Sunday, July 15, 2007

New Moon July 14 Correction! Venus Retrograde

Hello, I just got back from a week between the worlds teaching astrology at Diana's Grove and saw that I failed to give the correct date for Venus retrograde in my last post about the New Moon that occurred on July 14. I’m sorry about that. The actual date for Venus stationing retrograde is July 27. At that time Venus will be at 2 degrees Virgo, with the Sun at 4 degrees Leo. We will still be able to see Venus as the Evening Star on this date as there is more than 30 degrees separating the Sun and Venus. One week later, there will be 22 degrees separating the Sun and Venus therefore Venus will be closer to the horizon at sunset. By the end of the next week, there will only be 12 degrees separating these two. Venus will be much more difficult to pinpoint in the glare of the Sun. Sometime in the week of Aug. 12, Venus will disappear as the Evening Star. Say goodbye!

Mythically, I like to think about the disappearance of Venus into the glare of the Sun as the journey of Inanna (a Venus goddess) into the underworld to visit her sister, Erishkegal, the goddess of death and rebirth. From "Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth," (Sumerian hymns to Inanna) translated by Diane Wolkstein and Samuel Noah Kramer, we read:

From the Great Above she opened her ear to the Great Below.
From the Great Above the goddess opened her ear to the Great Below.
From the Great Above Inanna opened her ear to the Great Below.

As Venus turns toward the Sun, I ask: What is calling me into the depths? From the sign Virgo, I hear a call. Perhaps the journey will initiate from a desire to find healing for mind and body. Perhaps it comes from a longing for the order that brings wholeness. Perhaps the call of service leads us into our depths. Venus passes a portal going from Virgo back into Leo. The journey may become one of finding that missing piece of the self, the true gift that I bring to the world. On August 17, Venus and the Sun come into conjunction at 24 degrees Leo. What illuminates the depth of you? What beauty can you bring back with you?

It will be possible to see Venus again as the Morning Star when it and the Sun separate by 10 degrees; although Venus will only appear very near the eastern horizon right before the Sun rises. Around August 25, Venus is reborn as the Morning Star. One week later, the distance separating the two will be almost 21 degrees. Look for Venus right before dawn. Welcome her back as the ancient Sumerians did with this hymn:

My Lady looks in sweet wonder from heaven.
The people of Sumer parade before the holy Inanna.
Inanna, the Lady of the Morning, is radiant.
I sing your praises, holy Inanna.
The lady of the Morning is radiant on the horizon.

What radiance do you bring back into this world?

Venus stations direct on September 8 at 16 degrees Leo. Venus returns to 2 degrees Virgo on October 10 when her journey finally resolves. In wonder, we can see her shining from the pre-dawn sky.

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