June First Friday Venus – 2019-6


Is it June already???
If you’ve been watching Venus you have probably noticed that she is slowly beginning to catch up with the Sun. While she won’t make the exact “kiss” with the Sun until mid-August, she is now gaining speed and chasing Helios on his gleaming bright chariot. Helios’ chariot is on cruise control, set at nearly a fixed speed throughout the year, while Venus appears to stop completely, during her retrograde, and then accelerate rather quickly once she gets going again. And she’s going again! But this is the first month, since last fall, they have occupied the same sign – in this case it will be Gemini.

Venus began the month of June (the first week) still in Taurus, her home sign, where she delights us through the beauty of nature and brings out her spring/fall color selection of brilliance. She has also been spending time in Taurus dealing with the budget, securing her finances, perhaps reviewing her spending habits and patterns. On June 1st she had her monthly meeting with Luna, where both were feeling pretty good, being in a sign they love – where Luna is in exaltation and Venus is in domain.

Now, as we enter the second week of June Venus comes into Gemini, the sign of the Twins, a sign governed by Mercury, the wing-footed messenger god. This is where she becomes an important word-smith. She wants to open up and express herself, either in verbal form or written form and she has a lot to say! So let it out and if you’re on the listening end to someone who needs to let it out, try to realize this is the appropriate time for them to do so, even if it does seem like an endless river of words and you just wish they would stop.

Venus in Gemini likes to be multiply engaged—where variety is the spice of life. Whoever said that must have had Venus in Gemini. That doesn’t necessarily mean she cannot be faithful to one partner, but rather she loves to converse with and connect to many people even if she is humming the tune of monogamy and fidelity.

If your child has Venus in Gemini, they are possessed of a sharp and quick intellect and will move from one thing to the next even more rapidly than children often are prone to do. Reading and language, even multi-lingual skills are great, bankable assets to possess for a Venus in Gemini person. Venus brings in the artistry of this combo and the person can be quite gifted as an illustrator or writer, remembering that a picture is worth a thousand words, but knowing V in G, she will take the 1,000 words to express it!

In Gemini, Venus may want to take an air or road trip. Gemini loves road trips in order to take in all the sights along the way, stopping here, stopping there, doing this, doing that and gathering up as much data as possible. She’s in her “touring” mode here. That speaks more to a road trip or adventure to parts as yet unexplored. But while Venus is in Gemini, let’s not forget it’s an air sign so air travel might be preferred.

As noted above she and Helios spend some time together in Gemini, from the 8th to the 21st of June as she begins to gain ground on the Sun. What are her desires here and how will she best manifest them? Gemini is first and foremost, a sign that loves to collect information and knowledge. She may be scouting out summer reading, checking into some online courses, learning a new language, enrolling in a program that is mind-enriching and helps build a skill set for inclusion on her resume or for future opportunities that might open.

June is typically the month we honor graduates, fathers and celebrate the summer solstice. Venus’s heart is set on the next big adventure. Where’s she going or what is she planning to accomplish in a far-away destination?

The association to Gemini and flying cannot go unmentioned here. With Venus in Gemini these well-known aviators took to the skies:

Amelia Earhart, with Venus in Gemini was an early aviation pioneer who charted new milestones as the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Her plane disappeared over Howland Island in 1937 and her remains have not yet been found. She was hailed early on, not only as a woman who performed masterful feats, but was instrumental as a writer, advisor and role model to future female aviators.

John Glenn, another one of our Venus in Gemini individuals, doesn’t need much introduction or explanation. As a WWII fighter pilot, he received multiple awards for bravery and successful aeronautic missions. As part of the Mercury 7 program, he made history as one of the first American astronauts to chart new territory. He circumnavigated the Earth, and concluded a distinguished air career by entering politics.

Richard Branson, with Venus in Gemini, as one might suspect, is the founder of multiple enterprises, including Virgin Records and Virgin Air and more recently Virgin Galactic with a spaceport in the Mojave Desert.

Then there’s Harrison Ford, who most of us know as the pilot Han Solo from Star Wars. With his side-kick Chewbacca “Chewy” (Geminis usually have a side-kick) they saved the Rebel Alliance from the Evil Empire in some breath-taking aerial acrobatics.

