I thought it might be fun to take a look at the Station of Venus by way of the modern technique of Astro-Cartography, in order to see what it might portend for the earth in its entirety. First, however, let’s mention a little about what the station of Venus is.
Venus is between the Sun and the Earth, so in it’s orbit around the Sun, Venus appears to stand still and begin to move in the reverse direction. This is called its retrograde cycle. It’s easy to imagine how this happens – imagine you have a ping-pong ball in orbit around a basketball, several years away from you. Imagine that the basketball was bright, so that you could not see the ping-pong ball when it is close – it would look to you, when at it’s maximum elongation, as if it were slowing down and reversing direction, if you were looking at it’s orbital plane. If you were looking from above, it would appear to be circling around the basketball. This is why and how we see the retrogrades of Mercury and Venus.
All solar-system objects other than the Sun and Moon have this visible phenomena (the outer planets appear in retrograde for different reasons) and therefore have an “omen” like quality. This is because things are happening (from the view of the ancients) that are contrary to the regular course of things. Venus, often associated with the goddess by ancient cultures, has several myths that could be easily seen as being allegories for Venus Retrograde – especially the journey of Inanna to the underworld. Some writers think that most of the myths of elder cultures come directly from observing the stars, or were created as explanations of the celestial phenomena.
The most interesting thing about Venus’ cycle is that it happens 5 times in 8 years. These stations, when marked on a zodiacal circle, produce a near perfect pentagram. Here’s a link to an excellent article on the subject By M.R. Meyer, a Humanistic astrologer of the Rudhyar school.
I could go on about the importance of this phenomena to personal charts, about the difference in quality between the eastern and western elongations (which account for the evening and morning star positions), the amazingly accurate predictive indications given by the Mayans (Bruce Scofield once had an article on the web about this – if I can find it I’ll link it up) and other matters, but I want to get on to talking about the map and the news.
On the 15th, when Venus stationed, it did so at the 24th degree of Gemini. This degree is important, because as planets pass over it in transit, it will activate indications relevant to the nature of Venus, and to the places marked by the four Venus lines on the map. It will also activate the Paran positions, which will be the subject of future discussions. Another important degree in this cycle is the point at which it will eventually turn direct. The space between the retrograde station and the direct station is called the “shadow” of Venus by some, because it represents the area of the zodiac where Venus is moving in its reverse direction. The direct station will occur at 8 Gemini (7:23 – Classical notation always uses the Ordinal Number) on the 28th of June, which will be covered when we get there. In other words, omens pertaining to this Station should have been noticeable since April 12th, when Venus first crossed this degree, but unless you live under an 8 Gemini Midheaven, or have a connection with that degree of the zodiac in your natal chart, you probably wouldn’t have noticed.
Everyone could do with a personal analysis of this Venus cycle, but it has to be done on the basis of your natal chart; general assumptions about any planetary cycle have more to do with rhetoric than astrology. As an example, a person who has a planet at the 14th degree of Gemini will experience three transits of Venus across that position during the period between April 12th and June 28th. This usually gives a “second chance”, a “delayed reaction” or multiple favorable results, according to the patterns and promises of the Radix under examination.
Another effective way of studying the effects of planetary stations is to see which planets, whether natal or transiting, are positioned on the four angles of the chart cast for the local area. These four angles are known as the Ascendant, Midheaven, Descendant, and Lower Heaven. Astral Maps do this automatically for the entire earth – in other words, where you see a Venus/MC line, it means that everyplace at that longitude would have Venus at the Midheaven. Let’s move on and look at news events that may be related to the Astral Map of this cosmic event.
There is a Venus MC line passing through the British Isles, Spain/Portugal and west Africa – the first news I spotted was news of the Dali Lama being given the Templeton Prize in London: Link and interview here – http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/14/dalai-lama-donates-11-mn-save-the-children_n_1513962.html A gift given to a messenger of peace for his work with reconciling science and religion…
Venus AS line crossing Uranus IC line – Myanmar: Link here – http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/14/world/asia/drug-surge-clouds-myanmar-reform-effort.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all I suppose that the drug manufacturing is a “guilty pleasure” side of Venus…
Venus IC Line passing through New Zealand: Link here – http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/14/business/global/14iht-rav-china14.html Hope for expansion of industry into the world’s biggest market…
Venus DS line crossing Neptune MC line in California: Link here – http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/16/business/states-diverting-mortgage-settlement-money-to-other-uses.html?hpw Well, diverting funds to handle debt and budget shortfalls certainly fits the Venus/Neptune combination on a large scale – I didn’t bother to look for any news concerning wardrobe malfunctions or celebrity relationship issues – they don’t seem to need this kind of event in order to happen.
To briefly cover some of the other planetary lines: note the Uranus DS/Pluto IC crossing in central Europe – Voter revolts are taking central stage because of the EU “Austerity Measures” – also, the new French President’s plane was struck by lightning – both Uranus/Pluto events! This morning I received a report in which the famous physicist, Michio Kaku, is saying the cores in two of the Sendai Powerplant have “liquified” – With the Sun and Jupiter on the IC in Japan, this could be a sign of things getting much worse; the midpoint of Mercury and Jupiter is the degree opposite the last Supermoon, so there may be big news coming from Japan very shortly.