September 5, 2021
For the last months, I’ve been studying the Venus Star Point® system, the result of a pioneering work by Arielle Guttman. My goal is to understand the cycles of planet Venus as best as possible and eventually incorporate this knowledge of Venus’ pattern into my practice. I’m on my second round through the lectures and the study book. I’ve also signed up to take the exam to be certified as a Venus Star Point® practitioner.
I’m still trying to wrap my head around which phase is the “real” underworld phase for Venus/Inanna. People seem to associate both phases that give birth to Venus (as MS and as ES, respectively) with Inanna visiting the underworld. But there is only one underworld experience, not two. Also, MS and ES are different from each other. They cannot both symbolize the result of the same story.
I’ve tried to match different stages of Inanna’s underworld story to Venus’ whole synodic cycle, including her interior and exterior conjunctions. It’s hard to make sense of all the pieces in that way, one reason being that Venus would be visible in the midst of the story while supposedly being in the underworld.
Two days ago, I came across a video about the Venus cycle by Gemini Brett. He associates the interior conjunction with Inanna visiting the Abzu, where she receives the ‘ME’ from Enki. The exterior conjunction would then be Inanna visiting her sister Ereshkigal in Kur (the actual underworld where she dies). The symbolism of the waning and waxing Moon conjunctions with Venus in her MS and ES phases is interesting to me. I’ve been wondering what is the meaning of the repetition in the story of Inanna and Enki. The conjunctions with the waxing Moon seem to be a match.
Although I have learned much during the past months, I am still feeling at the beginning of really grasping the depth of the entire Venus cycle. I’ve just purchased Rumen Kolev’s webinar about Venus in ancient astrology. Some time ago, I learned about Rumen’s astrology software (Placidus 7) which also contains the pentagram of Venus. I’ve been eyeballing this program for a while, and now also his course on ancient Mesopotamian astrology. I hope I will be able to afford to take the course and buy the program soon. It feels like fitting well with my current interest in Mesopotamian mythology. It would also help me grow my understanding of the astronomy behind astrology.
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I am very interested in the origins of astrology – please tell me where to start. Michael
Thanks for your comment! The oldest written documents about astrology are from the Old Babylonian period (2000-1600 BCE).
There are two books in English I recommend looking into. The first is 𝘈 𝘏𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘰𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘱𝘪𝘤 𝘈𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘺: 𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘢𝘣𝘺𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘰𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘯 𝘈𝘨𝘦 by James Herschel Holden, American Federation of Astrologers, 2nd edition, 2006. The second book is called 𝘏𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘈𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘺: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘍𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘍𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘦 by Chris Brennan, Amor Fati Publications, 2017.
I assume you also speak German. You might want to look into Rafael Gil Brand’s 𝘓𝘦𝘩𝘳𝘣𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘬𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘈𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘪𝘦, Chiron Verlag, 2000. You can also check out the first article I published here on my blog in 2018, which is about the history of astrology: https://livingincycles.blog/2018/05/26/geschichte-der-astrologie/.
These few suggestions should help you get started. I hope you enjoy reading and learning.
Alles Gute! ✨