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Venus Sq. Neptune, collage by Emily

“If we have not got time to hear the soul, to listen to its values, to allow it to touch in to the divine feminine that knows us before we were born, and to live that reality, despair sets in. And when despair sets in, there is an undermining of the culture. People turn to addictions in order to try not to live at all.” – Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity

Venus is moving into a square with Neptune, god/goddess of the ocean. Exact on Monday, the Venus-Neptune square evokes a longing to connect with Source, higher consciousness, the divine. Venus is in Scorpio, and sexuality, intimacy, and emotional deep-diving are potential paths to experiencing Neptunian nirvana — and/or Neptunian delusion, disappointment and despair.

Venus and Neptune have an astro-mythological affinity. In one version of her creation myth, Venus/Aphrodite was born from the ocean, specifically, from sea foam — “aphros” in Greek. In traditional astrology, Venus is considered exalted — reaching her highest expression — in Pisces the Fish, the sign associated with Neptune. Neptune is also said to be the “higher octave” of Venus. Venus rules love and pleasure, Neptune rules unconditional love, oneness and bliss.

These links between Venus and Neptune suggest that Neptune is key to understanding, accessing, and bringing out the highest expression of the feminine. Although the Roman Neptune and his predecessor, the Greek Poseidon, are masculine, the earliest deities associated with water were feminine, as Liz Greene points out in The Astrological Neptune.

Neptune is strong in the sky right now, currently stationing — appearing to stand still — before turning from Retrograde to Direct on November 9. This will be Neptune’s final station in Aquarius before moving into Pisces on February 3, for the next 14 years. Amplifying the Neptunian vibe, in addition to the Venus square, Mercury will square Neptune on November 1, and Mars will oppose Neptune on November 7.

Meaning — right now we’re swimming in the magical, mysterious, potentially confusing, overwhelming, depression-inducing and addiction-inspiring waters of Neptune and getting major lessons in our relationship with Source and the sacred feminine.

To launch Reviving Venus, I went to the ocean and called in Venus and Neptune, wanting to apprentice myself to these goddesses, inviting them to work through me. I left behind cats, friends, partner, clients, and spent three weeks in a house by myself on the Oregon coast. I wrote down my dreams, practiced yoga, meditated, walked on the beach, read books (books!), made art, and fell into my own rhythm around work and creative process.

My intention was not just about carving out time and space for a new writing project, but to immerse myself in the feminine. How you do it is what you get — I wanted this Venus project to be birthed from and grow up out of this fertile, sacred sanctuary of self-care, love for my own body and for the Earth, the softness and openness I feel when I’m in the presence of the ocean, attention to the dreamworld, attunement to my own natural rhythms, freedom from clock time.

Venus, Neptune and I all got along beautifully during my retreat. Back in Portland, attempting to continue my Venus project while keeping up with my 40 (or so) prior work commitments plus attending to the responsibilities of everyday existence, the alliance has been a bit rough.

As I’ve learned from experience, when you intentionally invite an archetype into your life, watch out. I called in the sacred feminine, and then expected that she would quietly sit on the sidelines, waiting for a convenient opening in my schedule during which she could pop in for a quick visit, gift me with her inspiration and grace, and then move right along so I could efficiently proceed to the next item on my to-do list.

That hasn’t worked out so well. As a consequence of neglecting the feminine, my reentry into Portland over the past two weeks has been characterized by shadow Neptune — low-grade illness, mold and toxic fumes in my home, victimization and overwhelm, avoidance and procrastination… In the swirl of busyness, I tell myself I don’t have time to do yoga, make art, walk in the woods, meditate — the very things that would take me out of my existential crisis and open up new possibilities for moving forward.

After trying the will-it-into-being kind of approach in writing this post (not effective), I finally surrendered to the process and did what I actually wanted to do — I made a collage. I realized that for my initial two posts, art had come before writing — I had prioritized the more feminine, subconscious, intuitive process of visual art over the more analytical, left-brain process of writing. (For my third post, I sacrificed the art altogether — “not enough time.”) Yesterday I finally walked in the woods, and this morning I did yoga (Your Only Good Addiction).

Having realigned with the feminine, recovered a sense of connection with my own inner world, go figure, I’m feeling energized, excited to move forward. But I’m left with this question of how do we make time and space for slowing down, for just BEING, for attending to our bodies and feelings and souls in the context of a culture that tells us that achievement and profit and faster and more and bigger are what matter most?

