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It's an eight year kinda thing, you wouldn't understand.
Unless you are a child of Venus (or Mars in relationship to a lover), you wouldn't understand.
Presently, I have within my spiritual advocacy practice a number of Venus/artisans being bullied by Martial/warriors. Does not matter which gender (unless legalities are involved), suffice it to say, that a Venus slowdown in moralistic, servile Virgo can be a very bad thing without trust and safe words.
The Importance of Your Rising Sign
Jolie asked an important question this week: What if I don't have Taurus, Libra or Pisces prominently placed in my chart? She, as a self-aware Aquarian (redundant, I know, pun intended, their keyphrase is 'I know'), knows her rising sign is Leo. Venus will spend most of her retrograde time in Leo, not Virgo. Party on! Well, not so fast...a retro Venus can be like a 16 year old with a new car and license, energized but not experienced, provocative, but not in it for the long haul. That's why I counsel to go slow with new acquaintances (and if you cannot forego the slow, then lessen expectations and stay present moment focused). If someone comes from your past and you feel there is unfinished business (and you want to give a second chance), pedal to the lover medal!
Yet, when this goddess of union moves through Leo: Pleasure alert! Joy abounds! Letting the good times roll! Attracting the finer things in life! Picking daisies to determine whether you're loved & how to count the ways. An exceptionally egocentric and narcissistic approach to love and life, in the adolescence soul phases. That's when vanity and pride create slippery slopes, falling down stairs and rationalizing all types of breaking monogamous vows. Here's a hint in the 21st century, negotiate expectations. If your love has fallen to become eroticized and spread around, reinstate your friendship first. Ask insightful questions. Listen before answering. Know when not to talk. There's pride in that Leo Venus heart. Honor it. Realize its a defense mechanism to not be taken for granted.
Do You Know The Element Of Your Rising Sign?
Whether you're fired up or putting a wet blanket onto your life, it is important to know which element you present. The rising sign sets up how you're perceived and how planets are likely to operate on earth, where this drama is being played out.
With the exception of July 18 through July 31, the energy of connection, reflection and self-worth, Venus will be in spirited Leo from June 5 through October 8, 2015. Let us see and contemplate.
Known as the Goddess of love and pleasure, Leo celebrates life. This could mean that the party's on! It is more difficult to exhibit joy, when you allow others to shame you into suppressing or repressing (even worse!) you authentic responses to life, love and joyous abandonment.
The eight year increments represents a stint of Venus. She has a 1.6 year (584 day cycle). Knowing where your birth occurred can illuminate an aspect of how your soul manifests its core attractions and gifts. The retrograde cycle (when she's physically closest to the Earth) offers a time period to examine what (and who) truly matters.
Now That You've Got Yours, What About Me?
Last, and certainly not least, I go over how this Venus retrograde affects all 12 signs.
I'll let this video speak for itself...
Remember you have all 12 signs within your being in varying degrees. Getting a chart done by a professional matters. Learning this language yourself is a trend of the future. Think 85 years ago psychotherapy was taboo and in its infancy...our grandparents did not say 'persona', 'subconscious', or 'projecting'. Over the next decades, knowing your Big Three Signs (Sun, Moon & Rising) will be like knowing your name.
As I sit alone listening to the Pacific Ocean, I contemplate the last couple of weeks in our lives. How to make sense of what seems so senseless (Charleston killings). My go to is often astrological language (and why should this be any different?)
Last Friday at Former State Senator and Reverend Pinckney’s funeral (or home going service), I watched our President give an exceptional eulogy, and sing Amazing Grace. Both men were born under the royal sign of Leo and have their Venus Star Points in the sign of Aries (warrior/pioneer). Their stars harmonize. Our President was blessed with a warrior Morning Star in extroverted yang fiery Aries and the good Reverend had a loving Aries Evening Star. Both of these men possess the innocence and inspirational spirit found in Leo Suns combined with an Aries Venus Star.
