Reclining Goddess – Kalani Retreat Center – Hawaii (c) 2014 Jodi Lilly
This is not a ‘one size fits all’ world. Human beings are wired to be unique. The better we know ourselves, the more we realize that what works for others does not and will not ever work for us. You are here to express something specific by way of your Presence and Creative Self Expression. All the wisdom tools in the world are no replacement for self awareness and conscious interaction with your environment.
As the famous quote from Goethe says, As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. Trust is an inside job. It develops over time and comes from life experience and awareness. The better we know ourselves, the more easily we can find our way.
I was rewriting the About page of this site, today, again… Why is it so difficult to say what I do in my work with clients? Maybe because each session truly is unique. I show up never really knowing what we will be covering or where it will take us. I have learned to do this over many years. I used to have a pretty heavy and specific agenda for how a reading was supposed to look and sound. People are more complicated than that, though. Some need a lot of information. Some just need to be seen and heard. Others are undergoing a challenging life transition and are looking for tools to help them get through it.
When I show up with my heart open and willing to assist in the way that is of greatest service to the client, amazing things can happen. We have space in which to explore the most valuable direction to go in our time together. Breakthroughs occur; sometimes breakdowns happen, that open the emotional floodgates to reveal answers they could not see before.
I have had some excellent readings in my time, from gifted psychics and healers. The ones that served me best went at the speed and intensity I was ready for and offered information I could use. It took me a long time to get to the point where I had the experience and information I needed, to trust myself. And it was well worth everything it took to get here.
Developing a relationship with the inner self opens the doors to a much richer and rewarding life. Trust begins to occur, organically, once we establish that connection.
Speaking of the Goddess, Venus entered the forty-day retrograde phase of her cycle last weekend. Venus has been in Aries since early February, stirring passion, possibility and the spirit of pioneering in the hearts and souls of men and women everywhere. Venus in Aries is a busy Goddess; bold, instinctive and impulsive in nature. She is inspires leadership, prompts acting directly from the heart, sparks spurts of self-promotion and fans the flames of a desire for something new and different.
Since Venus is the ruler of love, money and values, once she goes into retreat, it is natural to reconsider these very things and see them in a new, and sometimes alarming, light. Planets are said to “go retrograde” when they get to be a certain distance from the Sun, the difference being unique to each planet. As Venus now travels back through Aries to meet up with the Sun, the principle of conscious awareness, we may find ourselves experiencing a change of heart about what we have been doing and taking a fresh look at our relationship with self , since Aries is the sign of the individual. The challenges in our relationships with others always reflect some unresolved matter within one’s own heart. Venus retrograde offers an opening to see our heart in a new and compassionate light. During Venus retrograde periods we have an opportunity to realize that some of the things we have done on impulse in the past look much different from where we stand today.
Some questions to ask might be:
- What really matters to me now? ~For many people the answer is different than it was just a short time ago.
- What can I happily live without? ~Honestly, this one is very liberating.
- What changes can I make that will enrich my life? ~Even one little positive change opens you to new possibilities.
- What happened to my passion? or Why am I not doing those things I know ignite my passion? ~The answers to these questions might surprise you.
The Goddess of Love has much to show us right now about who we are and our intrinsic value to the world. As Goethe said, “Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” There is so much more to say on this topic but I will leave it at this for now.
Venus will resume forward motion on April 17th.