THE FULL VENUS IN GEMINI
June 6, 2016 at 2:49pm PDT / 9:49pm UT
Sun and Venus conjoined at 16°36' Gemini
Today the Sun will perfect a conjunction to Venus marking the "Full Venus." We now stand at a critical point in Venus's journey around the zodiac wheel: the culmination of a cycle that began a little less than a year ago, mid-August 2015, when the Goddess of Love last conjoined the Sun while retrograding in Leo.
The Full Venus point breezes by quickly and can be easy to miss. However, in her book on the astrological Venus, Anne Massey notes that during the weeks when Venus travels through the sign in which she conjoins the Sun (Venus is in Gemini from May 24th through June 17th), "events and feelings in the lives of people seem to echo rewards for the choices made four years earlier," when a New Venus fell in the same sign and close to the same degree. This previous, related Gemini NEW Venus fell on this same day, June 6th, but in 2012, which also happened to be a rare transit of the Sun with Venus a visible black dot moving across the face of the Sun. Venus's far gentler way of eclipsing the Sun.
The New Venus is also marked by a conjunction with the Sun, except at this time Venus is in reflective, retrograde motion. When the Goddess of Love performs her backwards dance through the zodiac, we are asked to contemplate: What really matters? Where is the music and the meaning in life? Is it integral to our daily existence, or missing entirely, has it been stowed away as if joy and happiness is optional? Are we living a life that reflects our inner values, or are we more like actors performing in someone else's play?
For Venus is more than just the planet of love and relationship, it also associated with personal values and aesthetics: what we consider worthwhile and beautiful. In this sense, as astrologer Howard Sasportas pointed out, Venus serves the Sun — that solar urge to be exactly who we are: to grow and develop into a unique individual. Venus is an important inner compass, for if we lack a strong sense of what we personally value, how do we make appropriate choices? How do we prioritize effectively? How do we effectively direct our lives?
Venus IS our joy, our birth right, and when we neglect to build theseFrom Venus's station direct in Leo to today's Full Venus in Gemini, nine months have passed: the time it takes for human gestation. The creative act is a main theme interwoven in the workings of Venus. important inner values in life, we lose out in a very big way. If you often feel like something is missing in your life, understanding the message of your natal Venus can help guide you in the right direction, especially right now standing as we are at an important threshold. At this special Full Venus, we have a chance to gain important insights into just how well we are expressing this important facet of self and make important changes.
In some way, events happening now are connected to decisions, key insights and priority shifts initiated at that related Gemini New Venus in June 2012. Additionally, the sequence of events launched about ten months ago, on August 15, 2015, at the most recent New Venus in Leo are now coming to fruition. Both the New and Full Venus seem to equal an eclipse in strength, Anne Massey maintains — and with today's Gemini Full Venus dovetailing (as yesterday's Gemini New Moon) with a powerful grand cross involving the lunar nodes, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune, adding greatly to its power to support us in seeing what needs to change in our lives.
Venus last stationed direct on September 6, 2015 at 14°23' Leo after a 40-day retrograde cycle that began in early Virgo. From Venus's station direct in Leo to today's Full Venus in Gemini, nine months have passed: the time it takes for human gestation. The creative act is a main theme interwoven in the workings of Venus. With a Full Venus coinciding with a New Moon/grand cross, we are in the process of formulating our next important steps in life, with Venus lighting the way to an outer plan that more fully matches the inner self.
It's time to adopt a new and better way of being in the world, time to step into a new reality. What will that be for you?
Here are the dates and important degrees for the two Venus cycles culminating now. If any of these degrees dovetail with your natal chart, this is an especially critical cycle for you.
- New Venus: Jun 6, 2012 at 15°45' Gemini
- New Venus: Aug 15, 2015 at 22°39' Leo
Your Inner Compass
Special Reading on the Natal Venus
The natal Venus is a critical element in the birth chart, whether we are male or female. Venus signifies our feminine side: this softer, graceful and receptive aspect of ourselves, shows how we tend to connect in love relationships, how we handle the give and take of love and affection — not just in romantic "one-on-ones" but in other important liasons as well: close friends and family that we especially love, value, and hold dear. An even bigger umbrella category for the natal Venus is she represents ALL those things and people we truly value and cherish.
Venus symbolizes our aesthetic taste, what we find beautiful and pleasing. She represents the sensual enjoyment of life, that important, life-affirming pursuit of happiness. Venus is the receptive, magnetic part of us that attracts love and other kinds of goodies; and when we understand our natal Venus better, we are much more able to answer her call, to support and express what she represents.
Understanding your natal Venus (its sign and house position and the connections to other chart elements) can help us fully develop this important aspect of ourselves, and also become much more aware of our particular pitfalls: how we tend to trip ourselves up, sabotage ourselves in this Venusian quest for relationship bliss and other important sources of happiness and fulfillment.
As I wrote above, Venus is an important inner compass, for if we lack a strong sense of what we personally value, how do we make appropriate choices? How do we prioritize effectively? How do we effectively direct our lives? or choose partners that are right for us? Venus asks us to contemplate: What really matters? Where is the music and the meaning in life? Is it integral to your daily existence? Are you living a life that reflects who you are, or are you more like an actor performing in someone else's play?
In celebration of today's Full Venus (which trines my natal Venus in Libra), I'm offering a special one-hour reading at a discounted price for a limited time only.
Here's the link for more information and to order. Happy Full Venus in Gemini!
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The Japanese woodblock print, Poppy Flower in Bloom, shown above, is the work of Ohara Shoson (1878-1945). Shoson is considered by many to be the foremost 20th century designer of bird and flower prints, or kacho-e.
The medieval illumination shown above is titled "Influence of Venus" and is part of the holdings of the Bibliothèque Nationale, France c.1406
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