Cycles of Venus

Cycles of Venus Michael ParkesImage: Michael Parkes

Hi Everyone, Ready to look at the Venus Synodic Cycles again? Checking them out explains the movement from Morning Star to Evening Star as we are about to go into the maximum elongation and retrograde cycle in 2020. (see dates and degrees below)

Listen to the 2018 call where we talked about the superior conjunction and Pluto in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th house with example charts. We also explore “magic eye” manifesting, finding current core values and how the conjunction works in a planetary return chart.

Align with the Stars Call – January 2018

Align with the Stars Call Chat with links to the example charts:

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OK, the cycles can seem a little complex, but I hope you embrace the mystery and wonder. It really is spectacular.

The Venus Synodic Cycles Visual Tutorial

Don’t let the word Synodic scare you. It’s Latin for ‘hook-up’ or meet up, and here we mean the cycles in which Venus is conjunct with the Sun. There is a pattern. An amazing one. Check it out.

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Transits of Venus Tutorial and Tips

Watch this tutorial on the Transits of Venus for full understanding, definitions, animations and connections.

The position of Venus in this video ephemeris and astro clock is for 2013-2014, but the concepts remain the same. See below for current position and upcoming Retrograde cycle of 2020.

Recap of the facts:

  1. Every 8 years, Venus orbits the Sun 13 times while the Earth orbits the Sun eight times.
  2. During the 8 year cycle, Venus passes between the Sun and the Earth 5 times, completing five Synodic periods, with each one lasting approximately 584 days, or 18+ months.
  3. 13 Venus revolutions equals 8 earth years equals five synodic periods, or alignments of the Earth, Venus and the Sun.
  4. Each conjunction of Venus and the Sun creates a point in a 5 star pentagram pattern over the 8 year period. Really amazing!

Morning and Evening Star

As we see in the tutorial, Venus is the Morning Star when she rising AHEAD of the sun. She’s seen as the Evening Star when she sets AFTER the sun. For 60 days between retro and direct, she’s in the underworld (Venus – Inanna) and we can’t see her at all because she’s so close to the sun, his light obscures her own.

Venus Synodic Cycles Step by Step

Inferior Conjunction – October 2018

We start the cycle with the inferior conjunction, like a New Moon phase. It happens when Venus is mid-Retro and moving very slowly ‘backwards’. She rises before the sun, and is so close we can’t see her, like a dark moon.

Morning Star

When the sun and Venus are about 10 degrees apart, (Venus rising 10 degrees AHEAD of the sun), we can see her in the pre-dawn. At this point, she is called Phosphorus or Lucifer, the  “light bearer.” The Morning Star.

Twenty-one days after the inferior conjunction, Venus turns direct, called Direct StationNovember 2018.

Thirty-six days after the inferior conjunction, Venus is most brilliant in the morning sky.

Maximum Elongation W – January 2019

When Venus is visible before sunrise, she is near her greatest western elongation. Another thirty-six days Venus reaches the maximum distance from the Sun, Note, this is never more than 47° away. At this time, Venus is moving at the same speed or faster than the sun. Catching up!

Superior Conjunction – August 2019

Two-hundred and sixteen days (6 x 36 days) later, Venus reaches the superior conjunction with the Sun, when she is moving close to her maximum of speed of about 1°15′ per day. Think of this as the ‘full moon’ stage, where Venus is farthest from the Earth. She’s back in the underworld again, not visible in the morning or evening.

Evening Star

Thirty-six days after the superior conjunction, when the Sun and Venus are about ten degrees apart, Venus reappears from the underworld as the evening sky, setting AFTER the Sun.

Maximum Elongation E – March 2020

When Venus is visible after sunset,  she is near her greatest eastern elongation. At this point, we say Venus has reached her maximum distance from the Sun. Remember, this will never be more  than 47°  away from the Sun. In the chart, we note that Venus is not more than two signs ‘behind’ the sun. At this time, Venus starts to slow down.

Retrograde Station – May 2020

Finally, we have the Retrograde Station that leads back, Rx, to the new synodic cycle starting with the next inferior conjunction (June 2020) where we can’t see her. She’s in the underworld yet again, until she moves 10 degrees AHEAD of the sun, appearing as the Morning star.

Venus Cycle 2018 – 2021

Now that you have that under your belt, check and see where Venus is now in her Synodic Cycle.

Venus Cycles
From the Venus Phase Cycles

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Fascinating Mathematics

584 x 5 = 365 x 8 = 2920. i.e. there are exactly 5 Venus cycles in every 8 years, and the significant points migrate slowly retrograde through the zodiac. This means that every 8 years the same Rx loop occurs at the same time of year, covering the same degrees of the zodiac. Psychologically, it represents a time of the most profound maturing of the soul through the purification of the heart. We are invited to include that which has been excluded, to make amends internally, to seek forgiveness and to process unfinished business so that we may be renewed and released.Melanie Reinhart

Now that you have gleaned all this cool science, how do you apply it to your chart?

Applying the Venus Cycle to the Chart

First, work out which part of the Venus synodic cycles when you where born.

Was she the morning star? Evening? Direct” Rx? In the underworld (invisible)? Do you connect this energy to your relationship MO? Here is a lengthy Venus Cycle PDF to work off of. And for delineations and deep details, this article by the humanistic astrologer, Michael R Myer.

Next, check the house Venus was in when the cycle began

Where was the inferior conjunction, before or at the time of, your birth? It may have been a year or more back. Do your relationships spring from the matters of this house? Interesting, right?

Finally, check your past and present romantic interests’ and family’s charts

Are they in the same Venus synodic cycles as your chart? Different? You may notice a kind of simpatico with people in the same cycle as you.

Hopefully, this will get you in touch with the connection between astrology (the symbolic correlations between the planets and person/place and things on Earth), and astronomy, the the branch of science which deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole.

Extra Insights

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-8-00-53-amLast but not least, anyone confused about the Daily Motion of the Planets through the chart, this 2 minute tut will help.

Please let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

Again, the join us on the forum to explore this, and other Astro-LOA topics more deeply.

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