Your Time To Shine (With Venus)

Posted by Len Wallick


Len Wallick takes a quick look back at September, and then looks ahead to October: when Venus finally leaves Leo and also joins other planets for a pre-dawn show in the East. You will likely have a chance to define your personal role in both your generation and the world as perhaps never before in your life in the coming weeks and months.

Unless you are one of the proverbial movers and shakers in the world, you may not have had a lot to say about the course of current events as of late. The news of recent weeks has been dominated by powerful people heading up large, influential institutions of the established order.


In the latter half of September especially, world leaders were coming and going with greater frequency than would normally take place in such a short period of time. The meeting and talking among them has been unusually prolific.

At the same time, celestial objects most often correlated with the powerful in the world have been dominating the astrology. It begins with the Sun and its inherently sovereign role in the sky and on the zodiac.

The Sun’s power as the dominant central figure of both the solar system and astrology (emblematic of your waking consciousness) is never more evident than during a change of season. Last month we had that when the Sun entered cardinal Libra to precipitate an equinox.

The Moon is right up there with the Sun as regards to its importance, both in tangible reality and astrology (where is represents your dreams, emotions and intuitions). The Moon’s power as a complement to the Sun is never more evident than during eclipses. Last month we had that, too.

After the Sun and Moon, planets of long orbital periods (because of their great distance from the Sun) — called the ‘outer planets’ — tend to correspond with the long passages of time by which generations, nations and cultural institutions are defined and measured.

Whenever these outer planets change sign or direction on the zodiac, there tends to be a corresponding change that will be noted by history. Last month, with Saturn finally committing to Sagittarius, and the end of Pluto’s slow retrograde, we had that as well.

Beginning this month, it will implicitly be your time to shine, as is already being indicated by Venus, both literally and metaphorically. Because Venus is one of two planets (along with Mercury) that orbit between Earth and the Sun, it inherently corresponds with personal matters, especially issues having to do with your values and your priorities.

Nowhere in the astrology are indications of your time to shine currently more evident than in the current motion and position of Venus, both in the sky and on the zodiac.

If you have been awake and outdoors with clear skies in the hour or two just before dawn lately, you will have noticed a bright, steady light rising in the East before the Sun. That would be Venus. It is so bright that you could be excused for thinking it to be an approaching airliner with its landing lights on. As a matter of fact, only the Sun and Moon outshine Venus.

Over the next handful of weeks, Venus will combine with the waning Moon, Jupiter, Mars and (eventually) Mercury to put on a substantial celestial show before the Sun rises and brings its definitive day and light. In astrological correspondence with that pre-dawn show coming together, Venus will finally be leaving Leo (the sign ruled by the Sun) for the long run. It enters Virgo for a second time this year on Oct. 8, one week from today.

Venus first entered Leo way back on June 5. That’s quite a while ago. More than a month later (July 18), Venus first entered Virgo where it stationed retrograde on July 25. That retrograde motion brought Venus back to Leo as July ended. There it has been ever since. Now in direct motion since Sept. 6, Venus is today beginning its last week in Leo, until July of next year.

As it moves to leave the Sun’s dominion behind, Venus is implicitly signaling that your hour (or two) to shine is very near at hand.

On the political level, especially if you live in the U.S., you will be more and more the center of attention as a voter. On the cultural level, we are approaching what for many will be a holiday season when the quality and extent of your participation will have greater consequences economically. There are also subtle indications that you will have a chance to define your personal role in both your generation and the world as perhaps never before in your life.

You can (and probably should) begin your preparations to shine now. Unlike political and cultural leaders, you will not have a staff of advisers to prepare you. Then again, you also won’t have the pressure to be all things to everybody, a situation that often brings the high and mighty to compromise themselves and their constituents through contradictory behavior.

To shine to the best of your ability all you will have to do is get clear on, and remember, what is most important to you. That way, when it’s your turn to lead the leaders by your example and consent (just as Venus will be leading the Sun into the morning sky), you will be able to discharge your most important responsibility in the world — to be true to yourself. If you can do only that, you will have started to make sense of not only the world’s astrology, but also your place in it.

Offered In Service  

Len is available for astrology readings. You can contact him at lenwallick [at] gmail [dot] com.

