It is commonly assumed that losing one sense confers an advantage in other areas. In fact, studies show that, thanks to neuroplasticity, the brain, when deprived of input in one sensory modality, re-routes its pathways to support and augment other senses.
Neuroplasticity is a unique characteristic of our brains, which constantly morph and re-wire while responding and interacting with the environment. Throughout our lives, the proportion of grey matter can change, functions can be transferred to different areas, while synapses may strengthen or weaken over time. Unsurprisingly, the brain and the nervous system fall under the rulership of the most changeable and mercurial of the signs: Gemini.
I have never been in a sensory deprivation tank, but it seems a good metaphor to describe the effects of quarantine and solitary confinement. For most of us, self-isolation is eroding much of the environmental stimulation we were accustomed to; social distancing is changing the patterns of socialization, as public life comes to a standstill. We have more time to focus on the relationships in our life, but less freedom to explore and experience those relationships in physical, even sexual ways.
Now more than ever, we are inhabiting worlds created by human communication. The fabric of our words entwined has, for many of us, replaced the textures and hues of the outside world, the tactility of physical closeness, and nearly any other love language that isn’t rooted in language itself. Like strokes of a brush, words paint a picture of reality, our reality, that makes for an entirely different experience of it than the one we were accustomed to. Our words are disclosing their ability to build bridges, preserve our bonds, hold our social circles and our most intimate relationships together.
It’s not a coincidence that, this year, Venus is in for an extended stay in wordy, loquacious Gemini. The Goddess of relatedness and reciprocity will slip into the ductile, spirited sign of the Twins on April 3, turning retrograde on May 13, 2020. Too, the Nodal Axis will shift signs this year, with the North Node of the Moon entering Gemini not long before Venus’ Retrograde station, on May 6, more or less when the pre-retrograde shadow begins. Undoubtedly, our patterns of relating and showing up for one another will need to be rerouted in favour of a greater emphasis on verbal communication, in order to make up for the lack of the more tangible, sensorial dimension — quite possibly, starting from Venus’ ingress into the Mercury-ruled domain of words, ideas and mental agility.
Venus in Gemini prompts us to up our conversational skills, but also our plasticity and adaptability to change. This transit will test our ability to be transparent and fully present when engaging in communication with those we love, to listen actively, to gather intel about the relationship situations we are involved in, and to deliver our messages in the most emotionally honest way possible: consistency and openness will be goals to keep in mind. At this time, vagueness and a non-communicative attitude are bound to add to the uncertainty and instability we are already experiencing, with the undesirable result of undermining our human connections.
As Venus enters Gemini, love and affection are heard, spoken, debated, narrated. It’s up to us to make sure they are also honoured and cherished with the most eloquent and heartfelt words we have to offer.
My post about Venus stationing Retrograde in Gemini is coming soon. In the meantime, if you want to know more about the significance of Venus’ transit of Gemini on a personal level, you can purchase an Astrology consultation. Tarot readings are available, too!
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