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If you want to get an idea of how differently astronomers and astrologers view the universe, consider the following description of the planet Venus from NASA’s website:

“Venus is a dim world of intense heat and volcanic activity. Similar in structure and size to Earth, Venus’ thick, toxic atmosphere traps heat in a runaway “greenhouse effect.” The scorched world has temperatures hot enough to melt lead. Glimpses below the clouds reveal volcanoes and deformed mountains.”

Now consider the astrological view of Venus:

“Venus is the most luminous planet in the earth’s sky, symbolizing beauty, grace, and relationship. It also represents Love, both in the carnal aspect and in its divine manifestation. The negative side of Venus – when it is badly placed in a chart – suggests laziness, extravagance, bad company, superficiality and a precoccupation with appearances.

Clearly, two very different points of view are at work here. The question is: which is right? To me, the answer is both. While I have no way of verifying the truthfulness of NASA’s data, I do believe that their data is correct. That said, I admit that it’s not terribly meaningful or relevant to me. But I’m also interested in what NASA doesn’t provide on their site, or at least I couldn’t find it there. Look at the image below.

Venus

It is the design of the relationship, as seen from above in space, that Venus and Earth make together as they circle around the Sun over an 8 year period.

To my eyes, this graphic is beautiful and speaks to the astrological symbology of Venus given above. One of the interesting things in astrology is how often a strong Venus is highlighted in a person’s chart, either by sign, house or aspect. While this is anecdotal, in my own experience in doing readings, I’ve seen several women named Venus with unusually strong placements of that planet in their charts. In a couple of cases, they were actually stylists (beauty=Venus).

So what’s my point? Simply this: the existence of scientific knowledge does not and should not diminish the power of our symbols. In the words of the 20th century philosopher, Bertrand Russell:

“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”