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Venus Retrograde In Gemini: Social Reorientation

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Venus is retrograde in Gemini from May 13th until June 25th. Its themes have been building up since April 9th, when Venus entered the part of the sky it will be retrograding back to. When a planet goes retrograde, it appears to be moving backwards in zodiacal position from our perspective here on Earth. This is due to the positioning of its orbit around the Sun relative to Earth’s orbit.

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Unlike Mercury Retrograde, Venus Retrogrades occur less frequently, every 19 months, but they last about twice as long. Although both retrogrades have some similarities in regards to how they might affect your social life, Venus still presents a much different vibe.

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This is a time of adjustments, reflections, revisitation, and reconnection in areas represented by Venus. It rules over love, intimate relationships, friendships, values, money, worth, aesthetics, and overall attractability. It is associated with passions, creativity, pleasures, and tastes.

Intimate and Social Relationships

For many couples, though not all, it can be a challenging time. Whether challenging or not, however, Venus retrograde can deepen or shift the way love is expressed between partners. Any new relationships — those shorter than 18 months — may be tested during this period, as it will be the first one experienced as a couple.

Any new developments or perspectives around relationships that have occurred since April 9th may experience a shift or end up playing out quite differently than expected over the next few months. Consider this an important step in the evolution of your relationship(s). A retrograde process can either ultimately strengthen relationships, change the dynamics, or can break them apart.

Friendships could be affected in this way as well, minus the intimacy. In some cases a friend can become a lover or vice versa. This could also be a time when people reconnect with friends (or lovers) of the past to further evolve the relationship. It could bring some sort of closure and/or new developments/dynamics.

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New or reacquainted relationships that form during Venus retrogrades can play an important role in evolving how we apply ourselves in relationships into the future. However, for anyone who does enter a new relationship at this time, it would be good to wait until after the retrograde is over before going ‘all in’. At that point, things will then become more clear on how to proceed with matters of love. In some cases a relationship can get more serious, or further developed, in the post retrograde period while in other cases it could come to an end or scaled back..

Values, Attraction, Money, Beauty, and Material Things

Depending on what area of your natal chart it is occurring in, and while considering other factors, Venus retrograde could create a shift in what we value and/or how we are valued and what we are attracted to. For some people, there could also be a shift in financial matters that may have begun developing or played out sometime since early April. If so, be mindful of the possibility that things could still change over the next few months.

It would also be a good idea to be cautious when doing anything new that involves beauty, decorating, design, or buying items related to fashion. There is a greater possibility that eventually you may not be happy with these kinds of choices that you make. However, going back and fixing/redoing/renovating things can make more sense, although sometimes complications might still arise. Also, purchasing clothing from thrift stores can also be more fruitful than getting new items.

Venus Retrograde in Gemini, With North Node Also In Gemini

This Venus Retrograde will be occurring between 22 and 5 degrees of Gemini. The last two times it occurred in this sign was in Spring/Summer of 2012 and 2004 and therefore this one may have some similar themes.. Some readers will remember that both of those retrogrades included the infamous ‘Transit of Venus’ when it was right in front of the Sun and created a really small dark spot eclipsing a small portion of the Sun’s light.

Astronomically speaking, the reason why this occurred was because when Venus was conjunct the Sun, it was in the part of its orbit which intersects the pathway of the Sun (ecliptic) from our vantage point on Earth. This will not happen gain for almost one hundred years. However, although we will not have a ‘Venus Transit’, Venus’ orbit still crosses the ecliptic in Gemini and will be doing so days before its conjunction with the Sun during this retrograde. Generally speaking, this gives Venus retrogrades in this sign more significance.

Venus themes will also be mixed in with areas of life associated with Gemini which is a social and intellectual sign. This sign is about information, news, curiosity, communication (and related technology), writing, and language. Gemini can also be associated with siblings, extended family, neighbors, or those from our earlier part of life. Our neighborhood, immediate environments, and commuting is also connected to this sign. Gemini energy can also be scattered, high strung, gossipy, two faced, cunning, superficial, and uncommitted.

The North Node entered Gemini just over a week before Venus began its retrograde in the same sign. Over the next few years there will be a push to work with the energies of Gemini in a more constructive way. However, Venus here over the next few months will facilitate shifts around our values pertaining to Gemini areas.

