of us to feel for a while this sacredness alive in our daily living.
On May 24 Venus reaches the opposition to Pluto in Capricorn, an opportunity to delve into and express our core issues as well as our passion within our relationships. Strong attractions, fated encounters, intimacy that feels more real because you are investing more of yourself in it. On the negative side jealousies, resentments and just plain anger that has been repressed for a while may also surface, hopefully dissolving quickly like a fierce storm leaving bluer skies in its wake.
On May 28, the day of the Full Moon in Sagittarius, Venus will semi-square Mars (45 degrees angle), a waning aspect in the dance of these two planets, the archetypal Lovers of the Zodiac, because Venus, faster in motion than Mars, is now transiting toward the conjunction to Mars that will take place on August 19 in the Sign of Virgo. The semi-square is in many ways an aspect similar to the square but only half as powerful. Conflicts may arise in close relationships, but, because Venus is moving toward Mars and not separating from him, there will be more inner search for the cause of the problem and greater desire to cooperate.
On May 30 Venus will conjunct the Moon’s South Node in Cancer: the memory of someone we loved in the past, or even of a house or object we were very attached to in the past may resurface a this time and cause you to feel nostalgic and somewhat sad for what you feel you have lost. Past relationships however have made you who you are now just because they have ended and you have moved on. Celebrate your past, write about it, sing about it, but don’t let it sadden you.
The Transit of Venus in Cancer will end on a positive note, with a 60 degrees angle (sextile) to Saturn in late Virgo,  a great transit to feel more safe and protected in your feeling, to make more mature choices in relationships and see all forms of commitment, financial and emotional, in a more positive and loving light.
The day after entering Leo, June 15, Venus will also come into harmonious contact to Jupiter and Uranus in Aries, a very exciting and adventurous transit.

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