Category: Magick Notes
Venus/Jupiter Retrograde Protection Money Packet
by Silver RavenWolf
This year — 2020 – both Venus and Jupiter begin their retrograde motion over the same period beginning 13/14 May. You may have already felt the tightening on your purse strings or the drag of expected changes that aren’t manifesting as quickly as normal. Even if you’ve been holding your head above water during the pandemic, you might be feeling a little shaky as these energies move into play.
Venus turns retro on 13 May at 2:45 AM EDT and does not turn direct until 25 June at 2:48 AM. Jupiter turns retro on 14 May at 10:32 AM/7:32 AM PDT and does not turn direct until 12 September at 8:41 PM EDT/5:41 PM PDT. Venus is in Gemini for her entire retrograde cycle, which will affect communication, equipment, and the “flow” of money or fortune — much like a Merc retro. Jupiter will stay in Capricorn for its entire cycle — focused on the platform of your fortune, the stability of your home or business, the rules by which you handle good fortune and finances. Jupiter retrograde is all about building your inner temple, and strengthening the mental structure of your career and business — how you “see” yourself and your association with what you do for a living. It is during this time that people often choose to change direction with those things, or at least plant seeds that they will cultivate in their own minds within the next year.
You may have already felt the tightening on your purse strings, and the drag of expected changes that aren’t manifesting as quickly as normal when it comes to career, even if you’ve been holding your head above water during the pandemic. If you have natal planets in Gemini or Capricorn, you may feel the vibrations stronger than some others. It all depends on the position of the planets when you were born.
When a planet retrogrades, its energy focuses within. This is a natural part of the planetary cycle that assimilates the information we learned while the planet was “direct” and summarizes and manipulates while it is retrograde. Sort of like the best meal you ever had — and then you go home and sleep it off; but, you are not really sleeping — you are just processing the food into energy. On the outside, you appear lethargic, and parts of you are slow to respond; yet, on the inside, you are super busy. For the next few weeks, you are going to be “digesting” the activities of the last several months.
Do not panic. This is actually a good thing. Venus and Jupiter are both Good Fortune Planets — Venus is seen as the “Lesser Fortune” and Jupiter as the “Greater Fortune”. Venus and Mercury have a roll in directing your money and lend a hand in processing opportunity. The Venus and Jupiter cycle includes working with the “gain” so that it can be used for fuel in your future successes. Venus retrograde focuses on how you acquire things (your attraction power), what strategies you use, the seductions (self-behaviors) you incorporate for love and friendship, and changes in education. Luckily, Venus is only retro for about 44 days — a little over a month — enough to cause havoc if you don’t recognize the pattern; but, short enough that you can make adjustments that will flow forward almost immediately after Venus turns direct and bring good fortune in the long-term. Jupiter, however, will be retrograde for the next four months — giving you time to consider new directions and creative projects.
Regardless of Jupiter’s direction, this planet always carries the title of “the Great Benefic”. The difference with the retrograde is that the good fortune energies come from within — your talents, your inspiration, your spiritual connections, etc. A Jupiter retrograde is wonderful for the soul, allowing us to heighten our personal vibrations, striving ever forward for healing, wholeness, and harmony.
Opportunities that unfold during a Jupiter retrograde are usually the result of our thoughts, actions, and words in the past — now graciously blooming to touch our lives in amazing ways. Jupiter retrograde also gives a window of opportunity to restore the self as well as relationships with others.
Years ago I learned the following: Always have money in the bank before the Jupiter retro hits. This has NEVER failed me. The year I didn’t have anything in the bank because I’d been hit with an unexpected expense, all hell broke loose in my financial life. From that year on — I always make sure my “cushion” is in place and I always make a Jupiter Retro spell bundle/packet to protect my finances and ensure the positive money flow during the retro period. Sometimes I carry the bundle with me and other times I keep it in my Happy Money Jar (the topic of another article). When the retrograde is over, I dismantle the bundle and give the money to charity, thanking the spirits for my good fortune over the retro period.
This year, since both Venus and Jupiter retro at the same time, I crafted a formula to vibrate with both planetary energies. AND, because Mercury is going to retro while Jupiter is still “in the dark”, I added a Mercury correspondence as well. Before you read the formula, please understand that you don’t have to have all the ingredients listed. Since I have a magickal shoppe, I have lots of herbs in my storage room and I realize you might not have a very wide selection. That’s okay. I tried to keep as many ingredients as possible focused on what you might have in your kitchen, or what you might gather from outside (for example dandelion roots or leaves may be in your area). The main point is to build the bundle and remember to feed it honey or sugar every week during the retrograde period. Normally, I feed mine white lightning; however, since the pandemic is still going full blast around here and the booze state stores in my area are closed, so honey it will be.
Here is my formula for this year:
In the Jupiter herb category, I used: Clove, Star Anise, Dandelion Root, Sarsparilla, Sassafras, and Linden.
In the Venus herb category, I used: Oats, Rose Petals, Buckwheat, Corn kernels, and sugar.
Mercury: Peppermint Tea
If you have a business, you might also want to add peppermint candies, Jezebel Root, Pumpkin Seed (not salted), and/or marigold petals.
Other Ingredients: Two pieces of fabric, One Penny, One Dime, One Crystal, One paper money bill — the largest you have in the house, red thread, paper and pen for drawing your sigil or spell words. I also used my Marigold Fluid Condenser to ramp up the power (you can find instructions for the formula in my Witching Hour book).
To put my bundle together quickly I used a serger sewing machine. You don’t have to sew your project — you can glue it. Heck, you could even staple it if you wanted to! I actually used three 5×5 inch pieces of fabric. I folded one square in half to make an outside pocket because I decided to send one to a friend and he will want to add his own sigil and dollar amount. He can just slip these things into the pocket. If you don’t want to make a pocket you will only need two pieces of fabric. I sew up three sides of the material before my actual spellwork.
Once you have gathered all items together, cleanse and bless them with incense, words, and breath. I orient the items to all four directions as well. State your intent which is the purpose of the packet clearly. Remember all energy is intelligent. You can give your packet a name if you like, like George, or Sue, or Lillith, or BringMe. Whatever.
Prepare any sigil you desire — remember it should be for protection and prosperity. On my sigil shown, I crossed out each letter. In the history of Braucherei (see Patrick Donmoyer’s material) you write what is needed or wanted, and then strike out each letter. As you put a line through each letter, it leaves the world of the physical and goes to the world of spirit. I sealed my sigil with Marigold Liquid Fluid Condenser and my spit.
Roll the paper money and the sigil together, making all folds toward yourself. Then wrap with red thread that you have run first through your mouth. This links the sigil, the thread, and you. Tie tight. Add this money packet to the bundle.
Seal the bundle by sewing, gluing, or even using paper clips (although that may not be too stable). Sit quietly and hold the bundle in your hands. Run energy through your work by rubbing the cloth softly, whispering your favorite good fortune chant. Be sure to breathe on the bundle as you are rubbing it. When you lose focus, open your eyes, smile, and put your bundle in a safe place. Feed your bundle by sprinkling it with sugar or honey (sugar is less messy). To ensure food comes into the home — at the beginning of the week, put the bundle on a slice of bread and place a glass of water beside it so that you will never hunger and never thirst. Remove after 24 hours. Be sure to feed your bundle once a week.
Your challenge! Make a Venus/Jupiter Retro Spell Bundle
Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature