Posts Tagged ‘Venus’

Speaking of Curiosity…

June 17, 2012

So, there’s an Angle in astrology that represents Curiosity.  It has a silly name, Quincunx, and it’s when two planets are five signs apart, halfway between a Trine and an Opposition.  Five is the number of Teaching and Learning, and Curiosity is the prerequisite.  So, what planets are Quincunx to one another at the New Moon and the Solstice?

Turns out both events have the same Quincunxes – Vesta-Saturn, and Venus-Pluto.

Vesta-Saturn could be read

I Wonder how our relationship with the Sacred is changing these days!

Like Taurus, Saturn solidifies things – when we think we understand something, we park that understanding in our catalog of metaphors, where we can pull it out and use it when we need it.  It’s efficient to operate from prefab metaphors – we don’t have to spell out S-T-O-P, let’s see now, what does that mean? every time we go driving, we just respond to the red octagon.

On the other hand, Saturn freezes things.  Red octogons have lost their freedom to mean Hey, let’s party! or Wanna make Love?  So, if we’re willing to open up to it, our concepts of the Sacred are likely to be pixelating and reforming themselves.  That’s kinda what we just been talking about – letting our metaphors be useful or not, rather than unfailingly true.

Venus Quincunx Pluto is a Biggie –

I Wonder how the Goddess will Manifest Herself here!

We would normally consider Saturn to be about manifestation – solidifying into form.  But Pluto is about transformation, Trance(re)formation, changing the Trance.  So what’s really going on is not how the Goddess Manifests (She always has!), but how we see Her Manifesting.  If we open to Curiosity, there’s a new Trance available to us, where we see Her in a whole new Light.  If we open to Curiosity.

Venus Walking Schedule

June 5, 2012

Here’s a timeline and a review of Venus-Walking-Across-the-Face-of-the-Sun websites…

DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN WITHOUT INDUSTRIAL-GRADE EYE PROTECTION (such as a welder’s helmet – sunglasses won’t prevent blindness)

Her Firewalk begins four minutes after 3pm PDT, and ends 26 minutes after 9pm PDT.

The best viewing location is between Hawaii and Japan.  The second-best location is on the Internet – your neck won’t ache, and you won’t go blind besides.

NASA has a live webcast from the top of Mauna Kea on Hawaii, starting at fifteen minutes before 3pm PDT, at

Best of both worlds, eh?  Hawaii and no blindness!  It’s 10,000 feet up, though, so bring a sweater.

Third-best location would be floating many miles above the Planet, out beyond that pesky atmosphere that blurs things up so (bring Oxygen!).  They have a solar filter (so you can see more than a huge glare) and a still camera on the International Space Station, and they say they’ll be beaming live pictures to or

all day, though they don’t seem to have started yet.

NASA has its own real-time snapshot gallery, that’ll even automatically refresh if you allow such a thing (not a good practice, security-wise), at

and seems to have teamed up with some Sugar-Water company (ah, the business-government partnership!  I think they used to call that “National Socialism”) to create another live webcast from Oz and Mongolia (where the full Walking is visible) starting at half past 2pm PDT

And there’s kindofa Venus-Walking Central at

Lemme know what works and what doesn’t.

More Venus Walking, and Lilith

June 4, 2012

Great interview of Kelley Hunter about the Mysteries of Lilith; it’s the last interview, bottom of the page, at…

She’s interviewed by Eric Francis.  She straightens out some of my misconceptions and confusions (which doesn’t mean I’ll change them, because what’s important to me is not how Matter appears but what has Meaning to the Heart – my Heart).

Kelley’s behind on her website, and I don’t want to recopy her email newsletter, but today’s issue is a great summary of the Earth Changes we’re in the middle of; email her at and ask for a copy.

Another view of Venus Walking…

Lotsa convergence.

