Transit of Venus - June 2004 and June 2012

by Susan Custer



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On June 8, 2004, Venus will do something that she hasn't done in 120 years. She is going to cross the face of the Sun. This is called an occultation. I have seen it called an eclipse on some web sites, but this is not true. It is too small to block out the sun. It looks like a tiny white dot crossing the sun. Venus is the size of the head of a pin. The size of Venus crossing the sun does not take away from the importance of this event.

These important Venus transits come in pairs approximately every 121 years and then 8 years apart.  (Sequences of the transits vary at 121.5 and 105.5 years apart, and sometimes 243 years apart.) They always occur around the end of May beginning of June, (Gemini), and then in November or beginning of December, (Sagittarius). The first of the current pair will be on June 8, 2004, in 17 Gemini 53, the sign of communication. [The fact that it is in Gemini is important to note, and will be explained further on.] The sequence will complete June 6, 2012, also in Gemini, at 15 Gemini 44.

Only the East coast of the US was able to see this transit. The transit was also visible from Europe, Africa, and Asia.

The next Venus occultation in the pair is on June 5, 2012, starting around 22:09 UT. It ends June 6, 2012, 04:49 UT. It will be visible from the North America, the Pacific, Australia and eastern Asia.

Historical Events

One pair of transits occurred in 1519 and 1526. At that time Magellan started his sail that proved the world was not flat. This was one of the first steps into a new worldview - we live on a globe, not a flat world that drops off into heaven, or hell, depending on your beliefs or fears.

The next transits were December 1631 and December 1639. During this time national mail service was started in Denmark and Sweden. This enabled communication over long distances. [This transit was in Sagittarius, which rules long distances.]  At the time of the 1639 transit, the first printing press was set up in America in Cambridge, MA. With faster communication the global village had started.

The transits of June 1761 and June 1769 caused another first.  There was an effort by astronomers around the world to observe and share information. This kind of cooperation had never been done by any group, scientific or not, on a global scale before. Venus is all about relationships, and Gemini is information. She was the cause of the change in the way we communicate with each other throughout the world. She started the "world brain", as it has been called. And it seems very appropriate that Uranus the planet of the higher mind was discovered in 1781, just 20 years after the start of the Transit of Venus.

With the next group starting in 1874, we had the telephone and its patent two years later The explosion of information really started - newspapers, telephone, telegraph, eventually radio and now the Internet.

Each transit has brought about new explorations into the world, especially in communication, because the transits often occur in Gemini the sign of communication. It has brought humanity closer together. What will the transits of 2004 and 2012 bring? It is “mind” boggling to think that we could have another colossal advance in thinking, communicating and relationships. What will the new world-view become?

The Mayan Calendar and 2012

The date of this eclipse is important.  It is said to coincide with the end of the Mayan Calendar in the year 2012. Is it coincidental that the “Transits of Venus” occur at that time? Many people believe that the end of the Mayan calendar is the end of the world. This does not have to mean the end of the world in a physical sense, but it does allow us to think about the end of the world, as we know it. It is an opening into a new and better dimension. As far as recent information I have been given, the popular information about the cycles of the Mayan Calendar is incorrect. But there is still a major change at that time. It's just based on different calculations.

What to Expect

The Transits of Venus always occur in Gemini and/or Sag. The meaning of the astrological symbols of Gemini and Sagittarius gives us a clue as to what is going on. Sagittarius is associated with belief, long distances, quests, and things that are foreign to us. If you look at a picture of Sagittarius, you see a figure half-horse, half-man, shooting an arrow into the sky. This arrow has a focus, and that focus is to something ahead. (Actually the arrow is pointed at the Galactic Center.)

Any Transits of Venus that occur in December, in the sign Sagittarius, are giving man the energy to explore new places, to venture ahead into new beliefs. We may make breakthroughs in space travel or begin inventing new ways of travelling long distances. It has been reported that guides in the Himalayas transported from mountain mountain in an instant. Will we step into a tube in New York in the morning and transport to San Francisco for lunch and be back to New York for dinner the same day?

The Transit of Venus in Gemini, has to do with communication and commerce. Gemini is also known as the messenger of the gods, the bridge between the gods and man. Venus in the macrocosm sends the energy of the sun/son to man through Gemini creating a bridge to the gods, (in the microcosm left brain to right brain).

Gemini also concerns commerce. We will see monetary and commerce changes. One example is the barter system, a movement which is becoming common all over the world.

What to Do?

What should we do? We can accept that we choose our thoughts and how they are directed. We can realize that there is such as thing as global thought. We can begin to know that our actions and thoughts affect our world. Group action and thought is a power to be reckoned with. We are going beyond the left-brain and bringing back the power of the right brain. Is this is what is meant by the return of the Goddess?

In 1986, I was told that we would go through another apocalypse of sorts, and that it would reveal itself in an unexpected way. It would not be just flood [water], famine and the ice age [earth], or fire [misuse of energy]. Stockpiling cans of survival food, and building underground shelters would not protect us. It would not be anything that we could conceive. The only element left is air, which is an element of the mind.  I was given a glimpse of the pain of the mind and emotions during this time. Think of all the emotional pain and mental dysfunction on the planet at this time. The real crisis is coming through the mind, affecting the emotions, and it is personal. Don’t forget our thoughts now affect our world on increasing levels and in a faster amount of time. Physically, this translates into high force winds and unusual, harsh weather patterns. Group thought affects weather. 

All of this his has been happening for several years. We are all  wrestling with our personal demons so that we can walk forward into the new world, and it is our choice, no one is forcing us to do this.

You can do it in your own time, your own space. A new dimension is starting, and you can take advantage of it just by letting go of the old negative thought tapes. Change your thoughts and you change your life.

When June 8th arrives all we have to do is be aware. Confront negative thoughts and let them come out into the open. Venus is the planet of pleasure and harmony. She doesn’t bring suffering if we do our work. She is bringing the light from the sun so that we can end our suffering, and evolve. The cycle will complete in 8 years in the summer of 2012. So we have plenty of time to practice how we would like to think in the future.

As we get close to 2012, our thoughts and emotions will go on a wild ride. We will be tossed and turned by things that happen locally and globally. If we try to fight the outer world before we calm our inner world, our efforts will result in constant struggle. For instance, when government threatens us financially, we must look at our reactions before we take action.

And with that end, I wish you a joyful journey

This article was updated 1.2.09 to make corrections for dates and timing of the transit.

Latest update 10.11.11

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