Friday, December 20, 2013

Venus Retrograde & the Winter Solstice - The Symbolism

Is Venus Retrograde at the solstice just a coincidence or does it mean something?  Is there really any such thing as a coincidence or is it all synchronicity? And what of the larger synchronicity this creates between the Venus Retrograde at a solstice following a Transit of Venus by one and a half years?

Before I attempt to answer these questions that arose in my mind, I want to point out that the pattern of Transit of Venus is based on a cyclical occurrence between Venus, Sun & Earth. This has to do with the relationship of all three bodies, where Earth’s orbit around the Sun aligns with the Nodes of Venus and Venus’s orbit around the Sun, placing Earth, Venus & Sun all on the same plane (or similar enough). I do have a blog on that from June 4, 2012 if you want more info.  Whereas Venus retrograde at the solstice or equinox is two separate things happening at the same time. Kind of like someone knocking on your door and the phone ringing at the same time. They are not dependent upon each other at all.  Each is following their own pattern that happens to coincide at a predictable rate to create the larger pattern.  This is the same mathematical pattern that is already connected to Transits of Venus because the same bodies are involved.  

Tomorrow, Dec 21, 2013, we will experience Venus retrograde at 4:53 PM EST occurring within hours of the 2013 winter solstice at 12:11 PM EST just one and a half years after a Transit of Venus. This too always happens because the same pattern is in operation.  If you scroll through the Venus Rx at the solstice data in my blog on Dec 19th while bearing in mind the dates Transits of Venus you’ll see that the December 1874, 1882 & 2125 Transit dates each have a the summer solstice with Venus retrograde occurring 1.5 years later in 1876, 1884 & 2117.  Do we make something of this close proximity of celestial events? Or do we just say “of course, that is just how the math works out.” Or do make something of this because this is how the math works out? The skeptic in me considered a mere coincidence but the seeker in me doesn't really believe in coincidence. Even if the phone rings while someone knocks on the door, there is a synchronistic connection between those two people or messages; we just have to look for it.

Math being the universal language, shows us that phi (1.618 the divine proportion or golden ratio) is related to the Sun, Earth and Venus.  Or is that just a coincidence too? Would you still think it was a coincidence if you also knew that Earth & Moon are in a phi relationship, that the diameter of Saturn and the diameter of its rings are in a phi proportion, that Mercury-Sun & Earth also have a cyclical relationship that is also very close to phi, that planetary distances from each other are also close to phi?  This could go on and on and become an article in itself! Point being phi is the divine proportion because it is what naturally occurs in nature with petal patterns of flowers and more, our bodies (DaVinci’s Virtruvian Man), and the universe. We could say phi is the Divine expressing and replicating itself through beauty.  This is why it is called the Divine Proportion.

If we say the Divine is represented astrologically by the Sun, and beauty is represented astrologically by Venus, then this is no coincidence at all. It is a synchronicity for us to unravel. It also says the nature of the Divine is one of beauty and love because it is expressed as such. This I think is the message we are asked to receive, those of us here on this planet right now while these two greater cycles with Venus and Sun are simultaneously arising as celestial phenomena. 
In Jyotish the Sun is Atman, the divine inner dweller of our soul, our connection to the divine. It shows who we truly are in our hearts, our central purpose and creative aspirations as we seek the light of truth and search for our true Self. When we associate the Sun with the ego we are appealing to its lower qualities reflected onto the Sun by our humanness. We can’t get away from being human, yet as human’s we can strive to operate less from our ego and more from the divine dweller in our heart and soul. Think of the symbol for the sun, a central dot with a circle around it. The Sun is the center of our solar system with the planets orbiting around it. We are the center of our universe with our projections circling around us. That dot in the center is our focused stillness where we can connect with the divine within and the light of our true Self. It is the centering thought of a meditation that quiets the mind so the soul can experience the stillness of the observer within.
Venus is perceived through our senses. On one level Venus represents we desire to have, the things and people we form attachments to. Yet the forming of an attachment also involves the ego because these things or relationships are in some way are defining who we think we are. So that is the lower level Sun-Venus dance.

