During a retrograde passage Venus usually disappears into the beams of the Sun and is not visible from 16-20 days depending on local latitudes and atmospherics and declination. Venus Retrograde periods of 40 days-40 nights and also her non -visibility periods(inferior conjunction 20-16 days and during her superior conjunction for approx 90 days)are understood symbolically as Venus in the underworld, invisible and weakened . This time however she is much more glorious, as this time mid disappearance although for only 6 hours 40mins, she emblazons herself on the face of Sun in her fullness and not as we usually see her, in a phase as being half full, crescent or gibbous, but a full a visible, beauty spot!
The Sun our guiding light our number one star, symbolic of life force itself, purpose, growth and unity consciousness absorbs Venus into his heart. Two hearts come together as Venus too has a heart, embodying all that represents love, attraction, peace and harmony. Two hearts conjoin in something more than what we usually understand as Cazimi. A truly alchemical and passionate embrace the integration of the divine feminine and masculine, fusing their creative principles and beaming them out onto the Earth.
The Sun and Venus come together every 9.5 months, from one conjunction, inferior, to the next superior, and so on. A constantly forming cycle making a pentagon around the zodiac reminding us of the eternal cycle of creation . This current pentagon is created in the signs of Gemini 15, Aries 8, Capricorn 23, Scorpio 3 and Leo 23 in that order. Every second time they meet they create the wonderful Pentacle around the zodiac, with 5 retrograde loops made every 1.6 years taking 8 years to complete one complete cycle around the zodiac The next retrograde will be this occultation in June 2012 Gemini, 1.6 years , 19 months later the next retrograde loop will be in Capricorn in Jan 2014, then Leo August 2015, Aries March 2017, Scorpio Nov 2018 and back to Gemini 8 years from now in June 2020. (as shown in diagram below)
The magic of the Venus cycle unfolds with every loop, with one synodic cycle, a revolution around the Sun, she forms a rose petal or a heart shape and then another and another every 1.6 years. A magnificent rose begins to form around the Sun with a full pentacle shaping itself in the middle. The Heart and Rose intimately related to Venus as symbols of love , beauty and attraction.
I have made an animation of this sequence posted on our Facebook page which shows exactly how this pattern is made. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=277322985686358
Besides the Heart, Rose and Pentacle, the Venus cycle is closely linked to the ratios of Sacred Geometry, the Golden Mean as well as the Fibonacci sequence. As Venus makes her 5 points in 8 years the ratio 5/8 is 1.6, 1.6 years being also her synodic cycle, this ratio is known also as the phi ratio, the divine proportion in sacred geometry. Sacred geometry is a science that explains physical energy patterns of growth and harmony, found everywhere in the natural world. We see these examples in the nautilus shell, a spiral galaxy and an unfolding rose and these principles and ratios have been used since ancient times in art, design and architecture to create harmony, balance, aesthetics and beauty . The Fibonacci sequence, a mathematical formula of growth, 1,1,2,3,5,8,13 etc, also embodies this phi ratio where each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two and divide as the 1.6 ratio. We are reminded with these exquisite connections of Venus and her cycle around the Sun as a pure and divine creative force.
The Transits through the Ages
It is interesting to see how the Transits of Venus have coincided with major shifts in consciousness throughout the cycles between Gemini or Sagittarius Ages being 243- years or alternating shorter Ages from one to the next the 121.5 or 105.5 year cycle. It does appear that the oscillating mini Ages of Venus connect us to a renewed spirit – culturally , scientifically, politically, religiously and philosophically shifting our perspectives, guiding our principles and shaping our values. The shifting worldview is shaped by Venus, representing our changing values, our social attachments, what we are attached to, what is popular, what we like and what we dislike permeating culture, fashion, art, our connection to our environment, religion, politics, knowledge, science and all help inform and create the new world.
A brief look at the past few mini Ages from the Renaissance to now gives us an idea of some of the things that created waves and shifts in collective consciousness.
1518 -1526 – Gemini – 13 – 11 The Renaissance
A Rebirth on many levels promoting a spirit of discovery and new developments in the Arts, philosophy, science, religion and culture.
1517 – Martin Luther began the Reformation
1519 – Magellan began the circumnavigation around the globe,
– Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci (died)1519, Medici’s, Machiavelli, Paracelsus all thrived and left their legacies for the world to come.
