December First Friday Venus – 2019

 This is our 10th Blog/Podcast concerning Venus on First Friday Venus

A rock-solid symbol for Capricorn literally is rocks! The mountains, but also mountain and rock climbing. For our Venus in Capricorn edition, coming from the country of Cyprus, the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite – I present to you “Petra Tou Romeio” the Venus Rock. This is the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the place where she rose from the oceanic waves. There is a palpable feeling of Venusian energy at this beach, still today. These two images are the before and after. Before she lost her top-piece and what she looks like now. Can we say she lost her head to love? Perhaps.

We have come full cycle now with her. If you have been following these blogs, we began the First Friday Venus last February when she was in Capricorn. She’s now back in Capricorn for a second time in 2019. This is due to her speeding up. In the year(s) when she is retrograde (2018, 2020, etc.) her pace is slower, she trails behind the Sun. In the alternate years (2019, 2021, etc.) she picks up speed, passes the Sun, and gets there more quickly. In her faster years she will repeat certain signs twice in a calendar year. Think about your own progress in those years. Have you felt that 2019, especially since August when she passed the Sun, things are moving at a faster pace for you? And in 2018 were things dragging along?

Examples we used were celebrities like Frank Sinatra (that classic look and sound).
We also talked about the elders and Venus interest in respect, integrity and traditions when in Capricorn. Venus in Capricorn individuals are quite serious about their careers and they are usually rewarded for the due diligence they put in to perfecting their skills in terms of experience. Yes, they put in the time~and the sign that’s ruled by Saturn~ rewards us for the time and effort we put in to any worthy enterprise.

Capricorn and Venus are also tested in love and devotional manners. Venus in Capricorn can feel as if she’s not getting enough and questions her own self worth in that arena. The more developed this Venus is, the more she understands that it’s not about receiving at a personal level. She receives a lifetime of opportunities with leadership, power and being in the limelight but humbly submits her gifts by dancing carefully with the idea of fame, avoiding self-aggrandizement and fanfare.

For you who are Capricorn Sun, Moon or ASC, this is your shining time of year when Venus graces your sign. It occurred earlier this year from Feb 3rd to March 1st and now again from November 25th to December 19th. Think back to February of this year and reflect upon how Venus brought her precious gifts your way. Perhaps you were doing something to enhance your business plan or invest in your future. Now is the time to go to the next step, reviewing what has worked and what needs to be left behind.

Capricorn is the sign of business, government and the law, the CEO, the political process, etc. Earlier this year when we last had Venus in Cap we were speaking about the most recent government shut-down. This time with Venus in Cap we are thick into presidential impeachment hearings. We might conclude that Venus has a lot to do with the job and how it is performed.

There are also budget concerns in this position. In Capricorn, Venus is practicing the path of balancing the budget. Venus is the desire principle. She WANTS stuff. But what she NEEDS, rather than what she wants, is the issue here. If want and need come together, as they certainly can in Cap, that’s the right step to take. For instance, investing in something long-lasting and practical would be the ticket for Venus in Capricorn. Perhaps it’s a seminar that involves getting certified and coming out with credentials. Perhaps it’s enrolling in a new program that will ultimately lead to a better job with more benefits. Perhaps it’s a piece of property that will grow in value over the years. Think about what value it will have in 8 years time, in 16 years time, in 24 years time, etc.

Capricorn is about age, wisdom and maturity. You may not be old but you can act mature and responsible. It has to do with (grand)-parenting. Sharing the wisdom with youngsters, if you’re an elder. Look to your elders for wisdom if you’re the younger.

Do the right thing. Work priorities may be pretty overwhelming with all the present Cap energy. The energies of Capricorn usually involve climbing a mountain of some sort. You may not reach the peak immediately or even as soon as you thought you would. But persistence and diligence pays off. You will eventually get there. Let your loved ones know how much you appreciate what they do!

Highlighted dates below are special Venus days: on the 3rd with the Nodes, on the 11th with both Saturn and the current Capricorn VSP, on the 13th with Pluto. Then, on the 20th, just in time for the Solstice, Venus enters Aquarius. There, she will still be under the auspices of Saturn, but with the added energy of rebellious Uranus. There, she pulls off the Saturnian shackles of earth-borne responsibilities, freeing herself to journey to a place of freedom surrounded by cosmic energy.

