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The Passage of Venus in the face of the Sun - 8 June 2004

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This extraordinary phenomena,
or rare transit of planet Venus (beauty spot above) between the Sun and the Earth, belongs to a 243 or 251 years cycle, an 8 or 4 years cycle and a 19 months cycle combined.


The Inferior Conjunction

The Sun-Venus inferior conjunctions always occur in the Venus retrograde phase, and that happens every 19 months (or 1,6 years), the synodic cycle, or combination of the Sun-Venus-Earth cycle.

The drawing on the right, shows that the Sun-Venus R phase makes a grand split of 216°, between each of them, and five of them shape a 5 branch star over its 8 years period.

As for this present inferior Sun-Venus R conjunction, at 17°54 Gemini of 8 June 2004, the previous one -8 years ago- occurred on 10 June 1996 at 20° Gemini, and the next one is planned for 6 June 2012 at 16° Gemini.

See Table 1 for cycles between 1700-2100.

Venus's harmonic pattern is due to her almost perfectly circular orbit (eccentricity of 0,07). Then the grand split reflected in the 216° step between each cycle explain a fundamental capacity for tolerance, but also an elastic morality. As 216° takes over the opposition, her successive conjunctions can, for instance, jump from 0° Aries till 6° Scorpio (or from Scorpio to Gemini, Gemini to Capricorn, Capricorn to Leo and end of Leo to early Aries).

Pentagram, or starry pentagon, formed by
the 5 Venus retrogradations,
along the 8 years cycle.


A Golden number
! Plato's Golden Number proportion is 8 : 5 = 1,6.

French astrologer Yves Lenoble (*) reminds us that this Golden proportion is two ways by this formula:
1) The Golden section equals = The Venus cycle divided by the Sun cycle. 225/365 = 0.616 = 5/8. And:
2) The Golden section also equals = The Sun cycle divided by the Sun-Venus cycle !
365/584 = 0.625

What's on, in the sky ?
Venus, the evening star
during the months preceding the R conjunction, becomes the morning star during the months following the R conjunction.

Her retrogradation starts at a distance of 30° from the Sun, and lasts for 40 to 45 days, but counting the total duration of her transit on the same 16° degrees than those transited by the R, it amounts to about 105 days, or 3 months 1/2.

This period of 19 months or 8 years is also valid for the Sun-Venus superior conjunctions, that also occur every 19 months, and 5 times in 8 years.


Periodicity by alternation

Inferior and superior conjunctions alternate in the same sign (and a few days apart in the calendar) every 4 years.

As for this present inferior Sun-Venus R conjunction at 18° Gemini of 8 June 2004, we had a superior conjunction 4 years ago at 21° Gemini on 11 June 2000, and the next one occurring in the same region of the zodiac will show at 19° Gemini on 9th June 2008.

The 2004 and 2012 R inferior conjunctions are tighter than average ones because they happen near the intersection of Earth with Venus nodal axis. So close, that Venus transits appear like a "beauty spot" in the face of the Sun, and where Mercury, in the same occurrence, looks like a "black spot" !

Mercury retrogradation's


They are called Venus occultation by the Sun or Venus cazimi. They occur in twos, 8 years apart and 122 years apart, and belong to a great 243 years cycle (that is quite comparable to Pluto's of 245 years).

The Venus cazimi occurrences also alternate between Gemini and Sagittarius every 122 years.
See Table 3
for cycles between -900 BC till 2125.

This great cazimi cycle of 243 years (associated to the slow motion of Venus nodes of about 1° every 112 years) has to do another 8 years to catch up with a Sun-Venus conjunction on the same zodiacal degree : the great cycle is here extended to 251 years, period containing about 31 pentagrams (31.375) of inferior conjunctions and the equivalent for the associated superior conjunctions, imprinted on each other. The regularity of this double cycle could have a factor for the replication process coupling ADN and ARN.

This is also applies to Mercury, our messenger that makes Inferior conjunctions that are almost opposite to Superior ones six month apart : this phenomena is more precise in the years where he also crosses the face of the Sun, and that is 13 times per century, as in early May
1924, 1937, 1957, 1970 ~ 2003, 2016 and 2049
or early November

1907,1914, 1927, 1940, 1953, 1960, 1973, 1986, 1993, 1999 ~ 2006, 2019, 2032, 2039 and 2052.

Inferior and superior conjunctions also show big differences in their geocentric distances
: Venus is distant of us by 0,28 AU at perigee for her inferior R conjunction, but 1,72 AU at apogee, for her superior conjunctions. We notice a kind of stretch, and indeed as we see, Venus can sometimes show elastic qualities! At perigee, Venus's proximity from earth is closer than any planet can possibly be. Somehow close to our inner self, she goes on evaluating our essential values or feelings.

