The Farmer’s Almanac has an interesting tale on the Man in the Moon Myth. The oldest variant is from the Old Testament and claims that he is Cain the Wanderer, forever doomed to circle the earth.Moon for fratricide. The reasoning is based on Genesis chapter 4, is that while he is doomed for his anger and must want the earth like a vagrant, no one can reach out and strike him. It does makes sense, for if the Moon was destroyed, the Earth would shortly follow because it stabilizes the gravitational wobble and that is necessary for regular months (no months no lunation cycle) and seasons. The sky would also be dark at night affecting nocturnal animals and the tides could get so erratic that tsunamis maybe more common. Whoever he is, we Earthlings, definitely need him.
9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
10 He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground.
11 “Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.
12 “When you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you; you will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth.”
13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is too great to bear!
14 “Behold, You have driven me this day from the face of the ground; and from Your face I will be hidden, and I will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”
15 So the Lord said to him, “Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him seven-fold.” And the Lord gave a sign for Cain, so that no one finding him would slay him.
The time is from the BBC news site where you can watch this video to get an idea of the devastation of the dust storm. It is mesmerizing to watch such havoc.
The Chart above looks colourful but understanding the key makes it coherent. Start with the Opposition from the fourth house to the winds and fears of the ninth and Sagittarius. This storm happened quickly, coming upon the populace while they were sleeping and dreaming, perhaps though fitfully. Without warning Mars in the tenth at Capricorn ushers in a series of hard hitting planets, first gaining force from Pluto right next down who picks up the skeletons of the earth (sands) and tosses them to Vesta who stokes up the fires and makes the 100 degree heat become oppressive like an inferno.
Sands pelts and now those dreams become nightmares. Those who can run, do, but Pallas next to Venus near the fourth house cusp, makes for confusion of where is safety. From that blue circle hitch a ride to the turquoise sextile one on the right and notice that another intensifier of Ceres (11 Leo) is also sextile Jupiter (via the brown line) that gives effusive madness and yet a dilatory langour as all the air is sucked out of the area. On one side Jupiter is swirling and spreading sand, sextile the preponderance of Cardinal Capricorn letting rip, and on the other, Jupiter is on the eighth-ninth house cusp creating death with old Jove opposite the Sun in Taurus in the third house creates another t-cross of pandemonium.
Follow the colours — shades of blue are in agreement as are tones of gold, but they don’t get along with one another. As there are a lot of slow moving planets involved and a lazy Sun, in this resourceful Eastern-based bowl that works upon the populace (eleventh house mayhem opposite Ceres who favours dirt) like a two-edged sword. Perhaps this is her prelude to her traditional Ambarvalia later this month?
Venus is descending deeper into the underworld and will enter the Fourth Gate at 7:39 AM EDT, July, 20, 2017.
A Recap of the Myth of Inanna
The Sumerian myth of Innana is probably the oldest account that we have of a passage through an initiation-transformation endeavor. One reason for giving particular attention to Inanna’s myth is hers is one of the oldest, and consequently, possibly more thoroughly embedded in humanity’s collective unconscious than any other. Read overabout Sumer as the cradle of civilization.
Inanna’s poem begins:
According to the myth we have been following in the previous articles in this series, Innana, Queen of the Heavens, adorned herself with her robes and jewels and seven divine degrees fastened to her belt, before beginning her journey to the “land of no return” ( Astrologically this ‘replay’ began on March 25, 2017 with a Sun and Venus conjunction.) to free Tammuz.
As this was a hazardous journey, Innana instructed her minister, Ninshubur, to plead for her with the deities Enil, Sin, Anu, her father and Enki for her physical salvation if she did not return when expected.
Myths, fables and folk tales, invariably present irrational twists and turns that ‘make no sense’ to the rational mind.and this decision by Inanna removes the narrative from the plane of ordinary life to another realm: that of myth and folk tale.
Refusal of the Call
There are times in our lives when the path we are on seems to come to a major crossroads. A critical decision must be made as to which way to go. One way may appear to offer the best conditions, it may be wider, better surfaced, etc.. The other way may be less attractive, darker, narrower, but for some reason one may feel strongly that it is the way that should be taken. Which road to take?
In The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell writes:
“Often in actual life, and not infrequently in the myths and popular tales, we encounter the dull case of the call unanswered; for it is always possible to turn the ear to other interests. Refusal of the summons converts the adventure into its negative. Walled in by boredom, hard work, or “culture”, the subject loses the power of significant affirmative action and becomes a victim to be saved. His flowering world becomes a wasteland of dry stones and his life feels meaningless – even though, like King Minos, he may through titanic effort succeed in building an empire of renown. Whatever house he builds, it will be a house of death: a labyrinth of cyclopean walls to hide from him from his Minotaur. All he can do is create new problems for himself and await the gradual approach of his disintegration.”
Inanna at the Fourth Gate
The Fourth Gate is described as The Gate of Compassion and is related to the Heart Chakra. At this gate Inanna is commanded to remove her breastplate. This could be interpreted as symbolizing the necessity to release all the emotional wounds and negative feelings that have been weighing on her heart.
This ‘opening up’ of the heart must happen before any healing transformation can begin. The metal breastplate also suggests the ‘armoring’ or hardening of heart that often occurs within any person as they strive to protect themselves and live and thrive in a rough and tumble world.
The Astrological Scene at the Fourth Gate
This is the fourth conjunction of the Moon with Venus since the original on March 25and marks the entry of Inanna at the Fourth Gate of the Underworld.
