“Venus favors the bold.” Ovid
Compared to the sun, Venus is only a dot, and as I watched her move across the sun yesterday, I thought her rather bold and a rather wonderful symbol for us all. Life often looms large, like the sun, blinding us with its powerful brilliance and overwhelming what we feel are our small contributions to life. And yet if each of us stood still, afraid to venture into the unknown or the known that seems too much for us, where would we be? Slowly and surely, one mile at a time, Venus progressed across the face of the sun, which is 113 times larger than she. It took about seven hours for her to make the transit. Not completing the journey is not an option. She just does it.
Finding the Spiritual Courage to Fulfill Dreams
How many times have we dreamed a dream and hesitated or abandoned it because of fear—the fear that it was too difficult, that it would take too long, that it would cost too much, that it would require too much sacrifice. But the price of walking away from our dreams is huge. I have had dreams for which I worked for years. I succeeded in becoming a modern dancer dancing with a company, but I could never make the other dream manifest—that of having a career as a dance teacher in a college where I could teach and earn a livable wage. Even though I didn’t get exactly what I wanted, I have no regrets and feel good about my attempts. In the last year and a half, I have felt a little like Venus trying to make her way through this huge project of writing and publishing a book. As it turned out, the publishing part has been much more challenging than I could have imagined, and if I had had any idea how difficult it would be, I probably would never have started. But the secret is this—I simply took it one step at a time and trusted that what I needed next would show up. And it has.
Living With the Natural Flow
Most of life lives in trust with nature, moving through the natural cycles without questioning the process. Only we humans use our minds to separate us from the natural rhythms that can support and assist us. Trusting in nature or Spirit or ourselves allows us to also release the fear that often blocks our progress. It puts us in the flow where all answers reside.
Venus Supports the Changes We Need
I taught Greek mythology for years and always made a point of relating the myths and the characters to real life. Venus or the Greek Aphrodite is the Goddess of Love. She represents beauty, truth, harmony, love, and creativity. To see her as a sex goddess is to deny her real essence. As a planet, she is the only feminine one. In her bold move across the sun, she is calling to our attention all that she represents. It is a time for the feminine to become more influential in our world, time for us to seek harmony rather than winning, time to be creative in solving our personal and world problems, time for us to learn to love those who are different, and time for us to demand a more transparent government to support truth.
Being Bold Enough to Change
The astrological influences of this transit are also interesting. If you want to know more about those, I recommend Belinda Dunn’s website, astrodelight.com and her Celestial Currents for May. She, too, affirms that we are in a significant time of change. It is time to pursue our dreams, and the irony is this: when what we know falls apart, it’s time to change. In my community, I am awed by the number of people who are creating small businesses when the economy is so precarious. They are boldly reevaluating their lives, examining their true talents, and using those talents to create a new life that feeds their souls as well as their finances. Our journeys are often not as peaceful and straightforward as Venus’ Transit. But that is her journey. We each have to follow our own. One of these days, I’ll actually have that paperback book available for sale. When it’s done; when the time is right; when it’s in Divine Order. In the meantime, I want to remember that Venus teaches us to value harmony, and I’ll try to stay in harmony with myself, others, and the planet—boldly, of course.
What thoughts or feelings has the Venus Transit brought up for you?
© 2012 Georganne Spruce