The Queen of the heavens. The Guardian of the night- Venus in her evening apparition!

Since December 2014, Venus the evening star has climbed higher and higher in our evening skies. Currently, May 2015 she is also travelling Out of Bounds, meaning her declination is beyond the 23° bounds of the ecliptic, where the Sun travels, therefore she is deemed as quite unruly and a goddess doing her own thing. Planets do this when in the signs of greatest northern and southern declination Cancer and Capricorn, quite opposite in meaning to the signs that harbour the most responsibility and care. Perhaps this  shows to us all, how important it is to clarify clearly what we most care about, what is the most important thing on our agenda? Not surprisingly big decisions are made at these times. Everything else becomes insignificant as we get on with our lives, leaving all the distractions behind, they only get in the way to complicate it all anyway.

Venus returns from  OOBounds as she leaves Cancer for Leo, where the realisation on what’s most important in life is blessed by making the most out of life, love and living.

A few other significant markers are made as part of her 19 month cycle.

Venus reaches maximum elongation – June 6th
– here she knows what she stands for and what she wants and symbolically prepares for her dive back down to earth. Here she embraces the trials and tribulations, the ups and downs of the last cycle, works toward letting go of the past cycle, to begin a fresh and work on manifesting what’s needed in the one to come. This stage of her synodic  cycle can be likened to Aquarius, from the fixed stance of max elongation phase , to  Pisces, the last stage of her cycle, where one sacrifices self, surrenders to what comes next, to encourage the seeding of the new cycle to come.

Entering shadow phase – 22nd June at 14° Leo
As the next retrograde shadow begins also near Jupiter, this is a transit to believe in. Set your best intentions for what the coming retrograde will mean to you. Look for 14° Leo – 0° Virgo in you chart. What planets are there, what aspects will be made? Look back 8 years ago, when Venus made her retrograde in this part of your chart. For some of us 4 years ago may have been more significant, as Venus travelled in this area of your chart making the outer/superior conjunction with the Sun in August 2011 also at 23° Leo. These outer conjunctions of Venus with the Sun, confirm the 5 star points of Venus making a constant pentacle around your chart 288° apart, approximately every 288 days . See articles below, for further info of Venus’ synodic cycle.
A retrograde Star point indicates a new cycle beginning and an old one ending, whereas an outer star point is mid cycle, a peak as such and can often indicate a phase of life where we become exposed somehow, put on show, find a need to  act in a  truer, more authentic manner, showing our strengths, fighting for something, standing up for something important to us and growing in confidence.
So at this stage, the earthy phase, Venus asks you to get ready, it’s the “fix up my life” stage, for once attend to , a fresh new cycle can begin.

Her brightest apparition as evening star conjunct Jupiter – From early July and peaking about July 7th, Venus shows us her greatest brilliancy, brightest star phase as she moves closer to the earth. Venus is brightest in her cycle when approx 36-40° away form the Sun. After max elongation as evening star and before max elongation as morning star. This time , as evening star she will also be conjunct Jupiter with an exact conjunction at 21°Leo on July 1st . This conjunction is extra special not only will it be a great evening spectacle to behold, Venus and Jupiter are in the same part of the sky by declination and therefor parallel in the sly, making the conjunction very close visually, not just by zodiacal longitude, which is how we measure planets along the ecliptic. 
Here shining her brightest is akin to giving it her most, showing her full potential and glory, before diving down again into the Sun’s beams, down closer to Earth for her 40 day and 40 night retrograde. This is not her journey to the underworld, as during the retrograde she only disappears from sight and under the Sun’s beams for about 16-20 days. The underworld journey is actually attributed to her longer disappearance as she travels on the far side of the Sun, keeping abreast with the moving Sun, doubling in speed and therefore longer gone from our view,  about 60 days. This is the ancient myth of the descent of Innana, which begins after her maximum elongation as a morning star, and with each consequtive conjunction of a waning Moon, enters the underworld, after passing seven gates over 7 months.
So now is not the big trial, now is the getting ready for the readjustment, the retreat, the retrograde, to re-d0 and rebalance a few things in life, before the start of the next journey.
It is at this phase, we consider what’s to come, before diving down into the next cycle, your strength  and belief in the coming phase has all to to with it’s success, so as Venus does, strengthen your light! Believe in your heart in what comes next and it will surely work out better. This is definitely the ultimate “Wish upon a planet or two” as the two benefics join in Leo . The last time Jupiter and Venus were conjunct was at 7° Leo in August 2014 as morning stars and the next time will be, on August 5th at 28 Leo, with Venus rx, and again at 15° Virgo in Late October 2015 as morning stars.