Referring back to the chart of the conjunction at the beginning of this essay, notice a conjunction occurring at 17 Gemini 16 (the 18th degree of Gemini). The Sabian Symbol for this degree is: two Chinese men talking Chinese. Charubel, a forerunner astrological mystic of Marc Edmund Jones, describes this degree as: The number 6 rules this degree. Denoting a purely Mercurial person, and expert in all such employments.
At the First Gate we saw Chiron and Neptune rising immediately ahead of the conjunction, that is, ‘oriental’.
At the Second Gate the Moon,Venus conjunction opposed Jupiter and was trine Saturn, and Chiron and Neptune were still oriental .
At the Third gate was a yod configuration, a so-called Finger of God, which had Jupiter at the point focus of an isosceles triangle with Neptune, Moon & Venus conjuncting, forming the other two points of the triangle.
At the Fourth Gate, the conjunction of July 20, the Moon & ,Venus will be opposing Saturn, and squaring Neptune making a T Square pattern with Neptune as point focus) that in turn trines (ninety degrees away) Jupiter.
The Fourth Gate is Compassion
We know that for this Fourth Gate the ‘keynote’ is compassion, hence the challenge during this “Venus Month” is to become awake to how we can become more compassionate and empathetic to others. As Inanna had to give up her breastplate, the armor that protects her heart, likewise before we can be fully and truly compassionate we have to give up our psychological ‘armor’ and allow friends and love to come into our heart. While this armor does protect us, it does so with the price of dulling the quality, and quantity, of our lives.
The conjunction occurs in Gemini a sociable sign, inventive, active, and a communicator. At this point in the journey, we are called on to step out of our comfort zones and connect and communicate with others. and honor our obligations (Neptune) and commitments, by neither over-promising nor extending (Jupiter) ourselves beyond what are our limits.
The influence of Neptune and Jupiter tends toward being overly idealistic and trying to make too much out of situations, hence bursts of enthusiasm that can not sustained will quickly loose energy and collapse into depressed moods and lethargy. We may suddenly feel highly motivated to do something but are stymied by not seeing how to go about it. Mercury is high in the scale of prominence during this period thus the mind must be fully engaged before speaking or acting.
The Fifth gate will be reached on August 19, 2017 with the Moon conjunct Venus at 21 Cancer 40. Two days later is the eclipse.
The Venus, Moon conjunction this month was June 20, at 6:24 PM EDT, Washington D.C. at 14 Taurus 52. I was ‘out of the loop’ last week so I didn’t make the deadline for getting this out before the conjunction occurred.
As I explore this subject of ‘shamanistic Venus’ I want to incorporate some of the insights of Dane Rudhyar, particularly his work on aspects. Before Rudhyar, typically most astrologers interpreted planet aspects purely as ‘space events’, as ‘freeze frame snap-shots’ of planet configurations; this method did not take into consideration the time element. He brought time into the equation, in this way an aspect between two planets was described as one phase in a compete planetary cycle that began at the conjunction of the planets – a ‘process perspective’. I propose to do the same here.
I refer to Rudhyar’s work on aspects because I think that we too often neglect to understand the psychological/spiritual side of things in our quest for events and objective ‘facts’ that will support our prognostications and expectations.
It was, for example, probably stretching it a bit to attempt to trace the potential interconnections between Trump’s chart and the Moon,Venus conjunction at 29 Pisces, the First Gate, which led me to suggest that he might ‘lose his crown’, during that time period. He didn’t, of course, however the Crown did receive some dings then and continues to do so.
What I am suggesting in other words is that we not focus solely on the time of the approach to a Gate as the ‘only thing’ and look for events that seem to correlate with the symbolism but rather widen our net to encompass the entire time period between the passage from one gate to the next.
And so with this preamble out of the way I will move now to an examination of the chart for the 3rd Gate. I will provide the guidelines for a basic interpretation of ‘planet aspects in process’ later in this article.
The Chart for Venus/Innana at the Third Gate
The Third Gate according to the Sumerian Inanna myth relates to communication, the throat chaka, Virgo and Mercury. At this gate Inanna is forced to surrender the double-stranded beads around her neck, the symbolism in this act can’t be missed, she can no longer speak in her accustomed manner. She is thus challenged to speak to truth and authenticity. if she is going to be permitted to speak at all.
For those us who may be following this story of Venus/Innana, at this point in the journey through the gates, we may be similarly challenged to do some critical self-examination of the manner in which we communicate.
Ask yourself, for example, “Do I usually accurately communicate to others what my true feelings and thoughts are?” “How can I make my speech sacred and holy”? The gift of language is a precious gift, a gift from God. “In what ways can I use my gifts of speech in a scared manner in daily life, and in my sacred work.?”
These are questions that may be calling us to attend to at this time.
Looking at the chart we see that the Moon,Venus conjunction is in Taurus, so that is the fundamental keynote for this period, until the Fourth gate. The sign of Taurus anatomically is related to the throat. Venus is the ruler of Taurus, so the Venus vibe is also predominate.
What is Taurus asking for? Taurus as an Earth Sign obviously calls us to experience the pleasure of bringing Spirit into matter, to experience this deeply, to appreciate the art and beauty of life, to become open to receiving what life brings and to become more loving. Aphrodite is a goddess associated with Taurus. It is interesting to note that Innana of the Sumerian civilization was a precursor of the later Egyptian Isis and the Greek Aphrodite.
The Sabian Symbol for the 15th degree of Taurus is: A man muffled up, with a rakish silk hat. The suggested keyword is ‘sophistication’. “This is a symbol of absolute self-integrity at a simple extreme of self-consciousness, or of the human spirit in its inherent supremacy over all possible limitations or embarrassments…”
The most notable planet configuration in the chart is the yod ( Finger of God) pattern made up of the Moon,Venus conjunction sextile Neptune, these quincunx to Jupiter. This is in a very tight orb of 1 degree. What does this Jupiter, Neptune, Moon and Venus connection suggest?
