A fine example of cosmic harmony is that of Venus. Venus is the second planet from the Sun. With the Sun being the center of our system, the planetary order is Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn. These bodies are integral to the seven celestial bodies that ancient civilizations recognized as far back as 3000 BC – Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn.

Venus orbits the Sun in 224.65 days. Earth orbits the Sun in 365.25 days which is what we call 1 year. The ratio of these two heliocentric orbital periods equates very nearly to 1.618 – the Golden Mean.

Curiously, 8 earth years (8×365=2920) equals 13 Venus years (225×13=2925), two numbers that have an intriguing relationship. Dividing 13 by 8 yields 1.62 – a figure very close to the Golden Mean.

From our vantage point here on Earth, we see that Venus is conjunct the Sun every 584 days. To illustrate, consider that at May 26, 2000 Venus was situated at 0 Gemini and Sun was at 5 degrees Gemini. If one plots on a zodiac wheel the position of Venus every 584 days thereafter, one finds that after 8 years Venus is back at its starting point (or within a couple degrees anyhow). The following image shows what happens when one connects these zodiac points. The result is a 5-sided figure called a pentagon. Connecting these zodiac points also produces a 5 pointed star. If one combines the notion of five with the notion of eight, we see that 5 of these Venus cycles sums to 40 years. The figure of 40 years (and for that matter 40 days) is prominent in Biblical texts.

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