Venus arrived at her station degree this past Saturday. She won’t actually turn retrograde until July 25th, but we are all hearing her call.
I was seeing Venus everywhere this weekend. It was a weekend ripe with enjoyment, pleasure and great company. The Taste of Tremont was yesterday. I love people watching, but yesterday, everyone was more vibrant in my eyes. “Humans are so beautiful,” I thought. Despite the 95⁰ heat, everyone was enjoying themselves. It was neat to see how different groups of people dressed like each other. Tribal as ever! I was delighted in observing these various Cleveland tribes. It inspired so much love in my heart.
Twice, someone kissed my hand yesterday. When does that ever happen??? So Venusian. “It’s a pleasure to meet you,” said one gentleman. The other was from a beautiful mermaid goddess, who came up to me and said, “You are so beautiful, I just wanted to tell you.” I responded, “It’s a reflection of your own beauty.” So Venusian.
The other thing I am noticing is the archetype of Virgo. Even though the majority of Venus’ retrograde will occur in the masculine sign of Leo. Venus begins her retrograde at 0⁰ Virgo, a feminine sign of the autonomous, cultivated priestess. Virgo cares about perfecting herself, and she cares about the Earth, acknowledging Mama Tierra as her sustainer. How can we perfect our habits of living to be more sustainable?
Venus remains at this degree for two whole weeks, reinforcing its significance. 0⁰ of Virgo aligns with the fixed star Regulus, who only drifted into Virgo from Leo in 2011. Many astrologers have suggested that Regulus’ shift would ignite a collective change in values, from Patriarchal to Matriarchal. Several astrologers are also suggesting that this Venus Retrograde is amplifying that shift.
Who knows, but it’s certainly necessary. Before writing this article this morning, some really strong issues have been on my mind. Ultimately, I am encouraging people to contemplate your lifestyle! We, HUMANS, are destroying this planet!
One of the biggest offenders is the holocaust of animals so that humans can feed themselves. I realize that a lot of people feel that they need meat to sustain themselves. If you do, please consider where your meat is coming from. Local farms have much cleaner practices, which is better for your health and the health of our sustainer, Mother Earth. The practices of meat farms are disgusting and you can see literally see pools of blood and feces from Google Earth. Those pools of course run off into the Earth, with dire ecological consequences. We are literally committing suicide by allowing ourselves to continue living the way we do. Things need to change on this planet, and FAST.
Despite all the beauty at Taste of Tremont yesterday, I was shocked that there were no recycling bins! Think of all of the plastic bottles that end up in the garbage after events like this. They are happening everywhere and all the time! Someone who inspires me so much is Zero Waste Girl. I feel that I do a great job of recycling, but I feel that it isn’t enough. I’m asking myself, “What changes can I make in my lifestyle to reduce waste?” I’m wondering if only drinking beer from a growler would help? A local store owner in my neighborhood is promoting the #BYOJ, Bring Your Own Jar movement. It’s less convenient, but I feel that it’s not that difficult to do. Making small, easy changes in our routine to help our Earth is the least we can do.
The point is, shifting to a matriarchal value system would clean up our planet and improve the quality of life for all. The patriarchal system we’ve been living out of for millennia has brought us many wonderful advancements, but now we need to learn responsibility.
Those are a couple of big Venus in Virgo issues on my mind. Thanks for reading. I hope these energies inspire you too.
As an astrologer, it’s amazing when I see planets act on the world stage. Right before my eyes, I see the planets embody themselves within people, in events, in situations. Just as the planets are in aspect above us in the Heavens, I observe the same aspects mirrored in the affairs of nature here on Earth.
“As Above, So Below…”
On June 12th of this year, Neptune stationed retrograde. On that day, I was scheduled to arrive at the Renaissance Hotel to style a bride’s hair for day one of her two day Indian wedding. Mercury was also wrapping up his retrograde, so I made extra care to double check all of the details. I wanted to avoid any miscommunication and to ensure that her expectations of our arrangement would be met. I spoke to the bride over the phone a few days prior. Usually, the bride will have a “trial run” for her hair and makeup prior to the wedding day to ensure sheer perfection on her special day. Initially, I expected the bride to meet me at the salon for the trial run, and to be on location for her wedding day. Well, thanks to the awareness bestowed by the planets, I was able to discover that she needed me on location for both days, and adjust my schedule accordingly.
Whew, I dodged that one!
I left the salon, rushing to the hotel, as it began to rain. Neptune, ruler of the Seas, often brings rain. Poseidon was a wrathful God in many Greek myths. So with Neptune, it’s usually a bit heavier than a light rain. Think, storms, hurricanes, floods. Needless to say, I wasn’t surprised when rain began pelting down on my windshield. I arrived at the hotel on time, but the bride was running nearly 30 minutes late. Luckily, the bride arranged with the concierge to let me into her bridal suite to set up. I felt weird loitering in the bridal suite before the bride, but it quelled my fears about being late for my next appointment back at the salon.
To be honest, I was annoyed at this point. But Neptune has a cloaking mechanism. Things are not always as they seem. The bride turned out to be really cool, and not as uptight as other brides (Trust me, I see my fair share of bridezillas in my profession). So in this case, Neptune fooled me in a good way.
The bride gazes out the window as I’m styling her hair. “I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow for the wedding. Tonight is fine, since we’ll mostly be inside.”
Conversation is going well. I figured maybe she had heard a bit about Vedic astrology from her family, so I mentioned my bit on Neptune and rain, then elaborated further, “But Neptune also rules dreams of all kinds, so it’s still a great weekend for a wedding. You’re marrying your dream man; your dream is coming true.”
“Wow,” she paused. ”My name actually means ‘dream’.”
You can’t make this stuff up!!!!!
The following day, I arrived once again at her hotel for wedding hair and makeup. Neptune was also still present, raining heavily. There was a miscommunication about how long the other stylist and I were scheduled to stay. The bride was initially really worried, but we ensured her that it would work out and that her day would still be perfect.
A few of her guests were supposed to fly in from Chicago, but their planes were delayed due to fog!!! Seriously? I was surprised, but not surprised. Indeed, Neptune rules fog, but a plane delay in June? I’m sure that’s not all that common. Gotta love astrology.
The bride looked immaculately beautiful; saintly, divine. Have you ever seen an Indian bride? Neptune is the higher octave of Venus. She exuded happiness and love. Beaming. It didn’t matter that not everything went as planned.
We left the hotel, now with the Sun shining over the wet sidewalks. It was all in good timing. Neptune was merciful and stopped his rain for a bride whose name means “Dream.”