Social Skills: Venus Retrograde 2020

Venus in Taurus will retrograde Spring and Summer 2020 here are the important dates:

  • Venus in Taurus – March 27
  • Venus enters Retrograde Shadow – April 9
  • Venus Stationary Retrograde – May 12
  • Venus Stationary Direct – June 25
  • Venus leaves Retrograde Shadow – July 28
  • Venus in Gemini – July 31
Venus Retrograde 2020: Social Skills

Taurus, Venus’ Earth sign home (Libra is its air sign home) is the sign of CONVENTIONAL CONDUCT—that is the aesthetic and behavioral expectations we encounter based on the social designations of race, class, gender, and sexuality. This applies to both secular cultural expectations as well as those of religious communities. Here is where we are focused during this year’s Venus retrograde.

Venus was last retrograde in Taurus in 2012. That is of significance because the eclipses were in Taurus and Scorpio, just like they are this year, during that Venus Rx.

Scorpio articulates the human AUTONOMOUS INSTINCT—that is the physiological and psychic mechanisms of survival. Together Taurus and Scorpio are survival strategies that teach us how to come into a right relationship with how much of the burden of survival is individual and how much is shared.

Taurus and Scorpio also offer us language to understand why some emotions are easier for us to access and express while others are suppressed or repressed. These two signs certainly have much to teach us about how we manage the emotional reactions of others through our own behavior. Safe versus dangerous are the only two ways of judging people, places, and things as far as Taurus and Scorpio are concerned.

Venus Retrograde Journal & Reflection Questions

Here are some journaling and reflection questions to ask and answer as you move through the 2020 Venus retrograde.

  1. From which communities and people do you seek validation?
  2. What does this validation look like?
  3. How do you change your appearance and behavior in order to be validated and accepted?
  4. How is your understanding of your race, gender identity, class designation, and sexual identity changing based on the current cultural climate?
  5. What role does your race, gender identity, class designation, or sexual identity play in the kind of validation you seek?
  6. What are the consequences of receiving the validation you seek?
  7. What emotions do you find it easiest to express or perform?
  8. What emotions do you struggle to feel, access, or express?
  9. Where can you find roots of these struggles and proclivities in your past or upbringing?
  10. How are you coming to terms with the reality of your emotional identity and its impact on your relationships?
  11. What are, or have been in the past,  the personal and relational consequences of emotional presence and authenticity (expressing or performing your emotional reactions as soon as they arise)?
  12. What are, or have been in the past, the personal and relational consequences of performative emotional behaviors (expressing feelings that are meant to illicit a particular response or disarm others)?

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Tarot for the New Moon – February 23, 2020

This is a tarot divination for the New Moon in Aquarius which occurs Sunday February 23, 2020.

The New Moon in Aquarius answers to the newly minted Saturn in Capricorn. Saturn entered Capricorn on January 23, 2020 for the first time since 1993. It will remain there until January 2023.

Aquarius and Capricorn are both Saturn’s signs. Capricorn is the sign of material reality. Aquarius is the sign of conceptual/ideological reality. This New Moon is about the human capacity to disidentify with external authority and power structures for the sake of self-determination and personal sovereignty.

(8 of Pentacles)
Queen of Pentacles
9 of Cups
Fool

Stewardship is the art of recognizing value, honoring worth, and tending to the well-being and sustaining of what you are responsible for. Your belongings, your skills and talents, and your body are all under your stewardship. Your children, your home, and your Self are under your stewardship, too.

Systems of power impose value systems that define for you what you “should” value and where you “should” find worth. Self-determination and personal sovereignty are the realm of Aquarius. At this New Moon in Aquarius, taking a risk looks like abandoning the familiarity of those imposed value systems.

When we align our identities with authority figures we sacrifice personal sovereignty for the illusion of wielding power over others. You know when you leave a group of kids, they fight for dominance so that one or few move into the seat of power left by the absent adult. Proximity to power and identifying with authority figures feels like a legitimate way to claim agency, except that it requires you to suppress your organic perceptions and intuitive judgments of yourself and your world. You end up valuing what your oppressor values, and you articulate your worth in the language and framework of your oppressor.

