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GATEWAY OF DESCENT #4
The 4th or HEART CHAKRA
VENUS/INANNA REMOVES HER BREASTPLATE
Breastplate from India, 13th Century. Notice the hearts on this breastplate.
At GATEWAY number 4, on April 26, 2022, at 23º Pisces, Venus is removing her Breastplate at the HEART CHAKRA. What a courageous thing to do at such a vulnerable place on our bodies! This is the Gateway of LOVE.
Image painted by Shahastra Levy from her "HEART SERIES"
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We are being asked to remove obstacles to loving ourselves, obstacles to loving others, and to receiving love into our own hearts. This is so much about having passion and love for ourselves first, then when we are full with the wholeness and balance that love of self as a divine creation brings into us, that love naturally flows out to those around us!
Rose Quartz has a softening and healing effect on the heart chakra. It promotes love without obsession and brings peace to the mind/heart.
Watermelon Tourmaline brings peace and calm. It creates a space to feel JOY within our hearts. And we want the happiness that love can bring because it gives life to us, body and soul. We are refreshed and made young in our hearts, the place where love abides.
These are the two colors of the heart chakra: Pink is the main heart chakra and wearing tourmaline can counter anger and resentment, bringing in a greater ability to perceive beauty. It can strengthen the energy of the heart itself by creating a powerful field of love and compassion that can heal many levels.
Emerald Green is a 'higher heart' color awakening universal love. Our high heart also connects us more directly to our Soul. It is located just above and to the right of the heart...if you place your hand over your heart, then move it slowly to the right and upwards you can feel this remarkable place near your breasts.
Copper rules the planet Venus and stimulates the heart and circulation and is a good metal for this chakra. Copper can channel higher vibrations and is somewhat like a conduit between heaven and earth. It takes invisible manifestations and energy and grounds them into the earth. It can enhance any earth stone that it is combined with.
"GRACE AND PEACE are the gifts of a healthy heart chakra."
The breastplate was considered to have great power in Sumerian (and other ancient) times. He or she who owned it ruled the Universe. We don't need to rule the Universe, but we can become Queenly in our own lives with greater power in our hearts to do and be what we know to be right.
Inanna wore a breastplate as she made her descent. The relief of removing it must have been quite a moment! This removal symbolized to her that it was time to release past hurts, old wounds in love, hate, and emotional encumbrances to love, the essence of life.
We no longer wear the patriarchial BREASTPLATE that men and Amazons donned when they prepared for war. War and Love, War and Peace.....the breastplate of our HEARTS are now the WALLS WE HAVE BUILT to keep out love, to stay safe from what we feared in our past, in this life and lives not clearly remembered.
It is often enough to have the INTENT to remove encumbrances even without the memory of the situation that caused our heart's wound(s). But sometimes the memory can come up and be overpowering. Pain and sorrow may come up for you. It is important to feel them and then release them. If intense feelings come up, be wise, talk it out with a friend or counselor during this month of heart healing. My spiritual teacher used to say to me: "modulate" your feelings and your dreams so that they can be felt but do not overwhelm you!
Like this gateway of tremendous energy found at the beach in Big Sur, California....this is a powerful passage that VENUS makes this end-of-April to May 25, 2022!
and DOVE are animals associated with the heart.
ROSE is the flower of Love and it radiates a sense of compassionate caring.
Flowers are a part of the chakra system. Beginning with the bud of a pink lotus (or rose) imagine the flower slowly unfurling itself in your heart as you meditate or while resting this month. The lotus is sacred to eastern philosophies because it grows from the mud and water of the earth into an exquisite creation of joy and beauty. It represents the folding and unfolding of consciousness into wholeness and delight!
THE MYSTERY OF LOVE
Venus goes through the #4 Gateway of the HEART at 23° Pisces. Pisces offers its great gift of compassion. Compassion is often thought of as what we feel for those who are suffering and this is true, of course. But it is also true that YOU may be suffering and Self Compassion may be important for you to feel in order to clear up blockages within that may be keeping you from being able to RECEIVE love from others.
Ultimately all living creatures have a pure and good heart. We are trying to bring forth energy not just of release and blockages to love, but of SOUL connection and recognition. Old souls, old soul companions on your path, ones you may have loved or hated in other lives - are still with us today, now in our everyday world....can you open your heart to release the walls that keep your heart from growing towards the ability to HOLD great and even greater Divine Love?
Release useless criticisms or striving to attain perfection both within yourself or projected onto others. This can be a great relief to the heart, healing may occur for you. Be open to all possibilities. Begin to rewrite the story of love in your life.
