E-Motions of the Heart

Venus Elongations & the Crescent Moon

Nick Anthony Fiorenza


Venus & the Crescent Moon
(composite image by Nick Anthony Fiorenza)
Venus image: NASA Hubble Space Telescope ultraviolet-light;
Crescent Moon: NASA Galileo Spacecraft


Most astrologers are aware that Venus is never more than 48 degrees from the Sun in an astrology chart. "Elongation" is the astronomical term used to describe when Venus (or Mercury) is furthest from the Sun as seen from Earth, whether to the east or to the west of the Sun.

Venus' maximum elongations are a function of the size of the orbits of Earth and Venus. Elongations only occur with planets inside Earth's orbit. (Because Mercury has a much smaller orbital diameter, its elongations are much less.)

Venus' "eastern elongation" occurs when Venus is seen to be at its furthest distance east from the Sun. Likewise, Venus' "western elongation" occurs when Venus is seen to be at its furthest distance west from the Sun.

When Venus is at its eastern elongation, Venus can be seen in the western sky just after sunset. (When the Sun sets, and Venus is east of the Sun, Venus sets after the Sun, thus it is visible after the Sun has already set.) Likewise, when Venus is at its western elongation, Venus can be seen in the eastern sky just before sunrise. This is why Venus is sometimes called the morning and evening star.

Venus and the Crescent Moon

This beautiful photo of Venus and the Crescent Moon was taken by Jay Ouellet in Quebec Canada on May 19, 2007. Earthglow (light shining from Earth back upon the moon) reveals the Moon's craters. The 'diffraction spikes' emanating from Venus are from the camera lens adding to the photo's magic.
Image used with permission: Jay Ouellet, jayouellet@videotron.ca

The Lunar Cycle is divided in eight lunar phases. Each phase is thus 45 degrees (360 / 8 = 45). The Moon and Sun are 45° apart at the first phase of a lunar cycle (on the Crescent Moon), and at the last phase ( on the Balsamic Moon / waning crescent). Notice that the angular distance the Moon is from the Sun at these two phase transitions is quite close to the distance of Venus' elongations (within a couple of degrees). Because of this, we experience Venus-Crescent Moon conjunctions and Venus Balsamic Moon conjunctions when Venus is at or near its elongations.

In addition, when Venus is at its eastern elongation, the Crescent Moon conjoins Venus and the Balsamic Moon squares Venus, with the Sun residing at the midpoint of the square.

Conversely, when Venus is at its western elongation, the Balsamic Moon conjoins Venus and the Crescent Moon squares Venus, with the Sun residing at the midpoint of the square.

Thus, a coherence occurs between the Crescent and Balsamic Lunar Phases and Venus durring the Venus elongations.

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The following animated illustration shows a sequence of Crescent and Balsamic Moons occurring over a two year period and when the Lunar Phase-Venus coherences occur.

The Venus 243 Year Cycle

A ±3° orb is used for the Semi-Square (45°) and Square (90°) aspects.
I labeled the Lunar Phase relationship "Quintessence" to indicate its background, non-coherent state. The lable changes to "Coherence" when the Moon and Venus are in the ±3° orb.

In the above illustration, the Venus-Lunar Phase coherencies occur in May-June 2007; Oct-Nov-Dec 2007; May-June-2008; and Dec 2008-Jan 2009.

The coherencies continue to occur in May-June 2009; Jan-Feb 2010; July-Sept 2010; Dec 2010-Feb 2011; Feb-April 2012; July-Sept 2012; Sep-Nov 1013; Feb-April 2014; Oct 2014; May-June 2015; etc.

Elongations & the Venus Synodic Cycles

Venus Elongations

Venus Elongations

Elongations occur before and after each Earth-Venus synod (before and after the start of each new Earth-Venus synodic cycle). The synod is also the time when Venus is moving from east of the Sun to west of the Sun as seen from Earth (during its retrograde.) See Synodic Cycles and Planetary Retrogrades to learn more about synodic cycles.

Thus, the Venus-Lunar Phase coherencies nests within each Venus synodic cycle, occurring near the beginning of a synodic cycle and toward the end of the synodic cycle. This is one of the many Venusian synchronicities occurring in our evolutionary spiral of growth created by the symphony of planetary synodic cycles.

The Venus-Lunar Phase coherencies bring each Earth-Venus synodic cycle theme into our experiential realm through these very significant aspects occurring in the lunar spiral of growth--at the beginning of the lunar cycle (on the Crescent Moon) and at the end of the lunar cycle (on the Balsamic Moon).

The following illustration reveals when the Venus-elongation / Lunar Phase coherencies occur in relation to the Venus synods.

Venus Lunar Phase Coherencies

Matters of the Heart

When the elongations occur, we can experrience a few successive Crescent Moon-Venus conjunctions or Balsamic Moon-Venus conjunctions--extending over a few lunar cycles.

During these coherencies, our attention is brought back to Matters of the Heart (all Venus related issues) at the time of the Crescent Moon and at the time of the Balsamic Moon. Interestingly, and as mentioned earlier, these coherencies occur before the end of one Venus synodic cycle and after the start of the next, emphasizing the Venus synodic cycle transition through the Lunar Cycles.

The Crescent Moon in the lunar cycle is when we start to apply our creativity with the original cycle's theme. In this case, synthesized with the influence of Venus--bringing attention to our hearts.

The Balsamic Moon in the lunar cycle is when we coalesce our experience in the lunar cycle into its essence, or seed form, and turn in anticipation to the next lunar cycle about to begin--and again, with the influence of Venus.

Much like the Lunar Phase-Venus elongation coherencies occur near the start and end of Venus synodic cycle, so too does the Crescent and Balsamic Moon-Venus conjunctions/squares occur near the start and end the lunar cycles.

Venus Moon Conjunctions

Related Venus Articles

THE VENUS TRANSITS: Cycles of the Heart 2004-2012


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All calculations and illustrations on this WEB page
are made by Nick Anthony Fiorenza
using Time Cycles Research" astrological software,
Carina's Voyager" astronomical software,
and Adobe design tools.

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