Ven Opp Nod Dec 3 2019
Ven Sxt Mar Dec 3 2019
Ven Sqr Jun Dec 4 2019
Ven Tri Ves Dec 7 2019
Ven Sxt Nep Dec 8 2019
Ven Cnj Sat Dec 11 2019
Ven Cnj Plu Dec 13 2019
Ven Cnj Aqu Dec 20 2019
Ven Sxt Chi Dec 21 2019
Ven Sqr Ura Dec 22 2019
Ven Qnx Nod Dec 27 2019
Ven Sqr Ves Dec 30 2019

Venus also conjuncts the VSP this month—on December 11th, the same day she joins with Saturn. This is really about very BIG long-term commitments. Are you ready?


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November First Friday Venus – 2019-10

Tracking the progress of Venus in the sky and in our lives

What sayeth Venus for November?

She begins the month in Sagittarius and goes through the entire sign in 26 days, when she then rounds the corner into Capricorn. And I do mean round the corner, as the cusp between Sagittarius and Capricorn is an important ¼ turn around the wheel of the ecliptic, marking the Solstice points on the globe. This is where planets speak to the world a place where their message becomes imprinted on the collective.

Just before she reaches that critical point she ends her swift journey through Sagittarius partnering up with Jupiter, the guardian planet of the Archer. The  Venus-Jupiter conjoining, the second one of this year(!) takes place on the 24th, when spirits should be high, people will be high and travel will increase, coming just before the Thanksgiving period in the US and the preparations for holiday travel later on.

Venus and Jupiter can be a glorious conjoining – if Jupiter in Sag says “bring it on, the more the merrier” and Venus says “let’s enjoy it” – this can lead to all kinds of excessive behavior and indulgences. For this month, that’s the flow of the stream—so enjoy it. By the time Venus heads into Capricorn she can deal with reeling in the budget, the diet and getting back to a more disciplined routine.

Sagittarius represents the higher mind, foreign countries, and long distance journeys. It is depicted by the centaur aiming his arrow straight for the Galactic Center, which by the way, is where the Jupiter/Venus conjunction occurs. There’s a message there, about aiming the arrow to a place beyond what the mind can even fathom, focusing on your mark and letting the cosmos handle the rest. (see our example chart below)

What does Venus love and enjoy in Sagittarius? Most likely dreaming about when she’s going overseas or embarking on her next adventure of learning and understanding. We can be planning our next trip or welcoming people from afar to our holiday tables in this Sagittarius season that represents, first, giving thanks, second celebrating the return of the light, and third coming into the new year. With the celebrations also come charitable acts, focused on the people, animal or plant life on the earth who may not be doing so well and who could use a hand.

The image of shooting beyond the farthest reaching shore on earth and actually aiming for the stars with that bow and arrow is no better exemplified than by our feature celebrity of the month with Venus in Sagittarius–David Bowie. Bowie (an adopted name but one that includes the word “bow” as in “bow & arrow”) not only shot to the stars, but more likely came from the stars. With projects like “Space Oddity”, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Starman and the cult-classic The Man Who Fell to Earth, it is more likely that he was portraying his true self, not merely a persona.

Chart of David Bowie

Chart from Astro Gold 6.2

Here, in David Bowie’s natal map, we find a pairing of Venus and Jupiter, with the VSP sandwiched in between the two at 25 Scorpio. Thus, the VSP picks up the energies of both Venus and Jupiter and combines them into a dramatic statement of a charismatic, abundantly talented individual with a magnet that attracts wealth and fame. VSP in Scorpio is comfortable wearing a mask as he adopted the role of Ziggy Stardust. Strengthening the case of the ET, Aquarius rising didn’t hurt.

Vase Painting of Zeus and Aphrodite

Vase Painting of Zeus and Aphrodite

However the Sabian Symbol for the conjunction this month between Venus and Jupiter, on the 24th occurs at the 29th degree of Sag, and is a bit antithetical. It is: A fat boy mowing a suburban lawn.   It actually combines the energies of Jupiter and Saturn. At the end of Sagittarius, here we find a fat boy on an upscale property, one who has seemingly over-indulged. Even his lawn is suffering from a case of Jupiterian over-growth. Now, heading into Capricorn (Saturn’s sign) it’s time to trim. Venus-Saturn people take note: the benefit of this pairing offers up an opportunity, or several during one’s lifetime, of weeding the garden, giving it a chance to breathe and an opportunity for new growth.