1533 – Although only accepted 100 years later, Copernicus first explained his heliocentric theory and system to the then Pope.
– Pluto was in Capricorn for both the 1518 and 1526 transit s, along with Neptune and Chiron in Pisces for 1526
1631 – 1639 – Sagittarius 13 – 12 s Age of Reason
A cosmological revolution in science and religion.
1610 – Galileo discovers Venus and her phases and 1612 the Moons of Jupiter leading to developing further his ideas on the Solar System
1631 – Galileo published Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems
Far sighted Galileo was held up by the inquisition in 1633 jailed for rest of life where he wrote the “Two New Sciences” and died in jail in 1642. Galileo built on the work of Copernicus a Venus Age before.
1637 – Descartes’ original statement was “Je pense donc je suis,” – “I think therefore I am” become the foundation of western philosophy
– This transit was predicted by Kepler who died in 1930, with the first transit to be seen and recorded was by Jeremiah Horrocks on December 4, 1639 in England
– Newton was born just after in 1642.
Pluto was in Taurus for both transits
1761- 1769 – Gemini 15 – 14 Age of Enlightenment
Discovery, 1st Industrial Age, the scientific revolution and natural philosophy led to new inventions, discoveries, Ideas and a call for freedom.
1751 – 1772 First Encyclopaedia(french) a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts and Crafts was published
1768 – Encyclopaedia Britannica – Now only digital version available 244 years later
– Diderot, Rousseau and Voltaire, wrote on the freedom of religion, trade, free speech, separation of church and state ,
1760 – Benjamin Franklin experiments with lightning, electricity and meteorology
1761 – Captain Cook’s expedition to Tahiti to watch the transit of Venus, was the first with telescopes, a global collaboration between countries and scientists who used this event to calculate the distance between the Sun and the Earth.
– 1781 – Discovery of Uranus, revolutions, rebellions, wars
– The world became industrialized and connected due to inventions such as the Davy lamp, Electricity and later the telegraph, ushered in a New Age from a feudal to industrial world.
– Pluto was in Capricorn for second transit 1769
1874-1882 – Sagittarius – 14 – 13 Age of Imperialism
Growth, Expansion, 2nd Industrial Age, Modern Cities, Progress
1875 – Blavatsky formed the Theosophical Society was formed as a nucleus of a Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color
– Nietzsche’s influential philosophy included the Death of God, Perspectivism, the Ubermensch and eternal recurrence ,
– Rudolf Steiner , Darwin (died 1882), Marx, Engels (died 1895), Albert Einstein (born 1879), Carl Jung (born 1875) all had strong influences around this time and into the Age ahead.
– 1885 The first skyscraper built in Chicago 10 storeys high the first steel skeleton
– Pluto was in Taurus for both transits
It is interesting to note that Pluto for any of these Transit dates will be in Capricorn for the Gemini Transit and in Taurus for the Sagittarian one. Global evolution, the transformative qualities of Pluto in earth signs and the Venus Transits marry up as guides for what lies at the heart of our global shifts in consciousness. Although these mini ages stem for years and decades before and after the dates for the transits, we can view them as periods of shifting priorities, beliefs and focus. We are now living in what I like to call an Age of Awareness. Gemini Ages seem to relate to a flourishing of discoveries, inventions, new ideas, and an openness to shifting gears. Sagittarius Ages seem to define truth, doctrine, rules, and following the right path, focused, directed. Both Ages however carry with them the essence of the opposite polarity. In the macrocosm of Sagittarius the worldview, the big picture we find the microcosm of Gemini, forever searching seeking, learning and inventing and through the microcosm of forever searching ,seeking, learning and reinventing we gain a better understanding of the big picture, and so it continues. Our worldview seems to shift from going forward with a plan, guideline, belief, connecting strongly to what we believe is the right way – Sagittarius, to then questioning, rethinking, replaning, reinventing and relearning , from a newfound awareness- Gemini.