On another level Venus represents our values. This can be monetary value (in which case it has a connection to Mercury and commerce) or it can be our personal values, which is the vein in which I am proceeding here, because those are the values connected to the truth in our heart and soul.  Our personal values represent the middle level of the Sun-Venus dance. They show an evolution of our soul as we go from valuing our possessions, because our egos are using them to define ourselves, to valuing non-tangibles of our connections where we bring love and beauty to others and see their divinity reflected back to us.  At this level we begin to grasp the meaning of Namaste.

At the highest level I believe the Sun-Venus connection to be about Divine Grace. This still involves Venus reveling in the pleasures of the senses, but not at lower level filtered through the ego for material pleasure, gain, comfort or security. Instead this level of reveling in the pleasures of the senses involves presence.  Presence to feel each moment in our heart and soul, presence to just be exactly where we are without thinking of what we are doing next, what our ego wants us to accomplish in this situation, or what thing in the past is being recalled to our minds in this moment.  Experiencing Venus from that central stillness of the Sun is the cultivation of Presence and Divine Grace. From this state of the Sun-Venus dance we operate with non-attachment to our selfless deeds expecting nothing in return because it’s the ego that keeps tabs on who owes whom while our Atman knows we are experiencing the Divine flowing through us and others. At this level we experience the meaning of Namaste.

Many of us are so preoccupied with our busy lives and the things we have to do, that we rarely take time to be present in the moment. Most of us are rarely, if ever, present in the moment -including me. While we are doing something we are either preoccupied with what else we have to get done (therefore not giving our full presence to the moment) or we are so focused on what we are doing that we have tuned out everything going on around us (therefore not present in the entirety of the moment either). It is a hard thing to get out of the ego and the thinking mind and experience Presence through a centered heart.  Yet the more we try, the more it will occur. It is something we have to learn. Or perhaps it is something we’ve always known and have forgotten. Something we are being reminded to return to now. Why now? Why us who are on this planet today?  
There is chaos going on in the world all around us. Much of it we don’t like, but we tell ourselves we can’t do anything about it anyway. So we just go about the rat race trying to gobble up all the things and milestones we can that we think are going to make us feel better or happier, before the bottom falls out. If we die with the most toys we win, right?  Ahhh no. Yet technology is moving so fast we can barely keep up with the new toys. We need a new phone almost the moment we get one along with the latest apps. We constantly interrupt moments where we could be present because we heard an email come in, or a text, or a Facebook pop or whatever. Look around at a restaurant and see how many people are sitting together all on their devices, missing the real connections to those present with them in the moment. I’m sure we are all guilty of doing that at least once. Of course it is always because it was important to do so at the time.  Or was it?  And if we receive a text in the moment and answer it in the moment are we present?  I suppose if I actually experienced presence more often I would know that answer.   To ourselves we feel present in that texting, but to those around us we appear frozen to our phone or walking through a store preoccupied by our device.
Then too if external technology is accelerating our connection times with others, does that mean our internal technology is accelerating our connection to the Divine dweller within? How willing are we to take time out from our devices and sit in meditation to experience that connection? Do we dare to leave our electronic devices at home to be fully present with those in our physical proximity calling our mind back when it wanders to something outside of the moment?  What does your answer say about your attachments?
We don’t have to sit in stillness to call our minds back to the moment, to be present and aware and experience the heightening of our senses when are present.  In this way, Venus is connected to presence. If you’ve ever caught a glimpse of being fully present in some moment of your life, and most of us probably have, however fleeting it was, you know that the colors around you are more vibrant, sounds are clearer and crisper, you can pick up subtleties with your senses you didn’t recognize were there the moment before the state of presence.
I believe the Divine cosmic message of the recent Transit of Venus and this Winter Solstice with Venus retrograde is to consciously call up in each of us an awareness of our own Sun-Venus dance; to remind us to cultivate more moments of Presence, to recognize and radiate more Divine Grace. Perhaps this is to raise our attunement to the higher octaves of the Sun & Venus through the awareness of their larger cycle.
The Winter Solstice is the longest night, the day when the Sun appears to stand still before beginning its journey north where the daylight hours begin to lengthen.  This is highly symbolic as light begins to conquer darkness and the wisdom of Truth begins to conquer ignorance. We are reminded of this every year at this time. Venus Retrograde is a time to honor the grace within ourselves, our ability to experience inner bliss.  We are reminded of this every eighteen months. Yet the simultaneous occurrence of both of these is much more rare.
Combined they are the reminder to cultivate Presence as we experience the bliss of each moment in non-attachment. As we learn to connect to Atman by practicing more and more each day to live from our hearts with gratitude, honoring the Divine in our Self, each other, and in the present moment we will begin to see Divine Grace in the world around us because we will be attuned to it, we will radiate it, and it will be reflected back to us. As more and more of us do this, the world really can change and become a better place. Even if just a few of us do it, it will make a difference in our own lives and the lives of those we touch. From there it will catch on and spread as all things do.  So each of us really is significant enough to make a difference, in fact we are integral to it.
A year and a half ago I wrote in my blog on the Transit of Venus that it was an awakening to Divine Grace. I think Venus Rx at the Winter Solstice is a reminder to cultivate Divine Grace and Presence. Each day forward from the solstice as the days get longer we can awaken to more of our higher Venus & Sun qualities by turning our focus inward, seeking our connection to the Divine within. When Venus goes direct, we can carry that stillness and grace into our outer lives and practice keeping that connection to our heart center in every moment as our awareness of presence grows.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Venus Retrograde & the Winter Solstice - The Pattern

