Venus Retrograde

Venus is the planetary representation of love&beauty… both of which require appreciation and an ability to relate to something~someone~an experience. There is a dynamic relationship implied by Venus ~ give and take ~ we are stirred by something we observe or perceive (a song, an artwork, a landscape, a person) and we respond inwardly, by feeling. A connection occurs.

Retrogrades always provide opportunities for reflection and revision. Venus’ retro trip gives us cause to reconsider the ways in which we “do” Venus… how do we do love? Over the coming six weeks Venus will disappear from view in the western sky at sunset, and then reappear as the morning star in the east at dawn, before turning direct again on the 14th of April.

“Whenever Beauty looks, Love is also there, Whenever Beauty shows a rosy cheek, Love lights Her flame from that fire, When Beauty dwells in the dark folds of night, Love comes and finds a heart entangled in tresses, Beauty and Love are as body and soul Beauty is the mine, Love is the diamond, They have together, since the beginning of time, Side by side, step by step” Rumi

Too often love is sold out as something it is not

The idea that love is limited to a romantic fairy tale wherein we are swept off our feet by (prince) charming Mister Right and whisked over the threshold into the sunset to be happy ever after, or that Miss Right as embodiment of perfection remains as such forevermore, i.e. perfect… is, I believe, a fantasy. These concepts, often stemming from our cultural childhood indoctrination by Disney, can be harmful in their inference that is with others that we find our bliss. Despite the enormous value of the myths from which the Disney stories come, our modern-day interpretation causes damage as we internalise the belief that something outside of ourselves is the cure for what ails.

Love, my mother wisely decreed throughout my youth, is a verb: a doing word. To the extent that we practice love, we feel its effects. Love is not something that happens to us as we passively drift through life. Where we expect that others should love us better, we ought to first consider the love we have for ourselves. Our sense of self worth, that we have value, comes not from an external source (animal mineral or vegetable), yet it does come through relationship…

Love is one word that can be used to describe divine experience, wherein we perceive the connection that exists between us as individuals and some higher power AKA God, YHWH, Spirit, Source, the collective unconscious, All That Is et al. Nourishment of this experience cultivates self love that provides a fecund foundation for living life wholeheartedly, bravely, generously, joyfully and is thus exponentially rewarding for humankind.

The Buddhist practice of loving kindness towards others is a fine and practical way to cultivate the positive expression of Venus energy in one’s life. It is meaningful and transformational in that its intention is virtuous and its outcomes (when the practice is undertaken with utmost integrity) are most often favourable for all.

But we perhaps need first to commit to loving ourselves ~ discovering our own inherent value through embracing the Venusian vibes bestowed upon us all in life’s myriad beautiful moments. Seek them out, nurture the connection, revel in the relationship between you and the beauty perceived outside that resonates with the beauty found inside.

Honour it.

Live it.

♥Love it.

Cancer Full Moon

This evening, Thursday the 12th of January 2017, we greet our first Full Moon for the year, and a powerful one it is ~  we find the cardinal signs (Cancer Capricorn Aries Libra) in hard aspect to one another, creating a cardinal Grand Cross, and our awareness is brought to the various opposing forces ~ conflicting interests that exist in life for each of us.

There are times when we feel helpless overwhelmed in the face of all that life demands of us… how can we balance the inner and outer life? How do we find harmony between my desires and your needs? Home versus career ~ me versus we…

Is it even possible to juggle all the expectations we have? I don’t know.

Lola Jean, my little Crab, at Moses Rock ~ circa 2014

The attainment of a state of homeostasis is a constantly shifting exercise in adaptation, perfected in one moment only to be dashed in the next.

Analogous with this human conundrum is our very being… from the outside, a body appears relatively static stable solid, but the truth is that we are made up of countless perpetually moving particles that work tirelessly in maintaining our illusory solidity and a physical state conducive to survival. Each cell is in a constant state of flux, allowing for the inflow of information + nourishment and the evacuation of that which is no longer supportive of health. Each cell is responsible for its own sustainment, its contribution to the body small but significant

Just like us.

Cancer represents our feminine (not female) feeling nature, granting access to our feelings and emotions. With maturity we find the value and benefits that come with honouring our inner experiences and needs in wholesome and responsible ways, (providing the necessary self-care) we become less susceptible to low-road crabbiness.