Posted in Columnist on | 10 comments
Len Wallick

About Len Wallick

Besides endeavoring to be of service to all of you here at Planet Waves, Len strives to live in Seattle while working as a professional astrologer. To contact him for an astrology reading you can send an e-mail to: His telephone number is 206-356-5467. In addition to his profession, Len contributes to the Seattle community without monetary compensation by serving as a Reiki practitioner and teacher through classes and outreach offered by the Seattle Reiki Mastery Series modality.

10 thoughts on “Your Time To Shine (With Venus)

  1. Barbara Koehler

    Hey Len, I’m looking forward to that pre-dawn show (a group thing) in coming weeks. Perhaps we will all, more so than in previous years, be happy to have Venus move into less demonstrative Virgo. I say that because today we have yet another dramatic school shooting in Roseburg, OR, and lovely Venus, in the Fall Equinox chart took her turn in the repetitive fire grand trine with Uranus in Aries and Pallas in Sagittarius.

    Before that, the Summer Solstice had a fire grand trine with Uranus in Aries, Pallas in Sagittarius and that time it was Jupiter in Leo. Before that in the Spring Equinox there was a fire grand trine between the Moon in Aries, Juno in Leo and Saturn in Sagittarius. Even in the winter solstice on December 21, 2014, there was the fire grand trine between Jupiter at 22+ Leo retrograde, Ceres at 22+ Sagittarius and Eris at 22+ Aries. Safe to say we are going through a trial by fire on Planet Earth.

    Most of the eclipses have carried this fiery signature too. Not all awakenings are this dramatic; the pre-dawn show with bright Venus would seem to be rather serene. But we are looking at mass awakenings and some of us need more stimulation than others apparently. Actually, today’s shootings would appear to manifest more directly from the Fall Equinox chart’s T-square between Saturn, newly in Sagittarius square Nessus in Pisces and Mars at the end of Leo. That Mars in Leo was opposite the U.S. Moon in Aquarius.

    That and the Equinox chart’s massive grouping at the U.S. Sibly chart’s MC at 1+ Libra, along with trans. Pluto opposite the U.S Sun, and Mercury conjunct the U.S. Saturn, and trans. Neptune square U.S. Uranus, should get the attention of everyone in the U.S. who isn’t in a coma. Yes indeed, when Venus opposes the U.S. Moon it should be a kinder, gentler transition from Leo to Virgo, even with that square to Saturn and opposition to Nessus that awaits her. Hold your applause until the curtain goes down this time.

  2. Len WallickLen Wallick Post author

    Barbara (be): Once again a fire-armed tragedy compels us to offer our condolences to those who have lost loved ones to senseless violence in places where safety used to be taken for granted. Hopefully, the gradual dissipation of what you call astrology’s long lived “fiery signature” will correlate with measures to address the pain of potential perpetuators, providing healing alternatives to violent behavior and preventing further pain being inflicted upon innocent victims and those who cherish them. May there be an end to such needless sorrow, and a greater emergence of humanity’s best and highest potentials in all that each of us do to shine on behalf of a very possible greater good.

  3. LizzyLizzy

    Thank you for this beautiful piece, dear Len. Am so happy to read that Venus will be lighting up the sky again – as it did this summer – “To shine to the best of your ability all you will have to do is get clear on, and remember, what is most important to you.” Am working on it, dear Len – not an easy task right now, but very necessary!

    Maybe this will be the time that Obama can really push those anti-gun laws through. Wonder if the astrological climate supports that, dear be and Len.

  4. LizzyLizzy

    Obama sums it up so beautifully with these words: We are not the only country on Earth that has people with mental illnesses or want to do harm to other people. But we are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these mass shootings every few months.”

    1. Geoff Marsh

      President Obama reiterated his anger at gun violence at a press conference on Friday, calling on the public to press their politicians to support reform.

      “You’ve got to be a single issue voter on this, because that’s what happening on the other side,” he said, referring to the National Rifle Association’s lobbying power.

      Could this comment be the game-changer? Let’s hope so.

  5. Len WallickLen Wallick Post author

    Lizzy: Thank you for weighing in. Aside from transits to (and progressions to) the U.S. Sibly chart, there are many indications of change in the astrological climate. How the astrological climate corresponds to reality however, depends on what people like you and myself actually do, beginning with ourselves and working out to friends, associates, community, and finally on the political representative level.

