I recently was in the mood for a chic flic type of evening so I settled on Eat Pray Love starring Julia Roberts. While I wasn’t wild about the movie as a whole, it did leave me with one eye-opening lesson. A Venus lesson as it turns out. Seek Venus (even through a chic flic!) and ye shall find!
So here is a question: Do you have enough sweetness in your life? And here is another: Do you do enough of nothing?
Introducing an amazing Italian phrase..
Maybe this is something that already comes naturally to you and if so, great! But for other people, myself included, doing nothing usually is accompanied by some sense of stress, like I should be DOING something more productive. If I am on vacation I might let myself “do nothing” but in daily life? Not without that subliminal stress.
Venus is here to say: there’s a new kind of sherif in town!
The next thing I know is I am getting SO much more out of my down time. What used to feel like procrastination now feels like Italian savviness.
Venus in the natal chart can give us clues into personalized ways in which we prefer to “do nothing.”
Not everyone wants to just lay on a hammock. Some people might to read (Venus in Gemini?) or play sports (Venus in Aries?) or watch old movies (Venus in Cancer?).
I have Venus in Virgo, which might tend toward healthy-minded routines and analytical studying. I also have Mars in Virgo almost conjunct my Venus. I realize that I am often trying to relax by reading and contemplating a book, but all too soon my Mars tries to turn the time into something productive. And the next thing I know I feel like I am not studying/ cleaning/ doing enough.
Sabotage! What is nice is that if I let my Venus do it’s thing, like read and highlight a book for fun, my Mars becomes gently coaxed. The next thing I know is that I am feeling very naturally motivated without force. “I think I will start that writing piece!” instead of “I should really be writing”.
What sign is your Venus in? How does it relate to your Mars? When was the last time you enjoyed IL DOLCE FAR NIENTE?
Ladies and gents we are about to explore the mysterious functions of Venus, a.k.a Aphrodite. Alchemically she is linked to the metal copper. Her reputation revolves around love and beauty.
First stop, the human body, specifically the circulatory system.
In the last post we talked about how Mars, a.k.a iron is what makes the blood red when it combines with oxygen (iron as hemoglobin). It is this oxygenated red blood that travels through the arteries and nourishes all of our organs.
Quite simply the blue blood is now WITHOUT oxygen because the organs have used it all up. It now travels through the veins back to the heart where it will become oxygenated again through our breath (and that hemoglobin!)
Let’s start with her name, Venus. Quite similar to the word VEIN is it not? And for that matter Mars sounds more like ARtery.
Back to the blood.. it seems to be an intuitive understanding that Mars and red blood go hand in hand. Less intuitive is Venus’ blue blood, the blood that is WITHOUT oxygen.
Venus is introducing the principle of PASSIVITY and RESTORATION (negativity without it’s bad connotations). It seeks balance by being passive. It trusts in nature and knows there is an order more divine here than anything we could actively cook up ourselves (leave that to Mars!).
Let’s talk a little more about it’s signature metal, Copper.
So some of Copper’s themes have to do with electricity, and this rather pretty light green tint.
Venus points to the blue blood and the green color that copper turns. Where else do we see blue and green?
Earth demonstrates magnificent beauty especially when it’s left alone (Venus). National Parks are an excellent example of this.
Venus knows how to let nature BE her order. She knows to listen, to notice, to meet and behold.
Our bodies are constantly sending electrical messages from our brain to various body parts. Electricity is needed to make anything happen, from blinking our eyes to making ourselves a sandwich. Electrical signals happen when the cells switch from a negative charge to a positive charge.
Once again I will bring in the Wizard of Oz because I simply can’t help it. The Emerald City looks a lot like the northern lights married the Statue of Liberty. Not only that but like the North Pole, it serves as center of attraction of which our heroes and heroine are pulled towards.
But what happens when they get there? What does the Wizard say?
In closing, Venus teaches us the virtues of negativity and how non-doing can restore and bring back balance. It is a side of life that is often ignored, especially in our fast paced modern society. We can consciously feel the blissful effects of negativity by sitting by running water and soaking up those negative ions, or noticing the peace that is felt after a rainstorm. Another fun tip, beeswax candles also emit negative ions.