Journey of Venus Retrograde – Aspects & Timeline

*Below are some of the dates and information about Venus’ aspects and other major astrological configurations during this retrograde. 

Earlier dates are for those in Western part of the world and later dates for those in the East.

May 13th – Venus goes Retrograde while in a Square with Neptune. 

The days surrounding this period could be a time in which some of the themes mentioned above could become more apparent. There could potentially be developments that will play a role in how this retrograde plays out for you. Venus also begins its retrograde in a square with Neptune which will peak at May 20th/21st (see below for more information on that). Also, Saturn went retrograde on May 10th/11th and Jupiter goes retrograde on May 14th which emphasizes a shift in energy this week.

May 20th-23rd – Venus square Neptune with Mercury joining during New Moon in Gemini

Venus has been in a square with Neptune since the beginning of May. At best this can be creatively stimulating or bring a spiritual/mystical dimension to our social lives. However, this can also reflect confusion, misunderstandings, disappointments, delusion, deception, and issues around boundaries in our relationships, financially, or perhaps around other Venus areas mentioned above. We can have misconceptions or other issues  as a result of around being overly idealistic. Escapism is also another way this can play out for many people.

With Gemini’s ruler Mercury joining this configuration on the 22nd (23rd for those in the East), this can increase the social and gossipy potentials of Venus in Gemini and the square to Neptune can also bring mental confusion and lack of focus. The New Moon (also in Gemini) is occurring at this time and therefore these themes are seeded into the entire lunar cycle.

May 23rd/24th Venus goes under the beams of the Sun until June 15th

Up until this point,  Venus was visible shortly after sunset as an ‘evening star’. Following this date it will no longer be visible in the sky until June 15th-ish when it will appear as a ‘morning star’. We can experience some shifts or developments that may require us to do some shedding or some sort of deeper reorientation over the next three weeks, peaking at the ‘inferior conjunction’ during the first week of June..

June 2nd – 6th Venus inferior Conjunction while square Mars, configured to Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius

During this time Venus returns to the Sun in its ‘inferior conjunction’ while they are both in a square aspect with Mars. This is the halfway point of the retrograde and is when there can be more of a shift in dynamics and/or insights pertaining Venus areas of love, relationships, social life, pleasures, money, and/or values. This is a time in which we may need to renew or let go of some aspect of how we express or engage in Venus aspects of life.

The square with Mars can reflect conflicts, arguments, competitiveness, or some sort of passionate engagement with others. For some, this energy can also be creatively or romantically stimulating. There will be a Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on June 5th/6th that is also in a configuration with these Sun-Mercury-Mars aspects. This will extend some of these themes until at least September or November, and can seed themes that will play out over the coming months.  I will be writing a separate article on this eclipse. Join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

June 10th/11th – Venus sextile Chiron

Chiron is a major player in this retrograde and this specific cycle that Venus is in with the Sun. Due to Chiron’s invovment, this retrograde can help bring healing, wholeness, bridging, integration, or solutions around Venus ruled areas and perhaps Gemini things like information, communication, etc. After the retrograde is finished, it will sextile Chiron again from July 8th-12th in which these themes may come back, perhaps in a more constructive way.

June 15th/16th – Venus re-appears visibly in the sky as a ‘morning star’ before Sunrise

At this time we can begin to have a better perception around some of the things that have been playing out over the previous month. There can be different developments, a change in circumstances, or a shift in how we feel about these issues.

June 17th/18th – Mercury goes retrograde in Cancer

Mercury is going retrograde in Cancer until mid-July. Due to it being the ruler of Gemini and it occurring in the next sign after it, we can expect some overlapping themes between both retrogrades. Some of the issues and developments that came up during the Venus retrograde (especially since beginning of June) may go through a hashing out process during Mercury’s retrograde.

June 25th – Venus goes stationary direct

Venus comes to a stop and begins to slowly move forward again. Over the coming weeks, certain Venus related issues will progress in a revamped way. There will be more clarity around what has come up, especially after Mercury ends its retrograde from mid to late July. In March 2021, Venus will reach its next major point in its cycle with the Sun. It’s possible that some of the things that occur during this retrograde will lead to developments and scenarios that happen then.

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How To Stay Present & Calm Throughout The Day

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  • The Facts:

    A simple process to bring you back to presence and freedom throughout the day.