3 squares to Saturn begin before Venus’ next retrograde and strengthen the mission coming up:
14th July 28 Leo,
4th August retrograde and again conjunct Jupiter 28 Leo
11th October when direct at 1 Virgo with Saturn in Sagittarius.
The process involves a strengthening of our desires, a test of our capabilities and strengths, a mastering of what we can confidently say yay or nay to and because Saturn is involved by square a strong need to work with what works best for us. With Venus we can learn to be accepting, strive for harmonious and amicable outcomes wit whomever may need ti be involved in our process loved ones, family, friends, colleagues.
A renewal of our personal vows and a perfecting of our personal mission comes with this next retrograde.

Her retrograde begins at zero Virgo – July 25th to 14° Leo September 6th
Venus retrogrades for approx 40 days and 40 nights. This is a time of retreat, doing something significant to change and adapt oneself to a new rhythm, one that conforms to the you that has bloomed and blossomed over the last 19 months. As one cycle ends and another begins and we prepare to shed our skin, to revive and adjust according to our renewed values to self. A letting go of what is no longer necessary, frees us up to enjoy further the next phase.

Venus disappears into the Sun’s beams – mid August
As Venus will no longer be visible, we await her return as the morning star in about 2 weeks, this period heralds a time, like a dark moon phase, but longer, where we make plans, sit with our own desires and work on how we can manifest them as Venus comes to light again as part of her next cycle. As Venus approaches earth the Sun overtakes , form our perspective and the signal, is to get down to earth with all Venusian issues, let go of what may not have worked or succeed, failed relationships or other draining relationships, it’s no longer time to wish for the best, but face the reality of what is.

Venus Makes her next rx star point at 23 Leo – 16th August
All points made with the Sun are significant, as the Sun embraces Venus into his heart. The coming together is the merging of our purpose and our desires. A potent seed of potentiality is reborn and it’s best to clarify what that is.What is the next creative and fertile cycle of Venus about? In 9 months Venus joins the Sun again in it’s outer conjunction, at 14 Gemini, what needs to be delivered , or be manifest by then?

Venus  Retrograde and Morning Star apparition coming soon!
Keep your eye on Venus over the next few months, her steps are more significant than you may think.

If you woudl like o know more about the Venus cycle my Webinar on the Next Venus retrograde coming up  and the next 19 month cycle of Venus now is now available for download purchase here

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JULIJA SIMAS

With the next Venus retrograde comes the next opportunity to begin  our next symbolic journey with Venus as she travels around the Sun. Retrograde and conjunct the Sun, Venus begins a new synodic cycle. Taking 584 days to complete, the halfway point of the cycle occurs 288 days, 9.5 months later as she makes another star point at 14 Gemini, 288°(approx) along in the zodiac. This full cycle then completes as she makes her next star point at 6 Aries another 288° along in the zodiac, 9.5 months later. The creation of this ongoing pentagram around your astrology chart, is one well worth following.
In the webinar Julija will explain the full synodic cycle of Venus and all of it’s major steps, that we can use as a symbolic guide in our own lives. We will also explore the part of this rhythmic cycle attributed to the “descent of Innana” into the underworld. By deciphering and understanding the Venus cycle and the makings of the magical Venus Star, we  get ourselves in tune to her divine rhythm,   helping to fine tune our lives to the one we want to live.
Join Julija as we get to the Heart of the Matter of this next significant Venus point and prepare ourselves for the rhythm of her next cycle.

More on Venus and her larger cycle of Venus Transits
http://www.cosmicintelligenceagency.com/2015/04/the-transit-of-venus-2012/

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The Return of the Goddess

Guardian of the night, Queen of the Heavens
by December 4th 2014

After her sojourn, invisible to us and on her mission behind the Sun, Venus returns to grace our evening skies again. We may feel as though we’ve just come out of the underworld or a battle of survival somehow, but what we have managed to accomplish has been about finding a strength and confidence about ourselves mostly in relationships, with partners, husbands, lovers , bosses and even friends. During this part of our journey, we are stripped ourselves bare to show only our most authentic side of (see the Journey that began 60 days ago below,see  next page)

We may still feel somewhat weakened, but ready to go, ready to come out, the battle is over!!! Phew and we can now move on. With the rest of the astrological make up right now, a strengthening Uranus Pluto Square , Uranus and Saturn also squaring each other by 135°  it is our call to come out and start shining again and take no more bullshit!.