Cancer’s defences can be hair-triggered, undermining intimacy trust and connection. Moodiness, an oft-employed and especially insidious method of defence can be damaging as we allow our moods to define and limit us, and manipulate and control others. To be overcome~possessed by emotion is to be at the mercy of the feminine (NOT female) shadow. If we are wise, we will recognise the signs and act to rectify the imbalance signalled by such intensity ~ by honouring the needs that cry out now for attention. We must be honest with ourselves, and dig deep to find the source of frustration, without blaming others, and then act in support of our return to equilibrium.

Comfort sought within soothes the suffering, but so often we seek solace in the outer world and in others ~ to no avail. High-road Cancer leads us home, within to the portal that avails us to our provenance. Where we make space in our life for such regular homecoming we will be rewarded ~ with a sense of replenishment

Tonight’s Full Moon illuminates the pressures stress anxiety suffering that can result from this demanding modern life. Cancer knows the value and wisdom in periodic retreat inward ~ from which we are able to refill our cups and so give more genuinely generously graciously, to others, to the outer world.

Aries Full Moon

My Libra Sun ~ Aries Moon baby girl blazing a trail
My Libra Sun ~ Aries Moon baby girl blazing a trail

This weekend’s Aries Full Moon is edgy, with potential for genius insights, unsettling awakenings and anything in between. The nearby presence of Uranus and Eris suggest that we ought to expect the unexpected and, in preparation for the dark overtones, cultivate impulse control.

Uranus’ mutinous urge to individuate is not always fit for public consumption. And Eris’ poor social skills of mythic proportions see her eternally exiled. Other planetary heavy hitters throwing their weight around this weekend include power trippers Mars and Pluto scaling the peaks of (Mt.) Capricorn; Black Moon Lilith treading the dark waters of Scorpio, Saturn relentlessly driving home his Sagittarian point du jour in attempts to keep us North (Node) bound…

But where is the light of this lovely Moon?

We look to (not directly at) the source of life ~ the Sun ~ to find our middle road that leads us to Libra high country! Pursued by Mercury and Jupiter, recall that clear communication, optimism and courtesy take us a long way this weekend… we catch more flies with honey. Although I don’t know why we want to catch flies?

Remember to breathe

be kind and

stay calm

Aries New Moon

DSCF7480The approaching Aries New Moon occurs on Thursday 7th of April, at 6.25pm (AWST). Aries, like the sheep that symbolises it, is sometimes under-appreciated, sold short or dumbed down. Truly, it is the pure raw vitality of the Ram that catalyses our human experience. We are propelled into consciousness by Aries’ primal urge to be. We have become a self, suddenly aware that we are alive. Bravely stepping up, into the breach…

Courageous. Pioneering. Adventurous. Independent. Creative.

Aries is the sign of the subjective me ~ the Self. As we grow from infancy, through childhood and puberty, and into hopefully evolving adults we create an identity. We learn about ourselves along the way, collating experiences and knowledge to better understand and define who we are. This experience, like all human experiences as represented by the 12 signs of the zodiac, has inherent limits. Beyond the Self there is much to explore, but without the Self there is no-one who would bother to explore it.

The archetypal warrior lives within each of us, and when we feel compelled to fight for something that resonates deep within our psyche, or to defend ourselves or another against wrongdoing, it is upon our innate Aries power that we must draw. To take right action, we must be clear and courageous. Courage is not the absence of fear, but showing up despite the fear. If we run~hide, we miss an opportunity to cultivate courage.

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage” Anaïs Nin

This New Moon occurs in conjunction with Uranus, the great awakener! Like a bolt from the blue, shock insights and sudden realisations transpire under Uranian influence. Uranus can also act as the link from our past to our future: the part of our soul that knows everything that has ever, or will ever happen! Cultural historian Richard Tarnas linked Uranus to mythological Greek Titan Prometheus who, after fashioning prototype humans out of clay, bestowed us with fiery creative power, as opposed to animal instincts.

Uranus in Aries (until March 2019) wants us to channel our uniqueness in order that we may self-actualise, Maslow styles. Turn pro. We are now cosmically supported in conscious development of the me~you that we want to be! The lead up to the Aries New Moon is an opportune time to muse upon our goals for individuation over the next three years. An exploration of your natal chart can discern how this is best approached. And as the Aries New Moon occurs we set courageous intent.

The New Moon~Sun~Uranus in Aries conjunction is also in harmonious aspect to lunation ruler Mars, thus granting us the gumption we need to set the goals that demand we aim for high road Aries. Be not the sheep who follow blindly, but the Ram who blazes a trail! Do not allow the wool to be pulled over our eyes, relinquishing our will and ambition to the herd (or is it flock?) mentality that rewards us with nothing more than safety, in numbers. Be brave, clench fists