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.