I even mused that had Barack been born or lived in South Carolina, his path would have reflected Clementa’s. This man of spirit (an authenticity that Leo can roar about!) was born with Chiron (wounded healer; wounded one) sharing space with his Mars (violence) and his Venus Star in Aries. Translation: his personal passion was to inspire, provoke us from our collective slumber and to a role model! After all, fire signs are born to illuminate, to light our way out of darkness. These signs (Aries, Leo, and Sag) show themselves best through action much like a candle dispels our initial fears through its light. Fire signs also want to develop and embody their perfected spirit as a conscious sacrifice to something or someone they highly value. Reverend Pinckney did just this on Wednesday, June 17.
Since 2008, the lord of the underworld, Pluto has been in the sign of Capricorn where he will stay until 2024. Capricorn represents institutions; Pluto transformation. Which institutions have been fundamentally altered? How has our collective locus of authority shifted from external to internal? Where have you lost faith and trust in what and whom you used to place value?
Pluto gives an ultimatum, “Regenerate or die”. Pope Francis plays the role of Pluto whenever he speaks about global warming and poverty, etc. Any time you voice and bring light to ‘taboo’ subjects, Pluto has his firm hold upon your soul. Ignore his influence and you’ll be closer to taking the perpetrator walk than you know, ask Jerry Sandusky or Dennis Hastert. The NFL, marriage, the presidency, our police systems, the Confederate flag are just a few of the institutions that have been irrevocably changed. Enter in the Black church. One of our last havens of safety and hope. Can you imagine a successful dismantling of Jim Crow laws without the stalwart organization from the Black church? The Voting Rights Act? Montgomery Bus Boycott? Civil Rights Act? I think not.
Pluto looks to bring light to our collective shadows. When aligned with your soul’s intent, Pluto acts as a patient agent of transformation. Indeed, privilege lives in ignorance. There is no blissful ignorance in Pluto’s underworld. There is honest assessment, a willingness to label behaviors and ascribe motives. Lukewarm and indifference does not exist or get entertained. Since 1961, the Confederate flag has been flown to show resistance to the Federal Government, amongst other things. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of another piece of our collective transformation. However, substantive policy changes must invariably follow. Otherwise the next eight years will be even darker than today. Look at the discussion of ‘hate crime’ versus ‘domestic terrorism’ as it applies to the killings in Charleston.
At best, African American live cautiously, constantly monitoring our environments. We may have said outside of our communities, but I know no black person who has ever felt comfortable at seeing that heinous flag, even on a belt buckle or the license plate of a passing vehicle. We have adapted and suppressed. Driving to Disneyworld in 1981, I remember my mother giving me the “talk”. She described some of the horrors of what happened in South and what could happen to me. I had been pulled over in the suburbs of Detroit, so it was not a stretch of my imagination of what the police would do to four Northern black men on vacation.
The perpetrator, Dylann Roof, was born with a Capricorn Evening Star (an abstract, ideal yearning for traditions, past and hierarchies). And, like all Venus Star Points, your personal passions without right relationship to them and others can lead you astray. Venus does not exist in isolation as she represents the relating principle. Left alone, a Capricorn Venus Star can easily turn into a wounded animal lashing out to hurt others (thanks Mars). However, under our present Evening Star in Scorpio, one thing Venus won’t be is, ignored (think Scorpio Morning Star Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction!) Scorpio’s revenge is often personal and focused being an interpersonal sign. However, Capricorn wants to prove its importance to the father, the past and the larger community (it was reported that he felt he ‘had’ to do this). This young man did not exist in a vacuum. Whenever you behave indifferently in those segregated conversation, you may be watering the soil for some misguided violent soul. And, for those who still speculate as to the connection of June 17 and Denmark Vessy (planned a slave revolt to occur on June 16/17), please stop. A Capricorn Evening Star has a passion for history that can manifest as a paranoia when they do not have any societal status or control. It is beyond time that our young country get its house in order. We have until 2022. Let the dismantling of overt and implicit biases begin or continue...
Where do we go from here?