Aug 29 – Sep 23, 2016
I distinctly remember the day Venus entered Libra last year. Heavy issues were broached – finally – and then released in a torrent. I looked forward to a magical few weeks of sunny smiles. But damn, Libra is a sneaky goddess! Just when she’s left you to your own devices, SLAM, suddenly you’re neck-deep again.
Venus is ruler of the Libra constellation, so she is returning “home” at this time. Venus in Libra asks: does this further peace, for myself and others? Do my surroundings, including my relationships, reflect harmony? We must be masterfully clear and assertive: out of the mind, tuned to perfection. To truly see and hear requires a relaxed heart. Until then, do not be alarmed if you swing violently between sublimity and paralysis.
Libra is, by nature, exceptionally open and understanding, but she shines in a hilltop castle ringed with thorny brambles, and through this we must chop and hack before we enter her hall. Once you make it to the golden gates, the Air Goddess will be there to welcome you in for dinner, for the night, for as long as you wish. She is not unlike all her brothers and sisters in the zodiac, for she makes us work until we cry. Only then can we dip our fingers in the cornucopia.
I am continually and thoroughly impressed by Libra’s potency. She digs directly into the ravines that we have overlooked, the crevasses we passed with nonchalance. She turns us gently yet undeniably back to a take a harder look, and then she whispers that this is inadequate, that you must rip it all out by the roots and plant again. So we crouch in the dirt, whimpering, pleading, asking why? But Libra is a woman who lives by the highest standard: truth. She is hardwired to be undeceivable. Tricks fall away instantly and comically, like feathers thrown at a turret wall.
Venus in Libra doles out bitter pills, but she’ll hold our hand patiently while we moan and grope for an escape. Refusing her potion is like running from the wind: futile and exhausting. Don’t be fooled, she’s not leaving until you swallow. I promise that her medicine, although it burns the lining of your heart, is the best you’ve ever had. Listen for your future Self, silent, virginal, sweeping the vista within and without: finally, I should have done this a long time ago.
You are required to meditate and be honest with yourself. Speaking what we feel can be awkward and stressful, but the alternative – internalizing – is ultimately much more uncomfortable in the end. Healthy communication comes naturally to some, but to others just the thought of verbalizing Truth makes us want to hide, to flee.
Stand close to those who make you feel golden, tranquil. When it all crumbles, it’s never really out of the blue, is it? We need not only to listen, but act accordingly, to cross the gaping strait between thinking and doing. Libra hates when we rush and she makes us pay dearly if we do, so move slow – tread purposefully, breathe. When imbalanced, we might be too submissive or insecure, clinging to pleasantness and apparent stability in order to avoid opposition, but it is absolutely possible to accommodate others while still respecting our own needs. We enter into toxic environments and relationships because we have a toxic relationship with the Self, truth be told. With infinite love I encourage you to immediately disengage from whatever lurks in the vicious form of suppression and ignorance – if you don’t do it now, Libra will do it for you, and she can be quite forceful in her lessons! Walk away with your head held high; the Goddess is right behind you.
Celebrate Venus with Libra Yoga.