Looking forward to the Venus Transit
by Deborah Lindsey
For many of you this is old news, but for others, its very new information and well worth sharing.
On June 5/6, we here on planet earth are going to be experiencing a rare and spectacular event known as the Venus Transit. In fact, it is the last time we will see it in our lifetime as it will not happen again until 2117. The Venus Transit is essentially an eclipse only instead of the moon coming between the earth and the sun it is the planet Venus. Now Venus will not actually ECLIPSE the sun as it dwarfs in size, instead it will look (to those who can actually look at the sun during the transit) like a small black dot. An interesting and spectacular event nonetheless and people around the world will gather to view the transit. The transit will take approximately 6 hours to complete and can be seen at different places at different times. Fortunately, most of the populated areas of the earth will actually be able to witness it. Some at sunset on the 5th (as here in North America) and others (Europe for example) will see it at sunrise on the 6th.
Interestingly, the Venus Transit happens in pairs 8 years apart. The last one happened in 2004 and many of us gathered to watch that one as well. Unfortunately I wasn’t savvy enough to realize that I couldn’t look at it with my eyes because it happened in the middle of the day, too bright to look, and I didn’t have proper equipment. Instead I watched it on the internet like millions of others.
This time, we are going to be able to see it more readily as it will happen at sunset. Much safer. That being said, I have time to prepare by getting access to to a telescope that has a special filter on it. You can also get sunglasses that can make it safer as well. The glasses sell for something like $2 and look like 3D glasses with the same special filter. I highly recommend that you all prepare beforehand as well by getting the appropriate tools.
Here is a map from www.venustransit.or that shows the schedule. There are also some great videos about the transit at this website and I highly recommend that you check it out.
So if the event itself isn’t exactly earth-shattering in its glory, why, you ask, do we care?
For years, this event has been touted by many as the “official beginning of the new age.” Others believe that it is activating the galactic pineal gland to bring about a heightened state of awareness and enlightenment. Others think that the planet venus is the planet in the solar system most closely related to love and relationships and that is is an activation for a worldwide “love fest”, that people everywhere will feel a surge of love for each other that will then take us to the next level of living a heart-centered world.
I will speak more of this in forthcoming blogs. For now, this will get you started. Begin to plan your “venus watching parties”. Invite people over for a picnic or prepare for hikes in nature to sit in a beautiful place and watch this most unusual of events. Allow it to open your pineal gland and/or your heart center. Allow it to draw love and light into your heart and into your life. Soak up the power of this, our parent planet, and invite the New Age to begin now. It is 2012 afterall and many believe the fireworks are about to begin. Could the Venus Transit play a part in these most auspiciuos of events? I guess only time will tell!
In the meantime, we are planning an event, complete with ceremony, at Serpent Mound on June 5th. I think it will begin around 4:00 and go until sunset. If you would like to participate in the event let me know. If you have a telescope you can bring, let me know. I’m thinking that we will do a pot luck and have a picnic as part of the community and joy of the event. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I can hardly wait!
Mark your calendars!