In many ways, Venus is the most fascinating object in the sky, besides the Sun and Moon. For one thing, she gets brighter than any other star or planet, even Jupiter. And another fascinating thing is that she appears to disappear and reappear!!!
For 9 months of the year you can see her in the night sky, but she appears to sink and disappear, and then, after a few weeks, there is a “new” star born – but not in the night sky – in the morning sky! Ancients figured out quickly the “evening star” and the “morning star” were really the same star – Venus. This appearance of dying and being resurrected makes Venus extremely important in they mythologies of almost all cultures. Especially the Vedic and Mayan cultures.
In Vedic culture Venus is the master of the primordial forces (“asura-guru”) and the only being who knows the art of bringing the dead back to life!
Mayan astrology bases its cycles on 9 month periods, corresponding to Venus’ cycle as either an evening or morning star.
See, what happens is that Venus sort of “rubber bands” around the Sun, from our perspective here on earth. She whips past him and then stretches more slowly out to a limit of about 2 zodiac signs away from the sun, hangs there for a moment, and then slings back to whip past the Sun again and do the same thing on the other side. When she is on the “left” side of the Sun (i.e. when she has a higher zodiac degree than the Sun) we see her at night, after the Sun sets and we call her the evening star. And when she is on the “right” side of the Sun, with a lower zodiac degree, we see her in the early morning, before Sunrise – and call her the “morning star.”
Right now, as I post this, she is whipping past the Sun, and has crossed to his “left” side. So gradually now for the next 4 or 5 months you will start seeing a bright bright bright star in the early evening sky more or less due west. This is Venus!
Around the middle of the Summer she will be the brightest of all, and visible for the most amount of time at night. This is when her “rubber band” will be pulled to its extreme! It is at this time that she is most powerful and influential. (Yet another reason to look forward to Summer!?)
Don’t miss the beauty of observing Venus in the evening sky. From about February you should start to be able to get good views of her.
– Vic DiCara