In this Age of Awareness which follows a period of rapid growth, excess, greed, world wars, moving forward no matter what cost, we find ourselves in a world at a pivotal point. We face many environmental and ecological issues, coping with dwindling resources, water and energy supplies. We are changing our minds and seriously re-thinking where we are heading. Many questions arise and we don’t know everything, we are raising awareness, seeking truth and reprogramming the beliefs we once stood by. Our minds move to being more tuned to chaos theories, energy waves and vibrating atoms as we understand our world being shaped by invisible energy field’s and are no longer dedicated to Newtonian principles. Terms such as Sacred Economics, Microbanking, fractal mathematics , new archeological discoveries and other breakthroughs are making inroads as alternatives to what we thought previously was always the only way.
Between 2004 and now 2012 with the world wide web at our fingertips a digital age and also a new vocabulary – wikipedia, google , ipod, ipad, texting, transparency etc etc and the great rise and rise of social media and networking, we are constantly reminded of living in a rapidly changing world. Everyone is communicating somehow through the social networks, everyone is a blogger and has a voice, everyone has access to so much information, wrong or right and in true Gemini fashion sticks with the brotherhood or other like minded people to join some sort of cause. The period between the Transits of 2004 and 2012 the last Venus Transits are quite significant when we consider:
– Facebook 2004
– You Tube 2005
– Kyoto protocol first UN environmental treaty 2005
– Twitter 2006
– 2006 the demotion of Pluto to dwarf planet creating dwarf planets – Ceres, Makemake , Eris , Sedna – Creating a pantheon of feminine goddesses amongst the planets
– 2006 – eg Cosmos and Psyche – Rick Tarnas – The rise of Astrology in Academia, Kepler College, MA Cultural Astrology at University of Wales
_2006 – The_Secret_(Film and Book– Rhonda Byrne
– 2006 – An Inconvenient Truth – Al Gore – gave rise to many ecologically focused movies that followed
– 2007 – The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World– Lynne Mac Taggart Author of “The Field” 2003, and many more
– Wikileaks 2006 – Transparency – the publishing of private, secret, and classified media from anonymous sources
– 2007 – 2011 – Zeitgeist Movies by Peter Joseph educates millions as to the money system and how it”really” works, banks, fraud, conspiracies
– The GFC 2008 ……….ongoing
– 2009 – Spontaneous Evolution – Bruce Lipton
-Anonymous Movement 2010 – a global group of hackers and activist determined to change the world
– Occupy 2011 – the rise of people in the streets protesting against greed and corruption in the corporations, governments the 1% as opposed to the the 99%
– We the C*I*A started our first web page on our website Dec 2007, our first Facebook page in 2008 as a group, then ur current Fan Page with over One Million likes and rising by thousands daily in April 2011.
Tuning into the Zeitgeist
The Venus Transit connects us to the spirit of our changing world tuning right into the 1st Pluto and Uranus square that happens 2.5 weeks after the Venus Transit on 24th June. The 2004 and 2012 Transits which occur at 15 and 17 degrees of Gemini, square the conjunction point of Pluto and Uranus of 1965 and 1966 which occurred at 16-17 degrees of Virgo. Mars in the Venus Transit chart is also at 16 Virgo and the Moon joins Pluto, accentuating, the collective urge for the catalysts of evolutionary Pluto and enlightening Uranus to bring real change to the world over the next few years. All these connections seem to be encouraged by Venus and the Sun’s creative spirit, remembering that Venus was born from the creative essence of Ouranus and his severed genitals and she is also very a tuned to visiting the underworld which she does regularly.
Everywhere in the world as with the Transit of 2004, even though the Transit was not visible everywhere, as with every eclipse the passage is filmed from many viewpoints and beamed out across the world, via TV and the internet. We will all be able to access , connect and view it somehow. We are fortunate in Australia as the Transit will be fully visible on the east coast on 6th June.
Greatest transit, is 11:29 am
Egress is 2.49pm
The total transit will take 6 hours 40mins
See website links below to see if the Transit will be visible where you are.
As our current worldview shifts and our collective consciousness yearns to find a better way, as this Transit occurs , let us guide and focus our intentions on what we would like to see emblazoned onto the earth. With Venus representing love, peace and harmony as her exquisite cycle reflects and the coming together with the Sun, our conscious leader, what can we ignite and illuminate? Consider what principles, values and systems we will be putting in place as we participate in creating the renewed world around us.
Some websites for additional information on the Venus Cycle and the Transit of Venus