Solstice June 21st 2015

The Solstice on June 21st is marked by the Sun and Moon in mutual reception – the Sun being in watery Cancer and the Moon in fiery Leo, with the two Great Benefics, Venus and Jupiter drawing very close to each other in Leo. The elements of fire and water blending together creates steam, which can be used to purify and heal. It can also indicate the irresistible and passionate attraction of opposites. The Sun is conjunct Mars in the late degrees of Gemini which increases the amount of steam being released. Since Mars is still in Gemini this might entail “steam coming out of one’s ears” or the need to blow off of steam verbally or through the hands. EFT – also known as tapping is one effective way to do this.lion and unicoron

This Solstice the Sun is squaring the nodal axis, which highlights the relationship we have to powerful authority figures, including our own personal sense of power, and whatever we perceive to be the God of this Universe. There is a deep pressing need to connect with both power and purpose at this time, which of course will be abused by some and well used by others.

Venus and Jupiter will reach their conjunction at 22 degrees of Leo on July 1st. These two planets together are known to bestow great blessings whenever they are joined, and in the sign of the lion there is warmth, creativity, and an almost overwhelming desire to express love and affection. Painting, singing, and dancing are also perfect ways to channel the energies of this pairing. In conjunction with the Owl Nebula M97, the Venus and Jupiter alignment will not allow us forget the importance of a certain amount of darkness in our lives, without which we would not be able to regenerate.

“The Owl Nebula suggests we use wisdom and night vision to see what which is obscured by the dogmatic veils that we uphold with our existing belief structures, or those created by prominent ego-based individuals and world powers.”– Nick Anthony Fiorenza

Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year is one of nature’s sacred holidays. The veils between the worlds tend to thin in a bright and cheerful way rather than a “spooky”, Halloween way. The vibrancy of plant life can be more readily seen and experienced on multidimensional levels. May we celebrate the beauty of this planet we currently live on and honor her with rituals of devotion and respect.

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Venus Retrograde July-September 2015

Venus slows down midway through Leo next month, entering a pre-shadow period on the Summer Solstice of June 21st and actually turning Retrograde at 0 degrees of Virgo on July 25th until September 6th, stationing Direct at 14 degrees Leo.

Venus as a planet rules love, beauty, money, and feminine matters, but esoterically she is about so much than mere aesthetics and affection. She is about what truly makes us tick on some very fundamental levels. Venus represents our internal value system and how we relate to and project it outwardly into the world.

Be very careful about expensive purchases during this time which will weigh on the side of needing a return or exchange. If you get some new hairdo or wardrobe with the intention of feeling better about yourself, you might wind up with the opposite results. This would be an especially sore issue during the first week of this Retrograde (July 25th – 31st) with Venus in critical Virgo.

Although Venus starts off Retrograde in Virgo with frugality and reserve, she will be spending the majority of her review in Leo  – the sign associated with willpower, creativity and all expressions of the heart. Old flames and infatuations might resurface and need to either be fully released or given a chance for healing, forgiveness, and resolution. Unresolved emotional issues could flare up and necessitate a shift from familiar attitudes and actions. The old ways of doing certain things aren’t yielding the results we want anymore. Einstein said:

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results”.

What’s up now is the opportunity to approach very old problems, hang-ups, personal and relationship issues with the wisdom and experiences we have gained over time. If we can let go of the notion that our brains are responsible for most of our functionality and rather pay heed to the innate intelligence of our hearts, we may find ourselves amazed at where we land and what we manifest. Heart Math Institute has done some wonderful research on the intelligence, intuition, and restorative qualities of the heart.

Sekhmet Calls the Shots

Bast and Sekhmet

Sekhmet by Ellisa Hawke Mitchell

Named after a goddess of both love and war, when the planet Venus as a representative of this ultra feminine, archetypal energy moves in a backward fashion from our perspective on the Earth we see more of her aggressive side coming out.

Sekhmet, the fierce Egyptian Lioness calls the shots and has no qualms about making known her desires, decisions, and revisions when it comes to relationships, creative endeavors, investments, and for some, custody rights over children. You don’t want to mess with this mama, because it will backfire in ways that resemble your worst nightmare. Integrity is a life saver.

Venus in Leo (June 5th – October 8th 2015) is by nature playful, sweet, and sexy but when reversed in direction  (July 31st – September 6th) can be obsessed, quirky, addictive, insecure, impatient, or take feelings so seriously that it becomes very difficult to view and respond to experiences objectively. A more positive expression of Retrograde Venus could come through deep emotional renewal and bonding. Use caution in brand new relationships during this time and don’t “play with fire” unless you are ready to get burned. Passions are running high and need outlets. The best way in this sign is through music, dance, and anything expressed with creativity or genuinely from the heart.

Venus’s square to Saturn in Scorpio during August will be the influence that makes or breaks many existing projects and relationships. Either way, work and responsibility will be required. And either way, whatever makes or breaks we experience are likely to be for the better, setting us on course with what truly resonates in our hearts.

While Retrograde Venus will pair up twice with the “Greater Benefic” of the zodiac – Jupiter. Then she will pair up with him a third time post-Retrograde, after both planets have entered the sign of Virgo.

  • Venus conjunct Jupiter ( 21 degrees Leo) – July 1st
  • Venus conjunct Jupiter ( 28 degrees Leo) – August 4th
  • Venus conjunct Jupiter (15 degrees Virgo) – October 25th

This lucky pair could shower us with blessings or a seeming curse, all depending upon where we have placed our values. Surely some of our long seeking and working for improvements will be rewarded during this time. When our actions are aligned with our souls and our innermost wishes we frequently find ourselves in the right place at the right time. Then we have access to unlimited sensuality, healing, creativity, and joy filled abundance.