July 22, 2021
In the past couple of weeks, I spent most of the time studying ancient Sumeria and Inanna. That journey was one of a kind. I’ve never felt this much pull to investigate a particular deity. It felt like a calling. Learning about the first Venus-associated deity made me realize how important it is to dig deeper into myth and find a broader set of archetypal figures for each planet. The Greek Aphrodite, although a descent of Inanna, gives quite a different feeling from the original.
My research about Inanna got me diving deeper into the cycles of Venus, the planet inseparably associated with the Goddess of Love and War. Some time ago, I came across an interview with Arielle Guttman on the Astrology Podcast. This was the first time I remember hearing about the significance of the five-pointed Star Venus forms through her cyclical conjunctions with the Sun in birth charts.
I bought a copy of Arielle’s book Venus Star Rising: A New Cosmology for the 21 Century (2010, Sophia Venus Productions). The cycles of Venus and the continuous creation of the five-pointed star by Venus’s conjunctions with the Sun got me fascinated. After looking at several charts, I can see value in the message the personal Venus Star Point (VSP) has to offer.
The Venus Star Point seems like an insightful addition to basic chart delineations, shedding extra light on Venus and topics related to this planet in your chart, including interpersonal relationships. It also gives insight into group dynamics as the five points of the Venus Star connect the signs through different types of relationships of 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒆𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒈. Who is feeding whom, and who is fed by whom? And in what way? These are the questions the Venus Star Points give answers to. I’m thinking of incorporating it into my practice as an addition to basic chart interpretations.
The Tarot Adventure Course @melissa_healing_tarot is almost over. We have one week left. My focus has been drawn especially to the elements in the tarot, which I have been contemplating the most during the past nine weeks. Time went by fast, and there is much left to understand and wonder about the tarot (like the astrological associations). Fortunately, the course includes a lot of materials that I will come back to for sure.
Midsummer with the elements in my little forest. It was a wonderful evening. ✨
Last week, I put into use my first tarot deck, which I bought a couple of years ago while visiting a book fair. It is a mini RWS deck with Spanish titles. The coloring isn’t that great, and you cannot always see the details very well. That is why for studying purposes, I bought myself a Radiant Rider-Waite-Smith deck, which has crisp images and vibrant coloring. Now, I felt I want to bond with this mini deck. So I did an interview to get started.
This deck is very earthy. The combination of cards makes much sense. The only one I was pondering for a while was the Moon card in reverse, which indicates how I can connect best to the deck. I’m thinking of this card’s association with Pisces. In reverse, it could point to the opposite sign in the zodiac, Virgo.
So, maybe the deck’s messages are best understood using reason and focusing on the details (in opposition to the broad picture and intuition). Virgo, after all, is a Mercury-ruled earth sign. This would be another pointer to earth and would fit the practical-oriented nature of the deck. Btw, I like the backside of the cards, displaying the Rosy Cross. The rose, of course, is a symbol for Venus. And so the circle is closing for this entry.
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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! ✨