Last year you may remember a series of posts I wrote about the myth of Inanna, called Descent Into Love’s Darkness. That was about the Venus retrograde period happening at the time, using the story of Inanna and her descent into the underworld as a metaphor for the conscious vulnerability that real love requires of us.
Venus has a full yearly cycle, which begins and ends when it conjuncts the Sun. Today is the alpha and omega of that cycle. Today, last year’s relationship journey ends and this year’s begins. Venus will proceed direct (i.e. forward) until October 8, when it will move retrograde (i.e. backwards) again for six weeks, sending us all on another deep journey into the heart of relationship. At that time I’ll write a post on another myth about love’s darkness, that of Eros and Psyche. This is one of my all-time favorite myths. I’m looking forward to it already and hope you are too.
In the meanwhile, one relationship journey has ended; another begins. This does not mean relationships have to end. Quite the contrary—now is a time of fresh starts and there is a sense of newness, a scent of spring about it. The testing time is long past. Love has been reborn. Now is a great time to fall in love with those you care about, all over again.