For thousands of years our ancestors honored the journey of Venus through the heavens. What they saw was the most beautiful star in the sky, second only to the Moon (at night); Beauty Herself, the Great Queen of Heaven. And this image of beauty and perfection which inevitably stirs the heart to love and desire would grow fainter and fainter and disappear from the sky all together for a period. Exactly the way she does today.
Who has not lost beauty, love and the object of desire?
Her disappearance was seen as time spent in the underworld. Letting go, grieving, rending the very structure of her physical form to, miraculously, return as Morning Star.
Who has not suffered deeply in the dark night of the soul and returned to a new and seemingly different reality?
In her return Venus is changed. Now she rises before the Sun. She graces the morning sky. Only those who make the effort to rise early and then to look up will see her. It’s not enough to awaken, you must also look up to the heavens. In so doing you connect the ‘as above’ to the ‘so below’.
That is where she is now and will remain, growing in light for many months to come. Possibly that is where some of us are as well; having made the journey from desire through transformation we are now in the process of asking ourselves what is really worth the effort. Having understood (once again) that loss is the great lesson, possibly the only lesson, we are wondering which of our desires we are willing to make effort toward.
And that is what Venus returning to the morning sky is all about. In a few weeks or a month or more make the effort to get up early and see her risen in the east and ask yourself, ‘What for?’
Venus will leave the shadow of the retrograde (Transit) on July 31st. Whatever the issues are that Venus has brought to your awareness that is the release point. Beauty and effort or possibly desire and discipline are the front and back of each other in this dance.
There will not be another Transit of Venus until December 2117. But Venus goes retrograde every 1 1/2 years.