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Mars Venus conjunction: integrating masculine and feminine

Mars Venus conjunction The Alchemical Marriage by Emily Balivet.

The Mars Venus conjunction comes into orb again from 30 October to 5 November and this time I’ve been thinking about the inner masculine and feminine, the yin and yang within, or what Jung calls the anima and the animus. With both Venus and Mars conjunct Jupiter this is a great time for opening up to a more balanced way of expressing our gender and sexuality and letting go of the need to project the ‘other’ onto somebody else.

The Mars Venus conjunction has already been exact two time this year, on 22 February in Aries, on 1 September in Leo and now on 3 November in Virgo. In Leo the Mars Venus conjunction was turned outward toward relationships and you can read more about this in my article Venus conjunct Mars in Leo: Passionate Connection. Now in Virgo, an inward going sign of healing and analysis, there is an opportunity to ask ourselves plainly whether we are expressing both the feminine and the masculine aspects of our being.

Too often we look for the aspects of ourselves that we have trouble expressing in a partner or lover. As women we may look for strength and determination, self-assertion and courage, while men may seek out a partner who is nurturing, gentle and receptive. Finding a partner who has these missing pieces, who ‘completes us’ as the saying goes, can feel fantastic. However after a while most people resent having to provide these qualities we are too lazy to cultivate in ourselves, and so the dissatisfaction begins.

Here we have ourselves a perfect opportunity to work on this common pattern and in doing so bring healing to ourselves and our relationships. A wide conjunction to expansive Jupiter and trine to Pluto will assist you in this work, opening up your view, providing opportunities for learning and giving you the focus you need to follow through on your commitments to your self. Make the most of the Mars Venus conjunction, combined with powerful Pluto and Jupiter, to do this important inner work.

Looking at you natal Venus and Mars can be helpful in this process. For example my Mars is in fiery masculine Leo and my Venus is in earthy feminine Capricorn. Due to the experiences of my early life, as well as Capricorn’s tendency to withhold its expression, for many years I found Mars easier to manifest than Venus. However I soon became aware that this aspect of my self was being neglected, that through fear of being vulnerable I was unable to show my Venus to the world. Over time I have learned to express my feminine side more fully.

How will the Mars Venus conjunction affect you?

As with all transits the Mars Venus conjunction will affect some people more strongly than others. In particularly those with planets or points between 17 and 28 degrees of the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn) will likely feel this transit as a positive boost, bringing physical energy and ease to relationships as well as energising the areas of life ruled by the house through which Venus and Mars are passing.

On the other hand, those with planets or points between 17 and 28 degrees of the Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) may find this energy stirs up things that they would rather were left untouched. Depending on the planets and houses involved this transit could catalyse healing of a less pleasant variety, though just as worthwhile in the end.

Meanwhile in another part of the cosmos…

On 27 October the Full Moon will rise in Taurus and at the same time the applying Mars Venus conjunction will form an inconjunct with Uranus at 18 degrees Aries. This will likely create an inner conflict that may manifest as rebellion towards the work that needs to be done to integrate these aspects of your being. Uranus in Aries wants change, Uranus is change itself, but Aries bores easily and is not fond of hard work or concerted effort.

On 30 October the Sun in Scorpio trines Neptune at 7 degrees Pisces. This will bring compassion, empathy and inspiration to those with planets or points between 4 and 11 degrees of the Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces). With Mercury entering Scorpio on 2 November this may be a good time to explore any deeply buried beliefs you have about yourself that may be holding you back from truly expressing the truth of who you are.

How have you experienced the Mars Venus conjunction?

Did you notice any interesting development in your relationships or inner life when the Mars Venus conjunction was exact on 22 February and 1 September? How have you grown through these experiences? Do you think you will have work to do integrating your inner masculine and feminine during this final Mars Venus conjunction?

4 Comments on Mars Venus conjunction: integrating masculine and feminine

  1. Acceptance of myself as bridging characteristics of the female and male – I’ve had envy of the female even though I am a woman because I see the male characteristics inside me as somehow unacceptable and symbols of the all-female to me have really triggered anxiety and insecurity of being less than perfect in how I am knit together. But the strength and assertiveness does not need to take away at all from my empathy and kindness or tenderness.

    • So true Liv… There is such a pressure in society to fit into a certain stereotype of femininity and a lot of disapproval of women who are too ‘butch’… but all this is just propaganda. We need to look within to find our true yin, our true yang. This can be an incredibly empowering process. I remember when I first began this at the age of 22 or so: I sat up all night cutting images of goddesses out of a book on mythology and sticking them in my journal. And I started wearing skirts for the first time since I was a kid. May sound like little things but they were big for me at the time. Shifted a lot of stuff for me.

  2. Interesting. I think I’ve always relied mostly on my slightly androgynous Mercury opposite Jupiter. But now that Pluto transits Venus and approaches my Sun it feels as if both the Venus and the Leo Mars are waking up. In February I think it was definitely about the inner masculine and standing up for myself (does’t come easily). Can’t remember the start of September. Now I’m learning about the Venus. She is a Capricorn with a love for Virgo aesthetics (6th house) and a lot of Scorpio all-or-nothing attitude (natal Pluto square).

    • Love the way you describe these placements Eva :) For me Venus is in the 8th so that square to Pluto is all the more emphasised. She’s an intense creature for sure, though clad in a demure Capricorn exterior…

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