The Goddess finally completes her initiatory ascent and begins her renewal process tomorrow, January 29th, when she stations direct. After 40 days of being in retrograde, Venus now moves forward, signaling a green light to take new action based on your new awareness of what needed shifting and releasing that came during her retrograde phase. Maybe that lover that you released from your life made room for you to start dating again, or perhaps it was a friend that you needed to let go of, which now brings you a new more divinely aligned friendship into your life.
What's extra delicious about Venus going direct on this day, is that she joins her celestial sister, the Moon when she does. Venus conjuncts the moon (i.e.: moves right next to her) at least once every lunar cycle. You can often see Venus right next to the moon when this happens, and the moon is out. The days where Venus finds herself in the presence of the moon are magical ones gifting you an opportunity to align to beauty, the mystical, and the Divine Feminine creatrix within.
Venus-Moon conjunctions are a time to experience activations that juice you up. To embrace and call-in love. Whether that is self-love or romantic love or family love, sensuality, and divinity merge on these days. Soak it up!
However, keep in mind that Mercury is in retrograde for about another week, so while you might feel a shift in innergy, hasty action isn't in alignment. The revision process isn't fully over until Mercury also joins her Venusian counterpart in moving forward, which happens on February 3rd.
Also, just because these two planets begin their direct motion, doesn't mean that the introspective action is over!
For the next couple of weeks, we will be in both of their shadows, so the themes that were illuminated through the past month will show up again as new opportunities to clear your energy further (read on for my Venus/New Moon ritual below to activate this energy!!!)
We're also in the balsamic moon phase, the phase to restore and recharge your energies as the moon readies to begin a new cycle around the Earth with the New Moon in Aquarius happening on the early hours of February 1st (or the night of January 31st, depending on where you're located).
As new moons are always the most opportune time to connect to your inner goddess, to that intuitive Priestess energy that resides within you, to connect to the cycles of nature, this new moon affords a delicious opportunity to integrate all the energies that have surfaced and that have been activated throughout the year.
I invite you to complete this Venusian & New Moon ritual by the night of the 31st, BEFORE the new moon:
Grab a crystal of your choice that you connect with for intention setting. I love working with Obsidian as it is the dark moon stone, an energy worker that dwells in the shadows of our subconscious minds. She allows for deep introspection and the cosmic energies are all about that right now. If you have an obsidian yoni egg, even better, as you can program your yoni egg with your reflections and intentions.
Grab your journal. Make sure it’s a physical one, i.e.: pen & paper, nothing digital. Create a sacred space in your home. It can be at your altar, in your room, your office. Wherever you feel called. Make your space sacred by bringing in a candle, creating a mini-crystal grid, clearing the area out, and burning some incense or sage. The key here is to create a cozy and comfortable environment for you to connect.
Holding the crystal or yoni egg in your left hand, this is your receiving side (if you are left-handed, then you can hold it in your right hand), close your eyes, and center your breath. Connect to your guides, your Higher Self, your ancestors. Get still and present.
When you feel ready, open your eyes and begin to journal. Your focus will be on revisiting what transpired in your life in the last month and a half. Since mid-December until the present moment, what have you experienced? You can use the following prompts for your journaling exercise:
As you focus on reflecting through the Venus retrograde journey, observe what comes up as a potential idea/project for planting new seeds this lunar month. Allow the journaling exercise and prompts to get you centered and focused on what you want to create in your life for the Aquarian New Moon. And then write those intentions down too!
Once you're complete with your journaling exercise, plant your crystal in the earth. It can be by a tree, or in a plant you have at home. Allow for your intentions to travel through the soil and your crystal to get super-charged. When the full moon comes, on February 16th you can un(b)earth your crystal or yoni egg. Work with her for the rest of the month, using it as a tool to remind you of your intentions and of your growth.
This new lunar cycle which will take up the entire month February, will be one where your shadows will be put to the test. Unexpected circumstances and experiences might surface. Your foundation might be shaken up a bit (yes, again), but with it comes the opportunity of divine intervention!
How you communicate will undergo a transformation. Deeper conversations about real issues will surface. Be aware of power struggles within yourself or with others. You might have something set in motion that you wanted to change, so pay attention to your thoughts.
Be open to possibilities.
Don't allow yourself to get stuck in only one way of doing things or solving problems.
You will be shown emotional triggers ready to be released for you to step deeper into your inner peace.
If you can move through the potentially volatile circumstances and thoughts with conscious awareness, then you'll experience new levels of emotional stability that are only possible when you courageously choose to address the reflection staring back when you look at yourself in the black mirror.
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Astrologer and Writer
Vanessa Kristina, founder of Mystik Monark, helps Mystik Misfits to uncover their Divine Purpose and shine light on their shadows through a no-BS spiritual counseling approach. Mystik Monark's mission is to connect Society to Divinity, one soul at a time.
As an Evolutionary Astrologer & Akashic Records Practitioner, Vanessa guides clients out of the existential spiritual closet and through dark nights of the soul so that they can unlock authentic expression and create their dream lives to experience the freedom, joy, and abundance of their soul-selves, through her signature Inner Mystik Mastery program. As a former corporate attorney, she integrates pragmatic actionable guidance with esoteric wisdom, inspiring a deep inner standing of who we are and who we came here to be.