Cultivating Your Authentic Voice and Genuine Self-Expression
LAST Venus Retrograde in SCORPIO ~ 2010 - NEXT Venus Retrograde in CAPRICORN ~ 2013-14
Use the next *4* Months (April - August 2012) to do the following ...
~ Go within & deeply connect to your essential nature
~ Remember the things & people who are most important to you
~ Connect with all *6* of your senses
~ Renew your Spirit, your Faith, and your Commitment
~ Release the past so you are Lighter moving in this present moment
~ Use your resources more consciously so you are more effective in your efforts
~ Do what you 'gotta do' - so you can do what you 'wanna do'
~ Renew your self-value / self-worth
~ Create a new way of living - and - of living on Earth with others
~ Balance your masculine/feminine nature within
~ Access great courage and stamina
~ Agree to disagree when in conflict with others
April 3, 2012 ~ Venus Enters *GEMINI* ...
Moving toward a Retrograde covering the ground which will be reviewed between May 15th (retro) and June 27th (direct - shadow period ends Aug 1st). The whole point of any planet going Retrograde is to bring up the issues of its domain, in Venus' case, values, priorities & resources. It brings these issues to the surface, essentially getting your attention in a way that (hopefully) will prompt you to want to explore more deeply (retrograde) before charting the course of future forward movement (direct/out of shadow) when you will have acquired more clarity and sure-footedness.
Venus has an 8 year Cycle, and last did this (Retrograde in Gemini) in March 2004, so how have your values evolved over the last 8 years where your ideas, thoughts, concepts, communication & self-expression are concerned? How would you like to evolve over the next 8 years? Venus energy focuses your attention on what you deeply value or what you give your resources to, which tells the Universe what you truly value. How did you spend your time, energy and money over the last cycle? How will/must that change going forward?
~ April 3 - May 15, 2012 ~
Introduction to New You & Your New Priorities
~ May 15 - June 27, 2012 ~
Re-View, Re-Evaluate, Re-Vision, Re-Examine
~ June 27 - August 1, 2012 ~
Integration of the New You & Your New Priorities
~ August 1 - 7, 2012 ~
Anchoring the Gemini Energy & Your *NEW* 8 year Cycle
Gemini energy is all about how we think, process and express what we learn. It's about gathering and disseminating information. It's about change, duality, choice(s), crossroads, and of course, transition. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, which rules (among other things) transition. Transition originally meant "going across or over" ~ sometimes it means changing from one state of form or being to another. What is powerful about this is not in the 'being here or there', but in being PRESENT wherever you are. If you are consciously participating in life, then this is a potent time for you. However, if you are overwhelmed and your systems are on overload, you are going to short-circuit, then you may have to go down before you can come up and function properly. So consider this next 4 months (April - August 2012) a literal and figurative UPGRADE to your operating system (mind) where your values and priorities (Venus) are concerned. What is most important to you and how you think has likely shifted dramatically since 2004, and will shift again by 2020 (next Venus Retrograde in Gemini).
Re-Calibrate Your Perspective & Clean the Filter
Venus Retrogrades every 18-months or so, which means that your *Values & Priorities* shift on a fairly regular basis. Getting a rhythm to this, internally, will help you flow with your own evolution with less fear or anxiety and more trust in the natural order of things, which includes change. However, Venus' 8-year cycle brings monumental shifts around what is truly important to you and is animated by the Sign it falls in. This Venus work is going to be very personal for those with Gemini/Sagittarius and Virgo/Pisces activated in their charts. Things that were important to you 8-years ago are probably not so vital now, and things that were not even on your list of priorities may have moved to the top.
In this case, Gemini, means your *thinking* has evolved over the last 8-years and adjustments to your language and behavior should reflect the *upgrade*. Taking a time-out to review your own mind, how it works, what it focuses on and how it serves you (or not) is what this Retrograde will likely bring to the fore. Gemini energy always reveals multiple perspectives and illustrates better than any other Sign how multiple "stories" can be conflicting and yet still be true (or at least relevant). It's time to think another way regarding your *Values & Priorities*. We each have a unique "filter" that we run the information through. You may know what I mean, have you ever said something to someone who took it completely wrong? That's THEIR filter being engaged. You have used your thoughts and language to convey something, they have then run it through their filter (life experience or level of consciousness or knowledge base) and it completely altered the original meaning.
Well, I love to use the "dryer filter" analogy here. When we clean the lint out of the dryer filter (when washing clothes), you think you've cleaned it. And for the most part, you have. However, over long periods of time, a waxy build-up accumulates on the filter and if you were to try to run water through it, you would find that you really need to "scrub, rinse, repeat" before that water would flow through the filter (with ease). Our personal mental filters can be like this too! Once some people define something as "truth" they don't question it or review it for current relevance and therefore, their thinking becomes outdated and stagnant and very much like that clogged filter ~ new ideas, thoughts and concepts cannot get through and now the filter is no longer working as intended.