  • Reflect On:

    Can we expect our world to change if we don't change our inner states of everyday being?w

Do you notice yourself feeling tense shoulders? A cleansed jaw? Perhaps you’re holding your breath in some ways and you don’t even know it? Maybe you feel a clenched tummy from time to time and have tricky digestion. You might notice yourself rushing through life, tasks, wanting to get to the next thing. You may not be paying full attention to your life and everything feels like autopilot.

If this is the case, you’re not alone.

This is a very calm state of being for most people in highly developed countries who are living the ‘average everyday life.’ You wake up, go to your job, work all day, come home and then either veg out or spend time with family and go to sleep. This is the ‘modern life’ that we have accepted as ‘ a good life’ and yet almost every aspect of it presents a challenge to our health and well being. But, at this time, money is required to live our lives, and so we must play within this system in some way or another as we actively change it.

The good news is, you have ultimate freedom within yourself to perceive your reality as you wish to perceive it. When we are unconscious, or allowing our programmed states of being to run our lives, we typically move through life on autopilot, moving from one habit to another.  However, when we begin to gain presence, and pull ourselves out of all these unconscious habits, we begin to gain some freedom back. This builds over time.

Before we get to the exercise, I want to add that for those that pay a lot of attention to the news and media side of our work here at CE, using these practices to gain more presence and self-awareness in your life will play deeply into the CE Protocol which is designed to help us gain more clarity on what’s happening in the world, and be an active part of changing it. Skipping the personal transformation end of our journeys only holds us in our current state of being and understanding.

A Simple Process

One powerful thing you can do to begin seeing the subtleties in life, noticing the magic and incredible beauty around you and within you at all times is going back to the breath. Combine that with a few processes in releasing tension and getting into your heart, and you’ll truly begin waking up to who you truly are on a daily basis. The best part is, this muscle grows with time, the more you practice, the more present you become, and the more your monkey mind goes into the passenger seat instead of the driver seat.

Approx time needed: 5 mins

1. There are two ways to initiate the exercise, either you do it when you notice yourself tense or not present, or you set an alarm that goes off about 6 times per day. If you choose the first method, you want to know that your awareness already catches yourself about 6 times a day so you can make sure you are doing this enough.

2. When the alarm goes off, or when you notice yourself, stop what you are doing and take a couple of deep breaths. In through the nose and out through the mouth. Do this slowly and controlled. Nothing too fast and nothing too out of control.

3. After about 2 to 5 breaths, allow yourself to breathe normally, making sure it is still through the nose. Begin to say within yourself. ‘I am releasing all tension in my head, my neck, my shoulders, my jaw, my stomach, my fists, and my legs.” This is like a mini mantra if you will, but don’t take it too seriously in that it has to be said any particular way. You’re simply noticing and instructing the body to relax.

4. After you have gone through the releasing, and you notice your body is more relaxed and your breathing has brought you back to the moment. Sense yourself in your chair or where you stand. Feel the air around you, notice any breezes on your skin or any scents that you smell. Notice all the various sounds around you, not focusing on anyone or feeling any as a distraction, but noticing them and allowing them to be. This is presence, while in this state. Noticing.

If you happen to have any rampant thoughts or feelings of stress arise during this at any point, simply notice it and say within yourself “OK stress or OK task I have to complete, I see you, I will take care of you momentarily” and allow it to pass.

5. Once in presence, turn your attention to the area of your sternum, the heart centre. You may put your hand or fingers on this area, and simply focus your attention on this space. See your awareness moving into this space as if you yourself are moving from your mind to your heart. However that looks or feels to you is OK. It doesn’t have to be anything mystical. This is a common mistake of overcomplicating simple methods.

6. Finally, allow yourself to be in that space for as long as you like. 1 min, 10 mins, whatever works. Usually I say this exercise is meant to be done as a check-in for about 5 mins.

Repeat this each time your alarm goes off or when you notice yourself tense. Through this, you are gaining more awareness of self more regularly. You are also beginning to realize you have a lot more control over your state of being than once thought. This is a key step to emotional freedom. In this space, your mind does not run you, nor do your emotions.

Bonus: As an extended tip, once you gain a sense of what that short meditation felt like. Even if you notice yourself for a moment 20 or 30 minutes later being tense, just take one deep breath and recall the energy and feeling of your meditation.

