Venus Transit: Historical Research & What it Means to You.

Via Sam Geppi
on Jun 5, 2012
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Research into Venus Transits of the Past

Astrology is a great tool that allows is to learn from the past. The themes of the Venus transit play out over and over again between the two actual transits. So at this time we are completing a huge cycle of growth relative to issues that have to do with Venus and the Sun—art, beauty, values and government, power and its use or abuse.

A few important events from transits of the past:

May 1518-1526

Two major revolutions occurred during this time, whose implications have been  far reaching.

1. European Invasion of the West Begins: Cortez invades Mexico and conquers the Aztec people in 1521. This was a major victory for European invaders over indigenous people on the North American continent. Of course this later spreads as France and Britain (mainly) also begin campaigns of colonization of North America and the systematic annihilation of its native cultures.

2. The Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther challenged the Catholic church and its sale of indulgences (fees to remove sin). in 1517. By the middle of 1518 his work “The ninety-five theses” had been widely distributed in Europe, aided in large part by Guttenberg’s movable type printing press. This watershed event led to the reformation of the Catholic Church, and paved the way for secular communication to overturn the power structures of Europe (Later the French Revolution and other such events would keep Monarchies and Power structure in check by the will of the people). Luther was excommunicated on June 15, 1520 when he refused to recant 41 assertions from the 95.

December 1631-1639

Taj Mahal Built: This has become a universal symbol of enduring beauty. A monument of beauty (Venus) and Power (the Sun).

Galileo Challenges Church: Galileo was tried after publishing “Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems,” supporting Copernican theories of Geocentrism. On June 21, 1633 Galileo Galilei was tortured and threatened by Inquisition to “abjure, curse and detest” his Copernican heliocentric views. On Jun 22, 1633 Galileo was again forced by the Pope to recant that the Earth orbits the Sun. On Oct 31, 1992, the Vatican admitted it was wrong.

First College in America: Harvard College, the first college in America, was founded as Cambridge College on September 8, 1636. The institution changed its name two years later in honor of the Reverend John Harvard, who gave the institution three hundred books and a large sum of money for the day.

Dom Perignon Champagne:  A French monk, he introduced blending, vineyard and cellaring practices that made champagne a better wine from 1638-1715 .

The First Printing Press and Post Office in America: They began operating September 25, 1639 and November 15, 1639

Descartes Publishes Discourse on Method:  It is here that his famous statement “I doubt; therefore I am,” was expounded. He invented analytic geometry in order to reduce the description of phenomena to a set of numbers. His Discourse was placed by Catholic theologians on the Index of forbidden books.

June 1761-1769

King George III of England was crowned 1761 Sep 21. George was German and had been Elector of Hanover.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played for the Royal Family 1764 January 1 at Versailles in France at 8 years old .

Taxation Without Representation Decried by US Settlers 1764 May 24. Bostonian lawyer James Otis denounced it and called for the colonies to unite in demonstrating their opposition to Britain’s new tax measures.

The Stamp Act Imposed on US Colonists 1765 March 22. Britain enacted the Stamp Act to raise money from the American Colonies. This was the first direct British tax on the colonists.

California Settled 1769 March. King Carlos III of Spain chose Don Jose Galvez to protect interests in Mexico. Galvez sent Gaspar de Portola and Father Junipero Serra with 62 Spanish soldiers out to establish a settlement at San Diego. In 1769 March, Captain Portola set out with a group of soldiers, priests, Christian Native Americans and muleteers North. They were the first European land expedition to sight the San Francisco Bay from land.

December 1874-1882

French Impressionism 1874:  First major exhibition of french impressionism painting and the main group of artists (Degas, Monet, Manet, Sisley, etc) exhibiting together—albeit with shifting membership—eight times between 1874 and 1886.

First Commercial Typewriter: 1874. The first practical commercial typewriter was manufactured and placed on the market by Philo Remington. The early model had only capital letters.

