On the day of my birth, December 19th, the Sun in our sky pointed straight into the center of our the Milky Way Galaxy, a fact that I did not know until much, much later.
And then wondered: what does it mean?
You’d think that this conjoining of my 27° Sagittarian Sun, my basic nature, with the center of our galaxy would turn me into some kind of guru! And indeed, around the time of my first Saturn return, having succeeded against great odds at receiving a Ph.D. in philosophy with a decidedly non-academic dissertation entitled “This Is Not A Book About Wittgenstein,” I was coasting on my laurels and saw myself as some kind of guru — but it didn’t work out.
In fact, I got a sharp slap in the face for my impertinence, fired after one year for being “too experimental” at (now defunct) New College of California, which at that time (1973-74) billed itself as an “experimental college.”
So did I discover what it does not mean, this alignment of the center of myself with the center of our galaxy.
After New College, and my ignominious fall from grace, I began to wonder if the conjoining of self to Galactic Center (GC) meant that center of myself was fated to fall through the center of our galaxy, into oblivion. That’s sure what I felt like during those years when I was nursing my wounds and wondering whether and how to begin again.
This seemingly ominous possibility ramped up from metaphor to possible actuality when Iearned that the Galactic Center — is? may be? — also the site of a black hole, sucking in matter from all around into oblivion.
At some point I used this possible fact to springboard me further into the unknown. I wondered, Do all galaxies have black holes at their centers? So, just this morning I googled it and came up with this response from NASA:
“Do all galaxies have black holes at their centers? Although not even a single galaxy has yet been proven to have a central black hole, the list of candidates has increased yet again. Recent results by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope now indicate that most – and possibly even all – large galaxies may harbor one of these dense beasts. In all the galaxies studied, star speeds continue to increase closer the very center. This in itself indicates a center millions of times more massive than our Sun is needed to contain the stars. This mass when combined with the limiting size make the case for the central black holes. Will we ever know for sure?“
If they all do, then surely it must not be so bad to be personally connected to one of them. Oh? Why would I say that? That’s so “Sagittarian” of me, to both quest into the infinite and to make pronouncements!
I still, really, have no idea why my soul chose to squeeze in to a 3D earthling body on the exact day it did. And I still find the connection between my natal Sun and the GC both astonishing and riveting.
I like the way Len Wallick talks about the GC as “the superlative of center, the crux of connection,” for beyond the GC, there is no discernable rotation, only infinite expansion.
And I like the way he talks about Venus, and its light, and the connection between human nature and our yearning for light (while falling through a black hole?).
In any case, this is a marvelous, meditative, beautifully written piece that inspired this comment from “bkoehler”: “I suppose too that Venus being all about love is teaching us how to move higher in our understanding and expression of it. At the same time she moves higher in octave she points us to the center ~ the mother of all centers ~ and if “as above, so below” has any meaning then we must find our own center to really understand love.”
by Len Wallick
Well, maybe it is just the time of year, or maybe it’s the time of man.
– Joni Mitchell
On July 31, Venus in direct motion passed the degree of Gemini where it stationed retrograde on May 15, entering new territory for the first time since April 11. Just after midnight EDT Saturday morning, Venus will follow the conclusion of its retrograde cycle with an opposition to the center of our galaxy. It may feel familiar.
Every eight years since 1972, in the first days of the eighth month, Venus has opposed the core of our galaxy immediately following a retrograde cycle. The pattern will continue until 2188, a cycle renewing at nearly the same same place on the calendar, from nearly the same places on the zodiac. Symbolically implied are a series of octaves ascending from our ancient understanding of Venus to our more recent awareness of the Galactic Core.
Venus has been part of human consciousness for as long as we have walked the Earth. Only the luminaries, Sun and Moon, are brighter. The mythologies surrounding Venus reflect the human affinity for light. Although the details may vary from one culture to another, Venus consistently corresponds to the strong feelings and prominent values of attraction. Unlike the luminaries, the cycles of Venus are rather long and complex.
Venus orbits between Earth and the Sun. Because of that, Earth is never between Venus and the Sun. That means we never see Venus opposed to the Sun. What we do see is Venus rising only so far, about halfway towards the zenith, before it descends to approach and conjoin with the Sun before re-appearing on the opposite horizon. Venus is now rising in the East in the hours before dawn. By this time next year it will be visible in the West after Sunset. That pattern gives Venus a series of concentric cycles within cycles that return it to nearly the same spot in the sky on nearly the same calendar day every eight years. The Galactic Core, by comparison, is all but fixed.
Only in the 20th century were we able to distinguish our galaxy from the rest of the Universe. It has been less than a hundred years since we located the Galactic Center. That’s not enough time to develop a mythology, but there is one thing we do know. Of all the axes about which things rotate, the center of a galaxy is the end of the line. Out past the galactic level, discernible axes of rotation cease to exist, with the only constant being expansion, separating all things from all things. Hence the core of our galaxy represents the superlative of center, the crux of connection.
From our point of view that center barely moves, which means it has been a fixture of Sagittarius for centuries upon centuries. Its position and nearly indiscernible movement gives the center of our galaxy something in common with Venus. In order to understand how the Galactic Center synchronizes with Venus, we must first connect with something planets have in common with the Moon.
Where the plane of the Moon’s orbit around the Earth intersects the plane of Earth’s orbit around the Sun are the lunar nodes. When the Moon is New (conjunct with the Sun) or Full (opposed to the Sun) while near one of the lunar nodes we get eclipses. The location of the lunar nodes completes a 360 degree cycle through the zodiac every 19 years or so. Planets have nodes too.
Where the orbital plane of Venus intersects the orbital plane of Earth are the nodes of Venus. Unlike the lunar nodes, the nodes of Venus move very slowly, about a degree and a half over the course of a century. It is therefore extraordinary to note that the ascending node of Venus is currently located in Sagittarius, just as is the center of our galaxy. That location assures that the same ongoing eight-year cycle that places Venus at the end of Gemini during the first days of August, right after a retrograde, also places it in opposition to the Galactic Core at the same time. That unlikely and timely synchronicity has an inescapable symbolism.
To have Venus return to oppose the Galactic Core at the same time of year, every eight years, immediately following a retrograde cycle, and to have that pattern repeat precisely and continuously for over two centuries indicates that our familiarity with Venus is serving to make us more familiar with the center of our galaxy and what it means to us.
The implication is that the superlative of center is somehow equivalent to our affinity for light, and that awareness of that equivalence is an essential component of our evolution. To have that awareness reinforced on a regular and periodic basis speaks to something essential in our very nature, and how it connects this time of year to this time of our kind. To have that connection made is not only to validate our strongest feelings and most prominent values, but also to take them to a higher octave and give our lives the purpose of learning to be something more.
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