Today Venus transits the Sun (another use for my solar eclipse glasses…yippee!) in a rare event that won’t happen again for the next 100 years. The alignment of the Earth, Venus, and the Sun is called an occultation because it won’t block the view of the Sun, but rather cross its path appearing as a small dot. Symbolically Venus will not block our view of the Sun, like during an eclipse, but rather remind us she is there and making an impact.
Venus (named after the Greek goddess Aphrodite), symbolizes love and beauty. It seems only fitting to me that as we move towards a more love, heart-centered society we are greeted by a planetary dance that was considered significant even from the ancient Mayan times. According to several articles I’ve read the Mayan calendar was actually based on Venus cycles.
Earth in the solar system is located between Venus and Mars. We as Earthlings reside between two planets of seemly opposite energies…the feminine (Venus and also represented by the Moon) and masculine (Mars and the Sun). The beauty of our position in our solar system allows us an experience of being them both. This Venus transit beckons us to become warriors for love. Archetypally the alignment of the Earth, Venus, and Sun represents an activation of the Solar Feminine (the corresponding balance would be the Lunar Masculine). I found a beautiful quote by Astrology Rose Marcus describing the blend of this experience, “Just as woman gives birth to both genders, the rise of the solar feminine creator suggests a rebirth of the consciousness of our whole selves…True androgyny is the highest state of spiritual evolution.”
Recently, to honor beauty in all its forms, I went on my weekly SF adventure (something new I’m doing to appease my need for adventure and still be a productive member of society), to the “Cult of Beauty” exhibit at the Legion of Honor. My favorite painting was the above by Frederick Leighton called “The Bath of Psyche.” To me the painting represents the epitome of beauty and Venus. It has the classic Greek architecture, the nudity of the pureness, the sky as nature, and asymmetry.