Neptune is involved in everything…
The role of Neptune I think is particularly significant. As you may recall this current Venus cycle began on March 31 with the heliacal rising of Venus as the Morning Star. At that time Neptune was rising just a few degrees ahead of Venus; hence Neptune is fundamentally associated with this Venus cycle.
Now, at the 3rd Gate Venus is exactly sextile to Neptune. The sextile aspect facilitates intelligence, creativity and communication, thus, at this Gate the optimum expression of the inherent potentials of Venus, Neptune in this cycle may be manifested.
The quincunx with Jupiter is indicative of a critical point when conditions may either come apart, fragment, or be reassembled in a more effective form. With the quinicunx conditions are at a phase of critical adjustment and change.
Jupiter at the focal point of the pattern urges us to expand and enrich our spiritual and psychological lives, to take the positive outlook, to see our glass as at least half full and to expect the best, even a miracle. We must tread very lightly however because everything is in a very fragile state, the slightest wrong word or action could bring the whole thing down, like a house of cards.
Guidelines for interpreting planet aspects cyclically
As I mentioned at the beginning of this essay here are the guidelines for interpretation of aspects from a cyclical perspective.
Rudhyar delineated an eight-fold development of compete aspect cycle. For this essay I will pare it down to the essential four phases, namely: the conjunction, the first quarter square, the opposition, and the last quarter square.
The conjunction event is considered as the ‘incarnation’ of a new entity, new purpose, idea, or project. Here, in our experiment, it is the successive Moon, Venus conjunctions we are looking at.
The first quarter square, which is the opening square, marks a crisis point in the cycle in which direct action is required for the process to proceed successfully. This is a critical time in the evolution and formation of the fundamental purpose that was incarnated at the conjunction.
At the opposition, the ‘full moon phase,’ the challenge is to clarify and objectify your purpose. At this point in the cycle the ramifications of the ‘bigger picture’ begin to come into focus.
Then, at the last quarter, the closing square, the challenge is to revise your thinking and reevaluate the meaning and consequences of what you are doing as it relates to your initial purpose.
This is a time when all the ‘unnecessary baggage’, inappropriate attitudes and ideas must be eliminated, before proceeding to the finish line and the completion of the cycle.
Coming around full circle…
In this chapter of the story, Venus/Inanna has reached the 3rd gate which is marked by the Moon conjunction with Venus at the 15th degree of Taurus. The first quarter square of the Moon with the conjunction degree of 15 Taurus will occur on June 27th at 1:20 GMT.
On July 4, at 1:44 GMT, the Moon by transit will be in opposition to the conjunction degree; and on July 11, at 13:42 GMT, the Moon by transit will reach the closing square with the conjunction degree.
And finally, on July 20, 2017 at 11:39 GMT Venus will reach the 4th Gate, at 17 Gemini 16…,
In Greek Mythology, Hygeia is the great-granddaughter of Zeus / Jupiter via the Apollo(n) line. Her father Aesclepius, another asteroid, was the Greek god of healing & is often shown with a physician’s staff & a snake wrapped around. The cock bird was also sacred to Asclepius and sacrificed on his altar. Chiron, the centaur, was his mentor.
Aesclepius had five daughters. The two most famous are Panacea (cure all) and Hygeia, the root of the English word Hygiene or public health. Hygienists at one time in American history called Hygeists.
Hippocrates, the great doctor of antiquity and father of the Hippocratic oath that doctors take, was said to be a mortal descendant of Asclepius. His promise calls upon the Greek gods as his witness, doctors still take some form of this oath today, sometimes without the ancient gods. It begins solemnly:
I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfil according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant. …
Hygeia 10 First recorded observation April 12, 1849 by Annibale de Gasparis in Naples, Italy, we are speculating that it was 9:30 AM giving a Cancer 05.00 Ascendant, and putting Hygeia herself in the Fourth House of home and housekeeping. Her ascendant’s symbol is an “Automobile wrecked by a train” demonstrating the importance of reorganizing one’s environment into a beneficial environment. When afflicted, Hygeia in the chart is about reckless disregard for one’s person and environs.
Interestingly, Hygeia is conjunct Juno (07.37 Cancer) and the Asteroid Apollon (Cancer 15.31) , which mythologically at least was her grandfather. In such a configuration, Hygeia suggests the importance of hygiene and cleanliness as the basis of family happiness and health and is supported by her Line of Vitality trine between the Sixth House Moon and the Tenth House Sun. There is no doubt, housework and cleanliness is hard work. That idea is impressed upon us with Hygeia lacking a Line of Efficiency — there are no shortcuts to being tidy, and if we look at the latest list on Amazon, there is no shortage of books and methods of how to get there.
Suprisingly there is no Line of Personality, aspects betwee Jupiter and Saturn. Perhaps this is telling us Hygiene is independent of personal preference and with no Line of Culture either, Hygeia is warning those that do not think it is important, should reverse that opinon.
Il Signore Dottore de Gaspari also discovered Parthenope, Egeria, Eunomia, Psyche, Massalia, Themia, Ausonia and Beatrix.
In the few cases we used Hygeia, we discovered that it works well as a public hygiene point. Here are a few examples from our notes:
One native who had Hygeia in the Third House admitted that she came from a very neat family where ironing, clean windows, and presentable appearance counted. it was also sextile her Sixth House of work and labor, and she admitted that her work appearance was impeccable. Once out of the limelight though she dressed quite differently and when her co-workers met her were stunned by her disheveled hippie appearance.
