Venus reaches its greatest eastern elongation tomorrow while in a Taurus conjunction with the centaur planet Asbolus. That means Venus will be as high in the western sky as it’s going to get. It is a milestone that any single zodiac chart will not reveal, yet it will have astrological significance. It’s an occurrence that will initiate a course of events you will be able to witness in the body over the coming month or so, weather permitting, giving your eyes an advantage over any astrological table. For you, the greatest eastward elongation of Venus will implicitly initiate a period of about a month when you will find it attractive to see the wider scope of things behind abstract data.
The greatest eastern elongation doesn’t mean Venus begins retrograde motion this week; that will not happen until May 15. It does not even mean a retrograde cycle is beginning. Venus enters its first echo phase on April 11 at the degree where it will eventually resume direct motion in late June. It does mean the apparent motion of Venus will begin slowing down.
Venus slowing down means the Sun, and the western horizon, will be catching up. Every evening after tomorrow, the brightest planet will be lower in the sky, closer to the Sun. The part about being closer to the Sun is something you will be able to follow on an ephemeris. An ephemeris is a table that shows the sign and degree position of objects, such as Venus and the Sun, from one day to the next, distilling the information of many sequential zodiac charts. Even the greater temporal reach of an ephemeris, however, cannot tell you what your eyes, ideally with the aid of binoculars, will plainly reveal as the Sun gets closer to Venus. It will be a beautiful paradox.
Venus, very much like the Moon, goes through phases from our perspective here on Earth. As the Sun closes the distance on Venus in coming weeks, the apparent disk will go from looking like a quarter Moon (or half illuminated) as it does now, to a crescent. Paradoxically, and unlike anything the Moon does, Venus will actually get more brilliant as the crescent forms. That’s because Venus’ apparent size will grow by over 50 percent during the next month or so as it reaches its greatest brilliance.
Even though an ephemeris can tell you part of the story (Sun catching up to Venus), only living eyes can see and only a living mind can appreciate how Venus will follow last week’s beautiful conjunction to Jupiter with something even more astonishing and breathtaking. There is a clue, however, in how it begins tomorrow, and that clue has a lesson. The lesson is that astrology data, charts, tables and books are dry, lifeless and incomplete until put to work in your life. The clue is that the centaur Asbolus represents, among other things, the basis of life on Earth.
The name Asbolus means “carbon dust” in Greek. Both the centaur of mythology and the centaur object that orbits out past Saturn and Uranus were bequeathed with that name because of their dark, sooty appearance. As is so often the case with objects discovered by astronomers, the name of Asbolus finds serendipitous application in astrology.
Carbon is the element at the core of life on Earth because it can attract so many connections with so many things all at the same time. Venus, the archetype of attraction, is just inside the cusp of the second house on Asbolus’ discovery chart. In other words, the archetype for the core of life, Asbolus, is identified by and essentially owns its greatest property, that of attraction, as represented by Venus.
That property yields both the complexity and specificity that living things need to connect with a complex world that requires specific responses in order to survive. Human beings, like yourself, can take it a step further and connect with the cosmos, pulling together the lifeless data and living observations to discern something greater than either alone. Venus at its greatest elevation and at the beginning of its greatest brilliance, while in conjunction with Asbolus, suggests the beginning of a new sequence of events that, connected together by living eyes and a living mind, will be greater than any of those events alone. That’s where you come in.
You are the one who has the opportunity to pull things together, both abstract data and what your own eyes observe, making something greater simply by emulating the element at the core of your physical being. It will begin with attraction, as it functions in your life, fusing with your ability to make connections. You will know what that feels like when you realize the need to see the actual thing represented by the data you are working with. For each person the data and the actual thing will be different, but that’s the sign you are looking for.
When you encounter the sign you are looking for, the next step will be slowing down and allowing your consciousness, as represented by the Sun, to catch up. As your consciousness applies to your elemental potential, it will function to enlarge it and make it more brilliant even as it changes shape, bending to your will. You will know what that feels like when a beautiful paradox reveals itself. Again, that paradox will be different for each of you. It could be something looking better up close than it did from a distance. It could be a case of less somehow becoming more. By all means, pay attention to the data, but use your eyes too. When what you see functions to pull the data together with an understanding of the paradox, that will be what you are looking for — and that will be the prelude to something even bigger just over the horizon that is rising up towards Venus along with the Sun.
Over the horizon are rare events that will not be repeated in your lifetime. Emerging from and building on those events will be a future unlike any past. You have the opportunity to participate, starting tomorrow, by working with Venus as it reaches its greatest elevation and slows to realize its greatest brilliance. If you can find your way to connect with what you are made of and emulate it, if you can be open to attraction and work with it, consciously moving into the uncharted to see for yourself, you may find that it is not just Venus that is at its greatest. It could be you.
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