Episode 247 features an interview with astrologer Arielle Guttman about her work on using myth as an interpretive device in astrology, as well as the importance of the synodic cycle of Venus, providing insight into the upcoming Venus retrograde.
Arielle is the author of the books Mythic Astrology and Mythic Astrology Applied, as well as Venus Star Rising: A New Cosmology for the Twenty-First Century.
During the course of the interview we talk about Arielle’s background in astrology and how she got into it, her work with Jim Lewis on relocational astrology, the use of myth as a tool to help explicate archetypes in astrology, and her work on what she calls the Venus Star Point.
The Venus Star Point in natal astrology is the conjunction between Venus and the Sun that occurred prior to your birth, which creates a sensitive degree in your chart, and also locks in a resonance between that phase of Venus whenever it reoccurs later in your life.
Here is a handout from Arielle’s website for calculating your Venus Star Point:
You can find out more information about Arielle’s work through her website:
Arielle came out to Denver to give a talk for our local astrology group during the second week of March, but this was just as the COVID-19 pandemic was breaking out in the US, so we switched her talk to a webinar on Saturday, March 14, and then recorded this podcast the following day.
If you enjoy this episode of the podcast, the webinar the previous day went into a bit more detail about her work on Venus, and the recording is available as an episode of the Casual Astrology Podcast for patrons.
This episode was co-hosted by astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim.
This episode is available in both audio and video versions below.
Here are some timestamps for topics covered at different points in the episode:
00:02:11 Arielle’s books and background
00:24:38 How myth is used in astrology
00:33:38 Using mythic astrology with clients
00:35:30 Myth of Ceres and Persephone
00:40:13 Stories of planets that aren’t prominent
00:41:56 Transit of Pluto to Ceres
00:43:13 Hermes story
00:45:47 How mythic stories help clients
00:52:19 Mythology of Venus
00:55:00 The two sides of Venus
00:58:00 Two Venus statues
00:58:56 Complexity of Venus in astrology
01:02:20 2012 Mayan astrology Venus transit
01:04:15 Venus as evening and morning star
01:07:38 Importance of Venus kazimi
01:10:06 Mayan fascination with Venus
01:12:30 Masons and Venus pentagram
01:13:28 Rosary beads and Venus cycles
01:14:26 Meanings of Venus morning and evening star phases
01:21:09 Venus pentagram
01:23:53 Relationships on the Venus star
01:26:52 Venus retrograde pattern
01:30:54 Venus passing across the face of the Sun
01:31:35 The Venus Sun conjunction prior to your birth
01:32:00 Additional point for evening star Venus people
01:33:27 Venus Star Point 2020 in Gemini
01:34:40 Impact of Venus Star Point on your chart
01:35:33 People with same Venus Star Point as yours
01:40:25 When a person outshines their partner
01:42:30 Venus Star Point at the mundane level
01:52:09 What Venus retrograde means
01:58:50 Arielle’s Venus Star Rising book
01:59:10 How to find your Venus Star Point link
02:04:30 Arielle’s website and how to get a signed book
02:06:56 Her Mythic Astrology books
02:07:51 Closing remarks
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