Venus, the planet of connectivity is floating with fiery exuberance in the sign of Sagittarius until early November. With Jupiter, the planet of enthusiasm providing a supportive trine to the Sun and Mars in social Libra, it seems a good week to ponder the effect of enthusiastic connection.
Picture a dog, your dog if you have one, running towards you with tongue out to the side, eager to connect with you, eager to embrace a tussle. This is the spirit of enthusiastic connection.
Thoreau called enthusiasm a “supernatural serenity”. Finding the things that awaken this supernatural serenity stirs a special energy. It is similar to lightning striking a rock to make a magnetic lodestone. Once the rock is magnetized it knows where true north is. Enthusiastic connections strengthen one’s magnetic field, making it easier to navigate life in general.
What do you like? It wasn’t always that this word triggered the image of a blue thumbs up icon. What you like has to do with your own mystery. It has to do with your own mysterious road map. It has to do with your free-will as it combines with your dynamic calling. What you like opens up your future. What you like is your own romantic path. What you like is a special clue to who you are, your spark of individuality as it reaches a steady glow. Serene and supernatural.
If you are not in touch with what you like you won’t pencil what you like into your day. Lightning goes wasted. Landscapes shrink. You will forget all about your powers of enthusiasm. And this week, that will make the Goddess of beauty weep!
William Blake said “Exuberance is beauty”. Venus’ connectivity is most natural when a bubbling up of enthusiasm is present. Just imagine a fun party as compared to a boring one, or a first date with sparks versus awkward moments. Enthusiasm and connectivity are peas in a pod. Snuggle bugs in a rug. They make things easy for eachother but this easiness is also dynamic like lightning. As long as some logic mediates their passions, connectivity and enthusiasm will consistently perk up the heaviest parts of the soul. Supernatural and serene, lightning sometimes strikes twice, 3 times or 50!
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.
The word “integrity” sure has a good vibe to it doesn’t it? If someone were to compliment you on your integrity would you not feel fantastic? It feels to me that it’s one of the best things to compliment a person on.
When I think of a famous archetype of a person with a lot of integrity my mind migrates towards Cary Grant, or at least his screen persona. His feathers just refuse to be ruffled and his moral standing seems very difficult to become compromised.
His characters embody that of charm and effortless problem solving. Being socially graceful is of utmost importance, even when it would seem out of the ordinary. In this way he comes across as more alive then the other characters, more awake.
Venus is very apparent here. Calm cool and collected. Let’s examine the word “integrity”. It comes from the notion of integration which is another very Venusian concept. Increasing the strength of something by bringing things together.
There is a longing for us all to find order in ourselves. Chaos happens when our energies are attuned to disintegrating qualities such as jealousy, anger, hatred etc. The solution is assuredly not to suppress these natural forces within us but to gently get back towards SOME kind of natural and integrative mode of conduct.
Instead of letting these disintegrating emotions and thoughts become deconstructive to us we must gently put ourselves back in line with CONSTRUCTIVE tendencies. Con-(with) structure (structure) puts order back in our lives, and order is naturally in tune with INTEGRATIVE energies.
Back to Cary Grant for a moment. Social grace, integrity, personal order, how might these look symbolically in a natal chart?
Without knowing a thing about astrology one can see the clump of planets at the bottom of the chart. What is the feeling that conveys? Perhaps the feeling of anchoring?
These planets are in the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius which are both affiliated with Saturn. Saturn itself is at the very bottom of the chart. What planet in astrology best signifies ORDER?
Now keep in mind, Aquarius, although co-ruled by Saturn welcomes in the bizarre. Could this be saying that order in the natural world IS bizarre yet still orderly?
And what about that social grace? The wit, the charm? In other words, what is happening with Venus? Well, it is in the sign of Sagittarius which embraces larger than life essences and enthusiasm. It is squared by Jupiter which only EXPANDS it further and is opposite Pluto which serves to EMPOWER it. OF course this is if he is working well with his own energies, and he sure seems to do that.
The virtues Cary Grant embodies on screen speak so loud to people because they are resonant with natural laws. Social harmony and order are birds of the same feather.
Personal order can be cultivated by practicing and making room for these things within ourselves. By doing so we unite with nature and our fellow humans.
Was Archie Leach this schooled in the craft? Archie Leach was Cary Grant’s birth name. In a bizarre (Aquarius!) moment in the film “His Girl Friday” Grant says this. Talk about embodying his new persona! Watch it- it’s only 7 seconds.
That’s pretty wild right? He isn’t who he was, he’s who he is becoming.
On a final note I want to celebrate the fact that we can all learn to tap into our inner Cary Grant in times of trouble and chaos. With a little cool-headed grace can come a little more order and vice versa. Constructive choices bring put us in better reception to INTEGRATING energies which keep us more settled in nature’s natural order. Letting deconstructive choices block integration, working more to dis-integrate ourselves. It is always possible to balance it a bit more in the natural direction.
This post is a continuation of the last post about the Cardinal Cross and Venus’ function within that. In the post below we went over the idea that Libra and Aries are related to each other symbolically by both celebrating symmetry. The difference is that Aries likes to fight and be number one. Aries has to be number one because it just IS number one. It is the first day of spring when the leaves push through the pavement.
The Tao Te Ching states: “one produced two, two produced three, three produced all numbers”. If one is Aries then 2 must be Libra. Libra is opposite Aries. Libra is female and Aries is male. Libra introduces the concept of partnership, and the “other”. In the last post we explored the phenomena that Capricorn (the Sea Goat), the 4th sign on the Cardinal Cross, seems to be a marriage between Aries (the Ram) and Cancer (the Crab).
