*June 14-24: Oracles, Dreams & Stars – Greece (click here for flyer)
*August 4-7: The Venus Star Point Seminar - Santa Fe, NM (click here for flyer)
The Eight-Year Cycle of Venus and the Global Economy
Astrology is the study of cycles and patterns. What goes around comes back around. It is always interesting to look at where we were the last time a particular planetary return occurred and take stock of where we are now and what we’ve learned in the process. This summer it will be time to look at where we were 8 years ago, the summer of 2007, as a point of reference to where we are now.
Nearly 8 years ago, on August 9, 2007*, the housing bubble burst, beginning the Great Global Financial Crisis, which has taken the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. That event was signified astrologically by a Venus Retrograde cycle across the cusp of Virgo/Leo which also passed through the rings of Saturn three times. In fact the planetary alignment for August 9, 2007 shows natal Venus at 29 Leo, Saturn at 26 Leo and the Venus Star Point at 25 Leo. There was also a Neptune opposition to all three of these points, from Aquarius. With the two Venuses sandwiching in Saturn, the financial news and even the news for the romantically inclined was heading toward depressing, if not downright, grief-producing. And Neptune inserting itself into this mix...a whole lot of delusion, deception and disappointment...cry me a river of tears. That event produced a domino effect of a financial crisis that has been called the worst one since the Great Depression of the 1930s. In fact it has been nicknamed The Great Recession.
Most of us were not alive for the one in the 1930s, and for this past eight years it might seem that economic conditions in an unsettled world have been tough to endure. Economist Richard Wolff** has stated that we were headed full speed into a brick wall in 2007 and nothing has changed. He seems to indicate that we have learned nothing from that event and are ultimately heading there again. The questions are: can we look to the Venus Star Pentagram to to track the progression of these economic cycles and if so, how?
The answer is YES, we can use the Venus Pentagram to track these cycles. Don't miss the opportunity being presented to learn more about how to do this in the upcoming Venus Star Point Workshop in Santa Fe, August 4-7, 2015, just as the last 8-year 2007 Leo Star terminates and the new one begins. We will look closely at the signature of this cycle and what we can expect in the next 8 years, on a personal economic level as well as a global one. Chart your own economic course for the next 8 years using the Venus Star Point in Leo and see where it reveals your hidden treasure.
The planet Venus is key to this cycle in that the pentagram she produces with Earth while orbiting the Sun completes one round in 8 years. So here we are, this August 2015, coming into the critical 8-year return cycle of Venus. Where have we come, what have we learned (Saturn always gives us ample opportunity to learn something BIG) and where do we go from here?
This August, Venus again will be in a retrograde cycle in Virgo/Leo, squaring Saturn, conjoining Jupiter and opposing Neptune. Venus, three times, will square Saturn after its buoyant and optimistically inclined conjunction with Jupiter in July.
What is useful to examine is the Venus Retrograde cycle itself. Every 1.6 years Venus goes retrograde on one of the 5 Star Points of its orbiting star. Every 8 years it comes back nearly exactly to the point where it transited before. This year it repeats the retrograde on the Virgo/Leo cusp, but instead of interacting solely with Saturn, we find this VSP also dancing with Jupiter for a total of three times. Unlike the Saturn/Neptune configuration of eight years ago which Venus captured in her path, ultimately initiating a slow unraveling of the economic system, Jupiter's present this time will offer hope, optimistic bullishness and even some greedy grabbing up of basic resources before the ultimate ring-pass-not of Saturn and Neptune put a crash landing to it all.
|2007 Venus Star Leo Cycle Events:
|July 1: Venus conjunct Saturn - 22 Leo
|July 27: Venus Retrograde - 3 Virgo
|August 13: Venus conjunct Saturn (2nd) - 27 Leo
|August 18: Venus Star Point - 25 Leo MS
|September 8: Venus Direct - 16 Leo
|October 13: Venus conjunct Saturn (3rd) - 5 Virgo
|2015 Venus Star Leo Cycle Events:
|July 1: Venus conjunct Jupiter - 22 Leo
|July 14: Venus square Saturn – 28 Leo/Scorpio
|July 25: Venus Retrograde – 1 Virgo
|August 4 : Venus conjunct Jupiter (2nd) – 29 Leo
|August 5: Venus square Saturn (2nd) – 28 Leo/Scorpio
|August 15: Venus Star Point – 23 Leo MS
|September 6: Venus Direct – 14 Leo
|October 10: Venus square Saturn (3rd) – 2 Virgo
|October 25: Venus conjunct Jupiter (3rd) – 16 Virgo
Note the similarities between the dates and degrees of the Venus Star cycle of 2007 and 2015. The similarities are:
Both Venus Retrograde cycles occurred on the Leo/Virgo cusp
Both Venus Star Points occurred in the 3rd
decanate of Leo
Both Venus events encountered Saturn 3 times
The primary difference is that the 2015 cycle encompasses Jupiter three times. With Jupiter representing hope, expansion, risk-taking, speculation, and inflated values and ideas (certainly Venus to Jupiter can over-do it on a grand scale, spending at a dizzying rate) we will no doubt witness some of that during this period. But with Saturn squares still in the picture, there is a strong degree of conservatism at play here. Will the Venus Star, poised between Jupiter and Saturn, have the effect of neutralizing one another? More likely, there will be a vast surge of buying contrasted rather quickly by a sudden and necessary act of selling. By October we have a three-way encounter between Venus, Saturn and Neptune (October 10-16: definitely a time to watch financial indicators very carefully—especially in regard to those individuals and companies who are being deceptive). But, the whole period between July through October 2015 is definitely the time when we will likely witness the titans of the world (banks, governments, corporations, groups, individuals) topple over and disintegrate right before our very eyes, creating an opportunity for others to seize what has crumbled and take over. Stay tuned – and stay tuned in -- and you will know which way to go.
It’s a four-way encounter with these planets during this next Venus Star cycle. There are still honest people in the world, but this configuration will greatly test that honesty when it comes to money and possessions. We will observe what absurd lengths people will go to in order to profit. The message could be: “buyer beware” and negotiate firmly but fairly when in dispute with another over goods, services , money or property.
Some of those wildly speculative “get rich schemes” will emerge (only if you “act fast”)! But careful about buying into thin air or investing into a balloon that’s about to burst. Saturn and (Venus retrograde in Virgo) urges us to invest in something more solid and practical, like higher education or training, journeys to distant lands with people that inspire us, skills enhancement, self-knowledge, health care and maintenance and overall maintenance of that which we already possess.
Meanwhile, Venus, the Venus Star Point and Jupiter play around in Leo in the early part of the summer – the collective influence of all that fire in the sky (Jupiter/Leo, Venus/Leo, VSP/Leo, Uranus/Aries and Saturn/Sagittarius!) is fire danger on earth. The more creative side of all this fire is HAVE FUN and Relax -- spend time with children or youthful-oriented adults and engage in play. Pour yourself into an art project or enjoy attending musicals, concerts, opera and festivals. Be creative and try something new in the garden this year and remember how much energy fire gives us to engage in something we're truly passionate about.
**Richard D. Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst