The planet of love and romance and luxury and money (Venus) has been retrograde and will go direct on April 15, 2017 at approximately 6:18 a.m. (EST). We’ve been dealing with a lot of “re” energy when it comes to our relationships. And not just relationships with people. But also with money, and our sense of worth and value. Of things and of ourselves. Reevaluating, revising, revisiting, rethinking. If past relationships didn’t come back to you, the energy of those relationships may have come back to haunt you a little. That was to push you to really delve into your shadow side. Nobody likes to do that, but if you take the time to do the work, it’s remarkably rewarding.
Your self-worth, your value and how you connect these things with relationships…what you’ve been going through these past few weeks with this retrograde cycle will probably never repeat (based on the astrology as it is). And with Venus direct again…we should all be feeling that lift. That sense of lightness and momentum. The idea is to never lose touch with who you are and what you’re worth. If you can stay true to that, and stay connected to that, you will never find yourself too far off center.
How do we do that? First of all, accept that there are going to be times when you feel off center. You’re human. It’s going to happen. The idea is to not feel off center too many days in a row, too often. You don’t want to get used to that feeling. You don’t want it to feel familiar or normal.
Meditation (cue the collective groan) helps. It really does. If the idea of sitting with your legs pretzled, saying “om” doesn’t speak to you, try sitting still in a chair, and close your eyes. Start with one minute. Set the timer on your phone. Everybody older than 6 can sit still for one minute with their eyes closed. Turn off the TV, no noise. It’s really not that hard. And one minute will blossom into to two minutes. And then five minutes. And then ten or fifteen…on and on.
Find an affirmation to tell yourself every morning. Look in the mirror when you get up and smile at yourself. Just stand there and smile. Look at you looking back at you, smiling at you. Say to yourself, I am open to something totally awesome coming my way today. I want everything that I am ready to receive right now. And I am thankful and grateful and happy for all that I have and all that is going to come to me today.
Find a stone/crystal/rock you resonate with. Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite are common crystals for love and kindness. Love from others, and self-love. Carry one in your pocket with you. And every time you’re feeling less than centered, feel that stone and smile. Whisper to yourself, thank you for guiding me through this…thank you.
Venus retrogrades can be difficult (especially if you are a Libra or a Taurus, because Venus rules both of those signs, or if you have a Libra or Taurus ascendant or moon). But it happens to teach us something. The universe does a really good job of making us reevaluate where we are with things. How things are going. How can we make them better. And retrogrades are an ideal time to do that. She’s direct on April 15 and we should be feeling ourselves coming out of this darkness, and into the light.
Venus Venus in the sky, forcing me to wonder why, to learn and grow and find the light, to love myself, with all my might…
The Smiling Raven