A Transit of Venus is a rare astronomical event. It happens twice over an 8 year period and then not again for a long while. The last set of Venus Transits was 1874 – 1882, the next will not happen until December of 2117. People have only been aware of this event since 1639.
You can find many interesting things about the astronomy of this event and even get involved in viewing it yourself.
The next transit of Venus is June 5, 2012. It is the second of the set which occurring in this century.
Venus goes retrograde 5 times in 8 years. What makes a Transit of Venus different from what happens during a usual retrograde period is that when Venus come to conjunct the Sun she casts a shadow on the disc of the Sun. It’s a kind of eclipse but on account of the relative size of Venus in comparison to the Sun from the perspective of earth as well as the distance, she does not block out the Sun’s light as in an eclipse of the Moon.
As astrologers our intention is to interpret what it might mean.
Generally speaking when Venus goes retrograde it is seen to be a descent of the Queen of Heaven into the Underworld. This is because at the beginning of the retrograde period Venus is the evening star and is as far away from the Sun as she can get. She is at her brightest and most beautiful. This symbolizes her greatest freedom from the Sun. As the retrograde progresses she is pulled back close and closer to the Sun. This period symbolizes her descent and the process of letting go of all the worldly indications of her greatness and beauty. At the center of the retrograde period she conjuncts the Sun. She is caught between two worlds- no longer evening star and not yet morning star. After a few days she is visible in the morning sky. Her visibility gathers strength and she is seen to be reclaiming her strength and returning to her abode. Venus as evening star is about beauty, pleasure, seduction, desire. Venus as morning star is more about what one must do to hold on to those things. Morning Venus is more of a fighter.
In my next post about Venus I will discuss the symbolic specifics of the up and coming Transit of Venus. Until then you might want to think about what it means to take the journey from evening star to morning star in your own life. What do you have that may require you to take a stand?
If you would like to participate in a personal exploration of these themes check out Transit of Venus: Re-enchanting the Overloaded Brain.