Venus is in the sign of Cancer from August 7- September 6, 2012, bringing a softer, devoted energy to partnership. Some of us will be pulled to commit, and nest; others of us will be challenged to address any emotional defenses keeping us from giving and receiving love.
“I don’t want to live- I want to love first, and live incidentally.” -Zelda Fitzgerald, Venus in Cancer
“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” - Helen Keller, Venus in Cancer
“The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.” - Meryl Streep, Venus in Cancer
If you were born when Venus was in the constellation of Cancer, the Crab…
Guileless, moony, imaginative, Venus in Cancer has a charming vulnerability. If you have this Venus sign you transmit a subtle magnetism of care, concern and tenderness. Your heightened sensitivity is appreciated by many, however, not everyone will understand your sensitivity — and when a minor scrape feels like a Mac truck ran over your heart, you may think your sensitivity is a curse. If Venus in Cancer wears a protective tough-as-nails shell it is to manage the excruciating levels of vulnerability. You have learned: people can be unkind, and hearts do get broken. You’re learning: to judge who is safe for you to open your heart and let in, and who isn’t. There are wolves in sheep’s clothing, and there are no guarantees. But the only way to receive love is to open to it. Read more
One morning, my husband and I were driving into the city and I was happy and felt good. For no good reason. First, I’m not a morning person. Second, I had just stopped drinking coffee. Third, I was having a massive Pluto-Uranus-Sun-Mars-Pluto transit, which had just about altogether wiped out my capacity for optimism. This was weird.
Suspicious of this new positive development, I warily said, “Hmmm, I’m experiencing what I can only describe as unfounded optimism…” John, the quintessential morning person and Jupiter-type smiled real big and finished my sentence, “…and in spite of yourself!”
How do you hold the space to work out your intentions and life problems? I have tried various methods. I’ve prayed, affirmed, spell-casted and altar-ed my way through some of my life’s biggest dilemmas and quandries. Pulling on the power of a spiritual force bigger than I has worked wonders. I’ve discovered that spiritual work that actually *works* takes discipline, focus, imagination, creativity…and a strong container. A good practice is well-designed. It’s design, by nature, cares for and holds the space for transformation.
There are many big huge changes and shifts I’ve wanted to effect in my life, and these are things I’m really excited about so I have the motivation and drive. However, lately when I go to do something, they often sort of flop (technical glitches, or life takes a different course), or I myself flop (I had motivation 5 minutes ago – where did it go?). Even though the personal work I’ve been doing yields huuuuge breakthroughs – I have ‘em – then I float onto something else and it’s hard to grasp that big breakthrough I had a mere few days ago. Huh? In short, it feels like Neptune’s doing. Read more
Cancer is the sign traditionally associated with family, home and the past. And whimsy. Yes, whimsy. It’s our best kept secret, perhaps the staying alive secret to surviving the ups and downs of endless family demands to which we Crabs always find our self inextricably tethered and tied. When I am happiest, I am following it, because whimsy is good for the soul. So when I found myself wandering into a tea & coffee shop the other day, drawn in by the vast collection of coffee mugs and tea cups, this homely activity felt so nurturing, so good, I decided to allow myself to linger over tea cups …and tribal gifts. Read more
People come to astrologers for many reasons, but a big one is to unlock a mystery, put perspective around an area of life that has become a tremendous source of pain or confusion. Often they (we) are conditioned to think our life should be otherwise. Pick any subject. Love relationship; now that’s supposed to be all hearts and roses, right (feel free to insert your own rant/ expletive here)?! Many have a hell of a time getting into a relationship, and if we’re ‘lucky’ enough to be one of those few who had it all figured out at an early age, we probably walked into a relationship from hell and earned every ounce of courage and wisdom we have now, there. Looking for meaning in any personal difficulty, most especially when it’s tragic, can be unfathomable from the mind’s perspective. But from the heart (and soul) view it’s a different story. Read more
This week we cooked dinner for thirty people. I made the curry zucchinni soup and salad. John made the homemade spelt bread with goat milk and honey. The goal was to cook enough food for 30 people with a budget of 30 dollars, which sounds a bit insane in this economy. It is. But besides getting together once a week to share a meal cooked by one or a pair of the group members, they also have a gift circle – you ask for what you need and volunteer to give some resource you have. It sounded simple enough, but we soon realized that cooking a meal for 30 was easier. Rummaging through my mind for something to give wasn’t too difficult. Fresh chicken eggs. Love spells. Fresh roasted coffee. A dip in the hot tub. The asking proved vexing. What, I reasoned, do I need that I don’t already have at my fingertips, between Google, Yelp and my husband? I need more clients and money, but that was a given for everyone in the circle. A new phone, my car fixed…Clearly I have needs, but voicing them to a group of people put me in an disarmingly uncomfortable position. Invite people and their need-filled complications in my life? I may need some things, but maybe it was easier to be alone. Read more