Venus in Aries: Holding Out For a Hero

Keira Knightley in warrior pose from King Arthur
Keira Knightley in warrior pose from King Arthur

I have Venus in Aries & love it. It gives me some fire and drive that my otherwise water-logged chart wouldn’t have.  Even though I still can be way too Piscean about going after what I want, I do want what I want NOW!  I look for Aries or strong Mars in relationships & like a good battle… & a good bicep… but enough about me…

Venus doesn’t particularly like being in Aries. Venus is all about the things that make us feel good and Aries is just so… obvious, direct & warlike- not at all what Venus is supposed to be like. Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra, so is much more at home draped nonchalantly across a chaise longue sipping champagne, receiving a manicure (with her free hand, of course) and being fed chocolates by a rather gorgeously buffed footballer rather than charging off to battle. She has loved the last few weeks in Pisces, where she can be super sensitive, indulge in total romantic fantasy and be just a tad non- discriminating in the love stakes. But all good things come to an end and sometimes a girl just can’t rely on sympathy & lowered lashes to get her man.

Aries, on the other hand is ruled by Mars, the God of War. Venus in Aries has to dust off the romance and becomes pure huntress to grab what she wants.  In Pisces Venus is able to get what she wants in a Pisces way- often through manipulation of others, sometimes through playing the victim. In Pisces she can be the damsel in distress. In Pisces, Venus is ultra feminine. In Aries, if she wants something she just straps on her boots, her red bra (any self respecting woman with Venus in Aries should have at least 1 red accessory…) and her attitude and marches right on in to get it…for herself. In Aries she can look after herself.

Venus in Aries is very much “me first” and is a lot more selfish in what she wants and when she wants it- and that is absolutely OK. She also knows who she wants…for a time. If you have Venus in Aries you love quickly, impulsively, competitively & independently. If you have ever woken in the middle of the night with the sudden urge to sing a Partridge Family song, odds are you have Venus in Aries.

It is for this reason that Aries women, or women with Venus in Aries may have difficulty in defining what their version of femininity is. She is self sufficient. She is independent. She can fight her own battles and solve her own problems. She doesn’t need a partner to look after her, she just needs a partner for the game of life. She wants someone to play with, to argue with, to make love with- a passionless relationship is, for her, a deal breaker.

From a style viewpoint, she likes to travel for speed rather than bling and brand. She likes to be comfortable and ready for whatever gets thrown at her. Complicated accessories are not her scene.

The Aries Venus woman needs a Mars type man. Whilst she can look after herself perfectly well, she doesn’t want a man who needs looking after. She wants a hero. She wants someone she can battle with & have great make up sex with later, someone who knows what he wants, someone who doesn’t make it too easy for her. Even if her Sun is in Pisces, she needs a real man- a Superman to sweep her off her feet.

To hang onto your Aries woman, make sure you give her the freedom she needs, and whatever you do, don’t take her for granted or make life too easy for her. She needs a little competition, a little action and a lot of passion. For Ms Aries, action speaks louder than words. She doesn’t want you to whisper sweet things in her ear unless you intend on following through. She doesn’t want to hear “sorry” unless the make up sex is likely to follow as well.

The man with Venus in Aries is most likely going to be attracted to a woman with Arian qualities- someone who is a little impulsive, perhaps headstrong and absolutely independently minded. She will be someone who can look after herself. She will be his hero…and probably have at least 1 set of red lingerie.

 And, here is the song- not the Bonnie Tyler version, but sung by Jennifer Saunders (of AbFab) from the Shrek soundtrack.

Where have all the good men gone
And where are all the gods?
Where’s the street-wise Hercules
To fight the rising odds?
Isn’t there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and turn and dream
of what I need

[Chorus]

I need a hero
I’m holding out for a hero ’til the end of the night
He’s gotta be strong
And he’s gotta be fast
And he’s gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero
I’m holding out for a hero ’til the morning light
He’s gotta be sure
And it’s gotta be soon
And he’s gotta be larger than life

Lyrics from Holding Out For a Hero originally by Bonnie Tyler.

