About Dana Gerhardt

A popular columnist with The Mountain Astrologer since 1991, Dana Gerhardt is an internationally respected astrologer. She has lectured extensively and written for astrology publications on several continents. Her ongoing passions are the moon and living the intuitive life. Dana worked for many years in the corporate sector, where she observed the undeniable influence of natural cycles. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles and did graduate work in literature at Columbia University and CSULA. Dana can be contacted by email.

Venus Retrograde and the Summer of Heartbreaks

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It’s been only a month since Venus turned retrograde: how the goddess’ pot has been stirring!  During her once-ever-18-months retro periods, Venus typically puts on a good show. She peels back the cultural and personal curtains to reveal what troubles her in the areas that she rules. Her big topics of course are are love, money, and happiness. But there are also women’s issues, creativity, Nature, the arts, beauty, fashion, social etiquette and diplomacy.

Predictably in the past month, world economies have been wobbly, with stock markets plunging and bouncing back without much rhyme or reason. No surprise there are fault lines there. And there’s always a diplomatic crisis somewhere, but the escalation of tensions on the border between South and North Korea was another August surprise. Venus retrogrades are especially hard on love. Celebrity romances have seen better months. Among the surprising breakups–longtime partners Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock, and Kermit and Miss Piggy. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert split. And the members of One Direction are going their separate ways, breaking a million young girls’ hearts at once.

Venus is retrograde in Leo, a fire sign. For those of us in the Pacific Northwest, Nature is burning in record-setting forest fires. The skies in my Oregon town have been smoky ever since the retrograde began. We’re all a bit hot and unnerved. I’m not saying the retrograde is causing these events–I’m saying the retrograde italicizes them. They deserve our greater scrutiny. When the Goddess of Nature is in the Underworld–we should pay attention to any news of her domain.  She’s burning in the Pacific North West; in Greenland, the largest ice chunk ever witnessed falling, just broke off, oddly, from the very glacier that is said to have sunk the Titanic. The earth is speaking if we’ll listen. Science is not divided about global warming, yet even now, California is pumping ground water at such a rate, the state is sinking.  And then there was that beautiful lion the American dentist killed. If you’ve got a connection to Venus, you’ve likely been outraged in recent weeks about at least one of the many violations against innocence.

But it’s not all serious. Venus is retrograde in Leo, a party sign, a fun sign, the sign of celebrity and romance, something that has perhaps benefited the strange candidacy of Leo Rising reality show star Donald Trump, whose unorthodox style has thrown a strange wrench into the media/establishment’s long election buffet, which increasingly has acquired the feel of a high school prom king contest. But perhaps the cruelest cut of all—was what was done to 30 million Ashley Madison customers—the online cheaters whose private lives have been exposed to the world as though they were celebrities.  But they were just normal people whose love lives were a little messy. Their credit cards were published too.

It would be dangerous to say that Venus was exacting her revenge against this website of predominantly male cheaters. If we believe Aphrodite’s myths, she wasn’t above a little infidelity herself. It is likely this scythe of public shame was dropped by Saturn, squaring Venus and in the last degrees of Scorpio—continuing on themes he’s been developing over the last two years, including massive violations of privacy (remember Edward Snowden?) and the sexual abuses of celebrity (Bill Cosby, anyone?).  Now there’s Jared.  And another Josh Duggar scandal.

It’s been an interesting summer.  But fall is approaching, and what matters now is what we do next. If Venus sent you a message during her retrograde, pay attention. Promise that going forward, you’ll honor her values. Vow that when Venus goes direct in two weeks, you’ll adorn yourself, feeling radiant and renewed, and stepping brightly, into a happier more self-resonant tune.

Thanks everyone for making my Venus retro sale a resounding success.  I’ve heard from many of you that “Your Venus Unleashed” helped you find the frequency of your inner Venus.  Once you tune in, you’ll want to linger, making her playlists a part of every day. Even without the retro discount, the report is a bargain!  Sample and order info here.

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3 Minute Full Moon Ritual

Ritual: Virgo Pisces Full Moon

Drawing down the moon…

Imagine above you the round glowing disc of the moon, bathing you in a protective circle of light. Vibrant with energy, your space is transformed, filled with the purity of spirit. Stand and raise your arms above your head. Let your palms face each other and curve slightly toward the moon. Feel as though you’re a sacred chalice, drawing the power of the Great Mother into every cell of your being—from your toes, to your womb, to your breasts, to your jaw, and your eyes. Feel the pleasure of this energy. It is vibrant with the power to give, to receive, to nurture life, and manifest what is possible.

