An underworld journey

The five-petaled path of Venus as seen from earth.

At the moment, the planet Venus is absent from view in our skies. 

On December 19th, Venus left her position in the night sky as the evening star. On January 29th, she will return to view again, but this time as the morning star. Venus repeats this process every 18 months.

Right now, we are in the midst of the 40-day underworld journey of Venus. Ancient peoples linked the number 40 to transformation and change. In the Hebrew Bible, for instance, 40 was often used for time periods, 40 days or 40 years, which separated two distinct epochs.

We are now on an underworld journey with the Goddess and we are invited to rise with her into a new epoch upon Venus’ return to our skies as the morning star. 


For our journey this week, let us explore the question of what values or priorities you are called to commit yourself to for the next 18 months. 

Put differently, what commitments might you make that will help you to rise again and shine brighter in our world?


Gaia Shamanism is offering free online journey circles in 2022 on Wednesdays from 4-6 pm PST. 

This weekly circle is an opportunity to hone the practice of journeywork in a  spiritual container of mutual support, real talk, and humor.

If you would like to join us this Wednesday, January 12, at 4 pm PST, email me at anna “at” gaiashamanism “dot” com.   All skill levels are welcome.

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