Clearance for takeoff! This Wednesday, December 7 amorous Venus—the rocket ship of love—blasts off into futureforward, anything-goes Aquarius until January 3. For the past three weeks, Venus has been hunkered down in goal-oriented Capricorn, sounding the call for serious relationships. And while this has certainly brought a strengthening influence to the built-to-last twosomes out there, matters of the heart may be feeling a bit heavy right about now. But all that changes as of Wednesday. Despite the insanity and upheaval of the world climate, this Venus cycle is here to remind us all that love wins—and also that laughter is the best medicine. Embrace the pleasure principle and don't be surprised to find yourself making out like a rebellious teenager on the city streets. (Get a room! Or don't?) Thought you were destined to crushing on the same old type? Guess again. This Venus cycle is all about experimentation—and things could get pretty daring while she orbits alongside her cosmic copilot Mars, who is also in the Aquarius zone until December 19. (Just remember those safe words!) Renegade Aquarius is all about free love so if there were ever a time to experiment with those exhibitionist fantasies, open relationships or other non-garden variety romances, the end of 2016 could end with a surprising, er, bang. More of a proud vanilla type? You can still get your kicks by making variety the spice of your dating life. Who says a Star Trek convention or indoor rock climbing can't make for an entertaining‚ if not romantic, date? Aquarius is the sign that rules technology, and Venus' four week stay in this sign bodes well for digital dating. The "clickthrough rate" is increased for us all, so log in and let the right swiping begin. Just make sure to take it beyond the texting phase if you feel that spark.
Also on Wednesday, a quarter moon in heart-centered Pisces helps us find the balance between compassionate and codependent. While our love may know no boundaries, bottomless refills of generosity should be taken off the menu. When we "give until it hurts, " we wind up enabling people to stay stuck or even take advantage of our kindness. And when we are drained, depleted and exhausted, we can't truly be helpful. This quarter moon helps us find better limits. When we want to make a difference, we can empower people by connecting them to resources and encouraging them to do for themselves. This old chestnut couldn't be more apropos for a Pisces quarter moon: Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime.
Should things get too wacky under the Venus-Mars merger, Saturday's stars can help us regain our footing. The Sun and Saturn meet up in Sagittarius, bringing a dose of practical magic and the confidence to tackle our ambitious end-of-year missions. If the nonstop swirl of confusing media has left us reeling about what we REALLY believe, the Sun-Saturn conjunction is like a no-fault fact-checker. Saturn is modest: We don't have to go shouting our beliefs from the rooftops. But hey, this mobilizing merger can be a powerful call to action—one we might even want to share with our Facebook communities. Sagittarius is the sign of travel and higher learning. If you find yourself in a weekend funk, sate your wanderlust with a road trip or stimulate your intellect at a workshop or Town Hall lecture.