Learn the beautiful cosmic choreography of the Venus and Mars Sacred Dance.
Michele Finey thoroughly explores the synodic cycles of Sun-Mars, Sun-Venus, and Venus-Mars in ways that elucidate the archetypal themes of the Hero’s Journey.
But the more complex cyclic dance of Venus-Mars is given special astrological attention as THE planetary pairing that best illuminates the deeper meaning behind our personal relationships throughout our lifetime. Finey’s probing mind has also discovered a Saros Cycle for this vital Venus-Mars interplay, offering further insights into the broader implications of these planets.
Altogether, this author has done a great job of researching and skillfully presenting such timeless material.
—Bil Tierney, author of six astrology books, including Dynamics of Aspect Analysis.
Michele Finey has has stepped up to the plate and delivered a solid and enduring contribution to the field of Astrology. In the tradition of such astrological greats as Alexander Ruperti and Robert Blaschke, she examines the cyclical interaction of Venus and Mars on both a personal and collective level. This is a very fine book which any serious student of cycles should have on their shelf.
Very few astrologers understand cycles well enough to delineate the planetary phases in a book, but here Finey courageously offers her own interesting and informative take on the various relationships between Venus and Mars with the Sun. Personally I love her use of the universal Hero’s Journey for Mars, having written an essay and a software package using the same metaphor for the planetary phases myself. It’s a solid metaphor that works quite well, which she illustrates with examples from historical figures. Her Venus phases are unique, and reminiscent of Demetra George’s Goddess work, with various Goddesses embodying each of the phases. Again these are clearly elucidated and illustrated with examples. And finally her investigation of the various relationships of Venus and Mars is the best I have seen since Jeffrey Wolf Green did a chapter on them in his second Pluto book.
But wait, I’ve saved the best for last. One of the real gems in this book are the illustrations, which are first rate. The investigations into sacred geometry and alchemy/metallurgy are very interesting, scholarly and rigorous. The most fantastic contribution here is Finey’s investigation into the long term cycle of Venus and Mars conjunctions, which she calls the Venus-Mars Saros cycle. Just like eclipses happen in groups or families that span thousands of years, Finey has discovered similar relationships between Venus-Mars conjunctions. This has ramifications not only in Mundane astrology, but also for personal horoscopes via the “degree of passion” or original point of commencement for the Venus-Mars cycle to which you belong. Finey deserves considerable applause for this last contribution alone. Well done!
It is a pleasure to write a review of this book, which is fine enough to rate as one of the most important astrological studies of recent years. That may sound an extravagant claim, but not enough astrologers engage with the great planetary cycles or investigate the larger ideas which inform the practice of astrology, much less seek to make them comprehensible to as wide an audience as possible.
In this thoroughly researched, well drafted and well presented text, Michele Finey has managed the balancing act required to write about often complex topics whilst keeping the information easy to understand and engaging. In the process she has produced both a book which all serious astrologers should be adding to their libraries, and a book which is accessible to people with little knowledge of astrological concepts and jargon who nevertheless want to understand better what Venus and Mars mean.
Venus and Mars are familiar, fundamental symbols to all astrologers, and both are vital factors to consider when assessing the astrology of human relationships, especially those relationships with any kind of erotic dimension. Some astrologers will be aware of the Venus-Earth cycle, which has been studied more than once, but the special point to this book is the way Michele has examined the long dance, over many centuries, between Venus and Mars, and how she has looked at this both as an influence on the individual horoscope and on much larger movements of consciousness and relationship on a collective level. Nobody has done this before – which is why this book is so important and so valuable. Groundbreaking texts like this are rare, and are to be treasured as a result.
But this book is much more than a high-minded text examining the long cycles of Venus and Mars. This is a wide ranging discussion of what Venus and Mars mean, fundamentally, as symbols, and how they work their magic. Michele includes a careful examination of them as morning and evening `stars’, and helpful chapters discussing the `phases’ they are in at the times people are born. You don’t have to puzzle out what phase you were born under: There is a useful guide in the book’s appendix. People are sure to find these chapters very illuminating, giving new insight into how the planet of love and pleasure – Venus – and the planet of action and assertion – Mars – work their influences on our hearts and minds and lives. Many chart examples of famous people are offered to illustrate and explain these factors.
There is something here for everyone, and richly nourishing food for thought for all serious astrologers who want to deepen their understanding of the dynamics of desire and action, enhancing their astrological craft and practice in the process. Michele presented some of the material offered here at the Federation of Australian Astrologers’ international conference in Brisbane in 2010. I was in the audience at her talk, and was immediately excited by the work she was doing, its quality and significance. This book, the fruits of all her labors, has exceeded my hopes for it and I cannot recommend it too highly. `The Sacred Dance of Venus and Mars’ is, quite simply, a must-have!