Venus, Jupiter, and Chiron ~ A Love that Endures

This week the astrological love omens are on high alert, given that the gracious planet Venus is catching up with expansive Jupiter in the evening sky. We could just say that their meeting on Thursday, March 2, 2023 will make for a great date night, and leave it at that, but I’m interested in the longer narrative.

Last year at the beginning of March, Venus was escorted through the morning sky by her beloved Mars, and the two of them came conjunct Pluto, intense lord of the underworld. By contrast, this year, Venus is attending Jupiter in encounter with Chiron in the evening sky. Chiron? Who’s that? In ancient Greek Mythology, Chiron was a centaur, not your typical lascivious centaur, but a wise and great healer, an astrologer, and a respected oracle. Chiron trained many famous heroes and it was believed in the ancient world that without him, there would be no art of healing.

Astrologically, Chiron brings the impulse of the wounded healer.

In astronomy, Chiron is classified as a small solar system object, orbiting between Saturn and Uranus. With its 50-year orbital rhythm, Chiron plays the long game, sticking around to see a process all the way through. We can’t see Chiron in the sky, but we can know it’s there, bringing depth Thursday’s encounter between Venus and Jupiter.

With these three together this week, the picture for me is one of not just personal love that can be consumed by passionate possession, nor even of a higher love that has an element of selflessness in it, but of a true love, one that endures, the way it’s expressed in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116, a love that is not time’s fool nor that alters with his brief hours and weeks, but bears it out even to the edge of doom.

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me prov’d,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.
With love among the stars,
This episode will air Monday morning February 27, 2023 on Interlochen Public Radio, and can be heard on podcasts everywhere, anytime!
Image above from Sky&Telescope.