The Astrology

Venus is at the heart of the Sun today, which means that both Venus and the Sun are at 21 degrees in Leo. The Sun is symbolic of the impulse toward autonomy and the will to create. Venus is symbolic of the desire to be and have beauty, harmony, happiness, and love, and to attract those things and things like them into your life. Venus is the power of attraction.


Today, I’m sharing a personal experience that I believe is a perfect manifestation and expression of the Sun-Venus transit in Leo. The timing of the experience I’ll share is perfect for me because when I was born, Venus was at 22 degrees in Leo. From an astrological point of view, the current transit of the Sun and Venus is activating a sensitive point–Venus–in my birth chart and by extension, in my life. I got clarity about autonomy and creativity.

Some times I question my reasons for doing the things I do, because I’d have a lot more free time and more money if I spent less time and money doing the things I do. Yard work and tending to flower gardens, for example, are taking up more of my time, energy, and dollars this summer than they have in a long while. In addition, I read and write about astrology, and I do oil painting. Painting and tending to flower gardens and green spaces are very Venusian activities. I know that part of the reason I do what I do is that I’m motivated by the desire to share what I see and do and love with others (all qualities of Venus by the way).

I’ve been in one of my “Why am I doing what I’m doing” moods this week and thinking about what I do more as work and less about it being creative. Work makes me tired and less inclined to be creative. That’s kind of where my mind was yesterday. So I took an afternoon nap. (I LOVE naps.)

And then in that brief moment between being asleep and being awake, I had a single thought. If I’d been dreaming, I would have seen images. But in that teeny, tiny gap that occurs before sleep gives way to awareness, I heard: Every creation takes you closer to who you are.

I didn’t think that thought, because I was still asleep. I received that thought in response to my need to better understand WHY I want to do what I do. It was an “ah-ha” kind of thought. The reason I (everyone) creates is because that’s how I can see and realize who I am. What if, I thought, instead of thinking about what I do/create as work and a way to earn money, I think about each thing I create as another stepping stone that brings me closer to fuller realizion of myself?

Don’t get me wrong. Money is really nice thing to have (and it’s also a Venusian thing).

Well, now, that’s a very different reason to create, and that’s not how our society tends to view creativity. We have a stong tendency to direct a significant amount of time and energy toward earning or making money in order to buy what we want and need. Period. Nearly everything is reduced to its dollar equivalent. “How much will it cost? How much can I get paid per hour or per piece to do what I do?” are questions we ask about nearly everything we do. Being “creative” is limited to specific times and places or shunned altogether in favor of getting to the real work. It’s tiring! It’s often boring and not fun. 

From this new perspective, I see everything, whether it’s a preparing a meal, tending a garden, painting a painting, making a gizmo, writing a story, creating and birthing a child, attracting and building a relationship, a career or vocation—EVERYTHING is an act of creation that has the potential to bring us closer to realizing ourselves. What better reason is there for spending precious time doing what you and I do?

Have you been thinking and feeling life is short and adulting isn’t what you thought it would be when you were younger and dreaming your future? This Sun-Venus transit is activating something in you too.

Today’s Haiku

Not a flytrap. Venus
Draws what nourishes the heart
and will feed the soul.


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