Do you know what I mean when I say that The World is pixelating?  Lotsa very strange stories running around; reminds me of Bergman’s Seventh Seal.  And lotsa Reality-shifting; when the World changes (or our Birdcage opens, or we are Trance-re-formulated), the picture we have of it breaks up, and then re-forms differently and newly.  Even Lucy was about congruence!

Eric Does Walking

June 2, 2012

Thanks, Alice, for sending along the link to Eric Francis’s Venus Walking Across the Face of the Sun web page…

There’s a whole lot in there!

Eclipse Videos, Venus Walking

June 1, 2012

Coupla nice time-lapse videos of May 20 Annular Solar Eclipse…

With Dragon successfully delivering lunch to the International Space Station and taking out the garbage, one of the astronauts on the ISS took along a solar filter and camera, and will broadcast pictures of Venus Walking live from Space…

I hadn’t remembered that excitement about Space as an element of the 60s, but it certainly was, in the early 60s anyway.  In them days hereabouts lotsa folks wanted to become Engineers so they could outdo Sputnik.  Nowadays it’s just fundamental personal economics – so you can maybe get a job.  And of course the Chinese got it – most of their leaders are Engineers, while most of the leaders in the USofA are Lawyers.  While Chinese leaders know how to build, American leaders know only how to argue.  To American leaders, the only important thing is to win the argument; for Chinese leaders, it’s whether it works or not.  End of Empire.

Monday’s Lunar Eclipse happens at 15 Gemini – “Two Dutch children talking and exchanging knowledge.”  Interesting that they’re Dutch, as it’s the countries in between Germany and France, tired of centuries of German and French soldiers stomping back and forth across their turf, that are most keen about sustaining the Union which is threatening to dissolve in Europe – though the current dissolution is North-South rather than East-West.  They’re Dutch rather than Danish, but the Sabian image reminds me a lot of Peter Hoeg’s Borderliners – just how do we define Reality, anyway?  The EU capital, Brussels, is the cultural capital of Flanders, the Dutch half of Belgium.  Belgium was without a government for several years through 2011 because the Flemish couldn’t agree with the French half of Belgium, Wallonia.  Another North-South split.  It’ll be quite fascinating to see how this Eclipse changes the EU.

Venus Walking Across the Face of the Sun the next day occurs in the following degree, 16 Gemini, “A woman activist in an emotional speech dramatizing her cause.”  I’ll be very surprised if her cause is obedience to a redneck Retropublican hubby.

The concurrent Venus-Mars Square is complex.  It’s waning, and the second in a series of three such Squares.  The waning Square is about the opportunity to choose between releasing and re-leasing.  Venus-Mars is of course about Relationship, most especially and critically about the Relationship between our Inner Female and our Inner Male.  The waning Cycle was intiated a year ago at 10 degrees of Taurus, “A Red Cross nurse.”  The next Cycle begins a year hence at 20 Aries – “A young girl feeding birds in Winter.”  These Symbols were channeled a long time ago, long before “man” was divided into “human” and “male,” and so many of the symbols refer ambiguously to “man.”  But here we have three Symbols together that all refer specifically to the female (of course a Red Cross nurse could be male, but realistically, what are the odds?).  The theme of both of these Venus-Mars symbols is nurturance.

So of course we turn to the Black Moon Lilith.  The Moon’s orbit around the Earth is an oval, and while circles have one center, ovals have two.  The Earth is at one of the Moon’s orbit’s centers, and the other center is called in astrology “Black Moon Lilith” (this is one of several Liliths in astrology).  Think of it as Earth 2 if you like, or Earth’s “Evil” Twin – we use the word “Evil” in the Medieval sense, “Live” spelled backwards, where Evil was defined as whatever the seemed to threaten the suzerainty of a paranoid Church.  Lilith was Adam’s first wife, who Walked when Adam started making rules about obedience.  That was before the Apple affair.

In the Venus Walking chart, BM Lilith is at the midpoint between Vesta and Ceres at Taurus 20 – “Wisps of winglike clouds streaming across the Sky” – looking like Wraiths to the MCPs I suppose.  Vesta symbolizes the Sacred, and Ceres the Sustainable.  Another strong statement about returning to the Grove.