Tom Hanks, another individual with Venus in Gemini, has received too many awards to count, for his portrayal of very diverse characters in numerous films. More recently he portrayed pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger who safely landed his aircraft after both engines were disabled from a flock of flying geese. Miraculously, Sully brought the plane, its crew and all the passengers to safety on the Hudson River and became the next American “hero”.

Venus Williams is one of my favorite Venus in Gemini individuals, as she was born very close to the conjunction/cazimi of Venus and the Sun. This is called the triple-crown of Venus: the Sun, Venus and Venus Star Point, all very close together in the chart. In her case they are 2° apart from one another, at 22, 24 and 26 Gemini.  Her Gemini-like agility, flexibility and quick responses have helped make her one of the most legendary tennis players in the world, breaking multiple records and receiving numerous honors.

Other Venus in Gemini individuals include:

Bob Dylan – who, you could say, had a “way with words”

Cat Stevens – ditto

Julian Assange – another one who has a way with words – the consequences of which he is currently facing and are still to be determined

Rudolph Valentino – the heartthrob of the 1920s silent film scene. No talking necessary for him to communicate the magnetism and power of his thoughts to fainting women everywhere!

JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy – both had Venus in Gemini

Venus activity for June:

6/1—Moon conjunct Venus—the two grand ladies of the sky converge in an awesome display of loving and supportive energy.

6/1—Venus quincunx Jupiter—these planets can both be excessive, but with the quincunx from Taurus to Sagittarius there is a requirement to make adjustments in long-term planning and financial security. What changes occurred in our thinking at that moment? 

6/2—Venus trine Pluto—whatever changes occurred from yesterday’s aspects, probably resolved fairly well with a closing trine to Pluto as her last statement before she left the sign of Taurus. From her position in Taurus to Pluto’s in Capricorn, some long-term, sensible and practical economic decisions can be made.

 6/8—Venus enters Gemini—the sign of the Twins. She will be in this Mercury-ruled sign until July 3rd. This period favors, intellectual inquiry, open communication, travel, adventure and spontaneity in all matters of the heart.

6/12—Venus opposite Ceres—Gemini to Sagittarius where Venus may have many different options on her mind as to “what if” and “maybe” and “I don’t know”, but Ceres in Sagittarius might help direct her to the bulls-eye, to hitting the main target of her desire.

6/13—Venus sextile Chiron—this supportive energy can be used practically as a good time for healing the heart, or engaging in an activity that clears the blockages to the heart. A massage might be in order today.

6/15—Moon opposite Venus—Similar to 6/12—but for a briefer span of time (a few hours rather than a few days) the Gemini to Sagittarius aspect may help clarify all the choices available now. But the moodiness and temporary outburst of an aspect like this might leave some regret in its path because of ill-spoken words and angry reactions.

6/18—Venus trine Pallas—Here’s the goddess of wisdom (Pallas Athena) helping Venus negotiate a good strategy. They’re both occupying air signs now, Athena has just moved Direct and can engage in a good conversation that can lay down a sound plan for the future.

6/23—Venus opposite Jupiter—From Gemini to Sagittarius, re-visiting the aspects from both 6/12 and 6/15, there is, from Jupiter’s point of view, a more direct way to reach the goal than the way Venus has been going. Jupiter can help Venus bring in a higher-mind perspective to something she has just been seeing only fragments of. Trust the higher mind’s guidance now, even though it may seem counter to where things were heading.

6/23—Venus quincunx Saturn—From Saturn’s ruling domain of Capricorn, he instructs Venus to get a bit more organized and straight-forward about her intentions, even if Saturn can seem somewhat cold-hearted in its approach. Here is where sound guidance comes through, but Venus comes from the heart and helps Saturn understand the relational connection. And, if the two cannot meet eye-to-eye, then it must be recycled or left behind

6/24—Venus square Neptune—Romance is in the air, but what type of air is it? It could be sort of misty and unclear with Neptune in Pisces, raining down on airy Venus in Gemini. Venus and Neptune, in whatever aspect, always caution us to read the information more carefully. If it looks too good to be true, it just may well be!

6/27—Venus quincunx Pluto—the final aspect from Venus in Gemini is to Pluto in Capricorn. Can we leave this period feeling lighter because of the baggage we’ve just unloaded, or do we feel empty without what we once thought we had? Probably a little bit of both, but trust that Pluto only eliminates what is necessary in the evolutionary path and whatever needs to be left behind, will. And that’s why there’s digital memories.

