August First Friday Venus – 2019-7

Sun/Venus/Venus Star Point In LEO

(If you prefer listening to this as a podcast, where Catherine Boyer interviews Arielle on the whereabouts of Venus each month, click here)

August is an exciting month for Venus as she smooches the Sun mid-month and a week later she’s frolicking with Mars! In between, she dances with Juno on the last degrees of Leo. That’s three giant celestial kisses for Venus in August, although they might come off more as stellar smacks.

Since June, when she was in Gemini, Venus has been quickening her pace, catching up to the Sun. Now they are both in Leo, and between August 13-14, Venus makes her cazimi (kiss), or as we Venus lovers know, her next Star Point in Leo. Then, a week later, after she enters Virgo, she will rendezvous with one of her favorites—Mars—who also recently entered Virgo.

So what can we expect from loving Venus in bold and dramatic Leo?

If observing those in the entertainment field, we won’t exactly find wall flower types with Venus in Leo. Whether or not they are self-aware, they appear to the world as attention-grabbers. We feel compelled to watch them as these mighty Leos express a confident style and pizzazz. And, they’re nothing if not bold and dramatic in the personality department.

Many of our Venus in Leo personalities have expressed theatrical, attention-grabbing statements in art, design, literature and music.

Among them are Andy Warhol, Antoni Gaudi, Truman Capote, George Bernard Shaw, Percy Bysshe Shelly, George Sand and Leonard Bernstein. Gaudi, a Cancer Sun, created a monumental and unforgettable cathedral called “Sagrada Familia” (Sacred Family). Shaw and Bernstein were Leo Suns which influenced their Venus in Leos to be even more dramatically stated. When you think of waving your baton and conducting your own orchestra, who comes to mind? For me it’s always been Bernstein. And to quote Shaw, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself”—good Leo philosophy. On the pop scene, we notice powerhouse vocal chords and entertainment pizazz as Venus in Leo manifests in the likes of Madonna, Whitney Houston, Van Morrison and Bill Haley. Madonna and Houston are both also Leo Sun signs which provide them a combined energy of bona-fide Star Power.

So what gives Venus in Leo that head-turning style, charisma and non-stop attention-getting persona? Well, it’s the Lion, after all. In fact, Helen Reddy’s lyrics “I am woman, hear me roar” come to mind – as well as the discovery of courage one never thought they had. The cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz was searching for courage and by taking a risk and joining young Dorothy & her friends on an unknown path and ultimately discovered the bravery he was seeking was something he’d always had within yet just didn’t know how to access. Venus in Leo has the courage to adventure down that very legendary Yellow Brick Road.

Additionally with Leo energy comes a sense of pride as displayed by those lions who don’t have to go searching for their courage. And therein is the fine line … too much of this cat-fire, coupled with this strong will, might make them feel superhuman and afar and above from the rest of the crowd.  Hence the independent Lioness?

Venus remains in Leo until the 21st of August when she enters Virgo. Mars enters that sign just a few days prior on the 18th. One might feel the seasonal shift then, a feeling that summer is over and it’s time to get back to work, school, and more serious concerns. And on the 24th Venus and Mars have their special rendezvous, bringing a caravan of passion, light and excitement to the Virgo house in your chart. It’s also a time to get organized in the more practical concerns.

Reflect back on October 2017, when Venus and Mars last met (also in Virgo) through late 2017 and into 2018. How did it affect the house that Virgo occupies for you? You may see this illumination once again as both Leo and Virgo are lit up now as the Star Point transitions to Leo.


Now that we’ve examined the transiting of planet Venus in Leo, let’s take a closer look at the Venus Star in Leo. What can we expect and how may we express the bold, creative, star-power energy that this Star Point has to offer? Be sure to remain mindful of the shadow side of Leo during this period as too much fire— expressed destructively rather than creatively – can be damaging.

