This autumn Venus will start moving retrograde in the Sky. On October 6th, she will station in the sign of Scorpio and she will step back into her Queendom, Libra. She will be moving retrograde for 40 days. 40 days mark a time of completion, the amount of time needed for certainty regarding birth and death. Perhaps 40 days is the time of “passage” from one realm into another.
Here in my country, 40th day of the newborn is celebrated. 40 days after one passes is also equally important.
Retrogrades of the planets are their journey into the Underworld. Venus, as Goddess Aphrodite, is known to travel to chthonic realms. She may wander on Earth and She may travel into the Underworld as well. Do you remember her looking for Adonis on Earth and through the Underworld ? She seeks for her beloved Adonis who was kept by the Goddess of the Underworld, Persephone. How do you imagine Aphrodite descending ? In her gorgeous red hair, shining beauty or clad in Shadows ? Or perhaps, as a friend reminds me, she will be wearing the Helm of Invisibility ?
In an even more ancient story related with Venus, now as the Sumerian Goddess Inanna, She descends to the Underworld right after her marriage with the Shepherd God Dumuzi. She descends into the Underworld to visit her sister Ereshkigal. Inanna is sweet, beautiful and abundant, she carries Life. Ereshkigal is her sister Death, the dark Goddess of the Underworld. During her Journey of Descension, Inanna passes through the Seven Gates. In each Gate she is required to leave a bit of herself, her persona, her identity. She leaves her glimmering garments, her Crown, her wonderful jewels… At the Seventh Gate, she is naked. Thus the Goddess enters the Underworld…
During her 40 days retrograde Venus will be descending down into the Underworld. She will shatter what is not her essence. Only her Life, her body, her core, her very essence will be left. During the 40 days we will be shattered of old and rusty relationships. We will get rid of wrong self-image issues. We will get rid of the deep beliefs that stand between us and Love, be it Divine Love, Universal Love or just Love.
On October 26, in the middle of her retrograde period, Venus joins the Sun and becomes invisible. It is a special day when Venus is conjunct the Sun. Look for something Venusian. After joining with the Sun during the retrograde, Venus will become the Morning Star, no longer the Evening Star she was during this summer. We will be bearing a new consciousness.
Evening Star Venus is said to be the Love Goddess and Morning Star Venus to be the Warrior Goddess. Inanna is, after all, the Goddess of Love and War.
At the end of the 40 days of retrograde movement, Venus will stand still at 25 degrees of Libra in mid-November.
Inanna enters the Underworld. There, she hangs from a Tree for days. This is where she is purified completely and finds her new Strength, New Life, New Secret… Then she comes back, she is Reborn.
Venus stations direct on November 15.
Inanna leaves the Underworld and ascends through Seven Gates, moving upwards. As she ascends, she wears back her identity, her garments, her jewels, her persona and her Glory, her Crown. Venus will complete her Journey on December 17.
As soon as she arrives in the World, Inanna finds out that her husband Dumuzi was cheating on her with a mortal girl. Inanna of course gets very angry at Dumuzi but she chooses not to punish him. I leave this riddle for you.
I regard this Journey of Venus as a very deep energy shift. We will be exploring our depths, facing our Shadows, disappearing into our Darkness and come back reborn. It is up to us whether we would like to take the Journey with Venus. The gift may just be Forgiveness, as Inanna’s story indicates.
During her Journey, Venus, just like Divine Io herself, will encounter Uranus, Prometheus, twice. Venus will hold her mirror into the face of Prometheus who is bound to the cliffs right in between the realms of Aries and Taurus. This means that we might have more than one surprise on the collective level and also on the personal level regarding Venus issues. It is hard to guess what will come out of Pandora’s Box, after all Pandora is another female figure related to Prometheus.
This looks like an interesting autumn for us all. A time to remember and I hope this Journey will help us open our Hearts more, love more and be loved more. Venus rules all relationships, our relationship with ourselves, friends and partners. Let us look for the day her Glory will be restored and let her be our guide down into our own Shadow, our own Underworld where the secrets and Pluton (Wealth – sometimes inner wealth) lie.
With Love and Blessings,