The Moon Occults Pluto a few hours after Venus Walks.  That’ll bring the Uranus-Pluto Square to the foreground along with Neptune (which recall is Stationary during all these goings-on) and of course with that, Chiron-Neptune.  All of which could paint the New Paradigm (Chiron-Neptune) with a hefty tinge of Liberation (Uranus-Pluto) of the Feminine (Venus Walking et al).  Long overdue.

“Nature holds a memory and resonance of paradise, even though most of humanity has forgotten it.  Humanity does, however, remember at a deep, almost cellular level.  This memory has to be re-awakened through contact with the spiritual world and, more specifically, with our cousins, the Faery races and the ancestors.  Until this occurs, humanity is driven to search for that elusive missing something.  This ancestral memory lives within our blood and drives us to seek, find and share spiritual insight and meaning.  Luckily for us nature remembers and holds its essence within its processes.”

–Orion Foxwood, The Faery Teachings, p.116.

Next Week

May 29, 2012

Here are a coupla websites on the Partial Lunar Eclipse at quarter past 4am PDT on June 4…

The Neptune Station is a few minutes after 2pm PDT on the 4th.

And here’s a coupla websites on Venus Walking Across the Face of the Sun…

Remember, no matter how many skimasks you can find and wear, you can still manage to blind yourself by looking at the Sun, whether it’s being Walked Across by Venus or not.  The Walk occurs around 6pm PDT on June 5, and the Moon Occults Pluto at 8pm.  You can look at the Lunar Eclipse allya want.

And here’s a cute one, if you can pardon the ridiculous web address…

June and July

May 21, 2012

I’m grateful to Elizabeth for pointing out that in my list the other day I omitted Jupiter’s Square to Neptune that occurs literally two minutes before the Saturn Station on June 25.  That’ll add significant color to the Uranus-Pluto Square that occurs the day before.  We’ll have to write about that.

Also, I didn’t include in the list the Direct Station of Venus on June 27.  That’ll be worth another essay in itself.  Here’s the full (post solar eclipse) list again…

June 4 – Partial Eclipse of the Moon and Retrograde Station of Neptune.**  Of course an Eclipse of the Moon would reveal (Eclipse) Emotions (Moon) that may hide Karmic material.**  With Mercury Outabounds, our openness to Awareness (or our Defensiveness against it!) will be amplified.  Venus also Squares Mars, which is big considering how lit up they both are.**

June 5 – Venus Walks Across the Face of the Sun,** while the Moon again Occults Pluto.  And Mercury remains Outabounds.

June 12 – Chiron Stationary Retrograde.

June 17 – the Moon Occults Jupiter.

June 24 – (finally – what a build-up!) Uranus Squares Pluto.**

June 25 – Saturn Stationary Direct, with Jupiter Squaring Neptune literally two minutes (of time) prior!**

June 27 – Venus turns Direct.**

July 3 – The Moon Occults Pluto again.

July 13-14 – Uranus and Mercury both turn Retrograde while the Moon Occults Jupiter.**

July 20 – The Moon Occults Mercury.

July 30 – The Moon Occults Pluto again.

The ** double stars indicate astroevents that merit their own essays.

Venus Walks Across the Face of the Sun

May 18, 2012

Here’s NASA’s first story about what astronomers call the “Venus Transit.”  Many of the videos NASA references are just talking versions of the story on the website, but this time the video they reference is great.

We’ll go into gory (though approximate) detail about what the devil a Transit is inna minute.  First we wanna say a little more about Venus…

The Mysteries…

Why did Eve give Adam an Apple, and not a Banana or a Cherimoya?  Apples don’t even grow in climates where you can hang around nekkid alla time!  And why did the Rosicrucians use a Rose Cross rather than a Lilac Cross or a Tulip Cross (other than their name of course)?  And how is it that the Pentagram became the symbol of good (“Star”) and evil (when “upside down,” or pointing down)?