- Emily Trinkaus

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Venus-Neptune, collage by Emily

Venus — goddess of love, beauty, eroticism and the arts — has just recently reappeared in the sky, after a nearly two-month tour through the Underworld. Starting August 14, she was invisible-to-us as she traveled between Earth and Sun.

Adam Sommer, in a great post on this current Venus cycle (Venus as the Evening Star) describes Venus’s time in the Underworld as a shamanic death…, where everything that serves us no longer is stripped away and destroyed, so that we can move forward, without fear, awaiting the next blessings to arrive into our lives.”

Venus now reemerges as the Evening Star — Hesperus or Vesper — the archetypal Crone, Wise Woman, Dark Mother. A new Venus cycle started in November 2010, and it’s worth looking back to what was happening in your life last fall, what has died since then, and what now wants to be reborn.

The Sun, Mercury, Venus and Saturn are all congregating in Venus-ruled Libra, and today, Friday — the day of the week associated with Venus (called Freya in Norse) – Venus forms a harmonious trine with Neptune, god/goddess of the ocean.

Neptune — planet of consciousness, spirituality and oneness — is the “higher octave” of Venus. Venus is love, Neptune is unconditional love. Venus is pleasure, Neptune is bliss. When these two planets are cooperating, we have the opportunity to access higher states of consciousness through Venusian avenues — relationship, sensual and sexual pleasure, art and beauty.

Welcome to Reviving Venus

At this auspicious cosmic moment, I’m pleased to welcome you to my new blog, dedicated to excavating, exploring and engaging with the astrological, mythological, cultural and historical Venus — the archetypal sacred feminine.

What is the sacred feminine? As we evolve out of the Age of Pisces, as the Mayan Calendar comes to an end, as the old, outgrown systems and structures of patriarchy and industrial civilization self-destruct, there’s a lot of talk about the return of the goddess and the reemergence of the divine feminine. But what exactly does that mean? What does that look like in our everyday lives? And how can we participate in her return?

Marion Woodman has said, “The feminine is so difficult… to talk about… because so few people have experienced it” (Conscious Femininity).

The astrological Venus is my starting point for delving into this question. Over time and across cultures she has appeared as Aphrodite (Greek), Inanna (Sumerian), Isis (Egyptian), Ishtar (Babylonian), Freya (Norse), Anahita (Persian), and Astarte (Hebrew and Phoenician). Archetypally, she is the Sacred Prostitute, the Temple Priestess, the Lover, the Seductress, the Muse, and the Virgin (meaning sovereign — she who is whole unto herself).

This blog was born from my grief and outrage at all the ways that the feminine is abused, denied, discounted, repressed and distorted in the dominant culture.

Let me count the ways:

  • sexual abuse
  • violence against women and children
  • the abuse and torture of animals
  • the torture of our fellow humans
  • the desecration and exploitation of the Earth
  • a lack of vitality and pleasure in daily life (aka depression)
  • an economy based on extracting resources and expanding markets
  • the dishonoring of the body in general and sexuality in particular
  • the distortion of natural rhythms and cycles and enforcement of clock time
  • standards of external “beauty” that most women can never achieve
  • art as the property of an elite few rather than an essential part of everyday life
  • hyper-consumption of land and natural resources
  • the uglification of culture and our home planet
  • an epidemic of female infertility and other reproductive health issues
  • the prioritizing of profit uber alles
  • a “power over” model of leadership — “might makes right.”

And so on.

Knowing that what I see “out there” must be reflecting what’s “in here” (the whole “out there/in here” separation proven false by physics), this blog is also born from my desire to heal, reanimate and reconnect with my own inner Venus, to restore my own conscious femininity.

The absence of the conscious masculine is no less destructive, and worthy of its own blog. Just to be clear — when I’m talking about masculine and feminine, I’m not referring to men and women, but to the fundamental, complementary, and equally essential energies of yin and yang — Venus and Mars.

This polarity can be expressed as: matter and spirit; body and mind; being and doing; immanence and transcendence; darkness and light; lunar and solar. It’s up to each of us to make conscious our own expression of feminine and masculine, and to integrate and balance this polarity within ourselves.

As Venus reappears in the night sky, reborn and renewed, she invites us to reconnect with our own expression of the feminine. How does the sacred feminine manifest in your own life, in your everyday experience? What can you do to call in more beauty, more love, more pleasure?

If you are intrigued by the topic, please consider subscribing – I plan to publish a new post every Friday. I’ll also continue writing weekly posts for my astro-blog, VirgoMagic.

- Emily Trinkaus

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