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Venus rising

 

The lunar eclipse  of July 17th (7.38am AEST at 25º Capricorn) highlights Venus, in Cancer and close to the Sun.

Since Venus invites us to open to the joys in our life, and to choose what really matters to us, this is a timely reminder of what to focus on now.

We’re under the hammer, all this year, of big hitters like Pluto & Saturn together in Capricorn. This pair of divine blacksmiths are working in tandem, melting down our old s/crap metal in the alchemical furnace and forging our new destinies. I’ve discussed elsewhere this interplay of forces that challenges us to sort the gold from the dross.

Venus glides into this scenario at the left hand of the Sun (she’s currently the morning star, rising just before the sun to herald the new day). I’m tempted to go into the Goddess significance of left-handedness but I’ll spare you that today!

She surveys the chaotic scene at the forge – yes, depending on what’s going down for you, when the dross is being burnt away in whatever area of your life, and your old orders and systems and safe-holds are dissolving, it is deliberately destabilising…

And she says with the serene calm of a Cancer Queen:
“find the thread within yourself that really connects you into the world. That will pull you through.”

Wherever Venus sits in our chart she offers us an invitation to be more of who we really are.

Not who we think we have to be in order to be more successful, more attractive, a better mother or lover…
Because in being the gift that we are, we will naturally be all of those things, minus all the guilt and efforting.

I’m not saying this is always an easy task. Depending on how much s/crap we’ve collected, how much we’ve armoured ourselves against the slings and arrows of unkindness (even our own unkindnesses to ourselves!), there might be a lot of layers to chip away, some melting down and re-forging work to be done.

And now is the time for that. With this powerful team of Saturn and Pluto already at work, resistance is no longer an option.

How are you being called by this energy?

For me, circumstances, serendipity and a touch of divine inspiration have lead me deeper into the realms of Venus… one of my favourite places I confess!

Even if it sounds overly dramatic (and somewhat Biblical!!), I’ve had an epiphany in the last month as Venus reveals herself to be deeply significant in the next stage of my work. She is the thread that brings together 30 years of jewellery (Venus is all about beauty and pleasure), 20 years of astrology and the work of my PhD that merges science and spirit to arrive at bodyfulness. And you can probably tell that I’m more than a little bit excited about it!

Venus qualities are the key to the fresh rising of the feminine which we’re all feeling now. And her gifts are open to men as well as women, as we’re all learning how to balance the yin and the yan within ourselves.

She has long been minimised as a fairly unimportant player in the cosmic drama of astrological energies. But Venus has plenty of mysteries to reveal, and like those values considered ‘feminine’, has been much under-rated in the scheme of things. I’ll come back to that another time….

Right now though, during this eclipse season as the sun moves through Cancer, we are being called us to reconnect with what nurtures us, and sustains our sense of belonging. Capricorn, the opposition point triggered by the lunar eclipse, loves order and structure. But the deeper pull comes from Capricorn’s foundational commitment to what really matters. It understands that we manifest what we value most. It also knows, as one of the elder signs of the zodiac, that values can be distorted when they’re only in service of stability.

Another image for Saturn and Pluto in the fiery earth of Capricorn, is of two tribal elders in intense negotiation over what is the best way forward for those in their care.

Whatever is happening within us and around us now is simply another reminder that we need to continually re-examine our lives to see what still holds value.
And to create from this place.

As Saturn & Pluto re-wrangle order, it’s the Cancerian insight into true belonging and the Capricorn commitment to manifest what we truly value that will restore our place in the world amongst all the apparent chaos of the times.

 

 

This eclipse season is asking you to hone in on where you belong.

The solar eclipse of the 3rd July (AEST) brings us officially into the 2019 ‘Eclipse Season’ (a biannual event – but these aren’t always a total eclipse like this one). Not visible to us in Australia, nonetheless still as potent.

This eclipse occured at 11 degrees Cancer, the Moon’s home sign which concerns matters of home and belonging.

If this eclipse affected any planets in your personal sky map you’ll have already been alerted by some bumpy events in previous month… emotional intensity, feeling unsettled or under threat, even hopeless, as your self-faith and self-love come under some extreme pressure.

 

Solar eclipse in cancer
Emerald is one of the gemstones that amplifies Cancerian vibes. The ancients considered that simply gazing upon the beautiful green of the emerald soothes heart and mind in times of turmoil, despair or sadness. Its colour resonates with the Heart Chakra.

 

When the moon eclipses the sun (getting in between us and the solar light) it symbolises, and instigates, the dominance of emotion, instinct and more mysterious inexplicable and unseen things over rationality, reason and the visible. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, much as we’ve become quite fearful of this kind of stuff in the modern world. There’s much talk about being ‘light workers’ in these days of aspirational spirituality. We have forgotten that we need to be ‘dark workers’ too!

It’s a call to remember that love does not need reason – or even light – to be present in our lives. Use this time til the lunar eclipse at the next full moon to reconnect with what nurtures and sustains your sense of belonging. To recall your place in the world. And the comforts of darkness.

If you have a birthday around this time… or any other planets in these degrees you could be feeling the call to drop below the buzz of the mind and deepen your sense of bodyfulness- to drop awareness down into heart and spine and belly, and put your feet on this beautiful earth. To come home to yourself.