Then, Venus leaves Gemini and on

7/3—Venus enters Cancer—the sign of home, family, food and get-togethers, just in time for the 4th of July weekend celebrations. But do remember that Venus in Cancer is over-flowing with feelings more abundantly than just even a day or two ago and that listening in a heart-felt way could be much more rewarding during this time.

Upcoming Events with Arielle and The Venus Star Point

September 2019—Athens Greece, Hellenic Symposium at Athena Pallas Wisdom School

February 2020—IVC Conference, Calcutta, India

April-May 2020—Healing Sanctuaries of Greece, Ancient & Modern – 2 week tour through Greece with Arielle and Alexandra Karacostas

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First Friday Venus Podcast – Episode 5

Listen to the June Episode of First Friday Venus

Tune into us the first Friday of each month for an up close and personal look at our favorite planet to love — Venus, the one who is associated with love. Arielle Guttman, the author of Venus Star Rising (print) and The Venus Star Point (ebook) is interviewed by Catherine Boyer, for this timely discussion each month about the whereabouts of Venus.

First Friday Venus – Blog 2019-1

Since September 9th, Venus has been in Scorpio, minus 4 weeks in November when she backed into Libra for a bit. Scorpio is a Martian based energy with strong overtones of Pluto, quite different from the gentle Venus we are typically familiar with. Venus has been in Scorpio’s boot camp training these past months, toughening up and preparing to face a challenging world. While she’s strong in Scorpio, stronger than usual, it’s the depth of emotion she can go to while she’s here that really resonates. Scorpio is a sign which can be hidden or kept secret, purposefully. Venus in Scorpio, whether by intention or accident, has stumbled across some hidden information during this sojourn and some of it comes right out of a land far away and a time long ago. Think back to the Supreme Court hearings of early October, when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was giving a gut-wrenching, heart-felt testimony of the pain she’s carried all these years — and the courage she manifested to spill it out to the world. Likewise, Venus in Scorpio brings depth of feeling, courage in the face of fire and the strength to survive life’s sharp and painful edges.  Yet again, it’s not where Venus is at her Venusian best; here she dresses and acts like Mars or maybe Pluto to engage equally on the playing field with her adversaries.

As the new year of 2019 begins, Venus is at 24 degrees of tropical Scorpio and journeying through her final days of this sign.  She has just passed over Ceres and the Moon will soon conjoin her. Venus, Moon, Ceres — this triple goddess configuration in Scorpio has something very important to say about the nature of 2019. Something lost and something gained. A realization that it’s time to move on and occupy new ground, but certainly a time to be very respectful to the deep inner spaces of feelings that occur to and with those closest to us in our lives. We say goodbye to some while we welcome new ones being born. Venus starts the year out with the tying up of the last 4 months and ready to move forward.

Then, there’s the Venus Star Point – a unique feature of the orbit of planet Venus. The Venus Star Point begins 2019 in Scorpio where she stays until mid-August so there’s definitely still an underlying Scorpionic feeling to the nature of things as we progress through 2019. Be mindful and trust the good intuition Scorpio is known to bestow. If you are feeling something is amiss, you’re probably right ~ even if your mind tells you not to be concerned. Similarly, if you’re feeling good about something yet edgy and a bit anxious about what it might bring, trust that the good feeling. Pay closer attention to the instincts, the gut reaction… what is it telling you? Act on that.

Venus’ final planetary aspect in Scorpio involves her trine to Chiron in late Pisces on the 5th of January. This can be quite an unexpected moment of truth-telling, even an insightful and meaningful dialogue with someone. It might happen quite by accident. You could become involved in a deep conversation with a stranger, and what is revealed and expressed in that moment brings great awareness and healing to both of you. Alternatively, you might revisit a situation from the past, perhaps a wound you’ve been nursing for a very long time, and see it in a new light. The bandages can come off now. There is no more need for personal suffering on this matter as you become aware of how to administer self-care and healing. There is also an awareness that all beings are dealing with their own brand of personal suffering. You can relate, you understand, you feel and you are somehow made whole again from that realization.

There is an old adage “it is better to have loved and lost than not to have been loved at all” and it’s like this with the Venus/Chiron interaction yet truly much deeper. What we felt we’d previously lost can now be seen as a gain in experience and wisdom.

