I've been sharing natural make-up lately in a company with a mission to empower women physically, mentally, socially, spiritually and financially. It has been amazing to inspire and awaken the feminine divine- in myself and in others on a palette of colored lips and lashes. Awakening your sleeping beauty may take a splash of color, a gentle nudge or simply a kiss from a friend. Finding the magic potion, lotion, tell or spell to unleash your divine Goddess is a fascinating journey.
My studies in astrology bring another dimension to this feminine beauty concept, understanding that beauty doesn't just apply to the ladies. We all have a planet Venus in our birth chart. Venus gives you priceless insight into the ways you draw love, beauty and friendship to your life, and how you express yourself creatively. In mythology, Venus is the Roman name for the Goddess of love and beauty -- her Greek name is Aphrodite. Your Venus describes how you love, whom you love, and what you love. There is no substitute for the face to face, evaluation of an accomplished astrologer but if you'd like to know your planet Venus, the house position in your birth chart and some very basic details, check out this link, https://alabe.com/freechart/.
What others are saying about beauty.....
The classic Greek adjective for beautiful was derived from a word meaning hour. Beauty associated with "being of one's hour". A ripe fruit (of its time) was beautiful.
Greek philosophers such as Pythagoras saw a strong connection between mathematics and beauty. Objects proportioned according to the golden ratio seemed more attractive.
My son, at 7 years old, defined beauty to be "a person with love in them and hearts all around."
"Beauty unaccompanied by virtue is a flower without perfume". French Proverb.
"Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it." Confucius
Regardless of your age, your talent or the lifetime in which you were born, the definitions are similar. Beauty is symmetry and proportion inside out with a ripening into love and awakening that which gives you joy.
In 2007, a conversation with a photographer gave me a flash of beauty inspiration. He was assuring me of photo magic on a wrinkle and mole I was wishing to disappear. Apparently, because my eyes were out of focus and the depth of field was off, the photo highlighted my forehead wrinkles. "If your eyes were in focus the other details would have fallen softly out of focus and would not be a problem." He called my forehead wrinkle and my chin mole a technical issue based on his focus and depth of field. A profound metaphor is revealed in this statement. If we were focusing with celestial eyes, the other details would have fallen away!
There will always be that which you love and that which you don't. In fact I believe it is your life journey to learn to love it all. Embracing your likes and dislikes brings you into the balance of love. Let's go back to the previous example for a moment, to expose my wound. (Rumi says, the wound is the place where the light enters. Perhaps by unveiling mine, light will travel through us both.)
Even though the photographer said my chin mole didn't matter, someone else pointed out that it did. In fact, I remember the comment that the mole was getting bigger and the person made a joke that if I darken it with an eyebrow pencil, I'd look like a witch. So I surrendered into the critical analysis and had the mole removed. The scar it left was, in my mind, just as bad as the mole. In fact, I was almost missing the "witch" title. This experience taught me an important lesson. Be and do what caters to your own heart. Caress your own Venus. If someone else doesn't like it, then it is their problem. I hold no judgement to silicone breasts, hair removal/hair additions, Botox lips, suctioned hips, tummy tucks or lifts as long as it is your Venus giving the direction. Every action will have a cloud and a silver lining, there is no better or worse, simply a change in form. Make sure you are living and loving being you. Only then can you embrace both parts of any new cloud formation.
If youth is beauty then we lose it with age? If thin is beauty then only half the planet has it? If blonds have more fun, then I must get more highlights heheheheheh (kidding). Seriously, if we capture the cosmic perspective of Confucius and understand that beauty is always there, then it behooves us to uncover it. The quest of beauty then becomes a daring adventure of discovery in us and in others. This is the hour of awakening, the “ripening" that the ancient Greeks uncovered in the word Beauty.
Caress Your Venus and... Unleash Your Beauty!
Perhaps a cosmic coincidence that the Venus symbol is similar to that of the Ancient Egypt symbol- the ankh.
Dr. Dena Churchill- International Speaker, Author, Health Innovator & Wellness Astrologer.