In honor of the Transition of Venus happening June 5th and 6th I thought I would dedicate a post to Venus as she forever alters the lover and prostitute in us all.
When I first started going to Michelle’s classes a few years back, one of the first things I learned was the importance of, and how to, ground myself. This has proven to be one of the most valuable lessons I have learned and one I will forever be grateful for. By taking the time to reconnect…to Earth, Spirit, and yourself you are awakening the gift of self healing. This is definitely something each and every one of us can benefit from.
How does this relate to Venus you may be asking yourself… well, let me share my experience with you and you will understand. When I first started attending classes we would and still do actually, start class off by getting in our space and grounding ourselves. Once we had gone thru the steps of dropping our grounding cord, releasing all that is in our space and then connecting to the earth and pulling up our earth energy, we move to our crown and call in spirit energy. This is where Venus would come in for me. Without consciously thinking…hey I am going to pull energy in today from Venus… I would inadvertently connect to the planet… and feel its energy flood my crown. Now, how did I know it was Venus energy pulling in, you might be asking yourself? Well, the name of the planet would pop into my head, over and over again. I would hear it, or think it and consciously I would dismiss it. At times I actually remember thinking to myself, “Is that the only planet I know of? Geeze… Jackie can’t you be a little more creative?” I would also try and imagine something else…but my thoughts would always go back to Venus. Now, I think my reaction is rather funny. I have come to realize that we pull in what we connect to, what we need. After multiple times of this happening I realized I needed to stop resisting and pay attention to this message. I needed to do some investigation of Venus to understand what my connection was or just what the reason for my connection was.
What I found at first felt really superficial. And left me feeling a bit vain. A common description that I encountered described Venus’s strength as: Love, Beauty and Sexuality with its weakness being: Jealousy and Vanity. Upon digging a little deeper the complexity of this planet/goddess really started to reveal itself to me and I had a better understanding of my own personal connection with her as well as her roll in humanity and spirit. Venus is about beauty, love and sexuality…but it’s also about so much more. She has a duality of sorts that resides in all of us.
According to the Babylonians, they named the planet Ishtar, the personification of womanhood, and goddess of love. She had a dual role as a goddess of war, representing birth and death. The Greeks then named her after their goddess of love. And in Roman mythology, Venus is the goddess of love and beauty, famous for the passions she could stir among the gods. Passion invokes power, love and war…you could say that Venus is about power, creativity, love, passion, and new beginnings.
In Astrologically, Venus is associated with the principles of harmony, beauty, balance, feelings and affections and the urge to sympathize and unite with others. Venus is involved with the desire for pleasure, comfort and ease. It seems that romantic relations, marriage and even business partnerships, fall under this magnificent planets umbrella. And we cannot forget the reference to sex. When I was researching Venus the Goddess, lover and prostitute popped up. Now most people hear prostitute and think negatively. I understand this, however; what is a prostitute…someone that sells their body for sex, right? Well that someone holds a certain power don’t they? Prostitution (without going into a completely other direction) is about power, control, and giving ourselves away. With anything there is positive and a negative. With Venus, you can have love, passion, power, beauty…and on the other end of the spectrum you could experience, giving yourself away, low self esteem…a lack of power, not seeing your true beauty. Everything is about balance.
After spending some time really contemplating and looking at my own life I have put all this information together and this is what I have gathered…Venus is not just about beauty, love and vanity in the simplest of terms, it is far deeper.
The transition of Venus I believe will bring to light any issues you are having that involves the love of others as well as self love, self acceptance. It presents us with our deepest needs of love and acceptance, and the beauty that can be provided by these basic and simplest comforts. It can also be a reminder or wake up call to stop giving yourself away. To take a look at our relationships….and see if they are balanced. Have we become off kilter? Are you obsessive about a relationship…a task…a goal…have you lost sight of the inner beauty that you possess and the power that comes with that? Call upon Venus to help illuminate your relationships and your passions in life. Are you ready to embark on a new path or journey, do you need to find your passion? She can help. In romantic relationships she can help as well. Look to her to find where you are using or abusing your power. Sex is a beautiful in its honest form, it embodies the essence of Venus, it’s full of beauty, love and power but it is also a tool that can be conniving and deceitful if used to control or manipulate someone. We must remember to look at our motives and what is serving our greatest good or simply serving our ego.
Venus is one of the brightest planets in our solar system other than the moon… Her presence and all she embodies is both purposeful and powerful. Enjoy her transition and welcome it as an opportunity to embrace yourself and take a personal look at where you are honoring yourself and where you are giving yourself away.