Erin's December 2016 News

The Solstice of 2016



This T-Square is super-dynamic and brings ancient myth alive today . . . as if we are back in the origins of Western Civilization the archetypal agencies of the gods are as lively and virile as in the Iliad, on the battleground of Troy!

War is an opposition . . . one which should – if such a thing can be morally correct – have rules of engagement, defined boundaries, specific enemies and allies, uniforms, internal affairs, and so forth, but here we have Jupiter (Zeus) opposite to Uranus (Ouranos) and Pluto (Hades) forming a 45 degree angle – a square to that opposition – thus we have a “T-square” . . . a complex conversation indeed. And this one is masculine dominated – a woman cannot get a word in edgewise it seems. And the feminine function in men is at a loss to find itself. Both the angles as well as the planets are aggressively poised and totally masculine in their primordial function.

This is not a comfortable conversation between the two rulers of the upper air: Jupiter opposing Uranus and squared by Pluto conjunct Mercury. This configuration is literal: we have a global philosophical/ideological and cultural schism that has been fueled by the most catabolic aspects of human nature – fear of “the other” the foreigner, the unspeakable different ones.

The breaking down of workable systems, negotiation and functionality has put half of the world in bare survival mode. Ultimately, the Jupiter Uranus opposition cycle is creative, heralding new and revolutionary social / global ideals – while its polarity also symbolizes the global (Jupiter) Holy Wars going on now, with all the high tech toys (drones, computerized systems etc.). Pluto and Mercury t-square lasts all year off and on, and that is where danger and death come in, both ecologically and culturally. So, my father was correct 60+ years ago – humanity is educated beyond its intelligence!

Zeus/Jupiter is also known as Zeus Xenios – the patron of strangers or travellers . . . however, the polarity to the protector is the attacker. The root of xenophobia lies in that epithet of Jupiter/Zeus and fear, hatred, projection, anxiety and so on are very much a part of Jupiter’s character.However, there is a pathology to Jupiter, the coiled underbelly of spirituality and religion - I’m sure you already know about the dogmatist, the false guru, the inflation of grandeur and sophistry! Jupiter gone bad, so to speak.

This characteristic is magnified to its most chaotic form, by Jupiter’s opposition to Uranus . . . so what we are really looking at is the horrific level of madness involved in the political arena in the USA. (Not to exclude the rest of the world, mind you!) Where the possibility of the man who is considered the president elect presents all the symptoms of mental instability, that include characteristics that in important public situations, he is chaotic, irrelevant, off-topic, demeaning, cruel, without any gifts of Epimethean foresight. He has a form of arrested adolescence where there is no cortical connection between action and outcome.

The omnipotent and omniscient side of Zeus that is both powerful and helpful, benevolent and kind, can equally be absolutely disastrous if it becomes an autonomous function in the psyche and not cooperative with the other planets. If Jupiter inflates and takes control, and one becomes the archetype without individuating that vital force, then a high moral tone is poured over everything. The result is usually a rejection of all things outside one’s own belief system and the imposition of one’s own will and dogma on anyone who will stand still long enough.

An inflated Jupiter could actually be quite mad, or it could be a compensatory device in the unconscious of a person who suffers terribly from feelings of inferiority. That’s where you get the split between others and the self - this is me, that is you: I’m ok, you’re not.

That would be, of course, a form of xenophobia (remember Zeus Xenios?) and is the shadow function of Jupiter, the pathological underbelly. Ideally, expansive, generous Jupiter would lead one to accept the fact that individual people and cultures are different and also correct and just in their own right; and beliefs are relative. The ruthlessness that Jupiter exhibits at times, especially as a religious or political fanatic, or simply as an insufferable bore, is incredible.


Hubris-Overstepping your mortality

Hubris – overstepping one’s mora, one’s lot, one’s destiny, is a Zeus associated pathology  . . . and if we do overstep our mortality, our person-self, then Zeus will bring  ἄτη – Atë – upon the committer of Hubris.
Atë, is a Greek goddess, and a daughter of Eris (Strife) and/or Zeus.  
Like most of the archetypal women of the ancient Greeks, she is quite dreadful!  As the Goddess of mischief, delusion, ruin, and folly, Atë also refers to the action performed by a hero, usually because of hubris, that often leads to his (or her) death or downfall – a kind of madness occurs – megalomania, narcissim, sociopathy.   Often ruin (Atë) actually precedes the downfall of a Dark Triad personality.
Her name is synonymous with a condition of the mind that means:  Zeus will take your wits away!   This is rampant in politics and business, and frankly in everyday life – however we are on the verge of being “ruled” by leaders who have this condition, this loss of wits and sensibilities, who have no concept of dignity or grace in battle.   Atë is becoming a rather serious condition:  we are in a plague of witlessness, a madness, a profane state of superiority over others.      

