Mid-November until mid-December 2020
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VENUS INANNA GATEWAY OF DESCENT #5 at our Solar Plexus Chakra
GATEWAY OF POWER, WILL, AND SPIRIT FORCE FROM WITHIN
This is our Balsamic Moon (also called a waning Crescent) with VENUS just about to pass through the gateway! She makes the exact passage on November 12, 2020, at 3:31 PM PST. If you wish to see this beautiful site get up early in the morning before sunrise. You can start looking several days before and watch how the aging moon slowly aligns with Venus/Inanna in the western sky. Sometimes she will be close as in this picture, at other times the moon may be above or below Venus as she makes her passage.
The ancient myth of Venus was as the Goddess Inanna in Sumerian history. The old myths are ceremonial observations that follow the pathways of the planets and stars to link our earthly journey with the heavens. They were an attempt to explain the social and political happenings of their times. On a personal level priestesses and the community followed them creating their own ceremonial journeys toward self-improvement and spiritual growth.
Venus passes through her gateways of descent 7 times or 7 months (sometimes 8) to prepare herself for taking on the RETELLING OF HER STORY AS RAINBOW GODDESS in the sign of GEMINI. (if you are new to this site or want to refresh what this Venus cycle is all about, go HERE.)
We are in a Venus DESCENT PHASE and the purpose of this phase is to realign and release old patterns of thought, outworn attitudes, poor communication skills, negative stories, and disheartening anger and frustration, told and retold, all that does not support her (and YOUR) new arising form.
We live in a time when the comprehension of the old mythologies give us clues to living a life in BALANCE with all of nature and with the Soul of the Earth. Girlfriends we are so blessed to be here now. Even if you don't understand all of this....just stay with it, take what you can, make meaning in your own personal life.
Ring of Queen Ann Boleyn and Elizabeth I
This month's gateway is Venus/Inanna's 5th gateway at our third chakra. This chakra is just above the navel. Venus removes her RING OF POWER surrendering old ways of power and control. Our WILL is powerful because it gives us the energy to fight, to pursue our dreams, to take control of our own lives, and to offer leadership of the feminine in our everyday world. But as Venus is making her DESCENT she must give up some aspects of asserting herself that are no longer useful or productive, so that she may gain more power and control which will be in alignment with her soul and to the soul of the world, our Earth, Mother Gaia.
Because we are all sons and daughters of the patriarchy, we can't help but have within us unconscious collusion with old beliefs about men and women and what their roles are. We have unrecognized prejudice for people of color, we misuse power, we abuse natural resources...we are all in it together. And we will all come out of these past patterns, ways of being and thinking, by becoming conscious together.
The Manipura Chakra is also called the "hara", our power center associated with the Tiger and Lion or Lioness. As the Lioness, she is a strong energy of providing, a hunter, connected to the pride and to the protection of Earth. She brings in balance, stability, strength, and activity.
Become conscious of the foods you eat this month. Foods that have a robust, positive vibration are grains, nuts, fruit, and vegetables. What foods give you energy and fortify you to feel strong? This chakra when disturbed by poor digestion or eating of foods that are of lesser value can make us feel weak.
We want our digestive powers to be strengthened by the fires of good digestion. You can think of this chakra like a "fireplace". Stoke it with food that burns well!
Our emotions such as anger or aggression can also take away energy from this chakra. It is important to 'feel' our anger, then consider what is at the root of it. What does your body need to bring it back into a place of balance?
I'm not sure who created this amber ring but it is truly a ring of power! Just looking at it inspires me!
are all good stones to work with this month. You could even stick them in your 'belly bag' (oh, that old thing? Yes, it still has a great use!) to remind and energize you to become aware of when and where you do not feel empowered. What or who throws you out of your "hara" center?
Symbol of VENUS - look for her in your chart, doesn't her symbol look like a mirror?
Feminine Astrology helps you to HOLD and STAY WITH your growing and emerging energies, the ones that are inside of you making you who you are as an individual. By tracking these, we pay attention to our own intelligence and watch it grow. This brings in more JOY, more self-love, more respect for others too because we know they are going through something similar.
Venus with her 3rd chakra is the PEACEFUL WARRIOR!
