venus retrograde: the underworld, the phoenix, & love

October 5 @3:05pm est: venus retrograde at 10 degrees of scorpio
October 31: venus retrogrades back into libra
November 16: venus direct at 25 degrees of libra
December 2: venus back in scorpio until January 7, 2019


venus is taking us into the underworld, territory of scorpio ruled by pluto aka hades. more specifically, venus is taking our relationships, resources, & values to the underworld. it’s time to purge, transform, & heal our attachments. it’s time to slow allllllll the way down & get really vulnerable with ourselves about the unresolved shit getting in the way of what we claim to desire. like it or not. probably not.

venus in scorpio will reveal things about our relationship to pain, rage, & power. scorpio is the process of transforming our wounds through healing. effective action & strategy is birthed from this process. agency is birthed from this process. but the thing is, we can’t skip steps. with scorpio, it is a death-rebirth cycle. we must go from wound to rage to healing to action.

true rage can’t be pretended or performed. true rage shakes us to our core. true rage in itself is not the destroyer- the hurt that roots it is. true rage can be a change agent, a medicine, a catapult towards power if we are responsible with it. don’t conflate lies about powerlessness with rage. don’t conflate refusal to take responsibility for subscribing to those lies with rage.

when we attempt to heal without honoring rage, we spiritually bypass. when we attempt to act without tending to the wound, our energy is misdirected & we do more harm. when we attempt to rage without being accountable for our healing, our wound becomes toxic. when we are wounded but will not sit with rage so we can heal, we never act. so, it is our responsibility to transform.

transformation is when the phoenix bursts into flames, in the wisdom of knowing that it has become all it can be in this phase. everything must burn if it is to begin again, if it is to continue living. when the phoenix rebirths, it is not an entirely new entity. it still holds the life-force & experience of what it was before. to burn is compassion for the phoenix; a love it has for itself that makes it unwilling to tolerate being miserable or getting stuck in what can no longer feels like vitality.

venus retrograde is an invitation to be intentional with the space that your pain, your rage, and even your healing takes up. none of these are entities outside of yourself that you are powerless to; they directly impact your relationships & resources. you are capable of transformation & deep, deep love. this is where your resonance comes from, this is where your desires are met, this is where you begin to live again. this is love.

you can find venus retro horoscopes for each sign & ritual recommendations in the Commune.
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dark moon recommendation

sunday, september 9 @2:02PM EST | 17 degrees

saturn went direct thursday in time to help us get ready for a beautiful new moon supported by erotic pluto & ethereal neptune. on or just after the moon is new is the time to begin fresh practices, projects, or experiments. with netpune in pisces will be opposite the new moon, you'll get better results if you infuse all your operations with a trust that the multiverse wants to work with you. you don't have to be or do all the things. if saturn retrograde since april taught us anything, it's that we literally, actually can't without a cost. 

with saturn direct, there is sometimes this feeling of...what's next? what is the next project? what's the next plan? what's the next move? what do we need to optimize, capitalize, or execute on right now?  these are powerful, ambitious questions. they are important for us to be able to make the most of the time, energy, & resources we have. each moment is a reason to be grateful & that deserves to be honored.

this moment before the new moon is an invitation to be with those questions without urgency. trust the answers that time brings, trust what you have already accomplished. take inventory- not just of what you've done but of what principles are supporting your work ethic. virgo, as an observer of intricate process & interconnectivity, wants us to seed intentions that honor sustainability. because capitalism, urgency, & individualism are killing us. every day.

saturn helps us create structures of support so we can not just perform accountability, integrity, or responsibility but actually embody it. saturn retrograde was a reminder that sometimes we have to do things we don't want to do. not because of some kind of self-hatred, scarcity, or punishment model. but because our relationships, our bodies, our communities need us to be response-able. our relationships, our bodies, our communities need us to be committed to something other than personal ambitions or feel-goodness. our relationships, our bodies, our communities need us. 

sometimes we have to rest when we don't want to. sometimes we have to slow down when we don't want to. sometimes we have to say no when we don't want to. sometimes we have to take our time when we don't want to. sometimes we have to examine whether something is really working & eliminate it when we don't want to. sometimes we have to be accountable when we don't want to. sometimes we have to look at the long-game rather than what we want right now. sometimes enough is enough, even if we don't believe it. never because we've failed, but because something else is possible.

thanks to pluto in capricorn amplifying the new moon, we can plan to transform structures/commitments that are draining our power into ones that will bring us more than immediate gratification, recognition, or quick results. what we need is intuitive (pisces) strategy (virgo) to make our visions real without sacrificing resonance. remember that new moons are just beginnings- the magic happens in the process of growth. the magic takes time, practice, & surrender.

dark moon recommendation
choose a timeframe (saturn retro: april-now, mars retro: june-august, last week, today) & make a list of everything you've already done. from the tiniest things you can think of to the most obvious. list until you can't think of anything else- or ask someone to help you remember. when you create your intentions for the new moon, include a list or acknowledgement of all the things you already are doing. pro-tip: feeding yourself, breathing, & generally staying alive count as more than enough. 

you may find that this pressure to be productive, keep momentum, or be ahead of the game is an unnecessary distraction from where you really want your irreplaceable time, energy, & attention to be going. you may find that this new moon, you don't want to do more but to go deeper than that. maybe you want to do less of what doesn't serve you or those you love, & more of what does. whatever you decide, it is enough. it is enough because if you are willing to change & to be wrong, you can transform all discomfort into opportunity to learn, grow, & choose love.

happy new moon