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venusToday Venus enters the “shadow” of her upcoming Retrograde — although Venus doesn’t actually reverse directions until May 15, we’re now under the influence. While Venus is Retrograde, until June 27, the Goddess in each of us and in the collective memosphere is up for reevaluation, reawakening and reconnection.

And, this Friday — the much maligned Friday the 13th — is actually a day for honoring and celebrating the Divine Feminine. Friday is Venus’s day (after Freya, the Norse incarnation of Venus), and the number 13 is sacred to the Goddess (because there are 13 lunar cycles in a year). In the pagan tradition, as I learned from Caroline Casey, Friday the 13th was devoted to making love all day. Other ways to honor Venus include making art, making beauty and making peace.

So this seems like an auspicious moment, after months of neglect, to re-launch my beloved Venus blog. Hi.

While Venus is Retrograde, all “RE-” words — reawaken, review, renew, revise, revisit, reclaim, reconnect… — apply to the Venus-ruled realms of love, beauty, art, pleasure, relationship, money, values and worth.  To get a feel for what we’re getting into here, you could look back at the previous Venus Retrograde — October 8 to November 18, 2010.

Venus Retrograde is typically a time for: reassessing and renegotiating relationships; resolving old issues with a current or former partner; and reconnecting with friends and lovers from the past. Venus teaches us about projection — she is the mirror that reflects your self back to yourself in the form of your partner, friend, enemy, boss, etc.

Ultimately, Venus is about self-love and self-worth, and Venus Retro will tend to reveal these unhealed parts of ourselves.

geminiAmplifying this theme, Venus is currently conjunct the South Node in Gemini, and squaring both Mars in Virgo and Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. The Venus-South Node conjunction supports healing and releasing old, self-sabotaging Venusian patterns that may include:  undervaluing yourself and your work; compromising your truth in order to please others and fit in; and sacrificing your integrity to earn money or others’ approval.

Venus’s square to Neptune and Chiron triggers the early childhood and/or past-life wounds that created these unconscious (until now!) patterns in the first place. The square to Mars can stir up anger about how we’ve felt victimized by these patterns in the past — and, ideally, inspire one small step we can take to reclaim our power in the present. We are advised to feel, express, and move through the feelings — particularly the grief (Neptune/Pisces) and anger (Mars) — but not to get stuck in self-pity, blame or despair.

The North Node in Sagittarius points to the best way forward — hold the vision for the future you want to create, stand in and speak your truth, and take the risk of moving toward happiness and freedom, trusting your instincts to guide you.

The highlight of this Venus Retrograde will be her rare eclipse of the Sun on June 5, signifying the reawakening of the Divine Feminine in the collective consciousness. I find the timing of this event intriguing, leading up to the first exact square between Uranus and Pluto on June 24, the planetary headline of 2012.

Venus Retro and the Venus-Sun transit remind us that it is essential to source ourselves in the feminine during these tumultuous, transformative times. If we pull off the miracle of rebirthing a sane new world as the old patriarchal order self-destructs, it will be through love, pleasure, beauty, art, compassion and connection.

– Emily Trinkaus

Portlandia friends – Please join me this Saturday, April 14, 6:30-8:30pm, at New Renaissance for my Venus Retro workshop Restoring Love and Pleasure. We’ll explore the above themes and much much more, including how Venus Retro will influence your personal birth chart. And – friends everywhere – I’ll be a guest on Human Spirit Radio on Friday, April 20, 2:00-3:00pm PDT, talking about Venus Retro, the Uranus-Pluto square and all sorts of exciting cosmic events. Please tune in!


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mars“We have to be visible before we can be seen. We have to be available before our hearts can be affected. And we have to be present before we can be intimate.” – Jett Psaris & Marlena S. Lyons, Undefended Love

Venus is moving into a square with Mars, a significant phase in the dynamic dance between the feminine and masculine — and a potentially feisty, erotic combination. Venus is in Scorpio, the sign of sexual and emotional intimacy, and Mars is in Leo, which rules romantic love, and sex as “performance.”

As the tension of the Venus-Mars square builds — culminating at the Scorpio New Moon next Wednesday — Mars acts as a catalyst for the themes animated by Venus in Scorpio, October 6 to November 2.

Venus in Scorpio wants to dig into the less tidy or comfortable aspects of relating, the emotional crap that’s been festering beneath the surface. She brings us into the deepest layers of feeling, and has a special affinity with the dark side of love — jealousy, envy, control, suspicion, betrayal and abandonment. Venus in Scorpio takes us on this Underworld tour with the purpose of transmuting those aspects of self that are holding us back from the love, intimacy and pleasure we desire.

When confronted with these unpleasant parts of ourselves — the ones we store in the basement of the subconscious and hope no one will ever see — fear and defensiveness are not uncommon reactions. Then we act out the less evolved version of Scorpio, the Scorpion, stinging whoever dared get too close to our pain.

Working with Scorpio power and taking it to a higher level requires vulnerability and the willingness to surrender control — control over our own feelings, and the attempt to control other people. Since most of us in this culture learned from the get-go that vulnerability means weakness and surrendering control leads to certain death, this is no easy task. (The above-referenced Undefended Love has been a helpful ally for me.)

Ideally, the Venus-Mars square helps bring out the potential gifts of Venus in Scorpio — deepened authenticity and intimacy, renewed passion and vitality, and an increased capacity to experience pleasure and ecstasy.

Mars in Leo — whose ruling planet is the Sun — wants to shine some light into Scorpio’s shadowy, mysterious, hidden realms. Mars in Leo can inspire the confidence, courage and open-heartedness that we need to navigate the depths.

There are, of course, some less productive possibilities… Pushing too far too fast to compensate for hidden fears and insecurities — Leo can be willful, while Scorpio can “skip steps” and dive head-first into intensity. Leo loves drama, and Scorpio has a fondness for crisis. You get the picture.

At the other extreme, the Fixed quality of both Leo and Scorpio can resist change and get attached to the same-old, same-old, even when they know it’s not working for them. Venus in Scorpio gets more deeply entrenched in destructive emotional patterns, while Mars in Leo defends them out of pride and willfulness.

The current cycle between Venus and Mars started on May 23, 2011, when the two planets united in Taurus (9 degrees). The conjunction signified new beginnings in relationship, creativity and the feminine-masculine dynamic within ourselves. If you have a copy of your birth chart and want to get astro-technical, you could find the house that was activated by the conjunction and get further insight into its meaning for you personally.

Now, the Venus-Mars square challenges us to take the next big step forward. This is the opening square of the cycle, which typically has a “leaving home” quality — having to step outside of our comfort zone and into unfamiliar territory.

What did you set into motion last May that now wants to be taken to the next level? What is the old, underlying conditioning that might be holding you back? How can you readjust your inner Venus/feminine and Mars/masculine in order to move forward more effectively?

– Emily Trinkaus

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