As Venus transits from Scorpio to Sagittarius, it is a good idea to look at where she’s been and where she’s heading. What can we anticipate moving forward? The first big aspect she makes in the new year while in the final degrees of Scorpio is a trine to the North Node in Cancer. Two feminine energies in two feminine signs, occurring on the 3rd, helping us to take the reins of progress. On this day Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker, welcomed new freshmen and freshwomen to congress, noting that Congress now has more women than ever in its history. Reflecting on this occasion, she reminded us that we are marking the 100-year anniversary of woman’s right to vote. Kind of reminds us of that old commercial: “You’ve come a long way, baby.”

The 5th of January is loaded, astrologically. In addition to the triple encounter between Venus, Uranus and Chiron, it is the day of a partial solar eclipse, the first eclipse of 2019. With eclipses we always know there is a shadow cast and wonder what delights or frights it will reveal. Then, on the 7th, Venus will finally exit from Scorpio and cross the border into fiery Sagittarius where she will eventually cuddle up close to Jupiter on the 22nd.

Her emergence from the water to fire will feel like we feel when we’ve been bathing too long. Venus was said to have been born of the water, from the ocean she came floating to the shore. So, at first, the immersion into a hot tub feels great — it melts away our stiffness and our worries, allowing us to let go deeply and fully. But you know what it’s like when we’ve stayed in the tub far too long. The water has become cold, our skin becomes shriveled, prune-like. We have absorbed too much liquid. Making our way toward the fire will feel good. Sagittarius fire is not solar fire – although in the Southern Hemisphere it probably feels that way about now. However, up in the North, Sagittarius fire signifies lighting a wood-burning stove or fire pit and gathering together to tell some tall tales and spread some cheer. This spirit of a Sagittarian Venus will also inspire you to get off the couch, get outside, hike a new trail or set your sights on scouring the internet for cheap tickets to distant far-off lands.

The period of the 18th through the 20th involves Venus with Mars (a yes!) and then with Neptune (I really don’t know how to say no to this!). What we don’t see is the trap it might be setting for us or how what we thought was a giant secret is now public knowledge and everyone is laughing. Watch whether the passion of the moment fires you up to say YES and then contemplate what you’ve really committed to in the aftermath. Perhaps having an emergency exit clause would help.

Become aware of how you feel when you retire on the night of January 6th, Venus’ last day in Scorpio for some time, and contrast that with how you feel by day’s end on the 7th. There may even be a dream worth noting which reflects this primal shift from water to fire.

Nevertheless, the bottom line is — Venus is in Sag!  She’s enjoying herself and enjoying her freedom. Love one another deeply with the love you bring from the long transit through Scorpio, but let your loved ones breathe. Clinginess does NOT work for Venus in Sagittarius. Loosen the reins.

A re-cap of Important Venus Days for January 2019:

Jan 3rd—Venus trine N Node, 10:42 pm pst
Jan 5th—Venus trine Chiron, 10 am pst
Jan 5th—Venus quincunx Uranus, 6:28 pm pst
Jan 7th—Venus enters Sagittarius, 3:18 am pst
Jan 18th—Venus trine Mars, 8:49 am pst
Jan 20th—Venus square Neptune, 8:15 pm pst
Jan 22nd—Venus conjunct Jupiter, 4:26 am pst

Tune into First Friday again — on Feb 1st.

Until then, go lovingly with Venus…

Welcome to 2019: Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Stars

First, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

January was named for the Roman god Janus, who looked both ways – back to the past and forward to the future. Finding our center between past and future, in other words, staying in the present moment, might be the best way to navigate through life, but particularly through 2019.

Perusing through the elemental balance of the heavy-hitting planetary energies of 2019, we can observe there is a great deal of WATER/EARTH and some FIRE. What is glaringly missing is AIR. What do we make of this picture?

    • The Mercury Retrogrades this year all occur in the element of WATER.
    • The Venus Star Point starts the year in WATER, then changes to FIRE in August.
    • The Nodal Axis is now in WATER/EARTH (Cancer/Capricorn)
    • Uranus enters EARTH/Taurus in 2019, for the next 7 years
    • Saturn remains in EARTH/Capricorn all year and through 2020
    • Jupiter spends most of the year in FIRE/Sagittarius
    • Neptune remains in WATER/Pisces
    • Chiron goes back to WATER/Pisces then into FIRE/Aries for a while
    • Pluto stays in EARTH/Capricorn all year and through 2023

What does not having AIR predominant this year do for us?

