Well, maybe it is just the time of year, or maybe it’s the time of man.
— Joni Mitchell
On July 31, Venus in direct motion passed the degree of Gemini where it stationed retrograde on May 15, entering new territory for the first time since April 11. Just after midnight EDT Saturday morning, Venus will follow the conclusion of its retrograde cycle with an opposition to the center of our galaxy. It may feel familiar.
Every eight years since 1972, in the first days of the eighth month, Venus has opposed the core of our galaxy immediately following a retrograde cycle. The pattern will continue until 2188, a cycle renewing at nearly the same same place on the calendar, from nearly the same places on the zodiac. Symbolically implied are a series of octaves ascending from our ancient understanding of Venus to our more recent awareness of the Galactic Core.
Venus has been part of human consciousness for as long as we have walked the Earth. Only the luminaries, Sun and Moon, are brighter. The mythologies surrounding Venus reflect the human affinity for light. Although the details may vary from one culture to another, Venus consistently corresponds to the strong feelings and prominent values of attraction. Unlike the luminaries, the cycles of Venus are rather long and complex.
Venus orbits between Earth and the Sun. Because of that, Earth is never between Venus and the Sun. That means we never see Venus opposed to the Sun. What we do see is Venus rising only so far, about halfway towards the zenith, before it descends to approach and conjoin with the Sun before re-appearing on the opposite horizon. Venus is now rising in the East in the hours before dawn. By this time next year it will be visible in the West after Sunset. That pattern gives Venus a series of concentric cycles within cycles that return it to nearly the same spot in the sky on nearly the same calendar day every eight years. The Galactic Core, by comparison, is all but fixed.
Only in the 20th century were we able to distinguish our galaxy from the rest of the Universe. It has been less than a hundred years since we located the Galactic Center. That’s not enough time to develop a mythology, but there is one thing we do know. Of all the axes about which things rotate, the center of a galaxy is the end of the line. Out past the galactic level, discernible axes of rotation cease to exist, with the only constant being expansion, separating all things from all things. Hence the core of our galaxy represents the superlative of center, the crux of connection.
From our point of view that center barely moves, which means it has been a fixture of Sagittarius for centuries upon centuries. Its position and nearly indiscernible movement gives the center of our galaxy something in common with Venus. In order to understand how the Galactic Center synchronizes with Venus, we must first connect with something planets have in common with the Moon.
Where the plane of the Moon’s orbit around the Earth intersects the plane of Earth’s orbit around the Sun are the lunar nodes. When the Moon is New (conjunct with the Sun) or Full (opposed to the Sun) while near one of the lunar nodes we get eclipses. The location of the lunar nodes completes a 360 degree cycle through the zodiac every 19 years or so. Planets have nodes too.
Where the orbital plane of Venus intersects the orbital plane of Earth are the nodes of Venus. Unlike the lunar nodes, the nodes of Venus move very slowly, about a degree and a half over the course of a century. It is therefore extraordinary to note that the ascending node of Venus is currently located in Sagittarius, just as is the center of our galaxy. That location assures that the same ongoing eight-year cycle that places Venus at the end of Gemini during the first days of August, right after a retrograde, also places it in opposition to the Galactic Core at the same time. That unlikely and timely synchronicity has an inescapable symbolism.
To have Venus return to oppose the Galactic Core at the same time of year, every eight years, immediately following a retrograde cycle, and to have that pattern repeat precisely and continuously for over two centuries indicates that our familiarity with Venus is serving to make us more familiar with the center of our galaxy and what it means to us.
The implication is that the superlative of center is somehow equivalent to our affinity for light, and that awareness of that equivalence is an essential component of our evolution. To have that awareness reinforced on a regular and periodic basis speaks to something essential in our very nature, and how it connects this time of year to this time of our kind. To have that connection made is not only to validate our strongest feelings and most prominent values, but also to take them to a higher octave and give our lives the purpose of learning to be something more.
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