Please re-read the previous three posts and see how they might apply now that you have experienced what Venus retrograde has meant in your life the past 6 weeks.
I believe, because I have experienced it, the truth of this statement byEvaPierrakos:” Inner space is a vast reality, a real world. It is in fact the real universe, while outer space is merely a mirror image, a reflection of it. Life can never be truly understood and experientially absorbed when it is viewed only from the outside… from the limited time/space continuum of your third dimensional reality.”
Inner space is different for each of us. A Tibetan nun or monk might inhabit inner space the majority of their days and nights. For some people, it may only break through during times of great loss or humiliation. The important thing is to find your own way “in” and practice living a life of unique balance between your inner and outer worlds.
During planetary retrogrades, life seems to pull us into more introspective places, our inner spaces. When Venus, our solar system’s archetype of love, ruler of the heart chakra, values and personal finance, art, and creativity, is in retrograde, it is the natural time to re-evaluate our lives, re-finance or re-negotiate our loans, re-live past mistakes so as to make new choices, re-connect with old lovers, sometimes to finally part ways.
I became aware of an emerging trend associated with this cycle: glitches and breakdowns in communication technologies that have taken dominance in many lives….computers dying, phones going figmo, cars in need of repair. These kinds of events are classically thought to occur during Mercury’s retrograde, the astrological ruler of communications and all things mechanical. Perhaps because many humans are choosing to be hyper-connected via the exponentially growing forms of social media~~i.e. focusing on our outer social space~~maybe these breakdowns, these tantrums of our technologies are ways the Great Mystery~~our inner spaces~~are trying to get our attention.
Slow down listen ssshhhhhhhhhhhh remember the balm of silence relax aahhhhh remember all creativity arises from within from inner listening find peace at your core
While your computer might be in for repairs, forego email and reconnect via voice, an actual phone call. Or visit a fine stationary store with exquisite papers and beautiful pens. Think of this last week of Venus retrograde as not wanting to rush through an enticing first date…slowly partake of each detail. First love is fleeting and should be savored. And this isn’t just about an external falling in love, but a chance to savor more slowly each unfolding day. Become a follower of the slow movements: Slow Food, Slow Money. These emerging trends are based on the premise of returning to live within the natural ecological cycles that govern Earth, and so us, and need to be the underpinnings of our organizations, institutions and businesses. Everything is heading in that evolutionary direction, so now is your chance to lead by example toward this healthier new frontier.
All this deep internal reflection, sometimes brought on by transformational events in our outer lives, will begin to shift this week as both Venus and Jupiter turn direct in the morning hours of November 18 2010. Whatever you took time to re-imagine in your inner space the past six weeks will begin to take on a vivid vibrancy in your outer life in the coming weeks/months.
Another note: if this cycle brought some kind of death during this time, not uncommon in the autumn months, or with this kind of transit, may this thought, also from Eva Pierrakos bring some solace: “In physical death, the spirit, that which is alive, withdraws into the inner world.” From an outer-lived life completing, returning to one’s eternal wisdom and grace.
In a retrograde cycle we can be called back to revisit past losses that still linger in our psyches, have taken up residence in our bones. The loss of the outer connection to our beloveds can strike at any time with knee-buckling grief. I experienced it myself two days ago, out of the blue, like lightning, the return of the terrible missing of my Cola dog and our 15 years of walks. I wept sporadically all day, immobilized outwardly. I have learned to honor a day like this, give over to it, allowing the grief or whatever emotion arises to work its way through. The following day, a lightening occurred on the same walk, this time feeling her alive and well in my inner world where she and I are still connected. Who can explain such Mystery and what it asks of us each day. The courage it takes each one of us to keep choosing life amidst the many passings.
Venus retrograde is a time to honor all we have loved, and all who have loved us.