These are Venus questions, and the answer is extremely esoteric, and has roots waaay deep in the “right” brain.  The distinguishing characteristic of the Rose family is its five-pointed symmetry – Apples are members of the Rose family.  Over the course of five years, Venus traces out a five-pointed star on the Zodiac.  There are a zillion Mythologies around these Mysteries, which can be seen from a zillion different perspectives.  I don’t use the term “Mythology” pejoratively – every attempt to explain the Mysteries is a mythology, including the scienterrific attempts.  Here are a few of the many examples…

I invite you to explore these as deeply as you have time to do, as these are Mysteries that are central to Life itself, and some of the most fundamental building blocks of Consciousness.

And the Mechanics…

To an astronomer a “transit” is the opposite of an Occultation or Eclipse – an Occultation occurs when one planet hides another, like when the Moon crosses in front of Pluto (we’re using the term “planet” in a wider sense, as any Heavenly Body).  Astronomers and astrologers use the term Occultation in the same way.  An astronomical Transit occurs when a “smaller” planet crosses in front of a “larger” one (“smaller” and “larger” being relative, based on their distance from us), like when Venus crosses in front of the Sun.

To an astrologer a “Transit” occurs when a current-moment planet forms one of a set of particular angles (such as Square, Trine, etc) with one of your natal planets, or a particular angle to another current-moment planet (such as the Square of Transiting Uranus to Transiting Pluto, which we just refer to as “Uranus-Pluto”).  Here we use the term “planet” in an even wider sense, to include not just other Heavenly Bodies, but also symbolic points in the sky, such as the place in the Sky where the Sun was Rising when you were born (your Ascendant), or the Moon’s Nodes (the places where the Moon rises above and moves below the plane of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun).

When astrologers refer to Transits, they’re actually talking about longitude only – when the Sun is overhead at the Equator (Bali) and the Moon is overhead on the Tropic of Cancer (Hong Kong), they’re said to be Conjunct, even though they’re waaay off in terms of latitude.  You don’t get an Eclipse or Occultation or astronomical Transit till both Bodies are on the same latitude, as well as the same longitude.  Latitudes are also called parallels, and astrologers also use the term Parallel Conjunction to refer to a Conjunction at the same latitude.

There is actually a difference between a latitude and a declination, and astrologers usually use declinations rather than latitudes.  Latitude measures how far you are from the Equator, while declination measures the angle between you and a Heavenly Body relative to the “Celestial Equator,” which is a projection of the Earth’s Equator onto the “Sphere of the Heavens.”  For most purposes, latitude and declination are more or less interchangeable.

Since most of the planets spend most of their time in approximately the same plane or disc around the Sun, most of the time most of the Heavenly Bodies are well-behaved and stay “Inbounds” (between the “Tropics,” or 23 degrees and 26 minutes north or south of the Equator), as seen from our perspective on Earth.  That’s still almost 55 degrees of range.  The Sun and Moon are about half a degree wide, when seen from our perspective.  That means (when the Moon is Inbounds) that they should be in the same latitude about 1% of the time (approximately 1/55 times 1/2 or 1/110), or about 3-1/2 days a year.  They’re in the same longitude once a month, at New Moon.  So you can kinda see why Eclipses don’t happen very often.

When we’re talking about Occultations and astronomical Transits, we’re usually dealing with far smaller Bodies.  Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest (ie, apparently largest) objects in the Sky after the Sun and Moon, are less than one minute of arc wide as seen from our perspective, so they’d be, when Inbounds, in the same degree of latitude about 0.03% (1/55 times 1/60 or 1/3300) of the time – that’s one day in nine years.  And they’re only on the same longitude once a year, more or less (they can repeat their “once” when they go Retrograde).  The other planets are even smaller.  So Occultations and astronomical Transits get vanishingly rare.

Just in case you’re really interested in any of this cosmic geometry, there are 60 minutes of arc in a degree, and 360 degrees of arc in a circle.  Minutes of arc are different from minutes of time, though once in a while they do correspond, because time is after all measured as a function of longitude.

