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Venus Turns Retrograde May 15th – Objectively Prepare Yourself for MORE LOVE!

The next wave of this amazing time is upon us and, as promised, I am writing to guide you through the best use of the opportunity at hand.  Venus is preparing to turn retrograde and for the past week or so, she has been slowing down.  Normally, she moves just over one degree a day.  Right now, she is barely squeezing out about one-eighth of a degree a day.  She is s-l-o-w-i-n-g down, getting ready to turn inward, which she does next week at about 7:30am PDT on Tuesday May 15th.

A retrograde cycle marks an integration process.  And since it is Venus doing the turnaround, matters of the heart are what are being addressed.  She will stay in this inward-facing posture for about six weeks.  While there, she offers us an incredible chance to do some major healing in the areas of love, intimacy, forgiveness and abundance.  In order to fully take advantage of such a moment, we have to be fully aware of what needs healing.

When a planet is just about to turn around and go retrograde, (or conversely just about to go direct after a period of backward motion), it is known as “stationing.”  One of the hallmarks of a stationing planet is objectivity.  The best use of this time is to take a look around and truly get the lay of the land to see what areas of your consciousness need adjusting.  These next few days offers exactly that:  An opportunity to be completely objective about how to best utilize the amazing energies that the next few weeks will bring us.

The “shadow period” of a retrograde journey is when a planet travels over the part of the sky that it is going to revisit during its backward journey.  Since April 11th, Venus has been doing this, activating all the issues that we are going to have the chance to heal during her inward sojourn.  Take a look at your life since the second week in April.  You can use the particular objectivity of these next few days to take an inventory:  How have you felt separated from the source of love in your life?  Where have you been blaming others for you own suffering?  How have your feelings been hurt?  Where is more forgiveness needed?

It would be a good idea to write some of these things down.  Since Gemini is an Air Sign (think intellect) and the Twins represent the archetype of words and communication, the Mind will actually be able to be utilized on behalf of your Heart.  Write a list of all the relationships that need healing and forgiveness, whether that relationship is with a person (currently in your life or in your past, alive or passed-on) a situation, or even an institution.  The more you can be consciously aware of where the healing is, the deeper that healing can go.

Also consider that Gemini is the architect of duality; the twins that can each take a position and argue with the other perspective.  Where are you experiencing duality in your own consciousness?  The answer to that question reflects exactly where you want to focus on changing duality and separation to integration and wholeness.

One of the reasons this Venus cycle is so powerful is that there will be a rare Venetian eclipse in the middle of her retrograde.  An eclipse is like a major software download of our higher operating system.  You know how when you upload a new program into your computer and you can’t access it until you reboot your computer?  Well the reboot is the Venetian eclipse and since Venus is our guide, the system being rewired is our Heart Centers.

Consider what was going on for you in the areas of love and intimacy around April 21st, give or take a few days in either direction.  On that date, Venus was at the exact degree point of her eclipse that will take place on June 5th.  I am fairly confident that if you look with a clear mind and an open heart, you will be able to spot the very misalignment that wants to be integrated during this rare occultation.

Here are a few themes that I saw in friends and clients:  The suffering that comes from ancient wounds of longing, the blocking of love due to feelings of unworthiness, being able to give love but not receive it, the persistent resistance to seeing things through the eyes of the heart, or holding fast to judgments and opinions to name just a few.  It is important to take a courageous and thorough look at yourself right now.  Really look in the mirror that is your life and ask yourself how well you are being the perfect giver AND receiver of love.

The opportunity to shift all of this is so monumental in June; you really won’t want to miss it.  But in order to change your consciousness effectively, you have to know what you are letting go of and what you are calling in.  If you let it be general and wishy-washy, that’s exactly what you will manifest; an experience of love that is general and wishy-washy.  Strive to be formidable in your loving heart.

Take stock; write an inventory, prepare the way.  On Tuesday of next week, take a moment in the early evening to go outside sometime around 8:30pm and look up in the western sky.  Venus will be unmistakable; she will be the brightest object in the heavens.  Say hello to her and thank her in advance for the blessings she is about to bestow upon us all.  I’m not a betting man, but if I were, I’d bet a hundred dollars that you will feel a welling up in your heart.  That, my friends, is what it feels like when your heart fills with Love.

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Venus Retrograde Cycle Has Begun – The Heart Heals!

I yelled at a client this week.  I mean really yelled.  Here’s the paraphrased version of what I said:  “When are you going to finally stop focusing on the irrelevant aspect of your life that keeps you locked into fear and step into recognizing that your life is abundant, prosperous and perfect?!”  This was at a very loud pitch.  I think I may have even stood up from the couch to drive the point home.

