Venus goes through her Seventh GATEWAY of descent on July 26 at 7:54 AM PDT. She will be working with this Root chakra release and healing until Aug. 25, 2022. She will be visible at this gateway in the wee morning hours alongside our 'Old or Balsamic' Moon' on the mornings of Aug. 25th and Aug. 26th, 2022.
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CHAKRA OF GROUNDING
Venus - Inanna and the Seventh Gate of DESCENT
Venus passes through the seventh gate which is the FIRST CHAKRA as she is in her final descent phases. When she is on her way DOWN, the seventh gate corresponds to our FIRST or BASE, ROOT CHAKRA, the chakra of Survival and Grounding.
The reason it's the seventh gate but the 1st chakra is because Venus is in her descent as she passes through the gateway of the Balsamic or 'old moon'. When she rises as EVENING STAR in several months - after she has stayed in the Underworld with the Sun - then she will arise transformed and empowered and regain her vestments beginning at the 1st Chakra and working up to the Seventh (or eighth Gateway).
VENUS as MORNING STAR Descent Phase WITH BALSAMIC MOON
You'll be looking for this sight or something close a few hours before the sun rises. The Moon will be a bare Crescent with horns to the right!
This is a month to be aware of whether or not you feel grounded and IN your body. Notice where you feel insecure? What issues of vulnerability and safety come up for you this month? What makes you feel safe, grounded, nurtured, in the flow? How has being at home affected your ability to be and stay grounded? Did you lose your job, your financial security, or your peace of mind during this time of the pandemic and economic, political, social and financial upheaval? What does this insecurity feel like in your body?
We will explore ways to stay grounded in this article.
Venus/Inanna makes her descent this month through the Sacral or Root CHAKRA - Gateway #7. The Old Moon will be in the sign of Cancer as she passes through the 7th Gate. Given that there is so much darkness and chaos all around us many of us could be experiencing feelings of not being safe even in places where there is usually a feeling of comfort or security. The old ways are not holding.
The first chakra or root chakra is located at the base of the spine. The corresponding body locations are the perineum, along the first three vertebrae, at the pelvic plexus.
The Root Chakra is the basis of our survival. We stay connected to the earth when we deal with the issues of our basic needs for food, sleep, shelter, and self-preservation. As Venus descends through this Gateway, we work on what blocks us from feeling supported and having a basic foundation for living our life. That foundation could be our job, our marriage, the way we support one another, or feeling safe while we explore something new. Housing and financial safety are two main situations that may bring us to our knees during times like we are going through now. This chakra will be in need of renewal for almost everyone.
We will feel weak and frail if this chakra is not healthy, like a wilted flower. sigh..........
Feeling hungry all the time, feeling like there will just never be enough money, scarcity of love, poverty consciousness, or impoverished feelings can arise along with fears of intimacy or emotions that are frozen and feel as though they can't be penetrated.
These may be your feelings, but remember:
"FEELINGS ARE NOT FACTS."
....but they are the souls' way of telling us that we must work on these areas where fear penetrates or dominates our life.
The color of our base chakra is RED.
The flower or fruit that can help heal it is POMEGRANATE. This very feminine fruit is mythologically associated with the maiden Persephone as she journeys to the underworld and back.
Staying grounded with our grounding stones will help us this month.
RUBY encourages our passion and strength. It can help us renew our life force and generate enthusiasm. This stone can also be protective and supportive of our natural instincts, reminding us to listen to them.
Notice the little pomegranate-like seeds of the garnet! Egyptians and Sumerians used garnets over 5000 years ago. During times of fear, it can provide a protective and calming influence. It helps to lift us out of our melancholy and depression, strengthening the survival instinct, and bringing courage and hope into critical situations.
This lovely mystical stone can help absorb and then release negativity so that we can see our situation more clearly. It is very grounding in that it helps us to be practical and organized. Bringing you back to the physical world is the transmutation job of this stone.
This is a stone for physical strength and vitality.
I am suggesting these stones as possible ways to assist you on your path this month. You can find them shaped like hearts or possibly just get a chunk of one of these stones to place in your pocket. Hold on tight to it when the need arises. I have been known to carry rocks in my socks, my pockets, my bra, and wherever I could find a spot to hold one! I sleep with a very special stone under my pillow at night. (Someday I will share that story with you and how it came to be.)
Another lovely way to assist you on your journey is to take cedar oil and anoint yourself at the 3rd eye chakra. Cedar oil is grounding and yet it holds a strong spiritual vibration of protection.
