by Robert Wilkinson
Venus does an interesting dance with the Sun, and goes retrograde every 8 years in approximately the same span of degrees as 8 years before. So from this time 8 years ago, here’s a foreshadowing of what’s happening now.
In December 2005, Venus went stationary retrograde at 2 Aquarius, and retrograded back to 17 Capricorn. This time in December 2013, it went retrograde at 29 Capricorn, and is retrograding back to 14 Capricorn. To note, this time it will make its “inferior conjunction” with the Sun at 22 Capricorn on January 11, 2014, indicating the lesson involves “apparent defeats that spell true spiritual victory.” We may expect to feel like we’ve “failed” at something, but in truth we will grow spiritually through learning to conform to whatever presents itself.
8 years ago I wrote an article about that Venus retrograde. Though I gave part of it to you several weeks ago, here's a return to those themes, rewritten a little and edited for current transits. You may find some of it applies to what we’ve been going through since mid-December.
Venus retrograde is a great time to reflect on values and relationships. This would include our relationship to money, wealth, and things in general, as well as why we value what we do in our relationships, and whether we're working off of old tapes, old hurts, old attachments, and old aversions in relationships that bear no resemblance to what we're living with today.
Most of the retrograde will be in Capricorn in favorable aspect to Saturn in Scorpio. This offers us an opportunity to be very pragmatic and practical in updating our likes and dislikes to current values and conditions freed from old subconscious tapes that are not useful in our present day to day relationships to people and things.
Venus retrograde may bring memories of old hurts and misunderstandings. However, we can use these “echoes of memories of perceptions” to re-experience old wounds and free ourselves of subconscious patterns that seduce us into suffering by superimposing our mature self's values and short circuiting the echoes of memories of perceptions based in prior ignorance or victimization.
That some people hurt others is a reality in this impermanent world. Still, we do not have to suffer needlessly based in old emotional habits that do not serve our need for love, wisdom, veneration, compassion, and self-respect. I have found that even when these are absent, and hurtfulness is all around, by maintaining these higher values within me, I can transcend the outer conditions, and no longer struggle with those who want to suffer, or dish it out to others.
A very wise man once said words to the effect that life is painful, but we do not have to suffer. It does take courage, strength, and good will to transcend the tendency to suffer, but in releasing the habit of suffering, we take control of our magnificent eternal consciousness and are able to find a tremendous compassion and power. Using these, we are able to enter into the pain and suffering wherever we find it, and break the link between the two.
So as you move through these times, whether they are cheerful or painful for you and those you are with, try to remember that regardless of what's going on around you, we have the choice to BE however we need to be in that moment to bring forth the highest self we are able. It is that which is beyond the fluctuations of personality, and the means by which we can be the light in the darkness of this impermanent existence.
Epilogos: 3 weeks ago I gave you an article about the current Venus retrograde period. In it I offered some of this material while giving you more up to date information about the current retrograde as well as the previous Venus retrograde and how it related to the extremely important Neptune conjunct Pluto about 120 years ago. You may want to take another look since the two together can give you a bigger sense of what this is about.
(And yes, I will compose more about this when I have time. I've been fairly busy doing holiday posts and the huge number of musical birthdays that occur in the first half of Capricorn. On that note, the celebration of the King's birthday is coming later today!!)
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