Venus Star Rising: A New Cosmology for the 21st Century Paperback – Jan 1 2010
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Or maybe one of the cheesy apps on Facebook that constantly show up predicting one thing or another for my friends.
Ask a woman her sign? Please.
Venus Star Rising gave me a new entre' into the world of astrology - sans the cheesiness - and without the pretense that someone who has never met you can tell you if you are going to have a bad day or not.
That's because Venus Star Rising is not an astrology forecast. It's not a predictor of anything. What it does tell you - simply based on your birthdate and its place in the five-pointed orbit of the planet Venus - is a few things you may not have realized about yourself or a few things you may need to change about your life.
And then there are relationships. Your Venus Star Point (that's what writer Arielle Guttman calls it) can tell you a lot about why that list of women left in your wake (a list of tragedies longer than I care to admit but this book makes you want to) were wrong for you. Or why you were wrong for them. Or, even better, why someone is right for you and in what way.
Of course, there is a lot more to Venus Star Rising than yourself. There's a brief and fascinating study of Venus and its place and effect on history and nature. Plus, the book wraps up with a chapter called "Groupings of the Venus Star" and gets literally to the point. Venus has a lot to say about why The Rolling Stones are still together and the Beatles are not.
Read. Learn. Walk away wiser.
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.
Unlike the planet Venus, the Venus star is `the pentagonal pattern that Venus weaves as it moves about its orbit in the sky every eight years'. The author describes it functioning as `a celestial heartbeat for Earth and the human race...her energy is not simply a metaphor for the energy of love... she transmits the energy of love'. As we continue to embrace the challenges and changes which we are currently facing on this planet, there can be little doubt of the importance of a tool that invites us to `reach inside of ourselves to reflect the love beauty and heart-felt self-expression we innately possess and share with others'.
The book starts with a fascinating as well as informative exploration of the astronomy and geometry of the Venus star including the fact that the configuration contains the golden mean. With beautiful illustrations throughout, even potentially complex information is made easily accessible to all.
The rich section on the mythology and astrology of Venus reminds us of her dual nature as morning and evening star. Her morning star nature as Venus Pandemos is associated with the warrior and her evening star as Venus Urania is the lover thereby replicating `the dual nature of love'. This is summarized and illustrated by an excellent table outlining both aspects. The section also includes a very interesting look at Venus and the Mayan calendar as well as the symbol of Venus and the Medieval church. Arielle also helpfully points out how the Venus Star differently to the planet Venus, reflects the concept of Eros which `preceded Venus as an energy of creation...a deeply moving, creative life force'.
The second part of this amazing book outlines how to apply the Venus Star points. This includes finding our individual VSP and whether it is a Morning or Evening star which we can discover through the table presented in the chapter or the comprehensive Appendix at the back of the book. Readers are then invited to delve into an in-depth exploration of each of their Venus star points. As the author points out an understanding of our individual Venus star signs `serves as an archetypal framework to begin to understand certain core desires and urges that an individual will pursue during the course of their life'. The appendix at the back of the book with the Venus star points for 1,400 celebrities by sign is also invaluable and fascinating.
The third part of the book takes us to how the Venus Star defines relationships. Using an interesting model similar to the five elements in Chinese Medicine and Feng Shui, Arielle describes the three relationships of the Venus Star as The Karmic Star, the twin star and the Creative Star. These are described as the basis for exploring the nature of relationships which she illustrates with her research into over 500 couples. Rather than a substitute for using astrology to assist us with relationships Arielle suggests that the VS `adds additional material to either confirm or deny the longevity or success of any given relationship'.
This section also includes a very useful chapter on using an understanding of the Venus star to assist us in working with groups. This ground breaking material outlines the advantages for constructive group dynamics.
Throughout the book Arielle also refers to the impact on mundane events of the Venus star periods in history including a hopeful reminder that in 2022 the Venus star will leave the Mars rules signs of Aries and Scorpio to move into the more Venusian Libra and Pisces. This potentially opens us to a period when we can move further into our heart center and leave warfare behind.
This ground breaking book is a classic which richly deserves to be on all of our shelves or kindles. It is easily readable by astrologers and non-astrologers alike and is truly a new cosmology for the 21st Century - a Cosmology based on relating from a place of love.
It is not a book to skim and cherry pick tidbits. The explanations and theory are expounded carefully, so it's a good idea to read closely, or you may be lost if you go looking for how to tell what a person's Venus Star Point is. It's there, just don't skip around. Once you get a handle on how to use the book and work with it, you will never do another chart without referring to Venus Star Rising.
I have been quite impressed with the descriptions of the Star Points - they are amazingly accurate descriptions the people I know and of my clients. If you are a serious astrologer, this should be on your bookshelf.