Venus Transit 2012: A Recap of Notable Events

Much of the clamor over the recent Venus Transit on June 5th and 6th has died down. Before we let Venus dance on its merry way into history, I thought it would be interesting to see what newsworthy happened on the days of the Venus 2012 transit and what correlated events have transpired since them. 

In my previous blog, I provided a chronology of what events had occurred in proximity with past Venus transits. The significant events are colored by the sign of the zodiac in which the transit occurred as well as the constellation or nakshatra in Vedic Astrology in which it happens. The Venus 2012 transit took place in the sign of Taurus in Vedic Astrology. Taurus is the second sign in the natural zodiac.  It rules spoken communication, the face, food, family, movable possessions, and money from investments or secondary sources of income. The Venus 2012 transit happened in the nakshatra of Rohini or Aldeberan, known as “the eye of the bull”.

In Vedic astrology, Venus is the personification of the archetypical feminine characteristics. She is the significator of the romantic partner, love, beauty, fine attire, and luxury.

  • Who better exemplifies the extreme opulent and feminine qualities that Venus represents than the Queen herself? On June 5, the Queen gave a rare tv appearance thanking everyone who participated in her diamond jubilee celebrations. Every planet has an associated gemstone, and for Venus, the gem is diamonds.
  • On June 3, Miss Rhode Island won the Miss USA crown after declaring her support for transgender beauty queens.  On June 6, Miss Pennsylvania resigned her crown, saying that the Miss USA competition was fixed. Donald Trump is now suing her for defamation of his pageants. (Mythologically, Rohini was the favorite of the Moon’s 27 wives and the others were jealous of her).
  • Congress voted on the Paycheck Fairness Act on June 5.  It would have ensured that women were paid the same wages as men for similar work. This failed to pass. (Venus was very close to the Sun – which represents authority figures or government. Although Venus passed over the face of the Sun, it was just a dot. The Sun is still much brighter).
  • On June 4, a Vatican office denounced a book written by a nun. The Vatican said that the book, “Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics,” by Sister Margaret Farley, was “not consistent with authentic Catholic theology,” and declared that the book should not be used by Roman Catholics.
  • The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, representing 80% of U.S. Catholic nuns, met with Vatican officials on June 5 to discuss a critique that led to a Vatican decision to overhaul their organization. The Vatican had deemed the group to be too feminist.
  • A Kennedale, Texas, woman began camping on a church rooftop on June 5 as a means to raise awareness for hunger. She intends to remain there until her community donates 50,000 pounds of food to local pantries. (Fixed sign Taurus rules the 2nd house of food).
  • Jury selection began in the child molestation trial of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky on June 5.  It was also revealed that he wrote “love letters” to some of his victims.  (Mythologically, in Rohini, there is a debate over morals and ethics regarding relationships.)

There was also news on the political front:

  • Financial leaders from the G-7 meeting put pressure on Europe on June 5 to be more aggressive in handling their growing debt crisis. (Taurus is the house of finances).
  • On June 5, a U.S. envoy challenged Iranian officials to disprove suspicions that they have been covertly working on a nuclear arms program. The envoy asked Iran to open up a military site to a probe by U.N. inspectors.
  • A White House spokesperson announced on June 5 that the No. 2 man in al Qaeda was dead. He was killed by a CIA drone strike inPakistan. (Since Aldeberan is such a bright star, there’s a myth that the desert people looked at it for victory in war).
  • It was reported in early June that since many of the drug lords in Mexico have been killed, several new cartel bosses are  their surviving female family members.

As with the previous Venus transit in 2004 in Taurus, the issue of gay marriage arose. In Vedic astrology, the 27 nakshatras encapsulate a story of creation and weave a thread from one nakshatra to the next. While Rohini is a passionate nakshatra, there is no mention of marriage mythologically.  Rohini can represent unfulfilled desire.  

  • On June 5, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against rehearing arguments over a California ballot measure banning gay marriage, after previously upholding a district court’s rejection of the law. The case most likely moves to the U.S. Supreme Court next.
  • Washington state voters received sufficient signatures to put an anti-gay marriage referendum back on the November 2012 ballot. The Governor had signed a law in February legalizing gay marriage.
  • A St. Paul, MN pastor made headlines on CNN on June 5. His support of gay rights has cost his more than 2/3 of his congregation. If he doesn’t raise $200,000 by the end of the month, the church will have to close.
  • On June 3, there was a protest outside a church in Indiana where a young boy had previously sung an anti-gay song during a congregation. (Taurus is the house of speech).

How this transit will shape the face of future events will continue to unfold.  Individually, the Venus Transit 2012 seems to have brought up deep-seated desires and aspirations as well as the impulse to create a future as bright as the star of Rohini.