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On Tuesday, June 5, Venus will make a visible trek across the Sun. Transits of Venus across the disk of the Sun are among the rarest of planetary alignments. Only seven such events have occurred since the invention of the telescope: 1631, 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874, 1882, and 2004. (The featured pic is a French cartoon from 1769. Found on NASA.org.)
Astrologically, a Full Moon is when the Moon is directly opposite the Sun. It happens every month. But, when it is positioned in a very specific way, the Sun obscures the Moon, and we see an eclipse here on Earth.
Astrologically, on June 5, Venus will simply be conjunct the Sun, which happens frequently. However, it’s only been conjunct the Sun, in this exact spot, a handful of times.
Rare astrological events happen daily. Currently, the planet Neptune is in Pisces. It hasn’t been there since the mid 1800s. Anything it does at the moment has not been done for over 150 years. Uranus is in Aries right now. It hasn’t been there since the early 1930s. Everything it does is “once in a lifetime” for all but a few of us. Pluto! Pluto is in Capricorn right now; it hasn’t been there since the Declaration of Independence was signed and the Unites States was founded!
So, what’s so “rare” and different about the Venus transit? And, the Lunar Eclipse, for that matter?
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(That’s Jeopardy music if you haven’t figured it out.)
We can see the Lunar Eclipse and the Venus transit with our naked eye. The planets are always moving and affecting us. But, occasionally, we are able to SEE what they are doing. And, when that happens, we become hysterical.
I’ve been following web chatter about this Venus Transit. Some say it marks the beginning of the dominance of the Divine Feminine. But, this transit happened in 1631, 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874, 1882, and 2004. It will happen again in 2117. What makes this specific transit the definite beginning?
I read someone else who claimed that each century’s Venus transit ushered in a social movement: Renaissance, Reason, Enlightenment, Imperialism. If that were the case, it would be fascinating. But, I checked the dates. They don’t match.
Why, just because we can see this transit, would it affect us more than others? Seeing the movements of the heavens just gives us a glimpse of the influences around us ALL THE TIME. Giving them more significance because HUMANS can see them? Seems a bit pompous to me. But, humans in general (and I include myself) tend to think we’re the center of the Universe, yes? Perhaps why we’re in such an ecological mess right now.
The Real Significance
I did have something significant happen on June 8, 2004, when this Venus transit last occurred. It’s almost exactly when my husband and I split. This has had me comparing my astrological chart in 2004 with my astrological chart now, to see if I can predict what may happen this go round.
But, my husband and I splitting was not the only “life altering” event that has happened in my life. I went to college. Studied in the Soviet Union. Got married. Had a child. Got a job. Was laid off. I can pinpoint many of those events to other astrological transits. Some of those astrological transits will occur again. And, when that happens, I’ll be comparing and contrasting to see if I want to make different choices or keep doing what I’ve been doing.
The real significance of these visible transits is that they help us to understand the cycles of nature, and our own personal cycles, better. When I looked up what significant events happened during the years of the previous Venus transits, do you know what I found? “Venus visibly transited the Sun.” According to NASA.gov:
Scientists discovered they could use the transit to figure out the size of the solar system! How do we know that the actual distance from Sun to Earth is 93 million miles and not, say, 153 million or 23 million? In 1663, mathematician Rev. James Gregory suggested that a more accurate calculation of the Earth-Sun distance could be made during the transit of Venus. It turned out to be harder than anticipated, but during subsequent transits, the focus on Venus led to an even more exciting discovery.
During the transit of June 5, 1761, observed by 176 scientists from all over the world, Russian astronomer Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765) discovered a very strange thing. Instead of the very black disk of Venus sliding into the Sun’s bright edge, it actually grew a brief, beautiful halo of light all around its dark edge. This is exactly what you would expect to see if Venus had an atmosphere!
This transit helped us to better understand the full environment in which we live. This happened on a grand, cosmic scale, and it can happen on a minute, personal level as well.
How? By observing our patterns. But, we don’t have to wait for rare Venus transits, or even Lunar eclipses to do this. On the Solar Eclipse two weeks ago, someone asked if people felt physical “eclipse symptoms.” My reply was that Solar Eclipses are simply a New Moon that we can see and that they shouldn’t really feel any different than any other New Moon. I didn’t say that to DOWNPLAY the eclipse, but to actually point out the power of the Moon at all times, if we simply pay attention. (Of course, some “symptoms” may have come as a result of picking up the hyper “It’s an eclipse!” energy of everyone around us!)
If we want change in our lives, we must first acknowledge that “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” The Cosmos repeats itself. Over and over and over. Even this rare Venus transit has happened before and will happen again. In the Moon class I’ve been teaching, we see repetition on a monthly basis. And we repeat emotions and behaviors from month to month, based on the sign of the Moon. Observing the repetition, we learn how to work with the energy. I have trouble making a decision when the Moon is in Gemini. If possible, I do it before or after the Gemini Moon. Acknowledging this cycle keeps me from repeating a different cycle – beating my head against the wall in frustration once a month.
We KNOW that Nature repeats herself, right? We acknowledge the seasons. We often throw up our hands and exclaim “same shit, different day.” But, when initiating change, or talking about spiritual evolution, we frequently ignore cycles altogether and focus almost exclusively on linear progression, as if progression and cycles are mutually exclusive. “This marks the beginning of a new era for me/humankind…”
Ironically, our obsession with linear progression is keeping us from progressing at all! In order to break free from habitual patterns and self-sabotaging behavior, we have to first acknowledge they exist. Because as long as we’re not noticing the cycles, as long as we think the only way forward is in a straight line, we’re actually on a hamster wheel, unaware that we are endlessly repeating ourselves.
When we acknowledge and embrace the circles is when we actually GET OFF THE WHEEL! When we work with cycles, we still go round and round but up and up, like on a spring (nod to philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel for that analogy).
Let’s get off that wheel!
Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse
With a Full Moon, we release anything that no longer serves us. This Full Moon is in the sign of Sagittarius, with the Sun in Gemini. So, at the moment, we are embracing Gemini characteristics and releasing harmful Sag characteristics. (Talking about cycles, in November, we’ll do the reverse.) Some behaviors you may wish to release are: aloofness, thinking you know what others are saying without really listening, needing to be right, careless spontaneity, taking shortcuts, taking life or oneself too seriously, not checking the facts of a situation, prejudging people or situations.
Ritual: Sagittarius is a fire sign, and Gemini is an air sign. We want to release the fire into the air. Light one candle (tea lights would work great for this) for each characteristic or situation that you wish to release. Then, one by one, blow out each candle, saying, “I release my tendency to…” Watch the smoke float into the air.
The Full Moon is exact at 7:12am EDT on Monday, June 4. I know that may not be the most convenient time for a ritual! If you can’t do it then, wait until the evening, when you can be centered and focused.
Go out and look at it! (Just be safe since you’ll be looking at the sun.) Many museums are hosting “Venus watching” parties. Watch! Stand in awe at the beauty of the Universe!
Reflect on where you were in 2004 and where you are now. Some of you will not have experienced a “life altering” event at the last Venus transit. It really depends on your personal chart and how Venus aspects the planets in it. But, reflect on your patterns, large and small. Depending on the behavior, just being mindful can free you from harmful repetition and move you upwards.
To find out when the transit is visible where you live, and get information on safe viewing, please visit http://venustransit.nasa.gov/2012/transit/viewing_locations.php
Got questions? I’ll do my best to give answers! Feel free to leave them below.