October 18th, Venus in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces, calling the axis of ‘service’ into our awareness. With the moon still dark after its new phase in Libra, one-on-one partnerships continue to figure into the foreground of consciousness. Combining this awareness of the dyad with the theme of service, we are called to recognize and reflect upon to whom and to what we find ourselves in service.
In what way are we serving our relationships and the multiplicity of perspectives within them? In what way are we serving the myriad desires and impulses within our own souls that may have been temporarily submerged for the sake of our survival, but that are now crying out for attention?
As the Titan and Olympian planets in Capricorn stand off with heroic Mars and the regal Sun, the foundation of our current status quo faces particularly urgent scrutiny. To what extent is the foundation of our current status quo rooted in blocking a passionate impulse to explore? Stuck impulses rise to the surface. The frustration they trigger may stem from the awareness of fear that if we had fully followed the heroic instinct, we would lose our security, or that the spontaneous awareness of those instincts in the present tense itself pulls the secure ground out from underneath. The uprising reddens and aggravates the status quo in which we serve ourselves and our relationships.
Is the status quo of what we serve (as called into awareness today), in both partnership and individual desire, still in formation? Is it sustaining itself in a holding pattern? Or does today’s status quo show up as that which is falling away, passing into the underworld, making way for a new status quo to form? Which feels clear to you? For instance, if it’s in a holding pattern, then perhaps Jupiter emerges as an instructor, trying to “instruct” (pack in) an onslaught of administrative orders that feel overwhelming in a way that calls us to question what we are serving.
To honor the I, the We, and the many approaches toward living an inspired life as wants, rather than as ‘shoulds’ is the challenge of the day. Service need not be solidified and orderly in the old sense—it can be service also to the mess, and to the sacred dance of that submerged impulse’s anger. The divine rage, too, is a form of architecture and house-cleaning that keeps the everyday both alive and dreaming.