May 31st - June 6th, 2012
CHIRON AND THE HEALING JOURNEY
During this special event, Melanie Reinhart introduced the key symbolism of Chiron and the Centaurs as significators of the healing process which accompanies our spiritual awakening. Material from mythology and astronomy were used to illustrate, and there was also be an exploration of Chiron in Pisces, and the themes it reflects in the anima mundi, or the spirit of the times we are living through. The process of the Chiron return was also be discussed, and there was an opportunity for participants to connect with their own charts and healing process. Guided meditative processes were included as appropriate.
VENUS AND THE JOURNEY OF LOVE
A two-day workshop on the cycle of Venus. On June 5th 2012, the 2nd transit of Venus across the Sun occured. The previous one was in June 2004, and the next one will not happen until 2117. Many other exquisite features of the Venus cycle were introduced, and Melanie guided us in an attunement to the actual event, which was preceded by a Lunar Eclipse on June 4th.
The retrograde passages of Venus occur approximately every 18 months, and participants learnwd how to attune to these times in a beneficial and inspiring way. They are times which render more accessible than usual the inner depths of the soul, and which present opportunities for deep soul healing, especially in the field of relationships.
On June 5th, 2012, there was a rare transit of Venus in front of the Sun. These events occur in pairs, eight years apart, averaging once in 110 years, and the last one was in 2004. All significant points on the Venus cycle open a window to her themes: value and values, unconditional love, platonic love, merging love, loss and separation in love, erotic passion, obsession and aversion, friendship, love of the True Self, parental love, love of the Divine.
There is an ancient tradition that when Aphrodite (‘The Foam-Born’) arose from the birth-sea after the overthrowing of Uranus, she was borne aloft by creatures called ichthyocentaurs, or fish-centaurs. The sign of Pisces, the two fish, is the exaltation of Venus, and Chiron the Centaur is there now, with Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, offering a stunning mythologem for this Transit. Uranus is now in Aries, and the current turbulence of Gaia (his wife) in the Earth and the Seas, perhaps symbolises this birthing in the anima mundi. In addition, Venus is in Gemini for the Transit, her sign of esoteric rulership, or ‘awakening’.
In these workshops we explored the rich thematic connections between the themes of Venus and the Centaurs, including Chiron, in addressing the suffering of wounds to the heart. The material included visual and verbal input from Melanie concerning the symbolism of their astronomy, mythology and astrology, with time for meditative personal work, group discussion and processing. The specific material in the schedule below was used as a structure around which the Chiron-Venus theme was woven.
On June 4th, there was a Lunar Eclipse at 6.02 am local time, and we celebrated this event, as well as the Venus transit (June 5th at 20.08 local time) with optional guided group meditations, as detailed below.
Daily Programme: Chiron
Friday June 1st – CHIRON: PROCESS AND MEANING
The astronomy, mythology and meaning of the process of Chiron, as key significator of the process of healing and awakening in the soul. How to approach it in your horoscope. The nature of ‘Chiron healing’. Special focus on Chiron in Pisces as the zeitgeist.
Saturday June 2nd – THE CENTAURS: PHOLUS AND NESSUS
Two more Centaurs are considered in a similar way, with reference to both natal and current zodiac positions.
Sunday June 3rd – ANCESTRAL HEALING
Continuing and integrating the previous two day’s material. The ancestral process and its importance on the journey of healing. Approaching this territory in a wise and healing way, and also leading up to the event of the Lunar Eclipse the following morning.
Monday June 4th - DAY OFF
Lunar Eclipse 6:02am local time in San Miguel. Optional morning meditation.
Daily Programme: Venus
Tuesday June 5th – VENUS AND THE JOURNEY OF LOVE
Many exquisite features of the Venus cycle were introduced, and Melanie guided us in an attunement to the actual event of the rare Transit, occurring later that day. However, the retrograde passages of Venus occur approximately every 18 months, and participants learned how to attune to these times in a beneficial and inspiring way. They are times which render more accessible the inner depths of the soul, presenting opportunities for deep healing, especially in the field of relationships. The ancient story of the descent to the Underworld, and the return of the Goddess Inanna can be read as an almanac of the movement of Venus, and we considered these correlations, along with the sacred geometry of her orbit.
The actual Venus Transit was at 20:08 local time on June 5th. Our day’s work lead up to this, and there was an optional group meditation during the transit, for those who wished to participate.
Wednesday June 6th – VENUS AND THE JOURNEY OF LOVE ... continued.
We spent the final half day processing together our experiences of the transit (and the lunar eclipse), and integrating the material of the whole workshop.