Can’t Buy Me Love…
Yesterday’s Taurus Full Moon reflected the Sun’s light back onto itself to highlight for us all the potential to bring transformation to that which we truly value.
While the Sun moves through the sign of Scorpio until November 22, its tells us it’s time for a change. In turn, the Taurus Moon’s heavenly glow casts its light on that which is ripe for such transformation.
This Taurus Full Moon–which occurs when the Moon opposes the Sun in the sky so that they may both “see” each other–reminds us that only when we can see clearly is it possible to be brought out of the dark in order to take conscious and direct action.
During this particular Full Moon period, we are asked to become aware of how these polar opposites of Taurus & Scorpio might best be reconciled & these energies utilized to transform what we value into something of even greater worth.
SAY YOU DON’T NEED NO DIAMOND RING
Full Moons are always about release. So what do we need to release in terms of our value system that allows us to grow with it (and thus achieve positive transformation?)
There is no higher form of VALUE or WORTH than SELF-WORTH.
In today’s world, whether or not we were told we were worthless as a child–or simply came to believe it on our own–there is no doubt that such sentiments (whether or not one is brave enough to utter them out loud) run rampant.
Seems to me there are two ways to deal with this situation: The first is to put into place what my mother used to call a “superiority complex,” which is to say a heightened–but feigned–sense of self-value that is not, in fact, a true reflection of one’s real emotional belief.
The second, simply put, is to feel worthless, whether one speaks of it or not…
This may be evidenced through numerous examples, from the striving for perfection (resulting in criticism of both oneself and others), to judging yourself (and sometimes others) harshly based on appearances rather than substance, to beating oneself up for not having the guts to value and express who you really are…
An over-inflated ego may lead to a distorted sense of one’s true value, whereas self-deprecating behavior gets you nowhere but stuck in your own myopic rut where nothing you do is of any value whatsoever…
BUT…IT’S ABOUT BALANCE, SILLY!
Deep down in the utter darkness of our solitary existential existence–during those moments when we realize we are TRULY alone–it’s our task to fill our own well from within in order to sustain ourselves through this journey we call life…
The first way to go about doing this–and, yes, it sounds SO very easy but really is quite difficult–is to seek balance about our beliefs.
Do we deem ourselves to be SO worthwhile that even ascending to the throne of king or queen (or better yet–to be anointed as a saint!) is beneath us?
Or do we feel stuck in the muck and mire of the realm of the lowliest creature on earth, not EVEN fit to eat the crumbs off of God’s table?
This Taurus Full Moon calls us to spend a little time in contemplation of these two extremes and in which direction lies our truest value…
Is it in what others told/tell us we were/are worth–and what we perhaps seemingly had NO CHOICE but to believe?
Or is it inherent in our right as human beings to consider that within each of us exists a spark of the divine?
The former mindset–even when it results in that superiority complex–does nothing but deflate, while the latter allows us to connect constantly and continuously to a higher realm…
And that higher realm is one in which we are each valued individually for the precious, loving, & creative humans we really truly are…
SO, WHAT’S IT WORTH TO YA?
It has struck me of late that ANYTHING we create–either individually or en masse–is beautiful.
Ah, the Scorpios amongst you are tittering now…”Really?” I hear you muttering, “is our SHIT beautiful?”
Truth be told, yes it is!
Taurus has connotations around holding on too tightly, not appreciating or accepting change, and moving too slow…
This fixity, while it does have a purpose–as Taurus is the archetypal energy that helps us to get things DONE–resists transformation like the plague!
However, when we look at Taurus energy as calm, constant, and creative (in its ability to manifest on the concrete physical plane), we can see how its higher side is capable of appreciating ALL of nature, be it in its glory or its decline…
So, even the things we normally discard have value…for example, without ridding ourselves of the toxins in our body, we become ill…
And without ridding ourselves of our false beliefs about what is the TRUTH of our own special creative nature and its ability to love and be loved, we may suffer greatly for having discarded out of hand the very best parts of ourselves…
Start by thinking about that which you need to discard and that which you need to keep. Perhaps your old ways of thinking are not based on CHOICE but rather habit. Perhaps you are ripe for change in this department now…
And starting slowly is always the Taurean way! Why not think of these Lennon & McCartney lyrics to “Can’t Buy Me Love” as a mantra through which you might introduce to yourself a whole new concept–but only if you apply them to the relationship with YOURSELF rather than with another:
“I’ll give you all I’ve got to give
If you say you love me too
I may not have a lot to give
But what I’ve got I’ll give to you
I don’t care too much for money
For money can’t buy me love…”
You gotta start somewhere, right?
As Shakespeare reminds us, self-love is NOT a sin…but self-neglect might as well be…
Namaste…change, full moon, love, Scorpio, self-worth, Taurus, transformation, value, value system
WHO DO YOU LOVE?
Venus, whose archetypal energies help us to identify that which we truly value, stops her backward motion today and begins to move forward once again — in the creative sign of Leo.
Venus remains under Leonine influence until October 8, when she continues her zodiacal journey into the sign of Virgo.
Since July 31 — the day Venus stationed retrograde and appeared to move backward in the heavens — reports abound of closet purgings, sightings of ex-lovers and friends, and perhaps some paying down of debt or at least the understanding that one must get a better handle on one’s finances.
So what was up when Venus (which archetypally represents beauty, harmony, peace, and all that we consider of value) retrograded back through the fiery creative sign of Leo — the sign of individual creativity and the archetype of children and romance as well?
