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Venus - Inanna continues her ASCENSION
THE SECOND GATEWAY
APRIL 17, 2018 we will be in the FLOW of VENUS passing through her 2nd GATEWAY on her journey to become QUEEN OF HEAVEN.
Venus reaffirms the new ARIES ARCHETYPE for women during her continuing passages through the spring and summer months of 2018. (READ: VENUS ASCENSION HAS BEGUN MARCH 2018) to get a greater comprehension of Venus's passages through each of the Seven GATES!) Especially, if you are new to this web site, the previous article will help you to be on the same page with all of your soul sistars!
This year I will be writing and rewriting about VENUS IN THE UNDERWORLD AND HER NEW FEMININE ARCHETYPES that are emerging with every cycle of Venus. So don't worry, if you don't comprehend this Venus passage. She has a rather complex cycle when first you look at it, so I am trying to understand it myself..... and we will go along TOGETHER here in this web site as we uncover the mysteries of Venus/Inanna....much, much more to look forward to....
Venus as EVENING STAR
(how to know if it is VENUS: she shines brightly, "stars twinkle, planets shine!".)
VENUS goes through the 2nd GATEWAY of her ASCENSION at CRESCENT MOON PHASE this month. HORNS to the LEFT are an indication that we are in Crescent Moon phase. The Moon is coming into the LIGHT once again. Crescent Moon Phase is the emerging beauty of our Moon. She is the MAIDEN shining her face upon us, preparing for her monthly cycle of creating, maintaining, and fulfilling the promise of new life that was given to her by Spirit at New Moon phase.
This month from mid April to mid May (and continuing through the next 5 chakras) we are celebrating the renewal of Aries Feminine energy as:
THE ARIES GODDESS WARRIOR ♦ LEADER ♦ WILD WOMAN ♦ WARRIOR WHO PROTECTS COSMIC BALANCE ♦ CULTURE BEARER ♦ PIONEER
LOOK UP on the early evening of APRIL 17th Venus makes her actual conjunction, or gateway moving through the Crescent Moon, at 6:27 PM PDT.
SUGGESTION: Get out your journals girlfriends - notice how the Crescent Moon gets brighter as the sun sets. Find the brightest planet next to the MOON and that is VENUS...perhaps you'd like to DRAW what you see! Or write about what you FEEL and how you experience this reappearance of the light!
from Sharon Russell (go below to connect to her soul cards and prints!)
What are you questing for this month?
If you go out several nights in a row beginning on the 14th or so, notice how Venus is to one side of the moon on the first night (or two) and to the other side of the moon after she passes through her gateway, the two moving even further away from one another as each night progresses. There are three celestial bodies involved here: The Sun which is throwing its light on the Moon, the Moon is receiving and reflecting to us the information, intelligence and beauty of the Light and Spirit of the Sun. In this way, we look at the Moon as the "Soul" on it's journey. And the third planet is Venus who is in her ascending stage. If we could see her up closer (use your binoculars) you could see that she also has phases!
April 17 is Venus's passage through the GATEWAY of the Crescent Moon.
The Moon in her CRESCENT PHASE is the GATEWAY for Venus. She passes through it 7 times in 7 months on her path to Ascension. These 7 gateways are like the 7 CHAKRAS. At each gateway she puts on a new article of clothing, symbolic of each of the chakra energies that she will be embodying for that month! You, too, will be embodying the new divine feminine energy for this gateway. Consciously or not, your Venus, planet of love, relationships, beauty and balance will be doing her best to encompass and HOLD the new ARIES, the new archetype for this Venus Cycle. This new energy is available for all women (really, for all people), for the feminine principle on our planet.
ABOUT THE 2ND GATEWAY of ASCENSION or
WOMB OF MYSTERY - also called the BELLY CHAKRA
"A woman's second charkra just below the belly button is also her womb."
The color of the 2nd chakra is ORANGE.
Carnelian is a stone that will help balance and enliven your 2nd chakra.
So will CORAL.
Hibiscus is one of the flowers associated with the healing of this chakra. Couldn't you just see a string of these around your hips? Belly dancers would look divine with these!
The 2nd Chakra is our:
GATEWAY OF PLEASURE, CREATIVITY, SEXUALITY
The Sacral Chakra allows you to FEEL the PASSION of living and being alive! It is located in the pelvic area.
Pleasure and enjoyment from being in a body is the gift of this chakra. As Venus ASCENDS through this gateway she puts back on her ankle bracelets. She renews her intimate connections with others. She dances, plays, sings. She opens a new level to her creative life!
(MUSIC) here's a bit of the Irish for you to dance to! (Sharon, you'll like this! Sharon does a fabulous JIG!)
BE IN YOUR BODY! GET IN TOUCH WITH THE ESSENCE OF WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL ALIVE!
"Burning Bush" by Kale Starbird
We balance our outer world with the flow and hormonal balance of our inner cycles of conception, gestation and being in touch with our very 'essence'.
Fire in the Belly is what men call it. In a woman's body, we can think of it as Isha Lerner says in her "Triple Goddess Tarot" book as "The Place of Initiation".
Energy can leak out here if we are stagnate or stopped from achieving our creative pursuits. Since VENUS is on her ASCENDING CYCLE now and into the Summer of 2018, we will want to TAKE TIME and MAKE SPACE for these creative activities, for PLAY, for FUN, for what makes us feel ALIVE and IN OUR BODIES!
