Venus retrograde Scorpio: Honey in the Heart Emotional Alchemy of the Venus Pentangle

by Agent 116 – Kelley Hunter

Honey in the Heart:

Emotional Alchemy of the Venus Pentangle

by Kelley Hunter, Agent 116

The orbit of Venus has a highly aesthetic cycle. Every eight years, “she” goes retrograde five times, describing a pentagonal star around the zodiac. During these repeating cycles, the goddess descends below the horizon to commune with the Sun, pulling us deep into a personal process of emotional alchemy. This periodic exercise in heart intelligence works individually and in relationships, developing throughout our lifetimes.

Everyone loves Venus. Being the brightest light in our sky, apart from the Sun and Moon, Venus is the most closely observed planet by all peoples. Yet not everyone, not even most astrologers perhaps, understands the depths, complexity and aesthetics of the cycles and phases of our sister planet.

Hurray for the rich C.I.A. presentations on this topic!

Venus’ cycle of 584 days is often considered to start at her “new Venus” conjunction with the Sun, when closest to Earth and in retrograde motion. During her synodic cycle, from new Venus to new Venus, she appears as both Morning Star (260 days) and Evening Star (260 days), giving her two “personalities.” There are also two times of invisibility when she is engulfed in the light of the Sun, taking a “Sun bath.” One is when she is closer to us than the Sun (interior) and the other when she is around the other side of the Sun (exterior). These are time when she seemingly descends to the underworld.

Myths from all over the world tell of this descent of the Goddess. The best known in the west is the myth of Demeter’s daughter, Persephone, who is taken to the underworld by Pluto and discovers her destiny. In another Greek myth, Eros falls in love with beautiful princess Psyche. Venus assigns several dangerous tasks to Psyche to prove her worth—rather like the tasks Venus assigns to each of us during her retrograde journeys. And one of our very oldest written myths is the story of Inanna, the Sumerian Venus, which describes the astronomical cycle of this planet. Written on clay tablets, this myth was recovered from the sands of modern Iraq. These three myths, among others, give us clues to the process of the Venus retrograde journey, which we can apply to our own experiences.

Venus demonstrates extraordinary aesthetics in her astronomy. Several measurements in relation to our sister planet (5 synodic cycles in 8 years, the length of her orbit in relation to that of Earth, among others) give us the divine proportion of 1.618, known as PHI and also called The Golden Mean. We find this “divine proportion” all through Nature’s design:

-in the way branches grow from the tree trunk and leaves grow from the branch,

-in the way the nautilus shell designs its inner chambers,

-in the harmonious proportions of the human body, and

-in our finest art, music and architecture.

This mathematics brings forth the greatest harmony. It is the way our world is designed.

(You can easily find much more about the glorious geometry of Phi and the Golden Mean online.)

Therefore Venus is the Goddess of Beauty (ruler of Taurus).

She is also the Goddess of Love (ruler of Libra), who wrote the famous Law of Attraction. Briefly, this law states that our quality of life is a reflection of our emotional state of being, which attracts experiences and relationships into our life. Self esteem is key, and a strong theme of Venus, taking us beyond ego identification into our Heart of Love.

In each 584-day cycle there is a retrograde period that lasts around 40 days and 40 nights. Over the course of 8 years there are 5 such periods, in 5 different signs that repeat over and over, 2 days and 2 degrees earlier each time. These cycles change sign slowly, revisiting 5 places in our charts over the course of our lifetimes.

These are times we are called into our hearts, to reevaluate our lives and loves. This are times of alchemy when we make “honey in the heart,” enhancing our emotional intelligence. It is said that the heart is the most intelligent organ in the body, radiating the most vibrant energy and informing the brain. How grateful we can be for these special times of heart education that draw us deeper into our essential selves. Our essence is that part of us that is unconditioned by our personal life history.

Psychologist A.H. Almaas fuses western psychology with eastern mysticism in his teachings called the Diamond Approach. He writes, “Personal Essence develops and matures as more experiences are metabolized… one’s life becomes rich with the profundity, beauty and joy of essential life.”

Puran Bair, author of Living from the Heart, writes “Our deeply personal feelings are so incredibly valuable that we should preserve them, using their energy to find the universal emotion of the universe behind them….When we see that is it is the universal emotion emerging within us, we can follow the emotion of our personal heart into the whole, One Heart.”

