Venus and Saturn

In the midst of my (long and recursive) Saturn’s return and my Venus return, I write from a place of deep reflection. I mentioned that I would revisit some points that I’m learning as I go through my Saturn’s return, but Venus’ current retrograde (in Scorpio, so I’m also experiencing a Venus return) has brought up so many things, I feel like I can’t talk about Saturn without including Venus.

In Western astrology, a planet’s return to the place it was when we were born, is important to think about. Because all planets in our solar system revolve in cycles, the circulation of these cosmic bodies causes them to affect us more powerfully when it returns to the exact place it was during our birth. Planets are essentially the embodiment of the environmental atmosphere in which we were born in, and furthermore, we are the embodiment of all cosmic vibrations in the environment during our birth. We engage with our everyday environment in a very physical way, and likewise, the presence and essence of all planets affect us in a very physical way. I want to highlight the materiality of the heavenly bodies; so every material body in our cosmos has some kind of influence on us (we are after all planetary bodies). Just as the sun and moon affects our skin and emotions, a more holistic view of this cosmic effect would include other cosmic bodies and the importance of all astral alignment.

This Saturn return is teaching me the quiet density that Saturn embodies. It is a very physical representation of dense cycles, of the layers of stone, dirt, and soul. Saturn rules the bones, especially the large ones, these are here way after your death. Long lasting, materialistic, dense with time, Saturn embodies the wisdom of past and current life’s experiences, at its very essence. This is why Saturn’s present position in Capricorn is highlighting the need for restructuring the basic elements of life. At a deeper, long lasting, structural level, Saturn signifies the creation of a sturdier system that can hold us better, and longer, with more grounding clarity.

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Artwork by Margaret Burroughs, Black Venus, Made of Linoleum cut on imitation Japan paper

This Venus retrograde has taught me the value of money and worth. I see Venus as the giver of worth, and the systems of pleasure and pain we connect with worth. Whatever we give worth to, we value, we lust for, we monetize, we memorialize, we embody. Venus reflects the passion of what we make matter. But most importantly, it represents the urge and guided intention that we use to turn our immaterial (thought) desires into a material (present) reality. So, here is where Venus and Saturn are meeting in my view, they are both centering material. Saturn, in a long-lasting, cyclic way, and Venus in an intangible yet desire-into-matter way.

Right now, Saturn and Venus are in a sextile, about 60 degrees apart. This transit may make us super aware of worth, value, love, and the foundational relationship between these things. Venus retrograde gives us the opportunity to rethink and restructure patterns of communal connection and self-love, along with our value systems that shape those patterns. We should check the systems of love and worth that create our foundation, make it sturdy. While Venus is in retrograde and sextile with Saturn, all our companionships (with the other and with the self) must be tried. They must be fortified, questioned, reconfigured, or disposed of if needed. This re-examination and re-securing (and primarily questioning the systems/people/things that continuously show up in our lives) will give us a great awareness of the things we need to do in order for the soul to grow and for unproductive practices of valuing to end.

 

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Tracking Venus

Leo season came in windier than expected. There was an uplifting of the shoulders, a stretching of the heart, an arousal of the breath, and a swift kick in the chest as the lion brings us to the stage of our personal light. Leo’s energy has a salient relationship with Venus due to Leo’s rulership of the heart and chest, which is the space where Venus stores our passions and desires. Venus traveling through Gemini, Cancer and Leo is the theme of this post, as it reflects the shifting weight of immaterial consciousness manifesting in our reality.

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Venus. Credit: NASA

When Venus was in Gemini all last month, it was a time of gathering information. Knowledge about our desired aesthetic was accessible, as we pondered how to get to what we want. Venus brings to consciousness the lifestyle and routine that we want to operate in eternally, and all of the monetary, social, and aesthetical necessities that come with that operation. Venus is about creation, and while in Gemini, mental aspirations come to the forefront of our thoughts. Venus in Gemini is akin to a seed that is fulled with the information of life, but has not been cultivated to grow. This transit directed us to our passions and deep longings. Our desires may have begun their manifestation in our reality in tangible ways, due to our airy thoughts swirling to the soil. We know we have the authority to want things, and we see those things coming to life, but there is still some fine tuning required before we can settle.

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Venus is currently in Cancer, and the warm of the ocean shares a space with Leo’s ambition and fire, producing a steaming off feeling. This transit is in the warmth of the belly. I think of the Spanish word for pregnant “embarazada,” derived from the Spanish word embarazar, which still has an alternate meaning of “to impede.” It’s a sudden shift in consciousness, and a slowing of the breath after the quickness of Gemini season. Now we can stop and breath in for a moment. Here the seed of our desire has been planted, and the water is added. Water can be volative as the waves tests our seed to see if it is sentiment to change. But the seed must die so that life can come. With this energy, there is a loss of words; the nonverbal manifestation of dreams. The gut feeling of losing control and laying your head back in the flowing current. Venus in Cancer is the fluctuating dance of earth and water, and the desires of our heart must be grounded and known for them to come to life.  Do the belly good.

Then, when Venus transits Leo on August 26, 2017, we will see the birthing of our light. This energy is wide open. We will be wide open about what we want, and the method of manifesting what we want. From the primordial waters of Cancer, Venus will emerge in the light needed to activate the seed. This activation will really begin on the upcoming new moon solar eclipse on August 21 in Leo. The solar plexus will be an energetic portal to receive the shine and confidence needed to feed our creation.

I rolled my dice to see which house should be the focus of this energy leading up to the eclipse:

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I got the 9, representing the ninth house. This roll makes sense because this is the exact house the eclipse will be taking place. The sun, moon, and North Node will all be conjuncting in Leo in the 9th house on August 21. This is an important configuration because now is the time for expansion, higher education, and spiritual development. It is the time to move to where you want to manifest your harvest. It is the time to open your heart and experience a new way of approaching your dreams. You have the information, the manifesting methods, and the wisdom to grow and plant yourself. Enter a spiritual practice that grounds you as you understand that there are multiple modalities to one source. Growth is uncomfortable at times, but don’t make decisions from the growing pains; wait until you know when to connect to the source you need in order to decide with a cool consciousness. You can do things you need to do as the light strengthens you.

 

Much love and light