The Meaning of the Moment

Venus crosses over the sun June 8th for the first time since 1882.

The Venus eclipse occurs on June 8th (in New York, 7:05-7:25 a.m.; for best viewing time for your city, visit NASA.com (calculated in Universal Time). According to Space.com, the best viewing will be from Europe, but it will also be visible from parts of America and most of Asia and Africa.

On Tuesday, June 8, 2004 as Venus gracefully traipses across the Sun, she will appear no bigger than a tiny beauty mark. But looks are deceiving: The not-so-dainty diva packs a wallop while announcing the dawn of a new day. If history serves, this Venus transit will impact the world artistically, technologically, ethically, politically, and spiritually for years to come. The last set of Venus `eclipses' in 1874 and 1882 gave way to the information/electronic age, automobiles, telephones, and the beginning of the women's movement. Historically, these Venus transits have often seen great advances in civilization, with women taking center stage.

In many ways Venus is quite spiritual, and esoteric astrologers count her among the `Sacred Planets'. Venus' desire knows no bounds, and is she ever

willful!

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On those rare occasions when Venus (a.k.a. `The Jewel in The Sky') transits between the earth and the sun, she makes our desires that much more visible and our world changes. Often great leaders die (Reagan), while others are born (Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Fiorello H. LaGuardia.)

What does this week's "occultation" (a transit where one planet gets in between the Earth and another planet) mean and where will it lead us in the years ahead?

Venus rules art, beauty, love, grace, and desire. But the planet, whose very name evokes images of valentines and Botticelli's Titian-haired goddess emerging from the sea, is much more influential than that. She is central in directing the course of our cultural evolution here on Earth.

As astrological ruler of both Taurus and Libra, Venus is all about sensual love and truth. Venus insists that in order to grow, one must connect, interact, and share. "She links the spiritual to the material", says Robert Cohen Ph.D., a math professor and esoteric scholar. Other esotericists have cited Venus as the planet that is spiritually and vibrationally closest to Earth, suggesting that we have a lot to learn by observing "her". And to the surprise of many, Venus is often prominent in the astrological charts of war. It makes sense: After all, where does unbridled desire lead us?

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Shelley L. Ackerman
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