Venus as an evening star is a much more chill, reflective and easier to get on with  type of goddess and archetype as she is much better equipped than before, empowered by the recent underworld experience, she knows much better, feels much deeper and knows much more of what and who she is dedicated to, freer as she has let go of so much.  You may not sense this straight away, yet night after night till June 2015 Venus gets brighter in our evening skies as she reinstates herself as the Guardian of the night, the Queen of the heavens again.

Take the Venus journey, it is the most insightful and meaningful, astrological cycle I have found for personal growth and development.

Venus the two sided Goddess: Venus is  a 2 sided goddess in more ways than one, she is known either as ;

a morning or an evening star,
visible or invisible,
bright or dim,
fast or slow,
waning or waxing,
ascending or descending,
ruler of Taurus or Libra

and combinations of the above.

VENUS CONJUNCTIONS WITH THE SUN : Astrologers prefer not to call these conjunctions with the Sun inferior or superior, as astronomers do, although they do describe the physical place of Venus at this time. We are much more concerned with the quality of these conjunctions and it is important to remember that one is not deemed more important than the other. One represents a beginning, another a culmination. Although two main differences separate Venus in these outer or inner conjunctions, the interior when Venus is closest to the Earth retrograde, where she is deemed a more earthy and lustful goddess and when in the exterior conjunction position, she is deemed the heavenly or divine goddess visiting the heavenly plane. The two sides of the goddess in ancient Greek times were related to Aphrodite Pandemos or Aphrodite Urania, Aphrodite the equivalent of  Venus(Roman) in Greek! Urania, stemming from the connection to the  sky God Uranus imbued with a divine spirit and spiritual love, and Aphrodite Pandemos, is a Venus of the people, where she is more lusty in love, earthy and quite appropriately down to earth.

Aphrodite Urania

Aphrodite Pandemos

Continued Next PAGE The Venus Cycle

The Venus Cycle
Do you remember the last retrograde of Venus, In January 2014 and her superior conjunct at 1 Scorpio only a few weeks ago on October 24th.  The Venus Star continues forming around us, this time with the next Venus point, a retrograde point being made in the sign of Leo next August.
Venus and her cycle is by far the most interesting and rhythmic of all planetary cycles, besides that of the lunation cycle which is much quicker and transient, the Venus cycle is made up of 8 year, 4 year, 9.5month and 19 month cycles, which we can use to plan, incubate, create, remember and work with.
The timing of the Venus cycle.
    • 9.5 months (plus a few days)– A conjunction with the Sun occurs every 9.5 months alternating from inferior to exterior conjunction
    • 19 months – 1.6 years = 584 days= One synodic cycle of Venus
      From one inferior conjunction to the next. Synodic meaning meeting place, in this case the meeting place of  Sun/Earth/Venus.
      Venus will return to the same phase of her cycle e.g max elongation evening star position, every 19 months.
      This won’t  be the same place in the zodiac due to the fast and slow movements of Venus. When approaching the Earth Venus slows, when moving away she speeds up, overtaking the Sun in speed after the exterior conjunction as she becomes an evening star.
    • 48 months -4 years – Venus makes a conjunction with the Sun in the same Star Point position as she did 4 years prior,  but 4  years before it was in the opposite position e.g next time Venus makes a conjunction with the Sun in Capricorn will be in Jan 2018, but it will be an exterior conjunction and the last time a conjunction was made at the Capricorn star point was january 2010.
    • 96 months – 8 years– The Venus Return- It takes 8 years for Venus to return to the same place in the zodiac as well as the same place in relation to the Sun, as in this retrograde in Capricorn at 21 degrees, 8 years ago occurred at 23 Capricorn. All returns are within 1-2 degrees. Every 8 years we experience our own Venus return, where Venus returns to the same place and positions as she was when we were born. It takes 5 synodic cycles to create a Venus Star around the zodiac, 8 years.
    • The magic of the Venus cycle unfolds with every loop,  with one synodic cycle,  she forms a rose petal, also a heart shape and then another and another every 1.6 years. A  magnificent rose begins to form around the zodiac and our astrology chart!. 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
 Do you have a morning star or evening star Venus, a fast or slow Venus, an invisible or visible Venus?  Find out that and more with a Venus Star Reading with Julija

Venus Star Readings
All about Your Venus!  Gain further insight into your Venus, phases, returns and star pattern. Great for connecting the past, present and future of love and creativity. Find out how to get into the ebb and flow of your own unique Venus Star cycle by learning how the Venus Star works in your life. Be inspired by the Magic of the Venus Star.

