Deconstructing the Myth of Soulmate: Venus Ret in Cap Version

Deconstructing the Myth of Soulmate 2021

Navigating Venus Retrograde in Capricorn

December 13, 2021 – January 29, 2022
A personal exploration course taught by Amanda Moreno
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*please note: this course is predominantly taught through written and audio lessons (same thing in each); two live calls will be recorded

Course description:

Welcome to Deconstructing the Myth of Soulmate, the 2021 Venus Retrograde in Capricorn version. The following will give you a timeline, a bit about what to expect and links you’ll need to access webinars, recordings and documents.

A myth is not a lie. It’s a story.

In a culture that largely conflates myth with lie, or sees mythology as a relic of the past or a tool for fantasy movies and the “unreal,” we’ve largely lost sight of the ways that mythologies — be they spiritual, cosmological, familial or ancestral — shape and inform our experience. They are the stories that speak to our heads and our hearts and help us to orient to our experiences.

Our lives are bound up in our personal and collective myths. Understanding those myths gives us power to understand, bring awareness, and then shift. Denying that they exist only gives them power to control us. 

Also? Well, friends, it’s very true that figuring out how to do relationships better is a core part of the work that needs to be done to help us transition to a better paradigm. This applies to relationships of all kinds — the ones we have with ourselves, others and the world around us.

What if you had an opportunity to uncover your personal mythologies in ways you never thought of before while excavating deeply buried emotions, letting them flow out so something new could be created?

What if there were myths, patterns and scripts burrowed into your heart that once served a purpose but now needed updating?

I have to do it alone.
I’ll never give up on you.
The relationships in my family always end in betrayal.

They’ll only like me if I’m quiet and pretty. 

Maybe this is as good as it gets.  

The idea of the soulmate is one that has been romanticized over long periods of time, often entrenching itself in the modern psyche as an ideal.  The longing for someone else to complete us is but one manifestation of a cultural mythos that is all at once enticing and yet highly nuanced and even problematic, as it can encourage us to externalize our power.

The thing is, there is not one form or model of relationship that will fit every person’s needs. Obtaining fulfilling, life-enhancing relationship oftentimes requires that we go within to figure out our own stuff: our values, wants and needs; our own relationship with sex, sexuality and intimacy,… and so much more. 

Deconstructing the Myth of Soulmate will lead you through multiple ways of understanding your patterns, challenges, gifts, assumptions and conditioning so that you can write a new story.

Throughout the duration of this course, you’ll be examining your own loves, fears, expectations and unexamined assumptions in order to understand a bit more about who you are in a world where the ways we relate — to ourselves, to each other and to the earth — must take on a sense of cosmic enchantment at the same time as they are rooted in practicality and psychology. 

Learning basic relationship skills is at the heart of the paradigm shift we’re a part of now. 

The Astrology of Venus Retrograde in Capricorn

This series is based in the astrology of the upcoming Venus Retrograde in Capricorn, but you don’t need to know the astrological language to participate. I will translate it for you, and include extras for those who speak that language. 

You’ll be invited to explore mythology, psychology,  lunar ritual, personal narrative writing and writing prompts, energy healing and clearing exercises, art and much more to give you an opportunity to delve into your unconscious ideas about soulmate/relationship/bonding/sexuality. Oftentimes, extra writings or personal ponderings will come through as well — I am, after all, going through this journey, too!

There are no expectations about what you will emerge from the course with. Perhaps your existing mythology will be validated and invigorated. 

The course begins December 13. The final weekly lesson will be sent out January 24, with instructions for a New Moon ritual to be done on or around January 31. There will be live calls and community hangouts on the Full Moons, but it’s very much a do-it-on-your-own-time thing. 

What you’ll get from the class

  • A list of key astrological transits and suggestions for what to expect and how to work with them
  • Seven written lessons* — sent out each Monday (this seems like a  reasonable commitment for me, although please extend some grace if I run a day late once or twice. I am, in fact, also a human living through a pandemic…)
  • Two live Full Moon calls 
  • Ritual guidance for two New Moons as well as suggestions for self-guided ritual at different points along the way
  • Insight into your relationship patterns, conditioning around relationship, fears, as well as ways to work with what is uncovered
  • Basic shadow integration exercises
  • Energy healing and clearing during the live calls (recorded and distributed if you can’t attend) led by Amanda
  • Writing prompts to help you identify old narratives and create new ones
  • Techniques for listening to your intuition
  • Insight to relationship styles of all kinds, actively embracing the relevant-to-all skills encouraged by ethical non-monogamy
  • A container that is sensitive to queerness , variations in sexuality, and difference

What you will need for the course:

  • Access to DropBox (this is how you will access the lessons as PDFs and MP4s, available for download available until November 20)
  • Access to Zoom if you want to attend the calls live
  • Openness to new ideas about the world and yourself
  • Commitment to the practices and to your inner explorations (Capricorn loves commitment!)
  • A journal
  • An altar/sacred space (I’ll guide you through building one if you don’t have one already)
  • To download or access all course materials by  February 28, at which time they will be unavailable

Although this course contains exercises and material that will be relevant whenever you get around to them, I encourage you to participate in real time, as the cosmological weather supports this work now.

*Most lessons will be made available in audio format as well

Refunds

Please note that due to the nature of the course, all sales are final. Please plan accordingly. 

This class is intensely self-directed. Here are some suggestions:

I highly suggest you commit to keeping a journal for the duration of the series. Use it to make notes and track observations, record dreams, record rituals and synchronicities, create art (or, you know, just engage in some therapeutic doodling) and more. The more intention you put into it the better, so if you wanna decorate it and get a special pen, great! If that’s not your style, just grab something to write in. If you prefer online journals, I highly recommend the Day One app. 

You should review the journal at each New Moon and Full Moon to remind yourself of what you’ve learned (our egos looooove to forget all that juicy progress we make cuz it helps to keep them intact and static).

I highly suggest you email me with questions or anything you’d like help processing. I love hearing from people and try to respond within 48 hours. Like, seriously. I’m a resource! Use me! It’s included in your registration! However! I will be taking the last two weeks of 2021 entirely off, as working in the helping professions full time through a pandemic is a lot! I appreciate your understanding . 

*images created by tracing Venus, Sun & Earth’s orbital relationships

Course Outline

 (This outline is intended to get the juices flowing and prepare you, but please note that it might shift a bit as time goes on, depending on what arises for me personally, among you, and within the collective)

Courses are uploaded Mondays starting Dec 13, 2021

Week 1: Soul & Psyche
Personal Mythology * Intro to Soul & Psyche * Altar Building * Full Moon Energy Work live call 12.18 @11am PST

Week 2: Descent & Dark Eros

Skeleton Woman * A Guide Appears * Core Karmic Patterns * I Never/I Always * Needs vs. Desires 

Week 3: Magnetism (hold onto your butts, this is a big week)

Fear * Shadow * Secrets * Types of Bonds * Jealousy * Envy * Sadomasochism * Possession * Unfinished Business * New Moon Ritual Guidance

Week 4: Emergence

Revising the script * New Ideas * Pleroma * Ferocity * Tracing the Connections * Revelation

Week 5: Essential Needs

Breaking Free * Full Moon Energy Clearing * New Mythologies * Art/Temperance 

Week 6: Divine Eros

Energy Reset * A New Narrative * Full Moon Call 1.17@6pm PST

Week 7: Love with Wisdom
Divine Wisdom* Going forward *Adjustments * Passion * New Moon Ritual Guidance

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