Venus is retrograde in Capricorn this week, transiting UttarAshada nakshatra. There is a connection to knees (10th bhava) and "doing the right thing" which can hinder our flexibility and at times be paralyzing. Retrograde Venus is giving us a chance to re-evaluate our relationships (to Self and others) as well as our relationship to money, wealth, passion, business, creativity and love.
The knees provide flexibility and the ability to step forward, bend with ease, walk, jump, dance, and hinge the lower grounding portion of the foot to the upper, stabilizing factors of the thighs and pelvis. The knees are a crucial connection point for the legs, our movement and our ease of movement and mobility.
Find a pulse in the legs. Stand with feet hip width a part, planted firmly in the ground. Bending knees, letting pelvis rock, connect with the up and down momentum gained through the pulse. This simple pulse dance can have profound effects on calming the nervous system, connecting with breath and overall relaxation. Let the trance take over and then move with the pulse around the room. Notice the shifts and changes in your dance, momentum, paying special attention to the knees as a connection point. Come to a standing pose. Find closure in the pause.
Do any words come to mind? Voice them out loud. Speak from your knees. Find the rhythm from your pulse in your words and create a song. Then paint your song with watercolors, letting the fluidity of the paints move your words in a different way.
Write your song down and answer these questions:
What message do my knees have for me?
What connections do my knees make for me?
How would my knees like me to move forward now?
If my knees wished for me to retrace my steps, what would that entail?
What do my knees want me to become?
As I was working with the CE activity this week, a different body part needed attention. Sometimes when we start out doing a specific assignment, something entirely different emerges. Today it was the intersection of knees and spine. And the spine took precedence. Sharing my piece here. Email me yours! firstname.lastname@example.org
fly fly fly says heart
finding feathers on the way
making my wings
This is a time of creative expansion, while also moving us towards refocusing and restructuring our efforts in new and more sustainable ways. Alliances and support systems take precedence and importance. The Moon begins to wax this week. It's a time of momentum and movement forward as well as a time of finding new balance and creativity.
Last week we created our New Moon Mandalas and worked with the Pelvis- a creative resource. This week we will work with the neck, throat and jaw. The neck connects head with the rest of the body and throat and jaw are primary parts of our ability to communicate.
"The neck, throat and jaw work together, creating a sense of connection or disconnection between the head and the rest of the body between the inner experience and external expression. These body parts are associated with communication. In this capacity, they act as the conductors of inner impulses, thoughts, and feelings to the outer environment and to other people. We use the throat to voice our personal identity, to speak up and speak out. The jaw engages with our intake of food by biting off what we have the capacity to chew." -The Expressive Body in Life, Art and Therapy by Daria Halprin.
Begin with a gentle head roll- side to side, back and forth, then gentle looping to the left and to the right. Massage your neck and shoulders, open your mouth wide, press your hands into your jaw and notice the sensations. Reach your chin up and stretch your neck, open and close your jaw noticing the different feelings present in the body. Are the muscles tight? Do joints crack or pop? Is there tension or ease?
See if a sound comes out of the mouth. Where is it coming from? Can you build on it, expand it, move with it? Start sounding. Be the sound. Find your sound. Your howl, your hum, your roar, your whisper. Play with levels. Pauses. Breath. Develop your song.
Give your song a title. Then come to your drawing pad. What image was evoked from your song? What is the message of your song?