Venus Retrograde, Inanna's Descent, and the Healing that Comes of Witnessing the Shadow
When we witness our pain, sorrow, grief, anger, and shame, rather than dismiss it, something magical happens....
This is some of the wisdom in the Sumerian myth of Inanna's Descent, the myth that is linked to Venus retrograde.
Inanna is the predecessor of the Roman Venus. The Sumerians saw her retrograde journey every eighteen months, in which she began as an evening star and appeared to move backwards, then disappeared beneath the rays of the sun to reemerge as a morning star, as her journey to the underworld to meet her shadow self, her sister Erishkigal, Queen of the Underworld.
Venus has recently completed one such retrograde journey, in Gemini, from May 13th to June 25th. On August 7th, Venus finally entered Cancer after being in Gemini for an extra long stay. With Venus out of the retrograde shadow and also out of Gemini, we now have a chance to integrate whatever has been brought to light.
Venus' recent retrograde in Gemini also ties in to Mercury's recent retrograde in Cancer, as Mercury is the ruler of Gemini.
These two transits intertwined are helping us weave a new tapestry of belief around ourselves, our value of ourselves, and thus how that new version of ourselves weaves into the larger tapestry of our world and the universe. Mercury brought the mind's attention to the subconscious and how experiences from the past create instinctive emotional reactions and then influence how we communicate and express, and Venus went deep diving into our self-value and how our belief systems gets structured around that, whatever it is.
When we become aware of our shadow, when we gain that consciousness, we cannot just un-know what we now know. We are pulled forward, pulled down into our own underworlds somehow. Even if we have made a conscious choice to face our shadow, we somehow were never counting on that shadow, not in that way. And we get tempted farther and farther down, while thinking we have everything under control, and suddenly, when its too late, we realize we have reached the point of no return.
We know Erishkigal's overwhelming pain and suffering, the pain and suffering of the shadow that never ceases. The pain and suffering of being locked away, unheard, labeled unacceptable.
When we journey to meet our shadows, whether by choice or not, others often do not understand our journey. More than that, our journey to our own underworld brings up fear and discomfort in them, as in acknowledging our plight, they must acknowledge their own.
Enki, God of Wisdom, has instructed these creatures carrying to Inanna the new beliefs for new life, to witness the shadow - to bear witness to Erishkigal's cries by repeating them back to her. How does it feel, when our shadow is not dismissed, not locked away, but actually heard? How fast does our overwhelming pain and suffering subside? Even if we are not understood. Just being heard interrupts our negative feedback loop and gives a way out.
Witnessing is the first step to take with ourselves or another after experiencing trauma. Trauma, when dismissed and minimized, quickly begins morphing into all sorts of dis-ease, such as depression, anxiety, and worse.
Inanna went to meet her shadow, but she never paused to witness it. And she ended up on meet hooks.
Enki new the wisdom in witnessing, and the healing it would bring.
Sometimes in the turmoil of our own transformation, we end up initiating someone close to us, someone, who, like Dumuzi, seems uncaring, but in truth, is most likely in denial out of fear.
After her demons are satisfied and Dumuzi is carried off to the underworld, Inanna, realizes her true, unconditional love for her consort. And because she has met her shadow and because she has been reborn to a new consciousness, whole unto herself, she has become ruler of both light and dark, because her shadow is now on-side. Inanna has the power now to work a deal with the underworld, and to ease Dumuzi's fate, as his sister also loves him greatly, and agrees to take his place in the underworld for half of each year while he is with Inanna.
Yet another is initiated to the underworld, this time willingly, out of love for her brother.
In the end, the myth of Inanna's Descent tells us that to be in our true, full power, and to be in true relationship with others, we will eventually have to meet our own shadows and the shadows of our loved ones, and that meeting our shadows with kindness and compassion, bearing witness to the fear and pain we all suffer is the healing that we all need to reclaim the thrones of our hearts and become rulers of both the light and dark of our realms.
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