Week of 25th-31st
“To know when to go away and when to come closer is the key to any lasting relationship.’
-Doménico Cieri Estrada
Monday: Moon in Virgo
The slick and smooth slide out of our stuffy cocoons is awakened today by the Moon’s trine to Pluto. With this gift of a glimpse of what it is we need to do in order to make the metamorphosis complete comes into focus with this subtle–or not so subtle–transit. As we lick the gunk from our fresh skin, our wings begin to stretch, and a surge of strength runs through our veins like molten metal, pulling out all of the impurities from our system. This is the gift of Mars and Jupiter creating a taurus field with their sextile harmony. The strength is in you, it has been awakened. The pounds begin to shed, your eyes glisten with excitement about what is going to now be done.
When the moment cracks open, ecstasy leaps out and devours space;
love goes mad with the blessings, like my words give.
Why lay yourself on the torturer’s rack of the past and future?
The mind that tries to shape tomorrow beyond its capacities
will find no rest.
Be kind to yourself, dear—to our innocent follies.
Forget any sounds or touch you knew that did not help you dance.
You will come to see that all evolves us.
It is time for another spiral inwards. This one going deep into the oceanic depths of our dream worlds. When Mercury Retrograde travels in the Tropical Sign of Pisces–the Archetypal sign of Dreams, Visions, Poetry, Music, Fame, Addiction, and Madness, it brings all these themes to surreal and augmented states. (there are also 4 other planets in Pisces: Mars, Chiron, Neptune, and the Sun). With such concentration of Planetary Archetypes in one sign–the finish line of the Zodiac–it’s hard not to tell there is something significant going on here.
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This podcast is another upload of cosmic information in reflection of an Eclipse which has already occured. Recorded the same day of the Lunar Eclipse in Gemini, I ruminate on all of the energies in the sky and give many ideological, sonic, and artistic examples of what I feel is happening to us all. To find our hearts, we have to loose our minds. Allowing it all fall away, hopefully we can see deeper into the core of Self. I hope this show helps you better understand your experience.
“Plato’s cave is full of freaks Demanding refunds for the things they’ve seen
I wish they could believe
In all the things that never made the screen “
Jack Johnson “Inaudible Melodies”
Monday: Moon in Taurus; Mercury goes Direct!
It has finally arrived. The day which answers so many of your questions: When does Mercury go Direct? When is it over? What do it all mean? Today it finally happens!!! The 3 week Mercury meditation is over. Spanning the early degrees of Sagitarrius, all the way back to 18 Scorpio (moving over the Solar Eclipse point ), Mercury has revisited and reprogrammed you in the most cathartic of ways. I say this because the last degrees of Scorpio have this quality. It is where the true purge takes place. This area of the sky confronts us with our fears–forces us to see them in haunting ways. As our technologies short circuit and communication falters, we are hard pressed to look deeper into what is actually happening within. The ultimate confrontation. Hopefully you found what you were looking for. In support of this mercurial moving forward, Uranus also trines the Sun today, tossing epiphanies of lightning towards our heart center, allowing us to be more objective and clear about what it is we are doing and why we are thinking this way.
“The aim of art is to project an inner vision into the world, to state in aesthetic creation the deepest psychic and personal experiences of a human being. It is to enable those experiences to be intelligible and generally recognized within the total framework of an ideal world.” – Bruce Lee
art by Alex Grey
…the artist grabs his brush, the musician his instrument, the yogi his asana, and in a simple breath, ineffable potential of creative light ignites their imagination. The seed has been planted. The piece is already finished. The Muse inside dances the Nataraja……
Venus exists between the Earth and the Sun. Along with Mercury, making it possible for her to actually occult the Sun in special moments called Inferior conjunctions. We are on the precipice of one of these rarities. Next week, Venus will transit the Sun, thus creating a portal–or a beam–of sacred/solar/feminine energy which will infuse the Earth and all her inhabits with a unique message. A message of creative potential. Phi. Being in the Tropical sign of Gemini, occurring in the Sidereal (actual) Constellation of the Bull, the message relates to a rebirth of the Divine Feminine on the planet. This transit doesn’t happen every year, nor does it happen every decade. It just barely misses every century.
On June 5 @ 15 Gemini – Venus Transits the Sun:
*Venus is at her top retrograde velocity
*she is cazimi or “in the heart of the Sun”
* Shes at perigee–closest to the Earth
* It is happening just after the Lunar Eclipse, also in Gemini (not too far away)
* The next Venus Transit does not happen until December 10, 2117
* Venus transiting the Sun happens in pairs; the first was on June 8th, 2004. This one completes the transmission.
* The last Venus transit that happened was between 1874 and 1882, meaning nobody alive today has experienced this.
These inferior conjunctions occur every 583.92 days, like clockwork. In fact, before the age of atomic clocks, the Venus cycle was the solar system’s premier time-keeper.
For a solar eclipse to occur, the Sun/Moon conjunction must occur close to the lunar nodes. It’s the same with Venus. It has nodes too and if the inferior Sun-Venus conjunction falls too far away from them, then Venus will be a little too high or low actually to cross the Sun’s face. The Venusian nodes are in Sagittarius-Gemini, so the occultation can now occur. We are in luck.
