OPA Astrology Store LogoThe Venus Star: A Vibration of Harmony + Beauty

by Arielle Guttman

Every planet in our solar system has a unique orbital cycle and pattern. Whether we observe the number of years of its synodic cycle, the relationship between the specific planet with Sun or Earth, it carries a vibrational frequency and transmits that energy to us in its unique way.

Venus has a particularly beautiful frequency, one that equates with the number 1.618 or PHI. This 1.618 PHI ratio is a regularly occurring aspect in which Venus traces the heavens to create her ‘star’. For mathematicians it is said to be a near perfect value, for economists it represents the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, for artists, architects, designers, it is known as the Golden Mean and for musicians it is the 5.8 ratio (5+8=13) on the musical scale. A formula of harmony, the Golden Mean is said to be the most pleasing relationship in both space and in sound, essentially, a harmony of the spheres. Beauty is something that we are innately attracted to. We want it. We easily fall in love with it and then often want to possess it.

How do we get it? Or do we already have it – and have we simply been searching everywhere for it except inside ourselves?

What is the Venus Star?
Simply stated, it is the relationship between Venus and the Earth (it’s all about the relationship!) and their dance around the Sun. The Star itself is made up of five points and can be measured in numerous ways. Whether it is the Rx positions, the D positions or the cazimi, five sequential passes create the Venus Star. (For the purposes of this article, and in all references in the published material authored by this author, it is the cazimi or “the kiss of Venus with the Sun” that is used as the Star Point and the reasons for this are explained fully in the book.)

The Venus pentagram of our birth can reveal much about how Venus unknowingly works behind the scenes in our lives when these points are activated. Similarly, when the transiting Venus Star Point, or VSP, triggers an important natal degree, there is an important message from Venus. The Venus Star and the specific Star Point from our birthdate reveals to us that particular point of harmony, beauty and/or love that resides inside of every one of us. These five points identify our essential talents, our helping hands and our foundational feet in life. These points can be attached to planets in our own charts, or to VSPs and planets in other people’s charts.

The mechanics, synchronization and absolute precision of the Venus Star cycle could fill a volume of books, however, to simplify, we recognize the star itself performs like a perfectly tuned Swiss clock and paints two sets of five star points around a larger pentagram in an eight-year cycle. When it completes these two sets, it continues with two more, and two more – alternating as the cosmic heartbeat of our lives. See diagram below.

Important to note is that when Venus is retrograde, Venus is not only ending her synodic period of 584 days (1.6 years) but she is also changing phases—from ES to MS or yin (feminine) to yang (masculine). The Maya had a myth about the disappearance of Venus behind the Sun. When in retrograde, Venus faded from view in the night sky after sunset to reappear approximately a week to ten days later in the morning sky before sunrise. While with the Sun and absent from Earth’s view, Venus underwent a metamorphosis from her “lover” persona to her “warrior” persona. It is indeed an interesting story to consider, especially for people who are born during the Venus change-over period. This can often indicate gender uncertainty, gender alteration, or simply adjusting oneself to the gender in which one was born. At this stage in her phase, she is embodying the warrior’s principles of assertiveness, courage, strength and taking action when action is called for.

Consider Venus retrograde as ending a phase of life or relationship cycle, and shifting gears toward a new area. For example, the cycle Venus is ending now began with the Star Point activation in late March 2017 at 5 Degrees of Aries. Aries represents the start of something new, concerns self-interests and possesses the energy to go after what’s important. Its two guardian planets are Mars and Pallas Athena, which represent the courage to act— to either fight for or in many cases to defend something sacred to you. Perhaps it’s simply to be authentically individual, without pretense.

One can reexamine the steps that were taken then to initiate an important new phase of life. Mars and Athena summon the courage to tackle something you never thought possible before. Maybe an event occurred that induced rage and anger, and was timed fittingly for you to face and respond to. Of course, Aries also helps get us up and moving, jump start the engine, ignite the fire, dare to try something you’ve never tried before—these are all aspects of the Venus Star activating the sign Aries during this era. The last Venus retrograde occurred on the following dates:

Mar 4 2017 Venus SRx 13°Aries08’
Mar 25 2017 Venus Star Point 04°Aries57’
April 15 2017 Venus SD 26°Pisces54’

Every four years the Scorpio Star Point is the reverberating heart-beat in the backdrop of our cosmic planetary rhythm. As we prepare for this October’s Scorpio Star Point we can look both to the recent past and future of some other Scorpio VSPs.

Oct 27 2006 04°Sc10’ D 04°Sc10’ D (direct Venus)
Oct 28 2010 05°Sc30’ D 05°Sc30’ R (rx Venus)
Oct 25 2014 01°Sc48’ D 01°Sc48’ D
Oct 26 2018 03°Sc06’ D 03°Sc06’ R
Oct 22 2022 29°Li26’ D 29°Li26’ D First LI SPoint
Oct 23 2026 00°Sc45’ D 00°Sc45’ R Last SC SPoint

The retrograde of the 2018 Venus cycle, shown here, represents the “hot” area of the horoscope in this cycle, between 25 degrees of Libra to 11 degrees of Scorpio, with particular emphasis given to 3 degrees Scorpio, the new Venus Star Point degree. Note that two signs are being impacted in this cross-over Venus cycle—both Libra and Scorpio.

Oct 5 Venus SRx 10°Scorpio50’
Oct 26 Venus Star Point 03°Scorpio06’
Nov 16 Venus SD 25°Libra14’
Scorpio is a Mars sign, while Libra is a Venus sign. Venus and Mars represent the female and male principles in life, polarities that are possessed of highly-charged reactions to one another. If it wasn’t for this dynamic connection, we might be faced with a diminishing population, possibly verging on extinction. Instead, it is the vibrant meeting of these two energies that brings incredible desire and ultimate mating, resulting in the dominant Homo Sapiens population of today’s world. It is what brings male and female together!