Venus is about beauty and culture and how all living things are related and affect one another. Gemini energy will help us explore the possibilities and hopefully, learn something new. Basically, the Soul-Level re-connection we just cultivated over the last Venus Cycle (18-months) has perhaps left us a little "raw" but also, clarified, purified & renewed ... down to our core. Now we must explore the "ideas" of who we can become, individually and collectively. What was all that deep delving self-work for if not to clear space for new ideas to come in? You may find that your thinking and your choices no longer reflect what is really important to you in the here & now. Who do you *think* you are? What do your choices & decision-making processes reveal about how you really are and what's really important to you? (The Universe does not make those distinctions, this is purely a function of the *Mind*.) It is time to evolve and explore new ideas and perspectives, while not getting overwhelmed by the limitlessness of thought or distracted by details.
The Retrograde period should afford you time for the *Review*. Review your thoughts and beliefs, do some clearing & releasing and prepare the way for new thought, new learning and new ideas to have a place to exist and evolve. Retrogrades are always good for research, revisions and resolutions. Do your thoughts, words and deeds reflect your deepest, core values? Do you spend your resources of time, energy & money on: memories or materials? Education or elitism? Progress or postponement?
Venus, Earth & Global Cycles
The global shifts are so massive, there must be some time here and there that you check in on SELF, and make sure you are not being blindly led down a path you don't belong on, nor the one you chose. When you're caught up in survival mode, your senses and perceptions become skewed and you see/feel things that aren't there and miss the blessings that ARE. When you are constantly chasing something just out of your reach, life slips right through your fingers. When you spend more time running "out there" and less time being still "in here", you can lose your balance and fall.
Venus reminds us that ...
~ ALL LIFE IS INTER-CONNECTED ~
Venus in *GEMINI* reminds us that ...
~ ACTION STEMS FROM THOUGHT ~
Venus works very closely with Mother Earth, sometimes they're called Sisters, and we are moving toward *LEADING* with our Feminine aspects of our natures. Venus is working with the Sun and Earth in a way that she only does every 113-130 years. These alignments create portals through which we, as individuals and a collective, can choose to activate and move through consciously or not. This particular portal is restoring balance between Masculine and Feminine within and around us. At this time, we should activate our Inner-Feminine energy, which knows instinctively how to clear a space with an intention, extend the invitation for all that you need, desire and deserve and then allow Intuition to guide the next move. The Feminine Way of getting things done is no better or worse than the Masculine Way of getting things done, it is just *DIFFERENT*. And the year 2012 brings Mars Retro in Virgo and Venus Retro in Gemini, further amplifying this incredible cycle that always leads to the evolution of BALANCE ~ EBB/FLOW ~ YIN/YANG ~ UP/DOWN ~ INNER/OUTER ~ ABOVE/BELOW. If *ANY* living thing is imbalanced in *ANY* way, it affects us *ALL* ... sooner or later. In essence, if we are to align OUR REALITY (Earth) with OUR CORE-IDENTITY (Sun) and fulfill our Infinite potential (Galactic Center) as human beings, we will need Venus (Love) to do it come 2012 because she represents all the KEY INGREDIENTS WE NEED TO SUCCEED! Venus rules or represents (but is not limited to the following short list):
~ ART & BEAUTY ~ the invisible which links all humanity and is a language all can understand & do respond to
~ CULTURE ~ what we individually & collectively contribute thru thoughts, words and deeds creates a culture
~ LOVE ~ unifies the most diverse because it is the common thread that runs thru all beings
~ VALUES ~ what you spend your resources on reveal what you value
Shadow Expression of Venus in Gemini
You'll know if you're imbalanced if/when you're:
~ Flighty and disconnected (ungrounded)
~ Argumentative for sport and entertainment
~ Careless with words and about others' thoughts & feelings
~ Game-Playing / Manipulation
~ Scheming or plotting (usually around love or money)
~ Overwhelmed with too many ideas or too many details
~ Dogmatic & narrow-minded
~ Being anti-social, intolerant & opinionated
~ Parroting = mindlessly/thoughtlessly repeating things without checking the facts
~ Being pulled between *Facts & Truth* and being indecisive
Light Expression of Venus in Gemini
You'll know if you're radiating natural love & beauty if/when you:
~ Reclaim your Authentic Voice
~ Maintain the connection to Soul (that you established with Venus/Scorpio)
~ Lighten up, be more sociable, enjoy others
~ Express your Self through writing or speaking
~ Experiment with various ideas (without attachment to outcome)
~ Research ideas, clarify thoughts & speak up
~ Explore new art forms or alternative mediums of expression
~ Expand on your creative ideas, visionary thoughts and individual concepts
~ Do things that support any recently discovered, new ways of thinking
~ Create/Improve your personal Story based on your renewed *Values & Priorities*