Sun conjunct Venus [18 Capricorn 43]
– January 9 2022 (00:44 GMT)
In ancient times, Venus was thought to be a star rather than a planet as she was so bright in the night sky – we witnessed Venus’ beauty in the night sky at the end of last year. Yet, Venus has now disappeared from view.
This is because Venus is reaching the mid-way point of her retrograde cycle which takes place this weekend, January 8th/9th 2022.
The mid-way point is significant because it’s when the Sun and Venus are at the exact same point in the zodiac. This conjunction of the Sun and Venus retrograde is a symbolic turning point and there’s magic in the moment the Sun & Venus unite.
This is called cazimi in astrology when a planet is illuminated by the rays of the Sun. The exact time of the Sun-Venus cazimi moment is 00:44 GMT tonight – the early hours of January 9th – but Venus will have her audience with the Sun for a few hours either side.
This is called an inferior conjunction and it’s the time when Venus is shifting from an evening star to a morning star in the night sky. In other words, Venus has disappeared from the sky after sunset and you will need to wake before sunrise to see Venus once she emerges again in a week or so.
Venus becomes invisible as she merges with the Sun and the symbolism suggests her descent into the Underworld. She disappears from sight and reappears reborn.
The first half of the retrograde cycle is more reflective, when you turn inwards for deep insight. You learn more about yourself, especially in relation to love, money and creativity, Venus’ themes.
The Sun illuminates Venus as they sit side by side in the zodiac, the mid-way point, and this is considered a rebirth moment. Venus is regathering her strength as she reconnects with her passion.
The pattern that Venus makes in relation to the Sun and Earth in her long & complex journey is beautiful. There’s a perfect flow and symmetry and the resulting movement of Venus in relation to the earth resembles a 5 petalled-flower – see picture above. Ancient peoples called Venus the harmoniser.
There’s a lovely 5 minute video you can watch to show the Earth & Venus tango around the Sun. Click here to view the dance: Sun/Venus.
Venus is the planet of beauty as well as love. When either is in flow, you often experience a sense of awe and wonder. This is cosmic harmony, in tune with the universe, the perfect note, a flawless sequence.
Venus’ cycle through the universe is a feature of this cosmic order as the 8 year pattern repeats almost exactly. Which means if you want to know what this year’s Venus retrograde in Capricorn will bring into your life or how to work with it, look back to the events of December 2013/January 2014 and keep going back every 8 years.
There is a slight shift backwards in the zodiac so this perfect pattern doesn’t work going back into infinity but it is pretty accurate for the last few occasions.
Here’s the current cosmic pattern of Venus’ transit through Capricorn:
This Venus retrograde phase is more potent than usual because Venus entered the Underworld alongside Pluto who rules this domain. Venus is walking alongside this powerful God, who destroys and purges, who hides secrets and riches.
She will need all her warrior energy to emerge stronger and more powerful. The two planets, Venus and Pluto, will be side-by-side once again on March 3rd and this time they’re alongside Mars, the God of action and fury. It could be a remarkable couple of months.
Here’s a quick guide to the areas of your life that are highlighted during the Sun/Venus conjunction and Venus’ journey through the underworld. Read both your Sun & Ascendant sign:
Use this week’s Sun/Venus cazimi conjunction to make the right connections, to ‘have your audience with the King’, seek illumination & enlightenment, honour love & beauty, & pray to the Goddess of harmony.
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*the visual above was created by Melanie Reinhart