This is the year when gender-bending phenomena could reach new heights as Mars, the male planet, reverses direction followed by Venus, the female planet, who follows suit. And the third party to this dynamic duo is Uranus. Uranus, known for radical change, affects both sexes so we may see more people embracing changes and coming out to themselves and the world. Whether we are dealing with a battle of the sexes, new definitions of gender, people’s phobias about trans-genders or same sex preferences, this is now how the current is flowing and cannot be reversed.

It’s valuable to note the similarity of the cross-over cycle between the 2017 Rx of Venus and the upcoming 2018 Rx. Both impact two signs, however, the major emphasis is upon the sign containing the current Star Point. In 2017 it was Aries and in 2018 it will be Scorpio. Note that both are Mars ruled signs in which Venus plays a key role and touches upon the afore-mentioned gender theme.

Scorpio is a sign of feminine power. So now we find ourselves moving into the Scorpio Venus Star in October. We therefore consider what Scorpio wants, and more importantly the relationship between Venus and Scorpio.

Similar to Aries, Scorpio is a Mars-ruled sign while Aries is the day sign (fire/masculine) and Scorpio is the night sign (water/ feminine). Scorpio can be the deep treasure or the trash that is buried beneath the surface. Once we begin digging, either could emerge. With Scorpio, Venus may conceal deep secrets and mysteries that she chooses not to reveal casually or publicly. With Scorpio and a retrograde Venus, we may be dancing with ourselves and others through the game of shadows of intimacy, privacy and protection. Contracts we have created with partners which involve financial, sexual or shared possessions (such as children, animals, businesses and property) may be up for re-negotiation and may be initiated, renewed or terminated during this time. Yet most importantly, it might signal an important time to address significant issues in partnerships that have been silenced and need to emerge from the shadows.

We are in the last decade of a 100-year passage of the Venus Star through the sign Scorpio. Important events of history occur when the Venus Star Point leaves a sign and enters a new one. We can anticipate a shift in the masculine/feminine dynamic during this migration, similar to what we have witnessed during the dramatic gender restructuring that has occurred during these past 90 years of the Scorpio Star Point transit. In other words, women aren’t always from Venus and men are not always from Mars. Often, the reverse is true, especially as evidenced during these last 80-90 Aries/Scorpio Star Point periods. It is certain that male and female roles have transformed even for the hetero-sexual population. And now, as we approach the end of Venus’ passage through Scorpio and Aries, the mutation and morphing of genders is no longer limited to one’s emotional and psychological well-being, but is extending to physical realms as well.

A Table of Venus Star Dates
Jan 13 2006 23°Cp40’ D 23°Cp40’ R
Oct 27 2006 04°Sc10’ D 04°Sc10’ D
Aug 17 2007 24°Le50’ D 24°Le50’ R
Jun 8 2008 18°Ge42’ D 18°Ge42’ D
Mar 27 2009 07°Ar15’ D 07°Ar15’ R
Jan 11 2010 21°Cp32’ D 21°Cp32’ D
Oct 28 2010 05°Sc30’ D 05°Sc30’ R
Aug 16 2011 23°Le17’ D 23°Le17’ D
Jun 5 2012 15°Ge44’ D 15°Ge44’ R Venus Transit
Mar 28 2013 08°Ar10’ D 08°Ar10’ D
Jan 11 2014 21°Cp11’ D 21°Cp11’ R
Oct 25 2014 01°Sc48’ D 01°Sc48’ D
Aug 15 2015 22°Le39’ D 22°Le39’ R
J un 6 2016 16°Ge35’ D 16°Ge35’ D M
ar 25 2017 04°Ar57’ D 04°Ar57’ R
Jan 9 2018 18°Cp57’ D 18°Cp57’ D
Oct 26 2018 03°Sc06’ D 03°Sc06’ R
Aug 14 2019 21°Le11’ D 21°Le11’ D

Jun 3 2020 13°Ge35’ D 13°Ge35’ R
Mar 26 2021 05°Ar50’ D 05°Ar50’ D
Jan 8 2022 18°Cp43’ D 18°Cp43’ R
Oct 22 2022 29°Li26’ D 29°Li26’ D First L I SPoint
Aug 13 2023 20°Le28’ D 20°Le28’ R
Jun 4 2024 14°Ge29’ D 14°Ge29’ D
Mar 22 2025 02°Ar39’ D 02°Ar39’ R
Jan 6 2026 16°Cp22’ D 16°Cp22’ D
Oct 23 2026 00°Sc45’ D 00°Sc45’ R Last SC SPoint

Resources for further study: Venus cycle and the Venus Star Points

Arielle Guttman began her astrological studies in 1974 and has since authored five books in the field including the two-volume Mythic Astrology series and The Astro*Carto*Graphy Book of Maps with the late Jim Lewis. Her latest works contains never-before published information about the planet Venus, specifically the pentagram of Venus that is created as part of her orbital pattern. These essential points are the Venus Star Points. In both Venus Star Rising: A New Cosmology for the 21st Century and the abridged ebook version The Venus Star Point Arielle reveals the most essential ingredient to what keeps our heart beating and how we spread that love to the world. Arielle has lectured and taught around the world for various astrological groups. She currently divides her time between Santa Fe, NM and Greece. She offers a home-study course that leads to professional certification in the Venus Star Point system. Check out her website: www.SophiaVenus.com