Five days ago Venus left Virgo and entered Libra, and now Mars has followed suit. Virgo relates to the Craftsperson and the Servant who humbly works to perfect a skill motivated by helping others whether it is tending to the crops or organizing every last detail. Libra relates to the Diplomat, the Negotiator, and the Artist as one is motivated by harmony, beauty, balance and justice. With Venus in Libra, some astrological camps would say that is “exalted”, or a preferential placement. It is true that Venus rules Libra so it feels at home but all placements have their positive and negative possibilities. This balanced approach demonstrates the Libran quality of equality, not seeing anything as better than another, just an opportunity to work with different energy. So as Venus enters Libra, we can see our relationships working towards cohesion trying to work towards playing well together. Mars is ruled by Aries and can have a bit of a fighter mentality as Mars holds the force of will to face obstacles and be courageous. When placed in Libra, the aim would be directed towards consideration of all in order to feel victorious. This could feel somewhat less forceful, but there is power in compromise and knowing when to keep the peace. As we currently have Saturn and Neptune in early degrees as well, we will have some interactions with these Planets to Venus and Mars. Saturn is stimulating Venus and Mars to “go steady” and remember the “higher vision” or greater meaning of it all. This may add a grounding force to striving for harmony or help to ground the artistic vision. Neptune will be nudging the Mars and Venus to drift occasionally and enter the great mystery so daydreaming and paying attention to dreams may ask for some adjustments to keep things in balance. With the Moon in waxing crescent phase in Sagittarius, we may feel a bit of a spark, a charge or enthusiasm to engage in life. After an emotional Scorpio New Moon, this may offer us some optimism to our hearts. Following that which leads us to open up to all possibilities whether totally rational or realistic may warm the heart and carry us forward.