Sending your blessings…

Draw your hands to your heart. Massage this area. Feel that you have become the goddess, capable of balancing the earth and harmonizing its opposing forces. In particular you are tuned to the energies of Virgo and Pisces, signs devoted to magic, service and healing, although they approach their spiritual work from opposite directions. Virgo is that aspect of the goddess who knows the right herb or the proper incantation to fix any problem; she is observant, discerning and analytical. Pisces is your blissful goddess nature. Compassionate, intuitive, and holistic, she sees into the heart of the world. Out of balance, Virgo is constipated, judgmental and perfectionistic. Pisces is helpless and disorganized; she escapes into an unhealthy world of addictions. When these shadow expressions run amok, we feel like our world is imperfect and falling apart. We feel like victims without any protectors. We feel like the diseases of the world will win. Imagine this negativity circles the globe like a dark smoke. Know that if you breathe in this smoke you have the power to transform it in your heart—breathing it out as the pure white light of the goddess. Read the affirmations and visualize the world’s darkness dissolving with your breath. Find a comfortable rhythm and repeat the statements until your light has transformed the world.

  • Breathing in…
    fear of wild forces beyond our control.
  • Breathing out…
    the power to endure with strength and grace.
  • Breathing in…
    the world’s sickness, its worries and blame.
  • Breathing out…
    a world that is radiant, healthy and harmonious.
  • Breathing in…
    whole cities torn asunder by disaster and war.
  • Breathing out…
    the power of the angels to set everything right.

Grounding the energy…

See the world bathed in the purifying light of your offering: the sleeping babies, the politicians arguing, the starving children, liars and thieves. See the world transforming with this light, growing peaceful and calm. When you are ready, bring your hands to your sides, palms facing the earth. Send your divine light deep into the earth. See this energy take shape as a round moon, gathering below you in the center of the earth. Feel yourself slowly coming back into your body. Rest in this peace until you are ready to return to your life. Blessed be.


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The Sun is in Virgo now.

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Virgo’s Prudent Heart is well knownShe can walk into chaos, facing tasks of overwhelming difficulty, and make them quietly doable, organizing them into simple steps.  She knows that anything is easy to do if you break it down, piece-by-piece.  That’s why one of my client always pays her bills on a Virgo Moon.  What seems daunting on any other day, becomes in Virgo a kind of meditation.  The numbers become orderly, compliant, like a line of ants, each one carrying its bit to the proper destination.

We get a month to enjoy this productive energy (from August 23 to September 23). A few years ago, on the day the Sun entered Virgo, I finally succeeding in backing up my computer.  I know… you’re thinking, “You hadn’t backed up your computer before that?!!”  For years, this had been my guilty unmet obligation.  Maybe there’s one like it on your “To Do” list too.  Mine required purchasing a writable CD drive for my aging computer. I tried doing this a couple times before.  The specs on ports and system requirements had always swirled before my eyes; none of the boxes at the computer store seemed to match.  The sales clerks always shrugged, “Umm, gee, I don’t know.”  But finally in that Virgo season, with crisp efficiency, a bright-eyed clerk led me straight to the only hardware that would work.  At home, it plugged in easily, and within thirty minutes, the thing that had nagged at me for years was done.

I danced.  I soared.  I sat on my porch and enjoyed the vastness of what hours before had been a crowded world.  I felt a new freedom.  And gradually I realized that this was Virgo too.  It’s the less publicized Virgo, the ancient mystery Virgo, the Virgin Virgo, harassed by no one, pure and unafraid.  Known as Diana to the Romans, Brigid to the Celts, Artemis to the Greeks, she’s both hard-working and free.  She roams with elemental forces, knows the secrets of roots and herbs, keeps the rhythms of earth and Moon, heals animals, assists in childbirth, climbs mountains, keeps hearths warm, and is entangled by nothing.  This is Virgo with the Wild Heart.

Even as she works with diligence, she is amazingly free.  If you hold a pencil just so this month, through sensitive fingers, the wild-hearted Virgin will let you hear the forest whispering inside.  She’ll walk you barefoot through the house, and point out the earth breathing beneath the floor.  In An Unspoken Hunger, Terry Tempest Williams gives voice to this side of Virgo:  “I felt innocent and wild, privy to secrets and gifts exchanged only in nature… Hands on the earth, I closed my eyes and remembered where the source of my power lies.  My connection to the natural world is my connection to self—erotic, mysterious, and whole.”  Be sure to enjoy both of Virgo’s hearts this season—the prudent one and the wild.

