Venus, Spica, and the speaking with the stars: this week on The Storyteller's Night Sky

Aug 27, 2018

Spica is the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, the maiden, and is usually depicted as an ear of corn, shaft of wheat, or newborn child, representing bounty and fulfillment.

The planet Venus moves close to the star Spica this week, where the star is held in the arms of Virgo, the maiden. What can it mean?

 


Let’s start with the Ancient Egyptians: In the temple complex at Dendera there was a bas relief zodiac carved in the ceiling and held aloft on four pillars, each of them women; and the constellation Virgo, the maiden, was shown standing upright.

 

A few centuries later the Greeks were mapping the constellations, but now the pillars of the heaven were given to the male giant Atlas, and Virgo was no longer shown standing upright.

 

After many more centuries passed, it was considered foolishness to think the starry world was populated by divine beings, so then it really didn’t matter whether Virgo was upright or not. But it’s just here that the mythologies and art forms of the ancients reveal their understanding that this time would come. 

 

Former cultures experienced the motion of starry worlds as the speaking of their divine beings ~ and the Divine Feminine was shown upright in the sky. Gradually, this ability to hear the speaking of the stars faded ~ when this began to happen, then Virgo, the divine feminine, was shown lying down. Eventually, any notion of relationship between the human being and the divine in starry worlds was lost, so Virgo as a being didn’t matter.  This was prophesied by the ancients as the “silencing of the stars” ~ but this was not the final stage for them! It was also prophesied that eventually the pain of being separated from the star knowledge of the sacred feminine would become so intense that humanity would learn once again to speak with the stars! 

 

This week, the planet Venus is will appear very close to the star Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, and as the star of abundance, Spica offers the promise of bounty and fulfillment. Look for them both on Friday, and ask yourself, if you could speak with the stars, what would you have to say?