Another fellow has Hygeia in his Twelfth House, admitted he was a “closet slob.” He only cleaned up when he knew he was going to have company or meet someone personally important and then shoved everything in closets.
President Trump who has Hygeia in the Eighth House is an admitted “germophobe.”
Our featured image is a painting by Gustav Klimt of Pallas Athena, the patron goddess of Athene Greece. It is one of his early works.
According to the Pelasgians (prehistoric peoples inhabiting Mediterranean lands), Athene was born beside the lake or river Triton and nurtured by three NYMPHS. Athene accidentally slew her childhood friend, Pallas, when demonstrating her abilities. In token of her grief, Athene set her friend’s name before her own and is often known as Pallas Athene. Nike, the Greek winged goddess of victory is a daughter from the union of Pallas and the river Styx (Greek for river of Hate, which leads to the underworld. Their other children were Zelos (jealousy), Kratos (force) and Vio (violence).
Pallas was also in Ancient Greece, a type of flute.
The metallic element in the periodic table Palladium, symbol PD, is named after the asteroid surprisingly, as it was discovered about the same time it was. Palladium is part of the platinum group and found in platinum ores and used in manufacturing for catalytic converters. it has a silvery luster and easily fusible with other metals of its group. Its melting point is about 1530-1550 Celsius. It dissolves in sulphuric acid.
HEINRICH WILHELM MATTHIAS Olbers (1758-1840) was a German astronomer, born on the 11h of October 1758 at Arbeitfen, a village near Bremen, where his father was a minister. He studied medicine at Gottingen, 1777-1780, & while attending the sick bed of a fellow-student, he devised a method of calculating cometary orbits which made an epoch in the treatment of the subject and is still extensively used by astrophysicists.
Baron von Zach made the treatise public, and it included a table of eighty-seven calculated orbits. While it got him some amount of recognition, Olbers returned to practicing medicine to pay for his hobby. He was a light sleeper, getting about four hours daily according to his diary, and so spent the significant part of each night devoted to astronomy, after having fitted the top of his house as an observatory.
Olbers was entranced by comets and discovered 1815 of them in seventy-four years. During this time he re-identified Ceres on the 1st of January 1802 and then shortly after that detected Pallas on the 28th of March, and following that path discovered Juno. His discoveries of Vesta and Cetus in Virgo were first mathematically calculated.
He died March 2nd, 1840 in Bremen at the age of eighty-one.
Pallas’s discovery, we are assuming early morning in Bremen Germany, is at 04.25 Pisces. E. C. Chambers says that it a critical degree and suggests “concentration.” The Hyperion symbol is a “main span of a new bridge across a mighty river,” which Mr. McClung writes is the “essential point…of something.” Conjunct the Ascendant is 13.24 Mercury, the Hyperion symbol of a “young boy observing a salamander,” or some alchemical new thing coming into being. The North Node which ends this stellium is indicative of “men in open fields” with no barriers to protect or stop them.
We feel based on that triplicity that this a good time for the discovery, but the real question is what does Pallas mean and was it well named? The two yods are helpful there, the blue yod getting the midpoint of Vesta and the Part of Fortune, or the “lesser ascendant” as Marc Edmund Joes calls in his 1975 book, “Mundane Perspectives” and suggesting that devotion to one’s task was key to its discovery and as the myth goes, an unfortunate liability to the goddess Athene who noticed only her prowess and not its lethality to her friend.
The purple Yod has the ascendant stellium as its midpoint reinforcing that message, so yes we agree that it was well named, and believed based on this that the keywords for the asteroid should be “concentrated mentality.”
At sunrise this morning, May 22, we were treated to a conjunction of the Moon with Venus. The conjunction did not occur exactly at sunrise, however, that was later at 10:09 AM EDT, at 16 Aries 24. The two appeared very close together because Venus is only 2 degrees of declination the right of the Moon, in addition to being in conjunction by longitude. This article is the third in this series, please read the two prior postings: Venus as Innana and the Cosmic Pentagram and Venus as Innana at the First Gate, for the necessary background material for this article.
In the two prior articles, in this one, and in the five articles that will follow we are observing the Moon and Venus conjunctions in this current Venus cycle that began at the Venus retrograde station on March 4, at 13 Aries 09. You may wonder why we would want to devote this much time and attention to such an otherwise unremarkable occurrence. The Moon in its monthly trek around the zodiac will contact each of the other planets by conjunction, so obviously a conjunction event in itself is not significant, but its significance can be understood when it is studied in the context of the compete 584 day Venus cycle and the Innana myth. (fully discussed in the two referenced articles)
Before proceeding to discussing our main topic, Venus at the Second gate, I want to make an observation that has been on my mind of late, namely, that I think that we modern folk are suffering from, for lack of a better description, a ” lack of sky”. We just rarely ever look up at the sky at night anymore, and if we do we probably can’t see much except the very bright stars or moon because of ground lights and the air pollution that obscures our view of the fainter stars and the Milky Way. This is not how we were brought up. By this I mean that humanity, the race we belong to, through the countless millennia of presence on this earth, lived under the sky, the night sky, and observed with great care and attention the positions of the stars and the movement of the planets. The Pythagoreans were even said to be able to “hear the music of the spheres”. Today we hear traffic noise or the roar of jet planes.