Lots to keep busy with, eh?  No worries, you’ll pick and choose the morsels that provide exactly the nutrition you need to Ascend, cuz that’s what we programmed ourselves to do.  The blossoms are future Jonagolds.

Innana Begins Her Descent

May 17, 2012

Sunday evening, following the Rising Sun in East Asia and before Sunset in western North America, we get an “almost-total” Eclipse of the Sun.  It’s called an “Annular Eclipse,” which means that the Moon is near the far end of its oval-shaped orbit, so even though this would be a Total Eclipse if the Moon were otherwise, the Moon isn’t quite big enough to cover the full face of the Sun.  The Eclipse will be maximum through Hong Kong and Japan, across the North Pacific, and in a stripe from far northern California to eastern Texas (Crescent City-Reno-Zion-Albuquerque).

It’s a complex chart, so I’ll write more about it in additional posts, and just try to describe the context and major elements here.  Things get very busy from here on – the Universe is about to start slapping around the Muggles who’ve been poo-pooing 2012.  Some of them will wake up; many won’t, and they’ll be screaming more stridently than ever on Fox News and Talk Radio, so be mindful about what you hear and believe.  Think of it as their Death Rattle.

In case any of you aren’t familiar with Innana, Starhawk’s Truth or Dare is a fabulous source for – and explication of – Her myth.  Forget Carne Ross’s genuflections; it’s Starhawk that has real information for us.  It’s especially appropriate now, because it was Innana herself who confronted the Lizards when they landed in Sumeria, the very Lizards who are about to lose their latest fascist takeover attempt of Humanity.  On the wake-up level, that is.  On the still-asleep level, the Foxnewsers will continue mining Gold for them for a loooonnng time.

Here’s the Big-Picture rundown…

May 15 – Venus turns Retrograde, in preparation for her Walk Across the Face of the Sun.  Hot coals pshaw!  Venus has been Outabounds (ie, Very Strong) since April Fool’s Day, and she doesn’t return Inbounds till June 3, only two days before she crosses the Sun.  It’s not like she’s sliding into her Transit, she’s literally dive-bombing the Sun!  She reached the peak of her trajectory on May 5, and she’s been diving since.  If you go out just after Sunset and listen closely toward the West, you’ll probably be able to hear the whistling.

May 17 – my calendar says it’s Ascension Day.  Not a bad idea.

May 20 – Annular Eclipse of the Sun in the first degree of Gemini – “A glass-bottomed boat reveals undersea wonders.”  Well, you know by now that I regard any Eclipse as an adventure in revelation, as what was previously part of the background suddenly is made obvious by its absence.  The Eclipse opposes Juno (Identity – a clue about what might become obvious), Squares Chiron-Neptune (Challenges us to move into the New Paradigm), and receives Grace from Pallas (setting good Boundaries is the way we move into the New Paradigm).

We’re no longer under the Mars Grand Cross, but I was gonna say that in this astromileau (Mars Squaring the Moon’s Nodes) there’s no more apt idiom than Gandhi’s admonition to Be the change you wish to see in the World.  Or as Stephen Levine used to put it, There is no greater Work for the Planet than your Work on yourself.  (That’s what the Moon’s Nodes mean – the presence of Juno on the North Node puts about seven exclamation points on it.)

But the Mars Grand Trine remains, and now it’s Trining Pluto and Vesta.  Vesta is what we hold most sacred – what we’re willing to die or kill for.  When you remember that the only Death there is is Ego Death, Juno becomes even more relevant.  The Grand Trine represents Comsummate Grace, Pluto that which cannot be resisted (only transformed aka trance-reformed), and Mars where we direct our Energies.  So the gravest danger here is the Human tendency to see Other People’s need to work on themselves, without realizing that the World is a Mirror.  And yes, there may be Zealots around who haven’t figured out yet that they are Spirit rather than Body, and misinterpret Ego Death.

