16. November 2018
Sky Terrace – An astrological-analytical look at the stars, planetary movements, seasonal phenomena, and the world at large, by Uli Mai
It’s the date of Venus finally turning direct again, bringing more stability and less drama to relationships, finances, and self-worth.
At the moment, Venus is situated on an extremely fortunate part of the sky – close to Spica and Arcturus, the luckiest stars known to astrology. Visibility at this time of the year is not the best, but with Venus marking those stars, it’s like a cosmic wink to have a look nevertheless.
About an hour before sunrise, look for Venus close to the horizon. Freshly at the beginning of her Morning Star cycle, Venus is bright and not to miss if you have a clear view of the horizon. A little to the upper right, Spica is glimmering.
Another way to spot Spica and Arcturus is if you look for the familiar shape of the Great Bear, also known as the Big Dipper, during its visibility in the sky. Then follow the Dipper’s handle and look for a bright, gold-red star, that’s Arcturus. From then, follow another short stretch and you see blue-white Spica. “Follow the arc to Arcturus and then speed on to Spica”…
Both stars are among the brightest objects in the night sky, and are surrounded by a lot of myths. Spica marks the ear of wheat in the hand of the Virgin. Constellation Virgo is the biggest constellation of the Zodiac and connected with the ancient worship of the Great Goddess, and Ishtar. Spica is the harvest, the result of diligence and sowing at the right time. Virgo’s Alpha Star actually consists of two huge Suns circling each other, many times brighter and much hotter than our Sun.
Spica was used in Medieval Magic, too, and is said since antiquity to give fame, honors and riches, intellectual and artistic talent. One of its aspects is also a harmony of the male and female qualities. From an astrological point of view, Venus so close to this star right now marks hope for less fighting and more social harmony.
Arcturus, too, was one of the 15 stars used in Medieval Magic, and said to cure fevers and contract wounds, as well as to bestow protection. Arcturus belongs to constellation Bootes, the Herdsman, and was the guardian and leader of the close-by Great Bear that older cultures saw as a fearful force. For Arabic astrologers, Arcturus was the protector of Spica, whom they called “the defenseless one”. Those two stars show both the abundance of Earth, and the need to defend it against those who take too much.
In your personal life, connect with the positive forces of cohesion, harmony, love and self-love, while staying attentive to any force that tries to disturb them. Venus, Spica and Arcturus in the Sky together remind you to love fiercely. Happy Venus direct…!
Image: Back in 2014: A beautiful, reddened Moon slid through dark skies on April 15, completely immersed in Earth’s shadow for well over an hour. It was the year’s first total lunar eclipse and was widely enjoyed over the planet’s Western Hemisphere. Seen from the Caribbean island of Barbados, the dimmed lunar disk is captured during totality in this colorful skyview. The dark Moon’s red color contrasts nicely with bright bluish star Spica alpha star of the constellation Virgo, posing only about two degrees away. Brighter than Spica and about 10 degrees from the Moon on the right, Mars is near opposition and closest approach to Earth. The Red Planet’s own ruddy hue seems to echo the color of the eclipsed Moon. Photo: Damian Peach