The FOOL is a disruptor. They disrupt by abandoning a given path, taking a risk to change, and going with the flow rather than towards predetermined expectations. The FOOL divests from the need to get results from past efforts rooted. They have the courage to walk away without perceiving as a loss.

The FOOL provides the opportunity for you to liberate yourself. But it requires you to choose freedom over conforming. That means liberating the Self from performative measurements of worth, those meant to accrue social currency.

  • How are you conceiving of a world and a self that doesn’t replicate oppressive power structures, that don’t require you to define yourself in reference to harmful authority figures and leaders, and that neglects the gaze of those who have othered you?
  • How can you liberate yourself from imposed value systems that strip you of the authority to name value and claim worth on your own terms?
  • How are you identifying the ways you’ve sacrificed personal sovereignty in the name of being validated by oppressive power structures and hierarchies?
  • What authority figures have you identified with in your life? (Bosses, parents, teachers, etc)
  • How has using authority as a reference point for your identity defined your values for you? (that might mean seeing yourself as someone’s child, carrier of their name, national identities, religious identities, etc)
  • What do your values look like when you detach from those identities?
  • Where is the cornerstone of your worth when you conceive of yourself in new terms?

Saturn in Capricorn: 2020-2023

It’s that time again, that every 2.5 years moment where the time changes. Saturn, delimiter and determiner of time, leaves Sagittarius for Capricorn January 23, 2020. 

Saturn in Capricorn

January 23, 2020 – April 28, 2022
July 22, 2022 – January 17, 2023

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Saturn in Capricorn. Wood working tools.

From Zealotry to Sobriety…

We are endeavoring upon the final phase of an unprecedented collective conversion experience, after which each of us finds ourselves definitively on one side or the other. This conversion experience has stoked kindling into a full grown raging Fire, consuming individual volition with it’s irresistible agenda for global change. (This phase continues through November 2020 and overlaps with Saturn entering Capricorn.)

Change ensues when one’s stored up life force catapults the Self into the throes of unmitigated action. This change is infectious, and the only immunity is nihilistic apathy. But the human drive for storytelling and god-making is hard to resist. Consequently, you’ve found yourself swept up in a movement, rallying against a common enemy, laying your individuality at the altar of meaning and significance. Relevance is a survival need, too.

Since January 2017, we’ve been caught up in a squall of rapturous zeal. Who has arrived at this moment consumed by ambivalence, and how did you get that way? Have you been disarmed of your agency? Has the Dogma of Identity gotten the best of you? Has it hijacked your will to make this world some iteration of a reflection of who you are?

You come into an awareness that burns away the dross of ignorance and innocence after numinous experiences like those brought about by exponentially self-imposed climate disaster; being stripped of all manner of emotional and physical autonomy; becoming the convenient scapegoat for all of society’s fears; and being subjected to the worst of what a man and his unclaimed shadow inflicts upon all in his sphere of influence.

Zeal rises up in you like a consuming Fire, transforming the context for how you know and understand everything you thought you knew and understood. Who turned the lights on? And can you unsee it? Nope. It’s too late.

Eventually the Fire dies down into something useable. It becomes a source of warmth and heat, unless, of course, it destroyed its fuel source before it had a chance to get put to use. Righteous anger is unsustainable. It self destructs after awhile. In this moment, a new factor comes into focus. It has been in the background, hovering over us as an unspoken fact of living. That factor is time, and it is time that forces us to sober up. It is time that cools the zeal by separating the fired up from the ready to work and already working.

Saturn as time is a compass that articulates place in space. It’s a reference point for here to there. It’s a consensus, an agreed upon method for organizing the limited amount of daylight and physical energy into viable segments. Time is our fundamental shared reality.

Saturn is Death

Death comes in many forms, most viscerally as the absence of conscious awareness—no presence to bear witness to is-ness. Time is how we negotiate with the inevitable death that mortality brings. This inevitability conceives, gestates, and births urgency. Without death, time is unnecessary math, counting for naught,and measuring in vain. Death conjures the ceilings, walls, limits, and conceptions of an incalculable but sure end. It is the ultimate reference point for deciphering meaning and calculating the value of now.

Death is the irrevocable nature of certain change. There is no return to the womb once you are born. There is no return to the innocence of childhood once you reach puberty in adolescence. There is no unknowing what you’ve come into full awareness of. Even if you can’t recall with your mind, your body remembers.

