The approximately day cycle of the Sun and Mercury deals with mental processes, associations and attitudes, while the cycle of Venus symbolizes emotional processes and attitudes , as well as our value-and-meaning-giving faculties — that is, how we interpret, evaluate and make sense of our life-experiences and the world around us. Whereas Mercury is the neutral and asexual planet, the servant and messenger of other planets and their functions, Venus is assigned a feminine polarity; it represents the set of values motivating our actions Mars and guiding our mental processes and use of knowledge Mercury.
But the most unique and fascinating feature of the cycle of Venus is the remarkable way it conforms, cycle after cycle, to a five-fold pattern.
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Because the orbit of Venus lies within Earth's, from our geocentric point of view Venus always leads or follows the Sun by no more than Another special feature of the Venus cycle which it shares with the Mercury cycle, because the two bodies both lie within earth's orbit is that Venus forms two very different types of geocentric conjunctions with the Sun — the inferior conjunction and the superior conjunction.
A Venus cycle begins at the inferior conjunction, when Venus is exactly between the Sun and the Earth.
At the superior conjunction, which is equivalent to the opposition aspect, Venus is on the far side of the Sun, with the Sun standing exactly between the Earth and Venus. The inferior conjunction, equivalent to the New Moon phase of the lunation cycle, occurs when Venus is in the middle of its retrograde cycle and moving quite slowly across the zodiac. It is then nearest to the Earth and, from our point of view, dark.
Rising before the Sun, Venus appears in the pre-dawn sky about a week after the inferior conjunction, when the Sun and Venus are about ten degrees apart. As a herald of the new day, Venus is called Phosphorus and Lucifer , the latter name meaning "light bearer. Venus turns direct about three weeks after the inferior conjunction.
Thirty-six days after the inferior conjunction, Venus is most brilliant in the morning sky.
Thirty-six days more, Venus reaches its maximum distance from the Sun. At this time, Venus is moving through the zodiac at the same speed as the Sun, and gaining. For several weeks before and after the superior conjunction, however, Venus is so close to the Sun in the sky that it is no longer visible.
Venus is furthest from the Earth at superior conjunction, which is equivalent to the opposition aspect and the Full Moon phase of the lunation cycle. The superior conjunction inaugurates the hemicycle in which Venus plays the role of the Evening Star, Hesperus , which means western. Thirty-six days after the superior conjunction, when the Sun and Venus are about ten zodiacal degrees apart, Venus first appears in the evening sky, setting after the Sun.
Two-hundred and sixteen days 6 x 36 days after the superior conjunction, Venus again reaches its maximum distance from the Sun — about 47 degrees, but maximum elongation varies slightly from cycle to cycle. It occurs when the motion of Venus equals the Sun's, and is slowing. Thirty-six days later which is also thirty-six days before the next inferior conjunction , Venus is most brilliant , outshining all other objects in the evening sky.
Then, about two weeks later, Venus begins its forty-day retrograde journey , in the middle of which occurs the inferior conjunction, the birth of new cycle. But about twelve days before the inferior conjunction Venus becomes no longer visible in the sky.
Because Venus rotates one-hundred and eighty degrees on its polar axis between inferior conjunctions, at each superior conjunction Venus shows Earth the face that during the inferior conjunction faced the Sun, while the side that was facing the Earth during the conjunction now faces the Sun. But this is not the most extraordinary feature of the Venus cycle. When one plots the cycle of any important turning point of the cycle of Venus for five or more consecutive cycles, a remarkable pattern forcefully emerges — a five-pointed star!
So many factors figure into the remarkably stable five-fold structure of the Venus cycle that we can only outline here a few of the most important. Additionally, phenomenon of Venus occur in steps of thirty-six days or in multiples of thirty-six.
Maximum brightness occurs thirty-six days after the inferior conjunction; the next step, maximum elongation occurs thirty-six days later; and the superior conjunction occurs days or 6 x 36 days after maximum elongation. In the evening star phase, maximum elongation occurs days after the superior conjunction; maximum brightness takes place thirty-six days following maximum elongation and thirty-six days more brings the inferior conjunction. The brief overview of the Venus cycle presented in the previous page provides a multiplicity of factors susceptible to astrological interpretation, and it offers a foundation for a process-oriented classification of Venus types.
As we'll presently see, each of the two types presents a particular emotional temperament and a particular sense of values, meaning, ideals and appreciation. Additionally, each of the two primary types carries a special retrograde subtype. Determining your Venus type is easy. First locate the Sun in your natal chart. On the other hand, if Venus is positioned counterclockwise from the Sun, your Venus type is of Hesperus, the Evening Star.
If you haven't had your birth chart calculated, simply look up your birth day and year in an ephemeris. If the Sun is further along the zodiac than Venus, your Venus type is Lucifer.
If Venus is further along the zodiac than the Sun, it's Hesperus. While you're at it, check to see if Venus is retrograde indicated by the letter R in the Venus column above your birthdate.
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In the ephemeris and horoscope graphics generated by Khaldea TM , retrograde planets and listings are shown in red. While the interpretation given here provides the most fundamental approach to the cycle of Venus and its place in astrology, it is important to note that it does not factor the latitude of Venus into the picture. Additionally, a thorough astrological consideration of one's emotional nature requires an examination of the house and sign occupied by Venus, as well as considering how other astrological planets, especially the Moon, Mars, Saturn and Neptune tie in with Venus and the chart as a whole.
Nevertheless, the interpretations below provide the first and most fundamental approach, and they deal not only with our emotional make-up , but also with our value-system and how we interpret, evaluate and make sense of our life-experiences and the world around us. Look up your Mercury sign If you are unsure of your Mercury sign, you can determine What's My Mars Sign? Look up your Mars sign If you are unsure of your Mars sign, you can determine What's My Ascendant?
What's My Venus Sign? Look up your Venus sign If you are unsure of your Venus sign, you can determine What's My Jupiter Sign? Look up your Jupiter sign If you are unsure of your Sun sign, you can determine What's My Moon Sign? Look up your Moon sign If you are unsure of your Moon sign, you can determine What's My Sun Sign? Look up your Sun sign If you are unsure of your Sun sign, you can determine Part of Fortune. Find your Saturn Sign in Astrology: Tables. Its placement in the houses of the natal chart reveal which areas of life we seek to balance, refine, and derive pleasure from.
Do we take particular pleasure in our day-to-day work and routines Venus in the 6th house , in study and travel Venus in the 9th house , or in taking care of our house and home Venus in the 4th house? Traditionally, astrologers have interpreted the position and condition of Venus in the natal chart differently depending on the gender of the native.
Venus is all about pleasure, especially pleasure shared with someone else.
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This planet concerns itself with love, romance and harmony in our emotional attachments, marriages, friendships and other unions like business partnerships. Venus is content to spread happiness and tenderness, all the while teaching us how to love and appreciate others and the things that we possess. Socializing with and relating to others are important to this planet.
Beauty is also strongly associated with Venus.