Ever at the ready, Hermes, psychopompos – guide of the soul and go-between of Hades and Heaven – is stationary retrograde now and conjunct Pluto at this moment and thus, winging madly between the most potent forces we have on planet earth, and, one hopes, is mediating the conflict of ideas and beliefs. Mercury will station direct around the 10th of January, and be back conjunct Pluto in the last week of January. *(We will also be reflecting back 8 years both personally and collectively when Venus turns retrograde in March . . . but I will write of that closer to the time.)

Between mid-Dec 2016 and the end of January 2017 there will be massive upheavals in all political arenas on a global scale. (This rampant instability actually continues on through 2017 – 2022).The USA in particular, is in a state of utter confusion, with its impending inauguration January 20th – which may or may not happen in accord with the rules. In fact, looking at the world condition, the USA Sibly Horoscope and the Zeitgeist it would not surprise me if there were an obstacle to the ‘president elect’ taking office at all, OR not being able to sustain the importance and contain the authority, of the position as the President of the United States.

If he was the head of FBI, like J Edgar Hoover was in the nineteen thirties on, who was mad himself, a delusional paranoid and a persecutor of those whose “crimes” he himself was committing, then maybe he could get away with it, but as president, no . . . so the USA has a major issue on its hands, and it would affect the entire world status and stability. O my.

Hermes Mercury also is a shape-shifter, and like Zeus Jupiter, has the power to “maze the minds of men” – and as he flits and flies to and fro, he can also be the trickster who comes in as a wild card, a surprise element and creates chaos all around. This is happening in the USA in a focal way – the conversation now within the USA itself and in its horoscope is deeply divided – as the last great empire, it appears to be collapsing from within.

The ‘conversation’ I speak of is rife with punishment, aggression, separation, isolation, war, segregation, and also pure nonsense – it is a trickster the USA has brought to the helm and interestingly the coyote Trickster himself has a full moon in Sagittarius/Gemini – ‘ruled’ by Zeus and Hermes. The elected president has a Zeus complex, and thus the curse of hubris, as well as the Trickster of Hermes at his (short) fingertips and the volatility and irrationality of an uncontained Uranus. It is straight out of the great mythology of the ancient Greeks: and, he has a string of female minions who have morphed, to look like clones – and are all attached to him like the women of Zeus who were enchanted and vulnerable.

The confrontation (opposition from Zeus/Jupiter to Uranus/Ouranos) is about two sky gods struggling for balance and ultimate rulership. Shall it be innovation, brilliance, positive change OR outright misuse of power, technology and human dignity and rights. Our global condition is dire, we all know that . . . and in this ethos we try to become more conscious and aware – but of what?

In the pain of the horror and atrocities being consciously committed by people to other people, and also happening in the forms of ecological disaster, as I write, there seems no logic. Logic comes with patience and forethought. We have no time for that it seems.


SO What Can I DO????

At the least we have a very important conversation taking place in the collective – it is being interpreted in thousands of languages and dialects, and also being processed by many billions of minds in totally unique ways. We have heresy and dissidents and positive radicalism like the nineteen sixties’ writ large. There are activists and rebels and heretics who are NOT taking the path of darkness, but are working to self-improve, thereby improving the collective consciousness by that much.

This period of hubris and destruction is an opportunity to examine the depths of our souls and the reaches of our minds. We have the chance in all of this to “cleanse” our selves as much as possible, of the global contamination . . . where is our hubris, our dislike of “the other”, our inflated ego and persona? How can be benefit spiritually and psychologically from the collective experience?

Cultural revolutions are taking place under these radical aspects we have been immersed in most recently (since August 2010 when Uranus made a waxing square to Pluto, both changing signs as well in that phase) and the social, cultural, sweeping consciousness revolution of the Uranus/Pluto conjunction began to unfold AGAIN.

