The Moon rules women–mothers, daughters, wives; also one’s own emotional seas and tides. It rules the public too, whose affections can storm, ebb, and flow with the passion of Mother Nature. Tiger Woods knows this intimately now, as Uranus, strengthened by its direct station, recently squared his Moon, liberating sordid images of the feminine from his underworld and splashing his public persona with embarrassment and shame.
At the same time, a celestial event went largely unnoticed by astrologers: Venus disappeared from the sky just as Tiger’s wife smashed his SUV with a golf club. Or rather Venus slipped behind the blazing presence of the Sun, a condition marked by astrologers as being “under the Sun’s beams” which means to lose power. I’ve often wondered about the truth of this judgment, having met a few individuals with Sun/Venus conjunctions who visibly shine with feminine grace. Certainly this year it’s clear that Venus does not go quietly into the underworld. She’s taken a powerful man (the Sun) down with her. And with less fanfare, she’s given us other images to ponder. During the week that Venus disappeared, Oprah (that media priestess of the divine feminine) brought us an incredible love story about a powerful man who actually served and honored his mate! Edward Kennedy’s courtship of Vicki is a fine counterpoint to Tiger’s more disposable view of the feminine. Oprah also showcased one of this season’s most important books: Half the Sky, with its unblinking, heartwrenching portrait of contemporary gender inequality.
Venus will be out of our view for about six weeks, as she transitions from Morning Star to Evening Star. It is a significant turning point in her cycle. May it bring a new turning point in our culture’s regard for the feminine. When Venus emerges as the Evening Star (at the end of February), she’s considered to be more mature, more harmonious and wise. May we all be so as well. As for Tiger, Uranus is approaching the cusp of his partnership house, about to oppose his Ascendant. Life will not be easy, but he will change; how is up to him.