Saturn in Capricorn brings a reckoning with this inability to forget. It brings the imposition of order through systems and processes as a way to make use of your viable segment of time. It demands competent execution for there is no time for failure. Every minute counts, every now is closer to then—then is death.

What Will You Do With What You’ve Been Given?

The Parable of the Talents is a harsh tale of Saturn and the expectations of its transit through Capricorn.

Three workers were given money by their boss who was leaving for a trip. They were given $5, $2, and $1. The one with $5 increased theirs to $10. The one with $2 to $4. The one with $1 hid theirs under the mattress. They were afraid to lose it and to have nothing to show for what they’d been given. At the end they were punished. Good things were withheld from them. That doesn’t in any way seem fair. They had the most to lose even though they were given the least.

The gravity of Saturn’s sobriety shines through in this teaching. We are each allotted a limited number of minutes, hours, days, and years. And we don’t know when our counting of them will be complete. Do we set ourselves in darkness, watching each moment pass, tick-tock-ticking away until we can know exactly how long we’ve been here? What peace comes with knowing for sure?

Or, do we live each successive now with the urgency of an unknown end, taking risks equal to the opportunity each moment brings? The two who used what they were given are akin to the latter. They matched their gift with effort. But the one with so little, so fearful to miscount a moment, came back with just the $1. At least they knew exactly what they had, right?

Knowing is a trap. But it is one we must negotiate with. Surety is not a panacea for fear. Sometimes fear is fuel propelling us towards our ambitions, other times it’s a blazing red flag admonishing us to stop and go no further. Saturn is both, sometimes simultaneously.

Encountering the Constraints of Reality

What comes as a consequence of rightly discerning the limits of your world, your body, and your mind? What consequences befall those who willfully or unintentionally miscalculate where and what the limits are? Saturn has no care whether you hit or miss, just like a concrete barricade doesn’t move just because you tried not to hit it. Maybe you live a bit longer, maybe not.

Prisons are punishment and Saturn transits can mean we find ourselves enclosed in the walls and ceilings of literal and figurative prisons. We can also willfully impose prisons of torture on ourselves when we’re fixed on tangible cues as the final determiner of the limits of what is and what can be. Still, self-discipline is the empowered way to deal with Saturn. It won’t remove the walls, but control feels like putting the walls there yourself rather than having them imposed on you. This is tricky business!

Mastery is a right relationship with control. It is finding the fulcrum point between imposing one’s will and surrendering to what is. Mastery is manipulating tools or a medium to reach a desired end. A master carpenter has accepted that a hammer is for driving nails and a saw is for cutting wood. It is only in this state of surrender that she comes to know how to use those tools to build.

The child laments over why the hammer won’t cut wood. They sing songs of protest against the hammer’s agenda. Yet, a shift in understanding reveals that the hammer is not at fault. The hammer functions how its creator intended. Surrendering to the limits of the hammer means that you can focus on the real problem. Do you have a saw to cut wood? If so, why aren’t you using it? If not, why don’t you have one?

This is the real work before us. Sober assessments of what is puts problems into perspective and solutions within reach. Capricorn has no tolerance for entitlement. Leave that up to Sagittarius, Aries, and Leo. Entitlement is that same zeal that gets you fired up, but can it sustain the work?

Saturn Return in Capricorn

Your Saturn Return begins the very first time Saturn enters the sign of your natal Saturn, Capricorn in this case—January 23, 2020. Your Saturn Return ends the very last time Saturn leaves the sign of your natal Saturn—January 17, 2023.

You may be unsure of the sign Saturn occupies in your birth chart because you are used to your tropical zodiac birth chart, or because your birthday is on one of the dates mentioned in the Saturn Return in Capricorn section below. Use this guide to cast your sidereal birth chart and identify where Saturn is. (You can email me if you need further assistance—Oracle at Dayna Lynn dot com.)

The Saturn opposition correlates to the rite of puberty transitioning the child into adolescence at 13/14 years old. Then, the prefrontal cortex reaches a critical turning point in the journey of cognitive maturation. This part of the brain culminates its maturation with the Saturn return which is the rite of passage into adulthood proper at 29/30 years old.

