All things planetary.

Dance Of The Evening Sky

These last few weeks have seen some beautiful displays between Venus, Jupiter and the Moon.

I have been avidly watching their celestial dance, as the weather permits.

Tonight brought perfect viewing conditions for this breathtaking display.

Venus and the Moon

Venus and the Moon

The Moon, Venus and Jupiter at sunset

The Moon, Venus and Jupiter at sunset

Tonight the trio formed this cross shape.

The moon is at the top with Venus as the ‘left arm’ of the cross.

Jupiter sits at the bottom.

The star that marks the ‘right arm’ of the cross is Regulus, a star of the constellation of Leo.

Regulus is known as Heart of the Lion. in the constellation of Leo

Regulus is known as Heart of the Lion. in the constellation of Leo


My favorite picture of tonight. I love the colors in this shot

My favorite picture of tonight. I love the colors in this shot

If you have missed this beautiful nightly display, never fear, you still have time, Venus and Jupiter will set sometime in late July to early August.

To see their brilliant display, go out just after sunset and look to the West, you can’t miss the brilliance of these two planets and at the moment they are right by the waxing moon.

Venus is the brightest object in our night sky, second only to the moon, and is the first ‘star’ you will see in the sky as the sun sets.

Jupiter is the second brightest object after Venus and is visible soon after her.


Look to the skies, faithful readers, and enjoy this majestic nightly display while you still can.

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The Beauty of Venus

Venus is the second planet from the sun and is only slightly smaller than Earth.
Known alternately as either the Evening Star and the Morning Star, Venus is the brightest object in our skies, second only to the light of the moon.
Due to its faster orbit, as Venus overtakes us, this shifts it’s place in our skies, hence being both the Morning and Evening Star.


Venus is one of four terrestrial planets, along with Mercury, Earth and Mars, meaning it has a solid surface.
It has been named as Earth’s sister planet, due to a similarity in size, gravity and composition.
Though, the conditions on our sister planet are not even remotely habitable, compromising of an atmosphere consisting of mainly carbon dioxide, to say the least.
The conditions on Venus have been described as ‘hellish’, very different from the serene and beautiful image from afar.
Below the thick cloud, lays a parched desertscape of immense heat and atmospheric pressure that is ninety-two times that of Earth’s.

Despite Mercury being closer to the sun, Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system, due to their being no carbon cycle and no magnetic field.
Venus is literally Global Warming at its worst extreme, with temperatures reaching a staggering 462 degrees celsius.
Believed to have once held ocean, the waters have long vaporized from the now desolate and scorching surface.
The only rain on Venus is that of sulfuric acid, of which the deceptively beautiful cloud cover is formed.
Both thunder and lightning have been detected among the sulfuric clouds, yet there are no detectable weather or seasonal patterns.

The 'hellish' surface of Venus.

The ‘hellish’ surface of Venus.

There are calderas (volcanos) on the surface of Venus, but mysteriously, no visible lava flow.
This could possibly be due to the core having ‘dried up’, any lava once present having solidified.

Venus holds two highland ‘continents’ in both its northern and southern Hemispheres.
The northerly continent is named ‘Ishtar Terra’, named after the Babylonian Goddess, Ishtar.
The southern continent is given the epithet of ‘Aphrodite Terra’, after the Greek Goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite.

Venus stands apart from the other planets in more than just name, being the only planet to be named after a (female) Goddess.
The other planets all take the names of Gods, Venus takes its name from the Roman Goddess of Love.
Firstly, Venus’ orbit around the sun spans 224 days, spending four weeks in each zodiac sign, six weeks if the planet is in retrograde.
(Venus retrogrades once every 243 Earth days.)
Yet, it has the slowest rotation of all the planets, a Venusian day comprising 243 earthly ones.
This means that a Venusian day is longer than its year.
Boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

Venus also rotates backwards, compared to the other planets.
So, on Venus, the sun rises in the west and sets in the east.
There is no moon rise, as Venus does not have any orbiting moons.
From earth, Venus displays the lunar quality of phases, it appears to wax and wane, as does our moon.

Venus - As Above Tarot

Venus – As Above Tarot

In magick and astrology Venus, like the Goddess, rules love, beauty and all matters of the heart.
Venus embodies the power of love in all its forms, from lust and passion through to business partnerships and friendships.

Venus, being the feminine planet, is associated with all forms of women’s magick and the feminine mysteries.

Beauty falls under the rule of Venus, and not just physical beauty, but even more so the beauty of a true and pure heart.

The profession of Venus is that of the artist and the musician.
Professions that flow from the heart to create beautiful things.
Things that in turn, create an emotional response in others.
All things love, beauty and emotion, flow from Venus.

