Aug. 1, 2004 – For much of the world, the month of July ends with a grand finale, like a final burst of fireworks. A Blue Moon is a second full moon in the same month. We had one on July 2 and again on July 31 at 2:04 p.m. EDT. Check your time zone. If the Full Moon for you is on August 1, you'll have a Blue Moon on August 30.
Of course, it's not really blue. But it feels special. "Once in a blue moon" refers to a rare event. This happens only every two or three years. This Moon is part of the fulfillment of the Venus retrograde cycle.
Glorious Venus soon completes her transfiguration, coming forward to close the loop on her retrograde circle which began mid-May at 26 degrees Gemini. Venus is back at 26 degrees again on August 2. Most of the time Venus stays in a sign less than a month; when making a retrograde loop, she extends her stay. In Gemini since April, it's been a four-month, multi-level dialogue. The first week of August, Venus moves into Cancer.
And so does Black Moon Lilith.
This Venus retrograde cycle has been particularly potent in its evocation of the cosmic feminine. When Venus journeys to the underworld, diving below the horizon, the goddess within taps at our hearts. This time, in a rare crossing of the Sun, Venus claimed our attention, infusing the solar life force with Beauty and a call for values clarification. AND Venus has been talking with Pluto, god of destruction and renewal, opposite in the sky. Though we can't see this tiny remote planet, it is as if this god or goddess of recycling is on hand, very serious about bringing more JOY into life. We can't live without it, or our hearts will shrink.
AND Black Moon Lilith has been whispering of cosmic mysteries, accompanying Venus in Gemini.
The 26 Gemini degree on which Venus focused is opposite the galactic center of the Milky Way. Even our most remote frequency telescopes cannot penetrate the thick clouds of nebulosity and vibrant cosmic activity that accelerate as we peer toward this centerpoint. Venus in Gemini has been downloading powerful, invisible data from this heart of the Milky Way. Scientists think a black hole lurks here and powers the galaxy, like the minotaur at the center of the labyrinth. Physicist Stephen Hawking, who has been studying black holes for his whole career, recently announced some new thinking on this dark matter. Instead of eating all the information it sucks in, he now thinks that a black hole will release at least some of that data. Like the number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin, this is a quintessentially urgent philosophical point. It means something like: When you go through a deep transformation, which feels like going into a black hole, you can come out and still be your essential self. Only the ego is burned away. That is good news to remember when Pluto conjuncts the galactic centerpoint in 2007, on our way to the 2012 gateway, when Venus again crosses the face of the Sun.
Lilith may be the power behind or inside the black hole. Rather than some cosmic monster, why not the power of love and creation? An alternate version of the labyrinth story placed the high priestess Ariadne at the heart of the labyrinth. Let's head in there and transform the monster.
If Lilith is new to you, you are ready. Not to be taken for granted in any way, Lilith blesses those with Beginner's Mind. She takes by surprise, takes your breath away. In Cancer, she doesn't just take; she gives. She weaves the matrix, whatever is needed.
Let's celebrate the Blue Moon with a song! Two songs! "Blue Moon of Kentucky" is Kentucky's official state bluegrass song:
"Blue moon of Kentucky, keep on shining,
Shine on the one that's gone and proved untrue;
Blue moon of Kentucky, keep on shining,
Shine on the one that's gone and left me blue."
Through this Venus cycle, some people have been singing the blues. For some it's time to let go of an unhappy relationship or job. For many, it is time to re-evaluate finances. How and on what are you spending money? What is your tax money doing? Are you feeling trapped in a consumer society? Values and life style, appreciating true beauty and richness in life — these are all Venus issues. Abundance is a cosmic given. Turn your mind toward fulfillment. The two full moons are sure to bring high emotional tides this month. Lilith into Cancer will call us deep into the cosmic seas and relentless tides of change. What leads to true security? "I will return to remind you of what you really want," she promises.
There is the other famous song:
You saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own
You know just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I really could care for
And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms will hold
I heard somebody whisper please adore me
And when I looked to the Moon it turned to gold."
As we follow the subtle rhythms of our cosmic dance, enjoy the morning glory of Venus and may the Blue Moon turn to gold in your heart.
Editor's note: Astrologer Kelley Hunter lives on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, where she leads stargazing nights. She is astrologer-in-residence for the Self Centre at Caneel Bay Resort and for the Omega Institute winter programs in the Caribbean. Hunter recently earned her doctoral degree in an interdisciplinary combination of philosophy, cosmology and myth. To be on her e-mail list for monthly articles or for an astrology consultation, write email@example.com. Explore her Web site here
Thanks to all the folks who contacted me about the flower essences. They were quickly gone; more than 50 packets sent out. These are mother essences. Still, you can take more than one drop a day. Five is a Venus number.
Travel Schedule 2004
"The earth upon her celestial spindle winds
Her ecstasy-producing dance." — Kathleen Raine
E-mail or call Kelley at 1-888-7ALTAIR or 340-643-2179 unless other contact is given.
Vermont: MONTPELIER AND BURLINGTON areas. July 24-August 11 Available for personal consultations.
ALBANY: Capital Region Wellness Center, call 518-446-0200, 1315 Central Ave, Latham, NY. Aug. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Venus and the Cosmic Flow: Astrological gateway to 2012
August 12 and 14: Personal consultations
POUGHKEEPSIE: The Linden Tree Center at 845-471-8000, located in the Noxon Business Park where Noxon Road meets Rte. 55;
August 21, 24-25: Personal consultations
August 21: 7-9 p.m. – Venus and the Cosmic Flow: Astrological gateway to 2012
August 24: 7-9 p.m. – Communing with Venus: Mandala Art and Your Horoscope
AUSTIN: Sept. 1-5, available for some personal consultations. E-mail or call Hunter, 1-888-7ALTAIR
Sept. 6-12, personal consultations. E-mail Hunter or call Mark Head at 469-374-7533
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 7-9 p.m.: Venus, Black Moon Lilith and the Cosmic Feminine
FORT WORTH: Sunday, Sept. 12, 1 p.m. – Topic to be announced. Astrological Society of North Texas. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 14-19: personal consultations. Contact Kelley
Sept. 14 or 15, 7-9 p.m. – Venus and the Cosmic Flow: Gateway to 2012. Contact Kimberly McSherry at 713-932-9889 or e-mail HIAKAM@earthlink.net
Sept. 17, 7-9 p.m., NCGR, Born in the Sixties. Contact Lilly Roddy at 713-529-5842 or e-mail Lillycath@aol.com.
Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.
m., Communing with Venus. Contact Kimberly McSherry at 713-932-9889 or e-mail HIAKAM@earthlink.net
BOULDER area: Sept. 21-Oct. 11, available for personal consultations
England, October 12-26
October 13: Wessex Astrology Circle, contact EileenMcAdam@aol.com
October 18: Bath Spa College
October 25: Astrological Lodge of London, contact email@example.com
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