Venus goes through phases just like the Moon. The planet appears like a thin crescent before and after the inferior conjunction. On the other side, Venus disk appears full when near the superior conjunction.

Past culture would interpret the inferior conjunction or Venus helical setting followed by her disappearance in the West, then followed by her heliacal rising or reappearance in the East, as signature of a warrior and evil goddess, because they saw her come back from the underworld. But today, by understanding reality, we are allowed to think this aspect causes an inside evaluation about the core of our value system or beliefs. The consequent personal choices sometimes have to sacrifices old ones, Venus questions those no more appropriate to what life has become. The superior conjunction is more extraverted and expresses her values in a more open and natural manner : there opened to the outside world, as shown by her position in direction of the exterior, social and collective planets.

Interior qualities

Mercury and Venus
, as seen from the Earth, never oppose the spirit of the Sun. This explains their mediator qualities of understanding, communicating, exchanging, negotiating, conciliating and relating.


concentrates around thinking at harmonic intelligence - shown by it's triangular annual cycle- to solve all sorts of current problems and run daily exchanges and routines (indeed the words "run" or "routine" are linked to Mercury), by it's flexibility or rapid ingenuousness.

is slower in her behavior, and her motion portrays harmony, factor of health and beauty. Her tranquil force shows soothing and healing functions on living tissues. We have seen the pentagram shape found growing in nature, as with the Wild Rose's 5 petals.

Master of the art of relating, loving Venus also shows her star shape in an apple cut through the middle, maybe like the one Eve ate in Eden's garden ;-)

Finally, the pentagram was the theme of Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical man : if astrological Mercury rules the mind by a rational and harmonic nervous system, Venus rules matter in general, including the physical body, but also all values, material or moral, this is to say Venus signifies money, wealth, markets or banks.
Rosa Canina

The Wild Rose reflects the 5 pointed star.
This photo was taken in our garden
during the 8th June 2004 transit.


Cosmographic Venus

Size of 12,104 km diameter almost equals that of the earth (12,756 km).
Distance from the Sun (108 million km) is about 70% of the earth (149.6 million km)
Her Mass is about 5/6th of the earth.
Orbital revolution around the Sun: 225 days (224.701) = 0.616 years = 7 1/2 months ;
This amounts to 13 heliocentric revolutions around the Sun in 8 years (13/8 = 1.625)
Synodic periodicity of Sun-Venus conjunctions: 584 days (583.92) = 1.6 year = 19 months.
Heliocentric North Node: 16°40 Gemini ;

Inclination of orbit on ecliptic: 3°24'. This inclination is reason why Venus misses the solar disk 37 times for every times it crosses it. Added to the position of Venus nodes, this inclination affects it's unusual high declination pattern.

Rotation on it's axis: Venus rotates in the opposite direction to the earth, meaning that over there, the Sun rises on the West and sets in the East. Her slowness also appears in the length of her rotation period of 243 days, that is to say a day on Venus lasts for 117 earth days !

Metal snow: according to Laura Schaefer and Bruce Fegley (New Scientist, Weekly, 5 June 2004, p34), "Venus contains a sort of heavy snow on her mountain tops and its shininess hints that it contains a metal. Most Likely compounds are the semiconductors lead sulphide and bismuth sulphide." (*)

No Magnetism: according to Hazel Muir, "Venus has no magnetic field so to speak of, as on earth where the molten iron core sets up electrical currents that generate the terrestrial magnetic field." Taylor says "It could be related to the slow spin rate of Venus and this could tell us something about how magnetic fields are produced."

Venus Chariot

Across the Sun.

Transit of 1761

Painted in 1742's
Atlas Coelestis (*)

by Johann Doppelmayer


Johannes Kepler, after creating the laws of planetary motions, was first to predict the 1631 passage of Venus in the face of the Sun (in the Rudolphine Table, 1627). But that transit wasn't visible from Europe.

Then Jeremiah Horrock understood that another one was to take place shortly afterwards on 4th December 1639. Him and his friend William Crabtree were able to view it in between some clouds.

For the following transit of June 1761 and 1769, Edmond Halley had the idea to use the event to measure the distance of sun from the earth (linked to the parallax measure). This transit of June 1761 matches the 2004's, in the 243 years cycle.