Yes, war is war and it is always bad for ‘the people’ . . . but this is now sooooo complex that it is incomprehensible to most of us. To take in all, and remain functional is impossible. OK, so we need support and filters . . . we’ll go there later . . . how to navigate yourself and consciousness to a place of

relative harmony, and accord in the attempt to reconcile what IS with what SHOULD be, could be might be WILL be.

This conversation is about necessity and innovation, it is about knowing death but not making it happen – we have to be realistic and NOT afraid . . . this is a strong conversation under stress, it basically is telling earth people that there are no answers but good questions and actions.

We are caught up in a serious collective psychological condition that all of you reading this are finding it hard to get a grip on – actually, you do have a grip on it, you do get it, but you may not yet have found your ability to understand why there is such horror and confusion, and projected hatred. Also because this is a shape-shifter global guerrilla war, we don’t really have a grip on it. It is fueled by the invisible as well as the obvious . . . therein lies the conundrum – we don’t understand what we understand.

I don’t pretend to know how to solve this global catastrophe we are in, I don’t think anyone does . . . however, we have to “think big” – not only be like Carl Sagan – think: “billions and billions and billions of years”. But, also we have to think small, up close and personal: your family, friends, tribal connections, what small or great humanitarian act can you do today? And, what inner work can you do to not pet the black dog? Can you think differently from what you may fear, or even see in the course of a day out in the world. You can also limit your intake of news. Keep informed, but do not take it on yourself to solve anything, except your own strange little issues!

And this is only 2500 years of the Age of Pisces, and the rulership of the sky gods . . . give or take a few hundred years for evolution – there is a lot of ‘wiggle room’ and overlapping and evolutionary throwback and leap forward in making absolutes about epochal time frames and knowing statements of what happened 3,000 years ago in the realm of the gods and mortals. We are beginning to discover ancient cultures, and it would be lovely if we still could do so and keep some of them alive!

Yesterday is fine to discuss, but the relief I have found in these turbulent times – is to think BIG. Look at the long-range cycle, a philosophical and archetypal worldview . . . but one thing is certain: the Piscean Age has never been without war, never. It has been profoundly about empire, religion, ideology, supremacy, acquisition, dominance, power, control, ascendancy, and collective projection of “the bad” onto whomever or whatever is in the way of power, control, achievement, procurement, purchase and acquisition! And, in particular a total and absolute attempt (and successfully it seems) to suppress the feminine function and the results are a disaster . . . This is what has to emerge from now – a compassionate, fiercely loving, protective, sustainable passion for life – not death. As Freud would say: “It is the Eros/Thanatos dialectic”. Go for the Eros!

These heady days of amazing achievement and technology has also spawned its bad seed. We now are voluntarily victimised by Social Media for example . . . but that’s another story . . . For now we will look at ‘civilization’ in a focussed but general way . . . if you can.

So, in the end, what I can do, and you can do and we can do is to work with what there is, stay as “clean” as possible, and contribute what you can, give when you can, pray like mad, don’t dwell in the cave of media and terror, but come out into the open air and seek community . . . or create it!

I wish you a rich, important,
and personally peaceful New Year!


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Astrology in retrospect is always fascinating, because with that perspective, we can learn so much from hindsight and thus better inform our foresight!  

This month of March has presented two eclipses: 

  • The first one occurred at the New Moon on March 9th (a total eclipse of the sun)
  • The next one will be a Lunar Eclipse on March  23rd (a prenumbral eclipse of the moon)

Even more significantly, these eclipses, though the Solar Eclipse was in the sign of Pisces, and its subsequent eclipse is a Lunar Eclipse in 3 degrees of Libra / Aries . . .

Something terribly important comes about through eclipses. From the earliest days of sky watching, millennia ago, eclipses have always played a role in consciousness . . . even in the most archaic cultures and psyches.

We retain these primordial memes to this day, and they lay sleeping in our deep psyche only to rise during resonant times of celestial and terrestrial action!

Eclipses are a predictable, rhythmic and eternally returning relationship between Sun (father sky) Moon (mother sky) and Earth (Gaia)

Their rhythms are complex and their cycles long . . . however, for now, I want to focus on what is going on with these openings and closings of psychic and celestial doors as they present themselves now.