Venus Aspects for November:

November 1—Venus enters Sagittarius—swimming up from below the surface and reaching to the stars
November 3—Venus trine Chiron—compassion for ourselves and others; be kind today—it goes a long way
November 5—Venus quincunx Uranus—plans change—go with the flow
November 9—Venus quincunx N Node—surprise meeting with fate
November 14—Venus square Neptune—sounds too good to be true; is it?
November 16—Venus quincunx Vesta—focus on what’s of value and meaningful
November 24—Venus conjunct Jupiter—the Big One—celebrate, entertain and enjoy
November 26—Venus enters Capricorn—the sign of the solstice, costume change
November 27—Venus square Chiron—protect yours (and others) feelings
November 28—Venus trine Uranus—a group gathering of festivity and enlightened ma
November 29—Venus square Black Moon—feelings surface that were submerged
November 30—Venus conjunct Ceres—a cornucopia of thanks to the harvest goddess

My heart goes out to California who is suffering from the disastrous effects of the fires and power outages. Be safe, be well.


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October First Friday Venus – 2019-9

Venus moves through Scorpio

First Friday Venus — October 2019 edition

Our lovely goddess’ movement through the month is:

Venus begins at 20 Libra
Venus ends the month at 29 Scorpio
Venus enters Scorpio 10/8

Venus crosses her Star Point 10/11– A double Venus day!

She whips thru the entire sign of Scorpio this month, meeting with outer planets along the way. The first half of the month she’s engaging with Pluto AND entering Pluto’s sign. Watch for hidden things to surface. Venus in Scorpio is good at ferreting out the truth of a situation. Let her do her magic in Scorpio, with her investigative research capabilities. Trouble is, once she gets the truth, she may not be happy about it!

The first few degrees of Scorpio (and Taurus) contain an energy that exposes secret affairs. It can also deal with exposing mismanagement of resources as well, but more often than not, a story breaks about someone in a position of power who has misused that power and taken advantage of others sexually. We are reminded that early October is the 2-year anniversary of the Harvey Weinstein fiasco (Jupiter was in early Scorpio then). In the wake of that, a number of celebrities and people of power were facing the media in shameful and humiliating ways because of their actions. We can only imagine what will surface next.

Oct 1—Venus in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn

Oct 2-3 Pluto is Direct – so that aspect might be felt more intensely

Oct 8 – Venus enters Scorpio (more Plutonian energy)

October 10 – Venus in Scorpio quincunx to Chiron in Aries

October 11 & 12 – Venus crosses her own Star Point—we are reminded of events and activities from late October 2018/early November when the Venus Star Point in early Scorpio made an opposition to Uranus in Taurus. Moving forward on the agenda set forth at that time.

October 20 – Venus in Scorpio sextile Saturn in Capricorn—helpful to get clarity about the facts and taking care of important business

October 21 – Venus in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces—keep the dream alive, it is being aided by the Capricorn planets on the 20th and 25th

October 25 – Venus in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn—powerful connections take place, be open, but cautious—get all the facts

The feature celebrities with Venus in Scorpio are people who have dared to open the door to the basement and sometimes get trapped in the underground.

Persephone and Inanna are 2 goddess stories that come to mind.
The # of celebs who have experiences with this phenomenon are many. Many VSP’s in Scorpio have battled with addiction, depression and suicidal tendencies. Some of them crossed over. Others made It back from the NDE experience.

But let’s look at our celebrity of the month with Venus in Scorpio (as well as the VSP in Scorpio) and we will see another side of it.

I don’t want to talk about anyone else but this powerful, dynamic young woman with Venus in Scorpio—she is shaking the world tree right now.

Greta Thunberg Chart

Chart from Astro Gold for iPad v 6.1.3

Born 1-3-2003 (by the way, each individual digit is a Fibonacci #). This chart is set for noon on the day she was born, as we have no recorded time. How much can we tell from a chart without a time of birth? Let’s see.

The question I hope all of us are asking is: will she succeed in her efforts? It’s not that just our lives depend upon it. Our planet depends upon it.

— This is What the Manager & CEO of Mother Earth (Capricorn) looks like. Not one, but 4 planets including Sun and Moon, in that sign. Depending upon the time of day she was born, she’s either a Balsamic Moon or a New Moon child. Either way, the strongest implication for both of them, especially Balsamic, is the overall need to let go of past habits and patterns that don’t fit the current evolutionary needs of the time and just STOP or QUIT or LEAVE BEHIND that which was. Take the memory with you, but realize the significance of that period was to provide certain experiences both fulfilling and challenging, but is solely residing in the past, not the future.

