When transit Saturn is square your natal Venus, you radically revise your relationship goals or expectations, skincare regime and charm settings.
At first it can feel as if your love life and beauty regimes are becoming more sparse or limited. But the sense of paucity is transient, part of the streamlining process. Saturn transits always make you more aware of time and money metrics; when the Time God is square Venus the effect is most apparent in love, creativity and beauty rituals.
You could suddenly become aware that you tend to fawn or placate your partner under certain circumstances or blow money on under-performing products. You’re more prone to appraise your artistic output with, as the artist Louise Bourgois described it, “eyes of granite.”
My Saturn square Venus transit manifested almost entirely in the skincare realm but the issue in question resonated through everything. I am relaying this as a hopefully useful example, not to bang on about my skin lol.
As a natal Libra Moon with Venus trine Neptune, I’ve always been obsessed with face and body gunk. It’s been high end, low end, super-clinical gunk from society skin doctors and hippie-store gunk with hand-doodled stationery store labels.
But there has always been gunk. It’s sensual, pleasurable and feels as if you’re doing something good for yourself – applying lotions and potions probably amps dopamine. They’re often a more subtle way to scent yourself without the drying effects of alcohol in actual fragrance and yes, I have occasionally been wowed by the promise of “firming” and celluite-zapping.
But the day Saturn was exact square my Venus, I ended up nude in front of a Virgo dermatologist. This is not a sex story. The light was harsh and he wore magnifying goggles, to more thoroughly zoom in on flaws and potential life-threatening skin abnormalities. Miami Sound Machine – Rhythm Is Gonna Get You – was on the radio at one point.
So I had this weird speckled skin tone on the sun-exposed parts of my body that was usually called “idiopathic” – ie: ‘we don’t know what the fuq it is and nor should you, don’t come to me with your Google s**t’ – but the Virgo derm said it was from gunk. It inspires the wrong sort of yeast to congregate and that somehow affects melanin.
For even skin tone, you are supposed to avoid all gunk, drink pure water and shun sugar. Later I discovered that cold showers are also successful. But the gunk? What about expensive gunk, paraben-free gunk, gunk with essential oils like eucalpytus and so on? No go. Gunk is like a buffet for yeast and, potentially, mites or fungal dynasties.
I was like a problem drinker trying to determine if champagne or organic white wine was still acceptable. No go. No gunk. Exfoliate with a body mitt that you wash after every use and the only permissable gunk is a sliver of oil-free retinol face serum pre-bed.
I fully expected to have hideous skin post-gunk but the results were fantastic and evident within about a week. I asked the Virgo dermatologist why the syndrome is not more discussed and he said the money was in gunk, not reducing products. I also found a really Uranian article online (unlinked as it is no longer there) that was like the Matrix meets Louise Hay.
Essentially, the person postulated a connection between thin skin, eczema, reactive skin etc and porous boundaries within relationships and outward, taking on too much input from society. Slathering our skin with gunk not only made manufacturers vast fortunes, it said, but smothered our truth. If I ever find it elsewhere, I will re-link it as it was super-out-there.
So when Saturn is square your Venus – it occurs approximately every 14 years – consider reappraising your skincare regime, relationship boundaries, reliance or money spent on outside factors that may not be providing the benefits you think they are and, well, opportunistic hangers on like the wrong yeast crowd.
No need for the Miami Sound Machine, obviously.