AIR is the element that represents the mind and the airwaves in general. It is about information and what we do with it. It is about the mind and how we transmit the energies from our minds to another’s. AIR gives us objectivity and an inner dialogue that poses the question and then provides the answer. (Note: All of the AIR signs are symbolized by dual forces: Gemini the twins, Libra the scales and Aquarius the two airwaves).

The lack of planets in AIR can potentially be a good thing to help us tune out the multiple channels of information that pour into our brains on a day-to-day basis. But we also lack the measured response to outside stimulus, reacting rather than reflecting. This year, more than ever, it is important to think for ourselves in response to whatever type of information is coming at us. Don’t believe everything you hear is an understatement – it might be don’t believe anything you hear!

There are many different ways to look at 2019 – because each of the planets has its own agenda. Some of them agree with one another and some of them don’t.

If you are lucky enough to have your planet agreeing with the others, then no matter how hard the tasks at hand, and there will be some big ones in the coming year, with lots of responsibility and the feeling that you’re carrying your weight on your shoulders – the load will seem lighter.

If your planet is arguing with the others, it will seem as if there’s a constant drain of energy siphoning itself from your body, making every day seem like drudgery. The signs being affected this year (or challenged – or tested) are Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Sagittarius, Capricorn and Pisces. Other signs will feel a push/pull with the push/pull of some high ranking planets this year, but those just mentioned, particularly Cancer and Capricorn, may feel the tug-of-war the most.

Feet on the ground theme refers to all the planets in earth signs this year. Pay attention to what’s right in front of us. With Jupiter in Sagittarius, we also get an opportunity to keep our eyes focused on the “stars” or the goal. What are we aiming our arrow towards? Keep dreaming, keep aiming. This is Jupiter starting a 12-year cycle in its own sign. Think back to the end of 2006 and through most of 2007 when Jupiter was last in its own sign. What vision were you holding then and how has it worked out? Is it time for a new vision or is it time to refine the one you are still holding on to from 2007?

Capricorn/Cancer Tug-of-War (EARTH/WATER) meets Mars in Aries (FIRE)

2018 is ending with a government shut-down, and the people of the U.S. are witnessing this tug-of-war between the Capricorn Saturn square Aries Mars, a perfect example of a cardinal square involving these two signs. Mars wants to go, especially in Aries — my way or the highway. Saturn resists and imposes conditions and more conditions. How is this playing out in our personal lives?

Another year has gone by, another one is on the way in. But this year Mars is in the picture, by starting the calendar year off at its own starting position: 0 Aries, the so-called “beginning” of the wheel. 0 Aries represents spring, new life and new energy. The birth of a new baby, idea or motor takes place. Squares to Capricorn planets in the early stages of life will make Mars tougher and somewhat smarter than normal, due to necessity. But don’t give up or abandon it because it isn’t moving as fast as it normally would in Aries, because those squares are developmental learning skills along the way. You’ll get there. But pay attention along the way.

At the beginning of the year, Chiron, Hygeia and Mars are zodiacally joined on the cusp of Pisces/Aries. With Mars starting the year in Aries, we may feel a surge of new energy, all fired up and ready to launch our plan. This surge will last until mid-February when it leaves its own sign Aries and ventures into Venus territory— the sign Taurus. But along its way through Aries, Mars confronts Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto, indicating some delays, then a green light, then finally the push forward.

With four big planets in Capricorn throughout the year ~ Saturn, Pluto, the South Node and a couple of eclipses ~ everyone will feel a deepening sense of responsibility, more of a workload, less time and less bankable assets. In fact, you may be asked to work longer hours, with less pay. The “austerity” measures Greece went through a few years back (and is still recovering from) – could be something affecting a much larger population. Capricorn is the sign of the law, of bodies of power, whether governments, corporations, collectives, etc., and there are many forces bearing down on those bodies of power in this coming period. The response from those in charge of carrying out the wishes of the commander, the father, the principal or the CEO, will be to attempt to enforce tighter control, more rigid laws or rules, with less freedom and more responsibility. WATCH YOUR BACK, NECK AND SHOULDERS! You may be working harder and longer, to take care of others, to take care of yourself. Setting boundaries or limits is another important teaching of Saturn in Capricorn. Once the load breaks the camel’s back, there’s no moving forward. Listen to wisdom of your body, it speaks. It will let you know when you are starting to reach your limit.

