Total Eclipse with Venus Dancing
May 7, 2004 – May 4: TOTAL ECLIPSE of the MOON on the Buddha Full Moon. It is said the Buddha was born, achieved enlightenment and died on the Full Moon in May. This eclipse occurred at the 15 degree power points of these two fixed signs.
An eclipse closes doors and opens new ones. In this case, some doors slam shut. Totality occurs between 7:52 p.m. GMT and 9:08 p.m. GMT (3:52-5:08 p.m. EDT, thus not visible in the Americas), with an extended shadow time of two hours on each side.
The SUN in TAURUS represents awareness of the tangible physical reality of the world and the senses, while the FULL MOON in SCORPIO pierces beneath surface appearances to the energetic dynamics that generate the material world. An essential tenet of Buddhism is that attachment to desire causes suffering. Life is motivated by desire. It is said that the world came into being through the power of Eros, the god of desire. Our desires channel life force, allowing us to fulfill our purpose for being. Eventually we let go of all but the truest desires that accord with the will of God. Scorpio is the sign most associated with the desire nature and the will, be it self-oriented will or surrender to Higher Will. The eclipse in Taurus-Scorpio makes it more obvious that some old ways are closed and cause increasing pain if pursued. New doors open based on your heart¹s desire. What do you long for?
This total lunar eclipse is the follow-up of the one that occurred on November 8, with the Star of David pattern, representing the union of spirit and matter. This eclipse continues to invite that dynamic and expands it with the support of JUPITER TURNING DIRECT also on May 4. Jupiter in Virgo has been retrograde (moving apparently backwards) since January, sorting and sifting and shifting priorities and is now ready to open up to further experience. Listen to the mind-body wisdom of earth sign Virgo. Are your priorities set?
VENUS in GEMINI is at peak brilliance. It is slowing down and goes retrograde on May 17, the SAME DAY as NEPTUNE in AQUARIUS also goes retrograde. Venus and Neptune intone a similar love note on different octaves. Venus is said to be the esoteric ruler of Gemini. Its magnetic attraction harmonizes Gemini polarities. Like the positive and negative poles of a battery, the juice is turned on. Venus aligns dualities on the horizontal plane, like male and female, especially when Mars is so close to Venus, the classic mythic couple. With Mars on her left and the star ElNath on her right, Venus vibrates with pairings. The Black Moon Lilith exudes an invisible influence. (More on El Nath and the Black Moon in a second article coming soon.)
Venus can also align vertical polarities, like the higher mind and lower mind, a particular dimension of the Gemini twinship. You can commune with your oversoul during this transit, especially since Venus is going retrograde, auguring an internal communion. The goddess calls us within, seeking joy. What does she say to you?
Venus stations at 27 degrees Gemini as she turns. The Sabian symbol:
YOUNG GYPSY EMERGING FROM THE WOODS GAZES AT FAR CITIES
Where is your untamed soul gazing? What is your deepest longing? Opposite the zodiac point aiming at the galactic center, Venus is translating information from the heart of the Milky Way galaxy. It's not about what you want, but what life wants through you.
Neptune in Aquarius, squaring the eclipse and resonating with Venus, confuses with a smoke screen or opens new wavelengths of the higher mind. It is turning at 16 degrees:
BUSINESS MANAGER AT HIS DESK STUDIES A COMPLEX PROJECT
Infusing social change with spiritual values is certainly a complex project. So many are doing just this, beyond illusion and glamour to infuse the business world with spiritual values.
A N.Y. lawyer builds a house on a lovely Caribbean island. He comes for a two-week vacation to work on the house. He spends his days on the beach, snorkels the underwater worlds and begins to wonder if he really has to get back to the city. This place is hypnotic, he says. What he values in life is starting to change.
A financial consultant works for both big companies and individuals. She gives seminars on financial visioning, with a special interest in getting this information to women. She starts her interviews and workshops with the question, What is your life dream? She then arranges the financial picture to support and fulfill that dream.
Comets Linear and NEAT add spice to May, along with the Aquarid meteor showers. But they take second place to the celestial event of the year, the rare VENUS OCCULTATION. By the end of May, Venus will set with the Sun and be lost in its light, on a journey to the underworld, innerworld. Venus goes retrograde every other year. Over the course of eight years, Venus makes five retrogrades, drawing a five-pointed star around the zodiac and coming back almost exactly to the same place as she started. This highly aesthetic dance of Venus makes a rose. You can cut an apple through its equator and see the five-pointed star. (See drawing from Steve Nelson at top of article.)
This year, and again eight years from now, in 2012, Venus will cross the face of the Sun. This is rare, a once-in-a-lifetime event that hasn't happened since 1882. Most of us will be able to see the small disk of Venus cross the face of the Sun. The life force of the Sun shines through Venus, sounding an extraordinary harmony, offering personal and beautiful feelings. The divine feminine in her invisible potency. To see Venus when she is conjunct the Sun is like seeing into the soul of the goddess. Use eclipse glasses! She calls you inside, to tell your heart a secret. She wants you to be happy, to love yourself and others. You can find astronomical info at this NASA site.
The zodiac degree of the occultation is 18 degrees Gemini:
TWO CHINAMEN CONVERSE IN CHINESE IN AN OCCIDENTAL CROWD
Like the Gemini twins, two people understand one another in a foreign environment. In addition to this meeting of East and West, let¹s think South and North for global harmony. Communication is a main theme. Who are the people you can truly commune with?
With Venus in Gemini from April 3 to August 6, Venus is communing with Neptune for an extended time. Also with Pluto. The Venus-Pluto opposition was exact on May Day and will be twice again, on June 2 and July 25. The Goddess of Death and Rebirth stimulates the power of desire and seeks to reveal the highest truth. Relationships will be challenged, will end or transform, and new potent ones begin. People in your life may come back around for various reasons. What do you believe about love in your life? Do you love yourself? The Universe does.
YOUR MESSAGE FROM VENUS: In honor of Venus retrograde, I'm offering a chart reading focused on the cosmic feminine. We¹ll discuss the Venus factor in your chart, natal placement and where it is retrograding. Asteroids and Black Moon Lilith may have something to add. One hour: $108. Through June 2004.
NOTES: I'm starting to plan my summer-fall travels, invitations welcome.
Editor's note: Astrologer Kelley Hunter lives on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, where she leads stargazing nights. She is astrologer-in-residence for the Self Centre at Caneel Bay Resort and for the Omega Institute winter programs in the Caribbean. Hunter recently earned her doctoral degree in an interdisciplinary combination of philosophy, cosmology and myth. For an astrological consultation or to be on her e-mail list for monthly articles, write email@example.com. Explore her Web site here
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