Venus represents so many different aspects of our psyche within the natal chart: Femininty, material value system, frames of judgment/perception, et cetera. The emphasis that is traditionally placed on Venus, a.k.a. beauty and aesthetic refinement, are great examples of the types of cognitive / perceptual paradigms that Venus helps us to internalize, and therefore make sense of the world. Whilst she isn’t usually associated with the intellect per se (in the way Mercury is), Venus is the very ground that the intellect stands upon. The maxim ‘ I think therefore I am’ simply cannot exist without the categories of thought and coded nature of perception which Venus gives rise to. Venus also has a special relationship with relationships (as ways of expressing this value system – to quote Gargatholil) and with one’s expression of the anima (feminine archetype).
I recall reading Naomi Wolf’s Vagina: A New Autobiography, where she discussed the linkages between the sacral complex and transcendental experiences – she made the case that the female orgasm was linked to the ability to naturally access heightened spiritual states. Quite a good read – this was based on research, as opposed to personal experiences alone – the two made for a compelling argument.
Therefore, hardwired into the female body (sorry gents, but the male body doesn’t seem to have a parallel biologically that we know of yet) is this link between the Sacral and the Spiritual.
But what does all this have to do with Venus? Well…. in terms of medical astrology, it (unsurprisingly) is linked with the ovaries – and – as Ms. Wolf argues – the female reproductive complex and its activated state are linked with certain states of transcendental consciousness. A total death of the ego, a loss/dissolution of perception, and a mystical state of recognizing ‘One-ness’. These states break through the paradigms or perspectives that Venus grants us in its unawakened form.
This information is course, available in other schools of thoughts and spiritual teachings, and has been for a very long time – but I liked the way neuroscience (and its quantifiable, measurable, positivistic) research was neatly juxtaposed with ancient teachings – and the two read as one. I’d say Vagina: A New Autobiography should be recommended reading for just about anyone ….
So to me, putting all this information together – I revisit my understanding of Venus in astrology, and as an energetic signature in her own right. She is the Goddess of Beauty, of Fertility, of Sex, of Aesthetics – but also so much more than there. For hidden within her Sacred Vessel is a powerful, but little-known, bridge linking Venus with the transcendentalism of Neptune through the nervous-electric matrix of Uranus.
With so much of emphasis on Saturn/Vesta in Scorpio (a tremendous challenge to the Sacral at this time), I feel it is as important to look at Venus and what she teaches us at this time.
Release your ideas and preconceptions for a moment – that she means X, Y, Z and you’ll see – there’s just so much more to her that we’ve been led to believe.
At the moment, Venus makes the following aspects in the sky – the date/times given reflect when this aspect is exact – or in the case of the Yod, how long it is in effect for:
Venus trine Pluto Retrograde – 10:29 pm, 14-9-14, GMT + 8
Venus sextile Ceres – 3:40 am, 17-9-14, GMT + 8
Venus opposes Chiron – 2:19 am, 18-9-14, GMT + 8
Venus sextiles Ceres, both inconjunct Uranus (forming a Yod) activated by Pallas Athena: 1:00 am, 16-9-14 – 5:32 pm, 20-9-14, GMT + 8
I will be covering Venus opposing Chiron and the Venus Yod separately. A few words on Venus trine Pluto Retrograde.
Trine aspects facilitate the smooth flow of energy between two bodies. Whether this is a ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ energetic flow depends entirely upon how you sub-consciously perceive and engage with the energy of the bodies concerned.
Venus (perception, femininity, attachment, sensual pleasure) meets Pluto Retrograde (power, sexuality, transformation, crisis) in the signs of Virgo (Mutable Earth) and Capricorn (Cardinal Earth) at 11 Vir/Cap ’01.
With so much of energy already focused upon the feminine through Saturn/Vesta in Scorpio, some might not even have noticed Venus in Virgo. Saturn/Vesta appears to be causing the most intense experiences for many.
Venus trining Pluto Retrograde can result in a profound recognition that the Deepest Truths are ones that are also, Beautiful. The Transcendental Wisdom of the Womb (as discussed above) is also an area that is likely to be of interest at this time. Powerful expressions of beauty, femininity, artistry and a full-on engagement with the ‘shadow qualities’ of the feminine (suppressed, repressed, hidden or unacknowledged) are also possible. An intimate partner may facilitate these knowing-s or re-memberings through the sexual act, or a profound sense of spiritual connection/communion. Ultimately the lessons you learn here are focused upon self-preservation and self-nurture – not only to feel ‘in control’ or ‘powerful’ – but to ultimately be able to go on your Path of Service. You can’t give from an empty cup – Venus/Pluto Retrograde can teach you how to fill it, adorn it, and enjoy the process.
Through these delicate, delicious sensual learning experiences, beneath the surface, a Transformation in Consciousness is surely taking place. Do not lose sight of that
In the more painful manifestation of this energy, you may find your sense of delicate femininity to be trampled by another, usually someone in a (perceived) state of power of over – whether this is the case is another matter. You may retreat to the purely material attachments that Venus can indulge in to avoid the spiritual transformation that Pluto Retrograde seeks to bring in through the modality of Crisis. You may fixate yourself upon the purely material as the spiritual transform through shadow-working Pluto Retrograde beckons you to do may simply seem too challenging — too threatening to the thought-forms and structures of perceptions through which you have built your image of the world.
The energy of Venus trine Pluto Retrograde is still fairly strong at this time. Allow yourself to find activities or ways to bridge the knowing of the Womb-Body with Spirit – Artistic expression, dance, music, drama are potential activities. Whatever you do, Create! and Bring your Spiritual Knowings into Life and Manifested Form.
The Queen of the Womb, Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 9-May-2014. [Digital]
Naomi Wolf. Vagina: A New Autobiography. 2012. Virago: New York.
Gargatholil. Depth Astrology
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