Everything in the universe has a pattern.  I am fascinated by the patterns that emerge between the Sun & Venus.  Some of you may remember this larger cycle of the Sun & Venus from the Transits of Venus. Transit of Venus in this case means an astronomical term for when we can observe Venus moving across the front of the Sun’s disk.  It is not the same as Transiting Venus making a aspect by to the Sun.  We saw Venus transit the Sun’s disk on June 8, 2004 & June 6, 2012.  The prior Transits of Venus occurred on Dec 8, 1874 & Dec 6, 1882.  The next time Transits of Venus occur will be Dec 11, 2117 & Dec 8, 2125.  You may have noticed that each of these pairs of Venus Transits are 8 years apart. (1874 + 8 = 1882). (2004 + 8 = 2012). (2117+ 8 = 2125).
There is a pattern that occurs between these pairs that goes like this: 8 + 121.5 + 8 + 105.5 + 8 and it keeps repeating.  Here is the pattern applied to the Transits of Venus.  Dec 1874 + 8 years = Dec 1882 + 121.5 years = June 2004 + 8 = June 2012 + 105.5 = Dec 2117 + 8 years = Dec 2125.
Then going to the larger cycle it takes 251 years for the inferior conjunction to occur again in the same zodiacal degree (the calendar date may be a day off but it is occurring within a 24 hour period).  Applying this 251 year cycle to the Transits of Venus notice that Dec 8 1874 at 11:32 PM EST (LMT) + 251 years = Dec 8 2125 at 10:10 AM EST .  Depending on your time zone, it can be a day apart but it is within 24 hours.
Why did I bring this up under an article called Winter Solstice & Venus Retrograde?  Because this same repeating pattern of Venus & the Sun also happens with the Winter & Summer Solstices, with a slight difference. During the years where the Venus retrograde lands exactly on the solstice, we can get 3 close correspondences of the winter solstice and Venus Retrograde each 8 years apart.   
The 8 years is significant because in an 8 year period of time Venus will make 5 inferior conjunctions with the Sun (the retrograde conjunctions). If you plot 5 consecutive inferior conjunctions of Venus on a blank zodiac wheel, connecting the dots as you go, you will notice a star emerge. The arms of the star will each be 144° apart. The points of the star will be 72° apart. These are the 5th harmonic bi-quintile and quintile aspects. Plotting the 6th inferior conjunction will bring you back to your starting point approximately 2 degrees prior in the zodiac.  This 2° prior is the reason there is a 1-3 day difference in these occurrences every 8 years. 
A picture is worth 1,000 words and in this case a list.  Watch this for two things:  1) The repeating pattern 2) Venus’s Rx degree move backwards approximately 2 degrees in each 8 year period.  Zodiacal degrees are the Tropical positions.

