Workshop: Venus & Mars: Exploring Union.

Thoth Tarot The Lovers.

Image- “The Lovers” Thoth Tarot

The journey to emotional freedom from the battle of the sexes begins within…

Have you ever considered how your inner masculine (if you are a woman), or your inner feminine (if you are a man) operate? A clue is in the condition of our outer relationships with the opposite sex.

I warmly invite you to join me in a two-part workshop where we explore the inner & outer marriage.

Workshop title: “Venus & Mars: Exploring Union”.

Part 1- Thursday 3rd March-7.00 -9.00 pm GMT-

“Pluto, Power, & What Lies Beneath”

(On this day there is a triple conjunction between Venus, Mars, & Pluto).

Here we will try to get a sense of what dynamics lie beneath our relationship patterns by exploring the following questions:

~Can we identify repeating patterns in our partnerships?

~Can we locate the origins of those patterns?

~How do our relationships make us feel and what are the consequences of participating in relationships that do not feel quite right… and sometimes even quite wrong?

~What and why are we compromising?

~Are our relationships based on love or power?

Part 2- Tuesday 5th April-7.00- 9.00 pm-

“Setting Ourselves Free & Attracting the Love We Want”.

(End of conjunction- Venus enters Pisces).

A chance to review what we have learned from our journey so far and how to move forward with greater awareness of our relationship patterns and preferences.

Cost for both sessions is £40

In each session I will work with a participant’s chart to explore the connection between Venus, Mars, and other relationship signatures, however if you would like a consultation with me before during or after the workshop dates, I am offering a 30% discount to all participants who enrol on the workshop.

You can book you place for the two part workshop here.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/…/venus-mars-exploring

Or pay using Paypal and send an email confirmation to karen@redspiral.co.uk

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Anaïs Nin: Vesta & Lilith, Sacred & Profane.

Image by Marco Paludet

Image by Marco Paludet

With the spotlight on Venus and Mars over the next month or so, today’s musings turn to sexuality and the Prima Materia of romantic relationship between the sexes. Here’s a lady who knows a thing or two about sexuality and who once claimed, “I had my degree in erotic love”.

It also happens to be her birthday today.

Anaïs Nin (February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977), was a French Cuban-American diarist, essayist, novelist and writer of short stories and erotica. She is hailed as the one of the finest writers of female erotica and was the first prominent woman in the West known to write erotica.

While there are no aspect patterns between her natal Venus and Mars, Nin’s Mars is prominent in her first house conjunct the north node- her destiny was tied up with sexuality and this was a very strong aspect of her identity.

Venus is conjunct Vesta in Pisces in the house of service, and certainly Nin’s erotic literature seemed to be in service to uncovering the largely unknown territory of female sexuality. Venus conjunct Vesta brings a quality of the sacred and profane nature of sexuality and many of her short stories revolve around the themes of sexual corruption, power, submission and in many instances the sacralising of the “whore” – this is Vesta’s territory: the sacred sexual priestess. And I think that who Nin was.

Also striking is her Lilith conjunct the IC; it is no secret that Nin is said to have an incestuous encounter with her father at the age of 32 (and who knows what may have occurred before). Here, Lilith true and Lilith mean are on the exact degree with only a few arc minutes difference; it is unusual to have no or little corridor or “Temple” of Lilith and according to Kelley Hunter this denotes an intense and instant manifestation of Lilith.

Over the coming weeks and months, I am diving deep into relationships and sexuality. If you would like to have a consultation with me to explore this and related themes in your own life, I would be delighted to facilitate this exploration for you through the lens of astrology, myth, and archetype.

“With her eyes alone, she could give this response, this absolutely erotic response, as if febrile waves were trembling there, pools of madness… something devouring that could lick a man all over like a flame, annihilate him, with a pleasure never known before.”

~ Anaïs Nin, “Little Birds”.

Magdalena on the Galactic Centre- Venus/Mars Conjunction: Full Moon Sacred Union Activation

Image- Mary Magdalene and Yeshua (ChristoSophia), Kilmore Church, Dervaig, Scotland.

Image- Mary Magdalene and Yeshua (ChristoSophia), Kilmore Church, Dervaig, Scotland.

On 16 February, the Moon will be full at 27 ° Leo, opposite the Sun at 27 ° Aquarius. Illuminated by the Sun this is a fiery moon, a Queenly moon, reflecting the light of Aquarian consciousness from the throne of the heart. A Leo moon indicates a solar feminine quality, a signature that is also reflected in Venus’ blazing glory as Morning star.

