What Lessons have we Learned from Venus in Gemini?

The Toilet of Venus

 

Gemini by Johfra Bosschart
Gemini
‘Gemini by Joffra Bosshart (1974-5)

If this is Earth school then our challenges are now the toughest ever and what we’ve gone through may be just the mock exams. The real graduation is down the line. We’ve taken some hard knocks from Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter doing a ritual dance together. But I want to keep the focus on Venus just a while longer before she goes into Cancer. What did we learn from Venus Retrograde and Venus in Gemini? The hindsight view is so much easier than the predictive.

Venus retro lasted from 14th May to June 26th and we’re still in the shadow phase. Since Pluto, Saturn, Venus, Jupiter and even Pallas were all retrograde during May and June it has put our emotional understanding out of synch with the speed of events. Mercury went retrograde in Cancer on the 19th of June just to add to the backtracking. Mercury is now direct but Chiron went retrograde on July 12th reopening a few old wounds. The universe is telling us it is time to slow down and make good use of this time to look back at the losses and gains, even if the world appears to have jammed on the fast-forward button. Without a some stock taking,we may be doomed to repeat errors. Reflection time is as badly needed and there’s a whole lot of stuff to process to avoid moving forward without thinking it through.

Through April, May and June it was manic with changes that were on a global level but also invaded our domestic spheres: .as without; so within. Did your online networking go through the roof? Did you take a course, a fitness, or yoga class, or begin to learn another language online? Did old friends and lovers pop up to contact you by text or online messenger?  Did you do more shopping online than before? Did you send more messages than ever before? Did you become an information junkie? Did you get giddy following the speed of a Live Chat on Zoom with multiple people conversing at the same time but learned to love it? Did you encounter conflicting narratives in the media that deepened your confusion? Did you become aware of what might be termed dis-information which obliged you to review what you formerly believed to be true? Did you begin to realise that the meme, the hashtag, video clip and blog post have become ‘the’ powerful modes of communication?

These are all the province of Gemini and Venus made key choices but was not at her best. An example of this retarded energy was that I ordered a magnetic bracelet online on the 12th May just two days before the Venus Retrograde. It did not arrive until July 10th – that’s 2 whole months- 60 days exactly. That must be a record and when I got it I didn’t even want it and regretted ordering it in the first place.

The learning curve has been steep. It was a monster hurdle and the process of adaptation is ongoing. The Venus retrograde was also square to Neptune. This increased the chances of our being vulnerable to deception and fraud on a grand scale. And a lie is most effective when we don’t realise it is a lie. As more truths are uncovered the disorientation factor may increase as more facts comet to light.

‘The Toilet of Venus’ by Konstatin Makovsky (1910)

Venus: The Sacred Harlot

Let’s recall what Venus is about. She’s the ‘harlot’ according to Liz Greene. But this is a very considered choice of word, but that gives her a sacred role more like a priestess and an initiator of men. But she is amoral too unlike the Moon. Venus opposite the Moon in a natal chart pivots that mother-daughter clash and the Elektra Complex. But that does not make Venus bad but just authentically and unapologetically herself. Venus is linked to Eros the ‘gift from the gods’. Yet Eros originated out of the primordial Chaos.

We can ask – does Venus gel well with Mercury the ruler of Gemini? Yes and No. Aphrodite may even have had an affair with Hermes when he wasn’t being androgynous. So Venus in Gemini is more sapio-sexual, finding someone’s knowledge alluring, watching their mouths and tongue move while talking – likely online- and being turned on by that. Talking and gesticulating can be like foreplay, using the hands while talking, being witty, being dexterous, being an excellent conversationalist, showing the range of learning can all be a form of excitement. There is something multiple too here. It wasn’t just one person or issue, but two, three or more, all vying for attention at the same time.

Joan Rivers Chart

Joan Rivers chart: astrotheme.com, image:  biography.com

An example of a Venus in Gemini person is the late Joan Rivers. Not only was she a fast talker, breathtakingly bold, and tough, full of ‘chutzpah’, she had one of the sharpest wits of any comedian, male or female. Her Venus was at 29° of Gemini conjunct Mercury, sextile to Uranus, and opposite her MC. The anaretic degree is the culmination of all that is quintessentially Gemini with a few added fireworks and loose sparks. Her catchphrase was ‘Can We Talk?’ and she talked a lot more than people bargained for. One of her mottoes was “with age comes wisdom” such as “To marry for love is stupid. Marry for money but wait to be the second wife as they get bigger rings.” She made the shocking revelation sound like everyday chat e.g. ‘Your don’t need boobs to be ultra feminine – look at Liberace!”