1762:     Winter Solstice Dec 21 at 01:33 PM EST LMT (w/in 24 hrs)
                Venus Retrograde 29-Capricorn Dec 22 at 11:20 AM EST LMT 
+ 8 yrs
1770:     Venus Retrograde 27-Capricorn Dec 20 at 12:29 PM EST LMT
                Winter Solstice Dec 21 at 11:59 AM EST LMT (w/in 24 hrs)
+105.5 yrs
1876:     Summer Solstice June 20 at 9:12 PM EST LMT (2 day difference)
Venus Retrograde 00-Leo June 22 at 10:44 PM EST LMT
+ 8 yrs
1884       Venus Retrograde 28-Cancer June 20 at 2:36 PM EST LMT
                Summer Solstice June 21 at 7:39 PM EST LMT (1 day difference)
+ 121.5 yrs
2005       Winter Solstice Dec 21 at 1:24 PM EST (3 day difference)
                Venus Retrograde 01-Aquarius-28 Dec 24 at 4:36 AM EST   
+ 8 yrs
2013       Winter Solstice Dec 21 at 12:11 PM EST(same day)
                Venus Retrograde 28-Capricorn-58 Dec 21 at 4:53 PM EST
                This is 251 years since Venus last stationed at 29-Capricorn in 1762.
+ 8 yrs
2021       Venus Retrograde 26-Capricorn-29 Dec 19 at 5:36 AM EST
    Winter Solstice Dec 21 at 10:48 AM EST (2 day difference)     
+ 105.5 years from 2013  (The same day occurrence brings in a 3rd Rx at the Winter Solstices in the 2000’s – one 8 years on either side within 2-3 days.  Since 2021 gave us an extra 8, the pattern continues from 2013)
2127       Summer Solstice June 21 at 12:40 PM EST (2 day difference)
   Venus Retrograde 00-Leo Jun 23, 2117 at 4:48 PM EST
This is 251 years since Venus stationed Rx at 00-Leo in 1876
+ 8 yrs
2135       Summer Solstice June 21 at 11:09 AM EST (same day) 
                Venus Retrograde 28-Cancer June 21 at 9:43 AM EST
 This is 121.5 years from the same day occurrence with the Winter Solstice in 2013
This is 251 years since Venus stationed Rx at 28-Cancer in 1884.
+ 8 years
2143       Venus Retrograde 26-Cancer June 19 at 2:43 AM EST
                Summer Solstice June 21 at 9:21 am EST (2 day difference)
(The same day occurrence with the equinox will bring in 3 Rx’s at the summer solstice in the 2100’s, and we count 121.5 years from 2135 to find the next one.)
And in case you are wondering. Yes the same thing happens with the equinoxes. Venus retrograde repeating this pattern with the equinoxes is as follows:  Autumnal Equinoxes of 1815 & 1823. Plus 121.5 = Spring Equinoxes of 1945 + 1953 & 1961. Plus 105.5 from 1953 (because 1961 was extra) = Autumnal Equinoxes of 2058 & 2066.  However it is the Venus Rx with the Solstices that follows right behind the Transits of Venus.  I will hopefully have time to blog again tomorrow on what I think this all means astrologically.