Spiritual Beings... Human Experience
The Venus Mars Conjunction of 2017
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience”.
--Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
We are all familiar with this well-known New Age meme. What this is telling us is that is that we are about the human experience. That experience is through our emotional body. The core human emotion is love.
On October 5th, 2017 Venus and Mars come together at 19° Virgo initiating a 2-year cycle of relationships with our Self, and with others. This is the second of 3 conjunctions in the sign of Virgo, approximately two years apart. This long duration amplifies the archetypal importance of Virgo. A new cycle begins on some level in all of our relationships. We can examine this planetary pas de deux from the perspectives of mythology, astronomy, and astrology in order to understand how this current cycle will unfold.
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Mythologically both of these inner personal planets are multivalent with a varied spectrum of expression. As a mythological archetype, Venus Aphrodite has as many faces as she has lovers. She is Inanna, Ishtar, and Hathor, goddess of desire and fertility, and sometimes war. Relationships are her playground. She can express as Circe the Enchantress, like Psyche with jealousy, or draped only with Eros need for vanity, beauty, and erotic love.
The planet Venus lies inside the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, and is our closest planetary neighbor. Venus embraces a sensual
intimacy that touches body, mind, and spirit. At this conjunction with Mars, Venus greets us as the Morning Star, correlating to earthy Aphrodite Pandemos and Venus’s rulership of the sign of Taurus. In early February 2018 she will
once again meet up with the Sun in the sky and soon after become the Evening Star, Aphrodite Urania, goddess of the sky, lighting the night sky with her brilliant beauty. In early November 2018 she will retreat behind the Sun to re-emerge again as the Morning Star.
The Leo Aquarius Eclipse Season
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The Year of the Uninvited Guest
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Whether or not the Age of Aquarius is actually upon us is a matter of long debate, but it is clear that 2017 will be a year infused with the deep base notes of Aquarius, and its ruler Uranus. Uranus is the Great Awakener. He arouses us from our sleep, when and where needed. Correlating to the mythic archetype of Prometheus, Uranus is strong-willed, self-empowered, and aloof. The archetype correlates to the higher mind and to those thoughts and ideas that seem to come to us of their own volition. Rebellious, disruptive, erratic, and unconventional, Uranus correlates to the process of individuation, as our individuality and creativity find expression as part of the collective. When Uranus transits, one of two things happen...we can get sucked into the psychodrama, or we can objectify the event and make a considered response.
Uranus and dwarf planet Eris meet up in Aries every 500 years or so. Eris was the uninvited guest of Greek mythology, credited with igniting the Trojan War. During the last transit of Eris through the sign of Aries, the Inquisition cleansed Spain and her colonies of dissidents and infidels. During the same period, armed invasion and invader-born diseases decimated the indigenous people of North and South America.
"SHOCK brings success.
Shock comes-oh, oh!
Laughing words -ha, ha!
The shock terrifies for a hundred miles,
And he does not let fall the sacrificial spoon and chalice."
--I Ching, 51. Chen The Arousing (Shock, Thunder)
"Chaos has the function of destructing what has become crystallized, opening the space for new form to emerge. Discomfort dislodges emotional inertia initiating action. This archetypal signature of the invited guest underlines the entire year of 2017."
The current transit of Eris, which began in 1926, has hosted two Uranus-Eris conjunctions. The first meet-up began with the Wall Street Crash of 1929 leading to the Great Depression, the rise of Adolph Hitler, and the outbreak of World War II. Uranus and Eris aligned again in June and September of 2016. In May, the Panama Papers, 11.5 million confidential documents, exposed the off-shore holdings of many noted personalities and heads of state. One month later, in June, at the first exact conjunction, Brexit occurred as the UK voted to leave the European Union. In November, within a month of the second conjunction, this time with both Uranus and Eris retrograde, Donald Trump was elected POTUS.
Since ancient times, eclipses have been held to be portents of critical events in human experience. Even in modern times, the two-week period between the lunar and solar eclipse has opened a psychic portal in which famous people have been born, notably Charles Prince of Wales, Louis XV of France, Mark Zuckerberg, and Donald Trump. It is also a time frame where people leave the planet, notably Princess Diana.
Astronomically, a lunar eclipse is simply a full moon and a solar eclipse is a new moon, however they have import because they occur within 18° degrees of the lunar nodes. Astrologically the lunar axis correlates to the evolutionary path from what has come before to the array of probable futures that lie ahead, anchored in the present by the Moon itself.
The current eclipse season that will open on Monday, August 7th, 2017 with a lunar eclipse at 15° Aquarius and culminate on Monday, August 21st, 2017 at 29° Leo actually began when the lunar nodes entered the zodiacal signs of Leo and Aquarius in March 2017.
The archetypes of Leo and Aquarius form a polarity of self-actualization and individuation. Leo expresses as the fixed energy of the Fire triplicity. Astrologically the Fire element correlates to Life Force, Chi, and Prana, depending on your perspective. It correlates to the instinctual desire “to be”. In the archetype of Leo the egocentric structure that is realized in the preceding sign of Cancer is projected outward as persona and life purpose. It is associated with creativity and self-expression on a personal level. Leo is Self. Ruled by the Sun, Leos perceive themselves as the center of their own solar system. Even if we do not have any planets in Leo, we all have the Sun in our natal charts, as well as the 5th House, which is natively ruled by the sign of Leo. Even if there are no planets in that house, there is a sign on the cusp. We are all self-actualizing according to these parameters. In its shadow Leo expresses as narcissism, self-centeredness, and blind selfishness...read more.
Georgia O'KEEFE "Evening Star" IIi
In the natural zodiac, Venus has rulership of 2 signs. Through inwardly directed Taurus, Venus expresses as relationship with self. Here is our self-worth, what we place value on, and where we find meaning. Venus correlates to magnetism, what we attract, the people and circumstances that show up in our lives. The magnetic frequency that is set by our self-worth/self-love quotient is the invisible energetic vibe that we broadcast, all the time, in all directions. Think of
Venus embraces a sensual intimacy that touches body, mind, and spirit.
The Red Planet, Mars is our nearest neighbor moving outwards towards the outer planets, in his mythic stance as Guardian and Protector. As the God of War he can express as the Greek Ares, forceful, violent, and savage, or as Roman Mars, full of valor and courage, Keeper of the Peace, maintaining boundaries, protector, and avenger. Not surprisingly, the planet is the color of blood.
Mars is in relationship with 2 signs as well. In outwardly directed fire sign Aries, Mars expresses as our gut instinct. Generative Mars correlates the self-actualizing Life Force that initializes at birth and drives us forward. As the traditional ruler of the sign of Scorpio, Mars does service as the “lower octave” of Pluto, making conscious choices, acting out according to the Soul’s (Pluto’s) deepest unconscious needs for security... read more
Fresco of a Statue of Mars, Pompeii
Generative Mars correlates the self-actualizing Life Force that initializes at birth and drives us forward.
Venus as your personal Wi-Fi signal. The packets of data that contain holistic information will attract a matching holistic resonance. The data that is “corrupted” will attract an outer world event that is resonant to the distortion, whatever it is.
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The Venus Mars Conjunction of 2017
In contrast to this litany of cataclysms, Teresa of Avila, Cesar Chavez, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy, and Andy Warhol were all born during a conjunction of Uranus and Eris in Aries. Examination of their birth charts reveals them to be non-conforming, rebellious spirits who were core facilitators in the advancement of human potentials during their time in history. Eris is the grain of sand transformed into the pearl. Chaos has the function of...read more
Vladimir KUSH, unknown title