I find all the expectations about 2012 to be largely overblown and mainly based on the pink smoke and mirrors of psy-ops. It’s conveniently forgotten that whatever the reason that the Mayans decided to end their calendar at 21 December 2012 makes no difference. Since the various calendar reforms by first Julius Caesar in 46 BC and then Pope Gregory XIII in 1582, we’re no longer in synch with their Short Count or Long Count calendars.
However, there is one extraordinary event that will happen this year ~ in a few weeks time, in fact. And it’s been getting buried under all the other hype around.
That event is the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun on 5th and 6th June 2012.
Venus is about to return after eight years to complete her second transit across the Sun. The first one in 120 years took place eight years ago, and then the cycle is such that She won’t return in that transit for another 120 years. So June 5th/6th signifies a rare event which won’t occur again in any of our lifetimes.
What I find extraordinary is that in her course across the Sun, She marks out a pentagram (five sided star). She does this by creating lots and lots of tiny heart shapes and the pentagram is first realised by the five-petalled rose.
We know about the hearts, pentagrams and five-petalled rose that Venus creates these days because we have computers that track Her progress and they have marked out these shapes. However, that doesn’t explain how the ancients also knew this and used the five-petalled rose to represent Venus in sacred architecture going back thousands of years … and later on, in buildings dedicated to Mary (the Christian Venus).
Chapel dedicated to Mary at Wells Cathedral, Somerset
The five petalled rose was also known in Roman times as the Rose of Venus. To the French Normans, it was the cinquefoil (five-petalled) and found in Christian symbolism of the Middle Ages often affixed to the tops of Gothic arches ~ those vesica pisces-shaped doorways and windows believed to represent the womb of Ishtar/Venus/Mary. The rose in Gothic architecture is a secret symbol of the feminine principle, one of a multitude of Hermetic symbols found in these churches.
I’ve been feeling Her presence very strongly, guided as I am by Ishtar, the Babylonian Venus. I’ve been experiencing wonderful ‘downloads’ of tangible energy that is creating within me a feeling of peace, beauty and love.
The numbers 5 and 8 are also commonly associated with Ishtar/Venus.
The number 8 is so prevalent in the iconography and mythology associated with Ishtar/Venus that there is too much of it to put here. Suffice for now that the Ishtar Gate was the eighth gate of Babylon.
Ishtar with her eight-pointed star
Venus is also the only planet whose orbit traces out a phi (or Golden Mean) relationship with the Earth. And we have the 5 and 8 from the Fibonacci sequence, which is based on phi, and also seen in so much ancient sacred art and sculptures, often in a flower arrangement of 5 inner petals and 8 outer petals.
Venus represents Love, Order, Proportion and Harmony, as shown in this painting, The Birth of Venus by Botticelli, who used phi or the Golden Mean in his layout.
The ancient Greeks built their temples according to this ratio. You also find the Golden Mean in Renaissance art and also others kinds of aesthetics where the architect or artist seeks to replicate this relationship with Nature in his form. When you walk in to one of these buildings, there’s a harmonic resonance that is tangibly felt.
John Wadsworth, our local astrologer, describes Venus as the twin soul or the Higher Self of the Earth, and he believes that Venus is coming now to teach us how to live in harmony with Gaia, and with each other.
Here’s John talking about this upcoming cosmic event.
I liked it when he said that Her retrograde conjunction feels to him as if She is blessing the Earth. It feels that way to me too … a sort of conscious honouring and I’m really so much enjoying and benefitting from these Venusian energies. I’m lapping them up! I hope you are too!