Transcript of Radio Show - Venus Retrograde & Dharma in Gemini
Let us turn our attention to the topic of today, which is actually two, in that I would like to talk first about Venus and then talk about the nodes of the Moon.
Whenever Venus turns retrograde, and like all the planets, except for the Sun and Moon which are not planets, all planets have this quality of going retrograde. Which means for our purposes here on Earth, though all the planets go around the Sun in the same direction, they have the appearance for us on our planet to move backwards against the backdrop of the stars for various periods of time.
Mercury and Venus, being inside the orbit of the Earth to the Sun, they “catch up” with us on the “inside track” and appear to loop around in space for that period of retrograde, and then continue on their merry way.
Then for the Outer Planets, of Mars on out to Pluto, we will pass them on the “inside track”, so that for a number of months or many months, they will also retrograde. In fact, coming up this week we have Saturn turning retrograde tomorrow (May 11), we have Venus turning retrograde on Wednesday the 13th, and Jupiter turning retrograde on the 14th. So, this is a week with a lot of planets turning retrograde. I would just like to point out in terms of the outer planets like Saturn and Jupiter, it is because they are so close together now (in the sign of Capricorn), that they are going retrograde at the same time.
Of course, we are probably more familiar with Mercury going retrograde since we talk about it more frequently because it happens more often, at least three times a year. Mars goes retrograde about every two years, but all the outer planets will retrograde for several months each year.
For our purposes here, whenever Venus turns retrograde, (and it does this about every 19 months, lasting for about 40 days, which is an interesting number because that number is found in many spiritual traditions), we are given a very special opportunity, I would say, to also turn around, look within and re-examine our values which are integral to our inner sensibilities and formative of our outer qualities of being. Those values held by the Avatar of Venus form our tastes and sensibilities ranging from our physical pleasures, aesthetic or artistic appreciations to our personal love and social sensibilities. Venus holds our likes (and dislikes) with the things of this world, and with our affections or antagonisms with one another.
Truly Venus, as the instrument of our ordering or hierarchy of value, holds us to what we need, what we have and what we want in our life, ranging from the most basic or physical of our appetites on up to the most sublime of affections and experiences we have and share with one another. I like to say, that the heart or bond of all relationships is our shared values, and that if we have enough common value we will hold together in good times but especially in trying ones as we have now, as true friends, as sincere colleagues and treasured loved ones.
During the period of Venus retrograde, much like during the more familiar Mercury retrograde, its normally outwardly directed energy-forms are turned inward, which means they move from a more or less purely subjective perspective or point of view to a more objective place. This gift of Venus retrograde enables you to become more objective or inwardly focused upon the experiences of value in your life. As with Mercury retrograde, but now focused upon the question of value not on how you think, you are able to shift your consciousness and contemplate your hierarchy of value more objectively, less personally so that it is more removed from the cultural and social assumptions that you may be unknowingly shaped and guided by.
Many of your wants and needs, which arise from your values, and ultimately add up to form your value of “you”, many of these have, certainly at first, been unconsciously incorporated into you through your earliest experiences in your family and immediate neighborhood and cultural order. In childhood and then beyond into your teens and even adulthood, you may believe that you like or want or truly need something, because, well, because you always have, and those around you do too.
But as you consider these things or experiences of value you from a more dispassionate and objective place, you may find that your likes and dislikes are not so pre-determined and fixed at all. You will probably discover that some or many things you feel or believe you must have, you will upon reflection understand that you actually do not need them at all.
You will let go or eliminate some things in your life or some activities or pastimes and that this will open a space within and around you. You will also realize that some things or experiences you had not yet considered meaningful or valued, that you now wish to enjoy and make these parts of your life.
It is quite probable that the range of the values you hold will move around, as the order that they are in may become rearranged, with some things or experiences in your life moving up or down in importance.
Flowing from this inner re-ordering will be a new sensibility and relationship to the world around you. Most especially, this refined/reformed understanding of the value of you and of what you value, will help you in your most important experience as human, your experience of value that forms your relationships with one another.
What we will see over the next six weeks, is that we will all benefit from a much needed reassessment of the nature of our values, of what is truly more meaningful and needed by each of us and for all of us. For it is our commonly shared values, the glue of our partnerships, communities, regions, nations and the world itself that will be illuminated by this opportunity to re-connect to the most important value from which all others are derived, the Love that made this world, and gives us all an undying well of value, the love we have in Spirit, and the love we have for one another.
And, just as a point of information the retrograde begins on May 13th and runs until June 25th, and the midpoint of its cycle is when Venus is passing over the Sun, making the Venus/Sun Conjunction will occur on June 3rd around 1:45 pm here in New York City. It is said to be a moment where there is an alignment between the Self and value of the Self, and so that is when a seed or influence might be felt by one and all, and that something has changed and a new understanding is being released.
It will take some time to understand what that is, but it is like a New Moon for Venus with regards to us.
Well then, let us take a look at this other thing that is perhaps even more obscure for many people. People may have found in their sessions with their Astrologer or read about these things, but what I have found in my practice of Astrology, and this is certainly true for a number of Astrologers, is that the insight provided by the position of the Moon’s nodes to be quite helpful.