While the dance of divine feminine and divine masculine is highlighted in the opposition of the luminaries- Sun & Moon- cosmic lovers, Venus & Mars tango in an exact conjunction at 16 ° Capricorn. Magnetic Venus, core essence of the feminine nature in her manifest form awakens the impulse to regenerative life-force, activating Mars’ libido and vitality… the Goddess of Love is being penetrated by her cosmic consort. The union takes place at 16 ° Capricorn, sanctioned by Earth bound Law Keeper and Lord of Karma, Saturn; vows made by the union of masculine and feminine at this time have staying power and holds the potential to actualize on the material plane.

This is the hieros gamos- the sacred marriage made manifest through masculine and feminine polarity and union.

At the point of the Moon’s fullness asteroid Magdalena is conjunct the Galactic Center at 26 ° Sagittarius. Mary Magdalene, in whom the hieros gamos takes place archetypally within her own essence and in sacred union with Christ, emanates higher vibrational information from Source to the human sphere. For the Maya, the Galactic Center was the supreme godhead and ultimate creator which they named “Hunab Ku;” for them it was a portal to other galaxies and the consciousness that organizes all matter from a whirling disk into stars, planets, and solar systems. Burst of energy from the Galactic Centre- the cosmic womb- is the portal through which the creator orchestrates the unfolding of our galaxy.

Mary Magdalene Priestess and Keeper of the Womb Mysteries embodies the feminine Christ; She holds within Her being dark and light; She anoints Yeshua and resurrects the human soul. Through sacred feminine gnosis- now mostly lost and suppressed along with other gnostic teachings- Magdalene offers liberation and awakening into our divine nature; she imparts the lost teachings and points to where they may be found… in sacred union within and in sacred union with the beloved. If Christ is pointing to God, Magdalene is pointing to God within, to Sophia, She who consciously descends into physical matter existing as indwelling light.

When Venus’ husband Hephaestus discovered her love affair with Mars, he sets out to shame the couple by ensnaring them in an invisible bronze net of chains, their passion and nudity exposed for all the gods to witness. The marriage between Venus and Hephaestus (Vulcan) however was part of a bargain made by Zeus who promised Hephaestus the hand of Venus/Aphrodite for the release of his consort, Hera when she became trapped by Hephaestus- her own son- on a golden throne… a classic Möbius loop of the ongoing battle of the sexes; a thread that weaves through fairy tales, myths, and stories, manifesting as world history through a distorted mythologem.

The stealing of, entrapment, and raping of the feminine is a staple theme in Greek drama and is reflected through the archetypal distortions and overlays of patriarchy. Use and abuse of feminine energy degraded and desacralized as chattel in systems of power that have commodified and attempted to control the soul has become an intrapsychic reality. Now however the conditions are ripe to dismantle these webs.

At this time, we are being given an opportunity to do things differently; Venus and Mars are magnetic lovers, they are irresistible to one another, beyond any socially approved contract or ‘civil engineering’, they embody the universal law of attraction, the magnetic reproductive force of the feminine penetrated by the generative masculine, who in turn is ‘anointed’ by the feminine. Mary Magdalene and Yeshua symbolically embody the bridal mysteries- She with gnosis of Herself as divine feminine consort in sacred union with the divine masculine, and He in holy service to Her accepting that His resurrection happens through Her.

Magdalena on the Galactic centre… Venus and Mars conjunction… if you believe that we exist in a vibratory universe, that emanations from the planets and other celestial bodies interact with our own soul essence which in itself is a frequency, a cell in the vibrational cosmos, this full moon is an invitation to illuminate and let go of limiting beliefs and patterns constructed according to a world view where divine masculine, and divine feminine have been distorted and degraded.

This is a moment of freedom.

Magdalene stands as the doorway to a higher consciousness beckoning us to enter Her Temple of the Heart.

Also involved in the full moon configuration are the lunar nodes forming a Grand Cross- Sun at 27° Aquarius; Moon at 27° Leo; North Node at 27° Taurus; South Node at 27° Scorpio… a Grand opportunity to reset our collective destiny.

How can we work with this?

Move away from the drama stories: On the lower polarity Mars and Venus act out the battle of the sexes- attraction and repulsion; desire and rejection; jealousy and revenge; fear and manipulation; primal instincts expressed without measure, consequence, or consciousness resulting in shame, infidelity, and transgressions of all sorts.

On the higher polarity- in the Magdalene/Christ vibration- union is lifted from unconscious wounding and destructive patterns to conscious choosing and heart centred relationships where men and women create an alembic of transformation, a sacred geometry of resurrection, not only for themselves, but as a Christ light in the world.

The sabian symbol for the Mars/Venus conjunction is (CAPRICORN 17°): A REPRESSED WOMAN FINDS A PSYCHOLOGICAL RELEASE IN NUDISM.

KEYNOTE: The escape from bondage to social inhibitions and a reliance upon the wisdom of the body.