The 5 Venus retrograde points describe a 5-pointed star, pentacle or pentangle around the zodiac, thus around our charts. These 5 points are revisited every 8 years. We can track these cycles to explore themes of emotional development in our lives. We can consider the sign and the house of these 5 sections of our own charts where we are sweetening our lives and loves with Honey from the Heart. 

DEEP DIVE: Venus Retrograde in Scorpio, 2018

We are well on our way into the upcoming Venus retrograde. Are you feeling it? Are you ready for a deep dive in Scorpio, an emotional immersion into a spicy cauldron of transformation?

 I invite you to join me on a creative journey of renewal to follow the Venus retrograde cycle from October 5- November 16.

This Venus retrograde invites us to deeply integrate the wild cosmic square dance ongoing since last spring and tap into an internal source of revitalization, strength, will power and passion that moves us forward with determination, joy and verve through these topsy-turvy times.

Like pearl divers seeking hidden gems, we will explore multiple facets of Venus’ descent into Scorpionic depths,. Goddess of love, beauty and heart intelligence, Venus beckons each of us to richer fulfillment on our life path— such a gift in the aftermath of the recent months of Mars retrograde, extra eclipse dragons, Black Moon Lilith and Uranus transitioning into Taurus! It’s not always a pretty process in Scorpio, as we are confronted with dark spaces, shadows and fears, yet it offers the potential of ecstasy and empowerment. We shed dried out snakeskins to bask in a brighter glow of heartfelt Self-esteem and personal essence.

I would love to have you join me on this shared, yet introspective retreat, as we each feel our way through deep inner spaces during these weeks, experiencing this evocative process with useful mythic context, timing, suggestive materials, helpful astrological hints and mutually enriching discussion.

The process of designing this class is part of a deep response to creative stirrings I have been feeling already. I will be using a variety of formats to keep it all as accessible, interesting and alive as possible through this amazing time of awakening.

This experimental format includes:

*three pre-recorded slide show presentations,

*weekly live group discussions, Fridays, October 5—November 16 at 8pm ET for sharing, Q&A and chart examples (Saturday for many of you, check your time zone)

*ongoing resources and suggestions,

*spontaneous audio and written downloads of Venusian musings and wonderings on underworld mysteries, the erotic, impossible love, longing, entanglement, subliminal fields,

psyche-soma-spirituality, poetry and portions of writings in progress.

I invite you to send me your own musings, writings, poetry, etc., as well as links to any resources you feel inspired to share.

The 7-week program, $185 USD, C.I.A members special @$155 USD.

with over 5 hours of video content, 7 live online meetings, plus extra audio musings and handouts, (three partial scholarships are available upon request and need).

Option 2, another choice—If you don’t want to participate in the full program, you can sign up for a download package @ $79, C.I.A. members  $65, including

* the 3 pre-recorded presentations: “Honey in the Heart” and

the two-part Venus R in Scorpio slide show videos, with

* the Venus R tables and notebook for personal processing.

*Bonus Option—Personal reading, +$97, an hour to explore your Venus retrograde journey (A good time to take advantage of this 35% discount on regular fees.)

Contact Kelley, Agent 116 at [email protected] for more information.

Agent 116 – Kelley Hunter – Vermont, U.S.A.

Ph.D., C.A.P., longtime astrologer and mythologist, swept up in the wave of the late 1960s. Further studies in depth psychology, cosmology, holistic healing, unified field physics and spirituality enrich her teaching and personal consultation work.

With a special interest in the divine feminine, she is a member of the Goddess Scholars network, author of two astrological books on Lilith and contributed to the anthology, Goddesses in World Culture. You’ve likely seen her articles in Welcome to Planet Earth, The International Astrologer, The Mountain Astrologer and other publications. Kelley enjoys the creative process as dramatist, periodic poet and visual artist, leading to her recently published Planetary Gods and Goddesses Coloring Book. As Director of Helia Productions, she co-produced the Roots of Astrology experiential conference and mythic dramas with Dragon Dance Theater for many years in Vermont.

Her Cosmic Inspiration News appears each month on New and Full Moons.

Location: Vermont, U.S.A.
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