Balsamic Moon children are always anticipating the future. Young Greta, at 15 years age, summoned an image of her grandchildren, and of herself at 75 years of age (if she gets there). That’s the promise of the New Moon, about to come. Regardless of whether she is Balsamic or New, some of the attributes are the same. All the New Moon child has to hold on to, is the recent memory of the past, as it navigates forward to blossom anew. All the Balsamic Moon child has to cling to on the dying vine, is the promise of rebirth that lies ahead in the future — whether you are a plant who will come back to life in the spring or a Buddhist whose soul will reincarnate into a new skin.

But since we don’t know which Moon phase she’s in, let’s look at the actual New Moon of her birth. It is: 12°01’ Capricorn.

The 12th degree of Capricorn is: An Illustrated Lecture On Natural Science Reveals Little-Known Aspects Of Life

The 13th degree of Capricorn has this Sabian Symbol: “A Fire Worshipper Meditates on the Ultimate Realities of Existence”

14th degree is: “An Ancient Bas-Relief Carved In Granite Remains A Witness To A Long-Forgotten Culture”

That’s pretty tall stuff for one person. Yet, she’s doing it!!!

Other glowing aspects of her chart include Uranus in tight conjunction with Pallas Athena in Aquarius — this is what genius, precociousness, visionary thinking and activism, on behalf of a global family, looks like. It’s in a natal square with Venus in Scorpio. She’s not popular in every circle, in fact she has some fierce critics. With Venus conjunct Mars, she forges ahead anyway to uncover the murkiness of this topic, forcing people to look at the ugly reality of it and expose it to the masses. With Pallas and Uranus feeding this Scorpio pair, the science is there as well. She presents the scientific facts and then tells the audience this:

“The one thing we need more than hope is action. Then hope is everywhere. So instead of looking for hope, look for action. Then and only then, hope will come.” Words of Greta Thunberg — TedX Talk – 2018

The fact that her natal VSP is also in Scorpio, adding passion, purpose, intensity and fuel to her life’s mission — she is demonstrating what the Scorpio VSP time period was all about.

She’s born at the final third of the Scorpio Star. In the beginning years of Scorpio VSP (1920s & 1930s) the fossil fuel industry was just getting under way, with petroleum being the coveted commodity for a century. We are now nearing the end of the 100-year Scorpio VSP (2020s & 2030s). I foresee this is a time when we will be engaged in the re-conversion of clean air commodities, giving would-be entrepreneurs a claim in the rush for the new gold (crypto or cyber currency?) market. It is by investing in machinery, and technology of low consumption products that have a completely neutral effect on the air. Or, maybe an enhanced effect on the air. Either way, they win, the people win, the planet wins and we all write “how-to” manuals for future generations.

Her 5 VSPs are highly engaged with her natal planets. They are:
Left FOOT — 9 Aries MS, conjunct Ceres
Left HAND — 24 Capricorn ES, conjunct Moon and Mercury
HEAD — 8 Scorpio MS, conjunct Juno, square Neptune
Right HAND — 25 Leo ES, sextile Saturn
Right FOOT — 18 Gemini MS, sextile Jupiter

Her head is Scorpio MS – she’s a passionate, warrior goddess, activist with a mission, unafraid to look at the darker side of the climate crisis.

Right hand: She’s feeding the hand of Leo — nothing, if not dramatic, using social media and her ability to express herself in a theatrical way, as if we were watching a Greek tragedy unfold.

Right foot: She’s karmically bound to feed the Star of Venus through Gemini — her speeches, her use of words, her delivery style, her message — yes it’s the message in Gemini, not the messenger.

Left hand: Capricorn, where she has all her planets feeding her passion and purpose through the wisdom of Mother Earth, a mature soul who thinks in terms of the needs of the many rather than the needs of the one.

Left foot: Aries MS, with her conjunction to Ceres she’s committed to the grieving mother who has lost (or will lose) her daughter. She is speaking for the loss incurred by the children of the future if we, their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, don’t do something to act on their behalf.


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September First Friday Venus – 2019-8

Buddha in garden - Venus First Friday

Virgo and Libra play a starring role in this month’s planet line-up. We begin the month with Sun in Virgo, Moon in Libra. There’s a party going on, hosted by Virgo now, as the month of September begins with Venus in Virgo joined by Mars, Mercury, Sun and Juno! Midway into the month on the 14th, she crosses the equator on the vernal equinox and enters into Libra. Thus she will be thinking of and preparing for seasonal changes.