Confusion is at a peak . . . not only globally with all of the emigrations, closures of borders, creation of new hierarchies, countries in flux regarding their status and governmental order, and so much more we all hear about in real time thanks to the world wide web: the internet, the global link that truly does make us “ALL ONE” . . .

The number of planets in Pisces is not typical, we do get stellia (four or more planets within a few degrees of each other, typically in the same sign) . . . every so often, and astrologers remark on them because of their domino effect, their ‘knock on’ effect, where one agency leads immediately and often symbiotically to another.  For example, the
Total Solar Eclipse marked a total loss of literal boundaries in several countries, and chaos at sea especially with the Syrian panic and terror and deaths while trying to escape to safety.

Stellium = Nuclear fusion

This particular stellium is in exact opposition to its old ruler, Jupiter – so there is a sense of simultaneous “conspiracy” (that word means “to breath together”) and conflict going on (I don’t need to tell you this) in almost everything we are doing! 
I am myself, AMAZED, at the confusion, lack of sense, hubris (very Zeus/Jupiter), rudeness, self-centeredness, puerile behaviours, idiotic mistakes, bad timing, and so on!! Hyper-vigilance is the over-compensatory characteristic to this loss of control and boundaries.  You make your own list, ok?  It will make you laugh, in the long run!

Individually we all feel this, it is a sense of free-floating anxiety that may have nothing to do with your impending tax date but everything to do with the global situation.

We consciously became globally tribal, as an “humanity”, not just theoretically but, actually, when the first Moon landing occurred . . . in 1969 . . .

Yes, our souls/psyches are one in the collective unconscious, but there was a date when we did all “become one” . . . and it was when some men walked on the earth’s moon, and looked back at the earth, and were amazed.  And when we as a global tribe, tied into our planetary family in a tangible fashion.

So, with all the philosophy and so on around this idea, what on earth is actually going on?

We don’t know.  And, as such, we are in a psychological place, that requires us to become increasingly grounded, earthed and contained by various methods that keep us ‘sane’ (fr Latin  sanus = “healthy”)

Staying Sane (stellium in Pisces with Neptune):

  • Let it go – it doesn’t matter, it may matter later but not now
  • Let it be – it will change, shapeshift, morph, elude and irritate you
  • Allow anxiety to be a place of opportunity for greater self-awareness
  • Distinguish between the Real and the Ideal
  • Accept the lunacy (lunar, moon) that is part of all massive change
  • Contemplate what is not working
  • Work on what is not working
  • Give as much leeway to others innocent mistakes or confusion
  • Look at it as an opportunity to be “spaced out” (within certain confines of course)
  • Give your imagination and creativity full reign
  • Say “no” when you often say yes to something you really don’t want to do
  • Say “yes” when you may actually not think you want to do or be whatever it is
  • Sleep – Neptune and Pisces ad the 12th house are “sleep perchance to dream
  • Learn something new something spiritual, psychological, archetypal – let your mind and body go to places new, exotic, educational and soul-healing

Being Grounded (Jupiter retrograde in Virgo singleton):

  • Be aware of your body and its responses
  • Take care of your physical needs
  • Be ordinary
  • Think of life as a way of being not as a thing to do
  • Concentrate on mundane yet vital details
  • Double-check everything (not meaning OCD – obsessive compulsive!)
  • Create a boundary not a barrier between yourself and worrisome things and people
  • Be vigilant in your protection of your rights
  • Be super conscious of your loved ones and value them and tell them that you are here
  • Look at how you could be more effective if you weren’t worrying about everything else
  • Feel your body (soma - Virgo) reacting to your soul/unconscious (psyche - Pisces)
  • Understand in basic terms what is really important to you for survival physically
  • Take up a practical and metaphysical area of thought, study, practice, work that serves both body and soul
  • And, contemplate your navel at least twice a day.  It is your “omphalos” your earth centre!

 Meanwhile, carry on!     Next month we will be exploring Mars Retrograde, as it stations at 8° Sagittarius on April 18th, 2016!   I will be interested in what happens between now and then, and will thus have learned something I can use for the future!    Whee!  It is a real ride, this year . . . isnt’ it?  


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Why does the Year need to Leap???  

The Gregorian calendar is the standard calendar for civic use throughout the world.  It is the calendar that replaced the Julian calendar, and is a very convenient (so far) timing device.  This calendar does not include many national and and Orthodox country’s religious celebration and feast times.

