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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.

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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,

Elder,

Feverfew, Foxglove,

Geranium, Goldenrod,

Hibiscus, Hyacinth,

Iris,

Licorice, Lilac,

Magnolia,

Willow.

 

Magical Jupiter

Uranus

 

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A card of vice and addiction, The Devil is not my favorite card. But it can serve as a warning, now might be a good time to cut back, or discard all together, those habits that have the potential to do us harm.

It is easier to deny we have a problem, to believe it is doing us no harm, but what is the long term price of this willful ignorance?

When The Devil appears, it is time to have a good hard look at ourselves, our bad habits and addictions, and the effect they are having, not just on ourselves, but also those we care about.

Don’t overlook destructive relationships here either. If everyone around you is telling you he/she is no good for you, chances are they are right. It is time to cut your loses and move on.

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The Queen of Pentacles is an earth-mother type. She is practical, grounded and good with her hands.

Treat yourself to a bit of luxury today. Buy (or make) some new clothes, perfume, bubble bath or chocolate. Anything that feels or tastes good.

Get out in the garden, back some cookies, go for a hike. Whatever your guilty little pleasure may be, indulge yourself. Don’t feel guilty, we all need our little pleasures now and again.

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Enjoy the desire and passion the Ace of Wands brings with it today. Here is the initial spark of your next passionate adventure.  The hobby you throw your heart and soul into, a relationship brimming with lust, a cause you feel very strongly about, a career you have always aspired to.

Whatever this Ace heralds for you, you will pursue it with fiery and willful determination.  Follow your heart and let nothing stand in the way of your achievement.

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One of my favorite cards, Death is not associated with physical death and dying, but endings and transformation.

Change is a constant throughout life, and is usually forced, unwillingly, upon us. It is not until later, that we can see this change was for the better. All things, whether good or bad, will inevitably be taken from us. Yet if we can learn to let go, to surrender our fates to the universe, this process can become a lot less painful.

What is something that is currently present in your life that no longer serves you? A destructive relationship, harmful habit, or restricting belief? This is something you know you would be better of without, yet still refuse to let go of. Without change we stagnate, stop growing and developing. Hold onto these useless old habits for too long, and the universe will intervene and remove them for you.

Sometimes this loss can be sad and painful, or you can see it as just another necessary change of direction, making way for new growth, a new path.

Trust the universe and let go.

 

More Major Arcana?

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The energy of the Knight of Swords is fast-paced, and subject to rapid change. Be prepared for a busy day.

The truest of the Knights, he is courageous, ambitious and opinionated.  Ever ready to dash into action, be it an intellectual debate or a busy stressful day.

Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, stand your ground and don’t be swayed by another’s opinion. Even though today could be extremely busy for you, you have the ability to handle it all with ease and grace. Making spur-of-the-moment decisions and making efficient use of your time will serve you well today.

Make multi-tasking a priority and don’t be afraid to delegate responsibility.

 

More Minor Arcana?

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Today we take advice from Chiron, the Wizards Tarot. 

Forget originality today, just follow the herd.  The Hierophant is more than happy to share his immense stores of knowledge with all that seek it. Whether this be learning, losing weight or a spiritual endeavor, all you need to know is right there waiting for you.

Established groups and institutions all come under the guidance of The Hierophant. Schools, churches and community groups all offer an opportunity to expand your knowledge and  provide the support and guidance you need. Whether you are contemplating enrolling at University or just joining the gym, the support and camaraderie will be a boost for your goals.

Don’t go it alone today, seek out the company of like minded individuals. 

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Back to normality after my weekend adventure to Tumbafest.  My hometown sure knows how to party! But I am definitely getting too old for that.

The Five of Swords warns of treachery and sneak attacks. Be careful of who you put your trust into today, as your secrets are not likely to stop with your confidante. 

It can also signify a hollow victory. You’ve won the argument, but have you really? Is losing a close friend or family member really worth the point you think you have proven? In reality, they have likely laid down their arms and walked away, knowing the whole thing is not worth the worry.

Be aware that sometimes it is better, and easier for all concerned, to just admit you were wrong and agree to disagree. Don’t throw away a friendship for they sake of a petty squabble or imagined slight.

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I think of the Four of Cups as the bored housewife.  A time of solitude, enui and discontent.

You have a lot, materially and emotionally, but have grown bored with the status quo. Days go by in the same old routine, with nothing to break the monotony. 

As the boy sits, sulking, and feeling sorry for himself,  he doesn’t see, or ignores, what is being offered to him by the mermaid.  This could be an offer of friendship, or an opportunity to expand your horizons. It’s time to snap out of your funk and find what is missing in your life. It is likely right in front of you, you are just refusing to see it.

Only you can improve you life, if you are unhappy, then do something about it.  Self pity and blaming others will get you nowhere. Open yourself to new opportunities and experiences. The smallest of changes can often have big results.

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Steampunk Tarot

Combined with yesterday’s card, The High Priestess, The Moon holds a lot of power today.

Like the night sky, the landscape of The Moon is a dark and shadowy place. Nothing is as it seems, in the moonlight, so tread warily. Beware of making any lasting commitments or decisions at this time, as there is a lot of mystery surrounding the present circumstance.

Read with the High Priestess, here is a great opportunity to work with the subconscious mind. Pay attention to your dreams, meditate, work with shamanic trance, perform moon rituals.

Trust your instincts over all. If something doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t.

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