That said, what is involved in this astrological exercise is probably much more psychological, maybe even spiritual, than anything objective or tangible. Inanna at the First Gate, according to the myth, was commanded to give up her crown, the symbol of her authority. I am not royalty, nor is anyone I know a possessor of such a pedigree, so while there may be no crown, or great office to sacrifice possible, there is a sacrifice to be made, but on a deeper level. What I, or anyone doing following this shamanic Venus cycle track can do, at the First Gate, is take a good hard look at “who they are”. Who they are, that has nothing to do with ones particular role in life, social status or place on the pyramid of wealth.
There is a question that the Zen master might put to a would-be disciple that sums up perfectly what I’m getting at when the Master asks: “Show me your original face, the one you had before your parents conceived you”. An authentic spiritual quest or desire for transformation can only begin when we permit ourselves to ask the question, “Who am I”.
Now we will look at the chart for this Moon and Venus conjunction:
The Second Gate is the gate of perception and is associated with the pineal gland and sometimes is referred to as the third eye chakra. The lapis measuring rod and line are taken from Inanna at this gate. This is the “mind’s eye chakra”, thus it has much to do with how we are using our mind, what we pay attention to. Do we approach the world and life with an “either/or” attitude. Do we tend to see things as either black or white, in other words, are we lost in dualistic thinking.? The third eye, properly developed and used is the faculty for intuition and non-dualistic thinking, the ability to see the “both/and” in life situations and problems. It gives the wisdom to find the “middle ground”.
The Sabian Symbol for the 17th degree of Aries, the degree of this conjunction is: Two prim spinsters. Spinster is a word out of use these days which refers to an unmarried woman. Prim derives from “prime” and has come to mean precise or overly neat, stiff, or “up-tight”. The image of the “two prim spinsters” suggests women who have been living close together for a long time, “are set in their ways”, opinionated, and frequently judgmental of others appearance and behavior. It should be noted that there are two spinsters. Two is the fundamental number of duality. Twoness. Study this image and the location of 16 Aries , by house and aspect in your chart. Perhaps this is the area in your life where you would benefit most by being more open, inclusive and intuitive.
This is the second installment of a multi part article on the planet Venus and its role in mythology and shamanic astrology. The first part is here.
Venus’s orbital pattern and its rising as a morning and evening star has led to being incorporated into rituals, ceremonies and calendars. The greatest religious association was in Sumeria where Venus was associated with Inanna Queen of the Sumerian Pantheon. The Babylonians knew her as Ishtar with sacred marriage rites performed at the Sumerian New Year.
This myth provides the basic form for this study. I call this a study because Venus as it relates to the Inanna myth is a little explored area in astrology. While the Venus/Inanna story is not new to me, this is my first attempt to study it in detail to see how it works in “real life”. This is an “on-the-job’ learning experience for me and I hope you come along too and share your insights and experience.
Venus the goddess of love
Venus’s cycle is a complex and has numerous variations, but this should not deter us from gaining practical benefit and expanding our understanding of an awesome Cosmos.
A synodic period is the time between first appearance of an object on earth to to nearly the same position. The most famous synodic period is Halley’s comet because Mark Twain was born when it was first seen and he claimed he would go out with its next appearance 75 years later (he did). But in reality, the Sun with its daily rising is the one we are most familiar with though we tend to take it for granted.
Venus’ synodic period takes about 584 days (actually 583.92 days) to complete. In this cycle, Venus “re-appears” every 73 days and creates the 7-pointed septagram that is mythologically related to Inanna’s underworld journey. There is also a second smaller cycle within the greater 584 day one that is about 260-280 days long — a bit less than at the halfway mark at 44% – when Venus disappears in the evening sky when it goes retrograde and is similar to a new moon except that this period lasts 18 months long. This chart from cafeastrology tells you where in this cycle it is now but I am marking it when Venus and the Moon are partile so my dates are approximately a month different (see the chart below).
Enters 19 Mar 2017 0:03:35 am EDT
Inferior Conjunction Is Exact 25 Mar 2017 6:17:03 am EDT in Aries
Leaves 30 Mar 2017 6:19:31 am EDT
Enters 28 Nov 2017 2:00:33 pm EST
Superior Conjunction Exact 9 Jan 2018 2:01:37 am EST in Capricorn
Leaves 11 Feb 2018 11:09:15 am EST
Enters 20 Oct 2018 2:10:33 am EDT
Inferior Conjunction Is Exact 26 Oct 2018 10:16:02 am EDT in Scorpio
Leaves 31 Oct 2018 10:40:17 am EDT
Enters 8 Jul 2019 5:09:33 pm EDT
Superior Conjunction Is Exact 14 Aug 2019 2:07:15 am EDT in Leo
Leaves 12 Sep 2019 9:06:22 am EDT
Enters 28 May 2020 3:53:51 am EDT
Inferior Conjunction Is Exact 3 Jun 2020 1:43:29 pm EDT in Gemini
Leaves 8 Jun 2020 4:07:11 pm EDT
Enters 13 Feb 2021 2:50:43 pm EST
Superior Conjunction Is Exact 26 Mar 2021 1:57:34 am EST in Aries
Leaves 26 Apr 2021 4:40:03 am EST
Enters 2 Jan 2022 2:21:39 pm EST
Inferior Conjunction Is Exact 8 Jan 2022 7:47:21 pm EST in Capricorn
Leaves 13 Jan 2022 6:44:25 pm EST
Enters 14 Sep 2022 4:20:16 pm EST (new cycle)
Superior Conjunction Is Exact 22 Oct 2022 4:17:15 pm EST in Libra Leaves 23 Nov 2022 2:18:31 pm EST
The first Gate is on April 23rd
Venus/Inanna reaches the First gate on April 23 at 3:44 PM at Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. See the chart on top (WordPress’s block are making this cumbersome). Where the two meet is 29 Pisces (a scientist adjusts a prism) with the Ascendant of 22 Libra (balance) or a little child laughing at water. A prism is technically a polyhedron with two polygonal faces lying in parallel planes and with the other faces but in use it is an event or medium that distorts time and space.
