How Not to Run from Love during Venus Retrograde!

Every day the planets move through the universe, making strides forward and radiating their “essence”. Every planet has a role to play, for example Mars controls our physical actions and Jupiter oversees expansion. The collective energies of the planets work to keep our lives flowing and in order. And just like us, the planets need a little rejuvenation and reassessment too. That’s where retrograde comes in. Most of us shudder at the word, given it’s bad rap from recent Mercury go-arounds, however retrograde doesn’t have to be a negative occurrence and can actually be momentous to our self healing and growth.

On July 25th Venus, the planet of love and passion, will go retrograde until September 6, 2015. If you’re thinking your love life will be doomed during this time, think again! Venus retrograde is an amazing opportunity to mend our hearts and reconnect us to what we truly desire.

Venus doesn’t retrograde very often (roughly every 20 months), however its absolutely fitting that it falls right after the New Moon in Cancer on July 15th. The moon had signified for many a fresh start. Leaving behind what could no longer be carried into the rest of 2015 and while painful for some, knowing it was for the best. Many people left relationships, experienced loss or sought out recovery to deep addictions. The Venus retrograde (starting off in the practical and grounding sign of Virgo before moving back into Leo July 31st) will aid in allowing us to nurture our hearts and maintain that steady motion ahead.

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How can you best maximize the effects of Venus’s retrograde? Below are my top tips for becoming a galactic all-star throughout this phase!

Plan More Downtime

You may be feeling more sensitive during this transit and as such you want to give yourself the space to move through it, as oppose to overloading your schedule and getting frazzled. Create more time for meditation and go to yoga classes. Treat yourself to a massage or mani/pedi. The vibes are all about self care and it’s important to extend love to the beautiful vessel aka your body, that carries your sweet heart.

Find Out what Makes your Heart Sing!

View Venus Retrograde as a call to action! What is it that truly makes your heart beat faster with joy? How is your life currently aligned with your passions? Venus will move back into the sign of Leo at the end of July, asking you to take inventory of your passion projects. If you find that your life isn’t reflecting all it could, it’s time to bring those hidden talents out from under the rug and brush off the dust! Reconnecting with the hobbies you enjoy will make this retrograde a more enjoyable experience and possibly bring about new opportunities once the transit fades out in September.

Redefine your Standards

Whether in a relationship or single, this is a gorgeous time to take a serious look at your standards when it comes to love. How is love aligned in your life currently? Do you view it as expansive and exciting or is it hopeless and settling? Again, this is a time for what it is that YOU want. What does love look like in your life? Feel like? Sound like? Even taste and smell like? (hey now). Make a list of how love could be expressed more fully in your daily routine and then start implementing those items! When you start radiating out love on a regular basis, you’ll attract it right back! Also take a look at where you’ve been subconsciously singling out new love by staying attached to your independence or fixated on a certain way it’s suppose to go. Remember that love in it’s true essence is a feeling, not an object. When you allow yourself to flow in the stream of love, you’ll get back the feelings you desire first and the form will be an afterthought.

Stay Strong.

Our hearts may be more raw and vulnerable during this time, so we may seek comfort in a past relationship (i.e. respond to that late night ‘I miss you’ text from our ex). This is an opportunity to stand up for yourself and hold steady! Giving in to an old hurt will just extend out more confusion and slow down the healing process. Venus retrograde is like an accelerate to releasing our heart’s pains so remain true and take advantage of it’s extra nurturing vibes. Honor the initial decisions you made and sooner rather than later opportunities that are much more true and satisfying will be presented to you!

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How do you plan to rock out this retrograde? Any fears? Share with me in the comments below! xo

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February is Reason to Party! Full Moon in Leo, Sensual Venus in Pisces & the end of Mercury Retrograde!

Woohoo to February!

We start out the second month of 2015 with a beautiful Venus entry into the sign of Pisces. This is where all of your senses (including your intuitive 6th sense) will be heightened. It’s a time to dream and romanticize your goals. That’s right, bring a more sensuous side to your desires! The Pisces/Venus pairing will allow you to really slip deep into feeling what it is you are ready to manifest. Instead of just saying what you want, FEEL what it is you are in a space to create. Visualize exactly what you want to happen, with the knowing that it is already yours. Strut through the field of your aspirations and with each step, carry the energy of confidence and clarity. BE-COMING is really just your authentic self coming home to what it already know to be true. Let it happen.

The Full Moon on 2/3 at 6:09PM EST is a time to express yourself and let your passions shine out! It is ruled by the sign of Leo, which is in a prosperous transit with Jupiter right now. This means it’s time to go even BIGGER! The Full Moon is a time of completion, so review where you are ready to go next level and then write those items down. Meditate on them with a deep knowing of their ability to transform into something amazing. Then offer them up in prayer and even burn the list as a way to claim that you are ready to ignite. When we burn, we are asking for the universe to help us take our visions higher. This is definitely a time to make your expectations a reality and when you offer up, you are showing your ultimate faith in the universe.

Lastly, Mercury Retrograde will leave us on Feb 11th! For many of you it was a trying time and for others a super productive one. As we enter this final stretch, keep your schedule light and spend more time taking care of you. That doesn’t mean a binge fest of reality TV and ice cream (well maybe a mini one), however more so finding healthy new ways to reinvest in yourself. Try out a new fitness class or spend the day at the spa. Maybe it even means reorganizing your kitchen. When you spend time restoring yourself, you will discover new ways to be more efficient and productive in the long run!

For more juicy tidbits during the first half of February, watch my latest YouTube video. And as always I love your comments too! Let me know your Full Moon ritual or how you rose above to make Mercury Retrograde work for you!