But even more important, Mars is still Opposite Chiron-Neptune, which we translate as if you don’t invest your Energy in the New Paradigm, it’ll bite you in the Butt.  That is, if you don’t invest your Energy (Mars) in the New Paradigm (Chiron-Neptune), it’ll bite you (Mars) inna Butt (Opposition = wake up and turn around and see what you’ve been missing!).  The Mars-to-Chiron-Neptune Opposition makes the Mars Grand Trine into a “Kite,” with Chiron-Neptune at the top (draw a circle with three equally spaced points on it, then put a fourth point halfway between two of the three, then draw lines between all of the four points, and you’ll see the Kite).

And remember that this is the same Chiron-Neptune that’s being Squared by the Eclipse and forming a T-Square with Juno!  A T-Square is two Squares to the same planet, in this case Chiron-Neptune.  It’s half of a Grand Cross.  With a Grand Cross, the two T-Squares Balance one another, keeping us from straying too far.  With a T-Square, it’s up to us to maintain our Balance, and since a Square is about Mastery through Challenge, that gets tricky.  Whatever you do, don’t try to get it right!  Try to make it work.  There is no such thing as right when you’re dealing with a T-Square.

That is, remember that this is the same Chiron-Neptune (New Paradigm) that’s being Squared by (being Challenged by) the Eclipse (New Awareness) and forming a T-Square with Juno (Challenging us to grow our Identity waay beyond who we think we are or should be – or can even understand)!

While Mars still opposes Chiron-Neptune, it no longer Squares the Moon’s Nodes.  The clue which a T-Square provides us is called the “Vacancy” – the point, Opposite the peak, which would complete the Grand Cross if there was a planet there.  The Vacancy for this T-Square is 7 degrees of Virgo, “A Harem.”  In other words, we survive this Big Challenge (T-Square) to Awaken (Eclipse) to aligning our Identity (Juno) with the New Paradigm (Chiron-Neptune) by listening to our Inner Female, in all her many guises.

I know, that’s alot.  But it aint all.  Neptune is almost Stationary – that is, Very Strong.  It’s also at the top of the Kite.  So Neptune is the key to the whole process!  What’s Neptune about?  When you see the World through Material Eyes, Neptune covers everything with fog; when you see the World through Spiritual Eyes, Neptune creates total Clarity.  Neptune is also Pisces – Emotion, Water.  That brings A glass-bottomed boat reveals undersea wonders into context, and brings us to a Bottom Line for the whole adventure – don’t hesitate to embrace all of the Emotions that arise; that’s the way our Inner Female would have it, and that’s what the Nodes are about!

Which brings us to…

June 4 – Partial Eclipse of the Moon and Retrograde Station of Neptune.  Of course an Eclipse of the Moon would reveal (Eclipse) Emotions (Moon) that may hide Karmic material.  We could write a whole essay on that last sentence; if you remind me, I’ll do it.  With Mercury Outabounds, our openness to Awareness (or our Defensiveness against it!) will be amplified.  Venus also Squares Mars, which is big considering how lit up they both are – more about that later.

And of course that means that Neptune is virtually Stationary for the whole period between now and then, carrying all the implications of the paragraph above that starts with “I know, that’s alot” through all of the time between now and early June.

June 5 – Venus Walks Across the Face of the Sun, while the Moon again Occults Pluto.  And Mercury remains Outabounds.

June 12 – Chiron Stationary Retrograde.

June 17 – the Moon Occults Jupiter.

June 24 – (finally – what a build-up!) Uranus Squares Pluto.

June 25 – Saturn Stationary Direct.

July 3 – The Moon Occults Pluto again.

July 13-14 – Uranus and Mercury both turn Retrograde while the Moon Occults Jupiter.

July 20 – The Moon Occults Mercury.

July 30 – The Moon Occults Pluto again.

All of which will be asking for many more posts!