The Sumerian Myth
According to the Sumerian myth, Inanna desires to visit her sister Erishkegal in the Underworld. To do this she must pass through seven gates before reaching the Underworld; each Gate will be marked by a Moon, Venus conjunction, and at each Gate Inanna will be required to give up something important. At the first Gate she has to give up her crown, which spiritually represents her connection to Heaven.
From a cosmic perspective the Morning Star and the Evening Star phases of Venus represent respectively the involutionary/incarnational, and the evolutionary/resurrectional phases of the natural life cycle. The Morning Star phase because it represents a “descent of Spirit into incarnation” has a sacrificial nature. Sacrificial because it depicts the transition from life in the womb/ the spiritual realms into the physical world, thus a sacrifice of purity and bliss is demanded in exchange for the struggles of existence in the material world. The Evening Star phase is related the mature phase of life, an ascent, a return to Heaven.
Why the Moon and Venus?
The Moon and Venus are more intimately connected with human life than any of the other planets (the Moon and Sun are not planets of course but for astrological short-hand such designation helps) because the orbits of the two are closest to the earth.
The Moon is the feminine archetype ( but not restricted to the feminine gender) hence it relates to self-nurturing and the nurturing of others; our ability to respond to the environment and in relationships. It connects the personal world of the self with the larger world of others – it does this because as the Moon’s orbit carries it around the Earth it passes between the Sun and Earth, and then outside the Earth’s orbit between the Earth and the other planets.
Symbolically it is the primary “connector” in the horoscope between the “inner world” and the “outer world” and can be compared by analogy with the hands of a clock – the minute hand of the clock is like the Moon in the horoscope, because it is the indicator of the timing of events.
The Earth’s orbit places it between that of Venus, on the inside, and Mars on the outside. This fact inspired the great astrologer Dane Rudhyar to write that “Mars is the gateway to outer space; Venus the gateway to the Sun.” He goes on to write: “…in Venus are focused man’s attempts at reaching center, i.e., the Sun…efforts toward realization of the meaning and value of that source of life and light which integrates all human beings…” It is a positive behavior determining factor in human emotional life.
Because Venus is seen in two roles, that of Morning Star and Evening Star, it exhibits dual archetypes – an oriental phase ( rising ahead of the Sun as the morning star) and an occidental ( setting after the Sun ); hence it has been described as the planet of “love and war”.
It seems that some ancient people did not recognize that Venus was the same planet, merely in two roles. Rudhyar, did extensive research on the nature of Venus describing the Morning Star phase of the Venus cycle as Venus “Lucifer” and the Evening Star phase as “Hesperus”. The Lucifer phase is expressed by a feeling of adolescence.
The feelings are primarily depended upon to guide life actions and decisions, thus a person under the influence of Venus Lucifer ( Morning Star), acts as he feels he must act.
How Does This Work in Your Natal Chart?
As I said at the beginning of this essay my intent is to understand if this myth and its astrological correlates have any meaning that I can understand. In other words, “does it seem to work?’ And if it does how do we interpret it?
Our approach to accomplish this won’t deviate from conventional astrological procedure: first identify what house the Moon,Venus conjunction is located; then note what Sign rules the House/conjunction; then check out the ruler of these and evaluate its condition by dignity and aspect; and also note what other planets are located in the house of the Moon,Venus conjunction. We will also check the close aspects and the Sabian Symbol for the degree for the conjunction. There are a lot of moving parts to work with, more than enough.
According to the myth, Inanna at the First gate must sacrifice her Crown, called the Shugurra, the Crown of the Steppe, which symbolized her connection to her Godhood, her connection to Heaven. What is the significance of this act?
Why does Inanna lose her Crown first? We can easily see the point here if we imagine what it would be like if we “knew we were a god”. As a god, what could hurt us, what possession could be taken from us that we could not reclaim when we chose? A god is impervious to harm or loss, right? There is also an obvious correlation to be seen here with the 7 Chakras, the Crown Chakra being the one involved here.
So, let’s look at a chart. What better one to check out than our President as it works as a proxy for the country as a whole. Here is his with the Conjunction chart in biwheel form.
At each Gate there is a loss of some precious possession and at the First is the loss of one’s Crown. How might this be manifested? The Crown perhaps symbolizes a person’s innate/instinctive sense of power and authority, a connection with one’s spiritual guide, or something like that.
Okay, what is happening in DJT’s chart?
Well we see that the conjunction falls at the cusp of his 8th House – the house of loss, death, rebirth, other people’s money, etc. – not a very auspicious indication. Jupiter, the ruler of Pisces, is located in his natal 2nd House –would you believe! Jupiter is also by transit in the 2nd, in conjunction with natal Jupiter! Wow! The 2nd House is our Money House, of course.
One way you could interpret this is that “other people will lose money and DJT gains it”. Isn’t that wonderful, it is the story of his life isn’t it? DJT always wins. But, hold on! There is a larger dynamic afoot as this myth is about personal/spiritual transformation, so it calls us to dig a little deeper.
This Moon Venus conjunction forms a T Square to Trump’s DJT’s Sun Moon opposition, a primary configuration in his chart and keys us into recognizing that this First Gate Passage should be very significant. He has always been making money, this is nothing new for him, so it may bring him additional cash but there is probably much more to the story, for him.