In person or by phone, or skype: http://www.cosmicintelligenceagency.com/2014/07/astroconsultations/

I will be doing another webinar on the next Venus Star Point at 22 ° Leo, coming up this August when Venus is retrograde. Join me on July 25th – Details HERE

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The last  Star Point of Venus   1 ’48 Scorpio 25th October 2014 

The next Star Point of Venus  

1 ’48 Scorpio
25th October. 7:30 am UT for  exact conjunction

A new Moon, with Venus and asteroid Pallas keeping it all together, stay calm and focused.
Mercury stationing direct opposite Uranus – the next 9.5 mths are sure to be a wild ride, yet point to a big change in direction, fortune, or circumstance.
Jupiter sextile the North Node- keep the faith in the future it holds lots of potential ,depending an what you are doing now!
Mars is about to enter Capricorn, you’d better mean it, for what you have been fighting for, standing up against is about to be grounded!
The conjunction of Venus and Sun trine Neptune – When we think about it, the Venusian principles of peace, love and harmony are surely one’s to bestow upon the world and into our lives. 
Sadly it doesn’t seem like much of the world is noticing, yet if more of us tuned into the heavenly cycles imagine what could be! t. Just keep at it as the chart above explains, the collective vision for Venusian values IS strengthening, for we believe it to be true! May we continue to make live these principles and continue to bring these ideals down here to help guide our world. (Well we are the C*I*A aren’t we?)

On the 25th October, Venus after a long time invisible to our eyes,  at this next conjunction with the Sun is reaffirming one of her 5 points. The 5 places  in the zodiac where Venus and the Sun meet every 9.5 months. These points only  ever happen at 5 particular places at any given time.  At the moment her star points occur in the signs of Capricorn, Scorpio, Leo, Gemini and Aries, and with the star point being made today, we have what is called the exterior/ superior conjunction which occurs with Venus on the far side of the Sun. 9.5 months ago, Venus made her conjunction with the Sun as a retrograde planet, closest in her cycle to Earth, known as the interior/inferior conjunction. Her next point after today’s Scorpio point will be made at 21 Leo in August 2015.

In the ancient babylonian world and the myths related to the Queen of the Heavens, this particular time frame was known as the descent of Innana, when Venus travels far away to where we can’t see her over the 7 months after her maximum elongation(which occurred back in April), through 7 gates, to be stripped bare before entering the underworld.  Venus disappeared from our sight as the morning star on the 17th September 2014, and perhaps we can all relate our lives to quite a challenge of late.  The ancient myth goes that Innana, is sent to the underworld to attend a funeral, (her own it seems) one where after shedding her garments, girdles, jools is left exposed naked and hung on a hook to die for 3 days, only to be resurrected by magical beings after 60 days. Here she gains strength and  can finally leave this place and eventually returns as the evening star to grace our skies again. This reappearance will happen on December  4th.

For most of us this part of the Venus cycle may indeed seem the most challenging, and especially as the Venus point occurs in Scorpio, underworld indeed! It is now a time to deliver the goods, show what we are made of. No hiding behind skirts, or screens, yet exposed for what we truly are. It is here when we really sense what is not right and will have to do something more about it. During this part of her cycle Venus is moving double speed, and it seems like an oxymoron to consider her in the underworld, as perhaps she is instead the land of the Gods, in the heavenly realm, being judged by  the Gods , our higher consciousness. Yet whichever way we look at it, she is indeed on a mission.

The last 9.5 month part of this cycle, since the last retrograde in Capricorn, culminates over the next 3 days. What trails have you been through, what was the mission, where are you at right now?   Have you delivered what you have been working on, have you accomplished what you set out to do? Or are you just completely, truly and deeply  responding to what you know and sense is completely right for you. Venus reminds us of how we live according to our values, wants and desires, and how we naturally move toward what we like best, what we most love to do, who we most want to be with. Yet we are in Scorpio now, and here the Sun and Venus come together to get to the heart of any matter. There is a renewed contract being made with the Gods, about your nest 9.5 months of life, to be made manifest during the next retrograde as Venus visits the Earthy realm again. Imagine being completely exposed for all to see, how comfortable would you feel about who you truly are, and the way you are living your life. Is it being lived for others or quite comfortably with others. Here in Scorpio we find out.

This conjunction is not one to take lightly, but one to really work with transforming yourself, to a more empowered and genuine being, with  any fears or doubts you may have scream boldly in your face. Fear not,  it will all lead to further strength and getting more out of the life you want to live, yet it may feel like the hardest thing you have ever done. Look back 4 years ago, when this point was made as a retrograde conjunction at 5 Scorpio ? Or 8 years ago, when this point repeated at around 7 degrees Scorpio, to remind you of when this point was triggered in your chart and life before.

For anyone wishing to know more about the Venus Points and the Venus Star i have a webinar available at this link.