New Zealand’s South Island: Amazing One Day, Awesome the Next…

Milford Sound from the Milford Mariner. Pic by me.
Milford Sound from the Milford Mariner. Pic by me.

Or what I did on my holiday…

First an apology.

I have been very lax in my postings over the last 10 days. I have been tripping through the South Island of New Zealand through places where wi-fi is at best expensive and at worst non-existent. We have even been in places where there is no mobile phone access (Milford Sound) or no ATMs (Lake Tekapo). Coincidentally, these have also been places where the stars fill the night sky and the scenery is dramatically awesome.

We have been in towns where the two collide- breath taking scenery and city mod cons (Queenstown) and towns which are purely stop over points to get us through to the next leg. We have had some yummy meals, some disappointing meals and some great wines. We have taken it slow, we have rushed, we have seen lots of sheep…which brings me to the next apology: this is not an astro related posting today. There will be time for these when the washing is done and the suitcases are away.

Nearly seven years ago my husband, daughter and I spent two weeks driving around the South Island of New Zealand. During that trip we covered many miles and went through a very expensive load of film canisters. Since that holiday I have crossed the Tasman at least once a year- mostly to go to Wellington for the WOW (World of Wearable Arts) Show, but also to do the occasionally mini North Island road trip. Up until last week I hadn’t been back to the South Island, so this was like a re-discovery.

What we saw and did…

Queenstown

Most people visit Queenstown for 2 reasons:

  • To ski or snow board or
  • To jump off things.

Actually, these are pretty much the same things! Queenstown is an adventure town (jet boats, bungy jumping, para gliding, luge, hangliding…), has plenty of shops (check out the art as well…), great food (I had a memorable oyster experience with Bluff oysters), wineries on the doorstep (Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir is pretty wonderful), lots of tramping tracks, and everything from backpacker to 5 star accommodation (make sure you stay on the lake- we stayed at the Novotel Lakeside). All that, plus the ever changing Lake Wakatipu and the remarkable Remarkables.

Pic by me.
Pic by me.

This trip we were there in Autumn and the colour was incredible. The countryside and local towns such as Arrowtown (an old gold mining town well worth a visit) were full of the golds and oranges of Autumn. To view it all from above in a helicopter was more than cool. To top it all off, a dump of snow on our last night changed everything yet again.

Queenstown. Pic by me.
Queenstown. Pic by me.

Milford Sound

Then it was off to Milford Sound. Unless you have the budget to fly (or the inclination to do the full day bus trip from Queenstown), this side trip will take two- three days out of your schedule. It is worth doing. Last time I was here we did a morning cruise, this time we did an overnight cruise which allows you to see a whole new side to the fjords.

And see them you must. The views from the shore are stupendous, but to actually get the whole drama and scale of the place, it must be seen from the water. Peaks that dwarf the largest of passenger liners and falls that are taller than Niagara. The fjord itself is so deep that scientists believe the water that first rushed in when the fjord was formed is still there.

Stanley Falls, Milford Sound. Pic by me.
Stanley Falls, Milford Sound. Pic by me.

At night the stars light the sky in a way they can’t do in the cities. We watched the Full Moon inch over Mitre Peak and light the sea. We watched seals, attracted by the fish which were in turn attracted by the lights of the boat, dive and swim around the boat at night. We saw Milford under (rare) blue skies and, the following day, under (the more common)moody grey. When it rains, I am told the peaks stream down with water.

Classic Milford Sound...pic by me.
Classic Milford Sound...pic by me.

Allow 4-5 hours to get there from Queenstown. Take the time to stop for photos- especially on the last leg between Te Anau and Milford Sound.

Te Anau Downs. Pic by me.
Te Anau Downs. Pic by me.

Mount Cook (Aoraki) and Lake Tekapo

Another place where a clear blue sky is a rarity and a sight to be treasured. Mount Cook, at 3764m, is New Zealand’s highest mountain. Permanently covered with snow and ice, from the sky (we did another helicopter ride) you can clearly see the glaciers tumbling down the sides.

In the clouds. Pic by me.
In the clouds. Pic by me.

