queen of shadows

The Queen of Shadows, from Brian Froud’s The Heart of Faerie Oracle

Venus is in the Underworld – traveling so close to the Sun that she’s invisible to us Earthlings. The feminine in all of us is deeply submerged, there’s a contraction of energy, a pulling inward, a need to be alone, to be quiet, to regenerate. If Taurus and/or Libra is strong in your birth chart, you may be feeling especially hermity and Underworldish.

After shining as a bright evening star, Venus disappeared from the Western horizon on January 5, and is now preparing for her rise as a morning star, and the start of a new cycle of the Divine Feminine, on January 17. Adam Gainsburg calls this current period the “Transmigrational Underworld” – when she’s closing out one cycle and preparing to start the next:

She is migrating from one overall theme of femininity to another. At a personal level, we become undone or unmade from the prior Journey and prepare to be re-imagined and re-constituted for the subsequent Journey. In the very middle of this period when she is at her closest position to Earth, we receive a complete infusion of her energy. It’s an intensification of the qualities, potentials, rejections, strengths and weaknesses of the collective Feminine Self in humanity at that time.” (The Light of Venus, p. 230)

The “complete infusion” of Venusian energy is happening today. Venus precisely conjoins with the Sun (4:24 am Pacific), marking the midpoint of Venus Retrograde (December 21 to January 31), a time for deep reflection about your values, priorities, resources and relationships. You can get more insight into what this means for YOU by finding the house in your birth chart that contains 21 degrees Capricorn. The areas of life represented by that house are the focus of reevaluation, regeneration and renegotiation.

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Two Sisters by James Christensen

The waning Venus cycle started on June 11, 2012, when the Gemini Goddess made her heliacal rise – emerged from the Underworld of invisibility and rose as a morning star. What has your journey of the Divine Feminine looked like since then? What results are manifesting, and what’s coming to a close?

The sign that Venus is in when she starts her 19-month synodic cycle (her cycle of Light, how she appears in relation to the Sun), describes the presiding Goddess of this period. Caroline Casey calls Venus in Gemini “the goddess with a mouth” (Making the Gods Work for You). The feminine has been finding her voice. During this Gemini cycle, I’ve noticed a proliferation of books, blogs, workshops, etc. about the Divine Feminine – we’ve been gathering information, talking, thinking, writing, finding ways to connect and communicate with Her.

At another level, the Venus in Gemini cycle has been a time for healing duality – reconciling the apparent split between masculine and feminine, mind and body, spirit and matter. In traditional astrology Gemini is ruled by Mercury, but at an esoteric level, Gemini is thought to be ruled by Venus, “whose primary purpose is to unite all opposites in bonds of harmonious matrimony” (Alan Oken).

Venus Rises in Capricorn – the Council of Grandmothers

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The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers

On January 17, Venus will reappear in the pre-dawn sky, and start her new cycle in Capricorn – the Wise Woman, the Crone, the Grandmother. Venus in Capricorn calls for honoring our elders, and bringing forth the older, wiser, more mature part of ourselves.  The Venus in Capricorn cycle is a time for women to increase their worldly power and authority, and to reinsert feminine values and principles into society. (Read about the post-patriarchal refeminization of Capricorn here.)

Pluto’s long journey through Capricorn (2008-2024) signifies the death of unsustainable social systems and structures, including the economy. We’ve reached the endgame of ever-expanding markets and ever-extractable resources, the endgame of the dominator model of power required to maintain an exploitative economy. The transformation from planet-destroying to sustainable culture, a culture that plans for the needs of the next seven generations (the traditional role of the Council of 13 Grandmothers), is not going to be a top-down process. It never is.

You can see these Venusian and Plutonian Capricorn themes expressed in the Women of Fukushima mini-documentary. While the Japanese government downplays the danger of the nuclear disaster, continues to support nuclear power, and fails to respond to the needs of those affected by radiation, a group of women have emerged to speak their truth and stand for justice:

The nuclear power plants were built by men. Men who say that money is important. That’s what we want to change, with our feminine style and our feminine sensibilities. The most important things are life, health and raising healthy children. We don’t need nuclear power for this. We are fighting to show that there are more important things than money.

World leaders are scheduled to be colossal disappointments while Pluto is in Capricorn, inspiring a disillusioned public to withdraw its projection of authority onto external entities and reclaim responsibility for creating the world we want to live in. As one of the Fukushima women says, “Each and every one of us must change, or the government won’t change.

– Emily Trinkaus

Portlandia friends! Join Shamanic Astrologer Erik Roth and me next Friday evening to celebrate Venus’s new cycle in a community ceremony, and get more in-depth insight into what this cycle means for you in our Saturday workshop. Details here. And come find out about the Astrology of 2014 at New Renaissance this Sunday.

Priestesses everywhere! Join energy-healing high priestess Katie Todd and me next Tuesday for our first Full Moon Galactivation of 2014. Details here.