As Venus' five pointed mandala slowly
unfolds and shifts by 2 degrees every eight years, it will be linked to five
different constellations which, according to the Assyrian
astrologers, she will be radiating and thus empowering. Added to
this visual phenomena is the effect of Venus' morphing retrograde paths which add
a variation to what actual stars in the five constellations or parts of
the sky are being touched by Venus. For it is not the same
retrograde path every eight years just shifted a little to the west
but rather a shift to the west linked with an alteration of the actual
pathway transcribed by Venus, as shown in figure 1. Any single
constellation will have Venus repeating an exact loop only once every
243 years and for many stars and parts of constellations Venus is the
only planet that is able to move into their part of the sky.
Additionally because Venus is at its brightest when it
is retrograde, as this is the period when it is furthest from the sun,
when it does move into its unique and variable retrograde loops,
traveling to parts of the sky unavailable to other planets it is,
according to visual astrology, at its most powerful, its greatest
ability to radiate another.
The visual experience is that Venus will be seen to be growing
brighter as an evening or morning star and then, for some of these
times, it will begin to move
north or south of the ecliptic and, while shinning brilliantly, will
weave a loop – either wide or tight – circling stars and parts of
constellations and empowering them by its radiating beams. Finally after sharing
her radiating light with these stars, she returns to a more stable
pathway, slowly dims and eventually disappear into the sun's light.
Currently the five areas of the sky being
radiated by Venus are:
March 2001 – The Fishes of Pisces
October 2002 – Between the Scales of Libra and Virgo
June 2004 – The Eye and Horns of Taurus the Bull
January 2006 – The Cape and Bow of Sagittarius
August 2007 – The Head of the Hydra
In this article I want to examine Venus’ journey through
the constellation the Hydra and her present focus in the head of this great
and ancient snake.
The Hydra (figure 2)
is the largest constellation
in the sky, stretching for nearly 95 degrees across the heavens from
Cancer to Scorpio. It has gone through many names but through most
cultures it is a snake, a serpent or a water snake. The Hydra is
considered to be the constellation on a uranographic  stone from the
Euphrates of 1200 BCE showing it as the source of connection to the
"great deep" and also to the great dragon Tiamat. Many cultures have a
snake or serpent connected with their creation myths in some way and in
the ancient Aegean world women were worshipped with serpents. Although
the Hydra is the largest of all the constellations it has not been
broken up and redistributed to other groupings by the Greeks or
- The Hydra, covers over 95 degrees of the sky
and carries on her back Corvus, the crow and Crater (the Cup).
Venus and the
Since 1831 Venus has slowly
been creating retrograde loops which have been moving westward along the
back of the Hydra (see figure 3). As Venus moves along the back of
the Hydra she radiates the different asterisms which are located on her
Figure 3. The
turning points of retrograde loops of Venus amongst the stars of
the Hydra. Positions are given for every 16 years although Venus
will retrograde amongst these stars every 8 years.
Venus' current journey through the Hydra
Venus radiating Corvus the Crow - the
In 1847 Venus was
forming loops around Corvus the Crow or the magical raven, the
mystical and wise bird of many different cultures' mythology. Into this
cycle Annie Besant was born (1 October 1847). She was a political
activist who spoke out against the lack of women's rights, the
established religion and the political systems of the day in
England. She was also involved with the Theosophical Society and when
she moved to India, she campaigned for self-government in that country. Born a little later in the same cycle of 584 days from the retrograde
loop of Venus in Corvus the crow was the artist Paul Gauguin (7 June
1848) who was a
leading Post-Impressionist painter. and an artist who
helped establish the primitive movement in art, a breakaway form the
In September 1855,
Venus once again produced a loop over the Raven (Corvus) and in that period,
between this and the next Venus retrograde loop, Sigmund Freud was
born (6 May 1856). It was Feud who challenged our view of humanity by the exploration
of the human psyche.
Corvus the crow :
(1847 - 1933)
(1848 - 1903)
(1856 - 1939)
Venus radiating the Crater, the Chalice
By 1879 Venus was
entering the Crater – the cup or Chalice - and in that time Joseph Stalin
was born (21 Dec 1879). Stalin became the General Secretary of the Communist
Party of the Soviet Union's Central Committee from 1922 until his death
in 1953. As a dictator he undertook ethnic cleansings against
many different cultural groups within Russia and it is believed that over
3 million people died under his policies.
was born in the same
cycle and within a few weeks of the birth of Joseph Stalin,
(26 January 1880).
