Venus Rx Soul Retrieval

Venus Retrograde cycles last approximately 40 days and 40 nights, taking us on both a personal and collective journey to face off with our shadow and those rejected, lost parts of ourselves. Venus started this descent on May 13th and will pass through the heart of the Sun on June 3rd.

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We’ve all heard modern astrology give Gemini a bad wrap: it’s two faced, never present, talks too much etc… but what is embedded in Gemini’s mythology is an underlying theme of loss, grief and reconnection via a journey that can take us to the edges of the Cosmos; the twins, Castor and Pollux, are on a perpetual search for wholeness via their relationship with one other.

This Gemini Season has been like a fresh breeze amongst the decay. It invited in some playfulness for us to reconnect after being quarantined, and some levity amongst the seriousness of it all. As fleeting as this may feel, it’s not separate from the Venus Rx cycle currently moving through Gemini’s terrain, so keep your sails up!

Like Gemini, Venus also takes us deep into our psyche, digging up old stories of love and loss, highlighting what is unresolved and reminding us of where healing and release are required. In true Gemini style, it’s a double dose.

This week Mercury switched gears and ingressed into Cancer. Being the driving force behind Gemini, this change in temperament adds another layer to the Rx cycle. Cancer has an undeniable survival instinct; try standing between a mamma bear and her cubs and you will understand the fierce protectiveness that imbues Cancer. You will not see the weakened, overly emotional figure that patriarchy has attempted to undermine Cancer (and femininity) with.

With Mercury in Cancer at the helm, Venus Rx is tugging at our core sense of home and belonging; we can’t experience one moment of grief without it triggering all the rest. Cancer remembers. It has intimate, emotional bonds with the past that weave through the threads of now. It’s the warm embrace you give a friend or loved one you haven’t seen in too long. It’s the memories that flood back when looking at an old photo. It’s the people you bring close to you who feel like family. Cancer offers a safe nest for survival. Together we’re stronger, but going forward we must remember our past.

With the USA doing its shadow work on the world stage, offering us the macro-micro view of ourselves externally, we’re witnessing what it looks like to not feel safe, to have the grief of the past ever present in our now. People who feel supported don’t loot. People who are treated equally, with respect and dignity don’t need to burn down police stations. People who are listened to don’t get pushed to desperate measures to be heard in their deepest grief.

Indigenous communities constantly hold up the mirror for us to acknowledge our complicity in stolen land, stolen generations, displacement and the generational trauma inherent in being disconnected from home and culture. Hong Kong is illuminating the power of state over people, the ripple effect that lack of sovereignty brings and what disempowerment can drive people to do for survival. These narratives are happening everywhere, on the world stage and in our daily lives.

While these ongoing issues occur outside of these Rx cycles, they are signposts on our current trajectory and Venus Rx always comes through and exposes what lies hidden.

This week we are descending with Venus. We’re in the phase of the cycle where Inanna is stripped of an item of clothing at each of the seven levels down into the Underworld. We’re being stripped back, our shadow is being exposed, our grief is echoing all grief everrrr, bringing up aspects of the past we might have hoped had been laid to rest.

Gemini reminds us of the finality of death and the eternalness of grief, that you can bargain with the Gods for change but the scars remain. We may be able to film everything now and utilise technology for change, but that means nothing if we remain detached from facing our own place in the story, our own separateness.

The Twins of Gemini are two pieces of the one whole, seeking union and release from the pain of separation. Now is not the time to look away or deny what’s coming up. It’s a soul retrieval on a collective level. The small things we all do in our personal lives can only have a ripple effect across the collective, across time.

Hades calling

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Hades called. There’s a buy one Retrograde get 3 free sale going on. Stocks aren’t limited & participation is compulsory. 💯

We’re still following the funeral procession that was the Full Moon in Scorpio and Saturn has today slammed on the breaks, just days before Venus & Jupiter. In a few days 4 planets will be retrograde. This week will likely throw us for a loop. Think of it like being in a car going around a corner at high speed; don’t try to push against it, lean in & trust your instincts. Find your flow.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Moon in Capricorn is snuggling up to Pluto all day today making sure to rattle any cobwebs of grief & uncertainty you were hoping to ignore.

Lean in. Listen. Watch carefully. Whatever is taking flight right now will likely land as a message further along the road. 💫

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The Astrology of Social Distancing 2020

Saturn is digging in its heels at the final degree of Capricorn. The last degree of any sign in the Zodiac is never easy terrain; the Anaretic, or Critical 29th degree, holds immense potency, intensification and stress. As Saturn goes through this chrysalis, the Capricorn dialogue of the recent past centring commerce, capitalism, billionaires, “the rich” now shifts toward the Aquarian narrative of life itself; togetherness, solidarity, community, being connected in isolation.

When Saturn ingressed into Capricorn on the Winter Solstice (Northern Hemisphere) 2017, its presence was felt immediately. Saturn descended with its heavy hand of stern realism and immediate lockdown. Remember the travel ban, the wild fires in Southern California, the Catalonian push for Independence and North Korea’s missile program?  Shit got real immediately.

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Grieving in the surveillance state

Pay your respects.
Grieve your loss.
Let people grieve without intrusion.

Grief is raw and vulnerable wether it’s a bushfire, a basketball player, or a political atrocity. 

Writing, “Wait til the end,” to watch someone deeply grieving cry or lose their shit is not cool. It shows how disconnected we are from our own grief and normalises personal intrusion.

The limits of this surveillance culture are on us.

Watch what you watch. 

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Eclipses are the real deal, baby!

AQUARIUS

 

The energy we’re experiencing is of release, and it’s coming through the filter of Aquarius. 

Aquarius is symbolized by the water bearer – it’s not THE WATER itself. The deep waters of emotion are not the easiest of landscapes for Aquarius to traverse. It’s an air sign; it stays one step outside the emotional realm though it wants to talk about it, think about it, connect because of it, but emotions come in the water bearer’s vessel – one step detached from the personal. 

This releasing is personal. It’s not about anyone else, it’s about YOU. What do you need to release? What emotions do you have stored in your vessel from past hurts, experiences and lost dreams that you continue to bring into the present?

It’s an easy go-to to think about cutting chords with the toxic ex, the manipulative boss, people in the world that don’t support you – but the challenge is to ask ourselves: how do I contribute to my life being as it is? What have I poured my emotional energy into, and what am I getting out of it?

Projection is a hamster wheel. We can harness this extremely frustrating, but powerful, energy right now and release old patterns, opening the way for more sincere emotional connections, with ourselves and others. 

Mars is SO HOT right now in cool-cat Aquarius. TOO HOT TO HANDLE.

Pluto and Saturn are holding space for our grief over in Capricorn. LET IT OUT.

Uranus is challenging us to align with what we value now – because times have changed and so have we!!! LET IT GO.

Neptune is confusing the fuck out of everything making us think that the answers are in an IG post – endlessly searching, scrolling for an out. ENQUIRE WITHIN.

It’s an interesting mix to say the least.

It’s intense because the damn walls are breaking. The Water Bearer’s vessel is broken open and we have to deal with what we’ve been carrying around. Water needs an external source to give it shape and definition and without addressing what’s really going on, this water damage can seep into every aspect of our lives. Aquarius wants to detach and stand back, but we need to step in to step up.