Each person is a demonstration of God’s love
The fragrant rose is a flower of Venus. If we imagine the various meanings of Venus as petals of a rose, with each petal enhancing and blending seamlessly into the next one, we can sense the kindly, gentle vibration of this peace-loving planet.1 Venus symbolizes our fundamental value system in terms of what we generally hold most dear. Thus, this first petal relates principally to how we value our self as an individual. This crucial sense of inner worth (or the lack of it) is anchored within the initial embrace of our family, which ideally treated us as a lovable, beautiful person. From this psychologically encouraging beginning, we have a firm foundation for building a life of meaning and significance. Venus mirrors outwardly, in so many ways, our perception of our internal worthiness and thus the degree of inner harmony we feel and radiate forth.
Moving to the next petal, Venus signifies the quest for and potential to attain harmony and balance within our self and our life. As the epitome of symmetry and poise, the Fourth Ray, that of Venus, represents harmony gained through conflict. Her central aim is always the on-going process of peace and equanimity, both inwardly and outwardly. Each time we resolve an internal, niggling discord we are more able to interact in ways that are gracious, cooperative, diplomatic, and unifying. We create fulfilling relationships based on mutual agreement and compromise, which take into account the feelings and needs of all involved.
In yet another petal, we experience the feminine energy of Venus that leads us softly to our heart and opens the feeling side of our being. The Taoist tradition describes the feminine as yin—the energy of allowing. Our emotional heartbeat is a touchstone of Venus, for she is the round-edged planet of love, desire, pleasure, and sociability. She is emblematic of true femininity, and, together with the Moon, represents the qualities we associate with the anima (soul) or sensual feminine. The Moon is a more mature, security-oriented, motherly aspect of the feminine, while Venus tends to be youthful, flirtatious, and ardent in her passions.
Tenderness, nurturing, sharing, compassion, grace, and sensitivity are the positive expressions of woman, which also includes the feminine part of the male’s psyche. Her glyph is the circle of spiritual awareness placed above the cross of matter—the universal symbol for the female, which also depicts the legendary mirror of Venus. Being a Yin planet—one representing the negative or passive polarity—Venus is a receptive, often subtle influence that ideally expresses her power in tactful, persuasive ways rather than through a potent, harsh, or contentious demeanor.
As with all duality, Venus has her dark, self-indulgent side with its unattractive qualities. This contrast in the different faces of Venus demonstrates the Eternal law: as first within, so without. Hence, how we express our Venus energy inevitably draws to us exactly what we are: peace within, peace without; self-centered within, self-centered without. A classic example is Islam, a Venus-ruled religion and a word that means “peace,” but what face of Islam is predominantly seen or heard about in today’s press?
Another petal of the rose epitomizes Venus as the cosmic principle of attraction and the expression of beauty in all its myriad forms. From mythology, we know that Venus was the embodiment of beauty, so wherever she walked flowers grew. As the outer world simply responded to the internal beauty of Venus through the spontaneous blooming of flowers, our inner beauty is likewise naturally exuded in all we fashion outwardly in our lives. Were we to live the highest essence of Venus, flowers might also bloom at our feet!
Well known as the morning or evening star, Venus is the loveliest, most luminous sparkle in the sky after the Sun and Moon (our Celestial Parents). Phosphoros, Greek for “light bearer,” was an early name for Venus, and in flawless style her orbital path between the Earth and the Sun is an almost perfect circle! Pythagoras illuminated an ancient, mystical connection between Venus and the Sun (our spiritual heart wherein burns the inner flame) when he called her the sol alter, meaning the “other Sun,” due to her radiant glow. No wonder she is the archetypal goddess who inspires our aesthetic ideals and the planetary vibration that magnetizes to us all that is eternally lovely and refined in thought, form, touch, fragrance, color, and sound.
Venus is associated with the mind in the heart and the higher mental and celestial planes, thus with all we create by the steady control of our thoughts. As the key to spiritual unfoldment, the heart chakra is closely linked with Venus (and to the Air signs), along with her symbols of the six-pointed Star and rose blooming within the heart. The geometric pattern formed from Venus’ cycle in relationship to the Earth, as seen from the Earth, is a five-petaled rose. Every eight years, when Venus shows the same face to the Earth, the pair “kiss” and another petal is formed. These stunningly symmetrical patterns of the Venusian “dance” actually form both a heart and a rose!
Although the individual petals of the Venusian rose illustrate her various domains, each sphere of influence merges one with another. Softening the edges of life, Venus works through synthesis. For this reason, self-worth is deeply wedded to an inner sense of harmony that results in personal charisma and the desire for relationships. Love, as the feeling language of the heart, is both the greatest unifier and inspiration behind all forms of creativity, whether it is in the joy of gardening, composing music, designing jewelry, or setting an elegant table.
In her most blessed form, Venus represents the awakened spiritual soul. Her kindhearted vibrations manifest at their purest when in Pisces, the sign in which Venus is exalted. In the watery Piscean realm, Venus exemplifies the soul who has transformed feelings of selfishness into selflessness, who expresses love not from the personal level but from the universal. As the goddess of the gentle way, one of her sacred animals is the white dove of peace, a bird that is symbolic of the all-encompassing, omnipresent love of God. When we allow ourselves to be enfolded within the spiritual rose of Venus, we are blessed with a peace and beauty that surpasses worldly understanding and thereby helps not only to quicken the vibratory rate on Earth but also to elevate, ever so slightly, the consciousness of humanity.
• The High Calling of Mystical Pisces (in part is a description about the purpose and value of the retrograde cycle of Venus)
Text and rose photos © by Zane Maser, 2010. Photo of Moon/Venus and the pentagram pattern of Venus’ cycle gratefully used from Wikimedia Commons. All rights of Zane Maser and SunnyCat Astrology reserved worldwide.
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