The American Theosophical Society Founded :1875  November 17,  by Mme. Blavatsky and Col. Olcott.  It was set up to study occult phenomena and literature. Early members included Thomas Edison and Gen. Abner Doubleday. Its three main principles were: “To form a nucleus of the universal brotherhood of humanity without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color; to encourage the comparative study of religion, science and philosophy; and to investigate the unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in humanity.

Telephone Revolutionizes Communication: 1876 March 10, Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call. His assistant, in an adjoining room in Boston, heard Bell say over the experimental device:” Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.”

Modern Ballet Begins: 1876 April 22, Tchaikovsky completed his “Swan Lake” ballet.

Custer’s Last Stand at Little Big Horn: 1876  Jun 25. In the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana, Gen. George A. Custer and some 250 men in his 7th Cavalry were massacred by the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians.

Wagner’s Epic “The Ring” Revolutionizes Opera: 1876 August 13, Richard Wagner’s monumental epic, “Ring of the Nibelung” premiered with 4 operas on 4 consecutive nights) at the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany.

First Baseball Game: 1877 April 22, The first National League baseball game was played.

Battle of the American Northwest: 1877 June 16, The Nez Perce War began in the northwestern US. The First Squadron of the First Regiment, the oldest cavalry unit in the US, fought the Apaches and the Nez Perces.

Edison Phonograph Announced: 1877 November 21, Inventor Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph.

Edison Light Company: 1878 October 15, Thomas A. Edison incorporated Edison Electric Light Co. On October 18, Edison made electricity available for household usage.

Telphone Company Consolidation: 1879  March 13, New England Telephone and Bell Telephone merged to become the National Bell Telephone Co.

Woolworth Opened First Store: 1879  Jun 21, F.W. Woolworth opened his 1st store. It failed almost immediately. Frank Woolworth added 10-cent items to the Great 5-Cent Store in Lancaster, Pa., and created Woolworth’s five-and-ten. Woolworth revolutionized the retail business with his emphasis on affordable, discounted items and chain stores.

The Era of Organized Labor Begins: 1881  November 17, Under Samuel Gompers, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Union of the United States was formed, a precursor to the American Federation of Labor.

June 2004-2012

In this modern era between Venus cycles we see these issues pushed to the brink of what our world can handle:

  • >>Powerful financial cartels and groups that control resources
  • >>Natural and man made disasters that conspire to unite us.
  • >>Global Economic Collapses and interdependence.
  • >>Mobile devices (iPhone). A new paradigm in personal communication, aesthetics and commerce.
  • >>Facebook / Social Media Renaissance. Uniting the World in Real Time on mobile devices.
  • >>Lack of Privacy with the New Technology
  • >>Arab Spring Inspiring The Masses and Driven by Social Media. Nowhere for oppression to hide
  • >>Occupy Movement Worldwide in Response to the Multinational Oligarchy

Your Personal Venus Transit:

I did a major research project, article and video into the eight year cycles between the Venus transits and how they affect culture and our world.

You can watch a full 30 minute video on the Venus Transit here

We only need extend the cultural metaphors into our personal life to see how these things will act on us as individuals. The main themes of the eight year periods between the Venus transits have to do with major advances in communications and how people connect, and power advances and challenges to governments and the Church, when the people either are oppressed or rise up.

Shaking up the power structures that may become tyrannies in our own mind and life is a good metaphor to start with—placing a greater emphasis on beauty and valuing all, not just valuing our personal needs.

Purifying personal desires toward a more enduring purpose is important. But also extending our reach beyond the safe and familiar forms of comfort must happen. As individuals this means facing our shadows and demons internally, through actions, like meditation and sadhana.

I think a greater “Manifest Destiny” is also referred to here. Not just one that sees European invaders massacring native people, but one that shows how our personal destiny is to manifest and inhabit the self internally—not invade another externally in order to give the feeling of growth.

A renaissance in communications has taken place between each eight year cycle. Since we have pushed external communication to the level of exhaustion, now we must internalize more. Think if we just spent half the time in meditation as we do on the iPhone, computer or email.