This physiological process occurs as a consequence of experience, not as a detached process programmed without necessitating human “interference.” This is to say that cognitive maturity is not a monolith and it is not promised just because you reach 30 years old. There could be physiological and developmental barriers. Ultimately, your birth chart articulates the circumstances that shape what maturation looks like for you.

1st Saturn Return

March 20, 1990 – June 20, 1990
December 14, 1990 – March 5, 1993
October 15, 1993- November 9, 1993

The first Saturn return situates you on the edge of proper adulthood. This period is marked by constant thoughts of “I wish someone would just tell me what to do!” We often seek out or find ourselves in the company of Saturn figures who act as guide rails as we encounter complex problems. These problems seem to have heavy and far reaching consequences and we question our capability to meet them.

For the Saturn in Capricorn generation endeavoring upon their first Saturn return, it’s imperative that you look at the world around you and recognize the way this present collective dispensation shapes your personal reality. It’s critical that you widen your focus to include the larger containers that form your experiences of time in general and time specific to this moment.

The 18 months leading up to the beginning of your Saturn return have proven that there is a step that comes before reality is solidified. That step is the cultivating of an intentional why. This demands that you not take at face value the limits you’ve perceived, and understand that the limits of the world are the consequence of another’s conviction, another’s identity. It doesn’t have to be yours.

Read the stories of humans during the time of your birth. The early 90s. You were born at a moment where fear of irrelevance and the inevitable death of an old order caused power structures to secure their future, just like the person who was given $1 in the Parable of the Talents. Then, consolidating political and economic power looked like an expanding globalism that sought to completely erase the identities and cultures of old. Seeing death can mean maximizing the present or encapsulating the present. The former is full of life. The latter quickens death.

So, what will you do, on the cusp of full adulthood? Will you take on this world unquestioned? Or, have you seen something you can’t unsee? Have you seen the forces of will that inflict the dogma of a so called reality? What limits, walls, and ceilings have you taken for granted? Will you become propagator of the status quo? Or, will you seek to master a path towards an adulthood of your own shaping and making?

2nd Saturn Return

February 1, 1961 – September 1961
October 7, 1961 – January 27, 1964

This Saturn in Capricorn generation was born during a major global shift in power dynamics. Reality set in after the late 1950s, and the optimism of having survived a second world war wore off. With no common enemy to defeat, we turned towards our communities to find the next demon to slay. Those were the demons of colonialism, anti-blackness, and misogyny.

Your 1st Saturn return in the early 90s was the first major backlash to defeat old power structures experienced at the hand of powerful social movements. From the 1960s to the 1990s societies went from opting out of old power structures to becoming a part of them. For survival, of course.

Welcome to your 2nd Saturn return. You are transitioning into the Crone, the Wise One. Yet, there is fear of falling into irrelevance and an ineffectual life of forgetting and being forgotten. Remember, relevance is a survival need to. Acknowledging that is a step towards making peace with your present stage of life.

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All of the astrology referenced in this article is exclusively applicable to the sidereal zodiac. Use this guide with instructions on plotting your sidereal chart. Here is a post on how I’ve come to use the sidereal zodiac.

2020 Forecast

You can now download the audio and the PDF of the slides from my 2020 Forecast which was broadcast live December 21, 2019.

2020 Forecast by The People's Oracle

There is a time and a season for all things. 2019 in part and the whole of 2020 is a bridge between eras, much like 1959 and 1960. Then we reached a global moment of critical mass, a tipping point toward liberation from colonial occupation in body. Africa. Asia. Black peoples in the United States of America…But we are now in the throes of an even greater more crucial and consequential work—liberating ourselves from colonial occupation of mind and spirit.

Colonization of mind and spirit, more evil and insidious than physical occupation, is a parasitic infection of our individual and collective perceptions, a usurping of the will, and a co-opting of judgement. It steals your conviction to tell the truth. Instead you tell their stories and their truth. That’s the Dogma of Identity and it’s the last vestiges of the colonial occupation we’ve fought so hard to be free from.

In the story of Exodus, the Israelites longed for Egypt after Moses led them out of bondage there. It was familiar. They knew what and when they would eat and drink, when they’d sleep and when they’d work. As oppressive as it was, still they complained and begged to go back. The devil you know, right? They would have rather died in bondage than to complete the laborious work of liberation.

