Marlena Applebaum

M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Astrological Counseling

Blog Tags
qualities (3)   synastry (5)   counseling sessions (17)   poetry (4)   mythology (11)   Mars retrograde (8)   technical (5)   inferior conjunction (1)   Saturn retrograde (3)   Sun (25)   Cancer (12)   Balsamic Moon (4)   12th house (1)   square (11)   Pisces (13)   Uranus/Pluto square (11)   religion (6)   solstice (3)   Venus Retrograde (7)   Sabian symbols (13)   Jupiter retrograde (3)   chakras (3)   birth chart (30)   Mercury (48)   elements (4)   Virgo (8)   composite chart (2)   relationships (10)   Uranus retrograde (1)   Saturn (18)   Neptune (21)   Grand Cross (6)   Void-of-Course Moon (10)   communication (3)   Pluto (26)   opposition (3)   love (3)   Moon phase (26)   spirituality (31)   literature (1)   progressions (1)   Chiron (13)   Venus (42)   Gibbous Moon (2)   Capricorn (13)   Mars (33)   Libra (20)   healing (4)   trine (7)   quincunx (1)   Bach flower remedies (2)   history (22)   aspects (5)   Moon (25)   Jupiter (29)   Full Moon (24)   Taurus (14)   Aries (27)   events (1)   direct motion (17)   Gemini (10)   Venus/Sun conjunct (1)   equinox (3)   Neptune retrograde (1)   Carl Jung (3)   Imago (1)   Waxing Crescent (1)   Scorpio (14)   eclipse (18)   Leo (10)   Mercury retrograde (44)   Mercury's shadow (10)   Uranus (35)   philosophy (2)   astrology (37)   Aquarius (12)   psychology (23)   astronomy (8)   Nodes of the Moon (7)   zodiac (7)   Ophiuchus (1)   Sagittarius (12)   New Moon (23)  
Blog Categories
Blog Search

Venus, Libra, and the sacred art of relating


Love, support, empathy, kindness, rapport, harmony, and compatibility — these are words in Venus’s bible. Recently a thought came tumbling into my mind and I realized it was inspired by Venus and represents an important expression of her Libra archetype. Being in the Sun’s month-long stay in the sign of Libra, I am not surprised that Libran values are dominating my mind and heart. The Libra archetype makes the art of relationship a sacred temple.


I was listening to a conversation between two people where one was more interested in making his own point than in hearing and receiving the other person’s thoughts and feelings. I felt sad for both… We have all done it and been there, on both sides... When one is observing, it is easier to see how helpful it would be to the relationship, and to the precious sense of relatedness in the relationship — if we realized that effective communication, not to mention a feeling of communion, only happens through a balanced give and take of expression and reception: not just seeking to be heard, seen, and understood, oneself, but making the effort to hear, see, and sincerely understand the other person as well. This give and take must happen on both sides, or there develops a one-sidedness in which the person who does not feel heard and seen eventually retreats inside — for, on a deep but subtle level, it feels as though his existence is not being acknowledged. Read more...