The Lovers - Witches Tarot

The Lovers – Witches Tarot

In the tarot, The Lovers corresponds to Venus, being a card of love, passion and finding your true purpose in life.
In the words of Aleister Crowley, finding your ‘true will’, is symbolic in The Lovers.
Following your heart to true fulfillment is inherent in The Lovers, as it is under the rule of Venus.


Correspondences of Venus: 

Day: Friday

Time: Midnight

Elements: Earth and Water 

Direction: West

Zodiac: Libra (masculine aspect) & Taurus (female aspect)

Metal: Copper

Numbers: 4, 5, 6, 7, 72, 175

Stones: Rose quartz, Aventurine, Emerald, Jade, Pearl, Coral

Colors: Green, Emerald Green, Rose, Pink, Indigo

Symbols: Hand Mirror, Pentacle, Bud or Pod, Conch Shell  (The symbol of Venus is also known as the Mirror of The Goddess.)

Incense: Rose, Jasmine, Violet, Benzoin

Animals:  Swan, Dove, Lynx

Herbs, Plants & Trees:

African Violet, Alder, Alfalfa, Aloes, Apple, Apricot, Avocado, 

Balm of Gilead, Banana, Barley, Birch, Blackberry,

Cardamon, Catnip, Cherry, Corn, Crocus, Cyclamen,

Daffodil, Daisy, Dittany of Crete,


Feverfew, Foxglove,

Geranium, Goldenrod,

Hibiscus, Hyacinth,


Licorice, Lilac,




Magical Jupiter



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Magical Jupiter


Jupiter is the largest, and third brightest, planet in the solar system, orbiting sedately around the sun at a rate of nearly twelve years per course.
The gas giant, surprisingly, has the fastest rotation of all the planets, a day on Jupiter equating to just under ten hours.


Jupiter is identified with Zeus, King of the Gods and the God of Thunder.
Zeus is a wise man, being a King he must make decisions that affect many, drawing on his wisdom and experience.
Sitting on his throne, atop Mount Olympus, Zeus has two ravens sitting on his shoulders, one by the name of Thought, the other, Memory.
Thought and Memory advise Zeus in making his judgements and decisions.


Zeus has the ability to elevate, to place one among the stars, as he did Chiron and many others.
He also has the ability to condemn one to their own private hell, as he did Prometheus.


Planet Jupiter also holds these characteristics, of practical wisdom, justice, power, vision and judgement.
Jupiter is the planet of the law, and of those that uphold it.


Jupiter imparts expansion, wealth, happiness and great success.
Just as the Sun provides the drive and motivation to reach our goals, it is Jupiter that manifests these goals into solid reality.
Jupiter leads, expands and succeeds and as such, is the planet to call upon for bettering oneself and reaching set goals, especially those concerned with the higher mind, higher learning and wisdom.


Jupiter is associated with the Sephira of Chesed, the sphere of Mercy, on the Tree of Life.
This is the sphere of royalty, the King that leads a nation and makes decisions that will decide the fate of many.

The sphere of Chesed balances with that of Geburrah, Mercy and Severity.

In a position of authority both are sometimes required, it takes wisdom to decide which side of the balance is called for.


In the Tarot, Jupiter is associated with the Fours of the Minor Arcana.

The qualities of Jupiter can also be tied to the Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Emperor and The Hierophant.


Correspondences of Jupiter: 

Day: Thursday

Time: Day

Elements: Air and Fire

Direction: East

Zodiac: Sagittarius (masculine aspect) & Pisces (female aspect)

Numbers: 3, 4, 5, 34 

Stones: Amethyst and Sapphire

Colors: Royal Blue and Purple

Symbols: Thunderbolt, Arrow, Baton.

Incense: Cedar

Animals:  Unicorn and Eagle


Herbs, Plants and Trees:

Anise, Agrimony

Banyan, Bodhi, Borage, Blueberry

Chestnut, Clove, Chicory, Clover

Dandelion, Dock



Honeysuckle, Horse Chestnut

Maple, Mint, Milk Thistle


Oak, Olive Tree

Star Anise

Witch Grass ( Couch Grass ), Walnut

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Uranus is one of the Ice Giants, composed of ice, rock and various gasses.
Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and the coldest planet in the solar system, reaching as far below as -224 degrees celsius.
The wind speeds on Uranus are fierce, reaching as much as 900km/ph.

