* Kehinde Wiley!! I mean!
Much of the following post is excerpted from Astrological 2017, which you can find HERE
As Venus stations now at 13 degrees Aries, it’s time to take a look at what is about to unfold…
~ The path into the light seems dark,
the path forward seems to go back,
the direct path seems long,
true power seems weak,
true purity seems tarnished,
true steadfastness seems changeable,
true clarity seems obscure,
the greatest art seems unsophisticated,
the greatest love seems indifferent,
the greatest wisdom seems childish.
-Lao Tzu ~
Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn take a retrograde:
Venus spends hers in Aries/Pisces, from 13 Aries to 23 Pisces.
Jupiter all in Libra travels from 23 back to 14 Libra.
Saturn stays in Sagittarius, traveling from 27 through 21 degrees.
The positions of Venus take on extra importance this year as we are involved in a chain of command that goes as follows:
Jupiter in Libra is ruled by Venus.
Saturn in Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, who in turn in ruled by Venus.
Are you noticing a THEME?!
Our opportunities (Jupiter) and the rules/structure/authority that allow us to access them, or not (Saturn) are both heavily influenced by the position of Venus. Until October when she turns Jupiter over to the influence of Mars, (and even then, Mars is in Libra until December.) For 2017 Venus holds both the rules to follow, and the way out of the maze.
The Retrograde Mechanics:
Venus slows to a stop at 13 degrees Aries on March 1, 2017, with the Moon Uranus and Mars also in Aries.
She begins in Aries moving backward on the 3rd of March while the Sun, Mercury, and Neptune are conjunct in Pisces.
Whatever you thought was a ‘go’ in love or money may seem to suddenly dry up, and something or someone you had written off, may yet reappear. Sudden finished biz, and the unfinished biz awaiting your attention.
It’s a dance that begins in ~ I must have it my way ~ Aries, and moves to ~ take a look at the big picture ~ Pisces on the 3 of April. And then of course back again to define what you want, or will get, with renewed perspective.
Is there something, someone, from the past Venus will help you with?
And ‘help’ with Venus in Pisces may be enacted by blurring the lines, adding confusion, or even fear, or sacrifice. What is real? Who is trustworthy, is it as valuable as it appears? Do you dare to believe?
Venus in her Exaltation is miracle territory. Spiritual connection, is possible, bliss, deep selfless love, and near impossible dreams that actually can come true, but wait for direct motion, because they also, can not!
Altruism, with Venus direct in Pisces is a distinct possibility, but as the song says, ‘compared to what’?
On April 14th, Venus Stations Direct, conjuncts Chiron and squares Saturn for a true hit of painful reality and potential healing, with the Sun conjunct Uranus and the last kicks of the Virgo/Pisces axis version of Saturn/Uranus/North Node in action.
Mercury is retrograde then, and the whole story may not be as brutal as it initially appears, but it’s a f*cking doozy of a moment.
Circle the date.
Jupiter arrives at his station of 23 degrees Libra, just in time for the New Moon in Aquarius on the 27th of January.
Let’s remember that Jupiter rules the truth, and Libra rules relationships.
His backward motion begins on February 5th, and lasts until June 9th 2017.
Whatever you have begun before February 5th, and whatever you have long been trying to get off the ground, to this, Jupiter lends a hand. After all, the extra time moving backward, is extra time in Libra, and this is deeply needed.
He underlines a moment of very significant change with a cautionary note.
If you are uneasy about your choices he seems to say, look deeper, think again, he positions himself to support the idea that there WILL be change. In that, you have no choice.
But here, as he moves backward, Jupiter seems to ask that you deal urgently with what is already on your plate.
Chew what you have bitten off, it may be harder to swallow than you think.
For these two retrogrades,
It’s not only about who we pin our hopes on, or how we invest our love and money.
It is about the meaning and VALUE of Dependence and Independence.
(YES dependence has a value)
Does it make it easier if I say Interdependence?
Because that’s what partnership is, it’s Interdependence.
While this happens, Uranus keeps pace by opposing Jupiter in Libra, and trining Saturn in Sagittarius.
This year we will be asked to put our money where our mouth is.
And more than that, with Pluto in the mix, to change our lives because of our beliefs. Only you know that with Pluto, we won’t be asked, we will be forced. The winch that began to tighten at the end of 2007 and gained momentum in 2008/9, is back.
DO YOU HAVE UNFINISHED BUSINESS?
No, wait, DO YOU?
Haunting is not too strong a word for what happens in the first half of 2017, every cage will be rattled, just to make sure you not supposed to be on the OTHER side of the bars.
Which prison is yours?
What is it you can NOT do without?
Is it like a check up from the doctor, will you be able to look at your development and say ‘All Good’ ?
But others will climb over your wall and into your garden, just to ask ‘Are you sure?’
~ Are you sure? ~
You will have the opportunity to find out if what you are attempting to do next belongs to you.
If yes, you will have help. Strength and power will arrive to buoy you up, and if not, it’s overboard, a long way to the bottom, and again, a long way back to where there is air to breathe.
All the usual caveats and provisos apply for Venus retro Do not start a biz under any circumstances. Do not get elective body altering surgery unless you are correcting a past surgical mistake. No new tattoos.
For Jupiter retro, take heart, this is planning time. Don’t wait, figure it out.
For more, on Jupiter Retrograde click HERE
~ Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not.
-Eckhart Tolle ~
Your life IS changing.
Jupiter is going to help you to get it right.
Jupiter in Libra is about the intersection of Justice, Equality and Harmony.
err yes that too…
self-destructive competition, lazy expectations of happiness/harmony without the hard work of making it so.
Still, Above all in 2017 we can be grateful for increased clarity of vision.
Once we make it through the early retrogrades, perception is enhanced.
The point, I guess, of unfinished biz is to finish it. Or maybe that simplifies things in a way that lacks respect for the subtlety of emotion that retrogrades can engender. However deep and unwieldy the roots of them, the retrogrades of Venus and Jupiter have decidedly practical outcomes this time. Our choices now will make a difference in what happens, in the directions we take our lives. It’s as if we are swimming to the shore, and we must look back for landmarks, to see if we have been traveling in the right direction and to be certain that all of us make it in. Those lost slips of our psyche, the ‘could have been’s, those brilliant escape artist bits of consciousness can sink to the bottom and grow with a disproportionate force. A stray tendril can become an invisible thicket that will strangle you suddenly, when you didn’t even feel the vine at your throat.
To catch up, you must go back.
Are there opportunities you missed that might through further action make themselves available to you?
Or could it be that there are strings left to untie?
All Night No Sleep Now This
Daytime moon. Moon like some guy you grew up with
who won’t go away. Moon like God’s weird tooth.
Won’t go away.
Is impersonating a slice of cake. My stupid heart
blinking like I imagine a button
on a black box does
up until and maybe even after
we have given up trying to remember.
I have given up trying to remember
the train’s schedule or the quiet that scatters
from its whistle
like the seed head of a dandelion.
I don’t know why it makes me feel better
to imagine a child
blowing pollen across a darkened field.
Up on the moon, my friend lies down
beside the ghost of his wife.
Their bed is a block of ice and soon
they are frozen.
On earth, the terrible things
and the beautiful things
continue to happen beside each other.
On the moon in the darkness, nothing.
On earth in the darkness, sometimes
rain swells like applause.
– Jeffrey Morgan ~
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