A “leap year” occurs every four years to help synchronize the calendar year with the solar year, or the length of time it actually takes the earth to complete its orbit about the sun, which is about 365¼ days.
The length of the solar year, however, is slightly less than 365¼ days – by about 11 minutes. To compensate for this discrepancy, the leap year is omitted three times every four hundred years!
In other words, a century year cannot be a leap year unless it is divisible by 400. Thus 1700, 1800, and 1900 were not leap years, but 1600, 2000, and 2400 are leap years.
That is the basic math.


Astrologically, this oddity of intercalary ‘nutation’ has an important factor:  In the important situation of our birthday, for example!
You were born at a particular time of day, in a fixed location on the planet – and   people celebrate their birthday anniversary every year – year in and year out on that same day. 

However it is all about the Sun:

Your actual Solar Return – the precise degree, minute and second of your Sun’s position at birth (e.g.: 2 degrees, 30 minutes and 12 seconds of Aries) – will never return to that exact position at the same time and place you were born. 
The Sun will be at a slightly different degree, minute and second (of arc) always.  The difference between your annual birthday and the moment that the Sun returns to the same place when you were born, could be anywhere between a few minutes of time to 24 hours on either side of your natal/actual time of birth!   
Doing what is called a Solar Return horoscope for each year for your birthday, set for the place in which you were born, takes into account this “extra ¼ of a day” and “moves” your Solar Return horoscope back 3 signs on the Ascendant ever year!
Hmmm . . . so if you want to celebrate the exact Solar Return of your year, then you need to have a chart set for the exact position of the Sun when you were born.  It is complicated mathematically, but our astrological software will do this for you.  And, then, you can celebrate not just the anniversary of your birth, but revisit your soul contract at the correct time of your Solar purpose when the Sun returns to where it was when you were born.

Renew your Solar Contract – your Soul Intention

A Solar Return chart is what I call “renegotiation, renewal and orientation toward your soul’s intention, purpose, direction and outcome for your next year”.
Your soul’s contract for the year occurs at this moment of return.  And, it could be at 2:12 am or 5:59 pm – the time is based on the precise return of the sun to its natal place! 
Thus, the time may not be convenient for such a celebration, but that is up to you to be aware and conscious that we do have this option to make our life agree with the heavens, and the Solar Return is the most significant agreement we make on earth, at our incarnation point, and thus deserves to be honoured . . .

Many Happy Solar Returns to you all, as we move through 2016!


Erin's AQUARIUS 2016 News: ♂ Mars Retrograde

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Last month I wrote about the Mutable Dilemma with the T-square between the planets Jupiter opposite to Neptune with Saturn T-squaring that opposition:  these planets are related by “birth” and archetypal origin, and mythically as well as astronomically are planets that have been in disagreement  . . . and seem to still be at it!

I will re-mention that this backdrop of planetary ‘sound’ is more confusing than it is explicit!  Thus, we will experience this space oddity in our personal lives as well as in the global ethos.  News and facts are shape-shifting and are a particular test for those of us who like some degree of definition and control – which is not a bad thing at all but will be frustrating for us who like to know what is going on. 

We cannot expect to know “what is going on” out there in our great family of planets, nor can we expect to know and trust information we receive via (Neptune) network media – or the truth in all media reportage (Jupiter).  And from Saturn T-cross to the Jupiter•Neptune opposition, we get a “block” from information; a censor  Kronos/Saturn is the old guard of the Titans, he has a characteristic that likes to impose hierarchical standards, and from a conservative point of view.   

What we can know for sure, is any moral outrage that we personally experience in this crucial time in human history and in so very many areas of “beliefs” is actually real – everyone seems to be morally outraged!  Problem is, some people feel the need to “out their rage’, and do harm, while others question what they might do to help and clarify, while others just want to go to sleep.  

Thus, the year is not a consolidation year, but a year for truly valuing your freedom to think your own thoughts, and do so without it being “against something” – it is possible to have an opinion and a belief system that is deeply personal and should remain so AND also to have a strong re-action to xenophobic centrism.   A response is better coped with, because it means one can contemplate all sides and feel one’s way to a semblance of balance.

It is a year in which the value system of our / your heritage may be in conflict with your inner sense of spirituality and moral codes.  This is good . . . it give an opportunity to learn to accept, to change and to morph into a new shape.  It offers an occasion to examine seriously what you truly do believe.    

