On October 26th, 2018, Venus will form an inferior solar conjunction, exact at 3°06′ Scorpio (at 1:05:03 PM ET). In other words, Venus retrograde will closely approach the Sun, transferring, via orbit, between the solar rays and Earth. Simultaneously, Venus will cross perigee, lying on the same side as the Earth in our solar system.
Once per synodic cycle of 584 days, the Sun-Venus conjunction heralds the terminal of Venus’ apparition in the evening sky. This transition ushers her renewal as heoia, or morning star, over the forthcoming weeks. However, celestially scorched amidst the Sun’s beams, Venus will remain invisible until she reaches 6° in distance from the Sun.
As Venus retrograde approaches the heart of the king on 10/26/18, she will be enveloped within 16 arc minutes of the solar rays. This condition, known as Cazimi, is the Medieval astrological term that defines closely conjoined planets (within 16 arc minutes).*
Cazimi: In The King’s Heart
When a planet is ‘in the heart’ (enkardios) of the King, or Cazimi, it is, simultaneously, shielded and strengthened in the commencement of a new solar cycle. The Medieval term Cazimi is the Latin transliteration of the Arabic term ‘kaṣmīmī’, implying ‘as if in the heart’. Essentially, this is the translation of the Greek term egkardios (meaning ‘in the heart’), originating in the works of Rhetorius of Egypt, circa 7th century CE. *There are disparities amongst Medieval sources regarding the exact proximity between the Sun and another planet to qualify as Cazimi, with earlier authors (such as Rhetorius) attributing a broader 1° value and later astrologers decreasing range to 16’. However, even the 16′ value presents discordance amongst later astrologers. William Lilly, for example, extends Cazimi to 17′. For the purposes of this article, I will be focusing on the tighter value of 16 arc minutes.
Venus Cazimi Election
Ingressed in a sign said to indicate extremes, this Cazimi is unlike that of Mercury in Virgo, where the latter remained ‘protected’ due to domicile. Conversely, Venus retrograde in Scorpio is in her adversity/ ‘detriment’, and, as a result, ruled by Mars, the nocturnal malefic and traditional ruler of Scorpio. Therefore, for the purposes of this election, it is critical to make the best use of this brief Cazimi portal, if one chooses to work with this planet in isolation. As a general election, this is not unfavorable for friendships, organizations, and creativity (or even children). A somber yet responsible presence is framed by diurnal Saturn in the first (in his domicile) while Venus Cazimi is overseeing the 5th and 10th places, respectively. The Moon, as a prominent co-signifactor in traditional/ electional astrology, is exalted at 27°47′ Taurus in the subjectively positive 5th place with reception to Mercury. Although separating, the waning Moon’s nearly exact opposition to Jupiter (27° Taurus-Scorpio) and Mercury, can pose challenges. Contrary to the sect in favor, Mars is, of course, the most challenging energy, poised in the second place at 18°11′ Aquarius. There is slight mitigation as he is overcome by both benefics via sign-based square. Still, this is not a suitable election for finances. Comparing the initial ‘Venus Cazimi’ election (exact at 3°06′ Scorpio) to this latter option, waiting is essential, as is working within a limited portal, in order to actualize the potential of Venus Cazimi in an objectively positive (11th) place.
Under the Beams (Versus Cazimi)
Because of the numerous articles/ posts egregiously using terms such as Cazimi and Under the Beams in an interchangeable format, let us clarify the following: a planet under the Sun’s beams is not Cazimi/ in the heart of the Sun. While a planet is momentarily shielded by the Sun’s rays during Cazimi, it is debilitated under the Sun’s beams, once it has ventured past the 16′ range (or 1°, depending on preferred value).
To note Lilly, “a planet is said to be under the Sunbeams, until he is fully elongated or distant from his body 17 degr. either before or after him.” Here, Lilly is providing his definition of a planet degree range while it is under the beams of the Sun. Note that he extends his value for Cazimi to that of 17′ (as opposed to 16′).
In contrast, a planet is in Cazimi “when he is not removed from him 17 min. or is within 17 min. forward or backward, as the Sun in 15.30 Taurus, Mercury in 15.25 of Taurus: here Mercury is in Cazimi, and all Authors do hold a Planet in Cazimi to be fortified…” In Lilly’s example, Mercury is in Cazimi at 15°25 Taurus, 5′ in value from the Sun.
The purpose of clarifying these fundamental concepts is to deflect the potentially deleterious effects of incorrectly working with the current Venus retrograde in Scorpio. To reiterate, Venus is simultaneously retrograde, in detriment, and overseen by a nocturnal malefic (Mars). This is not an opportune time to undertake new ventures: not only is Venus in a state of introspection and purgation, but her Cazimi portal is too brief to produce tangible results. For the impatient, we notice this actualization come November.
Lilly, William, Christian Astrology
Houlding, Deborah, Skyscript
Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology
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