Your Personal Season

Last month in Leo you were creative, self-expressive… this month you’ll be inspired to scrutinize your world.  At the year’s half-way point, in Virgo, you discern what is useful and valuable from what is not–like the Virgin, separating the wheat from the chaff.  Virgo’s spirit is a collective one, but where you’re most moved to apply it will be personal, based on Virgo’s placement in your chart.  Here’s where the Virgin’s spirit is released.  In Virgo’s house, you’re reaching towards perfection—you’re called to refine something, reorganize something, dedicate yourself to meaningful work.  This is not a bondage, but a joy!  The sign on your sixth house cusp may suggest the style you prefer to use while roaming freely with the goddess.  (For more information about both the personal and collective cycles, check out my monthly Moon Workshop.)

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Outrage, anyone?

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Venus has recently disappeared from the night sky. Like Colorado’s gold-stained Animas River in the picture above, she’s entering the Underworld. She’s readying herself to meet the Sun god and be made new again.  And, like the contaminated river, she’s not going quietly or gracefully. This is the time in her 18-month cycle when we–and the world–are easily inflamed. Outrage is an important feature of Venus retrograde. When Venus re-emerges as the Morning Star, she’s in a fighting mood. The ancient cultures who watched her cycle carefully, considered her re-emergence as an auspicious time to send their armies marching. This event occurs next week (the date depends on your horizon line). Is there anything you feel like going to war about?

If Venus has her way, you’ll be particularly outraged by obvious slights to the goddess. Venus, known by many names throughout the world, among them, Oshun, Isis, and Aphrodite, has always been the goddess of clean-running rivers. The headline making toxic crisis is occurring in the “Animas” River–get it? Anima is the Jungian term for the unconscious feminine principle–or the female half of Soul. Three million gallons of toxic sludge are pouring through the anima’s veins, harming all the creatures that her river nourishes.  We should be outraged.

Perhaps your ire has been kindled by a certain reality show presidential candidate who refers to women as farm animals. Or maybe it’s that wealthy people can shoot lions whenever they want. Something more personal may have hooked you.  An unfamiliar phone number on your boyfriend’s phone. Or perhaps the last straw has fallen onto a long-standing burden. Whatever has roused your inner Venus, know that her anger is best expressed when it’s consistent with her values. Venus is the one who reminds us that we’re all in this together.  As we march forward in our new goddess shoes in the coming weeks, let’s remember that, as we try to clean up our collective act.

What does your Venus want? Find out with your Venus Unleashed report. I’m extending my sale for five more days!  You can take $10 off until August 18.  Order for yourself as you usually would–then, at the Paypal payment page, select the “gift for a friend” option to pay $35 instead of $45.

 

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Call and Response: The Leo New Moon

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It’s another new moon: when the magically minded make wishes and astrologers attempt to divine this cycle’s intentions. The wishes you make now may indeed be super-powered, but if you don’t have a strong relationship with the archetypes, don’t expect special favors. If you rarely play your cello, don’t expect a starring role in the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.

Calling Leo

Leo carries finger paints and a portable sandbox wherever he goes. He plays at everything, having never learned that life’s no fun. When he buys his groceries, he wheels his shopping cart with the passion of a diva singing to a sold-out crowd. He invites me to lunch and serves summer fruits in vibrant colors, arranging them thoughtfully on the plate, like a painter. His salad looks like the Eiffel Tower. Everything he does is worthy of applause.

Some say that admiration is all he lives for. But I know this isn’t true. He has known fame. He’s lived in grand houses with opulent gardens, but he’s also stayed in one-room dirt-floor cabins and been just as happy. “Love is everywhere,” he explains. He means the kind you give—which more than makes up for the love we’re all dying to receive. Leo’s heart is as wide as the Grand Canyon. His joy knows no bounds. His smile is constantly radiant. “What’s your secret to happiness?” I once asked him. He thought for a moment, “That’s hard… because I keep discovering new ones. But here’s a current favorite: Let everything you do be as carefree—and important—as a rose blooming in the weeds.”

Leo is star power. That we hunger for this gift explains our fascination with celebrities. Onto their canvas, we paint Leo qualities that are missing from our lives: importance, playfulness, childlike joy. We love to see people richly rewarded just for expressing themselves. They’re living the dream: playing big, being special, andhaving fun! But Leo is a little grumpy these days. He says our obsession with fame has gone too far. “Why appreciate just a few, when everyone has the special stuff? Doesn’t everyone have my Lion in their charts? Feel the love and roar!”

