This essay is written by frequent guest contributor to About.com, Eileen Grimes, a Seattle astrologer and author of Titanic Astrology.
As Venus moves towards direct motion (April 17), it has been an interesting several weeks of observation. Its been a powerful retrograde; I had mentioned previously in my first thoughts on the topic, that my own mother had Venus retrograde in Aries. I have found myself over the last few weeks, revisiting memories of her, and her Venusian gifts. Given that the Venus retrograde stationed just about on my Mercury, it was a time of mental connections - connecting the past to the present.
If we were to look at this globally, perhaps we used this dynamic energy for looking past the fears we might have about having enough - certainly the outer world has been skirting around the fear of the loss of that. This has been about inner satisfaction, without concern if those around us support us doing that. Yes, Venus in Aries can be the "I want what I want, WHEN I want it" - but this was more than just having needs met - this was saying "I want what I want, when I want it - as long I am the source of it."
And in that regard, this Venus retrograde gave us a new role model: Susan Boyle, from Scotland, who is now taking the world by storm with her performance on the British TV's equivalent of "American Idol." It is truly amazing to see a phenomena birth itself, right as Venus goes direct. I was observing the overwhelming response to her performance on this show, via the internet, where literally there's been a massive groundswell of ecstatic support for her.
And why? Mostly its because of her amazing vocal talent, but this is happening during this phase of Venus stationing - and unless you've had your head under a rock for the last few days - you've seen someone take the world by storm who is probably considered, by most eyes, to be plain and not very attractive.
At first glance....
This message, as one of the judges said, was a wake up call. Our belief systems have conditioned most of us to put together physical beauty and musical/artistic talent. In this case, one was present, but the other was more difficult to see. I sat and watched this video, and realized I had to somehow get over the fact that the voice and the physical body didn't match - in the eyes of the past. When viewing this from the soul's beauty reflecting in the outer presentation - this was a match, all the way. Divinity has no established physical presentation - it just IS. What we get to do is redefine our notion of what is attractive, and we can thank Susan and Venus retrograde for this lesson.
Oh, and I might add - Susan has Venus retrograde in Aries in her own chart.
Just like my mom. I am sure my mother was speaking to me, through her. What a gift from the universe...