There are three things I learned from Martha Stewart: How to flawlessly score a mango, how to seamlessly fold a fitted sheet, and that no matter how hard I try I'll never be perfect.
Martha was born with Venus in Virgo -- which is the sign Venus is currently transiting through in the sky. People born with the planet of love, beauty, self-worth and talents in the most discerning sign are known to have their Venus in a not so happy astrological position. This is called its "fall."
You can get your own Essential Birth Chart report now to find out if you have Venus in Virgo!
With Venus in this "fall" position, it becomes difficult for Venus to express her Venusian best because, well, Virgo is just so darn self-effacing. Self-deprecating, even. Venus wants to schmooze. She wants to get all dressed up, put on a little lipstick and sing "I Feel Pretty" to the world.
In Virgo however, this becomes impossible. Virgo is the librarian with a ruler-straight back, tight bun in her hair and studious eyes that are busy perfecting her craft through thick, unsightly spectacles. Virgo doesn't have time or patience for all of Venus' flights of fancy. Nah, she's got work to do.
When Venus tours Virgo in a birth chart, the love nature becomes extremely discriminatory. This sign feels that if she can't have love that's perfect, she'd rather have no love at all. In fact, Venus in Virgo tends to be more in love with work and service than love.
Until now, however.
Life is about to get good for Venus in Virgo folks
As an astrologer, I have noticed a fascinating trend among clients who have Venus in Virgo natally. It has to do with the planet Neptune. Neptune in Astrology transcends boundaries, blurs lines and opens us up to the impossible.
With Neptune in Pisces these days -- the sign opposite Virgo -- anyone with Venus in Virgo in their birth chart will go through a fascinating transit sometime over the next several years. This opposition will lead their straight-laced Venus (who insists on coloring in the lines) to suddenly find that those clearly defined lines are muddled.
And, ironically, they'll be ok with it. In fact, Venus in Virgo folks might even feel inspired for the first time in their lives to live, love and be without their signature style of daunting criticism.
Which brings me back to Martha. I have noticed that in the news recently she's become a spokesperson of sorts for the popular dating website Match.com. In fact, she has even created her own profile and is testing the waters, fishing for prospective partners.
HUH??? This is a woman who, since the Stone Age, you have not heard talk a peep about love or finding it. Since her divorce I have never even seen her with someone else, and you know if she were the paparazzi would have a field day shooting photos of it.
But suddenly she wants to find a soul mate.
Could this be due to the impending transit she'll experience over the next couple of years that involves transiting Neptune in Pisces opposing her natal Venus? You betcha!
Will Martha Stewart find true love?
Typically, astrologers talk about this transit as one that creates the potential for grand delusions in love. You tend to put someone you fall for on a pedestal so high during a Neptune-Venus transit because Neptune will cloud your ability to properly judge the person.
I have to say that even though this transit can be a problem for some, I think in the case of those with Venus in Virgo, it's a gift. If you have Venus in Virgo it is possible for the very first time in your life that you'll let your guard down just enough to allow love to flow.
So, will Martha, now almost 72-years-old, finally find her soul mate? Stay tuned. I have a feeling her love life is about to get sweeter than any one of her signature desserts.
I don't think this particular Neptune-Venus (or the shorter, annual Venus-Neptune opposition we will see peak on July 26) will be such a prickly aspect. Virgo needs to chill. My astrological analysis of the Neptune-Venus or Venus-Neptune opposition in the Virgo-Pisces axis emulates the famous words of Martha herself:
It's a good thing.