With so much Capricorn energy bearing down on us, one way to navigate through the year might be the simple notion of finding joy in the mundane.

Uranus in Taurus — (EARTH)

Markets are bullish and then the bull goes to sleep, lays down in the pasture, takes time out. Ups and downs, roller-coaster like, keeping us forever guessing and wondering where the next stop on this wild ride will be, and will we get off or do we keep riding? Let the technology symbolized by Uranus, who, according to Richard Tarnas, is a Promethean carrier archetype, bring a new awareness on a collective scale. This planetary archetype delivers light – awareness – even consciousness, by assisting us, sometimes vigorously so, to move beyond the limitations imposed by Saturn. We can expect Uranus to bring light to the earth, to swoop down from the sky in his flying machine and to take charge. Investing in technologies that sustain earth and its fertility and its continued life is the top of the new pyramid. Uranus spends the first part of 2019 in Aries, a roller-coaster combination. By March 6th, it will enter Taurus for 7 years. Stay tuned for more on this.

Jupiter square Neptune (FIRE/WATER)

Very few planets are interacting with one another right now. It’s mostly planets interacting with lunar nodes. But the one exception is this pair, both in their own signs. There are three exact squares between this pair in 2019, the first occurring January 13th. This is something to watch this year!

The Jupiter/Neptune cycle began in 2009 when they were conjunct in Aquarius – in fact, it was a triple conjunction in Aquarius. Chiron was with them imparting a centralized feeling of hope and humanitarian progress. Obama was inaugurated into his first term that year having been elected on that legendary slogan: HOPE. Almost immediately he signed into law the Affordable Care Act, now being challenged as unlawful. Now, with these two planets entering the fourth quarter and both facing off with one another in their last quarter square, some are asking: Where is that Hope? This aspect is a firm reminder of where we began the cycle and take stock of where we are now. How to keep HOPE alive.

A closer look at Jupiter reveals his nature, which is to expand, feel confident, sometimes too confident and over-sure of himself. He’s the planet operating as the over-seer of Sagittarius, a sign we often refer to as the sage or guru, but also one who sorely lacks hubris. Jupiter, as Zeus or CEO, takes the law into one’s own hands and defends it on principles of high moral ground. And, who can question the supreme deity? But the moral implications commanded by this figure-head bring it back to one subject – oneself. The square to Neptune might be blocking the signal, but if one’s own moral compass is firmly hitched to the helm, one will know the right course to steer, no matter what your mind tells you.

Jupiter and Neptune also have a lot to do with faith and faith-based institutions and communities. Blind faith is easily a concept which could be filed under Jupiter/Neptune. The churches, synagogues, temples, shrines, mosques and chapels — places where people release themselves to a higher power — these are connected to Jupiter and Neptune and will point out what is still being hidden and what is now ready to be revealed. That said, no matter what is revealed, people still get to choose whether they will still believe the lies or whether they’re fearless enough to opt-out.

And finally, let’s take a closer look at Neptune, the master of illusion, imagination and dreams and Jupiter, the entrepreneur, gambler, adventure-seeker and wish-fulfilling genie. Something fantastic is about to come your way. Or is it? Did somebody just hand you the very thing you’ve been dreaming of for all of your life? Or was it just a tease? This is the time to review your dream. What is it? How is it working out?

  • First, what is the big deception going on right in front of your eyes that you can’t see?
  • Second, what is it you have believed all your life, seriously? Because this is a time that you will be testing that belief, rigorously.
  • Third, and this is probably the BIG one: Don’t believe everything you hear or read. To borrow a line from Edgar Allen Poe, “Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.” Be sure to ask questions. Determine what the person selling you this beautiful dream is getting out of it. You may be given something you want. But what price are you paying for it? Get the quote up front.