Now, in case you’re thinking, “Gee, I’m never going to book a private session with this guy,” keep in mind a few things.  She was smiling from ear to ear while I did this.  She was “getting it” because it was done in the spirit of Love.  Additionally, the session helped her come to an epiphany and she left expressing her gratitude (thank you, PM).

When she left, I had the opportunity to ask myself the very same question with regard to my own life right now.  I am moved to write this article today because everywhere I turn (including when I turn within) I am seeing how profoundly people are struggling to come home to the heart.  And since this is exactly what is up astrologically over the next few months, I decided to begin writing about this now in order to help you all (and myself) navigate this territory with as much grace and ease as possible.

Mars is moving forward over the degrees he recently retrograded over.  There is finally some movement in areas where there was none.  An integration has completed itself.  But really, it has just been a preparation for what is to come.  Think of what we’ve just come out of as a clearing out of karmic plaque; and truly, didn’t it feel like that?  It was a bit invasive and painful.  Hopefully you allowed the cleansing to go as deeply as you could.

In case you thought the process was over, the best is yet to come.  Venus has already begun her retrograde cycle.  And though she is not moving backward yet, she has started to cover the territory that she will revisit again in the upcoming months.

On the mundane level, Venus rules love and money.  Love is obvious, but the money part sometimes leaves people perplexed.  Think of it this way: The Masculine Principle states that if you have something I want, I can just take it from you and if I’m stronger than you I get to keep it.  The Feminine Principle steps in and says, “Wait a minute, buster.  You want this?  You can have it, but you will have to exchange something for it.”  Hence, we see the birth of money.  Money is a profoundly feminine principle vibration.

From a more elevated perspective, the frequency of Venus represents our capacity to live in our heart center.  When Venus goes on an inward journey, what occurs is an opportunity to experience a deeper integration of dropping from our head to our heart.  As the energy of our world continues to heighten in intensity, the need to be facile with this process has never been more of an imperative.

The placement of this cosmic event is no accident either.  Venus is in the sign of Gemini, the twins.  And while we can be grateful for those two archetypal characters for creating communication, they also hold sway over the realm of duality and separation.  The good news there is that where the wounding is, the healing is.  Where duality and separation has been created is exactly where healing duality and separation will occur.

One of the reasons for my barely containable excitement about this is that there is going to be a rare phenomenon smack dab in the middle of this process.  Venus is going to eclipse the Sun in early June.  An eclipse is when a body passes between the Earth and the Sun, creating a break in the flow of light.  When that happens, there is an opportunity to actually change your consciousness.

Because Venus rules love, we are approaching an extraordinary moment in time where we can deliberately alter the way we experience love and intimacy.  This will generate a profound healing of the ways in which we feel wounded, separate, unworthy and afraid.  What’s more, the bi-yearly Lunar and Solar eclipses are happening around the same time, making the middle of May through early June one of the most potent moments we have seen in this lifetime to heal our hearts and shift our consciousness with regard to Love.

The first event is Venus turning retrograde on May 14th.  Then comes the Solar eclipse on May 20th.  June 4th marks the Lunar eclipse with the Venetian eclipse following close behind two days later.  I am not going to interpret any of these events here.  That would be way too much information to digest all at once.  I will write more about this in the weeks to come so you are fully apprised of what is going on and how to take advantage of each event.

I always like to present an assignment especially designed for the moment at hand.  And as this is a preparatory time, then the assignment is related to being prepared.  If the intention is to deepen your capacity to love, then it would be beneficial to see just where you are in that arena.  And since all love starts (and ends) with self-love, the best way to get the lay of the land with that is mirror work.

Take a quiet moment and look into a mirror.  Place your right hand over your heart.  Look into your own eyes and tell yourself “I love you.”  Do this and see what happens.  If I asked you to do this for a full minute, could you?

The idea isn’t necessarily to do it for a minute, or for any particular amount of time for that matter.  The goal is to be able to do it without the need to break contact, turn away, giggle, or anything that interrupts the connection.  Doing this on a regular basis over time can yield extraordinary results.  My intention for suggesting it here, however, is mostly as a barometer.  Your comfort level with this exercise will inform you just how well or how challenged you are with regard to self-love.

You will want to know this about yourself in order to be open to the process of heart-opening that has in fact already begun.  The three week period I outlined above has the capacity to change everything.  The more you know about where you’re at as we move toward that opportunity, the greater your ability to radically alter the way your life offers you love.  More accurately, it is about how good you are at receiving it.

I continue to offer my discounted rate for sessions; if you desire assistance in your journey right now, drop me a line and we can set up an appointment for the incredibly low fee of only $53, more than 2/3rds off my usual rate.

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