Venus Retrograde in Scorpio: A Look in the Well.


Amor Sacro y Amor Profano (Galería Borghese, Roma, 1514)

As Venus retrogrades through Scorpio relationships may be sorely tested- relationships with others and self. With the illuminating light of the Taurus full moon on Wednesday we may receive some clarity as to what really ails us in this department.
And there are strong clues of where to look- Venus retrogrades in the same sign every eight years, whatever issues were present from October 8th- November 18th, 2010 when Venus was last retrograde in Scorpio, may have popped up again for reckoning. If there were relationship – or other Venus-type issues present, we have an opportunity to handle them now, or at least get a deeper perspective.
This Venus retrograde may lead us right back to wherever we left off in 2010- how well, or not did we deal with the issues?
Relationship issues can run deep, right down to our first experience of mother and father; if through early wounding our instinctual self has been suppressed causing difficulties in present relating, this Venus retrograde may assist us in becoming more aware of our deeper impulses.
Difficulties with accepting love, trusting love, having our basic emotional needs met are all Venus problems.
Aphrodite the Greek counterpart to Venus has two epithets: ‘Aphrodite Urania’- meaning celestial or heavenly, and ‘Aphrodite Pandemos’- meaning of the common people. Both aspect of the goddess must be expressed, and herein lies a clue to possible unease in relationship- are we serving one aspect of the goddess and ignoring the other? Are we honoring our spiritual path but in denial about our more instinctual primal needs? Or, alternatively, are we satisfying our worldly physical needs and avoiding our spiritual calling? Basically, are our needs being met physically, emotionally and spiritually?
Is there a resonance with what happened in 2010, or even further back to October/November 2002?
Use the light of this full moon on Wednesday, in Taurus where Venus is exulted to shine a light on this aspect of your life.
The seeds of the new moon on October 9th which was just one day before Venus retrograded, paired Venus and Persephone in an exact conjunction. Persephone, having made the descent and the return from the underworld in union with Venus, allows for the possibility of a forensic view of our inner mechanics- the nuts and bolts of relationship… And if indeed you do feel like a ‘nut’, or feel like ‘bolting’, my advice is to hold off on making big decisions until mid-November when Venus turns direct, better yet, leave it until mid-December when the shadow of Venus retrograde has truly passed.
In the meantime, take this opportunity to get deeper insight into your patterns of relating and ask what it is you need to feel truly met- from yourself and others.

Pandora’s Box

John William Waterhouse- The Pandora's Box

John William Waterhouse- The Pandora’s Box

While rape has always been a disturbing topic, the past few years has opened Pandora’s Box in an unprecedented way.

But did you know that Pandora had no box at all and that this came about by a mistranslation by Erasmus, the sixteenth century monk? Erasmus changed the original Greek word pithos to Latin pyxis, box. The word now translated as “box” was actually a large jar (πίθος pithos), but may also be interpreted as womb- at least it is thought to have been Hesiod’s intention to draw such a parallel. Pandora’s womb of clay, her pithos is also described as having lips.
Pandora properly means “all-giving” rather than “all-gifted.” An alternate name for Pandora attested on a white-ground kylix (ca. 460 B.C.E.) is Anesidora, which similarly means “she who sends up gifts.”
The gifts of the womb…
The misogyny behind the Pandora myth is evident-
When Prometheus stole fire from the gods, Zeus took vengeance by presenting the first woman- Pandora, to Epimetheus, who was warned not to accept it but could not resist.
Pandora was made from clay, and each god helped create her by giving her a divine gift. She was also given a beautiful jar- pithos- but was warned to open it, again she could not resist and the rest is history. Pandora opened the box and spread all evil across the earth.
Remind you of another story?
It is a Garden of Eden myth.
But let’s get back to the fact that it was not a box at all but a jar, a clay, jar, a pithos, and in fact a womb.
When Pandora opened the secrets of her womb all hell let loose. Why?
Because the secrets of the womb are the secrets of life, more powerful that any Apollonian science has achieved in the 2’500 years that have intervened between Pandora and Dolly the sheep.
The word uterus is connected to the word utterance and when the Pythia of Delphi- again from the word pithos- womb- opened themselves to divine inspiration in their oracular pursuits it was the voice of the womb that called forth.
Surely there is a paradox here – on one hand the womb is responsible for unleashing all evils and on the other is an oracle of such high regard that all the great and good of the time such as Socrates would religiously visit for a consultation.
And what of rape? There has been much talk of rape culture, particularly since the ‘Me Too’ campaign, but when we peer deeper into this Pandora’s box and move beyond the good and bad of the situation to ask why this dynamic is, and has been rife in our culture, we find a very deep rabbit hole indeed.
While it may be argued that the very fabric of patriarchy with its uneven texture of stolen riches has cloaked the insidious face of power relations, whatever is at the bottom of the rabbit hole is surfacing and it runs deeper than we imagine.