A journey of power

This Saturday, I will be telling the story of Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth. This story of a queen’s journey to the Underworld mirrors almost exactly the travel of Venus in her 19 month cycle. The Queen of Heaven corresponds to Venus as the morning star, where she emerged only days ago. The Queen of Heaven and Earth reflects Venus after her Underworld death and subsequent resurrection as an evening star, which occurs at the end of 2022.

This is the quintessential heroine’s journey, in which our queen is stripped of her power, sent naked into the ‘place below’, and subsequently reclaims a more authentic and mature form of sovereignty and authority when she once again ascends to her throne. In this ancient Sumerian myth, Inanna passes through seven gates on her descent, removing her trappings of power as she goes. In the sky, Venus passes through seven conjunctions with the Moon as she descends to meet the Sun. 

We will follow Venus through her travels this year on the podcast, reclaiming our natural wisdom and sovereignty as we go. Since the current incarnation of Venus began in Capricorn (material success and achievement) and alongside Pluto (Underworld god(dess) of power and wealth), these themes are carried throughout the cycle, and we’ll weave them throughout the story as we go.

I’ll post the link for patrons the day before we meet. I hope to see you Saturday at 10 am Mountain/Noon Eastern! The video will be available shortly afterward, and the audio will be up on The Natural Wisdom Podcast that afternoon. 

New Year, New Moon, new beginnings, not too fast

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The year 2022 begins with a New Moon in Capricorn (11:33 a.m. Mountain on January 2nd at 12 degrees Capricorn), giving us some extra energy for intentional new beginnings. But it also begins within a period of review of the past, with Venus in the heart of its retrograde period, and Mercury getting ready for its own. Whether you used the December Solstice as the time to call forth new initiatives or you choose to mark the turn of the calendar page, this is a great time for setting or repeating your intentions.

Be prepared to refine what you resolve in the coming weeks, though. The retrograde periods of Venus and Mercury will likely bring a realignment of values and priorities (Venus) and add perspective (Mercury) beyond what is accessible now.

The backwards movement of Venus in Capricorn feels to me like a much needed time of integration of some of the shifts and conflicts of the past months. Venus has just disappeared from the evening sky until mid-January, when the planet rises again as a morning ‘star’. This time when Venus is ‘under the beams’, traveling so close to the Sun she is invisible, highlights the need for contemplation rather than decision. The 40 days and 40 nights retrograde period (from December 19 through January 29), overlaid with themes from Venus’ conjunction with Underworld lord Pluto, invite reflection and re-evaluation of the fundamental ways in which we understand power.

Capricorn is the last Zodiac sign in the element of earth, meaning it relates specifically to the material realm. Capricorn’s symbol is the sea-goat, a mythical creature that bridges the manifest and unmanifest, bringing the imaginal into form. One archetypal expression of Capricorn is the shaman, who perceives the whole of the material world as the expression of the ineffable, the invisible, the One, and learns to create via cooperation with it. The greater expression of Capricorn energy is as the master of cooperation with Nature to achieve material success. At its heart, the sea-goat is the sign of authentic power in and with the material world.

However.

In this day and age, power may be at the top of the list of misunderstood words. A few millennia of an imbalance between the polarities of yin/feminine and yang/masculine energy has resulted in the confusion of power with control. When power, wealth, and material success come up in conversation, they can carry with them the suggestion of winners and losers; having control ‘over’ someone or something; and often the sense of bending Nature to our will. These are generally our current role models for power.

Yet, true power comes from authentic desire, which stems from the deepest self. True power is based in what we love. The ‘near enemy’, or toxic mimic of power is control, and derives from what we fear.

This dichotomy is so very obvious in our cultural relationship with our bodies, money, and even food – all of which mirror how we relate to the Earth itself. We don’t have to look far to find advertising geared to controlling our bodies, especially their appearance, couched in language telling us there is something ‘wrong’ with them as they are.

Our relationship with money falls along similar lines. Rather than sacred, it is often viewed as profane. Money is blamed for being the ‘root of all evils’, and we are not supposed to love money. In many circles, we aren’t even supposed to want it at all, and are taught it is a necessary evil. Yet those of us that have tried – consciously, unconsciously, willingly or unwillingly – to live without money know it is an essential part of life as it is today.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, these past few years have required (forced?) me to delve deeply into my relationship to money. A few of the questions I have been working with around money in my quest for healing are these:

What is money, where did it originate, and where does it come from?

How do I really feel about money and having money, and how do I want to feel?

What stories have I been taught about money that limit my ability to give and receive it?

This Venus retrograde in Capricorn offers the first opportunity of 2022 to understand our relationship with the material world, including money. This is a primary theme of the whole year and into 2023. I will share my answers to these questions and more as they come together in words.

One of my New Year intentions is to support you in healing your relationship with material wealth – body, money, food, Earth. I’d love to hear from you on your own questions and answers.

Join me on Saturday, January 8th at 10 a.m. Mountain/Noon Eastern for the next Cosmic Wisdom conversation with Emily Trinkaus. We will be taking a look at some of the astrology of 2022 and how to work with it. 

Then, on January 13th at 5:30 p.m. Mountain/7:30 p.m. Eastern, my friend and gifted healer Belinda Noakes  joins me for a conversation about how to turn  fear into fuel through unlocking energetic patterns. In this episode of the podcast, we’ll get to know Belinda and address  some of the current fear patterns surrounding us.

Celebrate the Solstice with me!

We are coming up on my favorite day of the year, the one I look forward to for about half the year, the December Solstice. This is the day when the Sun reaches the 0 degree of Capricorn, and the official beginning of winter. It is also the day when the Sun begins to regain its power.

I am offering a special episode of The Natural Wisdom Podcast on Tuesday, December 21st at Noon Mountain/2 pm Eastern. I’d love to have you join me, and you are welcome to invite anyone you think might want to celebrate the day with me. 

I will talk briefly about the intense astrology wrapping up (sort of) the end of 2021, and then we will spend sometime in meditation together, and finish with a short ritual of candle-lighting, intention-setting, and journaling. I will post the link here on Patreon and send it out via my newsletter the day before.

The Gemini Full Moon happens tomorrow evening, December 18th, ‘officially’ bringing the Gemini/Sagittarius Eclipse season to a close. Eclipses will move to the signs of Taurus and Scorpio in 2022, bringing a completely different energy with them. Emily Trinkaus and I will be sharing more on that topic on January 8th, but we did spend a little time on the subject in our last episode. The Full Moon may ‘light up’ some of the ideological differences we have been seeing around us in a new way. As with much of 2021, it is a good time to stay open-minded (a conscious expression of Gemini energy) and receptive to greater wisdom. As I have been saying all year, letting go of certainty will encourage the reconciliation we so badly need, as will remembering our deep connection as part of the Earth community.

I hope to see you Tuesday!