One summer years ago, on Leo’s dare I put fuschia and purple streaks in my hair. “A desperate attempt to look young,” quipped my partner. I understand why he’d say this to a woman nearly sixty years old. But the truth is, I liked these colors and didn’t care much what people thought of them. I felt a need.

I was surprised by what came next. People got friendlier. Their eyes were a little brighter when they looked at me, their smiles more genuine. Handing me change, the cashier at the health food store enthused “I love your hair!” Outside the movie theater an eight-year-old skated by and shouted “Excellent hair!” Women my age confided “Your hair looks great… wish I could do that.”

Every day I see people whose choices inspire me too—like the local bank teller who always wears an amazing array of rings, one on every finger, including her thumbs. This little creative detail gives me a boost every time I see her. She also wears a radiant smile and really seems to enjoy her work. That lifts my day too. Then there’s the opposite experience, when the pizza boy glumly drops off the pizza and how that stains the whole meal.

When we love ourselves, and love what we’re doing, we make the whole world happier. The entire field is energized by the vitality of many individuals joyously being themselves. Though we’re often warned against thinking too much of ourselves, our hearts get stronger when we do. When we know we’re good at something, when we express our passions and our joys without apology or fear, when we put crazy colored streaks in our hair just because we feel like it, we’re calling Leo into our field.

Leo’s Response

Waiting for the response is the fun part. No way can I predict it for you. But in the next few days and weeks, keep your eye out for lions, bright colors, a burst of courage, or the simple delight of feeling the Sun on your skin. You may be praised at work—or get a surprise invitation to a party. A child might run up and hug your knees. Maybe you’ll find yourself singing at full volume in the shower. Leo could arrive as a belly laugh, an artful salad, or maybe it just hits you in a quiet moment—that you’re falling in love with your life all over again.

Open up to the mysteries–and play–of the sky around you. Develop your zodiac eyes through my monthly Moon workshop (by email). You’ll touch the primary guardians of natural time, the Sun and the Moon and your life will change in wonderful ways. At least that’s what my students have told me, year after year. Join us!  

© Dana Gerhardt 2015

Image source: To Be A Child Again by SalemCat, DeviantArt.com

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3 Minute New Moon Ritual

Ritual: Leo New Moon

Ground your body, clear your mind…

Become aware of your body. Notice how gravity holds and connects you to earth. It’s as though your body is an ancient stone temple—solid, strong, secure. Sanctify this temple. Imagine a priestess is pouring sacred water and scattering rose petals, all the way down, from your head to your toes. Any anxiety or negativity washes away. Notice the thoughts and feelings leaving the temple—your judgments, your distracted mind, your worried heart. Be sure to honor them. Give each a smile and a piece of cake as it departs.

Draw a circle of protection, call in blessings…

Visualize a ring of fragrant flowers surrounding you, protecting you. Know that you are safe and relaxed. Breathe deeply. Feel the power of the Sun and Moon pouring into your circle. The energy of Leo is gathering in your circle, warm and radiant. Leo is the archetypal King-a strong, generous, and good-hearted king. Leo rules the kind of leadership that comes from the heart. It honors others as it honors itself. Leo is dignified and playful, creative and romantic. It carries the enthusiasm of a happy child. Continue absorbing its energy as you read Leo’s affirmations.

  • I play like a child.
  • I lead like a king.
  • I shine.
  • I encourage others to be their best.
  • I feel appreciated.
  • The world wants what I have to give.
  • My heart is joyful.
  • I give love with ease.

Allow seed intentions to form…

Your intentions for this cycle are gathering. You may already know what you wish to accomplish. Or you may not. Trust that all will unfold perfectly in time. Know that this brief ritual has aligned you with spirit. Now ask your heart if it has a closing message for you. This may come in words or as a picture, perhaps as a body sensation or sound. Give yourself time to receive this message. Digest it. Write it down. Then, in gratitude to yourself and spirit, return to normal awareness. Place a symbol of your Leo New Moon message on your altar.


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Why I don’t care about “Blue Moons”

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A Full Moon is considered “blue” when it’s the second Full Moon in a month, a phenomenon occurring approximately once every two to three years, which may or may not be rare enough to deserve its cliche, “once in a blue Moon.”  You won’t find much lore about Blue Moons in ceremonial history. That’s because they’re man-made, not Moon made. Luna has never given us two Full Moons in one cycle and never will.  Blue Moons are simply a gift (or curse) of the Western calendar, which is alas, disconnected from the natural cycles of the Sun and Moon.

