The most unusual aspect of Venus’s extended stay in Taurus is that Venus will be transiting between the earth and face of the Sun on June 5th and 6th, 2012. This rare alignment last occurred on June 8, 2004. The next time the Venus transit occurs will be in 2117.
Venus will appear as a small dot transiting over the bright Sun. A transit is similar to an eclipse (we have an eclipse happening on June 4). Although Venus’s diameter is approximately quadruple that of the Moon, Venus appears much smaller because it is much farther away from the Earth. Venus and the Earth are similar in size and have often been called twin sisters.
As it did in 2004, the Venus transit once again occurs in Taurus, which is owned by Venus. Taurus represents your savings, family, speech, dietary habits, personal adornments, the face, and ingested items. In Vedic astrology, Venus’s placement in Taurus and its current retrogression render it strong. However, Venus and the Sun will be at the same degree, thus Venus will be totally combust. In combustion, a planet is placed very close to the Sun and is unable to express its own qualities fully due to the glare of the Sun’s rays.
Venus signifies the qualities of love, beauty, romance, luxury, sensuality, pleasure, and passion. Venus also represents the romantic partner. The senses and desires will be heightened during this Venus transit, especially given the recent eclipse .
The Venus transit is happening in the constellation of Rohini or Aldebaran, or the “eye of the bull”. In Vedic astrology, each constellation (nakshatra) has specific meanings. The deity of Rohini is Brahma, the creator, thus there’s a connotation with growth and creation on all levels. In Rohini, whatever is planted can sprout, develop, and reach new heights. While Rohini can be very passionate and caring, it also has the tendency to become overly involved in the sensual side of life and become over-materialistic and self-centered. Given that the transit of Venus is happening in eye of the bull, the themes of being bull-headed and obstinate can also predominate in situations. And the transit is also happening in the fixed sign of Taurus, which is slow to promote change.
Think back to June, 2004. What was happening in your life then or shortly afterwards? There was likely a significant personal or professional event, which served as the foundation of future happenstances for many years.
You can also watch a NASA video about the Venus transit in June, 2012: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/2012-venus-transit.html
To see where the Venus transit will be visible: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/652635main_ToV2012_full.jpg
NASA advises against staring directly at the Sun without proper eyewear or it can cause permanent eye damage.
In the San Francisco area, the transit is happening from 3:06 pm to 9:50 pm on June 5. For timing in your zone, visit http://transitofvenus.nl/wp/where-when/local-transit-times/