I have been feeling the last month of astrological activity seems very relevant to me, and for those of us going through the pre-menopausal and menopausal journey. Now, disclaimer first…I am not an astrologer, but I do follow the lunar cycles and like to read up about big planetary events. What struck me about this group of partial eclipses (a Partial Solar Eclipse on the New Moon on May 20, and a Partial Lunar Eclipse 2 weeks later on the Full Moon on June 4) and the Venus transit on June 5/6, was that they seem to deal with the Masculine and Feminine Energies interacting with eachother (solar being of a masculine nature, and lunar and Venus being of a feminine nature). And as I’ve gone through peri-menopause for the last 8 years, I have strongly felt it is about finding a Sacred Union of the Masculine and Feminine Energies within us. It is very interesting to me to also note that that seems to be the work that is happening on a global level with humanity. The Divine Feminine is coming back, no doubt, but many women forget about the masculine part that we so sorely need as well. Without the masculine energy to balance it, the purely feminine energy can be ungrounded, lack focus and clarity, and well, make it hard to function effectively in the world. Umm…I’ve been there.
On Tuesday I went up the road after hiking with Bootsy (our rambunctious 2 year old Labrador) to the Lawrence Hall of Science to see the Venus transit and actually felt quite emotional and awe-struck to see the shadow of Venus imprinted on the Sun. After researching it a bit more I was fascinated to see this very interesting article by Rose Marcus about this transit. She calls it the Birth of the Solar Feminine and that really hit me with some truth. I think this transit is very important for those of us who are rebirthing our own Solar Feminine, a more fiery feminine, in Menopause.
Of course, being the book-aholic that I am, I ordered a few books about this and will report back as I read them, but one of them talked about the differences between the Lunar Feminine and the Solar Feminine. It also talks about the shadow of the Lunar Feminine. I already have some ideas of what it is going to say because this topic seems so in line with how my thinking has been evolving about the spiritual path of menopause. Hint…I think we have to use that anger to get to the Solar Feminine. And I know those of us in menopause have that in spades :-).
So enjoy the article, and please comment on this, as I’d love to hear what you think about this theory.
***************************** ARTICLE FROM ROSE MARCUS ***************************
On June 5 or 6, 2012, depending where on the planet you live, Venus will cross the face of the sun. This planetary alignment is called an occultation. It is similar to an eclipse, but Venus will not totally block our view, rather, she will appear like a dot crossing over the face of the sun.
Although Venus and Sun meet up every couple of years, we have only witnessed this event six times in recent human history. History says that Jeremiah Horrocks was the first human to ever witness a transit by Venus in 1639. The next transit on June 5, 6 will be our seventh observance.
Our ability to view this celestial event depends on whether Venus is positioned between the earth and sun, or on the far side of the sun. The order of Earth – Venus – Sun is referred to as an inferior or inside conjunction and begins the cycle. The midpoint of the cycle, Earth – Sun – Venus, is referred to as a superior conjunction.
Venus orbits the sun faster than the earth does and because of this speed difference, Venus orbits 2.6 times around the sun before earth and Venus line-up again. Every 583.92 days, a new Venus/Earth Synodic cycle begins. (Synod: place of meeting.) In other words, Venus orbits the Sun three times for every two orbits made by Earth.
The Venus/Earth orbital 3/2 ratio replicates the perfect symmetry we know as the Golden Mean. The 2/3 ratio of a Venus day to an Earth year replicates the harmonic interval known as the perfect musical fifth (3.2), which is considered as the most universally harmonic consonant. This frequency is received as most pleasing sound to the ear, and evokes a pleasing/welcoming emotional response.
The astronomical dance between Sun, Venus and Earth operates on a cycle of 243 years. Within the primary Venus transit cycle is a sub-cycle marked by two alignments of the three bodies spread 8 years apart with lengthy gaps between each pair. The longer time interval between each pair of closer transits and the next pair occurs in repeating order: 121.5 years, 105.5 years, 121.5 years, 105.5 years etc.. The last Venus transit, which was the first of a close pair, occurred on June 8, 2004; the prior pair occurred Dec. 9, 1874, and Dec. 6, 1882. Following the Venus transit on June 5/6, 2012, we will not witness another pair of transits until Dec 10/11, 2117 and Dec 26, 2125.
Last Pair Current Pair Next Pair
Dec 9, 1874~Dec 6, 1882 Jun 8, 2004~Jun 5,6, 2012 Dec 10/11, 2117~Dec26, 2125
Interval Interval Interval
(121.5 years) (8 years) (105.5 years)
The importance of this transit has not been lost on science. Because of this Venus transit, astronomers were first able to accurately measure our solar system.
What implication does this transit have on our contemporary lives?