Well, her retrograde period asked us to reevaluate and redefine all that we formerly thought had value in our lives — by paying close attention to the specific areas of creativity, romance, and children…
Every Venus retrograde period — which happens approximately once every two and a half years — coincides classically with several different themes.
Specifically, this planet’s rulership of Taurus concerns our relationship to pleasure (of the body and the five senses, i.e., what gives us pleasure.)
Her rulership of Libra is bound up with partnerships and whether they are fair, balanced, & peaceful. This includes partnerships of all kinds — significant other, family, friends, colleagues, bosses, etc., and whether or not we feel whole without such partners (i.e., what value these partners bring into the relationship!)
WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?
While retrograde in the sign of Leo, we were asked to reevaluate how we value our own sense of creativity, and then how we might best use our own inherent creative energies to experience true JOY in our lives…
This joy might come to us from our partnerships, the pleasures of one or all of our five senses, from our children, sports & recreation, and/or art, music, dance, film, photography, sculpture, writing, and anything else that moves us into a creative space…
In short, anything that allows us to revel in our abandon for the sheer pleasure of experiencing JOY…
Venus rules that which we consider both beautiful and pleasurable. This is what we then consider to be of value.
WHO NEEDS A HEART WHEN A HEART CAN BE BROKEN?
When Venus retrogrades, sometimes this period returns to us those whom we formerly valued in the guise of an old lover or friend looking us up and wanting to reestablish a connection.
When this happens, we are tasked with rethinking this person’s value in our life.
Perhaps it’s for the purpose of more consciously (now that we’ve gained distance from our emotions — be they positive or negative — about this person) reassessing this person’s true role in our life.
Did we experience this relationship because we had something to learn? If so, what was that? Did we learn it?
Maybe the partnership ended sadly or badly, and we now get the opportunity to reexamine our role in this break up.
Any loss in the financial area during this Venus retrograde in Leo might signify that a reassessment is in order of whether or not questing after material gain or possessions truly brings us joy.
If we consider money and possessions to be the most beautiful things in the world — regardless of the reasons why — then this is what we seek to attract into our lives.
If we value the love of another more, then we’ll quest after that love…
However, the truth is that placing value on external persons or objects (including money!) merely obscures one’s true soul purpose.
And what’s that purpose?
To ensure that your heart may never be broken!
By choosing whether to love yourself first or not…
By choosing what brings you joy through your own strong connection to your internal, inherent, creative self, you ensure that you’re the most valuable and precious person in your life…
By bringing to yourself your own happiness, which you find in the easy, effortless, pleasurable act of creation, which, in turn, strengthens your bond of love to yourself…
Venus knows this is the only way to fully experience the gifts she has to offer. Her retrograde period — this time in Leo — was merely a reminder that it was time to pause and check back in with your higher self!
Now that Venus is moving forward again, take stock of what you’ve learned and go back to creating with reckless abandon (whatever that means to you!)
After all, this is the highest and best expression of what you were born to be and do…
Namaste…art, beauty, creativity, harmony, joy, Leo, love, partnership, peace, retrograde, value, Venus
Venus & Mars Are Alright Tonight (& Tomorrow Too!)
The second of three meetings this year between these two take place today and tomorrow @14 Leo.
The first was when the planets of love and sex ran side by side @1 Aries on February 21-22, 2015…
The next will take place November 2-3, 2015 @23 & 24 degrees of Virgo.
When Venus, the planet of love, harmony, balance, partnership, serenity, and peace meets up in the sky with Mars, who’s energy is highly sexual, urgent, and motivated, there are bound to be sparks flyin’!
However, Venus is still in retrograde motion (appearing to move backward in the sky) as Mars rocks and rolls over her @14 Leo.
What’s it all mean?
First, when Venus is retrograde, it’s a time to go deep about what you truly value and to get rid of anything that does not jibe with that.
Mars electrifying Venus right now may jolt you into a higher awareness–possibly through your visceral reaction to someone or something in your environment.
For example, if you have been reunited with an old love, a new flame may ignite.
On the other hand, the reintroduction of someone from your past may now illustrate to you how the relationship was purely physical and that this person is not a keeper!
Motivation is high to rid yourself of anything that does not serve to help you fill your own well of self-love & self-esteem from within.
If it seems too good to be true (the Sun has just passed its opposition to Neptune in the sky, & Jupiter is approaching his opposition to Neptune as well), it probably is!
Have fun, but take the time to recognize the outer manifestations of your inner energies! After all, that’s what true consciousness is all about!
If your prince is simply a frog you’ve closed your eyes to kiss (all the while hoping and dreaming), then let him hop on out of your life…
If he’s truly a prince (or she a princess), it will be because you can see beyond their royal attire–and all that you project upon him or her–to the core of the REAL person…
…and know you can love them, warts and all…
And, in the end, that simply illustrates the internal message: self-acceptance, compassion, & the knowledge that you can love yourself warts and all!
As always–but particularly because this conjunction of Mars & Venus takes place in the creative sign of Leo–channel your energies (particularly if you’re experiencing unrequited love, anger, frustration, unresolved sexual tension, longing, etc.) into a creative endeavor.
Doesn’t have to be a big deal, simply concentrate your energies on something that makes you feel alive–be that music, art, dance, film, photography, sculpting, writing, etc.
Translating your passion into creativity helps you exhibit the highest form of self-love, self-esteem, and worthiness. And, it will prove to you that Venus & Mars are alright tonight!
Namaste…Aries, harmony, Leo, love, Mars, motivation, self-love, sex, value, Venus, Virgo