Since 1996, we've entered period similar to the 2nd part of the 18th century, where the Sun-Venus tight conjunctions occurr in Gemini : this period of history lead to the Declaration of Independence of America of 4th July 1776 and to the the French Revolution of 14 July 1789 , to the point of beheading king Louis XVIth and his wife Marie-Antoinette on 21st January 1793. Also, we know that La Fayette participated in both revolutions, leading to the French Human Bill of Rights (26 Aug 1789), that was much influenced by the new American Constitution.

These periods equally corresponded to the Century of Enlightenment (siècle des Lumières), that was very much influenced by it's philosophers, as Voltaire ("Lettres anglaises", 1734; "Candide", 1759), Jean-Jacques Rousseau ("Du contrat social" + "Emile", 1772), Kant (Was ist Aufklarung ?", 1784) or Henri David Thoreau ("Walden", 1754).

Also we cannot miss, the start of the Industrial Revolution (1750-1850), were private enterprises boosted advances in natural sciences and scientific developments : Kant said, "The adult man has finally come out of the too much supervision, to be free and responsible for his own judgment".

As if Gemini Venus in the face of the Sun carries a rescue symbol to the earth's atrocities, where tolerance of each other's point of view, or behaving according to our hearts, will help create this free-er world most people desire to build.

The Cazimi Aspect

The cazimi aspect occurs when at the point of conjunction, the difference in declination is less than 0°16', that is to say half of the Sun's diameter of 0°32'.

Personally, I extend the term of cazimi to any conjunction with the Sun that is less than 1° apart in declination. Why ? Because that separation of 1° corresponds to the limits of separation shown by the Sun and Moon eclipses. And plus, as 1° usually is "the" strong astrological orb.

Soon after Venus turned retrograde, Michael Moore's documentary "Farenheit 911" received the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival on 22 May, while president Bush popularity went down giving John Kerry a better position. Then on May 29th, a terrorist attack in Duha reminded the Saudi princes not to ignore the treats coming from close rival clans.
In both of these events, we can see how Venus retrograde can modify tastes or popularity. Divorce occurs if communication cannot agree. And new alliances happen for the same reasons.


Then Venus on 8th June, cazimi in the heart of the Sun at 17°54 Gemini, was trine to Neptune in Aquarius and opposing Pluto in Sagittarius (both on their way to make a super parallel with Jupiter in 2006).

What struck my mind on the June 8th, was the burial of Louis the 17th's dried heart in Paris, plus the reunion of all the Bourbon family around him ! He was that young prince, next in line for the throne, but caught by the French revolution : he had to spend the rest of his short life, imprisoned from the age of 8 (Venus cycle) until death. DNA testing had finally allowed his family to certify the origin of his supposed heart (Sun-Venus symbol) that had been preciously kept dried. We can't miss here the link to the great Venus cycle coming to an end. More follows on Louis XVII below. (*)

For us in England, June 8th was a very beautiful day, that started from breakfast time, watching the event "live" on Internet with my daughter before she left for school, and telling her it was a good time for making a secret wish if she had any. My mother was also there, and we spent a good part of the morning chatting outside on the deck, under the warm concentrated Sun-Venus rays, until I thought of taking a few pictures of the wild rose bush, just there in perfect bloom! The most astonishing was that two weeks later, the flowering period had almost vanished ! The
short flowering period of the wild rose was perfectly synchronized with the Sun-Venus cycle -and that means each year as the Sun passes on Venus nodes-.

Today as I write on 22 July, Venus is back direct on the same 17th degree of Gemini, but this time opposite Pluto and square Jupiter in Virgo ;-(( Not really an easy summer for Venus, peace is not there yet, as we see day by day..

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of page 22 of the

Rainbow Ephemeris

With a little MISTAKE
in the text :

2008 should read 2012

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of page 22 of the

Rainbow Ephemeris


Cartography for the 8th June 2004 - 8h44 UT

To be short here, we notice a paran active near Paris latitude (49°N): Sun-Venus/AS * Neptune/MC (visible on the map below exactly on Quebec). How symbolic of that beautiful and mystic day, inspired by this paran between the rising conjunction and culminating Neptune, to bury Louis XVIIth with an appropriate ceremony.