More on the Venus Cycle.

Venus and her cycle is by far the most interesting and rhythmic of all planetary cycles, besides that of the lunation cycle which is much quicker and transient, the Venus cycle is made up of 8 year, 4 year, 9.5month and 19 month cycles, which we can use to plan, incubate, create, remember and work with.
The timing of the Venus cycle.
    • 9.5 months (plus a few days)– A conjunction with the Sun occurs every 9.5 months alternating from inferior to exterior conjunction
    • 19 months – 1.6 years = 584 days= One synodic cycle of Venus
      From one inferior conjunction to the next. Synodic meaning meeting place, in this case the meeting place of  Sun/Earth/Venus.
      Venus will return to the same phase of her cycle e.g max elongation evening star position, every 19 months.
      This won’t  be the same place in the zodiac due to the fast and slow movements of Venus. When approaching the Earth Venus slows, when moving away she speeds up, overtaking the Sun in speed after the exterior conjunction as she becomes an evening star.
    • 48 months -4 years – Venus makes a conjunction with the Sun in the same Star Point position as she did 4 years prior,  but 4  years before it was in the opposite position e.g next time Venus makes a conjunction with the Sun in Capricorn will be in Jan 2018, but it will be an exterior conjunction and the last time a conjunction was made at the Capricorn star point was january 2010.
    • 96 months – 8 years– The Venus Return- It takes 8 years for Venus to return to the same place in the zodiac as well as the same place in relation to the Sun, as in this retrograde in Capricorn at 21 degrees, 8 years ago occurred at 23 Capricorn. All returns are within 1-2 degrees. Every 8 years we experience our own Venus return, where Venus returns to the same place and positions as she was when we were born. It takes 5 synodic cycles to create a Venus Star around the zodiac, 8 years.
    • The magic of the Venus cycle unfolds with every loop,  with one synodic cycle,  she forms a rose petal, also a heart shape and then another and another every 1.6 years. A  magnificent rose begins to form around the zodiac and our astrology chart!. 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

The Sun our guiding light our number one star, symbolic of life force itself, purpose, growth and unity consciousness absorbs Venus into his heart at these conjunctions. Two hearts come together as Venus too has a heart, embodying all that represents love, attraction, peace and harmony. A truly alchemical and passionate embrace the integration of the divine feminine and masculine, a sacred marriage, fusing  creative principles and  symbolically our our own passion and purpose.

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)

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.

June 9th 2014

Venus in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn.

Venus in Taurus, can hold her ground, dig in and not be swayed by stronger or bigger forces, so with a trine to Pluto today Venus is not about to lose something or has to give in to stronger forces, but instead is strengthened and empowered by this magnetic combination. Pluto and Venus bring up issues of devotion and trust today.

As relationship Goddess Venus seeks to strengthen our relationships and push them to the next level, encouraging the next steps, helping us take the plunge, finally make the commitment, dare to do it. If your relationships have been somewhat dull of late, they need a plutonic fix, deepening and strengthening what is already there. We all crave intimacy and what is at the core of a deep, loving and trusting relationship. Discomfort arises as boundaries are pushed and trust is lost.

So the difference between a trine with Venus and Pluto and a more challenging one like  a square or an opposition, is that we can work with a trine  in more positive and beneficial ways. A Venus/Pluto combination raises issues like – betrayal, obsession, sexual domination, power games, control and doing whatever it takes for material gain. None of the above need to play out today for all that you need, the resources to make things stronger and deeper are already there, what you need is to access and make stronger the bond, the commitment, the love, or devotion.

This combination the trine between Pluto and Venus is where we can show the ones we love how much they mean to us, how our world would be shallow without them. It could also be a realisation that the ones we are with do not indeed bring us what we crave and need, or share our passion. As Venus does not only relate to relating, but also to our wants our desires and how we get what we want, this could be a great day, to create a wish list, the story board, in your head, or on paper, or on a vision board, with some of the things we still would like to have happen in our  lives. Mercury is retrograde and in feeling Cancer adding to the good timing for doing something like this.

A work, love, life balance,  the harmony of life is Venus’ domain and Pluto today draws out what we maybe hiding away from, that which we are not accessing for fear of ridicule or non-conformity or  feeling like there is too much risk involved. Remembering Pluto in Capricorn is demolishing the old model of conformity and the old ways(with help from Uranus) and as we push through to the new paradigms shaping our world, a world built on renewed values,  what is most important in living our lives on earth is accessed by Venus and Pluto today, making sure we strengthen the bonds with who and what is most important and dear to us.