If this is Venus in Gemini talking, stand back as it is no holds barred. Other people with their Venus in Gemini are Tupak Shakur, Sandra Bullock, Robert Pattison, Al Pacino. Jackie Onassis, J.F. Kennedy, and Boris Johnson, whose Venus is now bang on the North Node axis at 28 ° of Gemini. There are various ways you can consider how his Gemini Venus might believe that love is a game. PR with the public is another game. Behind the clown mask is a more savvy player that we have bargained for. He can play the clown while hiding the savvy backroom deals. He needs to be watched carefully for more sleight of hand manoeuvres.

To keep this firmly in context, Venus in Gemini is just one player among many in the sky right now. There is no doubt that in April and May Mars was triggering a series squares to the Capricorn Stellium, hence the need to martial those energies too. The feeling of tension build-up to the January 12th Saturn-Pluto conjunction was palpable. It meant we knew something ominous would happen, but had no idea how radical and devastating it would be. 2020 is a crisis year and the Venus retrograde period was interlaced with the impact of Mars triggering the Saturn/Pluto hammer effect, which brought lockdown rules which though now are easing seem poised to ping back at any moment increasing the sense of unease and lack of confidence.

I wrote about the Venus Retro on April 25th in Taurus season. Now we are almost in Leo season, look in your diary your to review these dates:

Lockdown officially began on a day sacred to Venus, Friday, March 23rd in the UK when Venus was still in Aries at 17 °.

Venus entered Gemini on the 4th April at 0°.

The North Node moves into Gemini on May 5th.

Venus went Retrograde from 21-5 ° of Gemini on the 14th May.

Venus went direct on the 28th June.

The final Venus shadow period ends July 28th.

Venus goes into Cancer on August 8th.

Code and Platform Switching

Venus retrograde in Gemini suggested we re-evaluate what is important for how we interact socially. Along with many other, i began to re-examine my online communication methods: how I email, how I message and to whom on which platforms.  It became imperative to subject Google, Facebook and Twitter to the test. Is their service tainted and influenced by unseen decisions, or is it trustworthy? You decide, but first do your homework. Many are holding them to a much higher standard of truth than before as . monopolies have a tendency to dominate the range of opinion. This means they have more power than they ought to, and whatever you think about that, for some it is shocking. So the trend for platform switching and using codes to avoid detection began. Switching to new and more people and freedom-oriented alternative platforms flourished during this time.

switch platforms
Switch Platforms

Switching Platforms : Suggested Alternatives

Alternatives to Face Book include Vero, Ello, Diaspora and EyeEm and an alternative to Google is Qwant. There is also an alternative to Twitter called Twetch but I have not used it. The shift from the old platforms will gradually gain momentum as it offers greater consumer choices to be more ‘conscious.’ It is in a state of transition and so difficult to say which of these will maintain their open status. But at least there are more ‘options’ for more de-centralised user-owned platforms. It can help avoid the internet giants tilting out of balance -all very Venus in Gemini, the caveat is that people must do their own research and experimentation and make their own choices.  

 

Beauty Parlours as Heroes

During lockdown (and Venus Retro) with barbers closed, I was forced to learn how to cut my own hair with scissors and clippers – with great difficulty and intense use of mirrors – but remember the glyph of Venus is shaped like a hand mirror. Mirrors are not just for narcissist self-love but for genuine self-esteem and appreciation of the way you look and feeling okay about your body. The toughest thing for most people to actually do without squirming in agony of embarrassment is to say ‘I Love you’ to your own image in the mirror- a practice that Louise Hay (a Libran, and so ruled by Venus) Insisted was the cornerstone to true healing and self-acceptance. But I did also hear that because of lockdown some people became sloppy and got used to pyjamas and loose clothing. They did not need to worry so much so much about how they looked and got a surprise reminder when did finally look in the mirror.

Beauty parlours came into the news in mid-April. Shelly Luther was arrested for opening her Dallas, Beauty Salon. She said she had to ‘feed her kids’ and ‘pay her mortgage arrears’. This message found a lot of support and raised $500,000 for her legal expenses. She was ordered to jail for seven days by a local Judge but then was ordered to be released by the state governor. She became a heroine for defending her right to do business in spite of lockdown guidelines. This was replicated by another Beauty Salon, owner in Salem, Oregon, Lyndsey Graham who opened her salon against the odds amid popular support.  