Venus Cazimi in the natal or progressed chart

Looking for people born in one of those Venus cazimi years (in bold in the tables), and having such a conjunction in their progressed charts (direct or converse), I found:
- The Duke of Wellington (1 May 1769)
: OOB Venus (27°N40) at 19° Gemini.
- Winston Churchill (9 Dec 1874)
: OOB Venus (25°S) at 22° Sag.

or declination
above solstice pt,
above the tropics,
above 23°27'.

déclinaison supérieure au point solstice defini par les tropiques :
sup. à 23°27'


Celebrities born near tight inferior conjunctions

Looking for people born near one of those tight inferior conjunction, I found:

- Louis XVII (27 March 1785, Versailles, 18h45 LMT, Asc 12° Libra)
: His year of birth, was one of those springs with the OOB Venus in Taurus, leading to a tight Sun-Venus conjunction (0°49' apart in declination), and sensitive to its 8 years cycle. His trouble was probably to be born in that same year when Pluto was at its lowest South declination peak in Aquarius. He was 4 at the death of his elder brother (on 4 June 1789), that put him next in line for the throne, then he was imprisoned with his family (on 13 Aug 1792). He caught tuberculosis in the spring 1793 and was soon taken away from Marie-Antoinette, his mother on 3 July 1793 to be put in the Temple's donjon until his miserable death on 7 June 1795. What followed, was the amazing story of his heart that had been secretly kept by the doctor who'd done his autopsy : he'd dried the heart in alcohol, and put it in a urn that had a long story since, as it traveled in many European places before turning back in Paris on 10 April 1975. Convinced by historian Philippe Delorme (*) that DNA testing could be done, a sample was taken from the relic on 15 Dec 1999 to verify the authenticity of it's origin, by comparison of it's DNA sequence with that of Marie-Antoinette's hair. The results, announced on 19 april 2000, were positive, the heart belonged well to the Habsbourg family and could only be of Louis XVIIth. As mentioned in this article, his burial occurred on 8th June 2004 !!! There could be an astrologer involved in the choice of this burial date, so symbolic of the heart, portrayed by the Sun-Venus cycle ! He must have been a lovely boy, as the painting portrays him. He had a good chart, but as most human are, his fate was deeply bound to the collective he was born into.

- Charlie Chaplin (16 April 1889)
: OOB Venus (23°30N) at 18° Taurus.
- Charles De Gaulle
(22 Nov 1890)
: OOB Venus (26°S) at 18° Sag.

- René Magritte (21 Nov 1898) : Belgian painter, OOB Venus (26°S) at 15° Sag .
- Luchino Visconti (2 Nov 1906),
film director of "Death in Venice" : OOB Venus (28°S) at 14° Sag.
- Henri Laborit (27 Nov 1914), psychiatrist,
OOB Venus (25°S) at 8° Sag.
- Theresa Heinz Kerry (8 Oct 1938) : John Kerry's wife, born with an OOB Venus in Scorpio.

- Condoleezza Rice
(14 Nov 1954) : born the day before one of the conjunctions listed in Table 1, and, although this conjunction wasn't so tight (3°36 apart in declination), it came as the outcome of a long Venus OOB transit in Scorpio, active in the conversed chart and maybe reminiscent of the strong moral values that drove her family and herself to overcome their past roots as slaves under oppression.



Ray Merriman wrote a good one ! (*) "The Sun represents people in positions of leadership in the world. It is symbolic of one's path in life. Venus has to do with relationship, as partnership, or attraction to others. Together, they can imply a change of alliances in the world. Those one thought as partners, or alliances, may be in store for for a major change due to the entrance of new attractions, which can result in new alliances."

So the forecast is, that countries that will not have developed reasonable civil or democratic rights, will find themselves in sort of a turmoil until their new fairer governing body is established. The sensitive period of changes being related in the last cycle, and mixed with Pluto's lowest declinations (1774->1795), tells us to be aware that this pattern is occurring again between 2025 and 2030.




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"Beyond the solstice by declination", by Leigh Westin. 2001. ISBN 0-9700785-1-X

"Réflexion sur le symbolisme de Vénus rétrograde" par Anne Vigliengo. Revue "l'Astrologue" n°145 - 1/2004.
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"The transit of Venus Over the Sun" by Mary Plumb.

"Historical Observations and Global Expeditions" by Chuck Bueter. With loads of great illustrations, like the Johann Doppelmayer's Atlas Coelestis picturing Venus chariot.

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"L'énigme Louis XVII ne fait plus rectette" par Philippe Delorme. Dossier Historia Mensuel, via Yahoo.fr
"Institut Louis XVII" (about his heart) http://www.louis-xvii.com/urne.html

Software and Data
"StarryNight Pro 4" (image for transit) , "Zodiac 51" (cartography), "Electric ephemeris" (transit chart).
"AstroDatabank v3" for most birth data - www.astrodatabank.com
Louis XVII's data from - www.astrotheme.fr
Teresa Heinz Kerry, born 5 Oct 1938 in Lourenco Marques, Mozambique. Source: Heinz Family Philanthropies. Info from R. Blaschke in ISAR Emailletter Vol 287 - 6 June 2004.

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