Painting the Universe
art by Carey Thompson
In Astrology, Venus rules over both Taurus and LIbra. Taurus relating to our senses, the earth, beautiful things, and all of our resources; Libra relating to the appreciation of these “things,” balance, symmetry, relationships, and mirrors. Everything you have ever been attracted too relates to Venus. It is the beauty to the lazy sway of a tree, the melting colors of a sunset, stunning humans, ecstatic sounds, smells, feelings and tastes. Venus gives us a reason to be alive. To relish in the human experience. .
One way of understanding this transit, is to realize that all of the manifestations of energy which Venus rules, are now in a re-evaluation period, being prepared for some kind of resurgence to their purpose and powers. As creative beings, unlike a hippopotamus, we have the ability to reflect, imagine, envision, fantasize, choose Love and CREATE!!!
Q’s:Are you taking advantage of this divine human right? Are you creating beauty in your life?
….If not, why not? If so, show….the world the grace of your sacred alignment with light and ignite us all with this Divine Venusian light!!!
Reading a blog on this topic by Eric Francis, I came across a concept I had never heard of, yet related perfectly to what I’m feeling and seeing about this Venus transit. He talked of erotic phantasms. Giordano Bruno termed this word, and it means: “erotic phantasms.” Eros – passion, desire, love/hate, Venus! — motivates and energizes phantasms – pictures of this-is-just-the-way-it-is, dreams, visualizations, ideas, world-view. Rudolf Steiner described the same dynamic, though with less colorful terms. “Erotic phantasms” are not to be banished — as in “do away with all desire” — but rather exist to be recognized and worked with actively.
art by Geoglyphics
It is Creative Visualization. The realization that the willful creation of mental images can be fueled by your desire and purpose. Like coloring between the lines in a coloring book, we create sketches of what we want in our lives, what we want to become, and our imagination, the light of creation, simply fills in the blanks and soon makes it manifest. Erotic Phantasms!
This truth of the Universe isn’t new. We aren’t just stumbling into this psychedelic idea now. No no. on the contrary. We are remembering it. Collectively speaking. The notion of your thoughts creating your reality is going to be a multidimensional, transformational tool that will become more apparent to everyone.
Again, this transit is happening in Gemini. Gemini relates to language. Language is nothing more than sounds given meaning for images or “things” to help describe their forms. When our language mutates, so too does our reality. I feel this transit–along with the Eclipses in Gemini/Sag–have everything to do with a perceptual mutation happening not just to language, but to perception itself. The scope of our awareness is becoming omnidirectional and multidimensional.
…Creativity is an extension of the mind, as the staff is an extension of the body. Name your muse. Learn your spirit. Expand your body and mind to help better remember the True Divine….
Awake the Body
There are two important aspects Venus will make during this transit of the Sun. One too Mars in Virgo, the other too Chiron in Pisces– both squares. The nature of a square is challenge. Something comes up and we need to be present and strong enough to face the challenge and look the Dragon in the eye. Mars being in Virgo and having recently finished his own retrograde journey is desiring all of the right tools and modalities for the work that needs to be selflessly done. This means taking care of our bodies. Good diet, deep breathing, plentiful massage, needles, sound, wholeness, healing! Chiron has a similar message, yet slightly different. The crippled Centaur always relates to healing in one way or another. But when Chiron is in Pisces, it relates to the uncovering of what has been hidden; the washing up of our old garbage; the content we have stored away conveniently for lifetimes. Calmly, Chiron is pointing his archaic saber to the Hyades and Pleiades and telling us a tale. A story about where we come from. About the beings on those planets and what they can do. How they heal, communicate, relate, feel ….and make art. Chiron and his warrior protege (Mars) stand flanking Venus like guards at Destiny’s gate. Venus knows what she has to do. She must choose love and find her Inner Muse. She must create in order to heal.“A man will treat a woman almost exactly the way he treats his own interior feminine. In fact, he hasn’t the ability to see a woman, objectively speaking, until he has made some kind of peace with his interior woman.”
“A woman suffragist orating”
This is quite an interesting symbol, perhaps the woman is the Earth herself, demanding our collective attention. Suffragist derives from suffragette, which is a ‘female supporting the cause of a women’s right to vote’. Orating relates to Oratory, which is the art of formal public speech. This symbol suggests the image of a woman, demanding attention and focus through a formal verbal dialogue.
…see how these Sabian symbols relate? Aren’t they quaint? ~*~
An aside by Steven Forrest:
(taken from his latest newsletter):
What does it all signify? In practical astrology, the big themes of life are defined by the slow-moving outer plants, while the quick motions of Mercury, Venus, and Mars serve more as triggers for specific events. As we have seen, Venus forms an inferior conjunction with the Sun about every nineteen months. Obviously, to say that your “life is completely changed” every nineteen months is hyperbolic. But here, with our current transit-pair, we have a major Venus cycle that has over a century to develop depth and complexity of meaning. We are looking at something that hasn’t happened in the last four or five generations.
