A few months ago, I was reading one of Linda Reid’s excellent articles on Venus and her cycles. I told Linda at the time that she might consider writing a book called Healing Venus Problems. I wasn’t kidding. Venus is the planet that rules beauty, romantic love, and our ability to attract these to us. She also governs our values. If things are not okay in any one of these areas of our life, our other joys and successes feel blighted. Without love, without beauty; even if we were to receive it, the world would not be enough.
This is what Dana Gerhardt says in her essay Venus: “A goddess scorned is a goddess out for revenge, and Venus does this, says Hillman through a ‘pink madness.’ Says Venus, I shall invade every nook of the contemporary world that has refused me so long with a pink madness. I shall pornographize your cars and food, your ads and vacations, your books and films, your schools and your families. I’ll get into your T-shirts and underwear, even into your diapers, into teenie boppers, their slogans and songs, and into the old ladies and gents in retirement colonies, on walkers in San Diego and Miami Beach. I’ll show you by showing, until your minds are fuzzed pink with romantic desires, with longings to getaway—trysts, nests, sweets. That is, the civilization will be crazed to get into my preserve, my secret garden. I will excite your entire culture so that even those attempting to cure their neuroses, as well as their sober psychoanalysts, will have nothing better to talk about than desire, jouissance, seductions, incest, molestations and the gaze into the mirror.”
I believe if a planetary archetype is missing or malfunctioning in your life, one of the things you can do to make it come alive is to honor it. You can do it by being appreciative of it when you see it in others, by respecting its importance in the scheme of things. Or you can follow the path of karma yoga and do something about it. There is a passage in The Gita that has always stayed with me. It goes like this, “From food come forth beings, and from rain food is produced; from sacrifice arises rain, and sacrifice is born of action.” Sacrifice is born of action.
My natal Venus gets a rather rough deal in my chart. To be honest, I don’t honor Venus in my life. I want her rewards, but I am unwilling to invest thought, attention and time into most things Venusian. But that not getting the rewards thing? I don’t like that. So I’ve decided to start honoring her. In little ways at first. And understanding is a good place to begin, isn’t it? So today I ordered Dana Gerhardt’s Your Venus Unleashed report. I’ve been reading Dana’s work for years and she is very good. I knew the report would be helpful. I’ve read it and it is helpful. It took my poor Venus and showed me ways of working with her that are bound to add much richness and joy to my life. But reading it was also a very deeply moving emotional experience. It brought healing. We all have gifts, all of us. But sometimes it takes someone else’s loving wisdom to point them out to us. Dana did that for me.
If you are afflicted by Venus problems or just want a deeper understanding of her influence in your life and to augment her joys, then you can do no better than to get Dana’s personalized report. It comes with a predictive section on Venus’ secondary progression and transits and how they affect you in the coming year. If you want more information, go here: http://www.mooncircles.com/venus/index.html
And for your excellent work, Dana, thank you!