Mount Cook Village, at the base of the mountain, caters for the tourists and provides a base for the many tramping tracks in the area- none of which we did…

Mount Cook Village right at the base of the mountain. Taken from the helicopter. Pic by me.
Mount Cook Village right at the base of the mountain. Taken from the helicopter. Pic by me.

We stayed at Lake Tekapo, just a little way up the road. Both Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki (at the base of Mount Cook) are an amazingly weird milky turquoise colour- apparently it is something to do with the silt in the glacial meltwater, or some other scientific reason.

Pic by me.
Pic by me.

The money shot here is the Church of the Good Shepherd (check out my post Weddings, Photos and Anything for more pics). Sunset adds a warm glow to the white rocks by the lake and the church itself, while sunrise gives a pretty cool look to the skies.

Sunrise at Lake Tekapo. Pic by me.
Sunrise at Lake Tekapo. Pic by me.

Oh, make sure you enjoy the road between Cromwell and Omarama (north of Queenstown on the Gold Country route). The road through Lindis Pass is pretty incredible. Check out my post Oh Just Stop It! for more pics.

Lindis Pass. Pic by me.
Lindis Pass. Pic by me.

At Lake Tekapo we stayed at Peppers Bluewater Resort.

Pic by me.
Pic by me.

Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura, Marlborough and Beyond

We took the long way with a bypass around Christchurch. This took us through some gorgeous pastoral country of the Canterbury Plains- very different to the stunning mountain scenery we had previously experienced- but no less lovely. The highlight of my day was lunch at Jo Seagars’ Cook School and Cafe in Oxford. I came away with another 2 cookbooks for my shelf…

Sheepies! Pic by me.
Sheepies! Pic by me.

Hanmer Springs is a spa town and well worth the investment of more than a single night. If we had another couple of nights, they would have been spent here. The shops are edgy and stylish, the spas are busy and the pools in winter are incredible. We saw it in all its golden autumnal glory. We stayed in a villa at Heritage Hanmer Springs.

The duck pond at Hanmer. View from our breakfast table. Pic by me.
The duck pond at Hanmer. View from our breakfast table. Pic by me.

Good Friday took us through to Kaikoura- another of my favourite towns. The beach here, with its’ black sand beach, is stunning. The main activities here are wildlife based- the whale, dolphin, seal and albatross tours are very popular. Again, it was a case of insufficient time.

Kaikoura. Pic by me.
Kaikoura. Pic by me.

Marlborough was closed for Good Friday, so the wineries were out of bounds and due to no accommodation in either Blenheim or Picton and a book stuff up (on my part) of amazing proportions, we spent the night at the Resort at Portage in the Marlborough Sounds. Accessible by water taxi (from Picton) or a 58kms run on a disgustingly spiralled road, it is a place worth more than an overnighter and a comfy spot after walking any of the tramping tracks on the Queen Charlotte track. Apparently at New Year it is a rite of passage of sorts to make the pilgrimage across the mountain… Hmmm….

Vines at Allan Scott Winery, Blenheim. They do a great pinot gris- pity we couldn't buy any! Pic by me.
Vines at Allan Scott Winery, Blenheim. They do a great pinot gris- pity we couldn't buy any! Pic by me.

Some Final Tips

If you are considering a tour of New Zealand, here are a few tips:

  • 100kms is not the same there as it is in Australia. Dual carriageways are almost non- existent and you are sharing the roads with camper vans, farm machinery, farm animals and a lot of bends. Work your distances out at an average speed of 60kms/hr and avoid disappointment.
  • The slower speeds mean a lot more time to look…at everything there is to look at.
  • Some towns are purely going to be stops- either to let you attack a difficult leg fresh the next morning or to allow you to spend more time at somewhere truly awesome the next day.
  • Few towns are by-passed. This is not a bad thing, just allow extra time.
  • Country NZ is not open 24/7. Make sure you have petrol, groceries and money.
  • The map is not lying. In many cases, there really is only one way in and out of places like Milford Sound and Mount Cook. Be prepared to backtrack…a lot…on the upside, this means you get to see things twice!
  • If you have limited time and want to see a lot, you will feel rushed. There is no question about it. Either concentrate on one area and intend to come back, or go for it and come back to explore where you really loved in more detail…or take extra annual leave- if you have both the budget and the days.
  • Take extra memory cards- trust me, you will need them.
Me being blown away on the InterIslander Ferry between Picton & Wellington.
Me being blown away on the InterIslander Ferry between Picton & Wellington.