We live in an a amazing time of luxury and wealth and anyone able to read this is privileged beyond measure compared to the people’s of the past. But are we taking advantage of that luxury and using the added time and resources to ignite the fire of truth and actually advance spiritually on this human journey, or do these luxuries make us lazy and apathetic?

If you are like me, the answer lies somewhere in between. if we introspect now, I think we will conclude that we can do better and we should not waste as much time as we do – at least that will be my resolve.

Maybe you can join me in this.

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About Sam Geppi

Sam Geppi is a Vedic astrologer, and teacher. He is the author of "The Ascendant-108 Planets of Vedic Astrology." You can learn more about the universe and why astrology makes sense by checking out his Free Astrology Class CD, his Facebook and his Membership Website.


13 Responses to “Venus Transit: Historical Research & What it Means to You.”

  1. Mamaste says:

    Just intro'd on FB to : Culture .

  2. TBM says:

    Oh my goodness, my own personal Venus transit! How nice! (Please, folks: Go to a site that isn't full of crap like this one.

  3. […] the more I read about the Venus Transit, the more fascinated I […]

  4. guest says:

    dear elephant journal, this is a joke, isn't it? no, astrology is not a powerful tool to learn about history. History is a powerful tool to learn about history. Astrology is humbug. and listing random events (and you can find other time frames that have the same amount of important historic events, probably more important than those listed) for a time frame does not make the venus transit historically important. it's just a planet moving past another planet. it's physics.
    sorry but this article is a new low.

  5. guest says:

    no. this should not be listed under culture. this should be listed under BS. (or new age woo)

  6. Katy Poole says:

    Dear Guest,

    As a Vedic astrologer, I feel compelled to respond even though nothing I have to say is going to change your view or any other person who believes we're all just a product of chemical reactions and when you're dead you're dead. But as someone who knows the complete Vedic astrological system (as well as how it fits into the larger Vedic corpus of knowledge), I have to point out that Mr. Geppi isn't explaining exactly what he means. There's a lot more to showing the coincidental alignment of astronomy and history, the interpretation of which we call "astrology," than is expressed in this article—or that could be expressed by any article that seeks to communicate very complex knowledge in simple ways to the general public. It's very difficult to achieve a proper understanding without coming across as superficial. And if he were to include all the myriad factors involved in making any kind of astrological interpretation or conclusion, he would fly way over everyone's head and the article would be hundreds of pages in length. Unfortunately, it's his simplification that's biting him in the butt and giving more fuel to the assertion of astrology as pseudo-science. (I also must point out in this regard, that not all astrological systems are alike nor are they astronomically aligned. Western astrology, for example, could be rightfully considered a pseudo-science in its omission of the precession of the equinox and the sidereal calculation of the zodiac. But this is not the case in Jyotisha (Vedic Astrology).

    Jyotisha (Vedic Astrology) is a sophisticated system of astronomy and astrology that relies on knowledge of the laws of physics that are detailed in the Vedic Sanskrit treatise, the Surya Siddhanta. I urge anyone who is quick to dismiss "astrology" as bunk to at least investigate this text to understand the close parallels behind the science of Vedic astronomy (which over 5,000 years ago possessed a view of the universe that we are now encountering in modern astrophysics) and its relationship to its interpretative "wing," jyotisha or astrology. (Here's a helpful link to give you an idea of what the text is and what it contains:… Of course to really understand it, one must be versed in Sanskrit and tutored by an expert in this subject. But it can give you at least a basic idea of what's contained in it.

  7. Katy Poole says:

    (PART 2: Sorry, my reply is quite long.)

