When Astrology Really Becomes Fun

Posted on June 2, 2012
Posted by Jim Sher


We are about to have two very significant astronomical events which are occurring within one day of each other. Each one is important, but together they are potent indicators of change. In fact, one of them is one of the rarest events in astronomy. I am referring to the transit of Venus over the Sun. The next time it will occur is in 2117, 105 years from now. You might enjoy looking at a brief video about it HERE. In astrological terms, it is called the Inferior conjunction between the Sun and Venus, which only occurs when Venus is retrograde. This is the middle of the 6-week Venus retrograde cycle and is always important since Venus only goes retrograde once every 19 months or so. It will occur at 15° Gemini 45′.

The second event, while not as rare, is also significant. It is the lunar eclipse that is following the Solar eclipse we had two weeks ago. You can read that article HERE. All lunar eclipses occur during a Full Moon, which indicates a time of culmination, fulfillment and the emergence of clarity. It will occur on Monday, June 4, 2012 at 4:12am PDT. The Sun will be at 14° Gemini 14′ while the Moon opposes it at 14° of Sagittarius.

Let’s start our interpretation with the very tight Venus conjunction with the Sun. Astronomers have paid close attention to this for many years and so have astrologers. I have written about the Venus retrograde cycle quite recently and have spoken about it being a time for review of our values, whether that is in relationships, money, possessions or one’s aesthetic nature. It is a lousy time to start a business or launch a public stock offering (see FaceBook for an example) as the value of something tends to be less than it should be. In addition, though, this transit also can bring about quite a bit of release of old patterns in all of the matters that Venus rules. But, it is important to acknowledge the fact that before releases can really begin, one must face the old conditioning that has been ruling us for perhaps, a lifetime. This is not easy to do.

But, when you combine solar and lunar eclipses with the Venus retrograde, the opportunity to do so is really present. The other side of the coin however is that if a lot of repressed feeling and emotion is surfacing, to avoid it is quite troublesome. One could then feel stuck, frustrated, blocked and even depressed by this onslaught.

Recognize and Release

In a sense, these two events are both eclipses. Venus is crossing the Sun, but is too small to have visible effects on earth. But, it is an eclipse nevertheless. And, we have a lunar eclipse also. Two things are suggested. The first is these the archetypal energies connect us to the masculine and feminine principles, the yang and yin forces, the active and receptive. For example, in a relationship, is one party more yang and the other more yin, more strong than receptive, etc? Is there confusion about this? Has it even been discussed? Does it matter to the couple? By couple, I mean any partnership, not just romantic ones. These are the kind of questions it is important to examine and discuss whenever possible. It leads to clearing the air and perhaps to amazingly creative solutions to on-going issues.

One of the more common events that can occur during a Venus retrograde is the sudden encounter with someone from your past who is still a part of an unresolved process. I am often asked if this encounter means that they should get back together with the person or at least become reacquainted. Anything is possible, so this can’t be ruled out, but what is much more common is to go through whatever internal process you need to in order to finally, once and for all, release yourself from that person and also allow them to release you. It can occur silently, but if it ‘feels’ clear to you, then you may be done having completed the cycle with that person.

So, the theme is to recognize and release. Face whatever obstacles you see so you can do this.

The lunar eclipse is a bit broader in meaning than the Venus conjunction with the Sun. Because it is the signs of Gemini and Sagittarius, one may be confronting a kind of crisis about one’s philosophy and/or belief systems. It is rare for a person to fully see their belief systems. They tend to operate undetected in one’s unconscious. In fact, when one begins to clearly identify a belief or philosophical viewpoint, it is almost inevitable at that point for the person to suddenly be forced to examine it and its importance to us. Oftentimes, in order for this to happen, some event or comment from someone we know, will ‘hit a nerve’ or irritate us ‘more than it should.’ This is a red flag telling us that something has been triggered which we would do well to look at. It might seem subtle, but as my readers know, I am very big on recognizing the so-called ‘subtle.’ The reason is that what is subtle at first, may actually be a very big thing, once it is examined and seen for what it is. This combination of eclipses makes the environment ripe for these ‘sudden realizations.’

But, because of the rarity of the Sun/Venus eclipse happening on the heels of the lunar eclipse, we may find that this period creates life-changing cognitions. These don’t ‘just end’ when the transit is completed. They may, in fact, turn out to be far more significant than we can know at first. Thus, the effects of these eclipses may grow for a long time, at least for 6 months (the next series of solar and lunar eclipses) and probably much longer.

I try to be careful with hyperbole, but an astrologer rarely sees what is happening in the sky right now. This means that for all of us, this period will likely be a very potent one. If your chart is aspected by any of these transits, you are especially affected. This is when a consultation with an astrologer can be helpful.

I will be writing more on this as things develop.


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Jim Sher

Jim brings over 35 years of experience as a therapist and transformational counselor to his practice of astrology, metaphysics, meditation and philosophy. He operates as a teacher and counselor and specializes in the use of discourse as a part of his teaching approach.

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5 responses to “When Astrology Really Becomes Fun”

  1. josie22@verizon.net' josie says:

    Hi Jim,
    Yes it will be interesting see what happens over the next 6 months. The venus transit point lands in my 8th house and makes my t-square into a grand cross! I am having deep cognitions, letting go of friends, redoing my diet and life quakes are definitley rumbling beneath the surface. I’m wanting to spend a lot of time alone. Feels like I’m about to ride an enormous wave of change. I’m not yet clear at all on what that will look like. I hope it s gentle rebirth!

  2. timswithit@hotmail.com' Tim says:

    Thanks, Jim!
    I have been working through some unresolved relationships and “hot button” topics surfacing over the last week. Recently, I tried to bridge an awkward space between myself and an old friend that has gone on for a couple of years. In doing so, a number of issues were raised and I realized that these issues were almost completely swept under the rug by my old friend. Looking at this honestly, I took note of my own avoidance’s and could see other areas of my life needing attention. At the very least, I could also release my attachments to my friend, as my friend had obviously moved on. With a few more weeks of Venus retrograde, it is possible I could see more…
    In addition, core belief systems around religion surfaced last week with close family members. I was called into question over my having gifted some books to my nephew. My choices were shocking to them and my motives were furiously examined. Polarizing positions had been taken and I worked carefully to neutralize the sting, but “black sheep” it is!!! Values, philosophies and relationship identifications are definitely under review!

  3. Jim Sher says:

    I use tighter orbs when it comes to eclipses. No more than 3° is my suggestion.

  4. dkbalsz@hotmail.com' donna says:

    Hey Jim!
    How wide of a span of degree would you use with transits like these? …wider than any “usual” retrogrde transit or lunar eclipse?
    Hope all is well! It appears the school is going gang busters!! Congratulations and much more success in the future!!

  5. grases2020@msn.com' Mirtha says:

    I just share this article. It is so positive and beautiful. I can almost feel the energy!!!
    Thank you Jim for continuing teaching me even from a distance the wonderful possibilities in astrology:)

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