Over an eight year period, the retrograde cycles of Venus around the sun forms the shape of the pentagram, the five pointed star. The measurement between each retrograde peak is a 72 degree mathematical aspect called the Quintile. To astrologers, the quintile’s influence is one of creative transformation, which is exactly the meaning that has been projected onto December 21, 2012, the end of the Mayan Calendar. Please remember that the Mayan Calendar was based on Venus cycles.
Many consider the momentous Venus in Gemini transit in June, 2012 as a key marker of a new 2600 year cycle of humanity. This Earth/Venus/Sun alignment has been suggested to symbolize the re-activation of the Solar Feminine. What does that mean? In short, it suggests the energizing of the feminine creator in her one-ness or all-ness. The solarised feminine creator is all encompassing. Just as woman gives birth to both genders, the rise of the solar feminine creator suggests a rebirth of the consciousness of our whole selves. Together in unison, yin and yang are transitioning into a major realignment chapter. Gemini correlates to blended diversity. True androgyny is the highest state of spiritual evolution.
We are leaving behind the polarization that has been built over this last cycle, the age of the patriarchy. In this last chapter of collective evolution, we have come to create existing reality and our understanding of god consciousness as one over the other, rather than one with the other. We have separated ourselves from Gaia, from one another, from ourselves. We have created a reality of superiority and inferiority rather than one of co-creative, equality existence.
We are coming to the end of reality as it is, but as we do, there comes one last blast from the past. The finish of the previous cycle and the seeding of a new one are overlapping. As we observe what is manifesting throughout our contemporary reality, it is obvious that the creative juice of the old paradigm has not quite reached its saturation point. It is still building. Eventually the momentum will reach a tipping point, collapse in on itself and necessitate the transformation we are ready for. Swinging the wrecking-ball with progressive force, the seven Uranus/Pluto alignments between 2012 and 2015 will serve to expand our awareness and to accelerate the necessary evolution.
There are two astrological events that set the stage for the upcoming Venus occultation. They are the solar eclipse of May 20 and the lunar eclipse of June 4.
Solar Eclipse in Gemini, May 20:
The new moon solar eclipse on May 20, occurring at 0 degrees 21 minutes Gemini is a primary seeding catalyst for setting the evolutionary wheels into dynamic motion. We’ll be well primed before we get to the following lunar eclipse and the Venus transit. Eclipses generate significant outer world events and passages. It is typical to hear of the death or birth of someone of prominence. Donna Summers, the popular disco queen, passed away just days before the solar eclipse. Major geophysical occurrences and weather shifts can happen too.
Neptune, the planet of potentials, in relationship to the solar eclipse suggests the hidden and unforeseen will make themselves known. In the days and weeks that follow, mass attention and mass consciousness gains a major focal point, perhaps several. It can be a matter of everything all at once. A turn of tides can create significant collective impact. When Neptune is involved, we learn that we are not and cannot stay immune, that we are all in it together. Neptune’s influence can be one of idealism or illusion. When so activated, it can create an iconic moment. Iconic people step forward too.
Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius, June 4:
Immediately before the Venus transit occurs, we will experience a super full moon lunar eclipse on June 4. Although it is a partial lunar eclipse, it is also a super full moon. It is last of three super moons in a row. In closer proximity to our planet, its high-tide pull on the earth’s electro-magnetic, geophysical fields intensifies the potency and potentials of the stirring moment. The lunar eclipse may also compound the effects of Venus’s passage across the face of the sun, a visual which suggests to me Venus impregnating the sun.
The lunar eclipse occurs in Sagittarius, the sign archetype that correlates to all things speculative and foreign, and to higher mind, higher education, philosophies, beliefs, religions, spirituality, and indigenous peoples. Sagittarius also correlates to envisioning, beliefs, natural law, Gaia, and the search for truth. When the Sagittarius/Gemini polarity is activated by such dynamic transits, it is a time to address the dichotomy between what is apparent (the talk, the advertising) and the reality. Sagittarius correlates to the future; Gemini correlates to the present. Yes, the message reads: the future is here and it is now.
Venus/Sun Occultation, June 5/6:
In our physical time and space reality, all things revolve around the sun. The sun correlates to the animating, life-giving force, to creator consciousness, to creative manifestation. In our conceptualizing of reality, all things revolve around that which survives within us and around us. Venus correlates to our core being-ness, to our inner feminine or responsive consciousness, our yin energy charge, to needs and desires. The yin momentum is that of draw-in or attraction. Venus correlates to the principle of relatedness, relationship, and relativity. Like attracts like; how we feel inwardly, how we resonate and energize from within, this then becomes the basis of our magnetic force-field. We create and materialize from this energy source. Venus is fertile and fertilizing. She creates and she perpetuates.
Venus also correlates to our deepest survival instincts. These instincts are biological and sexual in nature, and they are also shaped by our emotions, psychology, and experience, drawn from this life and from our soul’s journey over many lifetimes too.