    The practice of astrological interpretation is what Mr. Geppi is attempting in this article, but without the complete background it comes across as congruent with "Mr. Guest's" critique. What he doesn't explain is that while the Vedic tradition has preserved a remarkable science of astronomy, it also has preserved a rigorous system of astrological interpretation that goes along with it that's recorded in the Sanskrit Puranic literature. Essentially what the Puranas contain are very detailed accounts of historical "patterns" that recur during specific astronomical transits over thousands and thousands of years. From these patterns, the interpretations of astrology are made. (For example, if I were to tell you that your Jupiter placed in the 11th house of Taurus would bring you many horses and elephants—or in the modern context expensive and fancy cars—it's because we can see through the Puranic record consistent cases of kings blessed with horses and elephants who share the exact same configuration as your natal astrology over thousands of years—with the idea that if something recurs consistently over time in the same way, we can conclude that it will recur similarly in the future under the same conditions. This information can then be used to make predictions of how events will transpire under identical astronomical transits in the future. For a king or a leader in the past, this kind of information would have been indispensable and which is why great lengths were taken and no expense spared at recording and preserving both astronomical and astrological information throughout the history of not only India, but ancient Babylon, Egypt, Greece and so on. (We're fortunate in this regard, that the Vedic tradition is a living tradition and we can still access it.) This information can still be made available through the system of Jyotisha to benefit decision making on high levels and it is today. As an astrologer, I'm routinely hired by people in business and government to help leaders navigate decision-making process based on my extensive knowledge of the Puranic patterns, astronomy and the method of astrological interpretation. If you think these people are crazy, you should speak to my one client who recently won a $40 million court case she'd been fighting for over 10 years and who turned to me in desperation in trying to strategize a way to resolve it. If I had time and space I could lay out exactly how I helped her and her lawyer use the knowledge of Jyotisha to defeat her opponent and win the case. I think even the most skeptical among us—and her lawyer definitely was—would be interested in seeing that.)

    This is a very superficial example, but it may perhaps explain the method Mr. Geppi is following here. What would make this more clear (but astoundingly confusing to the novice) is if he showed the planetary transits for each event and how they were identical in every case. You may still be skeptical and would have every right to be because it still could be chalked up as a convenient coincidence. But if you stretched that same coincidence back even further—1000s of years—you might start to see a connection between the stellar and planetary arrays that repeat in predictable and measurable ways at the same time that similar events in history recur. But you have to see it. And in order to see it, you have to really study the method and the science of astrological interpretation as it's been handed down together with an amazingly advanced astronomy throughout the Vedic tradition.

    When you've accomplished that AND still think it's bunk, then you've earned the right to say so. Before then, I'm afraid your conclusions are as superficial as this article. Just because you're a pragmatist and believe in science exclusively, doesn't automatically discount the value and method of astrology—especially Jyotisha. It's too deep and complex of a system for that kind of uninformed dismissal.

  8. nnn says:

    slam dunk!

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  11. Lucy says:

    yes. if you tilt your head to the left instead of right, squint your eyes a bid while crossing them it all makes sense.
    ancient indian, babylon and greece: at one point we were burning witches and bloodletting and trepanation was a common medical practice.

  12. Katy Poole says:

    Dear Lucy,

    Yes, you're right. But burning witches was not the practice of ancient India, nor is it part of the Vedic tradition of knowledge. It's really not fair—nor accurate—to impose the ignorance of medieval Europe onto the intelligent and advanced contributions of the Vedic Indian civilization. (Though in Ayurvedic medicine blood-letting is one of the treatments and it has a significance. And there was a practice of "wife-burning" in India, but it has nothing to do with the historical period I'm referring to in my comments. It's completely out of context. It's the same as saying that we have a huge homeless problem symptomatic of our unresolved drug addiction problem or that we still solve our international problems by waging war and therefore there's no value to our advanced computer technology. They're two separate issues. Societies can possess advanced knowledge and at the same time express really primitive social behaviors.) To close your mind to a genuine investigation of the bodies of knowledge from what were possibly more advanced civilizations than ours —despite the "horrors of history" in every civilization, including our own modern so-called "advanced one"—is profoundly limiting and serves no other purpose but to perpetuate ignorance. I think it's really sad.

  13. Guest says:

    Sounds like you're burning witches and bloodletting in your own little way right now, and your chart proves it.