Venus and Vulnerability

In mythology it was Venus – the goddess of love – who was often responsible for creating enemies and starting the occasional war. Venus governs diplomacy as well and is a reminder of the need to reconcile warring or polarized factions – both inner and outer – diplomatically, enabling eventual progress and evolution.
As Venus prepares to station direct a good thing to consider is the process of how we come back from difficult relationship events and traumas and what degree of vulnerability we are capable of or would like to be capable of as a result. It is a good moment in time to reassess this and work on changing it if needed.
David Whyte in his book, The Heart Aroused, Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America, writes eloquently about this process.
“Everything we do is determined by the hopes and fears we bring to a situation…
As the enemy that has frightened us melts away, so does the requisite need for the weapon of attack, simply because human nature being what it is, the inner arms procurement industry eventually becomes a law unto itself, integrating itself within the personality as a defense against life itself, like an enormous inner Pentagon, institutionalized, literally into the life of the body politic.
Blake wrote of his guardian angel attempting to visit him while Blake fought him off, mistaking him for just another aspect of that wider world he had already turned into an enemy.
‘So he took his wings and fled:
Then the morn blushed rosy red:
I dried my tears and armed my fears
With ten thousand shields and spears.’”
The ability to remain vulnerable or vulnerably wise is a matter of appropriate boundaries – a Saturn affair – as well.