To everything, there is a season. What is created also falls under the limits of our time/space reality. As the survival planet, Venus also correlates to mortality issues. When activated, Venus correlates to what lives, thrives and survives, and also to what dies.
In the sign of Gemini, the current Venus transit draws attention to a conceptual framework, a mind-set, a rationalization, a way of observing, a way of labelling self and life. Venus in Gemini puts the emphasis on ways of communicating, looking, seeing, learning, and connecting.
On June 5/6 2012, there will be a significant energy surge transmitted between our creator consciousness and instinctual desires. The creative potency is so dynamic, it is compelling enough to turn the conceptual into the reality, to bring that which we are resonating with into being. Simply whatever it is that we have evaluated as most desirable and necessary for our continuance and survival is brought to the fore. We now face a critical impact moment along our evolutionary time-line. Destiny can show up in terms of life events and opportunities, or it can draw key people into our life. It is forceful enough to create a momentous shift in our awareness and therefore, our reality base.
If you don’t witness a pivotal circumstance occur in your private life on the actual Venus event date, please note that the potency of these transits are already operative and that they will continue to extend over a period of time. In fact, you have been working on this key calling-forth destiny chapter for some time now. Rarely does one realize the full importance of the experience as it is happening. Hindsight reflection will attest to the fact that this is no ordinary moment in time.
Venus travels in retrograde motion from May 15 to June 27. All planetary retrograde cycles are intensification chapters. As the planet of net worth and self worth, retrograde Venus prompts a review and reassessment of our essential needs, wants, and resources. The cycle animates the unfinished business of relationships, from this or past lives. It also calls forth fruition karma, in other words, the destiny that is ripe and waiting for its next chapter to begin.
Think back to June of 2004. Did a relationship, a consciousness, or life chapter begin or end? Think of its relevancy to where you are now and to what you have created since then. Can you see the last Venus transit as a staging platform or springboard?
The Venus occultation occurs at 15 degrees Gemini. With Gemini so highlighted, we can expect eventfulness/news to cover all things and people under this sign’s rulership. Among the many variables, Gemini people include: communicator, messenger, broadcaster, media or news mogul, writer, author, recording artist, TV personality, sports figure, transporter, networker, mover and shaker, talker, thinker, planner, cheater, thief, trickster, sibling, twin, friend, neighbour, student, and youth.
On an outer world level, Venus in Gemini will mobilize, circulate, popularize, exchange, buy, sell, advertise, merchandise, transport, inform, communicate, network, forge links and connections, deliver the message and the news. It correlates to social networks, all forms of media and broadcasting (TV, radio, internet, satellite, virtual), electricity, electrical, telecommunications, popular trends, interests, games, and past-times; commerce, currencies, popular names in the news. Too, Gemini rules the nervous system, the body’s information super highway.
Noting that Venus correlates to money and that Gemini correlates to currency and trading, it is to be expected that this will prove to be a time of acceleration for Eurozone matters. Is the future of the EU already on the chopping block? Doubles or multiples fall under Gemini’s jurisdiction. Can a re-election create the necessary correction for Greece? The stars are building toward a make-it or break-it moment for that which is precariously perched. We have already seen the domino effect reverberating through the world’s economies. With Gemini so featured, it is not surprising to see the recent political shuffling. Expect to see more. Canada and the US continue in talks to unify manufacturing, trade, and border regulations. As of June 1, a hefty increase to the duty-free limit for cross-border shopping will make travel to the USA a lot more attractive to Canadians. Canada’s controversial pipeline projects are still in the works.
There is so much riding on the moment. The Stanley Cup hockey finals find the LA Kings, having benefited from the solar eclipse, on a destiny swing. London is gearing up for the summer Olympics which will occur just after the end of Venus retrograde. The social media giant Facebook went public just before the solar eclipse of May 20. Speaking of virtual reality, another Gemini ruled topic, witness how prevalent it now grows in our ordinary everyday routine. Virtual money (Venus in Gemini) such as the stock market, credit cards, and the national debt has already overtaken the world. Canadian money has just gone plastic. Commerce and banking institutions are working toward doing away with money handling altogether. Canada is already in the process of eliminating the penny. While the Middle East and European street revolts rage on, tenacious student protests over tuition hikes continue in Quebec. The youth unemployment rate in many countries is at an all time high.
As suggested above, the stellar events of June 4 to 6 could be of major impact to all power grids, intellectual, political, social, material, economic, technological, and/or geophysical. Added safe-guards are wise. See the map provided at the start of this article for the areas on the globe receiving the most impact from Venus’s travel. Gemini also rules transportation by bus, train, bicycle etc.. Look to Sagittarius for hiking or flight; keep an eye open for something newsworthy that pertains to these topics/industries too. As with any transit, there is a wide range of possibilities for how the energies can manifest.