Uranus is the slowest orbiting planet, taking 84 earth years to complete a cycle around the sun, spending seven years in each zodiac sign.
A day on Uranus consists of twelve earthly hours.
Uranus stands alone from all other planets in the solar system, with its axis laying almost on its side, so Uranus virtually rotates sideways, like a rolling ball.
This creates some interesting phenomena, with the southern and northern poles being either toward or away from the sun’s light for half of a Uranian year.
Each pole gets around 42 years of continuous sunlight, followed by 42 years of total darkness.


Another interesting feature of Uranus is diamond rain.
The atmosphere of Uranus is concentrated methane, a hydrocarbon.
The pressure within this atmosphere is six million times that of earth.
This intense pressure turns the atmospheric methane into diamonds, which then fall from the sky.
Uranus literally rains diamond.
It has also been postulated that Uranus could consist of liquid diamond, with great burghs of solidified diamonds floating among this crystal sea.

It has been observed, during the last few decades, that Uranus is subject to extreme seasonal changes, particularly around the times of its solstices and equinoxes.
Dark spots have been observed, as well as changes in its cloud cover.
The poles have also been observed to lighten in color as they turn towards the sun.

Like Saturn, Uranus also has rings.
The rings are very dark and hard to see, so have only recently been discovered.
Uranus also has twenty-seven moons in its orbit, the largest of which, is roughly half the size of our earthly moon.


Uranus is the only planet to have been named after a Greek God, Ouranos.
The other planets all take the names of Roman Gods, though the pantheons are fairly interchangeable.



Ouranos is of the old Gods.

God of the heavens, he was literally seen as the sky.

Ouranos’ consort is Gaia, Mother Earth.
He is both her son and her lover, in the Divine tradition.

Ouranos and Gaia bore together many children, the first of which were twelve sons and six daughters.
These, the first children of Gaia, were all terrible monsters.
Ouranos was disgusted by his monstrous offspring, and wished to rid them from the earth.
He took them all and placed them deep under the soil, in the very belly of Gaia.
This caused Gaia terrible pain.

She was also furious that the father of her children would treat their offspring so badly.
She conspired with her five Titan sons to rid her of her burdens, both those in her stomach and of her husband.

Each night, Ouranos, being a predictable lad, would descend earthward to make love to his wife, Gaia.
The Titans each took up positions along the compass points at the ends of the earth, with one waiting in the centre.
As Ouranos came to his wife, the Titans sprang their trap, each brother helping to hold him down, as the one in the centre bearing a scythe, sliced at Ouranos, relieving him of his manhood.
He was castrated by his own sons, at the behest of his wife.



The Titan took the severed part and threw it, out over the land and into the ocean.
From the drops of blood sprang the Gigantes and the Erinyes.
In some myths, Aphrodite, born of the sea, sprang from the drops that landed upon the waves.

The Titans, having overthrown the rule of their Father, took ownership of all that was formerly his.
Yet, Ouranos prophesied the downfall of the ruling Titans, and in this he was correct.
In turn, Cronus was overthrown by his own children, who would then take their place as the Twelve Olympians.
The Titans, with the exception of some, where then thrown into the deepest bowels of Tartarus, where they perished in darkness.

Uranus is a bit of a mover and shaker when it come to planetary influence.
Uranus heralds sudden change, revolutionary and unconventional ideas, discoveries, inventions of the modern age and individuality.
This is the planet of the radical, the avant-garde, the eccentric and the genius.
Those that shake up the status quo, instigating radical new ideas and new ways of thought, come under the influence of Uranus.

The big and sudden changes that Uranus brings about can be shocking and even upsetting.
Change is always hard, but if we look to the bigger picture, we can see these new ways and new ideas are for the better.

In broader society, these changes are what we refer to as the ‘end of an era’, yet, on the heels of each ending, dawns a new beginning.

The Fool - Gilded Tarot

The Fool – Gilded Tarot

In the Tarot, Uranus corresponds to The Fool.

The Fool stands on the brink of big changes, ready to fling himself, head first, into experience and all that the world has to offer.

He is carefree and full of youthful exuberance, he believes he can change the world.

This is a card of the rebel, the individualist, the counter-culture.

Those who defer from social norms, who break the mold, who do thing their own way, come under the rule of The Fool.

Page Wands

Page of Wands – Witches Tarot

The energetic and enthusiastic energy of the Page of Wands also encompasses Uranus energy.

She too, is ready to set out into the world.

Unable to contain her excitement, she shouts it out to the world, her journey of discovery about to begin.


Correspondences Of Uranus:  

Elements: Air

Direction: East

Zodiac: Aquarius

Stones: Aventurine, Diamond, Quartz, Blue Topaz. Rough and unpolished stones and crystals.

Colors: Cyan, Electric Blue, particularly in bright neon hues.

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