The element that rules this gateway and passes us through the 2nd chakra is WATER.
We are in the territory of RENEWAL and NEW LIFE FORMATION.
As Venus made her 'descent' last Autumn, we became aware of how water holds memories.....both happy and extremely wounding. If we have experienced sexual abuse in our past then it was possible through this gateway of Venus to find deep healing as we released old blockages from our past. To whatever degree we have achieved some healing within our WOMB, we can now begin to enjoy our creative self expression which may have been stagnating.
"YOU CAN'T USE UP CREATIVITY. THE MORE YOU USE THE MORE YOU HAVE!"
"Initiation" collage and poem by Dixie GLadstone
A Woman's Prayer
You are a daughter of the Great Mother.
She cares for and nurtures you.
She honors you and helps you to bring forth your gifts.
She holds you safely in life's web.
And remember --
You cannot fall out of Her beautiful fabric of creation.
You are a vital cherished, sweet Woman part of all that is.
Be peaceful in yourself and open your heart to Love.
Return to the innocent purity of your divine feminine self. YOU ARE A DAUGHTER OF THE GREAT GODDESS. We are all birthed from the same WOMB and it is HERS.
“There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.”
ASK YOURSELF: "How am I feeling? Am I in touch with my body? What does it need to experience the joy of living?"
"Our sexuality is a part of the 2nd Chakra and Venus's healing of old sexual wounding, not just in our life but in the lives of our mothers, our grandmothers, in all our feminine lineage, is important to recognize this month."
In our culture sexuality is either exagerrated and magnified so that the intensity of the experience moves us beyond pleasure into huge expectations, exhaustion through images, exhaustion of our bodies .... OR its opposite.... our sexuality, passion and emotional reactions are frowned upon or rejected. We as a group have lost the balance.
Venus wants to feel the transformative process in this part of her body. She wants to bring her body together with another body for pleasure, creativity, the conception of a new idea, a baby, ....(it could be many things, as babies are not our only business).....but always Venus seeks to bring about a feeling of fullness and delight that emanates from this chakra and allows for us to release, to let go, to move, to express, and to participate fully in life.
Find JOY in the little things too!
Sometimes I like to just fall onto the grass and feel the earth beneath my body as it pulsates with life. Take your shoes off and get a sense of your SENSE OF TOUCH through your skin. Feel what the earth is doing. Listen to her heartbeat. Quietly let your heart beat to Her rhythm.
The energy that will be released in you as you consciously work with this chakra this month will help you feel or reconnect with your passion for being alive and in a human body.
PASSION is the fuel for our creativity whether it be a poem we are creating or a piece of art or music....etc...etc...it's limitless, the way women create! We also create when we build a new home, or move to a new place and set up our home. We create when we cook or clean, when we make a new website or learn something new and then try it out. Creating a child is an act of releasing a new being into this world, perhaps the most powerful form of initiation and creation we know and one that carries with it responsibility that requires passion (and enormous amounts of energy)!
"Orange flowers" Georgia O'Keefe
SUGGESTION: If you are part of a women's circle you may want to honor these SEVEN GATEWAYS by following along with me and including VENUS ceremony in your circle at least once every month. Your group can create something very special for each woman's personal growth by creating an altar for Venus. Each woman brings something to help build the center for your circle. You may wish to refer to the chakra for the month you are working with to create a 'theme' for your altar.
For instance, when Venus goes through the second gateway which will be the second chakra, you might have an 'all orange altar' ...... or dress in something orange.....or bring carnelian, coral or other enlivening and creative stones and orange flowers. Each woman could share and commit to her personal issues on freedom of self-expression. That could mean something different for each woman.
Listen carefully to your sistars and share from the heart. CLAIM YOUR PERSONAL POWER for a healthy body, the right to your sexuality, a renewal of your ability to be a leader, your creativity, and the way you express yourself personally in your embodied Venus!....maybe someone will bring an ankle bracelet with lots of pazazz which each woman can put on as she shares.
As you enter into this GATEWAY of VENUS ON THE ASCENT remember that your creations are endless but your energy is NOT. Take time to consider what you need to keep your self in BALANCE both body and soul. In the Aries way, we make good boundaries for the use of our time and the expenditure of our energy. We protect our sacred creative space by protecting our bodies and health.
Perhaps we are pioneering a new idea, project, or cause. Aries, with her second chakra open, will channel the PASSION for your cause and find a way to see it birthed into the world!
What is it that you need to do and to live in order to FEEL YOUR PASSION FOR LIVING?
What new image of yourself can you hold and create with? As we restore and express our 2nd Chakra this month we can infuse our lives with a greater feeling of freedom and happiness. This is the destiny of Venus on the Ascent in a new paradigm for ARIES and it is your destiny also!
If you have take a picture of your 2nd Gateway ALTAR, will you please send it to me? Your sisters would LOVE to see it and of course it would thrill me to no end! THANK YOU! Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
LOVE TO YOU SWEET SISTARS!
...which you will want to do if you want me to send you each month's VENUS GATEWAY. Also, feel free to send any of my articles around to your friends or social media.....it would help me to get the word out about FEMININE astrology!!!