 

The fine print:  any links are just because I liked the place. Any recommendations are just because I liked the place… your opinion may be different to mine. And yes, I have borrowed my title from Queensland Tourism…sort of…but it just fits so beautifully.

Your Career & the Cosmos: Taurus at Work- On Solid Rock

© Christos Georghiou | Dreamstime.com
© Christos Georghiou | Dreamstime.com

As regular readers know, I have been tripping around the South Island of new Zealand in recent weeks. This means a couple of things:

  • I have had neither the time, the inclination or the wifi access to post a new blog on Taurus at Work for astrology.com and
  • I have seen a reasonable number of bulls grazing happily in their paddocks, just like the one in my post…last years post, that is, updated ever so slightly.

Here is the link.

Daily Planets Wednesday 20/4/11 Oh Stop It!

Milford Sound. Pic by me
Milford Sound. Pic by me

I’m not even going to pretend to do a planetary update today…except to say that the Moon is in Scorpio & the usual transformative or intense feelings and emotions will be out & about.

Last night we watched the Full Moon rise from behind Mitre Peak, the tallest mountain in Milford Sound, NZ, where we spent the night. We stood freezing on the open deck in the dark, watching more stars than I can recall seeing in many years and seals diving around the boat in search of fish attracted by the boats lights. It was an amazing experience.

The whole drive has so far been amazing. Yesterday morning we woke in Queenstown to find the first snow dump of the season on top of The Remarkables…which are truly remarkable. The snowscape continued most of the way into Te Anau, but at Milford Sound (where it counted) the sky was clear & blue…a rarity. The result was some picture perfect photos.

Today we had more amazing photo opps, more incredible scenery, more OMG it’s awesome “just stop it” moments. Here are just a few. Mount Cook tomorrow.

Te Anau Downs. Pic by me
Te Anau Downs. Pic by me

 

Lindis Pass, Pic by me
Lindis Pass, Pic by me

 

Lindis Pass
Lindis Pass

Daily Planets Monday 18/4/11 Awesomeness

lake wakatipu. pic by me.
lake wakatipu. pic by me.

Every Xmas my travelling partner Ms Sparkles sends out a year in review thingie- just something to encourage you to look back on the year that was & remember the bits that need to be remembered… for whatever reason. One of the categories is Top 3 Wow Days. Today would have been one of them.

So many oh my god this is awesome moments topped off with an oh my god this is the most awesome of all awesome helicopter rides across Queenstown. Oh. My. God. One of the bestest things I have ever done thanks to the Helicopter Line. When we landed on the top of Queenstown Hill in -1 degrees (celcius, so seriously cold…and that is without wind chill…) I seriously felt like I was on top of the whole wide world.

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The day was finished off with 6 perfect Bluff oysters that tasted of the sea, NZ lamb cutlets and a rather more-ish Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir. Too good.

There has been a dump of snow on the Remarkables during the day, so there is a definite icy chill in the air. Tomorrow we head across to Milford Sound and will spend the night out on a boat in the fiords. With the breeze coming straight off the glaciers, I dare say there will be a definite chill in the air tomorrow night! Unfortunately no wi-fi in the middle of the Sounds, so that means no post.

pic by me.
pic by me.

So, what is happening in the sky? Full Moon tomorrow. Lunchtime-ish Sydney, mid afternoon here in NZ. I loved what Eric Francis at Planet Waves wrote in relation to this- despite all of our Aries self awareness “a concept of a relationship seems to be holding us to who we were yesterday. Not just a relationship per se, but rather a concept of who we are supposed to be for the purpose of our relationships, such as an identity designed to meet expectations of acceptability.” (If you want to read the rest of his Full Moon post, you will need to subscribe to Planet Waves…). This is one of the most perfect interpretations of Sun vs Moon, Mars vs Saturn Rx I have read.