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Erin’s December 2015 Newsletter



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Welcome to the Solstice time!  When the miracle of the Sun appears to stand still for us on mother earth,
and begins its turning to bring in a new Cardinal Season to our World:



This new coming year - 2016 – is “challenging” in so very many ways, and that is not news to all of you  . . . and also it addresses the degree to which we need to be as close as possible to our most valued things:  relationships and people, ideas, working style, social attitudes, goals, ideals, values, vision.

This year's long, off and on T-square from Jupiter opposite to Neptune, squared by Saturn, is one of the major cycles in astrology, having to do with a time of great imagination, creativity and lots of work to create and maintain a sense of solidity. Though the transit of the T-square itself is collective - global - it will touch each of us in our own way as it transits three houses in our natal horoscopes. 

Read more: Erin’s December 2015 Newsletter




VENUS STATIONED and turned DIRECT on September 6th 2015 . . . and with it’s retrograde cycle,  came many other planetary stops, stations, motions and turns . . . 

AS OUR world turns, rotating on its axis and revolving around the hearth fire of our focus - the Sun - it is in perfect harmonic resonance with our entire family of planets 

IT IS as a Sufi turns and turns:

 “ . . . All is bliss, all is bliss  . . . “

   What need have I for this,

What need have I for that, 

I am dancing at the feet of my lord, 

All is bliss all is bliss! 

(translated from the Arabic depicted in this illustration)

Read more: VIRGO 2015 NEWSLETTER


WELCOME TO LEO!   And, Venus Retrograde!


Venus Retrograde in Virgo back into Leo:

1. JULY 25  Srx @00º Virgo  - 30º+-  ahead of the sun, and is still visible but fading  as Venus Hesperos: “West”. . .  evening star

2. AUGUST 9th  @27º Leo - BECOMES INVISIBLE:  Venus is no longer visible in the western setting sky. "Disappears from view" ("backs into the Sun")

3. AUGUST 16th:  INFERIOR CONJUNCTION w/Sun   SU/VE @ 22º 39 Leo is the inferior conjunction and is not seen again until 10 days after, at Heliacal Rising When Venus is 10 degrees behind the sun.

4. AUGUST 19-20th:  @20º Leo - BECOMES VISIBLE again: Venus is at 'Heliacal rising' and has JUST begun to rise before sunrise, and then becomes the "light bearer" – visible to the eye but only for a very short time before sunrise - and is then increasingly visible before sunrise for about 3 - 4 months.

5. SEPT 6th:  @ 14º 23 Leo Station Direct Sd>, at which time it will appear again, in about 5-7 days, and slowly becomes highly visible for months ahead as Venus Phosphoros: “Light Bearer” . . . morning star.




Cycles of any kind - in particular astrological planetary cycles - are prescient. Each cycle of return both foretells the quality of the next cycle and reflects back on all previous cycles of the same type.  In this way, we can participate actively in our evolutionary growth and enhance our personal individuation cycles.

Thus the transit of Venus only stations Retrograde and Direct in five sectors or houses in your natal horoscope in your entire life. By tracking this cycle you will be illuminated to your core evolution of values, self worth, relationships and your philosophy and beliefs. In this you will gain insight to the most esoteric and exoteric aspects of your psyche.

Venus is always retrograde for 40 – 42 days in its cycle but encompassesmuch more time in its approach to Retrograde, its station retrograde, its station direct, and then its return to the place at which it did station retrograde.The numbers 5 and 72 are repeated in myriad ways in the Venus cycle. Over the 8 year period Venus forms a pentacle, a five-pointed star against the backdrop of the zodiac. Each of those points of the pentacle are 72º apart; it is also associated with the five petal lotus that forms a mandala against the backdrop of the zodiac;  the rose – the five petals of the rose symbolize  something sacred, arcane or secret, is “beneath the rose” - sub rosa – and originates from the Pythagorean Mystery School); theFibonacci sequence of numbers; the fractal; in short all of nature and the creativity of humanity with its five dactyls, the hand. 



Venus has a unique and very important cycle that can be tracked back through your life to see your evolution in specific stages:  every 8 years (less 2 days and 2 degrees) Venus stations retrograde in the same place in the zodiac, therefore in the same place in your own chart, and plants seeds deep in the psyche.

