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.

Venus and Fixed Star Capella

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Venus stations Retrograde today & Jessika Fancy & I are offering a 6 week workshop to inspire & guide you through.

Like any Rx cycle this slowing down & reorienting can throw us for a loop. Venus, however, has an extra special ability to take us to different places in the sky and therefore, farther reaches of our psyche. Starting out at 21* Gemini, Venus is in the terrain of Fixed Star, Capella (21* Gemini).

Capella is a free-spirited, action oriented energy, desiring unbridled terrain in which to roam. Sound familiar right now? Aligned with Venus, Brady says the combination seeks to, “challenge the values of society. To strive to be free of the restrictions that society can impose. A group or person goes outside of society’s accepted boundaries.” As we step into this Venus Rx cycle, lock-down laws are starting to ease across the globe, Summer is picking up speed in the Northern Hemisphere and many who have felt like horses locked in a stable are kicking and bucking with the desire to be free again!

To collectively move forward we need to be personally responsible.

Over the next 6 weeks, you will have access to weekly astrological guidance, magical suggestions & creative prompts. Working at your own pace, this workshop is designed to keep you consciously working with the changing energies. Come join us! SIGN UP IS OPEN and will remain open – week 1 has begun! 🌹💫🌹

Venus Rx 2020 workshop

For the duration of this cycle Dru Ish & Jessika Fancy are offering weekly astrological and magical guidance to inspire you. This is designed for you to work through at your own pace no matter your knowledge or experience.

You will be sent a link each week for the duration of the retrograde cycle (6 weeks) to work with the current themes via different media.

To learn more and sign up...follow this link

Deep Scorpio waters

We’ve been learning a lot about Scorpio energy this last year. Jupiter has pierced the underbelly with lightning bolts of truth & justice, & the pain & trauma that’s been buried has risen to the surface.

 

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Scorpio is not comfortable in the stark light of day. It prefers caverns, caves, protection from a canopy. It understands privacy, protection & the power inherent in the depths of truth. Scorpio knows the reality of both power & powerlessness. 

The exposure that has occurred this last year is raw & uncomfortable. It’s vulnerability front & centre & there’s no denying what we’re being asked to deal with ~ personally & collectively.

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Now with Venus retrograding through Scorpio, as Jupiter packs its bags for an adventure through Sagittarius (Nov 9), we’re being challenged to not  abandon our post. As uncomfortable as it feels to be surrounded by unfinished business, it’s just that: unfinished.

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Venus is guiding us through some difficult waters. Scorpio is a FIXED water sign. It knows how to freeze, remain still & impenetrable. The problem with activating this response out of fear is that it disconnects us from what we want & need: deep, meaningful, trustworthy, intimate connections.

 

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Venus wants us to remember what we value, what deserves our energy. In times of crisis, when we are bereft & overwhelmed by grief, what do we truly need? Instead of pushing away & isolating ourselves with an ice wall, take this Rx cycle as an opportunity. When we cultivate connections from a place of vulnerability, they’re based in trust that will nourish & sustain us far more than any deprivation response.

 

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Scorpio doesn’t trust everyone, for good reason. Begin with trusting yourself & the obstacles will begin to melt away. Transformation is Scorpio’s territory, after all.

 

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Venus Rx in Scorpio

Look around to see what is dead or dying. The Venus Retrograde cycle is no joke, and Scorpio does not suffer fools.

 

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The Venus Rx cycle is a 40 day – 40 night dark night of the soul journey. It’s a fasting and a detox of our values, our relationships, the people and places we’ve poured our love and money and support into…and the stench of death and decay is wafting through.

 

What once brought us joy, vitality and purpose may now be a shell of its former self. We may also find, if we care to have that honest, penetrating look at ourselves, that we’ve outgrown parts of ourselves and moved on, but the situation remains; the vase is still holding up the dead flowers, but no amount of water is going to breathe life back into them.

 

Encompassed in this current Rx cycle is Neptune at the midpoint of its journey through Pisces, and Uranus at the midpoint of the Nodes. Midpoints are a peak of energy where we can look both back and forth; familiar enough with the energy at this stage that we know the pattern, but also aware that maturity beckons in our choices. 

 

Read the full post over at our Crystalscopes.