On seeking balance and finding the way through

Twice a year we are reminded, by the wisdom of the natural world, about cultivating the art of balance.

As the sun hovers on the equator ready to favour either the northern or the southern hemisphere, thus heralding the onset of winter or the approach of warmer times, there is a moment of perfection. A moment of equanimity. A moment of being able to embrace the whole view, without fear or favour.

A moment that passes just as instantaneously.

And this is enough to remind us humans that our constant aspirations to perfection and equilibrium can only ever be fleeting. Because equilibrium is never stasis, it has to be found in dynamic motion.

For millenia we’ve used these cornerstone moments to divine the spirit of the times and listen to messages about the way through.

So I asked the stars today, what is the zeitgeist in action now? And what insights offer the keys to opening impasse, and unblocking the evolutionary forces, so we can gain passage through into the spaces our hearts crave?

 

 

This year’s Aries Equinox combines with a Full Super Moon in Libra (‘super’ because of its proximity to earth).  A phenomenon that occurs every 19 years or thereabouts.

Many astrological blogs will be speaking of the Spring Equinox for this moment of fresh starts. Once again, those of us in the southern hemisphere are dominated by the mindset of the north. To what degree this reflects much of the exclusivity of our times, where one point of view dominates over another is a rich topic that deserves a much fuller exploration. Can we in the south re-write and re-story such archetypal models as the astrological system? Do we succumb and follow the system? Do we find a new system more relevant to our own locale and experience of the natural cycles? I leave these questions to another time… and instead return to the cosmic shout-out of this particular moment, 21st March 2019.

Because this juncture of time is unique, and the astrological players signal this is so.

The fresh energy of the astrological new year with Sun in the first degree of Aries and the Moon in the first degree of Libra (in full and glorious opposition to each other), is tempered and coloured by volatile forces and destabilising rumblings that have been going on below the surface of our personal and collective worlds for some time now…

 

How do things begin? Do they begin from nothing? Or from a slight shift on what’s already been? Or via some cataclysmic wake up call? Or all of the above?

The fresh energy of Aries, launching with a childlike enthusiasm (into a northern spring), comes into opposition with Libran beginnings which are gestating something entirely different  – a vessel for a new kind of future. One that will move us beyond our naive faith in the security of the current system. One that will show us the way through the drama of a world trying to hold onto what is way past its use by date, visions of ‘progress’ that have festered and soured in the collective psyche.

This equinox Sun with it’s close conjunction to Chiron is unable to shake free of the past and charge forth without complications or entanglements. Chiron weighs down the winged boots of Aries. Events like the bizarre divisiveness engendered in response to the NZ massacre of more than 40 people in a place of worship shows the gaping chasm between our white world and a bright future.

The nourishing and growth of our own self-love is the true aspiration of our astrological sun.

Working with Chiron, the Sun is called to bridge this chasm between the wound at our deepest core and the truth field of love. Whatever the wound, it can be traced to the same seeds: shame, guilt, fears of not being enough, of not being lovable.
Though we become adept at sidestepping and covering these over with ego justifications, this is the stuff standing in the way of whatever future we desire – whether it is one of glowing health, abundance, deep love and acceptance (substitute your core craving at this point in time).  Whatever the core wound, it blocks us from fully loving ourselves, in all our imperfection and failings, in all our grandeur and giftedness.

Meanwhile the Libran super moon is reflecting on how we meet and relate to the world in our full selfness – and to what degree we allow the world to meet us.

Libra’s traditional designation is the sphere of relationships. What kind of relationship do you have with the world? Are you bargaining your truth for security? Are you opening to possibility or are you blocking it with compromise and fear?

We’ve witnessed #metoo and the fallout from ousting ‘toxic masculinity’. But how prepared are we to be honest about ‘toxic femininity’? It seems particularly fitting that this archetypal balancing act of masculine and feminine ( Mars ruled Aries sun in opposition to Venus ruled Libran Moon ) is at the centre of this Equinox Full Moon.

Is this the full, clear sight of each other, and the other within ourselves? Or are we still making the other into the enemy?

At this same moment, there is a celestial square between Venus and Mars, suggesting that we still have a long way to go before we get through this.

These energies throw up challenges not only in relation to partners, but also in relation to whatever is blocking our own sense of wholeness – the divine masculine or feminine within.

This bickering god and goddess are pressured by expansionary Jupiter and the North Node of destiny because all are sitting at the potent and challenging degree frequency 24. This frequency is the underworld rumbling of complete change. It says we need to go in, all the way in, to face whatever is impeding our destiny.

This, then, is the zeitgeist of the Equinox moment: to face whatever is holding back our access to the force field of love.

If you’re feeling the upending of things long considered safe or sacred, if you’ve been stuffing down emotions and sidestepping that little voice inside you that says ‘it’s time’, then like the canary in the coal mine you are sensing these powerful forces at work in the current zeitgeist.

These forces are very different to those symptoms of the actual disease, like the political manoeuvres of deluded leaders, or the glyphosate conspiracies by Monsanto-Bayer. I’m talking of the non-human forces, the ones our rational, progress oriented world view has been invested in hiding, ignoring, denying for so long.

This Equinox energy says we can be anything we have it in us to be.
This is not the same as saying we can be anything.

What kind of vessel are you making of yourself now? How are you a conduit for future worlds now coming into form?