Now, first things first…

The Venus Star Point has been in Scorpio since October 2018 and for the last 9 months, she has been activating a water sign, a yin and receptive sign that values privacy, intimacy (and some moodiness). For the next 9 months, from August 2019 to June 2020 she will be expressing herself through Leo. Leo is symbolized by the Lion. There is a palpable difference between the inner-focused Scorpio ruled by Pluto and the outer focused Leo, ruled by the Sun. Think of coming out of the dark underground places and emerging into the light above with this shift in Star Point.

This year’s re-release of The Lion King  brings us back to the time when it was originally released, in 1994, early on in the Leo VSP timeline. Additionally, you may recall there have been a succession of powerful U.S. leaders who display a strong dose of Leo through their personal charts – energetically reflecting the inception of the Leo Star Point.

First we had Bill Clinton, whose late degree Leo Sun was synchronized with the Leo VSP for the entire 8 years of his presidency. Next came George W. Bush, who had a much earlier degree of Leo Rising and held the office for the next 8 years and was subsequently trailed by Barack Obama, another Leo Sun, who presided for an additional 8 year run. Presently, we have Donald Trump with Leo Rising and natal Mars close by. That configuration suggests a military leader or general in battle—one who fights and wins, often through sheer intimidation. This is not to say Trump will lead for the full 8 years—but rather to comment on the present transit of the Venus Star through Leo and how it keeps presenting leaders who have a strong dose of that sign!

The VSP in Leo is urging us to express our creativity in ways that may not be entirely familiar to us. Experimental, self-expressive forays into the side of ourselves that we have either outgrown or never known before can be the right formula for success. If you don’t know where to begin, spend some time with a child you are close to. Observe their manner, demeanor and expression. What are they curious and passionate about? To to see life through the eyes of a child awakens the heart and inspires creativity.

The VSP returns to Leo every 4 years, alternating between Morning Star and Evening Star. This one is an Evening Star and though the Kiss of Venus & Sun occurs in mid-August, we probably won’t get a glimpse of her in the night sky until late September, maybe even early October. By then it will be hard to miss her gleaming presence in the night sky, about 1-2 hours after sunset, all around the world, continuing well into 2020.

Leo expresses itself through a yang sign (fixed fire) while the Evening Star acts in a more yin way. Evening Star Venus is often more concerned with partnership than acting alone. Her desire is to come blazing forth in a heart-centered way, and so however that may show up for you, it’s probably best not to turn your back on it!

The partnerships during this VSP in Leo at 21 degrees, involve a quincunx from Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces! That could feel monumental, overwhelming, filled with questions and some degree of uncertainty—nevertheless strong determination that there is a mission to be accomplished. Stay tuned to the what and why — just know that the feelings aroused inside of you to say “yes” to this is as mysterious and compelling as it can be. During the last 2-3 months of this phase as Venus ends her Leo Evening Star period and prepares to go retrograde, the fruit of this cycle can be harvested. After that she will renew herself by disappearing behind the sun once again and emerging anew in Gemini (April-May-June 2020).

There is a bit of strong determination and even letting go while rebuilding something new as indicated in this new cycle of the VSP. The Sabian Symbol for the Leo cazimi is “A Carrier Pigeon” so perhaps you feel driven to fulfill a mission at this time. The carrier pigeon is actively moving toward a goal to deliver an important message. The pigeon is not aware of what is contained in the message it is carrying – it just knows it has to complete the mission and reach its destination. With aforementioned planet Neptune, hovering between 18-21 Pisces, thrown into the mix, you might set your sails or GPS toward a special destination and trust the pigeon to deliver the message and trust yourself to be able to hear or see it when it arrives.

There is much more to discover about Venus and her Star Points. If you’re hungry for more about this coming VSP Leo Evening Star phase, please join me, along with three other Venus astrologers — Adam Gainsburg, Gemini Brett Joseph and Julija Simas, as we riff on this new Venus phase and take a closer look at her mystery and magic. Below is the link to the webinar which takes place on August 8th:


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August First Friday Podcast – Episode 7

Listen to the August 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 Podcast – Episode 6

Listen to the July 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.

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

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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…