The Nodes are not physical objects. They are formed by the intersection of two orbital paths, the orbit of the Moon around the Earth, and the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. So, it is like two circles or ellipses that intersect at two points. Unlike the planets, the nodes move through the Zodiac in reverse order, from Aries to Pisces to Aquarius and so on, and take about 18.6 years to make a complete revolution.
When the Moon in passing the North node, it is moving over the ecliptic (the path of the Earth around the Sun) and moves from a latitude that is South to North; and likewise, when it reaches the South Node, it crosses the ecliptic again moving into South latitude. Since we are looking here at the orbits of the Earth to the Sun, and the Moon to the Earth, the nodal axis is said to symbolize or link the primary relationship of the two lights in Astrology, the Sun and the Moon.
The Moon in the Northern phase of its monthly cycle is the time for the “building of energy-forms” or Spirit, and the southern passage is the time for reaping and Materializing period. Sowing and Reaping, Dharma and Karma is how I like to describe it.
Similarly for our purposes today, as the Nodal position moves backwards through the Astrological Signs for 18.6 years, (and as they do so they move through each of our charts, and through the houses of that chart with regards to individual interpretations), we can obtain valuable insight about the ongoing focus of what is or should be our understanding in that time of what is our collective Dharma and what is our collective Karma.
North Node in Gemini
Starting on May the 5th of 2020, and lasting until January 2022, we now have the North Node of the Moon in Gemini and so the South Node is in Sagittarius. What does this mean for us?
The North Node in Gemini calls upon us all to focus our spiritual development upon one of our more remarkable gifts, our faculty of Intelligence, and to use this “lamp of conscious awareness” in practical terms to understand ourselves and our world. By doing so, we will be able to find better and more practical solutions to the issues and problems that we face at this time.
Equally, the South Node in Sagittarius reminds us that our existing approach to understanding our reality will always be guided by our prior experiences, which have been assimilated and formed into our theories, science, and other truths. These become our framing or our lenses that we look at the present reality with, because they create and form our present-day assumptions and viewpoints. These universals have become crystallized into our paradigm of beliefs, truths and the abstract principles that guide us. They reveal and explain what we are encountering given that framework, but it also means we cannot see or understand what does not fit with those assumptions. We must remember that our consciousness is limited, and we do not know what we cannot see or understand, especially if we do not even consider it possible.
We should resist the pull of the South Node, (but certainly not dismiss what we have learned to date either), because it would have us fall back upon or rest upon our too easy and ready answers, which have been formed by our ultimately self-blinded and limited reasoning. Because even though this level of Science or Belief or Truth does provide a context of meaning for the phenomena we encounter, they will also limit and blind us to what we may need to understand in the now. If we only look for what we expect to find and dismiss what does not fit that presumed view of reality, then we will miss what is “out there” or even “in us” because we have willfully chosen to ignore it.
The Gemini North Node is about remaining curious and open. It is about the gift of open observation and relying more upon Inductive Reasoning. It requires that we be flexible and agile and adept, by questioning our assumptions and removing the tendency to dismiss what does not fit with our preconceptions. That way we can look at the phenomena of whatever we are encountering with a fresh perspective, with an open mind and heart.
The North Node in Gemini reminds us, as does the Sign of Gemini generally, that as the ancient admonition has it, we must approach the wonder of this universe “with the eyes of a child and then you will see”. It is by approaching any matter for consideration with wonder and openness, and without the preconceptions and assumptions that blind you to what is the greater reality that you face now, this is what is required now in our journey.
This window of Gemini is about gathering many experiences, many data points, and so you may begin to build a better or newer set of correspondences and connections between one thing and another. By building inwardly and outwardly into an ever more encompassing web of interconnectivity, you and we will eventually form a large enough body or collection of information that will reveal a new understanding of the order behind it.
Certainly, much of what we already understand, which has been held and ultimately formed into more or less everlasting truths will remain; there are certainly some truths that are truly eternal. But some if not many of the, shall we say, lesser truths as well as lesser categories of knowledge and meaning, these will be shaped, perhaps sharpened, or couched into a more nuanced ordering of meaning which will lead to a greater comprehension, a more inclusive understanding, and help us stay upon the path that is made of equal parts of wisdom and humility. The great souls know this: “The more you know, the more you will bow down to that which is beyond your knowing”.
This Gemini North Node approach seems rather timely, as we are certainly dealing with a world that is rapidly changing. We find ourselves in a world where our old assumptions, practices and very our way of life is not only not working but is the root of our problem. Many souls around the world understand and accept that this way, our way, of living on this planet is the cause of this crisis, both with regards to the immediate problem of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the real challenge, of which the pandemic is but a symptom, and that is Climate Change.
We are an intelligent species; and many would agree that this is our “ring of power”. It has been the means to the material transformations of ourselves and our world, but it has equally, throughout our journey, been an instrument of destruction and pain too.
We are here, and we made what we face. The question is do we understand, and will we take responsibility for our creation? Will we apply our reason and understanding in a manner that is guided and informed by our compassion, humility, and wisdom? Will we understand that our first mother, Mother Earth, and all her creatures great and small, need us to remember that we are all related on this Earth.
Yes, all humans are one family, and we all love our mothers.
But equally all life on this planet is precious to our Great Mother too.
Life is love; Love is Life.
Let us love one another, let us love all that lives.
And let us give thanks and love all mothers and the One Mother to us all.