Have seen this? the pattern that the Orbit of Venus and the Earth make during their 8 year dance around the sun. Could there be anything more beautiful?
It is about our relationship to Venus and our relationship to the Sun. There are so many patterns in nature, and the universe, that can lead us to examine our relationships. Our relationship to the planet; to each other; to those you love and to ourselves.
If you would like more detailed information on the exact play of movement that results in this, a book ‘Signature of the Celestial Spheres’ or software that enables you to create the pattern yourself visit Keplerstern.com
This is one of my favourite patterns out there. Its an epicycle. thats 2 circular motions together. Like a spirograph drawing a line on a page. It uses two different circles to spin its delicate petals into the cosmos.
I can talk poetically about it for ages but this video below demonstrates the precise physics of the orbits, so you can see how something that seems so impossibly beautiful is actually up there in the celestial realm threading it’s eight year pattern. This video puts Earth at the centre, a GEOCENTRIC view. The orbit of Venus from a geocentric viewpoint.
The circles used are the orbit of the Sun around us (as we see it from Earth the Sun appears to make a circle around us) and the orbit of Venus around that Sun.
When the orbit of Venus swings inside the circle of the sun and creates that simple loop in the traced line and then expands out again. That is the part I want to look at now.
That is where the magic happens. From our viewpoint on Earth, the orbit of Venus swings in close to us then appears to change direction. Its little loop is the period of time that we refer to as Venus retrograde.
What is Retrograde motion?
Retrograde motion is when it appears (from our viewpoint on Earth) that another planet moves backwards. Like when you are on a train and another train on the track next to you is travelling slower, from out of your window it looks like that train is going backwards as you pass it when it actual fact both are moving forward just at different speeds.
The midpoint of the Venus retrograde is the point in the pattern on the video when it comes closest to Earth, at the apex of that little loop.
Earth, Venus and the Sun are all in a straight line together, they are conjunct. So from our perspective on Earth when we look for Venus in the sky we can’t see it because we are looking into the Sun. The Sun burns it out in our view.
Venus Rebirth at mid retrograde
As it approaches that point we see Venus as an evening star. Then it disappears into the Sun’s glare. A few days later we see it again as it has emerges out the other side and is now a morning star. Reborn. Venus has shed the old self and reborn. Like you?
Each of us has a relationship to Venus dependent on where in the sky it was at birth. Before your Sun and you have a morning star relationship to Venus of learning to love ‘yourself’ and all that you do. Or after your Sun and you are an evening star Venus and are called to master love and acceptance of the ‘other’.
That midpoint, at the conjunction, is the point of Venus rebirth. This is the point a new 584 day Venus cycle begins.
That point was June 3rd 2020
Orbit of Venus from a Heliocentric viewpoint
Combining the 2 circular orbits of Venus and the Sun as an epicyle form the Geocentric view created in the video already seen. We can view the same planetary movements with the Sun at the centre too, which is the Heliocentric viewpoint.
Plotting the points of the conjunctions between Sun, Earth and Venus creates the Pentagram star. Use the chart below to mark the degree points next to the list of dates below. These dates list the times when the Sun, Venus and the Earth were all at the same degree point in the celestial sphere forming a conjunction.
- June 6th 2012 15 degrees Gemini
- January 11th 2014 21 degrees Capricorn
- August 15th 2015 22 degrees Leo
- March 25th 2017 4 degrees Aries
- October 26th 2018 3 degrees Scorpio
- June 3rd 2020 13 degrees Gemini
New data added august 19th 2023
- August 13th 2023. 20 degrees Leo
- March 23rd 2025. 2 degrees Aries
- October 24th 2026 0 degrees Scorpio
- June 1st 2028. 11 degrees Gemini
- January 6th 2030. 16 degrees Capricorn
- August 11th 2031. 18 degrees Leo
Note*** all of this data listed is for the interior conjunctions of Venus, Earth and Sun (when Venus is between Earth and Sun). There are also conjunctions of Venus, Earth and Sun which are exterior conjunctions. When Venus is at the far path of the curve travelling around and is outside of the Sun and Earth. These other conjunctions fall exactly halfway between the others and plotting just these also gives a Pentagram star. Plotting BOTH sets (which I haven’t listed for ease of exercise) of conjunctions will create a pentagon. Demonstrating so perfectly the connection between the pentagram and pentagon.
As you plot the points into the chart draw a straight line from one to the next in date order. Plotting the recent date point of 3rd June will bring you back to almost exactly the same point and date as 8 years previously.
It take 8 years, that is 8 times an orbit of the Earth around the Sun to create this fivefold pattern. From whichever perspective you look at it, the heliocentric or geocentric perspective, it is still a fivefold pentagonal pattern.
In those 8 years of Earth orbits, the orbit of Venus around the Sun has happened 13 times.
- Orbit of Venus 13 times
- Orbit of Earth 8 times
- pattern symmetry based on 5
5, 8 and 13 are all numbers in the Fibonacci sequence. Fibonacci enthusiasts get really excited about this, as do I. But it doesn’t necessarily mean planets count and do arithmetic. I always favour an understanding of the Fibonacci sequence as an expression of a relationship using numbers.
This fivefold rose or pentagram star pattern created by Venus, Earth and Sun is another form of expression of that relationship. And by studying the physics and movements of the planets (as in the video and counting orbits) it can be expressed as numbers; numbers that fit into that sequence.
Numbers fit into patterns, that is where numbers express themselves best. and patterns are what get me excited.
I hope you do too.