By Len Wallick
Venus is up to speed with direct apparent motion of just over a degree a day. Tomorrow it enters Sagittarius. That has been a long time coming. It is consistent with this: the lesser benefic has been a trail blazer and trend setter since at least the 2010 Vernal Equinox. This ingress echoes and anticipates some of the dominant trends in our current astrology.
Venus first made its way into Scorpio, the immediately previous sign, as the second week of September was getting under way. That’s a long time ago, a quarter of a year. It was still the so-called Evening Star in the west at sunset. It had not yet attained its greatest brilliancy for the tenure in that part of the sky. It was a month away from a second conjunction with Mars, the first having been in Libra in August, concurrent with the greatest eastern elongation of 2010. Jupiter had just returned to Pisces and Pluto was still in retrograde.
Normally the bright one would have made its way through nearly four signs since the Scorpio ingress. Alas, this planet was due for a change of pace. Shortly after the second Mars conjunction, Venus stationed for a rare retrograde of its own that revisited Libra, one of the two signs it rules. That was about the time the cardinal T-square began to unwind as Saturn (also in Libra, where it is exalted) exceeded the degree of the lunar North node in Capricorn.
So it was that Venus, as it exists inside us, began an inward journey to balance and ruminate on the long and merry chase of Mars and the auspicious. This time corresponded with its disappearance from the western sky and a transit across the face of the Sun before reappearing, astonishingly large and bright, just before dawn late last year. Not that it has ever been out of touch. That would be out of character. Indeed, even in the anaretic chrysalis of its final stages of the transformational transit through Scorpio, it was on the spot to trine the last of three Jupiter-Uranus conjunctions. It thus lent a lubricating fluidity to what could easily have been a disruptive aspect of epic proportions.
Indeed, our brothers and sisters down under in Australia did catch a bit of the exaggerated potential of what happens when the unexpected meets expansion and both meet water. Vast areas the size of entire states or provinces were suddenly inundated with some of the largest and most destructive floods since the Indian sub-continent suffered the same earlier this year. Given that Jupiter’s Pisces conjunction with Uranus took place on the same day of a partial solar eclipse, we should count ourselves lucky that the Oz experience was not more widespread. The synchronicity of the Venus trine suggests that there was some modulation to be thankful for.
And now, at long last for something quite different. We may have reason to wonder where to find this part of ourselves after a season and more of spelunking in the cold corridors of self-examination. Whither the generous passion, the compassionate desire? After the ecliptic’s transition brought our losses home and put them on the mantle, where can we find the means to build another fire and dry them out? Anyone watching the eastern sky during the darkest hours of the last month or so would be able to tell you. If, as Tolkien suggested, dawn is the eternal expression of hope for our kind, then it has never been more eloquently stated than by Venus for those who have been able to avail themselves of the sight.
Dare we say hope? The word has developed a bad reputation as of late — something akin to delusion in the minds of many, and the object of derision and discount. If anything can breathe life into this withered part of our internal landscape, it is Venus. If any place can thaw the averse and fearful, restoring the potential of manifestation, it is where the mutable fires of Sagittarius exist in your chart.
Witness a climatic synchronicity. As if to tell us in no uncertain terms that our reach has not atrophied and remind us that passionate strength yet informs our grasp, this coming Saturday, one day after the change of sign, Venus achieves its greatest western elongation. This is the equivalent of conjoining with Mars on the other side of the sky, on the other side of a season. Except this time, the outstretched hand is offered to us. Each and every one of us may now partake of the nourishment we need during this time of forward movement among the planets. This is the time to refresh our spiritual and emotional energies.
As we begin this year palpably on course for a future very different from our present, we may do well to heed the apparent source of inspiration for the culture that gave this transitional period its popular identity. While much is certainly lost in time and translation, the Mayan astrologers were apparently quite taken with Venus. Given the limits of their mathematical system and timekeeping abilities, their devoted observations of that one planet may possibly have been extrapolated to develop their expanding spiral of cycles that extended past the lifetime of their culture and into the cosmic epoch. There’s no way to know for sure, but it would make sense given that some sort of incarnation is taking place, even as you read this.
So give it a chance and give it a weekend. Take some time to do as little as possible and look inside for what is coming to the surface. Could be your own personal dawn. It’s there for you to witness if you can wake up on time.
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