Are you struggling to navigate this Venus retrograde? The six-week slowdown can be a turbulent time for ALL relationships — even the most important relationship with yourself.
The sultry Babylonian goddess Ishtar, who happens to be the very first incarnation of Venus, can relate. She, too, experienced a Venus retrograde of sorts.
It all began with her decision to visit the dark realm of her sister, Ereshkigal, Queen of the Underworld.
Dressed in sexy satin and adorned with bright flashes of lapis lazuli, Ishtar is certainly not dressed for the trenches. “Why is she dressed so lovely?” the creepy crawlies whisper, as the goddess gracefully descends into the darkness.
Word travels fast through the shadowy tunnels. And eventually, the Queen of the Underworld hears that her sister is dressed to the nines. “My sister must be here to conquer my realm!” Ereshkigal concludes.
And so, the evil sister crafts a plan to literally strip Ishtar of her power. As Ishtar descends through the Underworld, she must remove an item of clothing or an accessory at each of the seven gates.
At the first gate, Ishtar removes her crown, and with it her sovereignty. At the next gate, she takes off her lapis necklace. In a hypnotic oriental dance, she continues to remove a royal accessory at each gate. And at the seventh gate, she removes her robe.
Stripped of her power, Ishtar stands naked before Ereshkigal. After one quick judgment, the evil queen kills Ishtar, and hangs her on a hook like a piece of meat.
Mother Earth mourns Ishtar’s violent death.
Since Ishtar has gone down to the Land of No Return,– From The Descent of Ishtar to the Underworld
Thee bull springs not upon the cow, the ass impregnates not the jenny,
In the street the man impregnates not the maiden.
The man lies down in his own chamber,
The maiden lies down on her side.
For three days and nights, Ishtar hangs, as the earth dries up like a barren womb. But then something miraculous happens…
The god of wisdom, Enki, creates two creatures to rescue her. And Ishtar miraculously returns to the land of the living.
Upon her return, Ishtar is more radiant and powerful than ever. In this new phase of her life, she shimmers with the full spectrum of womanhood from an affectionate nurturer and an independent partner to a wise woman in all matters of the heart.
Your Journey to the Underworld
Every 18 months, we all experience a similar journey during Venus retrograde. When the planet Venus dips below the horizon, you, too, descend into the Underworld (aka the subconscious or unconscious mind). Without all of the emotional armor, you stand naked in front of a magical mirror.
And as you gaze into the mirror, you see any dormant desires and flaws in the love department. Without the rose-colored filters, you may feel disillusioned or dissatisfied in your relationships. But, fear not. Like Ishtar, you, too, will emerge from Venus retrograde a more beautiful and mature version of yourself. And ultimately, this sacred pause leads to more fulfilling relationships.
Of course, even with Venus’s cosmic push, you still need to really listen to your heart’s desires. This Venus retrograde perfume DIY, inspired by the Goddess Ishtar, opens the heart to rekindle any hidden desires. May it bring more harmony to your relationships.
What You Need
- Damiana essential oil (4 drops)
- Rose absolute essential oil (4 drops)
- Frankincense essential oil (4 drops)
- Saffron threads
- 1 ounce of rosehip seed oil
- Lapis lazuli and/or carnelian gemstone chips
- Dark glass container
- Rose tea
- Tea cup
After cleansing your sacred space and materials, brew yourself a cup of rose tea.
To set the mood, you can also play the 639 Hz on Youtube. This love frequency supports compassion, love and understanding.
Set your intention to rekindle your heart’s desires. As you tap into that tingly feeling at heart center, call in more alignment in your relationships.
To make this perfume oil, add the gemstone chips and a saffron thread to your container, followed by the rosehip seed oil and essential oils. Shake well to combine.
Apply the love potion to your pulse points. And as an added bonus, this blend also makes an amazing anti-aging facial oil!
Venus retrograde is a time for reflection. Grab your favorite journal and pen, and reflect on the following questions:
- Do I feel loved?
- What do I need in a partner and are those needs met?
- What will keep my relationship buzzing along happily ever after?
If you feel called, Venus retrograde is also a beautiful time to make music, art or poetry from the heart. Let your emotions pour out onto the canvas. No one has to see but yourself!
What revelations did you have during the Venus retrograde period? Share in the comments!
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