What could it be? We can only speculate. If his Crown is not knocked off, it will probably get some severe dings on it during this First Gate Lunar Month. Perhaps there will an international incident of some kind that the U.S. is implicated in that is embarrassing, and causes some “loss of face” and prestige. A “rite of passage” for the nation, in some form.
Here is the USA Sibly chart with the Moon,Venus Conjunction chart. We see the Conjunction falls in the 4th House, forming a Grand Cross with the natal Neptune, Mars and transiting Saturn – a strong configuration. It activates the angular houses also; the 10th, the Executive Branch; the 7th, other countries: the 4th, the homeland and the 1st, the “face of the nation”. The fact the natal Neptune, Mars square is activated suggests that the prospect of military action is highly possible.
As a footnote here I believe that the Moon,Venus Conjunctions have much more relevance to individual charts than to world events. I expect to see very little evidence of the Conjunctions in them.
Lastly, this essay has gotten rather long, but before we go we should take note that the Moon,Venus conjunction is in Pisces, at the 29th degree. Pisces is the archetype of sacrifice. It is the last sign of the Zodiac, thus, everything in the end comes to rest in the sign of The Fish. The chickens come home to roost. The skeletons in the closet are exposed.
The Sabian Symbol for the 29th degree is: a prism. Hummm….Pure light broken into its individual parts. Diana Roche in her book The Sabian Symbols, A Screen of Prophecy, writes about this degree symbol: ” This symbol speaks to the delicate interplay between the parts and the whole of a thing, and alludes to the fact that changing or altering a part can affect the ability of the whole to function effectively and maintain its stability.
The image of a prism suggests looking at things and events from different angles, and illustrates the process of analysis, or an attempt to understand how things work and what they do. The implication is that any whole can be interpreted through its parts, or any part can be used as a tool to accurately measure the potential of the whole…”
Roche’s interpretation of this degree symbol is I feel right on and what it calls for seems crystal clear – look closely and study whatever you are dealing with, don’t jump to conclusions, delineate the interconnections of all the relevant parts, try to visualize what it all adds up to and what the ramifications are. Finally, Saturn is in a 1 degree orb in a square to the Moon,Venus conjunction.
Expect formidable obstacles and delays in what you are doing during this period. Your determination and capacity for persistence will be tried.
How long will the demands and effects of this Gate persist? We will see. I suppose until the next Gate, the Second Gate, is reached on May 22 at 16 Aries 26 (17 Aries two spinsters sitting together quietly).
I encourage you to give some attention to what is going on in your life and in the larger events around you during this period and if you observe anything that seems relevant to what has been discussed here share it with us. Thanks.
Mars goes sextile the asteroid of Personal Respect.
Monday April 17, 2017
Mars Parallel Admetos1:25 am EDT
Taurus 28 Mars / Taurus 30 AdmetosCeres 26 Taurus
Sun Trine Saturn 8:43 AM EDT,
Jupiter Square Juno 10:34 AM EDT,
Mars Quincunx Saturn 10:13 PM EDT
Tuesday April 18, 2017
sun trine Cupido 2:27AM EDT,
Venus Contra-Parallel Eris 8:47AM EDT,
Mercury Opposition Apollon 2:17PM EDT,
Sun Square Vulcanus 4:12PM EDT,
Jupiter Square Astraea 6:19PM EDT,
Sun Parallel Transpluto 7:27PM EDT
Mars Quincunx Cupido 11:18PM EDT
Wednesday April 19, 2017
Venus Parallel Chiron 2:47AM EDT,
Mars Parallel Vulcanus 3:23AM EDT,
Sun Parallel North Node 5:31AM EDT,
Mercury Trine Transpluto 6:38AM EDT,
Sun enters tropical Taurus 5:27PM EDT,
Mars Sextile Vulcanus 7PM EDT,
Mercury Trine North Node 10:19PM EDT
Thursday April 20, 2017
Sun Conjunction Transiting Mercury 1:53AM EDT
Sun Trine North Node 4:09AM EDT
Pluto stations 8:48AM EDT
Mars Conjunction Admetos10:44AM EDT
Mercury enters tropical Aries 1:36Am EDT
Sun Trine Transpluto 3:29PM EDT
Friday April 21, 2017
Sun Opposition Transiting Apollon 2:18AM EDT
sun contraparallel Apollon 2:54AM EDT
Mars enters tropical Gemini 6:32AM EDT
Venus square Saturn 7:08AM EDT
Mars square South Node 6:41PM EDT
Sun Parallel Mercury 10:09PM EDT
Saturday April 22, 2017
Mercury square Vulcanus 00:28AM EDT
Mercury contra-parallel Apollon 11:19AM EDT
Mars square Transpluto 1:21AM EDT
Mercury trine Cupido 9:38PM EDT
Sunday April 23, 2017
Mars quincunx Apollon 4AM EDT,
Saturn quincunx Ceres 10:35AM EDT
The Asteroid Admemtos’ discovery:
Asteroid 85030, Admetos, a Jupiter Trojan, was discovered on September 24, 1960, by C.J. Van Houten, Ingrid Van Houten-Groeneveld, and Tom Gehrels at Palomar Observatory. It has a period of 12 years, 144 days.
The naming of Asteroid of 85030
Admetos was said to be the best charioteer in the Greek army at Troy. His wife was Alcestis, daughter of King Pelias who decided that she would marry the first man to yoke a lion and a boar (or a bear) to a chariot.
King Admetos was able to do, assisted by the Greek god Apollo, who had been banished from Olympus for nine years to serve as Admetos’ shepherd.
