The Moon conjuncts Venus nearly every month, but NASA reports that this encounter is somewhat unique:
(1) Venus is at maximum brightness: magnitude -4.6. The planet is twenty times brighter than Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. It is so luminous that it can actually shine through thin clouds and cast subtle shadows on the ground.
(2) As seen from North America, the Moon-Venus separation is only a little more than 1o. Stick up your thumb and hold it out at arm’s length. Venus and the Moon will fit comfortably behind the thumb-tip. Tight conjunctions like this are the most beautiful of all.
(3) Not only is the Moon a crescent, but so is Venus. A small telescope pointed at the glittering planet will reveal a slender 20%-illuminated disk.
why Venus is brightest when it’s in the crescent phase. Because astrology views the planets from our perspective on Earth, I would argue that unlike the Moon, whose effect on humans is stronger when in the Full phase when it is opposite the Sun, Venus has a stronger effect when it is brightest.
Venus and the Moon both represent the Divine Feminine in astrological symbolism: Venus is the goddess of love and beauty; the bringer of artistic talents and a love of comfort and luxury. The Moon is both the divine nurturing force and the inner child, requiring safety, security, and the expression of our deepest feelings. When the Moon and Venus combine, our emotions and our sensibilities merge in a fountain of creativity and love for those around us.
Venus is particularly strong right now because it is slowing down in preparation for its retrograde turn next week. We’ll be talking more about that over the next few days!