Neptune has just passed the halfway point in Pisces (where it began in 2011). FAKE NEWS has never been more prevalent. It’s not just the media. Fake news is all around in the form of misinformation and disinformation, especially when you consider the time spent receiving that information from the internet. Unless you know the facts to be true yourself, like ‘Aunt So-and-So’ just died, remember to keep an open mind, don’t jump to conclusions and don’t over-react. The big questions of life are being asked now. Prepare yourself to have your mind blown or to release so many things you have believed for so long. Suddenly, the veil will be ripped away and you will suddenly see that the Wizard of Oz is operating the machine behind the curtain…and he may not necessarily be on your side. Or, is he?

In summary, Jupiter square Neptune from their own signs will either totally reinforce your faith in what you already believe or will completely turn it upside down. Most people are not ready to have life-long beliefs challenged so use the months of January, June and September to keep an open mind when you live-stream information coming through – simply to determine whether there’s another story behind the original story.

And finally, with Jupiter and Neptune – don’t be afraid to wish for the biggest dream you’ve ever had to come to fruition. It may or may not come this year, but it doesn’t hurt to hold on to the dream. Beliefs are a big part of our reality. Beginning with the 1970s best-selling author Jane Roberts of The Seth Material, who gave us the mantra “You Create Your Own Reality,” to the more recent epi-geneticist Dr. Bruce Lipton and his Biology of Belief, we actually do manifest our beliefs. And, it will give us something wonderful to be entertained by while we are slogging through the fertile mud of all the Earth and Water signs this year.

One final word about the dream. We might get a look at it through the lens of Uranus in Taurus, who will sextile Neptune in Pisces and quincunx Jupiter in Sagittarius. That quincunx might reveal that the long-held dream is being temporarily shattered, or at least re-focused. There might be a deeper truth that will be revealed, letting us know which way indeed, to aim the arrow of Sagittarius and hit the bulls-eye of the Taurus.

Much more to say about the year. Stay tuned to updates about the following topics:

  • Uranus in Taurus
  • Chiron in Aries
  • Venus Star Point for 2019
  • Eclipses and more…

To see a list of upcoming events, please visit the events page.

Venus Retrograde in Scorpio – Finding Buried Treasure

It’s a good time now to think back to March 2017, the last time Venus went retrograde and began a new cycle in the sign of Aries. As  we are about to witness the completion of that cycle, we are beginning a new one which will occur in Scorpio. There is often an overlap during this time — an ending phase and a beginning phase that occur simultaneously.  Think of this as the tidying up or even a releasing or renewing of what that period brought forth in the way of investments, commitments, engagements and the initiation of new activities in our lives.

We are getting ready for the next Venus Star Point at 3 Scorpio which will occur on October 25, the date the new cycle of Venus begins, while retrograde. The Star Point occurs when Venus, Earth and the Sun are all in alignment, something referred to as a “cazimi” or the Kiss of the Sun. But before that, we will see Venus go retrograde, on October 5th, at 11 Scorpio. Scorpio is the sign of things that might not be readily visible on the surface, calling forth Venus to look at what lies hidden beneath. What is beneath? Is it buried treasure or is it trash? As Venus slowly makes her way back over these first 11 degrees of Scorpio, we might discover a little bit of both. Scorpio is both private and secretive.

What happens when planets transit through this region of the zodiac? Things you thought were private can become public. Lies are exposed. The distant past may rear its head in frightening ways. Emotions bubble forth like the underground sleeping volcano or dragon that is suddenly ignited by a lightning bolt. Deception and betrayal can be evidenced. People whom you once trusted can now be seen to be not so trustworthy. The eagle-eye of Scorpio is upon us. As Scorpio is a Mars-ruled sign, it can give us courage to get down to the truth, even if it means bursting a bubble. And Scorpio is also a water sign. Call forth the feelings of the deep that do not lie. People with planets in Scorpio’s domain have a built-in b.s. detector. The mind may not wish to believe it, but the core feelings cannot deny it.