Have a think about where this is happening in your chart. Aries is me and Libra is we. Where is the me and the we facing off in your story?

Over the next couple of days the Sun will move into Taurus and the rush of blood to the head from Aries will settle into a more concrete and practical one step at a time journey to achieve your goals. More on Taurus when next I find wi-fi. For now bed and warm socks are calling…

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Daily Planets Sunday 17 April, 2011 Remarkableness

view from the queenstown gondola. pic by me
view from the queenstown gondola. pic by me

I did warn you that this would be more of a travel blog than a planetary blog over the next few days…

I am in Queenstown in the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand . And I love it. So much that I can’t believe it has taken me 7 years to come back here.

From the moment we flew between the mountains into an absolute array of autumn colour and smelt the clean mountain air, I began to relax. This place is truly awe inspiring- as remarkable as the Remarkables we intend to fly over in a helicopter tomorrow- weather permitting, of course.

Given you come here for a daily dose of astrology… to the skies.

As I write, the Moon has just moved into Libra. Libra is one of those signs that just wants to appreciate balance and beauty and the harmony that can be found in nature- or at least the concept thereof. Libra is an idea, rather than an ideal…and I have an idea that I could be super creative right here…if it wasn’t for all the pesky snow that is going to drop within about a month. Speaking of which, I couldn’t find my fleecy jacket, so had to borrow a huge one of my husbands & roll the sleeves up. So what- no one knows me…but I saw those photos this afternoon & seriously the extra couple of “X’s” in the size add a couple of “X’s” to me! Not very Libra at all.

Over the next couple of days Mars is facing off against a retrograde Saturn in Libra. Mars, in Aries, is super strong and just wants to take action and fix stuff and fight battles and rescue damsels in distress. Saturn wants him to think about all the possible alternatives and is urging us not to move too quickly.

Oh, before I forget, there is a Full Moon over the next day or so. Right at the very end of Libra (28 degrees-ish), this will be exact lunchtime-ish in Sydney on Monday, and late Sunday night in New York. Libra Full Moons are usually about non Aries concepts such as diplomacy and balance and moderation- and how we balance these against the go get ‘em parts of our chart as represented by Aries. Start thinking about where the full beam of this Moon will fall in your chart.

Outside someone is setting off fireworks by the lake- Lake Wakitipu. The night is cold and crisp and I daresay there will be a frost tonight. Until tomorrow…weather permitting.

the remarkable remarkables, with queenstown & lake wakatipu in the foreground. pic by me.
the remarkable remarkables, with queenstown & lake wakatipu in the foreground. pic by me.

Your Career & the Cosmos- Burn Baby Burn

© Ron Sumners | Dreamstime.com
© Ron Sumners | Dreamstime.com

With all the fire energy in the sky today and the potential for tempers to run hot hot hot, I thought it would be a great time to re-post the link to this piece- complete with an interview with Five Foot Nothing. With the Sun, Mars, Mercury and Saturn in Aries in the 4th, she fills our home with pure Aries energy. Here is the extract & the link.

Me: So what stresses you out?
Her: Being bored and having nothing to do.
Me: What about when you have heaps of homework on as well as swim training and Boot camp? Does that make you anxious?
Her: (looking at me with a what the? expression) No. Why would it? I get more energy when I have stuff to do.
Me: So, how do you like to relax?
Her: Doing stuff I like. Swimming and stuff.
Me: What about lying around watching TV- does that relax you?
Her: No, it makes me feel more tired, then I don’t want to do anything.
 
So there you have it- kids instinctively know what is good for them.
 
Aries is naturally healthy, courageous, “out there” and looking for challenge- this is the natural order of things. Inherently restless, Aries can, however, fall into the trap of creating crises and stress just so that they have a fire to put out- although this usually occurs when they are bored to start with.

Read more here.

Daily Planets Tuesday 12 April 2011 About Dumplings

hong kong skyline take from victoria peak. pic by me.
hong kong skyline taken from victoria peak. pic by me.

This time last year I was in Hong Kong doing a facilities move. Whilst it was hard to be away from home for that period of time, it is a city that I find endlessly exciting and vibrant and culturally fascinating…and that is even before I pick up a set of chopsticks.

