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Ancient Timing: Planetary Periods and the Star of Inanna

Innana ishtar

The eight-pointed star was the most common symbol of the Sumerian goddess Inanna (and later Ishtar) and specifically associated with the planet Venus.

Hellenistic astrologers used the eight-year planetary period of Venus as a timing technique, both on its own and as the foundation for other time lord procedures such as zodiacal releasing. They, in turn, received this knowledge from the third-century BCE Babylonian goal-year texts that predicted the behavior of planets based upon their synodic return cycles.

However, as we can see from the iconography on Sumerian cylinder seals, ancient stargazers had recognized Venus’ eight-year synodic cycle for at least two thousand years prior, a time when the writing of celestial omens and writing itself on cuneiform tablets first appeared in the cradle of civilization.

At age eight, Venus will be at the same degree and phase relationships to the Sun in a person’s solar return chart as it was at their birth.

As a Hellenistic timing technique, Venus’ natal seed significations were thought to have matured at this time of life. During this year, a person would have some sort of Venus event that becomes a prototype for future activations of Venus.

The nature of the event varies from person to person according to Venus’ condition and placement is the natal chart.

There are many permutations of Venus’ eight-year period in combinations with those of other planets and the ascensional times of the signs, pointing to predicting dates of future Venus events.

For an example, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ parents divorced when she was eight years old. Her natal Venus is troubled in the eighth house. Subsequent activations of Venus’ eight-year period in combination with these other factors brought the deaths of her father, step-father, and two husbands.

Learn Ancient Timing Techniques In Person

Demetra is excited to share space with you in person at her upcoming retreat with Astrology University in beautiful Longmont, Colorado.

The first day of the Hellenistic Time Lords Retreat will focus on the simplest version of planetary periods for forecasting and the fascinating advanced dizzying directions that Valens took in elaborating upon this time lord technique.

From there, we’ll learn several additional techniques to explore a complex toolkit you can start working with to analyze and time life events.

Workshop Details

DATES: June 13 – 17, 2024 (5 full days)
TIMES: 9am to 5pm each day
PRICE: $997 early registration ($1,097 regular registration after March 31)
Registration does not include food or lodging.
Limited to 55 students

Location: Hilton Garden Longmont
470 S. Martin St., Longmont, CO 80501

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