A friend of mine, a fine pastor and Kabbalist, told me recently that today, March 25, is the celebration of “The Annunciation.” That’s when Mary was told that she would conceive Jesus, the child-savior. It’s celebrated exactly 9 months before Christmas.
I never grew up with this celebration since the saints and feast days aren’t big among Southern Baptists. But what struck me as special about this Saturday’s celebration of the Annunciation is that retrograde Venus disappears into the heart of the Sun too. This is called cazimi if you want to be astro-fancy. I’ve written about cazimi (with Mercury) before here. But there’s a different way to look at the Venus cazimi and the Annunciation.
Venus denotes how we create the pleasure of affinity or connection in our lives. This can manifest as love, lust, sweetness, or feelings of kinship and connection. She’s celestial oxytocin. As she steps into the heart of the Sun (cazimi), she’s described as venturing into the underworld. She’s about to be re-born as a morning star in about a week. But cazimi also means that she’s taken into the bosom of the regal Sun. This certainly works with what happened to Mary and her God at The Annunciation.
And it’s easy for many to confuse the Annunciation with the Immaculate Conception. (That’s mostly because the Immaculate Conception is a relatively new Christian dogma and not one that most Protestants share or care about.) The Immaculate Conception is the idea that Mary herself was conceived with no sin. “Original sin” from Adam and Eve, according to Christian dogma, makes it impossible for any human being to be free of sin. Except Mary. Mary is a pure vessel for the coming Messiah. But the Christian God didn’t just come to her like Zeus and impregnate her. That’s clearly rape. There’s a very important step to be mentioned here: Mary agreed. She agreed to be an agent of God’s mercy.
The Annunciation is singularly Mary’s moment. It’s not just that she’s impregnated with God’s child. Her encounter with the Divine is the perfection of her life purpose. Her Virgin Birth is important for followers of Christ. Her Immaculate Conception happened before she was born. But this moment is all her own. According to Christian thought she could have chosen differently. But she did not. Instead, she said, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.”
Venus is now impregnated with a message. There’s likely a collective message. But that does not fascinate me. I find it more compelling for each of us to consider what’s been happening for us individually since Venus began her retrograde on March 4th. To who or what have we become more or less bonded? How are we becoming better vessels of power, mercy, or compassion in our lives? Our annunciations are not likely to be as celebrated as Mary’s. They’re just as important, though.
For me, I’m thinking about how distant I’ve become from key people in my life and why. In some cases, I’m actively thinking how to mend those broken fences. In other ways, I’m recognizing where I don’t feel a desire to fix anything. But I’m receiving the messages in dreams, in journals, in reading, and in quiet contemplation of my life and astrology. I have many tools at my disposal, fortunately. Yet, I must still do as Mary did: agree and be open. I’m working on that part.
I didn’t begin to think this way until my friend got me to think about the Annunciation and what it could mean now. So, I thought I would share. I’m not a Christian, and I don’t believe literally in the dogmas espoused. I’m clearly not asking you to do that either. But a cazimi Venus can be an opportunity for us all to think about how we are connected, where we are not, and where we can make different choices. It’s announcing something. Now, each of us must listen.