MacArthur was a
US General and
Field Marshal of the Philippine Army
chief of the Allied forces during WWII. Both these military
men had the lives of thousands of individuals in their hands and both
men were a cause of the loss of life, MacArthur in the causalities of war
and Stalin through political “cleansing”. In their case the Chalice
was a cup filled with blood.
radiating the Crater :
the Chalice of Blood.
(1879 - 1953)
General Douglas MacArthur (1880 -
However, other notable births in this time period
include: Franz Marc (Feb 1880) German painter (founder of the Blaue
Reiter School), Sean O'Casey (March 30th) Irish playwright (Playboy of
the Western World), Mikhail Fokine (April 26th) Russian
choreographer/founder of modern dance, Allard R Hulshoff (May 19th)
architect of Amsterdam, and Robert Rutherford McCormick (July 30th) US
editor/publisher Chicago Tribune. For these people, Venus radiating the
Crater means that they carried a gift which they could offer the world
which was of benefit to it.
Venus radiating the Sextant - giving
ways of understanding
By 1927, 1935 and 1943 Venus was radiating Sextans.
In this period the zoologist Desmond Morris was born ( 24 Jan 1928).
Morris is the author of "The Naked Ape" and is often criticized for
viewing all of human behaviour through a zoological lens. In contrast to
this view of the human psyche, R.D Laing was born just a few months before Morris (7 Oct 1927) Laing was a
went against the psychiatric orthodoxy of the time by
taking the expressions or communications of the individual patient or
client as representing valid descriptions of lived experience or reality,
rather than as symptoms of some separate or underlying disorder.
Venus radiating the
ways of understanding
(1928 - )
(1927 - 1989)
the head of the Hydra
The last retrograde loop of Venus was in August 2007 and
this occurred over the head of the Hydra. Venus will keep emphasizing
this set of stars every 8 years until its retrograde loop of 2031. Thus there are three periods in this current era where the head of the Hydra
gains the blessing and radiation of a brilliant Venus: the first was this
last retrograde loop of Venus in August 2007 (see figure 4), the
second will be in August 2015 and the third in August 2023.
- The Venus retrograde loop of August 2007 - radiating the head of
the Hydra. The yellow Venus is when Venus is direct, with the red
showing the positions of Venus moving retrograde or stationary.
An Earlier Cycle
We won't know about any notable births for some time from
the people born in 2007 and we could look back in time for notable
births in earlier periods. However, another way of approaching this is
by considering historical events for other periods when Venus was radiating the
head of the Hydra 243 years ago. The last time the head was emphasized
was the American War of Independence (1775 – 1783) and the betrayal of
the American forces by Benedict Arnold, who handed over the plans to
West Point to the English. This betrayal occurred during the retrograde loop over the
head of the hydra in September 1780.
The period prior to this was in 1521, 1529 and 1537 when Henry VIII (1491-1547)
separated England from the Church of
Rome during the English Reformation. In 1530 Henry accused Cardinal Wolsey, the most powerful man in England, of treason.
This pattern was repeated
in the next Venus retrograde cycle over the head of the Hydra with
Benedict Arnold. Cardinal Wolsey fell ill and died on his way to answer Henry’s
In both these periods of retrograde loops over the
head of the Hyda we see successful challenges to an established power, in
the 18th century it was to the power of England while in the 16th
century it was that of the Catholic Church.
Is it possible that this current Venus retrograde loop is
heralding another such period, both in the people who are born as well as
the mundane events that will emerge? The larger time frame is between
2007 – 2023 where history may reach a turning point again by a
challenge to the established power through issues of betrayal and
a new page in history being written that will stay current for the next 240
years taking us well into the 23rd century.
Finding a collective theme to your
Apart from these large mundane cycles, we can ask
of our own natal charts, what was the retrograde loop of
Venus into which we were born. Look in the ephemeris for the immediate
time before your birth to find when Venus was retrograde. Then if you
own Starlight simply enter the date and look at the sky map to see
what stars or what part of the sky Venus was radiating. This is the
zeitgeist of your Venus, its background and collective theme grouping
you into a Venus generation.
1. Uranography is the branch of knowledge concerned with
mapping the stars, galaxies, or other celestial bodies.