Recently, I had the pleasure of attending an alumni reunion for the oh-so-special program at Naropa University in Boulder, called: Master of Arts in Contemplative Education. My class was only the third intimate cohort to go through the program and we graduated 10 years ago! A few of my cohorts initiated and created a beautiful “UnConference” for us, which was executed using “Open Space Technology”, which, given that we had all been through the mindfulness training of our program, worked out well for us!
Now, I had noticed that Jupiter [in Leo] would be conjunct my natal Saturn [in Leo] during the reunion - they lined up exactly! I kept wondering what it meant and how it would play out. The basic meaning I had anticipated was something like this:
Everyone else seems to be all excited about Venus ‘dancing’ with Jupiter, up there in Leo. “It’s the Star of Bethlehem!” And all that. Maybe it’s because they are transiting (and are currently conjunct) my Natal Venus and Saturn (! - in my first house, no less) that I am having difficulty rejoicing in their placement. I had hoped that Venus transiting my Natal Venus in Leo would bring some Ooh La La into my life - especially with Jupiter there to expand everything! But, perhaps those were high hopes…
“Home is where the Heart is” holds true even in astrology. While many books point out the connection between Leo and the Sun to the Heart, I think of the Moon as representing heart themes. The moon is our comfort and care, our home-base, our relating and emotional life, our Mother. To me, this is all in the heart (as is the suit of Cups in a Tarot deck - all about emotions and relating - and they correspond to the suit of Hearts in a deck of playing cards!).
Cancer is a motherly energy (can be, anyway). The 4th house (ruled by Cancer) is said to be an indicator of our roots, our true self, how we feel most at home. So, it is no surprise that when Venus shows up in Cancer, our ‘motherly’ (for men, too!) inclinations start ‘showing up’ and ‘hanging out’ at Home.
Today's Moon is just beginning to wane after last night's Full Moon in Scorpio; sextile Pluto, opposite Mars.