TIP: When you are able to meet in person in your women's circles, take one of the many healing aroma oil therapies and bring it in as part of your ceremony. Anoint one another on the 3rd eye chakra. This is a caring way to bring a sense of love and oneness into the group. It brings in amazing peace, security, and relaxation to everyone. Start your circle this way if you are having troubles with some women who may be noticeably stressed. When your group is having a harder than usual time settling down this extra healing may be just what it needs. In our group, one or two women stand at the doorway anointing and or saging each woman as she comes in. You might whisper something settling and supportive to the woman too. Just sitting in a women's circle is grounding for me. Nothing much has to happen but something good always does!
Cistus purpureus has such lovely bloom! Its leaves can be crushed and as you inhale their fragrance a feeling of being connected to the earth and in your body may be experienced....this is one of my favorite smells in late summer.
The Royal Robe
As Venus passes through her 7th and final GATEWAY of the Balsamic Moon she will remove her royal robe. Her robe is representative of being in a human body. Strength, inner security, and a feeling of being deeply and calmly connected to the earth are the gifts of this chakra.
As Venus Inanna descends through this gateway she removes her royal robe as a symbol of her willingness to release all that stands in her way of providing the foundation upon which to build her life.
Our safety issues could come up as we make this descent. This chakra is located at the base of the spine and governs all aspects of grounding, security, sexuality, and unresolved issues brought in from past lives or from our ancestral lineage.
"Beauty and the Beast" by Sharon Russell from her book, Innocence to Wholeness
You can read more about this book and get it for $17 by going HERE.
A blocked root chakra can mean we are being dominated by emotions of fear.
We are challenged by our society's devaluation of women. For instance, women often get paid less for the same job as men. Don't fool yourself, this is still happening in the world today.
For women of color or any woman who has ever felt she has no 'place' to be herself safely and freely, this picture of Mary McLeod Bethune was taken the year she faced down the KKK. Later she became an advisor to both President Franklin D. and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt as an educator and civil rights activist. This week a statue commemorating her work has replaced a Confederate statue at the U. S. Capitol!
We can use wonderful, grounded women as our role models. Women around the world are now taking positions of power and leadership which is a characteristic of a positive Capricorn Grandmother Goddess. Around the globe, grandmothers are seen as the "Keepers of Peace."
Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, is a strong female and cannot be knocked off her feet by the insanity of those in positions of power. Our president now has a cabinet half of which are women! This alone can give us a sense of renewed security and self-esteem.
In this challenging of challenging times, it is WOMEN who will lead the way in many of the pressing issues which keep us feeling insecure, of not having or being enough, or being in fearful states that prevent us as women from asserting ourselves.
With the Moon passing through the sign of Cancer for this gateway there is an even stronger sense of wanting to be connected to our tribe or to the earth itself. As our safety issues come up during this descent month, we may feel the fear of not belonging.
Your connection to Earth Mother Gaia is very profound. It is what will lead us into the next chakra, the one that is the source of the root chakra and the one we will be talking about next month. To prepare for this, meditate on STRENGTH. Meditate on ABUNDANCE. Take actions that reinforce your healthy desires. Release your fears or feelings of shame or guilt into the earth.
Have you made a Venus altar during this Venus descent? You might choose to honor this chakra by gathering roots, pine cones, cedar or conifers, and stones that resonate with you - they don't have to be pretty, all stones hold the energy of earth connection.
"Put seeds and cover them.
Blades will sprout
where you do your work."
The element that rules the root chakra is EARTH. We are in a practical domain that seeks grounding in a cultural time of excessive technology and what to do with it, how to use it so it doesn't use us! If you are at the computer for long periods of time, as I am, then you may need to counterbalance this with time in nature.
Or just take off your shoes and walk barefoot on the earth. This is called 'earthing'. What a nice word!
" New Seed
It roots deepest
in the places
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
We may indeed be isolated at this time and this is also contributing to our inability to stay grounded. We need one another!
We don't often think of LOVE as being a primal need. I believe it is.
This is the symbol for VENUS (write it down in your journal) see how it looks like a mirror? Venus is a divine and mysterious mirror. Look in a mirror and send that face some LOVE! You deserve it and it is a primal need of all of us in human bodies to love and be loved. It is just as important as food or breath or warmth. We can't stay grounded unless we know who we are from the inside to the outside.
You have just taken off that weighty red robe - the old one that made you feel weak and that there is never enough. See yourself as flesh and blood and BEAUTIFUL! ...no matter what your size or shape don't let distorted images of yourself take you down. Recognize that our culture tries to do this in a million ways from the time we got our first Barbie doll! Love yourself and that includes your BODY no matter what its size or shape.
"You are a beautiful sweet woman part of all there is."
This ancient Queen from Nimrud, one of our first cities, looks secure. She has a balanced base chakra. She is strong and STRENGTH is one of the qualities we will be developing now as we release old patterns that keep us ungrounded and unempowered.