Our premise is that all humanity began a new relationship with Venus between 1874 and 1882, and that we are doing it again now. Plainly we need to stand back and take in the big picture to comprehend such a huge event. To get a taste of it, let’s focus on three classic Venusian categories: art, relationships, and “the Feminine.”
With Art, we hit paydirt right away. The period between 1874 and 1882 was extraordinary fertile artistically. In painting, artists such as Cezanne, Pissaro, Whistler, Manet, Renoir, Monet, Homer, and Rodin were in full flower. Musically, we had peak expressions from Rimsky-Korzakov, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Moussorgsky, Verdi, Bizet, Wagner, Saint-Saens, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Bartok. That list is a Who’s Who, of course. Its significance lies in the fact that human art renewed its vision during this period.
Has something similar been occurring over the past eight years? Would we even know? It is a classic question of what the fish knows of the sea – we are in the midst of this present period, and we cannot yet see it clearly. Not all of these luminaries were recognized and celebrated during their lifetimes. The foundations of a new vision have been laid and we will watch the structures rise over the next century. I am not sure what it is, but I am sure it runs deeper than better digital delivery systems and 3-D glasses. Could it be video games? My younger friends tell me that there are worlds to be explored there, worlds that run much deeper than “first person shooter” pablum. What new novelists, poets, film makers, and graphic artists have arisen to be the “Last Names” of a century from now?
…or perhaps, visionary digital art and transcendental electronic music?
Feminism has a long, complex history and this is meant to be a short article! Let me cite one single, hugely symbolic event dating back to the last Venus transits. That was the passing of The Married Women’s Property Act in The United Kingdom in 1882. Essentially, this major legal event was the culmination of a long feminist struggle, and it reflected the changing nature of the relationship between men and women during this seminal Venusian period. Essentially, it allowed married women to control and own their own property.
It is interesting and concerning to me that we are currently experiencing so much backlash relative to the equality of women – the so-called “War on Women” is raging, and even issues such as equal pay and access to birth control are being debated. Will we step backwards and reverse the gains made by the brave women of the last Venus transits? I doubt it, but it is telling that these issue are “up” in the collective consciousness again. We are “reconsidering the Feminine.” Here of course I write as an American. In other parts of the world, for better and for worse, the roles of women are being re-framed as well. The pivotal female role in the Arab Spring movement is emblematic of all this.
Relating Venus strictly to females is, in my view, ultimately problematic. Men have Venus in their charts too! I believe that the obvious and practical associations between Venus and women in conventional astrological practice reflects cultural, rather than archetypal, realities. It ain’t permanent, in other words.
In this larger view, I would contemplate a wider perspective on various cultural changes cemented over the past eight years. High on the list is the fact that it is now OK to be gay – at least compared to the rampant prejudices of the past. There are still homophobes everywhere of course, but their ranks are thinning. To see this, simply contemplate the normalization of gayness on television shows, in film, and in popular music.
Perhaps even more deeply, I suggest that the past eight years have marked the beginning of a new cultural paradigm of human intimacy in general. As the old cliche goes, each generation imagines that it has invented sex. The joke is obvious, but the line also possesses an underlying reality. Each generation does indeed re-create the customs and assumptions that shape the ever-shifting meaning of “normal” sexual behavior. For one example, some say that marriage is fading as an institution. Certainly it is seen as increasingly “optional,” maybe even a little quaint. And that is a major change. Has this attitude taken root in the mainstream during past eight years? Today divorce and re-marriage tend to be at least halfway assumed as a norm rather than as a personal failure.
The age of the commitedly, happily non-celibate single person is emerging – and such a person represents a far more welcome dinner guest than he or she would have been in 1882! . Sexually confident, even sexually assertive, young women are everywhere – as are young men capable of saying, “thanks, but I don’t know you well enough yet.”
This is the beauty of astrology. These are changes we can only see and appreciate clearly if we sit on the astrological mountaintop. Without that century-wide perspective, we are too close to see the turning of the wheels. So perhaps we can recognize that the upcoming retrograde cycle of Venus is a special one. It completes something. Or, more accurately, it completes the foundation of something. And, going back to the title of this article, perhaps it does have a connection with your grandmother or your great-grandmother. And perhaps we must look through her eyes to fully appreciate its magnitude.
…Izzi: Every shadow no matter how deep is threatened by morning light.
All is in flux. Cultural norms, taboos, sexuality, music, art, writing, style–and we can see this “flux” through the Astrological lens. Venus is only one cycle amogst the planetary gods but its an important one. On June 5th, when Venus transits the Sun–whether we acutely feel it or not–the planetary game is going to change in its relation to the Divine Feminine. We will appreciate beauty in a way we have long lost. Collectively, the scales will shift, and the Goddess will confidently re-emerge onto her throne, so that she can grace our world with her impossible beauty.
***Make sure you read my past blogs on this Venus cycle if you are into it and also listen to the interview I did with Adam Gainsburg on this very topic****
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featured image by Eric Nez