A love relationship in mature age can have it’s advantages compared to stormy and impulsive love affairs of younger days. We grow with our horoscope, and the progressed planets may express underlying influences to the planet’s natal positions, as life unfolds. By progression Venus can change signs both three and four times during a lifetime, and give different undercurrents to your love life.
Venus in Aries for instance will always have the impulse to be assertive, enthusiastic and stormingly romantic in love, but as it progresses into Taurus in a 25-30 year period, things can calm down. Solid values like good food, safe surroundings, home, car and garden can become stronger felt needs. As progressed Venus arrives into Gemini the relationship can strike a new and lighter cord of better communication, inspiring travels and a more easy going attitude towards one’s partner. And when the love planet progresses into Cancer, cream cakes, family gatherings and the deeper feelings of nurturing and taking care of each other, may naturally unfold.
It could seem like a birthday present from the universe as my natal Venus on 29° Aries progressed into Cancer when I became 50. I used the opportunity to celebrate myself, and the appreciation of my family took on a deeper meaning as family members traveled far to get together and greet me on this day.
This was also the year I fell in love with Sigrid, a native of the sign of Cancer. Actually we had been friends in our high school years, and an insignificant episode at the time, seen from a distance, took on a deeper meaning. Unfortunately Sigrid at that time, underwent an operation, and I paid her visit at the hospital. The fairytale princess was in the clutches of pain and distress, as the young prince arrived out of the blue and gave her a rose, as a sign of their love, which many years later would blossom.
Jupiter and Saturn
As I became 51, my natal Jupiter on 20° Gemini also progressed into Cancer. This change of sign is noteworthy in itself, but even more so as progressed Jupiter conjuncts progressed Venus at the same time. Venus and Jupiter holding hands like this, if the rest of chart permits, is a gigantic boost to anybody’s love life, not to be missed.
Saturn seemed intent also to join the party, as it by transit also was in Cancer. It could seem like a dark cloud threatening in the distance, of this clear blue sky of hope and optimism. When Saturn reached 29° Cancer it squared my natal Venus. Although Saturn and Venus are unusual bed companions and not the most romantic dancing partners, this was the time a proposed.
Saturn showed itself from its lighter side, and demonstrated that the saturnian influence also can mean consolidation, responsibility, commitment and that the relationship takes on deeper and a more lasting form. This may be an underestimated influence in partner horoscopes, as Saturn is the bones, teeth and skin of any structure, also marriage and relationships.
The conjunction of progressed Venus and Jupiter happened in the 9th house, by the way, so of course, this happened on summer vacation abroad.
Two bottle plates
On Sigrid’s birthday the 10th of July, we are invited to a family dinner in my mother’s apartment, and it is a good opportunity to announce our marriage plans. Food and wine is on the table, and the wine bottle is placed on a silver plate with an image of a cancer, Sigrid’s Sun sign.
My mother doesn’t know anything about astrology, but this evening she dived deeper into the silver drawer than usual.
– This plate was inherited from your grandparents on your father’s side, replies my mother to my inquiry.
– But wait a minute, there is one more plate, my mother adds, as she goes to the drawer to fetch a similar plate. Although with one important difference, on this plate the image is Aries, my Sun sign.
The two grandparents to whom these plates came from, where neither of these signs, nor interested in astrology. So how these plates came into our family is a mystery, but that they found their way to this particular dinner table, on that day when and an Aries man and a Cancer woman, declared their love for each other, is maybe an even greater mystery? Today these two plates hang on our wall in our mountain cabin, as a token of our love and how the universe speaks to us in mysterious ways.