The Birth of Venus (detail) by Sandro Botticelli – Such an appropriate title for this moment of time!
Today is the Transit of Venus!
Yesterday was the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse!
May 20 was the New Moon Solar Eclipse…
and on May 15 Venus went Retrograde.
All of these events occurred along the Gemini/Sagittarius axis of knowledge and wisdom.
That’s 3 weeks of amazing astronomical and astrological alignments.
As Above So Below
As Within So Without
What does it all mean to you?
Re-birthing your relationships.
Re-birthing your values.
Re-birthing your mental attitudes and beliefs.
Re-birthing your world-view.
AND whether male or female, allowing your inner feminine to emerge fully formed and functional.
These four events mean that we are living in a rare moment in time – a moment when a great shift is happening around us, through us and inside us. It is a shift toward more love, more compassion, and more forgiveness – if that is what you intend. If that is what we intend together. If you believe… if you trust. If we believe and trust together. If we grasp the knowledge and distill the wisdom from it.
It is a shift integrating the Mind with the Soul – and I mean this both as a personal evolution for you as well as a social and cultural one. We are moving from the cold region of science as God (a masculine mind-set), to a warmer climate that balances science with faith, intuition, love, beauty and wisdom of the heart and Nature, and the needs and desires of the Soul (a feminine mind-set).
They say that very long ago in a misty, green and fertile world humans lived in a Matriarchy, where Nature and the Great Mother ruled supreme.
In the past few thousand years, we have lived and still live in a Patriarchy, where Science and the Great Father reign supreme.
This moment in time is part of the shift of finally integrating both worlds, masculine and feminine, if we are wise enough to co-create with the energies that are offered.
We have, since the dawn of the Industrial and Technological Revolutions, elevated science to such a status that we metaphorically swallowed our more instinctive, more natural, more feminine natures whole, leaving them in the darkness of our subconsiousness, so that we could pursue the masculine mental world of tearing things apart to label them and better understand how everything works.
We find a wonderful correlation in ancient Greek Mythology. Zeus (known to the Romans as Jupiter and the ruler of Sagittarius in the astrological world) swallowed his wife Metis and their child Athena. Metis and Athena (both women) represented Wisdom – and until Zeus swallowed them (out of fear of being overthrown and in his blindness to the reality of his situation) he had not incorporated Wisdom internally. But after he swallowed them, he gave birth to Athena fully formed from the top of his head (both a mind and spirit point of the body), and was forever afterward known as a God of Wisdom – integrating what he hadn’t had before.
My point here is that it was only after a period of darkness (Metis and Athena within the tomb of Zeus’s body) and an out-of-balance period of time (a god lacking Wisdom), that true Wisdom was allowed to be born and lived out. Once Wisdom was taken internally – digested and understood – it could then be born through the mind with clarity and full functionality through a feminine form. Back in balance.
How does this story relate to Venus Retrograde, the Solar Eclipse in Gemini, the Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius and the Transit of Venus?
May 15, 2012 Venus Retrograde: Venus appears to move backwards in space, initiating a period of darkness, internalizing and re-imagining all things related to Venus: love, giving & receiving, relationships, values, resources, art, beauty, aesthetics, desire, allure, adornment.
May 20, 2012 New Moon Solar Eclipse in Gemini: Endings and new beginnings around the mind, and the solar aspects of humanity, i.e. the masculine, thinking, analyzing, processing aspects. Bringing forward the dark feminine inner world as the Moon (women, mother) blocks the face of the Sun (authority, ego, Father.) I view Eclipses as portals that we can step through – a period of opportunity for transformation and during which the actions of processing and integrating change move faster than usual.
June 4, 2012 Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius: the Earth’s shadow across the Moon symbolizes integration of the polar opposites of male (Sun) and female (Moon). Lunar Eclipses and Full Moons are largely about relationship (of all kinds) and integrating them in a more balanced way. This one highlights our mental attitudes toward relationship and provides us with the opportunity to evolve into deeper wisdom within them. It opens us to a greater understanding and acceptance of “otherness.”
(Listen to or read my Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Meditation here.)
June 5/6 2012 Transit of Venus across the Face of the Sun: Venus, as she retrogresses, is “swallowed” by the Sun as she crosses directly in its path. Then as Venus continues to backtrack farther and farther away from the Sun and deeper into darkness over the next 3 weeks (until she moves direct on June 27) we are fully in a gestation period – or a time of digesting the symbolism of the ultimate feminine: of love, harmony, grace, beauty, unconditional love, forgiveness and compassion. The hope is that upon Venus’s return to direct motion, after the dark gestation period, we will more fully live from the newly integrating feminine and loving qualities that Venus represents.
These 4 events are energetic opportunities to move in a very wonderful and much needed direction.
I don’t believe that we will all suddenly live in Utopia where everyone loves and understands all other people, and lambs will lie down with lions without fear. This is a process – and one that we have been on for many years already. We are steadily moving toward a time when the role of human beings and the way we relate to one another culturally, socially and politically is different than it has been for a VERY long time. And we are also steadily moving toward a time when we relate to the Earth, our Mother, in a more conscious and evolved way. We can view this moment in time as a birth pang or a contraction in the birth process of a new era for humanity. It won’t happen overnight and it won’t happen without more labor pains – yet there is something rare and beautiful about the potential that is surrounding us right now and into the next few months. Fortunately, the effects of an eclipse season are often felt and results seen months and even years into the future. I believe the same is true for the effects of the Transit of Venus.
I do believe that this moment in time will get us closer to a more loving, more peaceful existence with each other, especially if we take the opportunity to move and evolve with the energy around us. That means focused intention – consciously projecting love, acceptance, harmony and peace into our personal lives and into the greater world. And also consciously asking for greater wisdom in understanding others and in our relationships, both personal and with the world at large.
I also believe that women as a whole will move more into the forefront of the movement of change and transformation that we are undergoing. And I think that can only be a good thing.
So, I implore you, don’t let this amazing opportunity pass by without co-creating MORE LOVE! Think and intend and open your hearts, and then project it all forward and outward. The time for greater love is now.
View my video on The Transit of Venus:
Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius and the Transit of Venus = More LOVE!