As I write this, the Brett Kavanaugh hearing is taking place, perfectly timed in this cycle of Venus in Scorpio. It is a gut-wrenching event, and no matter who you believe, the process will leave a fair amount of corpses in its wake. Sure, this is political. But in our current era, things are political. Last year in early October the #metoo movement began, when the Sun and Jupiter were transiting over early Scorpio, on the degree of this year’s Venus Star Point. So as Venus and the Sun reactivate that part of the zodiac in this time period, the battle is re-engaged. What is the truth? It is a contentious battle, with many people in power vehemently denying the allegations raised against Kavanaugh, a would-be Supreme Court nominee. Christine Blasey Ford was the first to come forward to raise a red flag against him for the sexual mis-conduct and abuse she received at his hand, and now is being joined by a chorus of others with similar claims.  Early Scorpio IS the region of sexual mis-conduct. It has been shown, again and again, that when planets are positioned over this region, people in high places are exposed. In the past, the people in power were supported. But the times are (slowly) changing and the tide is turning in another direction. Finally, the victims are being heard.

Embedded within the current Venus cycle, is an exact square between Venus (female) and Mars (male) principles, advancing the contentious battle being waged between the accuser, Dr. Ford and the accused, Judge Kavanaugh. While not every sexual allegation is necessarily male vs. female, the symbolism of Mars squaring off with Venus does not bode well for the male/female dynamic at this time. Venus in Scorpio is emotional, passionate, and feels things deeply. It asks to be heard. Mars in Aquarius can act like it is hearing the painful cry of Venus, but reacts with detachment and can coolly dis the whole affair. These two are like fire and ice. The hotter Venus becomes, the cooler becomes Mars.

Hopefully none of us will experience the level of drama that these hearings are engendering. But one thing is clear. It will bring up deeply felt emotions that may have been buried for a long time. This is why it is important to bring forth the buried treasure. Yes, deeply held emotions can indeed turn out to be treasure. You might refer back to this same season in 8 year increments, when Venus last transited in retrograde through Scorpio, such as 2010, 2002, 1994, 1986, etc.

But Scorpio is not just the sexual mis-conduct and cover-ups. Certainly, sex and sexuality are important elements of this time, as is gender. Scorpio is a Mars sign, while Libra is a Venus sign. Venus and Mars represent the female and male principles in life, polarities that are possessed of highly-charged reactions to one another. If it wasn’t for this dynamic connection, we might be faced with a diminishing population, possibly verging on extinction. Instead, it is the vibrant meeting of these two energies that brings incredible desire and ultimate mating, resulting in the dominant Homo Sapiens population of today’s world. It is what brings male and female together!

This is the era of the gender-bending phenomena. This year Mars, the male planet, reversed direction and is now being followed by Venus, the female planet. And the third party to this dynamic duo is Uranus. Uranus, known for radical change, affects both sexes so we may see more people embracing changes and coming out to themselves and the world. Whether we are dealing with a battle of the sexes, new definitions of gender, people’s phobias about trans-genders or same sex preferences, this is now how the current is flowing and cannot be reversed.

We are in the last decade of a 100-year passage of the Venus Star through the sign Scorpio. Important events of history occur when the Venus Star Point leaves a sign and enters a new one.  We can anticipate a shift in the masculine/feminine dynamic during this migration, similar to what we have witnessed during the dramatic gender restructuring that has occurred during these past 90 years of the Scorpio Star Point transit. In other words, women aren’t always from Venus and men are not always from Mars. Often, the reverse is true, especially as evidenced during these last 80-90 Aries/Scorpio Star Point periods. It is certain that male and female roles have transformed even for the hetero-sexual population. And now, as we approach the end of Venus’ passage through Scorpio and Aries, the mutation and morphing of genders is no longer limited to one’s emotional and psychological well-being, but is extending to physical realms as well.

The retrograde of the 2018 Venus cycle, shown here, represents the “hot” area of the horoscope in this cycle, between 25 degrees of Libra to 11 degrees of Scorpio, with particular emphasis given to 3 degrees Scorpio, the new Venus Star Point degree. Note that two signs are being impacted in this cross-over Venus cycle—both Libra and Scorpio.

Oct 5                 Venus SRx                          10°Scorpio50’
Oct 26               Venus Star Point                  03°Scorpio06’
Nov 16              Venus SD                             25°Libra14’

There is so much more to say. So please tune into one of the fine presentations that are upcoming on the web. Just follow the links below to access simply some of the best Venus cycle material available on the planet right now!

Venus Star Talk Video

Venus orbits in a pentagram, a beautiful five pointed star. Spirals and stars, numerous objects in nature including many flowers reflect this pattern of perfect harmony (Venus) on Earth. As above, so below.

This is video from one of Arielle’s Venus Star Talks.