As a long-time professional astrologer, I highly recommend this book. Representing the glue that holds people and societies together, Venus is a most important archetype. This is a most valuable and insightful read for anyone interested in Astrology, from the casual reader to the beginner or novice student all the way through to the most practiced and experienced professionals. I sincerely hope this book will serve as a model to other professional astrological writers and we will see its kind flourish.
This is an important and revolutionary work because it explores both the deepest traditions and newest frontiers of astrology. Being the third brightest object in the sky, behind the Sun and Moon, the planet Venus has a very long history of observation. In fact, the diaries of the Mesopotamian astrologers, which were compiled over several centuries of observations, have been described by scholars as being "among the most extraordinary achievements in the entire history of Science." Before the Common Era, Mesopotamian astrologers were well aware of the intricate movements of Venus. In later Hellenic times, with the advent of Horoscopic (chart based) Astrology, and the Ptolemaic world-view, astrology began to lose touch with some of its early observational traditions. The result is that there is very much more to Venus than many if not most modern astrologers realize. Were you born while Venus was Morning Star or Evening Star? You would be very surprised at how few modern astrologers can answer that question! But this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how Arielle Guttman's new book deepens our awareness of this most crucial Planet.
By delineating the Venus Star Point (VSP), through the lens of both personal and historical correspondences, Guttman has made an incredibly rich contribution to breaking open a new paradigm in astrology. This is no simplistic cookbook based on your month of birth in the Zodiacal Wheel, or "Sun sign." If indeed all the world's a stage, and we merely players, then your Sun sign simply tells you something about the basic kind of character you are here to play. Venus Star Rising illuminates the deeper field and context within which your birth occurred, the background or setting of the stage your Sun sign is meant to play on. We might also relate this to the idea that communication is made up of words, tone and body language. A lot of communication comes through non-verbal channels. Without seeing and hearing non-verbals, it is easier to misunderstand the words. We could use the metaphor that your Venus Star Point (VSP), is like the non-verbal part of your astrology. By understanding your VSP, you can gain new insight into the subtler and more intricate parts of your personality and your life, those profoundly important parts without which the rest might not make much sense.