Venus Transits the Sun

by Rachel Creager Ireland

Tomorrow, that’s Tuesday, June 5, Venus will transit the sun, which is to say, it will be visible as a tiny black dot crossing in front of the sun. I’ve been excited about this event ever since I read Thomas Pynchon’s Mason and Dixon, in which the famous duo began their work together by calculating the precise period of time when it occurred in 1761. After tomorrow, the transit of Venus will not occur again until 2117. Here’s a site on different ways to view the transit.

Astrologers have a few things to say about this event, as well. There’s so much here at this site that I can’t even summarize it, at least not this early in the day when I haven’t done any housework yet. Emily Trinkaus says, “The Venus-Sun transit awakens the solar feminine,” but I’m not sure what that even means. Maybe I’ll come back later and delve into this, but for now, I’ll leave you all to ponder for yourselves. What does Venus transiting the Sun mean to you? And are you going to view it?

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