After the wedding, Admetos forgot to make the required sacrifice to Artemis, though, and found his bed full of snakes. Apollo again helped the newlywed king, this time by making the Fates drunk, extracting from them a promise that they would take a sacrificial victim of anyone who would die in his stead.
No one volunteered, not even his elderly parents,. His young bride Alcestis rose to the ocassion & offered herself. Herakles then rescued Alcestis from Hades, in appreciation for Admetos’ hospitality.
Our featured image is Eugene Delacroix’s painting Hercules bringing Alcestis back from the Underworld.
The glyph for Admetos is the earth with a half moon open to above absorbing the beneficial vibrations. Astrologically, Admetos means Retentive. We have yet to check if the Asteroid agrees.
Today, April 15, 2017 at 6:17 AM EDT, Venus stationed & stopped its retrograde motion at 26 Pisces 55 and then resumed direct motion. The planet thus began its journey retracing its way back to 13 Aries 09, where it turned retrograde earlier this year on March 4. The chart below is set at the nation’s Capital in Washington D.C.
There are five planets in angular houses: Uranus,Sun and Mercury in the 1st House, Pluto near the MC in 10th and Jupiter just one degree off the Descendant (7th). This clues us in that this Venus station direct will very likely correlate with some significant doings and events in the country. That Aries is the rising sign and Uranus, the Sun are very close to the Ascendant also adds confirmation.
But what about Venus, the star of this show? It is was in Pisces, a sign in which it is its exaltation. Pisces is ruled though by Jupiter; that is in Libra, a sign Venus rules, so Venus and Jupiter are in a mutual reception according to Classical Astrology. This means that they want to help each other out, but looking at the quadrature, the elements that they are in, there is a mismatch: Pisces is a water sign and rules emotions while Libra is an air sign and rules logic and thought.
If we trace the “chain of rulerships” we see the ‘energy flow’ of a chart. We already see that Venus and Jupiter are in sweet rapport, so let’s begin the chain with Venus, which rules Mercury and Mars in Taurus; Mars in turn rules Uranus and the Sun. Turning to Jupiter we noted that it rules Neptune in Pisces ( of course, according to most ‘modern astrologers’ Neptune rules Pisces, but in traditional astrology, which didn’t know about Neptune, Jupiter ruled it.), and Saturn and the Moon in Sagittarius; Pluto in Capricorn is thence ruled by Saturn; so, the chain is completed.
Men are from Mars
Summarizing it is quite evident that a Aries/Mars dynamic will be strong during the next few days, but equally strong is a Venus/Jupiter influence. Aha! Is this going to be a Men Are from Mars and Women From Venus thing? I predict that it will, a part of the story, at least. The stage has been set hasn’t it?
DJT’s Administration is pure WASP ( for all you younger generation folks, back in the day, the 50’s -60’s, the awareness was slowly dawning that this was a Man’s World, i.e. that, in particular, a White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant Males one – WASPs, were dominating every area of culture, politics and the economy). That, dear reader, is a condition that has changed for the better during the intervening years, but, looking at the complexion, gender and place on the Pyramid of Wealth of the people DJT has filled his Administration with there has been a regrettable regression in the movement to empower women, it appears.
Consequently, I expect to see more public demonstrations for women’s rights and for equal pay. The Republican obsession to crush Planned Parenthood may be a ready focal point for the struggle.
Another feature of the chart should be mentioned – the Cardinal T Square of Uranus,Sun, opposing Jupiter, focalized by Pluto. Wow! that Pluto in Capricorn standing near the MC is powerful, it represents the monstrous power of the Government – Executive Branch, DJT, etc. which, because Pluto is in a square aspect, clashes with ‘the people’, represented by the 1st House, Uranus, Sun.
This Venus cycle therefore may bring out masses of protesters demonstrating their opposition to the actions and policies of the Administration. The President will be emboldened and heavy-handed in his response and will give no ground in the confrontation.
The Mythological & Spiritual Side of it
The image at the beginning of this essay is of the Aztec God Quetzalcoatl that was identified with the planet Venus by the Mesoamerican cultures, Aztec, Mayan and others. The Sumerian/Babylonian Goddess Inanna/Isthar was also identified with Venus as I have previously written about. Not only were the myths identifying Venus with Gods/Goddesses widespread, also was the belief that the morning star phase of the Venus cycle was often malevolent.
For example, the myths of Innana as the morning star portray her as a fickle and avenging Goddess that killed Gilgamesh’s soul-mate when he pointed out her cruel treatment of her discarded lovers. She did not like the slightness criticism. Quetzalcoatl likewise was known, in the morning star phase, as the “wasp star”, or “spearing star”, was, as the names imply, cruel and malefic.
Hence, this Venus Morning Star phase will apparently bring with it an intensification of struggles to deal with many preexisting unresolved issues.
The Sabian Degree Symbol for the 27th degree of Pisces is a harvest moon.
“A symbol of life’s moments of culmination as the threshold of new achievement rather than as any canceling out of experience in the given aspect, and it emphasizes the fact that nature in her immeasurable prodigality is forever showering man with the products of her untiring creativeness. She is saying to him that his productivity is as rich as hers, and that the highly concentrated resources of the world are at the meditate service of anyone who will put them to use and so facilitate their replacement.”
This interpretation of the degree suggests that a cornucopia of opportunity and resources are at hand for use at this time. How will these be used? The record of humanities use of nature’s resources has been sordid and disgraceful, just look state of the planet’s environment, awash in plastic debris , and lethal chemicals of all kinds.
A harvest may be good or it may be bad, depending of a lot of things, the weather, soil preparation, etc. “Ye shall reap what ye have sown.” What have we sown dear friends but the making of a bitter harvest, I fear.