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In this installment of Exploring Astrology, I deeply explore the Taurus Full moON and all of its implications. In the second half of the show I read from my Saturn Return article, sharing my own experience of my first Return. I also share the amazingly talented music of Beth Preston who is releasing her new album shortly entitled “White Butterfly, Black Crow.” It was a wonderful experience recording this show in the Austin airport. I hope you enjoy it.
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art by Andriod Jones
a Kosmic Weather report:
…..Feeling nostalgic, Mercury pulls out the photo album. Jupiter, existing on another wave length, is having gambling thoughts about updating his technology. Symbiotically, they work together, fusing a multidimensional alliance of memories and future forms. They discover the sacred quality of technology without ignoring its profanity. This is a time of “en-ligtenment”……..
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In this show I reflect. On the Eclipses we just passed through, the stunning Venus transit, the implications of it all, and on life in general. There is so much to talk about and I had a joyful time attempting it. This show is different than my others. I feel it is more engaging, more educational, more artistic, and overall: Better! Listen and let me know what you think. Hope you enjoy.
art by Justin Bonnet
“The ancient Sanskrit legends speaks of a destined love, a karmic connection between souls that are fated to meet and collide and enrapture one another. The legends say that the loved one is instantly recognized because she’s loved in every gesture, every expression of thought, every movement, every sound, and every mood that prays in her eyes. The legends say that we know her by her wings-the wings that only we can see-and because wanting her kills every other desire of love.
The same legends also carry warnings that such fated love may, sometimes, be the possession and the obsession of one, and only one, of two souls twinned by destiny. But wisdom in one sense, is the opposite of love. Love survives in us precisely because it isn`t wise.”
Shantaram by Gregory Robert
art by Autumn Skye
….there is a portal slowly opening. Shadows playing tricks on our minds and messing with vulnerable hearts. Love “outside” of us is changing. Novelty of Love is increasing. Old ways are dying, new ones being born. Same true for our Loves. Curiosity awakens in the collective. Venus–as conduit of Divine Love on Earth–is demanding an upgrade. There is also an echo in the ethers which sounds something like: “Be wise with your heart, be wiser with your mind, become an active participant…..”
Venus Retrograde In Gemini
On May 15th, Venus will go retrograde at 24 degrees Gemini. You can probably already sense something already. A shift in perspective? Values? Your relationship? If so, its because the cycle has already begun. We are in the Shadow period. We entered it on April 11th when Venus was at 7 degrees of Gemini. What is the shadow? It is the farthest back a planet will go in their retrograde motion. When a planet moves into a Shadow, the premonitions of what is to come begin. Subtle yet remaining profound. So what is this Venus retro period all about? Karmic Alchemy is what I would call it.
art by Eric Nez
When a planet goes retrograde its energies redirect. This doesnt always mean inwards–though I feel the overall movement of energy does trigger deep reflection, its not necessarily just an inner celestial experiment. As an example, if money has been sluggish, when Venus goes retrograde (depending on where in your chart etc…) the flow will switch; it will no longer be sluggish. That would be the Taurean side of the Venusian coin. In another example: If you are in a relationship, the energies will redirect and you will reflect deeply on the nature of your connection with your beloved. Many times during Venus retro periods this meditation will be triggered by another person, another Soul who you can’t shake from your heart. A fated and karmic connection. This is the Libran influence of the cycle. Either way, it relates to Love and how it comes and goes.
…here a lil’ Libran gift from her side of the coin:
Venus retrograde marks the beginning of a Venus cycle. Its like a New Moon. When she turns towards the Sun, she slowly begins to fall from her hypnotizing Evening Star position in the West and heads into the darkness–the Underworld phase as some would call it–soon to emerge days after as the Morning star in the East. This passage is called the Inferior conjunction in the cycle and relates to the birth of Venus and the Transit of Venus to the Sun you have probably heard about (I’ll talk more about this in future blogs). As Venus heads towards the Sun in her retrograde fashion (respectively May 15th until June 6th) it is a powerful time for release. Whether it be old habits or old lover’s, the immanence of this necessity will be blatantly obvious. You won’t be able to ignore it. It has a fated quality to it. The Universe gains for control. And so we must accept, continue to reflect, and watch it all unravel in its Divine perfection. Always, years down the road, in retrospect we will be able to see the perfection. Just not always while we are in it.
Now for the Alchemy part. Old patterns die hard; as do profound relationships. But what needs to be understood is that nothing is dying, it is just changing. Energy cannot be created or destroyed. It just changes forms. Remembering that Venus relates to Love, Beauty, Symmetry and Balance, we can see deeper into the universal lovliness actually happening. If we can fully remember and stay connected to our hearts during this cycle, unattached, watching, remembering what Love actually is, then we will have the capacity to evolve light years throughout the cycle; if we forget this, remain attached, and give our power to the things we love and the people we attach love too, it is likely misery will be knocking on your door. So stand open, be alert for the signs, don’t ignore connections and most of all: “…wisdom in one sense, is the opposite of love. Love survives in us precisely because it isn`t wise.” A Koan!
The Bigger picture
I am quite aware of my omission of much of this Venus cycle information. I didn’t talk about the Transit of the Sun and its implications. I didn’t mention the implications of her birth as a Morning star, nor did I talk about her stationary Direct implications and what happens once released from the whole cycle. Also, this particular Venus cycle has a special meaning to many cultures in the world, including the Maya. I plan on exploring this with you too. So stay tuned….and stay open to what/who awaits you in the blissful days to come.
And here is a tune to get you excited. A sigil. A prayer. A stir. Rising Appalachia:
…:::::::If you are interested in where this Transit is happening in your own chart, in your own life, don’t be shy. You can contact me with your questions and we can set up an in depth session where we can explore all the implications of Venus in your life: money, love, sex, art, beauty, all of it….::::::
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As we enter yet another lunation cycle–this one in Taurus–I speak into what “I see” for the coming days. I also explore the idea of the Progressed Sun moving into new signs. I hope you enjoy it. Hope you learn something new!
Music: Xavier Rudd: Follow the Sun
Art: Ryan Johnson