Beware! The Beginning Is Near

April 7, 2012

While it was Mars that starred in the Big Grand Cross and Big Grand Trine, the real doyenne of the first half of 2012 is Venus.

She joined the Big Amplifier Jupiter and Big Mystic Black Moon Lilith in a very close Triple Conjunction as one corner of the Grand Trine, along with Mars and Pluto, in mid-March.

Lilith, for those who’ve forgotten, was Adam’s first wife.  She split as soon as Adam began to lay down those Penis First rules that Eve was willing to take for granted.  You can see the impact of the Triple Conjunction in the reactionary Attack on Women that’s underway – which Attack is a Paper Tiger.  The Triple Conjunction occurred at 10 degrees of Taurus, “A Red Cross Nurse: The compassionate linking of all Peoples.”  It only seems like the Penis Flag is being raised again because Eve’s Old-Testament offspring own the media.

Black Moon Lilith symbolizes the mystical aspect of the feminine.  The Moon’s orbit around the Earth is an ellipse, an oval.  While circles have one center, ovals have two.  Earth sits at one of those centers, and Black Moon Lilith sits at the other.  You can think of it as Earth 2, waiting just on the other side of Manifestation.  With Lilith in charge, the Penis is the Flagpole, not the Flag.

Venus crosses the Moon’s South Node next Wednesday, becoming as she does a corner of the Grand Cross, rather than the Grand Trine.  Mars turns Direct the next day.  Expect some fireworks over who gets to be the Flag and who the Pole.  This is Venus Squaring Mars – Mastery through Challenge in the relationship between our Inner Male and Inner Female.  If yours ain’t married, you’ll be doing some homework next week – enjoy it as the Learning Experience that it is.

The Mars Grand Cross, by the way, remains in effect well into May.

As we’ve seen, Venus has been dominating the evening sky.  Venus as the Evening Star is Venus Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love.  She reaches her farthest extent from the Sun in mid-May, just as the Mars Grand Cross begins to fade (and the media’s Penis Flag starts to go limp).  She’s Stationary from May 7 to May 15, and then starts working her way back to the Sun, remaining Retrograde till June 27.

Meanwhile, starting April 2nd, Venus is Out of Bounds.  Out of Bounds means that she is further from the Equator than the Sun ever goes, in this case overhead north of the Tropic of Cancer.  Out of Bounds means strong.

She remains Out of Bounds, and Retrograde, until June 3.  As she returns In Bounds, she meets the Sun, on its journey north to the Summer Solstice.  On June 5, Venus crosses the face of the Sun.  Not just a Conjunction, where they share the same longitude, but a Parallel Conjunction, where they share the same latitude.  If Venus were bigger than the Sun (or the same size), it would be called an Occultation, which is the general term for an Eclipse, where one planet or body “occults,” or hides, the other.  Since Venus is smaller, it’s called a “Transit,” but it’s an astronomical Transit, not an astrological Transit.  Astrological Transits are much more general.

Venus Transits the Sun, in pairs, only once per century – and it skipped the 20th Century entirely.  It’s tempting to equate the darker elements of the previous century (two World Wars, the Bomb) with that lack, and maybe not inappropriate.  The first of the current pair of Transits occurred in 2004.  One meaning of a Venus Transit is the feminine made visible.  Venus Transits the Sun as both Square Mars.  What a fabulous time for the Genders to open their minds to learning about one another, aided and abetted by Mercury going Out of Bounds (enhanced Awareness) from May 30 to June 19.

In mid-June, Venus rises as the Morning Star, Pallas Athena, the Goddess of War and Wisdom.  Venus rising as the Morning Star is called the Heliacal Rising of Venus, and represents a very significant region of the year.  We’ll talk more about that later.

Then, on June 23, Uranus Squares Pluto, the Big Event of 2012.  To celebrate that event, Jupiter Squares Neptune, and Saturn turns Direct.  We’ll go into the implications of all that later as well.

Here’s an excellent interview and implicit book review on The Beginning Is Near, and the Rise of the Feminine…