Keywords:  negotiation; reconciliation; reflection; acceptance; reception; recognition; integrity; diplomacy; mediation; tact; flexibility; give-and-take; heart-centered; balance; resolution; compromise; cooperation; conciliation; concession; reunion/reunification; appeasement; morals; ethics; ideals; principles; beliefs.

You will gain profound insight into specific patterns by tracking back exactly 8 years, and every 8 years back from this time now, until the first Venus Rx after your birth.  You will notice an evolutionary development that is directly linked to your sense of Self from the highest level of your philosophy and to the most significant spiritual and psychological progression of your of personal values, relationships and events associated with your core standards, and interactions with people with whom you are closely tied.

Your “homework” is based in this particular time on the Venus at 0º Virgo stationing retrograde, back to 14º Leo, and then direct again to pass back over the 0º Virgo point.  

In doing this personal project - reflecting back over your 8 year cycles - you will understand more about yourself, your relationships and the changes that will be occurring during the next few months. There is certain humility in this Venus Retrograde cycle – a new way of approaching dialogue and interaction with others. You will find that if you do press your opinions and attitudes without considering carefully, they may backfire on you.  

Venus Aphrodite: Dual Goddess
Bridging the Ideal and the Real


IN The Symposium, Socrates and other Greek philosophers gather to drink and discuss “Love: Eros and Aphrodite”.  It is determined that there are two Aphrodite’s:
THE higher form of love is Aphrodite Ourania, her father’s daughter, and inspiratrix of the love of wisdom: philosophy and the higher mind.  The other, “lesser” Aphrodite, is Venus Pandemos  - ‘of the people’, the goddess who was born from the union of Zeus and the goddess Dione.  Born of a union of the masculine and feminine. It is she presides over the love of sexuality, maternity, family and everyday man.
BRIDGING the Ideal and the Real is a life-work, being both idealistic and realistic births a solid creation, the idea is always the seed before the practical reality of any creation: a child, a book, a garden, a relationship. We are always in the fulcrum of the balance between the Ideal and the Real. 
HOW can you bring that divine union of Ideal and Real into being?  Ultimately we have both:  have the ‘sacred’ inspired feeling and the ‘profane’ or worldly shape it needs to be embodied in. You know instinctively this paradox exists and is reflected in the dual faces of Aphrodite/Venus.  
Aphrodite Ourania is her father’s daughter, parthenogenic, and born full blown from the semen of the castrated Ouranos, the primordial Heavens, by the sickle of the Titan Kronos, Ouranos and Gaia’s youngest son. She is the philosopher queen in this context.
WHEN our planet Venus is in its retrograde phase, she becomes that rare philosopher planet, Aphrodite Ourania. Our minds turn toward seeking a higher viewpoint on our lives and in this way; the recurring cycles can work toward bringing us closer to objectivity.
AND during the retrograde cycles, you will find that your relationships, especially from the past, become dominant in your mind. There are more chances of renewing old relationships, healing any rifts or separations during this forty day phase, and bring back to perspective what you might have done, and will not do again, we are meant to learn from our history; this Venus retrograde phase is about re-establishing a heart connection to those of our very long time friendships.
PEOPLE will emerge from the past to connect with you, there is a feeling of synchrony with current events linking back to eight years ago, and likely a pattern that will emerge if you do track back every eight years.
RELATIONSHIP evolution is always fluctuating, and this is a time when you will find that you have stepped further along in your integrity, your ability to be honest even if it hurts, and to be able to give more this time around.
WE are often ‘haunted’ by our pasts, and in this instance, it is more of a recollection than a haunting, a time to literally re-collect our true heart centre and integrate it more fully into our current relationships. 
IN this way, we grow and become more of who we really are, even if it means letting go of certain relationships, but with acceptance and grace.
MOST importantly, is about your relationship with your own self. Feeling our way through situations that are uncomfortable is the only real way to deal.   Trying to think your way through or out of a situation that is abstract will only isolate you – thus, your own Self may force you to just face the reality and not imagine some other scenario. 
THIS Venus retrograde cycle we are in now is a time of creative opportunity to go with grace and heart-centered passion toward the new, and to bridge the Ideal and the Real, ultimately leading you to yet another level of your ever evolving harmony and balance.