The Takeaway

When will things like full disclosure happen, or big changes in our world? When people focus deeply enough on personal transformation that our consciousness becomes ready to hear what’s being hidden and becomes ready for a world that is grounded in a state of peace, love, and freedom as opposed to monkey mind behavior.

 

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Brené Brown Explains The Crucial Difference Between Sympathy & Empathy

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    There is a difference between sympathy and empathy — although many of us don't realize it, in an attempt to help we may unknowingly be making things worse for our loved ones.

  • Reflect On:

    When someone is hurting, we often try to "fix" the situation. What if we just sat with others who are struggling . and allow them to feel their feelings and offer them the space to do so?

For the most part we strive to be there for our friends and family members during difficult times. However we don’t always realize that in an effort to assist, often using positive reinforcement, or comparison techniques we might actually be making things worse. Sometimes, we are unintentionally showing up in all the wrong ways for our loved ones. It’s important to know the difference between sympathy and empathy and how these reactions could either create more pain from unmet needs for those who are struggling or allow the space for a deeper connection and understanding by offering the space to others to feel their feelings.

Brené Brown is an expert on the topics of vulnerability, shame, courage and empathy. She has written 5 New York Times Bestsellers and offers us all a deeper insight to the potential for much deeper authentic connection with others and to ourselves as well. The following video contains a cute little cartoon paired up with Brené’s words describing the difference between sympathy and empathy.

Sympathy Vs. Empathy


“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” ~ Brené Brown

It’s funny how we think we are being helpful, but as it turns out we are unknowingly brushing off the feelings of others. Offering sympathy instead of empathy is similar to when we tell people to “think positive,” as it bypasses actually allowing ourselves to feel our emotions. When our loved ones are having a hard time with something, we are quick to try and fix or change the situation instead of just allowing it to be.

It’s as if we are all just so afraid of letting the pain be there, that we try to brush it off as quickly as possible. Unfortunately as described in the video, this isn’t actually helping, but providing a temporary band-aid instead. In turn, the people who are in pain often don’t feel emotionally met and can feel even more upset, even though they know you have good intentions. To be fair, for the most part we haven’t been taught these emotional skills so many of us are lacking in that department.

The Importance Of Feeling Our Feelings

This is a good reminder to not only allow others the space to feel their feelings without trying to change them, but for yourself as well — to give yourself the time and space that you need to feel what’s happening inside of you.

If something comes up, and emotion is starting to build up inside of you, instead of grabbing your phone, eating something, or using a substance — try feeling it fully instead! It can be very helpful to label the emotion you’re feeling, i.e. I feel hurt right now.

Then feel it, feel it fully, cry if you need to, feel where it hurts in your body, do whatever you need to do to allow yourself to actually feel the emotion.It will help to process and release it, that way you won’t have to hold onto it, or store it in your body.

As a good friend once told me,

“See what there is to see, feel what there is to feel and you will heal. “

This might sound simple, and that’s because it is! It’s a lot easier to process and feel our emotions than to stuff them down and ignore them, which inevitably will cause more pain and suffering down the road.

Feeling our feelings, who would have thought? 😉

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Our Biology Responds To Events Before They Even Happen

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    Multiple experiments have shown strong evidence for precognition in several different ways. One of them comes in the form of activity within the heart and the brain responding to events before they even happen.

  • Reflect On:

    Do we have extra human capacities we are unaware of? Perhaps we can learn them, develop them, and use them for good. Perhaps when the human race is ready, we will start learning more.

Is precognition real? There are many examples suggesting that yes, it is. The remote viewing program conducted by the CIA in conjunction with Stanford University was a good example of that.  After its declassification in 1995, or at least partial declassification, the Department of Defense and those involved revealed an exceptionally high success rate:

To summarize, over the years, the back-and-forth criticism of protocols, refinement of methods, and successful replication of this type of remote viewing in independent laboratories has yielded considerable scientific evidence for the reality of the (remote viewing) phenomenon. Adding to the strength of these results was the discovery that a growing number of individuals could be found to demonstrate high-quality remote viewing, often to their own surprise… The development of this capability at SRI has evolved to the point where visiting CIA personnel with no previous exposure to such concepts have performed well under controlled laboratory conditions. (source)

The kicker? Part of remote viewing involves peering into future events as well as events that happened in the past.