This I suggest is the gnosis of Mary Magdalene- High priestess; once we accept that we are the Temple, that our bodies are a bio- mystical experience of inner alchemy, the light of that truth shines so powerfully that any man-made laws and rules that impede sacred connection to Source dies in the dust of its own soulless sway. Likewise, connections where disrespect, dishonour, absence of love, abuse or any other low vibrational experience cannot thrive in the Magdalene/Christ frequency.

While the old empire crumbles, a new earth, a sacred child is being birthed out of the cosmic alembic, through the sacred union of masculine and feminine.

New Moon- Imbolc- Venus Vesta Conjunction.

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Image-Fire- By Karen Smith

As the earth in the northern hemisphere awakens and stirs, February’s gate opens with a new Moon at 12 degrees of Aquarius. The cross-quarter point of Imbolc at 15 degrees of Aquarius – between winter solstice and spring equinox- is a lunar fire festival traditionally connected with purification.

Even while spiring is not quite here and winter has not entirely left, the first stirrings are felt from deep in the Earth and there is a sense of hope and renewal.

The Christian holiday of Candlemas celebrated on February 2nd can be traced back to 4th century Greece is also a purification holiday and a celebration of the returning light.

At Imbolc, Brigid, goddess of fire and inspiration invites us to connect with our own rising fire, our shakti, and dream into our soul’s longing.

The Sabian Symbol of the Sun and New Moon is:

 (AQUARIUS 13°): A BAROMETER.

KEYNOTE: The ability to discover basic natural facts that allow us to plan in advance for action.

Here we are no longer dealing with ascent or descent, but with natural laws which involve causal relationships and the passage of one natural condition into another. Planning for the near future is a possibility because the potential (or seed) of the future is already operating at the core of the present.

The Keyword is ANTICIPATION.

At the point of the New Moon, asteroid Vesta is conjunct Venus in her newly risen status as Morning Star or Venus Lucifera, at 11 Capricorn.

Vesta or Hestia is also associated with Imbolc; as a hearth goddess, she was the keeper of the fire and sacred flame. On an esoteric level, Brigid and Vesta are connected with the raising of the inner fires and the kundalini, a rising that is mirrored in the newly birthed earth energy.

Prior to their role as Vestal Virgins in the temple of Vesta in Rome where their duty was to keep the sacred flame burning, according to Demetra George, the Vestas were the sacred sexual priestesses who worked with the sexual fire in service to the Moon goddess.

Before the patriarchal take-over the virgins- that is whole unto herself- lay with the King’s men on the solstices in a sacred cave, the results of which produced the successive heir to the throne if the King’s consort did not conceive that year.

Vesta represents single pointed focus and concentration of energy, Demetra George says that Vesta is the High Priestesses archetype that kick starts the process of transformation through the compression of energy that gains traction, is released, and springs forward in a burst of psychic energy.

With Venus ahead of the morning Sun in her fierier aspect as Light bearer, and Vesta as the keeper of the inner light, this New Moon conjunction has the quality of feminine energy that may be used for a purpose other than consort, wife, lover, mother, or erotic partner. This is the self-sustaining, self-generating complete feminine system akin to the Virgo/ virgin energy able to be concentrated as single pointed, inward turned power for the purposes of self generation and transformation.

The Sabian Symbol for the Vesta Venus conjunction is –

AN ILLUSTRATED LECTURE ON NATURAL SCIENCE REVEALS LITTLE-KNOWN ASPECTS OF LIFE.

KEYNOTE: The ability to explore unfamiliar realms and discover the laws underlying the complex processes of nature.

It is man’s essential function to become fully conscious of all life forms and processes on this earth. Mankind is the conscious mind of the planet.

To me this speaks of the bio-mystical processes and capabilities of the divine feminine, where the human being is a living system fully connected to the organic and natural processes of biological life, and with Spirit. This is the power of Vesta and when she is in alliance with Venus the erotic energy is turned inward to facilitate a direct experience of source energy or gnosis.

What does this mean for us? Intuitively I sense that the potential of this time- the Imbolc threshold- New Moon- Venus Morning Star is an opportunity to bring awareness to ourselves as creators. In psychological terms we may be motivated to begin to take back projections that we have factored out to others and to the world generally, and to resist projection from others. If we have been deriving self identity from the perceptions of others, the process of engaging with our own inner authority is now available. It is an opportunity to address issues such as co-dependency and need for external validation.

Even if autonomy and self-authority seems out of reach for now, deciding to reclaim this power is a confirmation of self responsibility.

No man or woman is an island and to an extent we have all been conditioned to outsource our power and energy, however if we consider thresholds as a turning point, to become more aware of how we spend our energy, on what, with whom and for what purpose we have a chance to own ourselves as creators.

As a lunar fire festival traditionally connected with purification, Imbolc invites purification on all levels, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

To separate what is ours and what is not ours is a beautiful process. When the inner fires of purification burn away the dross of the admixture, who and what is left?