On Wednesday, Venus moved from Scorpio to Sagittarius — emerging from the depths of the Underworld, the Goddess now seeks adventure, freedom and expansion. Sagittarius the Archer wants to push boundaries and cross borders, take the leap of faith required to break into unfamiliar territory.
Venus in Sagittarius, until November 26, is especially potent because Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius, is now in Venus-ruled Taurus. The “mutual reception” between Venus and Jupiter strengthens both planets and is reflected in the rising wave of feminine energy in the culture. Goddess Rising, The Art of Love, Beyond Mysticism… — lately my inbox has been inundated with enticing offers to explore and expand my Venusian consciousness.
Even the Occupy movement seems like less of a “protest” (which has its etymological roots in the masculine “testis“), and more about enacting the feminine principles of relatedness, collaboration, caring for and feeding one another. In a recent article on AlterNet Naomi Wolf writes:
“What is most profound about these protest movements is not their demands, but rather the nascent infrastructure of a common humanity…. People emerge, encounter one another face-to-face, and, in re-learning the habits of freedom, build new institutions, relationships and organizations. (We May Be Witnessing…)
Sagittarius/Jupiter rules speaking and standing in your truth — one of the exciting features of the Occupy movement as people access and assert their power and one of the great lessons for women during this time. Barbara Hand Clow writes: “Opening the throat chakra is a very tricky process. Patriarchal authority conspires to keep it blocked, since people with open throat chakras cannot be controlled.” (Liquid Light of Sex) While Venus is in Sagittarius, empowered by Jupiter in Taurus, we can expect many more women to take the risk of opening their throat chakras and stepping into their power.
Jupiter and Sagittarius rule belief systems, philosophy, religion — the story we tell ourselves about how the world works and what it all means. Pluto in Sagittarius (1995-2008) effectively killed the old stories, and the dominant religions — from which the Goddess was ruthlessly purged — continue to lose credibility and relevance. Venus in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Taurus ignite a new, more expansive story of the Multiverse, one that includes and celebrates the feminine.
One of the most effective ways of controlling people is by limiting their imagination of what’s possible and shrinking their consciousness, disconnecting them from the truth of their own inner knowing. Jupiter has been Retrograde in Taurus since August 30 (until December 25), inviting us to reconnect with the truth of our senses, our bodies, our values, and the natural world. Venus in Sagittarius, traveling close together with Mercury — planet of connection and communication — now wants to expand and extend our capacity for bringing the wisdom of the feminine into the dominant culture.
- Emily Trinkaus