In ancient times, Venus was thought to be a star rather than a planet as she was so bright in the night sky – we’ve witnessed Venus’ beauty over the last few weeks. Yet, now Venus has disappeared from view.
This is because Venus is reaching the mid-way point of her retrograde cycle which takes place today on June 3rd.
The mid-way point is significant because it’s when the Sun and Venus are at the exact same point in the zodiac. This conjunction of the Sun and Venus retrograde is a symbolic turning point and there’s magic in the moment the Sun & Venus unite.
This is called cazimi in astrology when a planet is illuminated by the rays of the Sun. The exact time of the Sun-Venus cazimi moment is 18:44 GMT+1 but Venus will have her audience with the Sun for a few hours either side.
The Dance Of Venus
This is called an inferior conjunction and it’s the time when Venus is shifting from an evening star to a morning star in the night sky. In other words, Venus has disappeared from the sky after sunset and you will need to wake before sunrise to see Venus once she emerges again in a week or so.
Venus becomes invisible as she merges with the Sun and the symbolism suggests her descent into the Underworld. She disappears from sight and reappears reborn.
The first half of the retrograde cycle is more reflective, when you turn inwards for deep insight. You learn more about yourself, especially in relation to love, money and creativity, Venus’ themes.
The Sun illuminates Venus as they sit side by side in the zodiac, the mid-way point, and this is considered a rebirth moment. Venus is regathering her strength as she reconnects with her passion.
Venus The Harmoniser
The pattern that Venus makes in relation to the Sun and Earth in her long & complex journey is beautiful. There’s a perfect flow and symmetry and the resulting movement of Venus in relation to the earth resembles a 5 petalled-flower – see picture above. Ancient peoples called Venus the harmoniser.
Venus is the planet of beauty as well as love. when either is in flow, you often experience a sense of awe and wonder. This is cosmic harmony, in tune with the universe, the perfect note, a flawless sequence.
Venus’ cycle through the universe is a feature of this cosmic order as the 8 year pattern repeats almost exactly. Which means if you want to know what this year’s Venus retrograde in Gemini will bring into your life or how to work with it, look back to the events of May/June 2012, 2004 & 1996.
There is a slight shift backwards in the zodiac so this perfect pattern doesn’t work going back into infinity but it is pretty accurate for the last few occasions.
Here’s the current cosmic pattern of Venus’ transit through Gemini, the sign of the twins:
- Venus enters Gemini – April 3, 2020
- Venus turns retrograde [21 Gemini 50] – May 13, 2020
- Sun conjunct Venus R [13 Gemini 35] – June 3, 2020 [18:44 GMT+1]
- Venus turns direct [5 Gemini 20] – June 25, 2020
- Venus leaves Gemini – August 7, 2020
Admittedly, this week’s Sun/Venus conjunction is caught up in other planetary activity. The powerful Full Moon or Lunar Eclipse on June 5th and a clashing square to Mars, the planet of anger & violence on June 3rd & 6th. Yet, in the midst of strife & discord, the call for unity is stronger than ever.
Use this week’s Sun/Venus cazimi conjunction to make the right connections, to ‘have your audience with the King’, seek illumination & enlightenment, honour love & beauty, & pray to the Goddess of harmony.
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