by M. Kelley Hunter
WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS?
(with help from Foreigner)
May 19 -- The NEW MOON in TAURUS begins a lunar cycle ruled by Venus.
This new month opens the door for the goddess of love and beauty.
Appreciate those you love, consider what you value the most, think beautiful
thoughts, imagine true happiness. Thoughts invite experience. Possibilities
messages from the heart of the galaxy through those who listen with Love.
Venus has reversed her course, how heading back toward the Sun. We begin a
retrograde cycle that plays out into early August, a communion within our
Gotta take a little time
A little time to think things over
I better read between the lines
In case I need it when Iım older
MAY 17 AUGUST 2-3
This Venus cycle is extraordinary and world-enriching, with its centerpoint
moment on June 8 when the disk of Venus crosses the Sun for the first time
since 1882. Venus will shine out through the rays of the Sun. The Three
Graces personify these life-giving rays, dancing like the flickering
sunlight. Flowers blossom in their wake, fruits ripen. Thalia is She Who
Brings Flowers, Aglaia is the Brilliant, Euphrosyne is She Who Rejoices the
Heart. The Graces remind us of the graciousness of life, even in a world
constantly pushing terror in our faces. Pause a moment, often, to stop and
smell the flowers. You may decorate yourselves and your homes with their
This mountain I must climb
Feels like a world upon my shoulders
Through the clouds I see love shine
It keeps me warm as life grows colder
VENUS and PLUTO
As much as Venus in Gemini is like a butterfly that flits from flower to
flower sampling various sun-rich pollens, this retrograde evokes the dark
side as well. When Venus-Aphrodite made her appearance, it was said, the
heavens are assuaged and pour forth torrents of light; the waves of the sea
smile on her. But what about her disappearance, when she sinks beneath the
In my life thereıs been heartache and pain
I donıt know if I can face it again
I canıt stop now, Iıve traveled too far
To change this lonely life.
Itıs not all roses and romance when the goddess of love descends to the
underworld. With Pluto opposite Venus during the bulk of this retrograde
cycle, this descent is very deep. Venus can have a rather nasty side,
especially when prodded by Pluto. The arrows of Eros evoke frenzied passion
that can be dangerous. Venus is very aware of the many facets and faces of
love, from lustful passion with its possessiveness and jealousies to the
mutual respect and caring of spouse and family to sensitive compassion,
charity, gratitude and friendship of the soul. Strong, hidden feelings are
stirred, for better or worse. Aligning with the powerful, creative life
force may require letting go of old thought patterns, attitudes, biases,
judgements. May the Truth be known!
I want to know what love is
I want you to show me
I want to feel what love is
I know you can show me
BLACK MOON LILITH
The Black Moon Lilith is standing by Venus, whispering seductive mysteries
that lure the soul into ego-crushing territory. Like Kali, the goddess of
death and renewal, she brandishes her sword of truth. She strips away what
prevents your deeper soul satisfaction. Some relationships wonıt make it
through this cycle. New relationships can be compelling and transformative.
It takes more courage that one knows to get married during this retrograde.
Soul mate relationships tend to expose unconsciousness expectations, sailing
beyond familiar shores into adventurous oceans of the heart. Aiming toward
the heart of the galaxy, the cosmic connection.
Iım gonna take a little time
A little time to look around me
Iıve got nowhere left to hide
It looks like love has finally found me.
IF YOU WERE BORN WITH:
SUN IN GEMINI
Venus circles your Sun sign and you are strongly affected by this cycle.
This extends to mid-to late Geminis, born May 24- June 12. Peak days are
June 8 (the day of the Venus occultation) and June 16-17, with your Sun at
the Venus stopping point. Look back to May-June of 1996 when Venus was last
retrograde in Gemini. What was happening in your life then?
URANUS IN GEMINI
Some born in 1947, O48 and early ı49 will have Venus on natal Uranus. Are
you one of Venusıs messengers of the higher mind this summer? Social
interaction and networking are valuable to you and others
JUPITER IN GEMINI
People born with Jupiter in late Gemini are priests and priestesses of this
Venus cycle. Generally open-minded and multi-talented, these people tend to
be expansive thinkers, communicators, teachers or salespeople. They are
networking, seeking opportunities, exploring options. These people, young or
old, will be come out with all sorts of interesting gems. This group
includes people born especially in the following peak months, though those
born several months earlier may also contribute:
MAY-JUNE 2001 These young ones also have Chiron opposite Jupiter, close to
galactic center point. They are really tuning in. Though probably talkative,
encourage them to tell you what they are thinking.
JUNE-JULY 1989 This group has the rare alignment of Saturn, Uranus and
Neptune in Capricorn. Perhaps they can write out some of their insights.
They are so ready for new experiences.
JULY-AUGUST 1977 July people have Venus in Gemini and August people have
Mars in Gemini, so this cycle is particularly emotional.
JULY into SEPTEMBER 1965 Born in the height of the 60ıs, with Uranus-Pluto
in Virgo, these people are experiencing a huge consciousness shift now.
AUGUST into OCTOBER 1953 Just completing their Chiron, there is a whole
new dimension of experience being shaped by this group. They may be
politically active or otherwise feel a responsibility to be involved with
shifting into a new reality.
AUGUST 1941-early JUNE 1942. Jupiter went retrograde, so this is an extended
group, ready to put the Word out. These people can make a big difference
through this Venus experience.
MAY - JUNE 1931 These elders have a wealth of experience to talk about,
and they do need to talk and be listened to during this time. Many offer
fresh, open-minded points of view. There are many power people in this group
that are re-evaluting life styles, values, etc, and/or encouraging others
to do so.
JUNE into JULY 1918 Witnesses to almost a century of history, these elders
may share words of wisdom that stimulate new ways of thinking about things.
Of course, we are all having a special experience with the Venus cycle.
These are just some groups that are generally connected through a
slower-moving planetary placement.
CHART SPECIALS through June:
YOUR MESSAGE FROM VENUS: In honor of Venus retrograde, Iım offering a chart
reading focussed on the affect of the Venus cycles in your chart. In some
area, you are re-evaluating life, love and the pursuit of happiness. Our
discussion may draw on asteroids and Black Moon Lilith for further insights
from the cosmic feminine. One hour: $108.
Venus retrograde cycles are a time to re-evaluate relationship. An
astrological perspective can be helpful. Honoring the integrity of each
person, we explore the meaning of the bond between them--emotional needs and
dynamics, communication, underlying expectations, lessons to be learned
alone and together, the potential for shared growth over time. 90 min. $175.
NOTES: Iım starting to plan my summer-fall travels, invitations welcome.
Astrologer Kelley Hunter lives in St. John, US Virgin Islands, where she
leads star gazing nights. She is astrologer-in-residence for the Self Centre
at Caneel Bay Resort and for the Omega Institute winter programs in the
Caribbean. Kelley recently earned her Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary
combination of philosophy, cosmology and myth. For an astrological
consultation or to be on her e-mail list for monthly articles, write
firstname.lastname@example.org. Explore her website at www.heliastar.com
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