Astrologer’s Tour of the Maine Solar System Model #4: Venus

So, of course, as I write this, Venus is retrograde in Scorpio. Yeah, it’s a pretty intense time for pretty much everyone right now. Lots of re-evaluation. This summer we had Mercury Rx (which most people are familiar with by this point, and Mars, as well, which leave us not having another Mars Rx for two years (Praise the Gods). Venus, the only other “personal” planet, is concerned with so much that hits us close to home: how we love ourselves and others, what we value and the actual value of what we value, our OWN worth and value, “womanhood” in general (yes, the Moon represents women as well, but in the multifaceted, changeable sense: maiden/mother/crone, our womb and relationship with the earth, our body, and our mother; on the other hand, Venus represents more of the archetype of “Woman” outside of the Mother role. The Moon simply moves too fast and goes through too many cycles to be a significator of Women in a general chart reading of a certain time period.) Venus, however, is the only planet that in the Classical Western tradition is represented by a female goddess. As unbalanced as that may seem, it is what it is. Of course, these days we can see Women rising up and re-evaluating, very publicly, our position in society and diving deep to demand fair treatment. Yes, Venus goes Rx almost every other year, and so these events are happening for a myriad of other complex reasons as well, and I will elaborate on this later, in other post(s). It’s just impossible for me to introduce this post without giving Venus a proper and timely introduction. This is truly an incredible planet that is not given nearly enough focus… until recently!. The consciousness is shifting and Venus is demanding attention! So, here she is, getting it. Praise the Goddess of Love!

The Venus location of the Maine Solar System Model is on Google Maps here.

& the original entry of this series, which explains what the Maine Solar System Model is, and how I found it, you can read here.

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Of course, Venus is located right next to the town’s Chamber of Commerce sign. The correspondences of “money” and “relationships” does not get past us, Synchronicity. No it does not!

You can see a much better-lit photo of Venus at the University of Maine’s Venus Model page. The photos I took were more toward the end of the day, entering the night, which is apropos, as Venus is, of course, the Lady of the Night (being one of the two planets that rule the night, the other being Mars). At the UMPI link you can also find the following information about its construction:

Diameter: 5.2 inches (13.2 cm)
Location: Budget Traveler Motor Inn (0.7 miles or 1.2 km from Sun)
Construction: Styrofoam ball with fiberglass cover
Constructed by: Caribou Tech Center (Caribou High School)
Painted by: Jeanie McGowan, Curator of Collections at the Northern Maine Museum of Science and student at the University of Maine at Presque Isle
Posts constructed by: Northern Maine Technical College, Sonny Michaud and students
Base constructed by David Tardie and his students, Loring Job Corps, Cement Mason Program

Next up: Earth! Stay tuned!

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