My absolutely favorite meditation-guided journey genius – Jessica Snow – has done a major website revamp and it looks amazing. I think her tracks are magic and they are way more complex than your classic ‘still your mind’ stuff. She takes you tripping and always with a specific purpose in mind.
So I am thrilled to be able to share her Aphrodite meditation with Mega Mystic members – go here to download it.
The meditation that comes to mind first for Venus Retrograde is called Aphrodite. It’s about the alchemical aspects of Aphrodite – not just the goddess of love kind of thing, but the goddess of values and creation. The meditation starts with receiving her love and quickly moves the listener through the four tasks she gave Psyche – 1. sifting and clarifying values, 2. gathering power in a smart way, 3. expanding perspective and accurate aim, 4. cultivating determination and the ability to say no when it’s appropriate – and then ends very sweetly with a gift from her and a little time for gentle inquiry in her presence.
I also asked Jessica a few questions and she came back with some ultra-pertinent responses:
Mystic: You are a Virgo with Jupiter Rising in Pisces and Neptune square your Pisces Rising/Jupiter AND the Sun – that’s one of those funky aspects you get warned about in astrology school – without a strong vocation and spiritual base in life, you can go down the rabbit hole of decadence or delusion real fast. YOU obviously are not that but did you ever have your Neptune struggles? Or were you always this grounded shamanic and sagacious woman?
Jessica Snow: Nope, I have not always been this grounded. I definitely have been dancing with Neptune (the good and the bad) my whole life. I don’t know if I would call them Neptune struggles, maybe more like Neptune adventures and near misses.
When I was a little girl I would lose myself in books or daydreams. My imagination was SO STRONG, I could out-picture anything. As a teen I quickly realized my body didn’t like alcohol that much, but the first time I tried a drug I told my friends “I’ve found my thing.” Through college I was able to be successful and be the person a lot of people wanted to party with.
I really feel I’ve had some higher protection, because even when I was being chemically adventurous there was something inside me that stopped me before it became too much and kept me away from sketchy situations. I was also lucky to go to university in Northern California where I was exposed to a lot of nature and mysticism in conjunction with the party elements.
I eventually realized that, for me, the surface layer of the ordinary world is not enough. I was seeking (and sometimes accessing) the divine when I was getting high. Once I began to figure out my own ways to make my life extraordinary and fantasy-filled and interconnected, I gradually became more and more “sober-curious”. I still have my Neptune moments, and I would not classify myself as totally sober, but when I do go there it is very consciously. I don’t want to jeopardize the new abilities I have now.
I went from being the one who everyone wanted to be with when they were tripping out, to the one who everyone wants to share fantastic meditative states with.
Mystic: I love your meditations as they don’t just tell you to shut up and think of nothing, they take you on these guided journeys that are really powerful – who or what were your main influences in this regard?
Jessica Snow: I have been obsessed with myths and fairy tales my whole life and those kind of themes and archetypes definitely weave themselves into my work. I like to think of my guided meditations as fairy tale adventures where the meditator is their own heroine or hero and they get to save themselves.
Two of my main influences are Tom Robbins (the author) and Rob Brezsny (Northern California astrologer/mystic). I read every word these two men wrote and they gave me a new way to perceive the world as full of mysterious, strange and wonderful beauty. Their style of writing and impish good humor definitely infiltrates my meditations.
Mary Oliver (the poet) is also an enormous influence for me. I always hope my work elicits deep feelings in people the way her words, especially when she writes about nature, do for me.
Specific books that were life-changing for me include – The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh, The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn, Inner Work by Robert A. Johnson, Urban Shaman by Serge Kahili King and recently (per your suggestion) Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
In addition to books I also have had two great teachers in real life. As much as I love books, I heartily recommend having real life teachers. My first Vipassana meditation teacher helped me form the foundation of my practice. And a female shaman taught me about the infinite power and possibility of magical work, especially when you sync up with Nature.
Mystic: On a “normal” day, do you feel more Virgo or Pisces?
Jessica Snow. Pisces! I typically go through life feeling like a nymph in a human world. This, obviously, has its advantages and disadvantages.
Mystic: Any particular Retro Venus plans?
Jessica Snow. Yes! I am on a transformation bender. I am investigating what I really value. Over the past few years I’ve said “yes” to a lot of things and a lot of people because I am fascinated by life and I get excited.
Recently I’ve realized that there a lot of things I CAN do, but I’ve arrived at a point (and age LOL) where I want to distill and focus my energies on the things I WANT to do. It is time for me to sort through the things that fill my days and make sure they suit me. It is also time for me to get fired up and go deeper into the elements and activities in my life that do match my passions and purpose. These are the kind of themes I’m playing with over this Venus Retrograde.
Mystic: Do you house witch – crystals, sage, feathery goo-goo things – any magical décor?
Jessica Snow. Yes! I’ve had the great pleasure of leading crystal and lunar meditations at L.A.’s best crystal shop – Spellbound Sky – for the last four years so my house is pretty much a crystal wonderland. Our house is little, so I love opening all the windows and getting that cross-breeze and lighting a little Palo Santo or good incense. As soon as the sun goes down I have a little collection of high-end candles to choose from to add a little candlelight glow to the house as I cook dinner.
I also house witch the outside of my house (maybe even more than the inside). I love flowers and herbs, and in the garden I grow roses and lavender, rosemary, spearmint and jasmine. We have an olive tree and an orange tree and a peach tree and right now a hummingbird nesting in the camellia outside our front window.
If I feel the need for protection I am very quick to put a line of sea salt across the front doorway and we also have a lot of prisms in front of our windows that make rainbows throughout the house around 4pm.
Since the house is small, we keep things pretty Konmari, but we also love pretty things, (and might have a touch of “horror vaqui”) so our walls are filled with awesome artwork.
Mystic: We are lucky enough to be sharing Aphrodite for clarity around relationships but what meditation or category do you turn to when you’re feeling really frazzled, like some scattered or darker energy is abroad in your world?
Jessica Snow. Wolf is a great meditation when you need to regroup, because you get all that nice, primal, archetypal wolf energy and also it helps call your soul family to you and of course it is easier to ground yourself with good companionship (in the inner and even outer worlds).
Placebo would also be a really interesting choice at a dark moment because it takes you on a journey to the other side of your problem and does two things – it gives you some relief and it opens you to the possibility of overcoming whatever has got you frazzled.
If you are feeling more like Artemis, wanting to take aim and evaporate some things, Arrow would be a good one. It is one of the first meditations I recorded and I have received a lot of emails about the miracles big and small it has created for people.
And if you need a brush with the infinite to put things in perspective, Ocean or Dark Matter or Meteorite would hook you right up.
Mystic: Do you recall what astral passage it was when you were first inspired to do this work? Like Saturn Return? A Neptune transit? A dream?
Jessica Snow. It was my Saturn Return, or maybe more accurately, the “hangover” of my Saturn Return. My Saturn Return was like the Tower card in the Tarot. At that time in my life, the things that previously sustained me either evaporated or fell away or I lost the taste for them.
So I was forced to search for new ways of being, which lead me to eventually find a way of being that is very beautiful and magical. I stopped faking my way through the world, doing jobs and having friends that didn’t allow me to be who I really am, and stepped fully into a robust spiritual practice. I also had to break free from some familial expectations and burn through a ton of negative self-talk. I started meditating consistently to save myself, and to my amazement, it became something I could offer to other people and that goodness just started to have a nice ripple effect.