by Cayelin K Castell
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be
brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
~ Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love
Note: Marianne Williamson was born in this Venus Overtone as she is turning 64 in 2016. Plus, Marianne wrote her book A Return To Love in her age 40 Venus Return clearly inspired by this expression of the Divine Feminine as indicated in the above quote. To find out more about other Women Leaders born in this Venus Cycle and their accomplishments during their Venus returns be sure to check out this Article by Tami Brunk.
The Venus Cycle as experienced from here on Earth and the mythic stories connected to this cycle, especially the story of Inanna/Ishtar have encoded with them the keys to personal and planetary ascension. This is because Venus is a mirror for the Earth and also the sister planet to Earth. Find out why HERE.
The current Venus Cycle began with Venus Rising as Morning star on August 22, 2015 and lasts until March 31, 2017. This 584 day Synodic cycle (about 19 months) is taking place in the archetypal realm of Leo exploring the mysteries of sovereignty as it relates to healthy self-love.
According to Webster’s Dictionary the root word of Sovereignty comes from Old French “soverain” – sovereign, lord, ruler, superior, master, highest, supreme, chief. An older more obsolete definition is “supreme excellence or an example of it.”
Other definitions have to do with freedom from external control – autonomy. It is also thought to have origins in the Latin word superanus and Spanish soberano meaning super or the Italian sovrano meaning excellence, superiority, remedies or medicines that are potent in a high degree.
Derivatives of Latin super include, SOPRANO, SOUBRETTE, SOVEREIGN, dozens of SUPER- words including SUPERNAL, SUPRA (a prefix meaning “above, over” (supraorbital) or “beyond the limits of, outside of”), SUPERNATURAL, SUPREMACY, SUPREME, SUPREMO.
Interestingly, sovereign is also the name for a gold coin that later became the English pound.
Sovereignty is related to having the right of governance, whether it is through the divine right of kings or being autonomous in governing personal self, a country, state or territory. There are esoteric and spiritual teachings that suggest we all have a right to personal sovereignty as the divine right of every individual.
Why the Opening Quote is a Summary of Leo
The opening quote from Marianne Williamson’s book A Return To Love beautifully sums up the essence of Healthy Leo, reminding us we each have a divine right to shine our light – making manifest the glory of the divine that is within us. Over the next year and a half we will collectively have an opportunity to discover everything within ourselves that is NOT aligned with this intent for the purpose of transforming it.
This transformational process is about reclaiming our sovereignty by returning to love – fully and freely shining the divine light of who we are. From Leo’s perspective this is its own reward, though it does have the added benefit of inspiring others, giving them permission to love who they are as well. This has the effect of increasing the love light shining in each individual and in turn exponentially increases the love light shining in our world.
It is important to consider that from the Leo archetypal perspective shining the light of the divine self is not about being in service to others as the primary motivation for living from self-love and personal sovereignty. It may appear to have that effect; however that is the result of how light shines wherever it is. The light of the Sun doesn’t shine on just a few. It shines on everyone. When our personal light is shining it is also shining on everyone and when this vibrant, healthy, radiant love light shines it uplifts everyone around us.
Leo is an Expression of The Solar Feminine
This is the gift of Venus in Leo as the Solar Feminine Goddess whose awareness of her divinity and the light she naturally brings allows her to love herself in genuine healthy ways. Not to rule over others, or to be better than everyone else, but rather to simply be the shining light of radiant self-love that has the added benefit of inspiring others to experience their own radiance and glory.
How To Make the Most of this Venus Journey
The Venus journey as described by the mythic telling of Inanna, begins with her descent into the underworld to face her fears and all the ways she does NOT love herself. It is a powerful initiation of death and rebirth, dying to who she believes herself to be so she can be reborn to who she truly is. This requires her to release all the ways she does not truly love herself and all the ways she has forgotten how to shine the light of her divine essence.
This is a journey of surrender and trust in the process that facilitates the opportunity to rise again – so that the sacred feminine can again ascend into her rightful place as Radiant and Shining Divine Sovereign Queen
For Men this journey connects to the divine feminine essence within seeking greater awareness and connection with you.
For women this journey is about reclaiming this powerful expression of the Divine Solar Feminine that has been far too long suppressed or repressed.
For both men and women this is the time to return to the power of love to heal, inspire and transform.
Some questions that may be helpful to help facilitate the intent of this time over the next few months are:
What would it take for me to truly, whole-heartedly love myself on every level of my life?
What would it take for me to remember, know and live my divinity?
What would it take for me to live and express healthy radical, radiant self-love?
How do I open my heart to the expressions of pure love within me?
How do I consciously co-create fully living in, and enjoying, the next Golden Age?
How do I manifest these divine light codes in my everyday reality so that I am showing up and acting in ways that are most beneficial and supportive to me and all life?
As we live into the answers we raise our personal and collective frequencies to support our expanding awareness and conscious expression of our true divine nature. Again it helps to remember that all of the beliefs and patterns not in alignment with this intent will come up for clearing and transformation.
During the clearing process it can feel challenging to note any progress around increasing healthy self-love. It may help to remember to continually surrender to what is unfolding, and to trust your inner guidance. Act as if you love yourself no matter what, by taking care of you in loving ways. This includes healthy eating, exercise, meditation, yoga, spending time in nature, engaging in fun, creative pursuits that inspire your passion, and spending time with people you love who are fun, loving, and creative.
A Favorite Technique for Practicing Self-Love is to make a self-love list, things you love about yourself and to also find out what others love about you. Write them down, keep adding to the list over time and be sure to read the list out loud every day. Here are some ideas to get you started.
What I Love About Myself!
- I love myself for creating a magical life that gets more magical all the time.
- I love remembering to take note of the progress I have made over the years including being more forgiving of myself and others, accepting of myself and others, and understanding of myself and others.
- I love the way I have finally created a wonderful, fun, fulfilling and loving primary relationship.
- I love that I have kind and caring friends who love me and we support each other to be the best we can be.
- I love how my innate nature is to operate from kindness and caring and that I am finally also able to extend that toward myself.
- I love the creative ideas I have all the time and that I take the time to implement many of them in fun and magical ways.
- I love that I can see solutions on how to do things more effectively and efficiently giving me more time to be creative and have fun.
- I love myself for engaging in daily self-care including: Exercise/Yoga/Stretching, Regular Walks and Hikes in Nature, Meditation/Breathing Practices, Shamanic Dreaming/Journeying with Intention, Personal Development, Conscious Healthy Eating, Getting Plenty of Rest, Doing Work I LOVE
What Others Love About Me! (This list was given to me by my beloved husband Peter Klein)
- I love how you shine so brightly with so much Joy and Love
- I love how easy it is to talk with you
- I love how you have endless great ideas
- I love your ability to provide lightening fast responses
- I love how you relentlessly pursue and delight in your work in the world
- I love how you believe in magic and create magical moments with me every day
- I love how you grow younger, more beautiful, and happier each day
Please feel free to use this list to inspire your list or even use these as they are – if they feel true for you, or you want them to feel true for you. When creating these lists you can act as if by writing them down even if you aren’t don’t feel you are quite there YET. Note that YET is the operative word, because when we begin claiming these ways of loving ourselves they are already becoming part of our reality.
If you feel inspired please share what you love about yourself in the comments section below and lets help build our self love lists by inspiring each other!
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