On March 27th a very powerful Venus-in-Aries cycle began; it will continue for 584 days, approximately a year and nine months. Because this is Venus, The Feminine Principle, this cycle invites and inspires women to explore and express a new, deeper, more powerful aspect of themselves, and this is equally true for men as regards their inner feminine.
This cycle invites us to summon the courage to be adventurous, to explore radically new ways of Living, and to trust The Very Spirit of Life.
I strongly encourage everyone to participate with Venus as she embarks on this 584-day journey through Aries. Your participation will — not might, it will — make a powerful difference, perhaps the crucial difference, in our rapidly changing world. The change is rooted in this: Every person on Earth is being challenged to dig deeper than ever before and discover a new layer of Our Deepest Personal Values — and Venus is Our Deepest Personal Values.
Venus (The Goddess, The Divine Feminine) embarked on this adventure on March 27th. Since then a number of women have called or emailed to tell me they're venturing into new territory, that for some time now they've been feeling the urge to be new, to be different, to change themselves and their lives, and that something is stirring in them now, a new presence is moving in them urging them to action, to blaze a new trail for themselves and those they Love. These women are feeling the presence of Venus in Aries. Here are just a few examples (my ideas) of what The New Aries Woman might do:
Because this is Venus, the feminine principle, let's consider the nature, character and energy of the Aries archetype when it expresses in and through women. In The Shamanic Astrology Handbook by Daniel Giamario, creator of Shamanic Astrology, we find these descriptions of The Aries Goddess:
"I am warrior woman. I defend you in battle against the dark lords, the greedy, and those exploiting Mother Earth. I will fight to protect the Cosmic Order. I Am Goddess Of Victorious Triumph!"
So yes, the Aries Goddess is The Goddess wild and free, yet she lives that way with a purpose! She is going forth with The Sword of Truth paving her way, and with Strength and Courage lighting her Path to Victory!
In the March issue of "The Shamanic Astrology Newsletter" we find yet another description of the nature of this Venus cycle of power:
Aries is the Amazon Warrior and the Wild Woman. Here are some images from Clarissa Pinkola Estes' book, Women Who Run With The Wolves, to spark our sense of these mysteries.
"WITHIN EVERY WOMAN THERE IS A WILD AND NATURAL CREATURE, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species.
Though the gifts of wildish nature come to us at birth, society's attempt to "civilize" us into rigid roles, has plundered this treasure and muffled the deep life-giving messages of our own souls. Without Wild Woman, we become over domesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped."
"Healthy wolves and healthy women share certain psychic characteristics: keen sensing, playful spirit, and a heightened capacity for devotion. Wolves and women are relational by nature, inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength. They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mate and their pack. They are experienced in adapting to constantly changing circumstances; they are fiercely stalwart and very brave."
"She is the one who thunders after injustice."
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So for all of us, yet especially for women, starting now and for the next year and nine months is a time to Be New! It is a time to summon The Courage of The Warrior and express your deepest, truest, most authentic identity. It is a time to declare your true Self, define yourself, to no longer be defined by others. Consider this:
"If you pay nervous attention to other people's opinions, maneuver to obtain their indulgence and to stand high in their esteem, you will be whisked about in their winds and you will lose yourself." - Jo Coubert
This Friday, April 3rd, or one morning soon after, Venus will rise as the beautiful Morning Star for the first time in many months. This "heliacal rise" is the trigger-point and the true, shamanic beginning of this 584-day Venus-in-Aries cycle. To witness Venus rising this way is an absolutely stunning experience. I STRONGLY encourage everyone to get up about thirty minutes before sunrise this Friday, April 3rd (I realize that for many of you this is asking a lot, to sacrifice even one minute of your precious slumber, yet I promise you it will be worth it and this is the only time in your entire Life that I'll ask you to do this, because after this one experience I won't have to— you'll want to do it), look directly east and wait to see if Venus rises before the Sun that morning. You won't have to wonder which star is Venus because she will be as close to Earth as she gets, so she'll be the brightest body in the heavens by far! She'll be huge and glowing, a very powerful Presence in the heavens. Trust me, you will know her when you see her. She's so close and big and beautiful you can actually see— and feel!— her pulsating. It is truly an amazing experience.
Now, it's not possible to know exactly which morning Venus will first become visible. So if on this Friday the Sun rises so that daylight comes, the stars are no longer visible and you don't see her that morning, then please do the same thing Saturday morning, then Sunday, maybe Monday, and continue each morning until one morning she's suddenly, powerfully, spectacularly there, and you experience this New Venus Rising, this New Woman Rising on Earth. Hopefully it will be Friday, but it might be a day or two or three or so later.
And on that marvelous morning that she rises, whichever morning that is, and displays her powerful, awe-inspiring Beauty for you — just for you — talk with her, commune and communicate with her, let her know that you acknowledge and honor her new cycle as The Warrior Amazon, the wild, free and powerful Protector and Defender of the Family and The Cosmic Order, and ask if you may do this dance with her. She will oblige you.
Then for the next 584 days, dance yourself free!
All of this brings to mind the title of a favorite song . . . .
"Wild Women Don't Get The Blues!"
So, take "the next step".
Claim your power. Save the children.
See it? Do it.