It’s a modern Moon holiday that actually arose out of a misunderstanding. One of the first to write about Blue Moons was James Hugh Pruett, who defined them in a 1946 article in Sky & Telescope as the second Full Moon in a month. The trouble is, his source was the Maine Farmers’ Almanac, which when fact-checked by Phillip Hiscock for a 1999 Sky & Telescope piece, revealed that Pruett had gotten it wrong. The Maine Farmers’ Almanac used the term to describe the fourth Full Moon in a season.  This is a different celestial event.  At least this definition is based on the natural calendar. Although I’m still not sure what we should make of having four Full Moons in a season instead of the usual three.

Honestly, the only reason I think the culture still cares about Blue Moons is that hauntingly beautiful Elvis song.  If there’s a sacred ceremony that’s appropriate for this lunar holiday, it should definitely include sitting in moonlight while playing that Elvis song. (And now, with so many digital resources, you have no reason not to.)

So, of this confused modern thing called a Blue Moon, you can make whatever you want. It’s a great excuse for a Moon watching party.  Just remember–the best way to make this or any Full Moon special is really quite simple. Just give yourself and the Moon some time and honest attention. If you missed the first Full Moon of this month, you get another chance to nourish yourself tonight. And that may be an especially good idea with Venus retrograde. Passions and confusion are easily roused these days.

The Moon is Full and Venus is retrograde—the perfect time to connect with your inner goddess. Try my “Your Venus Unleashed” report!  I’m running a retrograde special for $10 off 50+ pages about your Venus.  To get the discount, after you submit your name and birth data, you’ll reach the payment page. Select the $35 “Venus report for a friend” payment button on checkout.   Click here!

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It’s Leo time!

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Last week the royal Sun entered his own sign—ripening his favorite qualities! The Leo season celebrates love, self-confidence, generosity, romance, dignity, joy, enthusiasm, pride, courage, and passion.  This is the month to see life through the eyes of a child.  Children live in the moment; having fun is their primary goal. Especially when they’re feeling safe and seen, their hearts are wide open—to the joy of being an energetic being in a magical world. During Leo’s month you can discover magical powers, if only you’d surrender to its spirit of playfulness. Let yourself flow with the fresh, quick spirit of a child, ready for anything. Let worry and duty fall aside. Leo is the month to be creative, to stand in your own spotlight, to celebrate your life force.

I wasn’t always such a cheerleader for Leo.  In fact, before I knew much about astrology, I knew one thing: I didn’t like Leos. My ex-husband had a Leo Sun, and so did many of the creative types we hung out with—dancers, musicians, and performance artists—energetic show-offs, always grabbing center stage. Leos, I decided, were just tap-dancing toddlers disguised as adults, forever crying “Look at me, look at me!” And throughout my childhood, I hated Leo’s month. It seemed an incredible waste of time—the dreariest stretch of my summer vacation, spent watching Divorce Court and reruns of Father Knows Best, when all I really wanted was to get back to school.

Imagine my surprise when years later when I discovered I had a Leo Moon. It was hidden in my chart’s Twelfth House closet, where what the psyche rejects is held. My dislike of Leo was my own deficiency:  I was blocked in expressing its spirit. Perhaps I paid a steep price for being too kingly in a past life. As a child, whenever I won a school election or an award, I wanted to crawl out of my skin when my mother (the stand-in for my Leo Moon) dramatically ooohed and ahhed, calling me “The Big Cheese.” I wanted attention, but when I got it, I squirmed. And so in later years, when I saw others soaking up the spotlight, I considered their exhibitions shameful.

I have a friend who believes the answer to all life problems is a night on the town, full of drinking and dancing. That’s not how I have fun. But having fun—however one does it—is indeed Leo’s secret. When you can enjoy life, and enjoy yourself in the midst of life, your problems shrink and your confidence grows. I’ve since learned how to tap into the gifts of Leo’s season. I now relish the opportunity each Leo month brings—to be more fully alive, doing what comes naturally, when I enjoy being me. May you enjoy what’s special about you this month too.

If you haven’t been feeling appreciated lately, perhaps the outer world is offering a reflection of your inner world.  Perhaps you haven’t been in much of a mood to appreciate anything, let alone what’s special about you. One way to reverse this trend is to start noticing all the gifts in your outer world–the people, places, and conditions that support you.  The more you recognize what’s wonderful around you, the easier it is to start thinking about your own fine qualities.  Appreciation is good heart medicine all the way around.

