A time of Renewal
We will have a long-term change in our emotional life when Venus changes from morning to evening star on January 9, influencing the way we experience her energy in our lives.
The change in the cycle of Venus brings much feminine influence to January, culminating in the last ten days of the month, when the Earth takes charge. For our male energy this will be a good time to relax and develop new ideas and communication strategies for the time to come.
The new year starts in the Incarnation Theme of Tension; just like the strings of a guitar need tension to sound good, this Theme reminds us to stay in tune with ourselves and others. Mars and Jupiter share Gate 1, Creativity, from Dec 31-Jan 8, and Gate 43, Breakthrough, from Jan 14-17. These guys are on a mission: to be a conduit for the creation of new things and to share new insights. On the 4th, Pluto moves into Gate 54.5, Finding Spirituality, supporting us until the end of the month to apply the insights from the question ‘What does Existence want from me?’ in all areas of our life.
From the 3rd onward, all planets move direct: we have the cosmic wind in our sails to help us live in ways which express our individuality and to support others to do that. This can imply new modes of working, relating or having our home.
How we relate to our feeling world goes through a change in this period. Between Dec 28 and Jan 28 the Sun and Venus share the same Gates many times, meaning they traverse the same part of the sky. For about sixty days, we do not see the planet as it is too close to the Sun. From our point of view Venus passes behind the Sun, and changes from morning star to evening star.
The exact time is on January 9th, when Venus stands together with the Sun and Pluto in Gate 54.5, Finding Spirituality. It marks the half-way point of Venus’ cycle, which takes about 19 months and indicates the position of Venus between us and the Sun. In ancient times, the Babylonians thought that in this time the goddess Ishtar, who was represented by the planet, descended in the underworld. We could have a trying time in our emotional life: the ways of approaching love, appreciating beauty and experiencing prosperity that we are accustomed too, may no longer work the way they used to do.
However, we may also experience the changeover of Venus as a time of harvest: we gather the discoveries we have made in the field of love, wealth, beauty and pleasure, with the intention to integrate them in our life and relationships in the next 9 ½ months, when Venus will become the morning star again and another period of exploration begins.
The theme of cycles is quite present in this time; as the Channel of Cycles from 6-10 Jan (Uranus and Earth in 42-53), and as the Incarnation Theme of Cycles on Jan 9 and 10. Before entering a new phase it is natural to let go of beliefs, behaviors and connections which no longer function, to make space for the new. Our origins are less important than the connections and social situation we are living right now.
Actually, the feminine exerts much influence on the male this month and takes the lead from the 20th till Feb 1. In these days the Earth forms the Channel of Leadership with the North Node (31-7) until Jan 28, and the Channel of the Prodigal (33-13) with the South Node afterward. It is a time of guiding and listening, of coming to a balance and natural closure, before a realignment that will happen next month.