Perhaps the image I chose for this post might seem morbid, and, well, it IS. But I think it is a beautiful illustration of Venus's sacred journey right now, at the horizon line as She is. She is birthing, but only by dying first. Let's talk more about that...
But first I wish to thank everyone again for all of the very thoughtful, profound, and heartfelt messages and comments to my last post. It was a big day, and I got through a dark place--and this time with the help of many souls. I am astounded by the wisdom and love that came forth!!
Just for the record, I wish to clarify. My sister did not die of a suicide. She died of complications due to very serious mental illness, Schizophrenia being central to that. There are so many circumstances that occur when one is sick with these diseases, over a lifetime they can build into something that grows beyond anything any human being can sustain--body and mind. My sister was a strong, smart and sparkly person who was thus overcome. Suicide is not the only danger that mental illness brings--medications, physical trauma, poverty, social isolation, misunderstanding and mistreatment resulting in exposure to danger, inability to take care of ones diet and health...these can all factor in. My sister was loyally and lovingly cared for by her amazing partner, and still it was all too much.
As with the last post, its my hope that this discussion can bring more awareness to the issues surrounding metal illness, and also serve to assure anyone who feels alone that you are NOT. We need to support one another, and resist any urge to (self) stigmatize or isolate. I know that for me personally, aside from the pain that is caused by such illnesses, I have so many questions. About how we might grow in love, support, and understanding as a society, about how to heal, and about the human mind and its amazing and mysterious complexities.
I'm curious about how, in this New Aeon that we are moving into, astrology can play a part in our collective growth. Venus is moving into her most Underwordly aspects of Her journey. Of all the planets, purging and testing Saturn is most visible in the night sky this month---which is unusual, because he usually shines dimmest. But the brighter planets--Jupiter, Mercury, and Venus--which he is still squaring to various degrees--are hiding in the glare of evening or morning twilight throughout this month. This tells me that they are readying for some new developments, the dawning of a new cycle.
Venus especially is about to transform from Her end of cycle Dark self into the brand new Warrior Maiden-- green but ready for action!!! But first She must be hidden away, in a cocoon of sorts, developing into the Goddess renewed. Just because we can't see whats happening doesn't mean its not happening! This is a time to move away from old patterns and ideas, and into new, fresh territory. Especially about love and worth. We are not our experiences, or even our thoughts. We are each much more than that.
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Aepril Schaile, MFA, is Venus ruled; a Taurus with Libra rising; Lilith conjunct ASC. As an adept astrologer, Aepril provides readings which can help solve everyday problems and assist in regaining a sense of alignment with True Will, finding your deeper, uniquely powerful truth. She lives in Salem, MA and spends her days with her beloved canine companion, Gwyddion.