After what may appear to have been a very long six-week cycle Venus is going direct on Friday, April 17th. She has been in her retrograde cycle since March 6th and we have all felt the impact of her influence. Venus goes retrograde approximately every year and a half. The next takes place from October 8, 2010 until November 10, 2010. Just before a planet stops its retrograde cycle and begins a forward motion it moves into a cycle known as the station.
The Direct Station is when Venus completes the retrograde phase and turns to resume forward (direct) motion. Just like the retrograde station, you may notice an intensity or concentration of Venus-related energy in your life for up to a week before and after the station. The direct station can often be a time of release, when all the concentrated focus on change, growth and development during the retrograde phase now comes out to manifest. The research is done, clarity has come and it’s time to start applying what you’ve learned. The direct station can be a time when you reach a decision about something you’ve been wrestling with, or when you start to see a situation in a new way that starts to make sense.
Venus remains in what is known as the post retrograde shadow for about a month after the direct station. During this time, you are applying, integrating and moving forward, using the new information and changes that have occurred during the cycle up to now. If Venus retrograde has caused disruptions or disappointments in your life, this can be a time when healing starts to take place. It might be a time when you revisit the original problem but approach it from a new point of view, having explored other perspectives during the retrograde phase. If Venus has brought new possibilities into your life, this phase can be a time when you must decide whether to continue to develop these possibilities and really move forward. If you do, this will begin a time of planting these new developmental seeds into your life so that they will continue to grow and thrive. On the other hand, you might have discovered that they don’t work the way you thought they would. In this case, you’re now in a position to let go of your old expectations, hopes or desires, which can clear the way for other possibilities to eventually come to you that will fit your needs better.
Since the retrograde began in early March you have been moving through a time of change. Over the next three months you will realize even greater change. You will not be the same person you are today three months from now. Whether you are discovering new areas in which to let your heart shine, or coming to the realization you must end a situation, the Venus retrograde is a time that will leave you with a new perspective and new potential.
Venus demands that you now listen. Relationships can break up; new ones can begin. Venus is now showing you where your life needs to change. Consider new perspectives and new approaches. Venus brings us closer to what we love. The retrograde energy pushes us to assess what we believe to be important, and to become more aware of ourselves and those around us.
On April 22nd we will be celebrating Earth Day. With negotiations for a new global climate agreement coming up in December, Earth Day 2009 must be a day of action and civic participation, to defend The Green GenerationTM‘s core principles:
- A carbon-free future based on renewable energy that will end our common dependency on fossil fuels, including coal.
- An individual’s commitment to responsible, sustainable consumption.
- Creation of a new green economy that lifts people out of poverty by creating millions of quality green jobs and transforms the global education system into a green one.
You can make a difference just with focused intention and prayer. On this day, prepare an altar containing something from the four elements to honor the four directions: Incense for the East, a candle for the South, a sea shell or bowl of water for the West and a crystal, flower or plant for the North. Make your prayer for awakened awareness of the need to protect our beloved earth and make your commitment to walk in balance as an earth guardian. Take the action to plant flowers, or donate to an animal protection group. Bless the water from the altar and offer it back to the earth. Anything that calls to your heart to celebrate and honor the earth. Together we can make a difference.
Just a reminder for those of you who are attending the Animal Communication Workshop on Sunday, April 17th. Dress comfortably and casually; bring a journal, as we will be spending time in the sacred medicine wheel and the enchanted garden. There are still a few spaces left for anyone interested in participating in this experience of building a stronger relationship with the animal kingdom and learning to understand the messages they bring to guide our journey.
Wishing you magic.
Love and rainbows, Robbyne