All ♀️Venus♀️, All the Time

Moon and Venus in Aries, 2020

I’ve been doing a lot of personal work on my self-confidence and my ability to open up and be vulnerable with other people. Slowly dismantling all those little self-created complexes and bargains I made over my life that hold me back from relationships and intimacy. Working back through all those insecurities and fears that I’ve built up from small events as a child (or as an adult). Acknowledging, accepting and congratulating all those decisions I made that were the best I could do with the knowledge and experience that I had at the time.

I’m closer than I’ve ever been to self-love, self-confidence, and being ready to actually try an intimate relationship with another human being (preferably someone who looks like Henry Cavill).

And now, across the world, people aren’t allowed to touch each other.

Well, FUCK THAT! FUCK THAT SO MUCH!!

Especially because the ruler of my 7th House is in my 12th, which apparently means I’m more likely to hook up with sexy foreign men. (Although, I guess there’s also a case to be made for some kind of quarantine romance—not quite as sexy as a vacation romance in an Italian winery but…)

Obviously I’m not advocating for, or at all planning on, breaking the physical distancing measures. Sick isn’t sexy.

But what I am doing is all Venus, all the time.

She’s the one planet in my natal chart that’s in a good house so I’ve enlisted her help with this area of my life. Inspired in part by Rune Soup’s latest premium member course on wealth, I’ve created a Venus altar.

I chose the statue very deliberately. My Venus doesn’t modestly veil her nudity with hair and hands. My Venus dances naked down the middle of the street, blowing kisses to all the boys. My Venus is confident and proud of her body. My Venus is not afraid to show it all off, to feel sexy. My Venus is open and vulnerable and powerful. My Venus lets people in and loves them all fiercely, careless of whether they might hurt her. My Venus adorns herself with beautiful things, embraces the stares and compliments. My Venus is sensual and loving and joyful.

My Venus is who I want to be.

So, while I can’t go out and meet new people and be with them and touch them, I’m going to soak myself in all things Venus. I’m going to carry her with me wherever I go. I’m going to fill my home with beauty and art and music and light. I’m going to make sure that, by the time this is over, I’m in an even better place than I was before. I am going to burst from my apartment like a goddess from the ocean and bring love and joy to the world.

This is what I think is needed now.

All Venus, all the time.

Actual literal Venus soaking made possible by the amazing Sphere and Sundry astrological talismanic materia. This is from the Exalted Venus range, copper Venus talisman by the talented Tony Mack.

Dreams of beauty in the sky

Tonight is the conjunction of the Moon, Venus and Neptune in Pisces. I didn’t think I’d be able to see it with all the cloud around but as the sun set, the clouds dissolved and this beautiful moment shone out.

I like to take photos a lot. There’s something about capturing the perfect moment of light, shadow, shape and colour that is magical to me. I suspect some of the influence comes from my natal Neptune, which sextiles a lot of my chart. It’s interesting that this conjunction happened the day after my birthday when dad loaned me a new camera to try with a new lens I had bought as a present for myself. Pisces is my rising sign and my natal Neptune is in my 10th House. The connections just keep lining up.

Part of this may also have been my recent realisation about a talisman. I was lucky enough to get one of the Moon-Neptune in Pisces talismans from Sphere and Sundry, made by the talented Tony Mack. (Side note: Sphere and Sundry is AMAZING.)

This was the first astrological talisman I’ve ever owned. I still don’t know exactly why I had to have it so badly but I think it’s partly for deeper journey work and partly for photography. It’s as though the shadowy Neptune side is the deep diving guide of the unconscious and imaginal, and the bright shimmering Moon side is the inspiration for capturing the perfect light.

The talisman as a whole has a lovely dreamlike feel. Holding it I plunge into a warm blue and shining ocean, dissolving comfortably away. It has a truly magical energy. I just have to find out how to direct it and decide what to direct it at. Photography seems a good choice. Talismans and photographs capture and hold a moment in time. Both hold energy and power. I’m wondering if there’s such a thing as talismanic photography. Tonight’s photograph of the beautiful conjunction in a dreamlike sky isn’t a bad start.