At 2:00am UT May 29th,

Venus leaves Aries for comfortable Taurus.
In Taurus Venus is on home ground, in her element strong and confident. Taurus is stubborn, unyielding, earthy, and Venus here goes for what is wanted, needed and desired. Her motives are natural, instinctive, uncomplicated.
At this stage of her synodic cycle Venus is moving fast, still a morning star, eager and on a mission.
Enjoy this quick spell whilst the goddess has her own horns on!
Venus in Taurus May 29th – June 24th

Update May 22nd- 23rd

Venus conjunct Eris -As the goddess of  peace and harmony  meets the goddess of discord – Now we really want to do something radical!

Eris a most interesting new arrival in our planetary pantheon, discovered only in 2005 and due to her size and orbit, was the “Apple of Discord” that began the demotion of Pluto as soon after Eris’ discovery ,  Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status. To many astrologers Pluto’s demotion was a welcomed symbol, as the rise of more feminine archetypes in our planetary Pantheon came into being. Asteroid Ceres was promoted also to a dwarf planet along with Haumea and Make-Make dwarf planets even beyond the orbit of Eris. As we know Pluto remains as archetypically powerful as ever yet Ceres, goddess of grain, agriculture, production and resources was a welcomed symbol in a world ruled by money, power and the plutocrats. A few years later the GFC shook our world and it hasn’t stopped shaking since.

Eris, sister of Ares(Mars) and discovered in Aries, did indeed throw her apple of discord upon our world. Not only that, for all of us born between 1945  to 1984, we all have Eris  between 6 and 15 degrees of Aries in our natal chart. Eris is a slow mover  orbiting our Sun in 557 years,  therefore her influence goes way beyond depicting astrological generations, but epochs of time of 100 years of so. Eris entered Aries in 1926 and leaves for Taurus in 2050, and is defining an era, of much discord, frenzy, war, the rise and rights for the equality of women, relationships in general and more. Interestingly, Eris has played a major role in being directly involved in the current Pluto and Uranus squares which have been occurring between 6 and 15 degrees of Cardinal signs since 2010 and which continue till 2015(and beyond). The Pluto and Uranus squares and the recent Cardinal Cross  have been targeting these natives born with Eris between 6- 15 degrees of Aries. Eris has activated and awoken vast generations of individuals from 30 to 70 yr olds, by transiting Uranus and squaring Pluto, activating us to speak up, be heard,  raise our voices and create change in the world around us. We all feel the discord, the disharmony and strong urges to symbolically throw our Golden Apple somewhere, to help make a change, make a difference, change a dynamic. The old, tired and worn out ways of tradition, a strong influence of Pluto also now in Capricorn.

From Greek myth we have the most famous tale of Eris, as she was the initiator of the Trojan War by causing the Judgement of Paris. The story goes like this -“The goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite had been invited along with the rest of Olympus to the forced wedding of Peleus and Thetis, who would become the parents of Achilles, but Eris had been snubbed because of her troublemaking inclinations. She therefore  tossed into the party theApple of Discord, a golden apple inscribed  “For the most beautiful one”, or “To the Fairest One” – provoking the goddesses to begin quarrelling about the appropriate recipient.  Paris, Prince of Troy, was appointed to select the fairest by Zeus. The goddesses stripped naked to try to win Paris’ decision, and also attempted to bribe him. Hera offered political power; Athena promised infinite wisdom; and Aphrodite tempted him with the most beautiful woman in the world: Helen, wife of Menelaus of Sparta. While Greek culture placed a greater emphasis on prowess and power, Paris chose to award the apple to Aphrodite, thereby dooming his city, which was destroyed in the war that ensued”. from  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eris_(mythology)

With Venus meeting Eris over the next few days and peaking when Venus meets Eris at 22-54 Aries on 23rd May, we will feel a strong pull, to do something provoking, life changing, make some strong decisions  to speak, out, to do and motivate ourselves. What will we inscribe on our Apple and where shall we throw it? This is very much a cause and effect combination, for our actions today have far reaching consequences and maybe larger and more powerful than you think.

In March 2012  the female Russian feminist Punk band “Pussy Riot” staged a performance on an altar in a church  in Moscow and made a music video entitled “Punk Prayer – Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!”. In August 2012, they were charged with “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”, and each was sentenced to two years imprisonment. During these antics,  Saturn in Libra was opposite Eris,

Eris was discovered with the Sun at 15 Capricorn, herself at 19 Aries and an Ascendant of 11 Aries. Pluto and Uranus will activate the Eris Sun over the next year, and as we strive for peace and harmony in our lives and the world around us, there seems to be quite a bit more chaos and discord before we can get there. Just remember your role in all of this and where you will toss the Golden Apple!?