I was taken back there at lunch yesterday- possibly the best Hong Kong style food I have had in Sydney. Sure the dumplings at Din Tai Fung in World Square are great and their xiao long bao (steamed pork soup dumplings) are always perfect, it is the perfectness that detracts a little. Sort of like McDonalds for dumplings- you know you will have exactly the same experience in the World Square outlet as you do in the Singapore outlet or any of the Kuala Lumpur outlets. They are nice places to eat too…clean, well appointed & even in KL the loos aren’t dodgy.

taste of shanghai, pic by me (taken while queueing- and i don't queue for anything...)

What we got at Taste of Shanghai yesterday at Eastwood (I normally avoid anywhere with Taste of in its’ name) was crowds, slap dash service, a little imperfection and if I closed my eyes I could easily have been in Honkers. The dumplings themselves were perfect- just the right size to pop into your mouth in one go, with the perfect amount of shredded ginger and vinegar to poke into the top. Just the right amount of soup at just the right temperature, and just the right thickness of dough- not so thick that you need to gnaw through it & not so thin that an errant chopstick will pierce the skin & release all of those wonderful juices too early. And as for the drunken chicken and wontons in spicy chilli oil? Talk about Wan Chai in the middle of suburban Sydney.

xiao long bao. perfect morsels of deliciousness. pic by me.

Why am I talking about food? Because the Moon is in Cancer, of course, and for some reason, this astro blog takes on a foodie overlay for those couple of days each month. The Moon in Cancer is very belly focused (actually bellies and boobs to be strictly correct…whilst it is off the subject a tad, a man with the Moon in Cancer will often want a woman who has some of both…). This is Mother Moon in all her nurturing don’t stray too far from home have you been fed yet glory.

For both hubby and I, food takes us back to great memories, or sometimes not so great memories…and Cancer is a receptacle for that as well. It is sort of like the photo album in your brain that is made up of pictures and tastes and smells. The perfect chilli crab that tastes as fragrant as Singapore smelled the first time I stepped off a plane in that city on my very first overseas trip. The simplicity of barbecued seafood with lime and garlic and hot chilli sambals on a beach in Jimbaran Bay, Bali. The spice of murtabak and curry sauce from a hawker stall in Penang. The most perfect bircher museli in the whole wide world on a sunny September day at the (now defunct) Chocolate Fish in Wellington. When we cook together, we are often not trying to re-create a dish, but re-create a memory or a feeling. And that is also what Cancer is about- keeping memories and feelings safe.

This is just one of the reasons why every culture has a version of the jewish chicken soup for the soul. It makes you feel warm and nourished and safe. The Italians do theirs with eggy cheesy ribbons through chicken stock, the greeks do theirs with egg and lemon and chicken. The we have my personal favourite Hainese chicken (Singapore & Malaysia) or Drunken Chicken (Shanghai). Food that makes you feel better.

sunday morning breakfast at the chocolate fish, wellington, pic by me
sunday morning breakfast at the chocolate fish, wellington, pic by me

With the Moon square Mercury and Jupiter at present, there may be some pressure to do this. Why hold onto the past and the comfort of the known when the urge is there to grow and expand? Sure the past and history is important- after all, that is what brought you to this point now. Where the conflict lies is when the past is held onto because of fear of change and fear of the future. Anyways, by early afternoon tomorrow (Sydney time) the Moon will be in Leo and the sky will again be in flames…zodiacally speaking, that is… (is there even such a word?)

The biggie to watch out for over the next 24 hours is the showdown between Mars and Pluto- the two warriors. Mars in Aries has a completely different style to Pluto. Where Mars is all action man, beating his chest and peeing his territory on trees, Pluto is the demolition expert. Pluto doesn’t care how long or painful the change is as long as you get the message. This is a relatively quick transit, but be careful of what you say and do over the next day or so as the potential for misunderstandings and subsequent arguments being blown out of all proportion is so high as to be off the scale. Personally, I’m staying clear of Aries, Librans, Capricorns & Cancers…well, as far as possible anyway!

drunken chicken and sweet & sour pork ribs
drunken chicken and sweet & sour pork ribs