As the 4th or heart chakra is right in the middle of our bodies it is our place of balance.
When you love someone or show them love, it can bring you back into balance with them, especially if you have felt critical of them for not being perfect or doing what you expected they should do.
DIVINE LOVE RADIATES FROM A HEART IN LOVE!
Balsamic "AGED" waning moon - HORNS TO THE RIGHT and seen in the early morning hours.
Put simply, VENUS descending is releasing and removing any blockages that have been in the way of our ability and desire to LOVE.
You don't have to wait until April 26 to see the APPROACH of this magnificent sight....go outside and look to the east early in the morning to see VENUS - you can't miss HER - the brightest morning star in the great above....and then look to see the waning Moon. Each morning the Moon comes closer and closer to join with Venus, closer and closer they get until on April 26 when VENUS PASSES THROUGH THE GATEWAY of the Old (Balsamic) Moon.
Getting outside to see the moon makes a difference, this is how our ancestors did it. They received a direct transmission of the newly emerging feminine energies of Venus as they set their intent just before the sun rose above the horizon. They lived under the night sky and it meant so much more to them than it does to us now...but we are becoming world citizens and eventually citizens of the cosmos.....as we RECONNECT with the beauty and majesty of the heavens, we enliven parts of our brains and hearts that have gone dormant or are yet to be enlivened by physically bearing witness to Venus and the Moon!
Kuan Yin meets Mother Mary by Sharon Russell
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(MUSIC) (leave your window open and come back to Gateway of the Heart as you listen to the healing sounds of these Tibetan bowls from Meditative Mind.)
When Venus looks like this with the Balsamic Moon, she is going through the GATEWAY! Oh, how exciting to see and comprehend this vision of light. If you GO OUTSIDE EARLY and the weather permits - you will be blessed!......and filled with a new awareness. This month's Heart chakra will awaken your heart on a new level, more will be possible as you 'consciously' release blockages to loving and to being loved.
Sometimes my passion is in my garden and going out to work in it puts me in a LOVEly place indeed! You may want to go out into nature and experience the love you have for the trees or flowers or those favorite places in your life that help you take a step toward getting closer to opening your heart.
from Shahastra's "Heart Series"
LOVE IS PASSION
This darling couple is on Sharon Russell's card "Passion" and represents the Scorpio nature of connecting deeply and intimately with another SOUL. They are SOULMATES. They are in LOVE and they are living out their dream, one they have created together. If you have blockages in your life related to this area of LOVE, then this passage, gateway #4, through the heart could be especially potent for you.
"Passion" Scorpio Sharon Russell
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TIP: as you stand out under the early morning Moon/Venus conjunction feel your heart slowly releasing old fears, old wounds, old ways of seeing love.......watch and wait,.....give up blockages.....your sisters and brothers are with you too doing the same.....we do this for OURSELVES, we do this for our FAMILY, we do this for our WORLD!
Mother Mary has a strong heart chakra, infinitely so I believe. Notice aspects of the mystery that she holds: the twelve stars above her head and her hands in prayer over her heart chakra. Her white robes are for the purity of the virgin, a woman, albeit a young woman, unto herself. Mary embodies a pure and healthy heart chakra. Blue as the color of the sky represents transcendence, mystery, and the divine, a heavenly color of universal peace and love.
"Mastery" Capricorn by Sharon Russell
As the feminine principle regains its lost heart energy, the power, and authority of the overarching Venus archetype in Capricorn for 2022 to 2023 will be transformed into healthy action, action not based on ego-centered power or a need for dominance over others to heart-centered power and authority... through the process of this current great Venus Cycle - all people will begin developing a greater power to take action for the good of all from their hearts. We descend with Venus and we remove blockages of 'feeling less than, or that 'we are not capable of 'power', 'authority' and 'mastery'...but because the whole planet and everyone on it is going through this gateway, we go too..... and in the name of LOVE..... you will eventually emerge with greater, stronger heart energy.
The "feminine principle" is in all of us, men or women. So you see women do not have to become men in order to be strong and rule with their hearts. Likewise, men do not have to become women to rule from the tender wisdom of their hearts.
"As your capacity to love grows, so will your JOY. These two go together!"
symbol for Venus
Next up we will be looking at our personal Venus sign. You may want to go look at your astrology chart and find this symbol, there will be a sign next to it that stands for the archetype of Venus that you were born under - soon I will bring up the meanings for each Venus sign, be sure to sign up for a free newsletter (link is a top and bottom of page) so you don't miss knowing about Venus in your sign and house!
Peace and calm be with you!
Love from your Soul Sistar,
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