The Lessons of Underworld Venus

This week, Venus comes into a conjunction with the Sun at 29 degrees Libra. 29 degrees of any sign is called the “anaretic degree” because it is the final degree, and therefore often is accompanied by the deepest challenges of that sign. As Libra’s themes involve partnership, love, and peace, this conjunction is likely to bring up issues in these areas. On a global scale, we see Russia’s acts of war heightening. In a personal way, we may be coming to a point of intensity with our partnerships. The tension is undoubtedly there.

Whenever the Sun and Venus conjoin, Venus becomes invisible as the planet is lost in the rays of the Sun. As discussed in a previous blog post (click here), the ancients would tell myths of the Goddess descending into the Underworld as an allegory for this disappearance of Venus.

It makes sense, at this time of year, that we discuss the symbolism of the Underworld. Last week we had the Autumnal Equinox, where the length of daylight hours is equal to that of nighttime, but now we will experience our first full week of darkness overtaking the light. The time of growth, fecundity, expansion of Nature is behind us. Now we harvest, reap, compost, release in preparation for the winter months ahead.

The darkness of the winter months can be seen as foreboding, scary, intense. Scorpio season and Samhain/Halloween is just around the corner, after all. We are often, as humans, afraid of what we don’t understand. The “shadow,” the “underworld,” the dark - they are all iterations on the same theme. Ultimately, of course, it comes down to the idea of death.

As a culture, we tend to struggle with the concept of death. We eat meat that has been slaughtered and processed behind closed doors, and then refuse to kill a mouse that’s been eating food in our pantry. We avoid thinking about things like wills, funerals, hospice until we are forced to. We don’t really think about whether our souls live on until it’s a loved