Steve Jobs founder of Apple corporation has his Moon at 7 Aries conjunct Eris! Isaac Newton  scientist and , alchemist born Jan 4 1643, well known for the popular story of sitting under an apple tree, when an apple fell on his head,and he suddenly thought of the Universal Law of Gravitation.(or something like that) . Newton has his Moon at 2 Cancer also conjunct Eris. Interesting correlations to Apples and Eris in these 2 examples.

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Update  May 8

Just when we thought the cardinal cross was over, Venus now taps into the left over cross as she aspects all big players one after the other. Remembering Venus represents our hearts desire, love, creativity, personal taste and take on things. Here is the sequence:

May 10 – Venus opposite Mars – a confronting time where we need to open up and be receptive to what others are showing us. Mars is now close to changing direction to move direct and has more to offer than we may expect. Mars of late during this retrograde has been urging us all to change our way of operation, and the way we go for what we want. You may be surprised of the outcomes if you give, yet also open up to  receive.

May 14 – Venus squares Pluto  – Power packed and feisty, there is no bowing down to stronger forces yet, quite the opposite. Desires are strengthened and frustration needs release. Strengthen the mission as any forces that threaten it’s survival inner or outer show up today.

May 15 – Venus conjunct with Uranus – It could be like a shock to the heart, or a strike of invigorating energy, that makes you jump out of your seat with excitement, anxiety or distaste. The best part of this connection is that however you experience this, Uranus is other worldly and Venus is earthy, so together it’s like a hit of lightning rejuvenating all that may be stale and need some livening up. Think love life, creative projects and even time to yourself. At the same time Venus and Uranus create a sesquisquare 135degree aspect to asteroid Pallas adding a dose for a well needed push for liberation from emotional hang ups in order to keep on top of it all.

May 17 – Venus opposite Vesta – With Vesta we are encouraged to focus on what we are devoted to right now, like a vestal virgin dedicated to keeping the flame alive. Keeping the flame alive in our own hearts needs some attention.

May- 17- 24 – Venus square Black Moon Lilith –as the lunar apogee Lilith moves around quite radically, this aspect lasts for a few days in and out of intensity. The vengeful symbolism of the Black Moon, ensures that we don’t settle for any type of repression and take note of anywhere in our lives this may be happening, however surreptitiously.

May 18 – Venus squares Jupiter – Usually a blessed connection, yet today as a square this connection works another way, making mountains out of molehills, blocking opportunities, or a loss of faith that tests our priorities. Squares are always a test !! Overconfidence, overzealousness, over exaggeration, over the top, over(everything) can get us on the wrong side of things, yet with a generosity of spirit and the humbling of our motivations we can and will get a lot further.

May 19 – Venus opposite Ceres – On the same day as Mars stops in his tracks stations, standstill for 48 hrs before moving direct again after an 80 day retrograde period, Venus and Ceres also make a stand. Ceres the great earth mother and Venus love goddess, may not see eye to eye. Curbing our passions to “grow up” “mature” somewhat is the lesson of the day. Mother always knows best – right!

May 22 – Venus conjunct Eris – Now we really want to do something radical! Eris known for being the catalyst in starting the Trojan war, for her antics for not being invited to a wedding feast, sister of Ares wouldn’t stand for being left out and had to do something about it.

May 26 – Venus conjunct South Node – time to consider the past, reassess your current situation and respond to what may not have changed or moved as you expected. Be very conscious of what and where you need to move towards, to move forward.

May 29th – Venus moves into Taurus .

May 3rd 2014

Venus in Aries-  The Mission is on!

Venus in Aries, a new beginning, a fresh new moment, a starting again that wasn’t so easy a few weeks ago has come ,with Venus activating the zero point of Aries and the beginning of the zodiac.

At 11:22am AEST, or 1:22am UT May 3rd 2014, Venus clicks over to Aries. No doubt we will feel the shift from the swooning of Venus in Pisces, a wonderland we may not wish to leave, the land of forgetting, dreaming and escaping reality, to a landscape of adventure and challenge and no more hiding out. With Venus in Pisces during  the recent eclipses and cardinal square, it may seem like we’ve been living through a bit of set back, a tense and frustrating time. Instead of exploding, severing ties or completely giving up, we’ve been ever so much more tolerant, accepting, reviewing our situations from a more compassionate and loving perspective. Venus in Pisces during this intense period has been somewhat of a life saver.

