Hesiod, Theogony 176 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C8th or 7th B.C.) :
“Ouranos (the Sky) came, bringing on night and longing for love, and he lay about Gaia (the Earth) spreading himself full upon her. Then the son [Kronos] from his ambush stretched forth his left hand and in his right took the great long sickle with jagged teeth, and swiftly lopped off his own father’s members and cast them away to fall behind him . . . and so soon as he had cut off the members with flint and cast them from the land into the surging sea, they were swept away over the main a long time: and a white foam spread around them from the immortal flesh, and in it there grew a maiden. First she drew near holy Kythera, and from there, afterwards, she came to sea-girt Kypros, and came forth an awful and lovely goddess, and grass grew up about her beneath her shapely feet. Her gods and men call Aphrodite, and Aphrogeneia (the foam-born) because she grew amid the foam, and well-crowned (eustephanos) Kythereia because she reached Kythera, and Kyprogenes because she was born in billowy Kypros, and Philommedes (Genital-Loving) because sprang from the members. And with her went Eros (Love), and comely Himeros (Desire) followed her at her birth at the first and as she went into the assembly of the gods. This honour she has from the beginning, and this is the portion allotted to her amongst men and undying gods,–the whisperings of maidens and smiles and deceits with sweet delight and love and graciousness.”
Cronus, AKA Saturn castrated his father because Ouranos (Uranus) raped Gaia, Mother Earth, each night. After making his father a eunuch, the Lord of Time cast the offending genitals into the sea, where the god’s regenerative power mixed and frothed with the life-giving sea. From the quixotic stew of sea and discarded godly DNA rose unexpectedly a new god, Aphrodite who shared her father’s lustiness and wild, unpredictable nature.
“the ancient Mesopotamian goddess of love, war, and fertility. She is also associated with beauty, sex, divine justice, and political power… She was originally worshiped in Sumer under the name “Inanna”, and later by the Akkadians, Babylonians, and Assyrians under the name “Ishtar”. She was known as the “Queen of Heaven”
Zeus quashed Venus’ warlike nature by forbidding her to take part in battles, an example of how male control attempted to subsume her power into the patriarchal power structure of Olympus. Zeus’ further attempts to control the wiley goddess with a forced marriage to Hephaestus, the smith of the gods, resulted in utter failure. Her natural Uranian rebelliousness erupted with her many affairs, including the torrid affair with the god of war, Ares/Mars. She performed tricks and pranks that often created dire consequences. One of her more spectacular pranks was to order her son, Cupid, to shoot arrows of desire into all the male gods at once, so they all lusted after the same goddess, Persephone, the daughter to the powerful goddess of the harvest, Demeter/Ceres. The ensuing competition between the male gods caused chaos in Olympus. From Venus’ rebellious act ultimately came a systemic change to Gaia, as the goddess’ powerplay resulted in the seasons. Scientifically, we know seasons come about from the tilt of the Earth. From the mythology, we know that balance could only be restored by upending fundamental systemic structures.
In the sky, on November 5th and 6th, Venus opposes her progenitor, the rapist Uranus. One can only imagine that this imprinting energy will manifest a new tilting of power, and it’s toward the feminine. Venus gets fueled by the unpredictable Uranus. In the run-up to the most consequential mid-term election in US history, don’t believe the pundits. Abortion is on the ballot, and women will cast their votes accordingly.
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Astrology Chart from Astro-seek.com: November 5, 2022