Theatres go Dark

This strong effort to keep Beauty Salons open was not matched by any support for the Theatre, both Westend and Broadway..  Theatres went truly ‘dark’ – a particularly apt term in the circumstances.’ The parallel to Venus going behind the sun is obvious. Venus goes from morning star Lucifer before the Sun to become ‘dark’ or invisible for 14 days to reemerge as an evening star, Hesperus, behind the Sun. They myth of Erishkigal is that Venus, in the form of Babylonian, Inanna, is stripped of all her robes and jewellery and forced to go naked and vulnerable in order to appease her sister who is queen of the underworld.  Venus is associated with the theatre and the arts- along with Apollo and music. While shows can go online, it is not the same as the ‘live’ experience. Dame Judy Dench fears she may never see the theatre come back in her lifetime. She mentions how it affects not just actors, but the crew, technicians, musicians, designers, managers, ticket office staff, maintenance people- the lot.

Judy Dench on Theatres going Dark

The atmosphere at the Globe and open air theatres seems not to matter when Saturn and Pluto crunch down with rules are the rules in capital letters.  So the lockdown seems close to a death knell for the theatre world. There is no sign of theatres reopening anytime soon. This puts to severe test the actors’ phrase that the ‘show must go on’ regardless. This is now the indignity our much-loved players and troubadours must suffer. The real drama is being enacted before our very eyes across the world in any case in a global pandemic that seems magnified by the media.  This to me this is a huge loss in terms of the joy the theatre brings and a literal manifestation of Venus retrogradation.

Social controls

Gyms, yoga studios, swimming pools, football stadiums and pubs all closed.  So the social external milieu was on hold while digital networking boosted. Churches, synagogues, mosques and temples were all closed, only opening with restrictions on group prayer. This is more to do with the fact that Jupiter is constrained in Capricorn But the lock-down has ironically propelled people into a real spiritual crisis and questioning of what they really believe  which is the province of Venus in Gemini. People now consider the ultimate questions of death,  and how to live a good life, just as the Stoics did as who you really are is revealed through difficulty.  While Jupiter is still in Capricorn alongside the two other heavyweights – even his optimism is dampened down and even singing in choirs is forbidden. But this variant strain of viruses is almost being treated as if it were the atheists’ new religion, filling the void left by natural philosophies, nature worship and modernism which posits that everything is random and has no meaning. It creates a world of only bad versus good, good for a child’s understanding, but with zero nuance in between. It ideologues and demagogues only who insist that if you are not with me, you are against me. This` tends to shut down real debate. Let’s see what happens December 20th when Jupiter meets Pluto in Aquarius the conjunction to end the year with more radical change that we ever imagined possible.  

Watch your Neighbours

And it is Gemini that rules neighbours. There was a big rise in ‘snitching’. Who would have believed the neighbours would turn against their neighbours in the strange distortion of trust that has occurred? In the new ideological way of being ‘snitching’ became almost a norm with neighbours reporting each other for not rattling their saucepans clapping for the NHS. It could even turn family members against each other.

Masks are about persona whether it covers the eyes to reveal the mouth or covers the nose/mouth to only reveal the eyes, a mask can cause hypoxia, (source) a lock of oxygen, a breathing disorder from lack of oxygen which again points to . People were dying in hospitals from having intubation forced into their lungs when perhaps this was the wrong treatment  

Mushroom Zoom

Zoom classes mushroomed and for some this was fun and different. Home schooling became an option but there is an issue. Some following a Fordist conveyor-belt model may believe that education can be easily delivered online, but is it really education or just the packaging of information? Here lies the rub about the true nature of education which requires real social interaction to active emotional and kinaesthetic cues. Online learning suits only some who have internet access and who are visual learners. The debate will go on.

There was a renegotiation of friendships, and partnerships.. it probably looks like a different scenario  now than it did before the Venus retro period. Who could you trust? Like the judgement of Paris some fine splitting of hairs was needed to sort the wheat from the chaff.      

Cancel Culture

Cancel culture caused people to lose jobs on the grounds of racism, and although astrologers are not being banned from these platforms yet, guidelines are vague, and banning-mania jumps on the bandwagon. What does it achieve to destroy someone’s career from partisan political motives? Is it not wiser to stand back and reflect on what motivates that urge? Haters on all sides of the spectrum reduce arguments to the lowest common denominator, yet love to let rip on social media. But when people are actually face to face they might stop to think before they speak.  But we are not allowed to be face to face very much anymore. It is only a matter of time till the cancellers who triumph today will themselves be cancelled tomorrow. Just read your George Orwell- but wait- there was an attempt to cancel Orwell too.