  6. Barbara Koehler

    For several years transiting Eris, who moves ever so slowly has been in a quincunx with the U.S Sibly chart Neptune. Len is right, there are astrological indications of great changes globally, but this particular aspect between transiting Eris and U.S. Neptune has continued for at least 4 years. It isn’t always exact though. On the other hand the U.S. Neptune at 22 Virgo 25 stays in a square with the U.S Mars at 21 Gemini 23 and for a long time trans. Eris moved between 21 and 22 Aries, making exact sextiles with U.S. Mars or making exact quincunxes with U.S Neptune. Eris has moved as far forward as 23+ Aries but still retrogrades back to 22 degrees where she grasps the U.S Neptune powerfully.

    Sometimes it isn’t the strength of the aspect, or the importance of the planets, but the repetitiveness or continuation of the aspect that gets things done. Eris is not a major planet (yet) and a quincunx is not considered a major aspect, but slowly, over time, transiting Eris is pushing the U.S., via its natal square between Neptune and Mars, to grapple with subjects it (the U.S.) would rather ignore or pretend (Neptune) doesn’t exist.

    Eris is used to being ignored/rejected though. She pushes themes of jealousy, anger, inferiority onto other planets and in this case, U.S natal Neptune, who symbolizes lovely things like art and music and spirituality, but also things like emotional and mental instability, narcotics and escape. Our country’s Neptune squares (motivates) its own Mars, who is first and foremost a symbol of aggression.

    Eris will continue this for a while longer, but in the meantime, transiting Jupiter will conjunct the U.S Neptune. Jupiter has a history of working with Eris. In 2009, trans. Jupiter, trans. Neptune and trans. Chiron all came together with the U.S. Moon, symbol of the People. This started a cycle of healing for the World, but specifically it’s aim was toward the U.S People, symbolized by the U.S. natal Moon. Trans. Neptune and trans. Jupiter recently opposed one another, marking the half-way point in their cycle, much as the Moon opposes the Sun in their cycle. It indicated that now was the time to measure and then complete the work on promises they (Jupiter and Neptune) had made to the World. Next month trans. Jupiter will oppose transiting Chiron.

    On January 27, 2016, 4 months from now, as trans. Jupiter moves to and fro over the U.S. Neptune in Virgo, he will be joined by the transiting north node (path forward) AND the transiting Moon (mood), all 3 at 22+ Virgo. Eris as well will be at 22+ Aries and she will sextile transiting Hermes (the trickster, aka Mercury the messenger) and Damocles (a matter of time before peril falls) at 22+ Aquarius. Put all this together and you have a Yod, or Finger of God aspect, positioning the U.S. Neptune (+ trans. Jupiter NN, Moon) where he must adjust or shift or deal with the situation.

    At that time transiting Chiron will be 4 degrees short of exactly opposing the U.S. Neptune. It is still within orb of that aspect though and the whole scenario – the shifting U.S. Neptune, trans. Jupiter, Moon, NN, Eris, Hermes and Damocles will focus all their energy onto transiting Chiron, the Healer, in Pisces. Trans. Chiron will be sextile the U.S. Vesta at 19+ Taurus. Vesta too is a healer, and works tirelessly to bring comfort and warmth to communities. In the U.S. chart she’s in the 5th house of creativity and kids. Transiting Chiron, with his plethora of energy transits the U.S. 3rd house of communication and communities, and will be supporting the U.S. Vesta in her creative undertakings.

    In April, 2016, less than 6 months from now, transiting Chiron will exactly oppose the U.S. Neptune at the same time transiting Uranus will return to conjunct the NATAL U.S. Chiron, who opposes the NATAL U.S. Juno, she who is a symbol of support for those who can’t speak for themselves. I believe this would indicate a time when government leaders will acknowledge the desires of their constituents over other enticements, and legislation restricting just who can buy guns will be enacted. Transiting retrograde Jupiter will have just made his 2nd square to transiting Saturn, the 3rd coming in May. These two planets measure how societies advance or decline.

    Keep your fingers crossed.

  7. chief niwot's sonchief niwot's son

    Thank you Len, I got to view Venus and Mars a lot last week from sacred waters before the Sun rose, and am happy to know that bathing in these lights was good for the Soul.

Leave a Reply