We overcome ignorance or self-loathing when we direct our will towards the process of transformation of our fears. Our WILL is powerful because it gives us the energy to fight, to pursue our dreams, to take control of our own lives.
Some of you are journaling through this Venus cycle. Here is a question you may wish to ponder and express in your writings.
Venus at the Solar Plexus may be feeling FEAR of self-expression and personal power. How do you fear being powerful or knowing what is right for you?
You can come back to these pages in your journal when Venus goes into her ASCENSION next year in 2021, especially when she goes BACK THROUGH your 3rd CHAKRA! Then, you will truly see your progress!
BRINGING THIS CHAKRA INTO BALANCE IS VITAL TO THE PLANET
This month's release and descent are of particular importance to ALL OF HUMANITY as we all struggle to move from our personal will at the 3rd chakra to INCLUDE the fourth or HEART CHAKRA. As a race, we are moving from our dominant 3rd chakra to our 4th chakra as we enter the Age of Aquarius. I'll be writing more about this soon as the social planets, Jupiter and Saturn both move into Aquarius in December.
Our third chakra is an expression of the Solar Feminine who is aware of her divinity and the light that she naturally brings through radiant self-love, also a part of this month's teaching. You are learning to love yourself in genuine healthy ways. This is not about ruling or lording it over others. It is not about being better than or more royal than someone else. This is the simple and honest shining light of radiant self-love.
This chakra becomes a radiant sun when fully activated and charged with light. It has the power to bring forth consciousness.
As Venus goes through the 5th Gateway and the Solar Plexus chakra, we may see where we are NOT courageous, where we need to build our strength...
...where we give up our personal power to the feelings of defeat of self-effacing behavior.
Rejection, loss, feelings of despair, inadequacy, or failure occur when this chakra is in a depleted state. Feeling crushed or that sinking feeling in the stomach indicates a weakened Solar Plexus Chakra. Our False Persona creates suffering of the telling and retelling of a past story that we begin to know does not allow us to be who we truly are.
"Soaring" Sharon Russell
(available as cards or print HERE.)
This Chakra when enlivened produces a wonderful feeling of strength and self-awareness. We feel determination and goodwill. A healthy Solar Chakra will naturally direct our energies toward our goals and dreams.
But before we achieve a truly healthy Solar Chakra, Venus tells us to work this month leaving behind limiting aspects of the past, our childhood, or past lifetimes of failure or enslavement. Begin to redirect your thinking by noticing what limitations the old stories that you tell about yourself place upon you. It's not that we don't honor our past, or that we try to forget what was done to us, but we build up that which was good, wholesome, strength producing, even if it was only a part of our picture.
I remember having a therapist once tell me that I should exaggerate my positive, life-affirming past memories! I chose this one to start working on: I was ten and spent my summer with my grandparents who gave me 'everything' I wanted including endless ice cream, comic books, and soda pop and having many fun-filled beach experiences every week! It was a summer when I became empowered by learning to ride my bike and being recognized for who I was and what I needed. My third chakra was really stoked by my wonderful grandparents, so much so, that I began to recognize what made me feel good, happy, and empowered later on in life. Does this make sense? Find the good, and make it BIG!
Because we are in a GEMINI RENEWAL CYCLE with VENUS, storytelling can be a part of your renewal. How can you reframe the story of your life so that it has more meaning for you? This is where the Rainbow Goddess comes in. She brings you messages deep within yourself, messages full of beauty and power, old stories retold to find the good and the strengthening you need.
Perhaps you'll pick up a new book to read this month, one that will give you clues on how to see and interact with your life story?
HEAL YOURSELF WITH WRITING by Catherine Jones is a wonderful book that can help you rewrite and reframe the story of your life. Catherine tells us: "Our lives may be determined less by past events than by the way we remember them. How do we learn to listen more to the stories that heal? How do we put together the pieces of our past? How can we rewrite our life story so that pain becomes meaningful and actually promotes growth and transformation?"
In this Gemini Venus cycle, we are supported by our minds. Our goal is to reframe the stories we tell about ourselves and our world. We can become a bright light or beacon with our self-respect and personal integrity intact, but not by force of our will alone.
Radiant love to all,
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