The planet Venus (love, romance, magick, artistry) is joined with the asteroid Vesta (dedication) in the sign of Gemini (communication, learning). This is a very interesting combination. People with strong placements of both Venus and Vesta tend to have a strong urge to get to the bottom of things when it comes to finding the original source. It can happen earlier in life, but it is more likely later down the path.
I’ll give you some examples. Take a talented chef with a strong Venus in his chart. As he develops his cooking skills and opens his own restaurants, he becomes more and more interested in getting the original recipes of his favorite dishes. He may even start to grow his own food and search for original seeds to growing his salads. Or the dedicated intendent at the Egyptian museum with a strong Vesta continuously deepening her research trying to find the original meanings of manuscripts.
Now as these two ladies Venus and Vesta are joined together in Gemini, we may all on a collective plane want to dig a little deeper, searching for the original source of things. That might be our family, our tradition, or our personal magick. Reading through old notebooks, grimoires, and books of shadows is a great idea.
We may even, if we are sensitive and open, be able to hear those ancient voices whispering to us across time and space. So this could be really good if you are an investigator, researcher, magickal practitioner, writer, artist or the like. Now of course we would like this information to stream as easily as Netflix, and it can, but it probably won’t. Venus and Vesta are in a challenging square to Neptune in Pisces and could make the information clear one minute and barely understandable the next. The key thing to remember is write it down, bring it down, and sort it out later.
The influence of Venus and Vesta together will be strongest around the 14th to the 16th of May, but will last until around the 25th of May.
Other people have lives too
Now, as some of us will become more nerdy than usual, being even more “professor-like,” it is both good and healthy to remember that life does not revolve around our own personal interests and findings. People can have good lives not knowing anything about the original Vikings or how to grow their own food, or how to summon daemons in the most efficient way, for that matter, right? So remember to take a break, connect to other people, and be a good person to hang around.
Venus in its challenging aspect to Neptune can bring unrealistic expectations. These can be about yourself: perhaps you have done many things during the day, everything from cleaning the house to doing webinars and shopping online to having supportive conversations to colleagues, family, and friends and still, at the end of the day, you feel like you have accomplished nothing important.
A good antidote for this is to make a list of the things you do, so at the end of the day you can see how much that you have accomplished. Remember to put in those more supportive and nurturing aspects as well: a considerate call to someone is as important as a strategic meeting. Stones that can assist in being kind to yourself and others include:
Mangan Calcite: A pink stone that feels like a hug. Soft and strong at the same time. If you don’t have one, you can use rose quartz instead.
Blue Lace Agate: A soft blue stone that helps you to flow with things. Calms the nerves and brings clarity as well. Another pale blue stone can work as well.
You can carry them with you as they are, or put them together in a small pouch and add a pinch of rose leaves and some lavender.
Pale blue and pale pink is a colour combination commonly seen in the auras of pregnant women. In the Aurasoma color system it is called the “star child rescue” and the colors of pale pink and pale blue in combination can work wonders on a tired crown chakra. Right now many healers and energy workers are channelling healing energy both day and night and the presence of spirits is intense in all worlds. The light pink and the light blue can bring soft, comforting healing on many levels, bringing down the message that we are all doing our best in the moment, and that the healer also needs to be healed and nourished.
The unrealistic expectations can also be directed towards others. If you become upset with someone or something, it can be a good idea to check-in with yourself, making sure it is not your own unrealistic expectations they have disappointed.
Venus begins to go into retrograde around the 13th of May and the square to Neptune will be the strongest around the 20th of May. In the beginning of June, Venus and Neptune will be far away from each other and it’s not until around the 25th of June that Venus goes direct again.
Allowing things to sink in
Mercury (communication, learning, friends) has entered the sign of Taurus, the first of the earth signs. Usually this is not seen as the best placement for Mercury, as it makes communication and processing of information a bit slow. Right now, however, it could be a good thing. Taurus can help us to digest things before we act upon them. Allow information to sink in before rushing into action. This could help the countries that are starting to open up again after corvid-19 isolation measures to take it slow, one step at a time. Taking your time is not always a bad thing.
On the other hand, Mercury in Taurus can mean energy and processes linger in our physical bodies and in the nervous system. So if you are doing readings or holding classes online, you may have to do longer clearings and more grounding afterwards than you usually do. Take your time and make sure everything that does not belong to you or is not helpful is leaving your system. Mercury will be traveling in the sign of Taurus until around the 28th of May.
I wish you a great welcoming of Spring, even if your Beltane celebrations have been different this year. Personally, I imagine many small lights being lit in homes everywhere, welcoming in spring, love, and laughter. Lights building bridges of love and hope between and all around the different worlds of humans and Spirits alike.
Karin Spirit Talker Turtle Red
Karin Ugander (Spirit Talker Turtle Red) is a spiritual channeler living in the south of Sweden. In Scandinavia she is known for the AstroNumerology and psychic readings she’s been doing for over 20 years. Together with her husband Niklas, she runs KaniSkolan, a school of astrology, numerology, tarot, StarCode Healing, and natural medicine. They are also the founders of Alven Inner Ring tradition, a Scandinavian mystery school with roots in shamanism and magick. Karin loves to create magickal oils, flower essences and sigils she combines in her “Karin Victoria” sigil candles and flower sprays. In her spare time she likes to travel, walk in the forest with her dog, and spend time by the ocean. Karin is a high priestess and graduate of the Temple of Witchcraft’s seminary program.
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