Virgo is traditionally thought of as Mercury’s domain and this can be fully understood by the sharp, analytical processes Virgo is capable of. But there’s another ruler (guardian) of Virgo and that is the asteroid Ceres (Demeter) who, like the icon of the goddess holding harvested wheat which has depicted Virgo for so long, it is the very goddess herself, Ceres, from whom this image is derived. Therefore, it is fitting and natural that this Olympian goddess belongs to Virgo.

Keeping books, records, accounts and expenses are no stranger to Virgo’s domain. The goddess in charge not only grew the grains, she also sold them. Venus in Virgo can bring wealth to the farming/harvest part of the operation at hand. Venus in Virgo has a sixth sense when it comes to keeping track of the books. For this reason she may come off to others as a tight-wad or even a constant worrier about financial matters, whether or not it is an issue.

Yet there is another side to this. Venus in Virgo is also someone who can become fabulously wealthy. First, she is smart and learns how to problem solve or figure things out very early in life. Next, she possesses many skills, is quite employable and more often than not, can oversee her own enterprise. Think of these Venus in Virgo CEOs: Henry Ford, John Jacob Astor, George Westinghouse, Barron Hilton, Lee Iacocca, Louis Vuitton, Lucille Ball—all of whom headed businesses that became magnificent enterprises, worth millions. Venus in Virgo is our working guy or gal, and most often, she loves her job.

On the day she opposes Neptune in Pisces (the 4th), she will be tempted to invest in something big, an idea she may have been dreaming of for awhile. This is not to say the projection will not meet reality, but she needs to know about this aspect, as there is a fair chance she will be seduced or enchanted enough to buy the lot before realizing what she has done. In this case a good investment might be to sharpen her already sharp toolbox of equipment, skills or knowledge. Venus in Virgo often has a mile-long resume of experience and know-how and she values that greatly. This can be the time she gets the job she’s always dreamed of.

My take on the polarity between Virgo and Pisces (and also Aries and Libra) is that these signs demonstrate a stronger reaction to one another than the other signs of the zodiac, because they sit on the spring/autumn equinox, equal/day-equal/night axis of the wheel. The antidote to the excess of one is the blending in of the other. Not always an easy assignment but necessary nevertheless. Virgo attracts Pisces, Pisces attracts Virgo, for their own fine tuning. One of the ways Virgo calms down her busy mind and nervous system is through a deep and steady meditation practice. The above illustration depicts the perfect resting spot for Venus in Virgo, in a serene forest or woods, surrounded by plants, hearing only the sound of the birds and the rustling of the branches swaying gently to the breeze.

The 14th brings some exciting, unexpected and table-turning news with four planetary oppositions from the Full Moon, along with Venus and Mercury both entering Libra and Mars opposite Neptune that day. The call to action for a worthy cause or the letting go of a project that didn’t quite live up to its expectations can show up. It’s as if the players in the planetary sphere are lining up in formation to begin something important and enlighten us with information we previously did not have.

The last half of September is the time that Venus transits 2/3 of the way through Libra. The equinox is upon us, and Venus delights us in her own sign. She reminds us of our inter-connectedness and how valuable our close relationships are. She may also remind us that a little separation in our closeness can be a good thing.

The influence of the current Leo Star Point lasts until May/June 2020 when Venus enters Gemini, begins her 40+ day retrograde period and become the Gemini Star Point. But until then both the Leo and Virgo Star Point individuals are in their “moment” now. Leo is the same star point as Virgo, a continuation. That shift occurred in 1987.

Think of these next several months, no matter where Venus or the other planets are, of the Leo Star Point influence operating behind the scenes. Since mid August, Venus has been hiding behind the Sun, invisible to our naked eye. But by late September she will grace us with her evening appearance and start dazzling as bright as can be in the western sky, just after sunset. In this position the ancients named her Aphrodite Urania, or the Celestial Venus. Here, she challenges the worker-bee to soften up and get cozy, gaze at the stars and remember the infinite cosmos is one with us.

buddha meditating


September 6-8, 2019 – ATHENS, GREECE – Hellenic Symposium. Coming right up! Contact Angele Tikis for more info on registration and workshop details.

April 26-May 10, 2020 – Healing Sanctuaries of Greece, Ancient & Modern. Interest in this tour is high. Put your name on the list if interested as we believe it will fill up quickly. Here is the flyer. Healing Sanctuaries Flyer. More details to come in October.

The February 2020 IVC Conference in India has been postponed to a date later in 2020. Stay tuned for more information.

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