Asteroid Eros will end its retrograde soon on September 27th 2023 in air sign Aquarius. What's the astrological impact of this?
Eros in Astrology
Astrology has tens of thousands of asteroids, and one of those is Eros, which is the asteroid of sex. It's passionate and must create, and this usually focuses on sex, but can also be channelled creatively. When you have a strong natal Eros you may have a strong sex drive, or be a super creative person.
In the natal chart, your natal Eros can show your sexual proclivities, what you prefer sexually, what turns you on most, and it can show where you have unbridled creative potential. You can find Eros in your own chart for free using astro.com ((in Extended Chart Selection, click on Additional objects, and type number 433 in the Manual entry box).
Transi (moving) Eros has been retrograde since June 28th 2023, and it started in Pisces before moving to Aquarius on July 13th. Transit Eros can stir up sexual energy as well as creativity and passion.
Direct in Astrology
In astrology, direct means the planet or body is no longer moving retrograde. Retrograde means they appear to be moving backward through the Zodiac from our view here on Earth, and this can throw the energy off. When they're direct, they're moving forward again.
Around the turn direct, the planet or body is hovering in the same spot, and this is called stationing. It slows down as it's gearing up to change direction. Pholus began stationing Sep[tember 13th and lasts until September 28th.
Eros Direct 2023 Impact:
With Eros ending its retrograde, we can get better control over sexual and creative energies. We may have had difficulty with this in the last few months, unable to channel the energies properly, and this made us more irritated. That can start to change, and we can get better control over it. Aquarius rules our dreams, the future, change, and friends, so Eros moving forward again can specifically help with passion for our future, changes we want to make, and the friendships we have.
This Eros direct is trine (beneficial aspect, 4 signs away) the Sun in Libra and square (challenging aspect, 3 signs away) Ceres in Scorpio. The trine to the Sun helps with giving focus and attention to how we want to use the energy, and it can be easier to figure out how to express it in a healthy way.
The square to Ceres might mean we're more focused on where we're feeling frustrated about a lack of support or nourishment, and we need to be more creative in how we approach this instead of lashing out.
The Eros direct 2023 can impact you most in the areas of life ruled by the house in your natal chart it occurs in, and is strongest if it aspects any of your natal planets. The Eros direct occurs at 7 degrees 42 minutes Aquarius, so the aspects are:
Conjunction: 4 degrees 42 minutes - 10 degrees 42 minutes Aquarius
Sextile: 4 degrees 42 minutes - 10 degrees 42 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Square: 4 degrees 42 minutes - 10 degrees 42 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 4 degrees 42 minutes - 10 degrees 42 minutes Gemini or Libra
Opposition: 4 degrees 42 minutes - 10 degrees 42 minutes Leo
If sextile or trine any of your natal planets or bodies, this can help bring pleasant creative and sexual energies. You can control this easily, and you may feel that you want to create something big and bold.
If square or opposite any of your natal planets or bodies, this can be challenging for sexual and creative energies, and you may feel frustrated and stifled. You likely need a healthy outlet for your frustrations.
If conjunct any of your natal planets or bodies, this can bring supercharged sexual or creative energy to whatever the body rules. The desire to create something and utilize passionate energy can be extra strong, and you can use this in big ways, otherwise you may become more frustrated and easily agitated.
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