A man (Aries) marries the woman (Libra) and makes a family (Cancer). It looks a lot like Cancer is number 3, symbolically, in terms of the Tao Te Ching.
In these terms then “all numbers” as stated by the Tao Te Ching would then be society, everyone else in the world. Families multiply the population of the world and we have a thriving planet of constant expansion.
So the 4th number is the Capricorn, the Sea Goat, and it represents “all numbers”. Interestingly enough Capricorn’s planet, Saturn, is displayed as an upside down 4. In the last post we discussed how the imaginary Sea Goat representing the planet of concrete reality (Saturn) was a bit of a paradox. But that might make sense because it came out of the magic of Venus (marriage) and Venus to begin with represents opposites and paradox. And here again, the Tao Te Ching coincides with Capricorn being the 4th number and voila- there it is- just upside down!
Psychologically, the ONE could be “I” and the TWO could be “anything I am noticing” making the 3 “my connecting what I notice to some internal truth” and then the FOUR “experiencing the unus mundus, or the one world” where we realize that duality is an illusion. This is the place of synchronicity that Carl Jung talks about. It is a “time out of time”. It is “once upon a time”.
So perhaps that is what lies behind the double paradox of Capricorn, as number four. The imaginary Sea Goat and the upside down number 4 points to stepping back into a place, even if just for a moment, where we experience the one world. It is there that we become momentarily disillusioned. Libra wants to take us there. The number 2 (Libra) beckons the number one (Aries) to make the number 3 (Cancer) from where we can experience the number 4 (Capricorn).
Libra is also the artist. Let’s look at how Art can perform this magic.
Art (#2 Libra) beckons the onlooker (#1 Aries) to make an inner connection (#3 Cancer) in which you experience a momentary glimpse of the interconnectedness of everything (#4, “all numbers” Capricorn).
Venus has surprisingly been one of the hardest subjects for me to start writing about. That is until I figured out WHY. It could be very easy to begin with Venus being about harmony and relationships and all things pleasurable, but I wanted to go a little deeper than that. Then, the other night I was staring at the images of the Cardinal Cross and I realized what I wanted to write about. Venus is beauty most assuredly, but it is also NOT beauty because it is about opposites. It is about paradox. “Not beauty” can easily also be beauty. It is the concept of AND as well as OR.
Since this is a post about Venus, let’s start with the scales.
What thoughts come to mind when you see the scales? Perhaps concepts of balance? Fairness? Isn’t it interesting that the word “fair” implies both beauty and justice? When I was looking at the scales the thought that came to me was symmetry. It was a quick next thought to consider how things that are symmetrical are often beautiful. Taurus, the sign of nature, is also ruled by Venus. We find symmetry all over the place in nature.
Libra brings balance and equality. Harmony through symmetry. Our eyes become relaxed as they would when viewing a sunset. The sign of Libra looks like a setting Sun. It also looks like the diaphragm when it is relaxed. The diaphragm relaxes when we exhale. This is the spirit of Libra. Now let’s look to the opposite sign, the Ram, for Aries, the spirit of independence and conflict!
The Ram is similar to Libra because it still celebrates symmetrical beauty. But we all know what the rams like to do…
They like to fight! They need to engage in combat. They need to prove themselves to be BETTER than their opponent. It is hard wired into their natures. Their balance is found in conflict.
Onward to the other branch of the Cardinal Cross. Cancer is the Crab, who’s spirit is that of home and protection. In the alchemical picture at the top of the page we see Cancer depicted as a LOBSTER instead of a crab and that’s when I realized another key component to that symbol. The lobster and the crab are often ASYMMETRICAL. Not only that they are some of the only examples of this in the animal kingdom.
To further tie this theme back to our original exploration of Venus, it’s hard not to notice how these proportions are still beautiful.
Perhaps it is a certain boldness in asymmetry that adds to it’s beauty. It wakes us up a little from the slumber of too much balance. Marketing agencies play with these tricks too.
Okay, back to the rest of the Cardinal Cross. The last sign to discuss is the sign of Capricorn, which is the Sea Goat. The Sea Goat is an entirely fictitious creature. It is half goat and half fish. It represents mastery of the physical world. I find it funny that the only sign of the zodiac that is an imaginary creature is the one that pertains to Saturn, the planet of concrete reality.
But wait, did we say half GOAT half FISH? Sounds a bit like a MARRIAGE (Venus) between Aries the Ram and Cancer the Crab! Libra is the only sign on this cross that is not an animal (all air signs are inanimate). It seems that the action of Libra is to marry the previous signs- Aries and Cancer. And from that magical union comes our Sea Goat. The master of the physical world. And the final Venusian joke is that this creature doesn’t exist. Reality (Saturn) is represented by unreality (the Sea Goat). Venus as paradox. Venus as beauty. Where would we be without her?
To recap from last post, the primary principle of Venus is RELATEDNESS. How a person relates to others as well as how they relate things to other thing (art), themselves to other things (personal style) etc etc… Here are the next 6 signs of the zodiac as examples:
There are many words used to describe Venus, the planet of Love. Wonderful words such as; harmony, balance, beauty, enjoyment, romance, magic, peace, pleasure, kindness, fairness, etc…. the list can go on. But there is ONE word that I think gets to the root of understanding the real meaning of Venus.
How we relate to others. How we relate things to other things and find beauty. How we relate flavors in our mouth for optimum deliciousness. We are constantly relating and seeking peace in these relations. This is the realm of Venus.
Everyone has their own personal Venus in a sign that shows their best way of relating. Relating to others… relating things to other things and finding beauty, such as in art or their own personal style.
Let’s take a look at some examples!
Bear in mind that each example shows one of MANY shades of the sign’s archetype.
We will take a look at the next 6 sign examples in the next post!