Do opposites attract? That's the question you face today as Venus (Beauty & Love) opposes Mars (Desire & Drive). They make this aspect, given Mars' roughly 2 year orbit, every 2 years or so.
Venus rules value; it is what you "want". Mars rules action; it is how you (try) to get what you want! So it will appear as if you are in some kind of conflict between what you want and how you are going after it. Certainly it is a moment for many relationships to step back and make sure that what is shared and agreed to (Values) is being supported by the actions of each other. Usually one or the other may feel that their value is being harmed by their partner, or that their actions are not appreciated by their partner...but what is really going on?
The particular message of any aspect is always to be found in the signs that each planet is in. Venus is moving through the sign of compassion and empathy (Pisces) while Mars is in the sign of discernment and alignment (Virgo). It seems as if the universe is pulling you in opposite directions; you seemingly must choose between being caring or critical, to be forgiving or judgmental...
And so it may play out with each person taking one side of this false dichotomy, holding up one end and projecting the other side onto their partner. The problem may seem to be "out there" between you and you, (and there is some truth to that), but the real challenge, the path of spiritual growth through understanding, will always be found within. So you must turn the question back within yourself and face your challenge of choice...
But of course you cannot "choose"; you have only one "choice" if you are to walk the path of truth which is to find your way to combine these ways into one true way, your way of being the two together. Each planet and each sign is meant to inform, shape and bring nuanced understanding to the other...for it is only together, in this balanced awareness, that you can walk the noble path, the one true path of the spiritual warrior (who's "battle" is always within).
Venus is in Pisces, where she finds her highest expression in unconditional compassionate love. But as a result, (since very few have entered this self-mastered, transcendent state), it makes you more likely to ere on the side of surrendering too much, sacrificing what should not be sacrificed, and so harming yourself (and doing little good for the other as well, as you become part of the problem). Venus really needs a little more discernment (Mars in Virgo) so as to be able to show enlightened compassion, caring guided by wisdom.
Likewise, Mars is in Virgo where he finds himself delighting in the perspicuous analysis and subsequent actions that lead you from confusion to clarity, from chaos to ordered contentment. But with the opposition there is the very real risk that your rapier-like mind and voice will not heal but wound, not bind together but rend apart one from another. Mars needs a little more compassion (Venus in Pisces) so that your scalpel of wit and reason is wielded with the most gentle of intentions and effect.
This is the message of their opposition today; that you should not be pulled apart from one another nor divide yourself from your Self either. You cannot choose between feeling and reason. Instead you must find that better way of blending together your heart and mind so that the greatest good is made possible for you and the other too.
Choose the path of wholeness, stay on the path of togetherness...
Choose your Path of Wisdom and Love.