In addition to the rise of the solar feminine, this rare and momentous Venus in Gemini transit is also a statement for the transfer of the batons of hope, faith, and of creative redesign to our youth. We need to gift them the future, not to rob them of it. Their active presence, contribution, and voice are needed at the helm in order to lead the collective to where it needs to go. The youth of 1960’s raised their voice when Uranus and Pluto conjoined. Now Uranus and Pluto are aligned again, by the more urgent square angle aspect this time. Without a doubt, we, the collective, have come to a decisive pivot point. The message is pulsing more insistently now, how do we get it across? Watch for more social contagion, it is catching on. There will be more vocalizing and rising up, more movements, protests, and active rebellion. The Occupy movement will continue to mutate and to gather momentum.
The eclipses and Venus transit will be of special significance for you if your birthday falls on the actual event. Also, those born around May 15, and June 23 to 28 will feel the intensity of the Venus transit. Also strongly affected are those born on the following dates in any year: Feb 26, 27, Mar 3 – 6, Aug 29, 30, and Sept 6 – 9, and those born in the following specific time periods: Sept – Oct 1963, Sept 1964 – Oct 1965, and March – June 1966.
Please note, in addition to the catalytic dates of June 4 to 6, the end of Venus retrograde on June 27 will also be an exceptionally eventful forward-thrust time. There are several major planetary transitions occurring June 23 to 27. June 24 deliver the first of seven Uranus/Pluto (square) alignments to occur between 2012 and 2015.
We are gifted with an extended time-frame to send our top priority message out to the universe. June’s transits will be re-stimulated later in the year, most notably by the lunar eclipse of Nov 28 and Jupiter’s transit through Gemini in the first quarter of 2013.
While you can be sure the Venus transit will deliver your destiny to you, it’s a good idea to keep your channel as clear as you can. All transmissions to the universe carry more potent impact now. Set deliberate intention. Stay conscious and focused. What do you want for yourself? AFFIRM it. The rise of the solar feminine offers you an exceptional opportunity to bear witness to your creative potential, to demonstrate yourself as the divine co-creator you are and have always been.
Article at: www.rosemarcus.com/astrolink
I am currently reading the fascinating book by Barbara Hand Clow called “Liquid Light of Sex – Kundalini, Astrology and the Key Life Transitions“. It has some very interesting ideas in it, and the one that is calling out to me right now is the Return of Chiron, which happens around 50 for most of us.
It’s kind of interesting what she talks about here, as my Chiron return is coming up in the next year, and the themes that are definitely coming up for me are integration of inner and outer. And that’s no surprise, according to Barbara, as Chiron is the link between the inner planets and the outer planets. The inner planets are Saturn (which rules formation), Jupiter (which rules expansion), Mars (which rules force), Earth (which rules grounding), Moon (rules emotions), Venus (rules attraction) and Mercury (rules mental activity).
Once we have our Uranus Opposition (mine was around 41), we start to feel a buildup of kundalini energy that helps our emotional purification. So that starts our Outer planet activity, which include Uranus (ruling activation of the healing mind), Neptune (ruling infusion of the spirit) and Pluto (ruling activation of all levels of awareness).
So in terms of Chiron, the activity is very variable for each person due to it’s erratic path in the sky, but it starts being felt around midlife (The Uranus Opposition), with squares and oppositions to it’s birth position, and finally with it’s Return to it’s birth position at around 50. And that is interesting seeing the average age of menopause (the time when you have not had a period in 1 year) is 51. Hmmm, so that means our last bleeding is around the time of Chiron, the wounded healer’s return? Barbara states that it is good to be especially aware during these periods as we will get insights into the area of wounding others and our own wounding.
And how hard this Return will be depends on how we have handled the other key life passages in our lives. The Chiron squares and oppositions are full of information for us, and we have the opportunities to heal at these times. Usually during these passages we will have major life events that either wound us, heal us, or result in us wounding others. We have the opportunity to heal and deepen spiritually by embracing our pain. So when we get the the mighty Chiron Return around 50, all these other Chiron transits are activated at once so we can finally clear the the decks of our pain and the pain we have caused others. Ouch! No wonder menopause gets so sucky sometimes. And I suppose our hormones are there to just make sure we get the messages this time .
So as we head into the winter months, this is always a good time to look within and review. Let’s take an inventory of our most traumatic events in our lives, meditate on them and ask for guidance and insight.
Next week on Thursday at 5pm PT/8pm ET, I will be leading a free preview call for our exciting new Queen’s Salon Series, a monthly call series on the 2nd Thursday of every month, and I will continue this discussion and lead a few journaling exercises regarding these transits. Bring your journals to the call – and if you can’t make the call sign up anyway, and I’ll make sure you get access to the recording! It’s very important to do the work during the times that are astrologically supportive, as the power of insight is high in our forties, and therefore our opportunities for healing are high too!