© Dana Gerhardt

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3 Minute Full Moon Ritual

Ritual: Leo Aquarius Full Moon

Drawing down the moon…

Imagine above you the round glowing disc of the moon, bathing you in a protective circle of light. Vibrant with energy, your space is transformed, filled with the purity of spirit. Stand and raise your arms above your head. Let your palms face each other and curve slightly toward the moon. Feel as though you’re a sacred chalice, drawing the power of the Great Mother into every cell of your being—from your toes, to your womb, to your breasts, to your jaw, and your eyes. Feel the pleasure of this energy. It is vibrant with the power to give, to receive, to nurture life, and manifest what is possible.

Sending your blessings…

Draw your hands to your heart. Massage this area. Feel that you have become the goddess, capable of balancing the earth and harmonizing its opposing forces. In particular you are tuned to the energies of Leo and Aquarius, signs devoted to individual creativity and collective responsibility. They represent the forces of “me” and “we.” When the radiance of me joins hands with the reality of we, our world recognizes its interdependence, how what happens to one of us touches all of us. Imagine what a future we’d create if everyone brought me and we into balance. Out of balance, Leo promotes the toxic worship of celebrity, Aquarius the dangerous rule of technology.

When these shadow expressions run amok, we feel like our world is being run by children or mad scientists. Imagine this negativity circles the globe like a dark smoke. Know that if you breathe in this smoke you have the power to transform it in your heart-breathing it out as the pure white light of the goddess. Read the affirmations and visualize the world’s darkness dissolving with your breath. Find a comfortable rhythm and repeat the statements until your light has transformed the world.

  • Breathing in…
    self-centered egos, cold hearts.
  • Breathing out…
    warm smiles, loving hands joined round the globe.
  • Breathing in…
    global warming, the extinction of species.
  • Breathing out…
    ingenious solutions, saving the world.
  • Breathing in…
    The warrior raising his club,
    the goddess calling him names.
  • Breathing out…
    the knowing that all are divine.

Grounding the energy…

See the world bathed in the purifying light of your offering: the sleeping babies, the politicians arguing, the starving children, liars and thieves. See the world transforming with this light, growing peaceful and calm. When you are ready, bring your hands to your sides, palms facing the earth. Send your divine light deep into the earth. See this energy take shape as a round moon, gathering below you in the center of the earth. Feel yourself slowly coming back into your body. Rest in this peace until you are ready to return to your life. Blessed be.


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Venus is Retrograde!

Painting by Johanna Uribes.

Venus goes retrograde every eighteen months. During these six weeks everything that Venus rules-love, money, fertility, and creativity–is vulnerable to wild, ingenious, or deluded thinking.  Perhaps you need to shake things up a little.  Venus retrogrades can do just that. However, do be cautious with your investments. Consider big purchases with care. And don’t take relationships for granted.

Maybe you remember Bibi and Poldi, the tortoise couple who’d gotten along amicably for over a hundred years. People say that Bibi started it. Maybe she just wanted more out of her long life–but during the Venus retrograde of 2012, the two couldn’t stop bickering. Then  Bibi lunged at Poldi, taking a bite out of his shell. The experts at the Austrian Zoo were horrified. Supposedly such things rarely happen to long-term couples in the animal world. Zoo people counseled the turtles, fed them good mood aphrodisiacs, and tried to encourage more playfulness. But Bibi was determined to get away–and it seems from the Google search I just did that she succeeded.

Venus retrogrades can break up bickering relationships, start exciting new ones, and/or return former lovers to your life. These events may or may not be good things. The best defense is to know your Venus! Consider the needs in her natal sign and house. Venus is retrograde from July 25 through September 6 (0 Virgo to 14 Leo). If you know where her retro zone falls in your birth chart, you’ll find another clue about what this time means for you. Venus will  test the quality of your past decisions here.  And your happiness in this area acquires a new urgency. Your moods may swing–from sorrow to bliss to indignant fury. Visions of better things may dance in your head. But the point is always this one: you need more joy.

Venus is retrograde—the perfect time to get seriously playful with your inner goddess. Try Dana’s “Your Venus Unleashed” report.  From now until the next New Moon,  you can have 50+ pages of Venus inspiration for $10 off.  After you submit your name and birth data, you’ll reach the payment page. Select the $35 “Venus report for a friend” payment button. If you’d like to add a Moonprints to your Venus order, you can enjoy the “second report” discount ($35) for that one too.   Click here!

 

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