Have Total Acceptance And Unconditional Love to Ourselves
by Jean Luo

Time flies! Here we are in the beginning of 2022. The year of 2022 will be a year of all lessons about love. We begin this year with Venus Retrograde and Jupiter in Pisces , making sure we review all matters of the heart; and we will end this year with Mars Retrograde, ensuring our heart is in everything we do.⁠⁠

Looking back, the year of 2021 was a very stressful and polarized year collectively due to the polarized choices that we had to make around being Vaccinated and being Unvaccinated. Most of us have been inevitably and greatly affected by this polarization as it was so close to our home and family. All this energy was created thanks to transiting Uranus forming an exact square three times with transit Saturn throughout 2021 (it ends on December 24th, 2021). The challenging aspect between transit Uranus and transit Saturn in 2021 has forced humanity collectively to face the greatest fear of letting go of the old outgrown structures based on power and control by authority and having the courage and freedom to build a society based on equity, respect, support, and togetherness for we the people.

The Saturn-Uranus square which has dominated throughout 2021 has had a prohibiting and unbalancing effect in our lives that has created a state of limbo as we wonder what will happen next. Saturn and Uranus are coming out of this most challenging and powerful square on December 24th, but it will still be in orb throughout 2022 and we will still be influenced by what this square has set in motion during 2021. The true outcome will become part of our reality now. Whether the outcome will be a positive or a negative one, or a bit of both, will depend on how well we as the collective have integrated the lessons of the first two squares.

However, the learning and evolving human soul individually and collectively never stops. A new set of lessons for all of us in 2022 will be a masterclass in love. We will learn about matters of the heart. It has to do with the planet Venus. Venus represents love, beauty, our heart longings and desires, our relationships, money, and possessions. Venus rules our feelings, our subjective experience of life – our values, likes and dislikes, the kinds of things and people we are attracted to, etc.

On November 6th, 2021, Venus, the planet of love was transiting into the sign of Capricorn. Normally, a Venus transit of one sign takes about one month. However, approximately every 18 months, Venus goes retrograde for about six weeks, and during this time her energy turns inward, which means that her influence is best used introspectively. When Venus is in Retrograde, her transit is much longer. In this case, Venus in Capricorn turned Retrograde on December 19th, 2021, she is staying in Retrograde for 40 days till January 29th, 2022. Thus, this Venus in Capricorn transit will last 3 months, from November 6th, 2021, to March 6th, 2021, much longer than the normal monthly transit.

What makes this Venus transit in Capricorn so potent is that on the same day Venus turned to Retrograde on December 19th, 2021, Chiron, the planet of the wounded healer, in Aries turned direct from his Retrograde mode. Chiron represents our deepest wound. There are no accidents that Venus and Chiron changed direction on the same day. Love meets our deepest wound, what lessons could be awaiting our review?

Most importantly, Venus has three prominent conjunctions with Pluto, the planet of transformation.

Venus had her 1st conjunction with Pluto (within 1 degree orb) on December 11th, 2021, and had her 2nd conjunction with Pluto on December 25th, 2021, and will have her 3rd conjunction with Pluto on March 3rd, 2022. Astrologically, when Venus is conjunct Pluto, some dark Venus truths are inevitably going to come to light. Thus, Venus – Pluto conjunction is a very intense transit as it will trigger a rebirth and transformation of the heart.

Venus in Retrograde provides each one of us 40 days to review, revisit, re-evaluate our feeling based desires and longings; Chiron shows us our deep wound in love and relationships, and the way to heal it is not running away, but face it by taking full responsibility for our relationships and for ourselves; Pluto reveals the dark shadow deep within us that prevents each of us from opening our heart to love and to receive love openly and freely. Thus, this is a period of a very powerful emotional revelation which is unveiling to us a hidden wound that requires healing. Only by looking deep within ourselves, can we face our deepest fear which is the root cause of our deepest wound so that we find out what we truly want, and ultimately reset our emotional and relationship patterns to allow us to experience the power of love from the heart.

On top of the above mentioned Venus-Pluto conjunction, on December 29th – 30th, 2021, transit Mercury met with Venus and Pluto at 25° Capricorn, indicating a powerful moment of truth. On the same day, Jupiter left Aquarius and entered its own traditional ruling sign, Pisces, all about finding heart inspiration and connecting to compassion and unconditional love.

Mercury is our mind; Venus is our heart; Pluto is the power and transformation. When our mind and heart meet the powerful and transformative Pluto, we can no longer say we don’t know what we want. Pluto will write it out on our foreheads, and the truth will be so liberating, that it will set in motion the true power of nature. Again, it sets up the theme and tone for the year of 2022 – the lessons relating to love and issues of the heart. We are asked to review all matters of the heart, and to ensure our heart is in everything we do.

As we can see from all the above-mentioned astrological configurations, right from the beginning of the year of 2022, we may experience a very powerful emotional revelation (Venus retrograde conjunct Pluto), it unveils a hidden wound for our necessary healing. It is like we are ready for healing, ready for love, but not quite there yet. We must go deep within to connect with some uncomfortable, unprocessed feelings to release them. Pluto uncannily demands us to get real about what we want, no matter how much shadow work we have done in the past, or how spiritually enlightened that we may think we are. We may think that we know what we want, or we are just true to our feelings, but Pluto comes to show us that we don’t. Thus, the beginning of 2022 is considered an excellent time for us to re-evaluate the true worth of everything in our life, as well as review our overall value system.

What we really and truly want in our heart, what we value, the source, the underlying reason for everything is something so primal, so rooted in our identity, that it is directing our life in a way that leaves us powerless – until we become aware of the dynamic. Thus, pay attention to any feelings, downloads that happen around and during these few months, because they are truly important, and they are a major theme in our life for the beginning of 2022 and beyond.

The good news is that Venus retrograde comes with great clarity. We now know what we need to do – it is just a matter of embarking on the journey and staying true to ourselves no matter what Pluto has to reveal.

During this period, I would encourage each of us to connect to our heart and ask ourselves, “What do I really want in my life? What relationship makes me truly happy? Who and what do I value the most… and why? What is my value and worth, and how do I value myself?” No matter how complicated, how difficult, or how impossible it may seem to look like, write them all down and make a list, then start to work on them one by one. The key is to focus on yourself. By doing so, you will gain much greater self-understanding, and it will give you much clarity and will enable you to make better choices. In many ways, Venus retrograde can help you clear the clutter out of your life.

2022 comes with exciting opportunities that will help you to make anything possible, make sure you don’t dismiss this powerful guidance. You will have the opportunity to review how well you have done with Venus-Pluto transit at the end of the year 2022 when transit Mars goes Retrograde.

Enjoy the journey, and the journey is your reward!

PS – If you want to navigate the twists and turns of the year of 2022, I encourage you to join me for the journey of 2022. I want you to have the spiritual, emotional, and practical tools to make this your best year yet. You can contact us at info@maitreya.co, or jean.luo@maitreya.co.