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Venus and the Union with the Greater Self

The moon will catch up with Venus at dawn next week, reflecting back all that has happened in the cycle, and showing us whether we have touched the mystery. (credit: Sky&Telescope)

In the world of the fairytale, if the hero would unite with his own higher nature, there is a symbolic moment during which he must secure the mantle of a celestial goddess.

This means knowing when the goddess descends to swim in earthly waters, removing her mantle in the process.

If, as hero, you are stealthy enough to capture the mantle while the goddess is swimming, then she is under bonds to speak with you. And this is just the beginning, for having the courage and wherewithal to take the mantle is akin to saying to this being, “I am willing,” which allows her to articulate the path that must be followed in order for the sacred union with the greater self to occur.

The way is often arduous, filled with challenge and reward, and the number of fairytales that recount such a thing is numerous.

I mention all this now because such a moment is upon us!

First we imagine the planet Venus as the celestial goddess. Venus has been retrograde for six weeks, trading the evening sky for the morning, and just this weekend, she came to stillness in order to resume her direct motion. During the retrograde cycle, Venus moves through one region of zodiac three times: as if she descends, takes a swim, then resumes her mantle and returns to her heavenly domain.

Think back to the middle of June, when summer was about to begin, and to events transpiring then, which may have prepared all of us for this moment now.

I like these words of TE Lawrence for this:

“I loved you, so I drew these tides of men into my hands and wrote my will across the sky in stars, To gain you Freedom, the seven-pillared worthy house, that your eyes might be shining for me, when I came.“

Mary Stewart Adams is a Star Lore Historian and host of “The Storyteller’s Night Sky.” As a global advocate for starry skies, Mary led the team that established the 9th International Dark Sky Park in the world in 2011, which later led to her home state of Michigan protecting 35,000 acres of state land for its natural darkness.