Food Glorious Food

Chariot of Ceres
Chariot of Ceres

The economic collapse and loss of jobs triggered by the lockdowns will reverberate for some time. Poverty might seem far away but food shortages and the halting of food production relate more to the asteroid Ceres, who in the myth stopped all food supplies until she could get her daughter back from Hades. Ceres at 22° Capricorn was tight among the mega-stellium culprits back on January 12th in between Saturn, Pluto Jupiter, and Mercury. She may be more important that we think as this drama plays out the rest of the year and into 2021. This links back to the Beauty Parlour business owners who said they acted to ‘feed their families’.

The food industry is in crisis, supply chains have been stalled. Vietnam , the third largest rice exporter, has ceased all exports of rice to the rest of the world. The cost of rice has risen sharply and will continue to shoot up. Shortages may come very soon, along with inflation ( Jupiter), and increased taxes (Saturn-Pluto) and economic inequalities may be on the rise later this year as unemployment increases. It’s a pivotal year echoing changes that occurred back in 1920 when the National Socialists were first named as Nazis. So we need to keep a close eye on Uranus in Taurus and Uranus square to Saturn as that might point to further radical ideologies to become even further entrenched.

There was a massive increase of online food orders, and community support. Every week some kind person donated a box full of food for anyone to help themselves. Ordering online was possible before,but it has escalated. People wished to avoid tedious queues at supermarkets and now may avoid mandatory masks. We have used more apps than ever before -entering data with the fingers on a ‘hand’ held device which is ultra-Mercurial. Restaurants stayed open only for home delivery guys still slogging away picking up food and delivering it to homes, doing multiple short journeys on bicycles and mopeds were often the only people using the roads. This again is very like Gemini.

The Broader Picture

To keep this firmly in context, Venus in Gemini is just one player among many in the sky right now. There is no doubt that in April and May Mars was triggering a series squares to the Capricorn Stellium, hence the need to martial those energies too. The feeling of tension build-up to the January 12th Saturn-Pluto conjunction was palpable. It meant we knew something would happen but had no idea how drastic and all consuming, devastating it would be. 2020 is a crisis year. And the Venus retrograde period was interlaced with the impact of Mars triggering the Saturn/Pluto mania, which brought lock-down rules which though now are easing seem poised to ping back at any moment increasing the sense of unease and lack of confidence.

Fear has been used to control the public in their most intimate personal choices: rules emerged to say who they could and could not invite into their home, when, where and how to have a party. This reminded me of strict Muslim countries where the sexes are segregated, and to break this law results in lashings of the whip.  It is a powerful lesson in psychology to see how people allow such intrusions and act from fear- and whoever controls the fear pulls the real strings. Do we need more evidence of the power of thoughts to influence the world, our bodies and thus our health via psycho-neuro-immunology? If you sniffle Ever sniffle and experience a fever it is a short phase before it settles in to the body or is resolutely repelled. But if you think it’s corona, so can thoughts make it so? Or is it all about perception?

Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself

Fear has been used to control the public in their most intimate personal choices: rules emerged to say who they could and could not invite into their home, when, where and how to have a party. This reminded me of strict Muslim countries where the sexes are segregated, and to break this law results in lashings of the whip.  It is a powerful lesson in psychology to see how people allow such intrusions and act from fear- and whoever controls the fear pulls the real strings. Do we need more evidence of the power of thoughts to influence the world, our bodies and thus our health via psycho-neuro-immunology? If you sniffle Ever sniffle and experience a fever it is a short phase before it settles in to the body or is resolutely repelled. But if you think it’s corona, so can thoughts make it so? Or is it all about perception?

Venus finally Moving On

Venus goes into Cancer on 8th August when Moon is in Aries. How different will that be?Famous people with Venus in Cancer are Angelina Jolie and Mae West. So it is more emotional and sensitive but could mean the rebellious side of being female battles against the maternal side, so more mother daughter spats to occur? Venus does not sit well with the Moon, the ruler of Cancer as they are two completely different phases of the feminine and often at odds with each other. But on the plus side there may be less game-playing more honesty and emotional resonance.

And by the way, I have barely mentioned the eclipses which have pivoted all these turbulent energies in extreme ways and will continue to bring shocks and surprises later in the year. And newcomer Comet Neowise astonishes us -it’s node is at zero of Gemini. Still, I think we should not ignore how much Venus has played a role in all we have experienced these past few months.

© Kieron Devlin, Proteus Astrology, July 19th, 2020. All rights reserved.

Source

Greene, L. and Sasportas, H. (1993) The Inner Planets: Building Blocks of Personal Reality, from Seminars in Psychological Astrology Vol 4 York Beach, Samuel Wieser, Inc.

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