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Serpent Wisdom Rising
Tuesday November 2, 2010
Venus has been conveying the lust for life, in Scorpio, the water sign of merging and intensity. And now, Venus who has been veiled to our eyes, and is about to re-emerge, visible to us in the night sky once again on November 4. It's a portentous --even foreboding -- time, as we're on the verge of her resurrection as the Morning Star.
Jessica Sheppard has notes for each Venus sign, on what's rising for you at astrology.com. She writes, "We may've learned something uncomfortable about our self, and have to take responsibility for our increased self-knowledge- the cost for that self-knowledge may've been high. But there's no turning back from what we know is true, now; our outlook, attitude and the way we interpret our life experiences and our world has been irrevocably changed. We've shed old skin. We've been transformed."
Serendipitously, I picked up the book Paths of Empowerment to a random page last night and hit the Scorpio gold mine. Author Barbara Marciniak says while Libra rules marriage and partnership, sexual energy is associated with the deep transformation of Scorpio and Pluto. She writes, "...sexual energy digs into the psyche to excavate old, unresolved issues. Sexual activity roots out secrets and issues of power, and there may be times when the discoveries appear to be dark and menacing."
These quotes reminds me of Scorpio's serpent wisdom, that sees and moves in these shadowy, almost inter-dimensional realities. It's our lovers, past and present, that (hopefully) hold those secrets from times when our soul laid bare. But with so much Scorpio/Pluto energy present, and humanity at a crossroads, we're seeing more of it rise and become visible.
For the Mayans, Venus was Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent, and this was a time of great shifts of power, and/or natural disasters. It's intense timing, considering the foreboding many feel about the weeks ahead. It's a fascinating parallel to look at personal shadows, and how they either feed or ease the collective ones. Sexual energy is potent, and a drive that's often used against people, or to hold masses in thrall.
Marciniak writes, "Sexual energy is sacred because it embodies the power of creation, and within your body, it is the most powerful source of energy you have to master." So it's a powerful time to summon emotional courage, strengthen your boundaries around your sacred site (your genitals), and grow confident in your ability to see in the dark. The serpent is not evil -- in countless traditions, it's a symbol of knowledge. And as Jessica says, once you know, you can't go back.