It’s not only within the Department of Defense that we find this stuff, but a lot of science is emerging on this subject as well.

For example, a study (meta analysis) published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience titled “Predicting the unpredictable: critical analysis and practical implications of predictive anticipatory activity” examined a number of experiments regarding this phenomenon that were conducted by several different laboratories. These experiments indicate that the human body can actually detect randomly delivered stimuli that occur 1-10 seconds in advance. In other words, the human body seems to know of an event and reacts to the event before it has occurred. What occurs in the human body before these events are physiological changes that are measured regarding the cardiopulmonary, the skin, and the nervous system.

A few years ago, the chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Dr. Dean Radin, visited the scientists over at HearthMath Institute and shared the results of one of his studies. Radin is also one of multiple scientists who authored the paper above. These studies, as mentioned above, tracked the autonomic nervous system, physiological changes, etc.

Scientists at HeartMath Institute (HMI) added more protocols, which included measuring participants’ brain waves (EEG), their hearts’ electrical activity (ECG), and their heart rate variability (HRV).

As HMI explains:

Twenty-six adults experienced in using HeartMath techniques and who could sustain a heart-coherent state completed two rounds of study protocols approximately two weeks apart. Half of the participants completed the protocols after they intentionally achieved a heart-coherent state for 10 minutes. The other half completed the same procedures without first achieving heart coherence. Then they reversed the process for the second round of monitoring, with the first group not becoming heart-coherent before completing the protocols and the second group becoming heart-coherent before. The point was to test whether heart coherence affected the results of the experiment.

Participants were told the study’s purpose was to test stress reactions and were unaware of its actual purpose. (This practice meets institutional-review-board standards.) Each participant sat at a computer and was instructed to click a mouse when ready to begin.

The screen stayed blank for six seconds. The participant’s physiological data was recorded by a special software program, and then, one by one, a series of 45 pictures was displayed on the screen. Each picture, displayed for 3 seconds, evoked either a strong emotional reaction or a calm state. After each picture, the screen went blank for 10 seconds. Participants repeated this process for all 45 pictures, 30 of which were known to evoke a calm response and 15 a strong emotional response.

The Results

The results of the experiment were fascinating to say the least. The participants’ brains and hearts responded to information about the emotional quality of the pictures before the computer flashed them (random selection). This means that the heart and brain were both responding to future events. The results indicated that the responses happened, on average, 4.8 seconds before the computer selected the pictures.

How mind-altering is that?

Even more profound, perhaps, was data showing the heart received information before the brain. “It is first registered from the heart,” Rollin McCraty Ph.D. explained, “then up to the brain (emotional and pre-frontal cortex), where we can logically relate what we are intuiting, then finally down to the gut (or where something stirs).”

Another significant study (meta-analysis) that was published in Journal of Parapsychology by Charles Honorton and Diane C. Ferrari in 1989 examined a number of studies that were published between 1935 and 1987. The studies involved individuals’ attempts to predict “the identity of target stimuli selected randomly over intervals ranging from several hundred million seconds to one year following the individuals responses.” These authors investigated over 300 studies conducted by over 60 authors, using approximately 2 million individual trials by more than 50,000 people. (source)

It concluded that their analysis of precognition experiments “confirms the existence of a small but highly significant precognition effect. The effect appears to be repeatable; significant outcomes are reported by 40 investigators using a variety of methodological paradigms and subject populations. The precognition effect is not merely an unexplained departure from a theoretical chance baseline, but rather is an effect that covaries with factors known to influence more familiar aspects of human performance.” (source)

The Takeaway

“There seems to be a deep concern that the whole field will be tarnished by studying a phenomenon that is tainted by its association with superstition, spiritualism and magic. Protecting against this possibility sometimes seems more important than encouraging scientific exploration or protecting academic freedom. But this may be changing.”
 Cassandra Vieten, PhD and President/CEO at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (source)

We are living in a day and age where new information and evidence are constantly emerging, challenging what we once thought was real or what we think we know about ourselves as human beings.  It’s best to keep an open mind. Perhaps there are aspects of ourselves and our consciousness that have yet to be discovered. Perhaps if we learn and grow from these studies, they can help us better ourselves and others.

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