This is where we find ourselves now. Halfway up the mountain, or through the desert as it was for the Israelites, too far to turn back. Still holding on to the familiarity and comfort of identities we’ve adopted for survival. But having already tasted the nourishing waters of liberation, quenching a thirst we could not fully articulate or comprehend.

Telling the stories of our colonizers is comfortable. The entire human nervous system is wired to retell familiar stories like that because familiarity, quite frankly, is easier than liberation (uncertainty) as far as the human brain is concerned. The story of Exodus offers us this possibility: that liberation is not a singular event, but a moment by moment choice to abandon the familiarity of bondage, and to daily strive towards the unfamiliarity of liberation. It’s dedication and devotion to the work that is freedom, making space for divine intervention by matching our level expectation with equal effort.

Shining the light of awareness on oppressors out in the world only actualizes its full liberating potential when you also expose their emotional and spiritual occupation. Otherwise, you become an evangelist and proselytizer, a wanna be mini autocrat seeking to take the place of the colonizer rather than abolish the colony and the power it claims.

To be clear, I’m talking about nations who colonize, abusers who colonize, designations of gender, race, class and the rest that colonize, and the people who find themselves occupied in mind and spirit long after the trauma, violence, and physical occupation has ended. That is all of is, every single one of us!

Enter 2020 with renewed and reignited conviction, fertile hope, and an eagerness and hunger for liberation. Embrace the power in telling your stories, speaking your language, singing your songs. Be ready to work!

A Tarot Reading for the Full Moon in Aries

This was originally published as a thread on Twitter.

(HERMIT)
WORLD
DEATH
6 of CUPS

The card on the bottom when I cut the deck is the HERMIT.

The HERMIT seeks truth. Truth = that which can be perceived with one’s perception and validated with one’s judgment. Everything else is dogma, and the HERMIT is not about that dogmatic life!

The HERMIT struggles to articulate exactly what they’re looking for. INTENTION can’t be quantified. The PURPOSE that compels them can’t be reduced to words or symbols.
The HERMIT can appear to move about aimlessly. But, they know when they’ve found what they’re looking for because there is a resonance that can’t be mistaken.

📌At this Full Moon what inside of you compels you forward, seeking and searching without words to articulate exactly what you are looking for?
Both the WORLD and DEATH provide images of endings. The WORLD illustrates endings that come due to a cumulative progression. Culminations that are both logical and expected.

DEATH illustrates inevitable and irrevocable endings, those permanent endings that can’t be reversed.

The WORLD and DEATH say to us: Pruning old growth and dead weight that sucks the life out of stems that might still bear fruit means that there is still hope and opportunity. All is not lost.

When an orchid reaches the end of a growth cycle the flowers fall and the stems that held them shrivel and dry up. If you’ve never cultivated an orchid you might think that the plant is dead. And when the orchid is ready to flower again it grows completely new stems. This can happy in a relatively short period of time after the old flowers fell off.

📌What old growth are you expecting to bring new life? What keeps you from cutting it off and letting it go?

The 6 of CUPS is the wildcard here! The 6 of CUPS saying that discernment is key. Someone or something from the past can offer nourishment to the dreams and desires that were left in wanting after the old growth is pruned.

📌How are you discerning between barren hopes and dreams and fruitful visions that still offer hope for fulfillment?

📌What people/ relationships revitalize feelings/ desires that have lain dormant during your time of pruning?

This may be a time of letting go of things working out in the way that you had planned, while time and a shifting season offer new pathways to possibilities that seemed impossible.

Mars, the planet in charge of this Aries Full Moon, is in Libra. This is a time of consideration and seeking consensus, where relationships and community provide context for your ambitions.

📌What possibilities reveal themselves when you release the expectation that solely your will and strength be the means by which something can come to be?

You might be tempted to fall back into old emotional habits rooted in those defensive postures that you have worked so hard to ease yourself out of. But at this time, it feels like contortion to fit yourself into those positions.

Courageously say no to all that is dissonant with your intentions. Embrace this return to innocence. Open your eyes to see where your dreams and desires can grow. Surrender like the falling leaves that know their work is done. Clear space for the thing you seek to come.