"Strength" Sharon Russell
This is my favorite of Sharon's watercolors of women. I love the way this woman is rooted in the earth and this alone gives her STRENGTH. You can get this image HERE.
Right now, we need to look at what is making us feel weak, with no power base, money, or security. Women, get your journals out and explore this.
- What makes me feel weak?
- When do I feel ungrounded?
- How can I stay grounded in situations that take me down?
- What do I fear most about poverty or not having enough money, time, or nourishment each day?
- Have I misused or abused my power or life force?
- Have I held back out of not feeling that I am not enough?
WOW, these are basic but BIG, SERIOUS questions to contemplate this month. Perhaps you will just choose one question, or an answer to your personal question of "Why am I not feeling grounded?" will emerge this month.
by Sharon Russell (go HERE to see more of this as a card or wall hanging.)
What does your heart want to say, how is it feeling? Just in case we forgot, CAPRICORN is the overarching feminine archetype that Venus is working with during this 584-day cycle. She has the qualities of a wise, caring Grandmother Goddess. This is Sharon's Capricorn. She has connected with the desire for a Capricorn to gain mastery in some area of their life. This does not mean perfection, maybe we become a master of our root chakra just by learning one new thing this month that helps us to stay grounded....something that we write about in our journals, or maybe we will paint it or build an altar that holds the theme of what it is we need to feel grounded.
- Capricorn oversees our bones, joints, connective tissue, our knees, hair, nails, and teeth. Weaknesses in these areas may be a sign that your root chakra is out of balance.
- Capricorn is an earth sign, take off those shoes and put your feet on the earth. Or collapse (in a safe place, a nice grassy space is preferable) onto the earth. Completely give up all your trying. Stay close to the earth, feel or even hear her heartbeat.
- Acknowledge the parts of yourself that feel experienced and have gained wisdom. Are you a grandmother? What are you teaching your grandchildren? Even if you are not a grandmother by blood, if you are an elder you are in that role and others will see you as wise - what kind of impression do you make when you act or do not act in situations where female empowerment and equality are at stake?
- Try asking your questions from the "I" perspective: Where do I feel safe? Where do I fit, where do I belong?
- Am I feeling 'at home' in the place I live?
- In what situations do I feel out of control, anxious, or insecure?
This is one of the most challenging of all chakras to dismantle. Venus took off her robe,... take off your heavy, burdensome, tattered old garment - it really isn't keeping you warm or secure. Women, we go together through this gateway so that we can discover what truly is grounding, healthy, and brings in stamina.
We are trying to link the forces of nature with our human soul.
As a symbol of the Body, Venus descends and takes off her ROBE OF ROYALTY. This removal of her robe is removal in our deep psyche. We are releasing any blockages that are in the way of fully expressing our true selves. Venus is asking us to look in the direction of our shadow to find out what is depleting us or causing us to be ungrounded, spacey, or disconnected from our bodies or from others.
Go to LETS SHOP and scroll down to INNOCENCE TO WHOLENESS to see this complete set of cards that come from Sharon Russell's book. You can order the book ($17) or the card as a set or just one card! This is a wonderful book to have as we work with the DESCENT phase of Venus, as we are likely to encounter shadow material on our way down!
It takes courage to face the shadow part of our personality. We do this every time the Balsamic Moon appears. With Venus added into the Balsamic Moon we have an extra potent dose of FEMININE ALCHEMY as we look within and without to explore the nature and health of our base chakra this month. We are being stripped bare as we enter the underworld of our own psyches.
But, girlfriends, not to fear this process. Modulate what comes up for you by journaling, working with these questions in your women's circles, and by sharing this process with a trusted friend or counselor. We have safety in numbers which we need because the contents of our psyche are large. We are in a human body and so we must take time to work our process... slowly.
You can find this as a card or print HERE.
Some of us may join a women's circle that can help us facilitate our growth just by being in that deeply feminine energy field. Have you heard me say this before? My moon and rising sign are in Aquarius (the sign of group consciousness). I feel and understand the need to be a part of a group of spiritual women. They are my support, at times, my very survival! One way to meet is through ZOOM during this co-vid time.
CAPRICORN needs to learn how to tune into her body and what it really needs. Now at Root Chakra month, we have moved all the way from our Crown Chakra, through each chakra to our very roots.
REMEMBER TO TAKE TIME TO REST AS VENUS PASSES THROUGH THIS GATEWAY and makes her final descent. We rest and we honor our physical bodies that have worked so very hard for us.
"Beautiful Dreamer" collage by Dixie G
This is nearly the last drop of sacred nectar of the feminine divine as she will soon become invisible to us in her Underworld Journey.
Let's conclude by looking at these lovely images of one of our women friends' altars. She has been building this altar as Venus began making her descent and it is becoming deep and meaningful to her --- and to me too:
Well, there's a happy grounded person!