14. September 2018
Sky Terrace – An astrological-analytical look at the stars, planetary movements, seasonal phenomena, and the world at large, by Uli Mai
The Venus/Earth-cycle visualized looks like an intricately woven piece of art, a perfectly symmetrical, five-pointed star, or five-petaled rose; roses belong to Venus since ancient times…
Earth has this pattern with no other planet; it’s actually highly extraordinary, and points to a special importance of the cycle of both planets. Ancient peoples from Mesopotamians to Mayas knew that and watched her cycles carefully, taking them as time measure for important venues.
Even if you know nothing about the cycle of Venus, you probably know her two phases, or faces: Morning and Evening Star. These phases change according to Venus’ position towards Earth. At the moment, Venus is in her Evening Star phase and will be at her highest visibility on September 20th – an important day for sky lovers. Check the horizon after sunset and you will see the brilliant white light of Venus… shining brightest before her disappearance soon afterwards.
On October 6, she will start her retrograde journey and fall back behind Earth from our point of view. From October 18th to November 5th , Venus will come so close to the Sun she is not visible anymore. Ancient cultures saw this period as the Goddess’ descent into the underworld. There, she’s subject to tests and trials, before coming back as Morning Star in November. October 26th, the merging of Venus/Sun, is a powerful day for you to set intentions for relationships, love, self-value, and finances. It’s the start of the new Venus cycle that will last until May 2020.
From November 5 onward, Venus reemerges as the Morning Star – that’s the true origin of Lucifer, the Light bringer. And indeed, Venus Morning Star was traditionally looked upon as the warlike face of the Goddess. Venus used to be Goddess of Love AND War – only in the Roman world, she was castrated into representing just the “nice” aspects of love and beauty.
Astrologically, Venus retrograde represents a phase of reflection and re-evaluation in love, relationships, and things we value. This year’s retrograde phase, from October 6 – November 16, is especially intense due to various factors. On top of all, it happens mainly in Scorpio. Expect deep, soul-shattering or –changing experiences with love, intimacy, perhaps also finances.
You will be forced to deal with sudden events, changes, conflict, and also, deeply hidden feelings of hurt, and insecurity. All of this happens so you can re-define who you are, and who you want to walk through life with. We will all descend into the underworld this time, with Venus, and be stripped of any superficial fluff, lies, and pretense. We will have to find a way to be free, and give freedom, to others, and to solve conflict in a way that doesn’t destroy us or them.
From Mid-November, we can incorporate the deep truth about what and who we really love, even, how we want to love, and build life, relating, business partnerships, love affairs and relationships, on that new foundation. Connect to the mystery, look up to the Sky and follow Venus’s descent, see her go down and be reborn in November as the brilliant Morning Star…
Image: On Dec. 5, 2015, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Kimiya Yui captured this image from the International Space Station of the planet Venus shining bright. Part of the station’s Kibo laboratory with the star Spica visible below is seen at the top of the frame. At the time this photograph was taken, Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft, a Venus climate orbiter, was nearing the planet. At about 7 p.m. EST on Sunday, Dec. 6, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) at JAXA commanded Akatsuki to fire four thrusters, which successfully nudged the spacecraft into an elliptical orbit around Venus. This JAXA mission is being celebrated by NASA scientists, eager to learn more about the atmosphere and climate of Earth’s enigmatic sister planet. Akatsuki is the first spacecraft to explore Venus since the European Space Agency’s Venus Express reached the end of its mission in 2014.
Image Credit: NASA/JAXA
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