Venus Transit and Recall Elections

A beautiful, wild and windy day here in the Cazadero Hills—the day of the Venus Transit when Venus passes directly in front of the sun, a sort of Venusian solar eclipse.  It’s an alignment that happened eight years ago—and not again for another century or more.  Coupled with a lunar eclipse last night.  I’m not much of an astrologer, but those who are say this is a potent moment for calling in the energies of harmony, nurturing and love, the return of the Goddess.

Goddess knows, we need those energies!  For today is the day of many state primaries, and the kickoff of the summer election season.

Whatever your politics, whether you vote or don’t vote, whether you register Democrat or Republican, Green or Libertarian, you are about to be subjected to a barrage of negativity that will go on for months and months, fueled by the deep pockets of billionaires who are now free to spend as much as they want to buy elections.  The Republicans alone have a war chest of a billion dollars!  Think how many mortgages in trouble that money could save, or how many students could get a free college education!  Instead, it will be spent to blanket the country with a miasma of negativity, and the Democrats will be scrambling to do their own counterattacks.  Energetically, we can prepare to live under a kind of gray miasma, a kind of psychic smog.  Yuck!

There are some things we can do about this in the practical realms—ranging from contributing money to good causes to getting out in the streets and staying there, as the students and workers in Quebec have been doing for weeks.  A good, loud casserole—that means banging pots and pans each night as a political protest—might help drive away some evil spirits.

But I want to talk about what we can do energetically.  If you are an ultra-rational sort who doesn’t believe in the woo-woo stuff, here’s where you can stop reading and go do something productive with your day.  But I will say this—whether or not you believe this can influence the larger world, this kind of magic will help shift your own energy.  If you find yourself spinning off into cycles of fear—anquish—despair—fear, this will help!   And if you have more positive energies of your own available, you will be more effective at all the practical things you do.

So if you’re with me, let’s work on shifting the energy around all this.  Why should we quietly lie down and suffer under the toxic thought-blanket the political fabricators are laying over us?  What would happen if a whole lot of us used our intention and focused imaginations to shift the energies?  And why not use some of the energy of this Venus transit—energies which will continue to flood in over the next weeks.

So here’s the idea—a simple meditation you can do alone or in groups, when you have a spare moment or when you find yourself spinning off into those vortexes of impotent rage, stop and do this:

Visualize drains for all the negativity, the fear-mongering and the lies.  Like little spinning whirlwinds, spinning counterclockwise, dust devils sweeping up the miasma of the psychic smog, spindles gathering the toxic wool and spinning it down back to earth, down to the fiery magma below us to transform back into pure energy.

Then visualize a clockwise spiral, a rising vortex of compassion, love and hope.  You could imagine spinning it around some symbol of justice and freedom—personally, I find the Statue of Liberty to be a potent Goddess symbol.

Release that energy, and ground.  Touch the ground, absorb some good, healing energies from the earth, and draw in what you need for your own work and well-being.

Today, June 5, I and Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary invite our allies to focus on Wisconsin, using the Goddess atop the State Capitol as a beacon to rouse the forces of truth and justice.  For today is vote on the recall of Scott Walker, the union-busting governor who was the focus of protests and a sit-in in the Capitol in January of 2011, at the same time as the Arab Spring.  Republicans are spending millions to defend him.  Democrats—not so much.  But this election isn’t just about Democrats and Republicans, it’s a test of whether or not massive amounts of money can determine who gets into office or who stays.  Generally the answer to that is ‘yes’—whoever spends the most wins the race.  Money is one form of energy, and most of us don’t have a lot of it.  But we have other forms of energy—let’s see what we can do!

Wisconsin State Capitol buidling with the Goddess on top!

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  1. Posted June 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    wanted to thank you for this great read!! i am definitely enjoying every little bit of it i have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

  2. Posted June 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    “We give thanks for unseen blessings already on the way…”
    Singing it!

  3. Posted June 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Chants: “What serves Life will Stand. What does not will fall.”

  4. FeistyAmazon
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Starhawk for this bit of sanity! I NEED this information and will print this out so I can do just the ritual you speak of. There have been some drastic changes in my life at present, literally around this psychic openness, and swirling energies started by a medical incident that happened to me on May 24th. I also worked the Election yesterday, and we had a very, very slow turnout, which is always disappointing, though alot of vote by mail voters dropped off their ballots. Because I had to work the election all day, I never got to somewhere where I could see this transit(though I tried thru the pinhole method with two pieces of cardboard and sun shining thru the pinhole. I didn’t know that Venus would be so tiny, so I got on my phone and looked it up and saw the pictures, Venus is just a small dot across the Sun, not like a solar eclipse at all!

    But yes, I agree, action, ritual, magic are definitely better ingredients for an election year, than the depressing negativity most campaigns are run with these days, with really very little suggestion of how to get out of this mess and go in a more positive affirming direction. Interestingly enough, one woman did come to the polls with her pentacle, and I commented, “I like your pentacle!” And she said “So I see you know the symbol!” I told her “I’m a member of the Sisterhood!” So that was very affirming for me!
    -In Sisterhood,

  5. Al Moonlight
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink
  6. Posted June 12, 2012 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this–I’ve been searching for a way to counteract all the spiraling nastiness of this election year–

  7. debbie lea
    Posted June 21, 2012 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Amazing! Thank you for this meditation/visualization ! I will share with my circle – blessed be!

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