Tomorrow at 2:00 pm,  eastern time,  Venus leaves Aries and moves into his home sign of Taurus.  This is a bit of an improvement as Venus is happy in Taurus and is away from the malefic influence of Ketu, Mars and the Sun.  However, because we are so close to an eclipse the positive effects of this Venus placement may not be felt as strongly as we would wish.

Venus, in Vedic Astrology, is a more than just a planet of love, beauty and creativity.  Venus is known as the “keeper of the shastras” in the Vedic planetary family. “Shastras” are the sacred texts which contain the spiritual knowledge of the ancient seers and teachers.  These shastras hold the teachings which help us live in harmony and health while walking our journey on earth.  These same teachings also hold knowledge which helps human beings come to the truth of our soul’s self-awareness and consciousness. 

Additionally, Venus is known as the “teacher of the asuras.”  In Vedic lore “asuras” is the word used to describe demons.  That Venus is considered the teacher of these “asuras” gives us a powerful hint that most of these so-called “demons” are actually within ourselves and that we are not victims of these inner demons.  Instead of being victims of outer forces which causes us pain, grief and darkness the ancient Vedic teachers knew thousands of years ago that true peace and happiness can only come by unveiling the ignorance and fear which come from not understanding that in reality we are simply spiritual beings taking a journey in a body.  It is when we come to believe that we are only the body and the only peace we can experience comes through our mundane circumstances that our inner demons cause us suffering.  By knowing the truth we can put many of the demons to rest. 

It is noteworthy that Venus in the western systems of Astrology has been given rulership over love and creative expression because certainly love is the truest expression of our soul while creative expression often indicates a connection with universal energies.  Love and creativity can also be accompanied by great pain through expectations, attachments and egoic desires.  Self or the soul does not experience those types of pain and by taking Venus to a level of understanding the truth of the soul through knowledge it is possible to live a life filled with love but also filled with the peace of truth. 

Venus is now moving away from this particular eclipse and will give us all an opportunity to use higher knowledge to move through the current illusionary state of the eclipse energy into a place of neutrality by knowing our souls are actually beyond the illusions of the pain of the world.