The classical story of the Greek goddess Eris crashing the party and starting a mean-girl smack down over a golden apple, eventually ends in the Trojan War. So, to say that Eris is a bit of an instigator isn’t much of a stretch. Now Eris (the dwarf planet) is at 24 degrees of Aries and the “par-tay” is coming to her. She will be experiencing a series of conjunctions over the course of the next several weeks with Venus (4/10), the Sun (4/14), Mercury (4/16), and Ceres (4/23). Lest we forget, Eris is in a year-long square with Pluto, which you can read more about in my Eris square Pluto blog post.
So how are these interludes with the Goddess of Discord likely to go down? That’s a good question. First you should know that if you have any aspects within 22 – 26 degrees of the Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), get ready to feel the burn. This is about justice for old grievances. People that have felt marginalized and disrespected will have to determine if they want revenge (Eris) or if they want to effect change that will live on long after they are gone.
4/10 – Venus conjunct Eris in Aries is also sextiling Mars in Gemini and, of course, square Pluto in Capricorn. Venus is about the things that we love, and value, and all of that is changing… so it is time to reevaluate what and who those things are.
4/14 – Sun conjunct Eris will involve your ego. If you are feeling extra “revengy” around this time, remember to temper this energy. Eris can be really divisive, and you can easily burn bridges. Look and see what house is ruled by Aries in your chart. This will indicate the area of life where you might do some damage if you’re operating on auto-pilot. This is a day to be “present” in your body and fully conscious of your actions. Fair warning: if this is happening in your 10th house, you might have trouble at work that leads to you walking out…or being escorted by security.
4/16 – Mercury conjunct Eris could grant new insights or understanding around issues or events that have caused feelings of deprecation or disparagement in the past. If you can turn off your flame-thrower for a sec, you might understand the reasons behind whatever incidents created those feelings to begin with.
4/23 – Ceres conjunct Eris is probably the most challenging of all these conjunctions. Ceres indicates the things that nourish us, but also great loss and despair. This can trigger something beyond fear, especially when the survival instincts kick-in and take over. On this day, Venus and Mercury will be conjunct with Uranus in Taurus and that could bring either chaos or catharsis.
It’s really important to note what house these conjunctions (including any aspects that might be involved), to 24 degrees of Aries, are happening in. You can get a free birth chart at Foxy Astrology, and this will inform you of what area/areas of life you should consider being more mindful of during this time.
Bottom line: This is a radical two weeks of deep change that can get you closer to your end-game or throw you way off course. Consider being an observer first and maintain a “check yourself before you wreck yourself” mindset. If used wisely, these powerful conjunctions can be life-changing. However, without setting intentions for the highest and greatest good for all — we could be cleaning up from this party for a very, very long time.