With Mars also in well behaved Libra, and retrograde during this time and ruled by Venus, and Venus exalted in Pisces, it’s been Venus in charge. We’ve been more tuned to keeping the peace and harmony, than fighting and conquering. The lessons have been to change our modus operandi giving us time to review life and its’ challenges, more than activate them. We’ve been frustrated more than relieved, looked from afar instead of from the battlefront.

Now comes a time where we get to wear our heart on our sleeve, live it like it is, no hiding out, no more pretence and niceties, that’s over. Now like a hero coming out of a cave after months of training and observation, he/she is ready to conquer any life battle that lies ahead. Venus in Pisces made sure our hearts were in it first, now we go and fight for what our hearts desire.

And just when we thought the cardinal cross was over, Venus taps into what is left of the grand cross by activation all of the cardinal cross players and more,  one at a time during her stay in Aries. The sequence goes like this:

 May 10 – Venus opposite Mars 
May 14 – Venus squares Pluto  
May 15 – Venus conjunct Uranus .
May 17 – Venus opposite Vesta 
May- 17- 24 – Venus square Black Moon Lilith 
May 18 – Venus squares Jupiter 
May 19 – Venus opposite Ceres 
May 22 – Venus conjunct Eris
May 26 – Venus conjunct South Node 
May 29th – Venus moves into Taurus

At his stage of her cycle Venus is still a bright morning star, rising well before the Sun, yet slowly creeping down from her maximum elongation, moving back closer to the sun and further away from us night after night. Her motion is now stable and after the retrograde that started off our year of 2014 in Capricorn, she is now slowly speeding up and gets faster moving every day. As well as being in Aries,  and activating the grand cross,  we will feel this momentum, to get moving again, to  activate all the projects that may have lost their spark, to freshen up and give them new life.

Whatever mission we are on there is a delivery date! The date is the next Venus Sun conjunction that takes place on October 26th at 2 Scorpio. These next 6 months are about the realisation and coming to fruition of something in your life that you are working on, not as a job although, it could be, but more in the sense of a life goal and purpose. Venus and Sun coming together are symbolic of the heart of a matter, and what matters most in life. Giving Venus meaning in our lives is about filling our lives with love, creativity and what we desire.

As Venus heads towards this next conjunction, she is already in the descent to the underworld as the myth of Babylonian goddess Innana (Venus’ equivalent) reflects. This is a time where we gather up our courage, momentum builds, fears may arise, excitement unfolds, yet whatever may rise up ahead contains the very essence of our next stage of growth and personal evolution. Think back at the last time Venus was in this phase and moving toward the Sun, 19 months ago, she was heading to an outer conjunction at 8 Aries with Uranus in March 2013. How did that mission go? Think back also 8 years ago, when the conjunction coming up in early Scorpio occurred in October 2006, or when the retrograde conjunction happened in Scorpio on October 2010.

This current Venus cycle that started back with the last Venus Sun conjunction in January at 23 Capricorn (when Venus was retrograde) is now gaining momentum and as this current Venus mission continues, right now with Venus in Aries and Mars in Libra in mutual reception, we have a special moment to realigned the mission with that special Venus touch. Things cannot be accomplished the same old way.

Watch and follow Venus as she weaves her special magic in your life, no doubt a nucleus of evolution* connecting the past, present and future like no other planetary cycle.

Agent 12 Julija Simas – 

The timing of the Venus cycle.

    • 9.5 months -A conjunction with the Sun occurs every 9.5 months alternating from inferior to exterior conjunction
    • 19 months – 1.6 years = 584 days= One synodic cycle of Venus
      From one inferior conjunction to the next. Synodic meaning meeting place, in this case the meeting place of  Sun/Earth/Venus.
    • 48 months -4 years – Venus makes a conjunction with the Sun in the same Star Point position as she did 4 years prior,  but in the opposite position , alternating form exterior to inferior conjunctions
    • 96 months – 8 years- The Venus Return- It takes 8 years for Venus to return to the same place in the zodiac as well as the same phase position her place in relation to the Sun
      • The magic of the Venus cycle unfolds with every loop,  with one synodic cycle,  she forms a rose petal,  a heart shape and then another and another every 1.6 years. A  magnificent rose begins to form around the zodiac and our astrology chart!. 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

Stay tuned for regular updates as this cycle continues!

* From C*I*A FB Friend – Anthony Mark Venus my friends is likened in absolute terms to the mother of orgies, @ this moment she travels through her palace kissing all her suitors, coz they would never exist but for her sensuality , which is the dominant force or the orientals refer to it as “WA”it is this energy that draws all to her in the same way that humans react to pheromones, she is always in demand and is the nucleus of evolution. May U b blessed .

Agent 12 Julija

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