Venus Cazimi Collection
The word cazimi comes from the Arabic term kaṣmīmī, which means “as if in the heart” (1) and according to Renaissance Astrologer William Lilly it occurs when a planet is within 16 minutes of the Sun and brings an "addition of fortune as the planet is wondrous strong".(2)
Sitting on his [the Sun’s] lap, protected in his arms, in perfect union, is a condition that identifies a free zone, a haven of peace, an Eden of exaltation...A planet joined with the Sun is like a person sitting with the king in one chair.(3)
Botticelli, The Birth of Venus (c. 1484–1486)
I chose the Venus cazimi as a talismanic election to utilise a Venusian energy that embodies a haven of peace and Eden of exaltation. Using a cazimi as a magical election deviates from the tradition of Medieval & Renaissance astral magic as in a more “traditional” magical election, you would utilise Moon as the translator of light with the planet applying to conjoin the Ascendant or Midheaven. In this case I considered the cazimi as a stand alone event, similar to a heliacal rise election. My rationale being, that Venus in the heart of the Sun is in a ‘free-zone’ making her free from influence of the planets, houses or signs, and as Venus is being embraced by the greater luminary the Moon isn’t required as a translator of light.
I consulted the tarot as to the outcome of this election. Pulled a three card spread for past, present, and future, and got the 5 of Wands, 10 of Pentacles, and the Lovers. The 5 of Wands represents conflict and disharmony within a group. I read this to represent the mess that was 2020, the traumatic year we are all leaving behind. In the 10 Pentacles we find a renewed sense of security, stability and an abundance of the earthly pleasures that Venus lovingly provides. The Lovers represent harmony, balance and love: either a love within relationship or a love for the self. These cards represent a fortunate outcome in the wake of adversity.
In my part of the world the cazimi culminated on Venus day. I decided to use this extended timeframe as an opportunity to step out of the box and make a collection of handcrafted sterling silver pieces inspired by two different incarnations of Venus: Aphrodite and Inanna. As my pieces take many days to craft I used the election for setting and finishing, as it is the part of the process where each piece becomes whole. I began during Venus hour, Friday 26 March at 7:33am AEDT and finished once the cazimi was exact at 5:33pm AEDT.
I experience Venus colours to be both green and red. According to the Picatrix, Venus’ colour is saffron, and the colour of her garments is rose.(4) With Venus in the heart of the Sun, red felt the most appropriate colour to dress the altar. Offerings of fresh roses, rose potpourri, pearls, chocolate, halva & wine were made. I placed in the centre a small framed picture of Aphrodite inherited from my Yiayia (Greek for grandmother) and in front in a small bowl, the gemstones for the jewellery rubbed with Empress oil. Picatrix invocations were used to petition Venus along with a suffumigation of Mugwort, Vervain, frankincense and rose petals.
The gemstones used in this collection are associated with Venus. I chose the pearl as the feature gemstone for the majority of these pieces as it pertains to Aphrodite, the Venusian goddess of beauty that rose from the sea. Beautiful things that come out of the water, like shells and pearls, are associated with Aphrodite, and Greek mythology says that pearls are the tears of joy shed by Aphrodite when she was born.
The use of pearls makes these pieces perfect talismans for Venus veneration, as recommended in the Picatrix: “And on your head wear a crown ornamented with pearls and precious stones, and on your hand a ring ornamented with a pearl.”(5)
The other gemstones I have used come from Agrippa: “These things are under Venus...amongst Metals, Silver, and Brass, amongst Stones, the beryl (morganite), Chrysolite (peridot), emerald, sapphire, carnelian, the Lazull (lapis lazuli) stone, and all of a fair, various, white (pearl), and green (tourmaline) colour.”(6)
In ancient mythology, as Venus steps into the cazimi (heart of the Sun) she is described as entering into the underworld. This is because the cazimi and subsequent combustion marks a period of time that she cannot be seen in the sky and once she moves out from the Sun’s rays and back into view she is reborn as the evening star.
Burney Relief / Queen of the Night, 19th-18th century BCE
We can see this cycle of Venus reflected in the story of Inanna’s Descent into the Underworld, the very first recorded epic poem dating back 5000 years. In this myth Inanna, the first incarnation of Venus, embarks on a heroine’s journey, where she experiences trial, ordeal and even death before being reborn anew.
I used the snake as a repeated motif in these pieces to represent the spiritual rite of ordeal and rebirth. Just as Venus descends into the underworld in order to be born anew, so too are we called into the depths of ourselves to shed what no longer serves us and find integration and wholeness. The snake can be seen as a talismanic representation of rebirth, transformation and healing because of its ability to shed its skin as it grows.
These talismans are made with the intention of a renewal that comes after a period of ordeal. The keywords are: haven of peace, perfect union, integration, rebirth, transformation, joy, stability and harmony.
1. Cazimi. (2013, April 10). The Astrology Dictionary. http://theastrologydictionary.com/c/cazimi/
2. Lilly, W. (2011). Christian Astrology (Three Volumes in One). Cosimo Classics.
3. Nava, P. (2018). In the Heart of the Sun. Astrodienst. https://www.astro.com/astrology/ivccn_article180927_e.htm#_ftn4
4 & 5. Warnock, Christopher. Picatrix Liber Atratus: Books 3 and 4 (Complete Picatrix Liber Atratus Edition Book 2). pp. 29 & 68
6. Agrippa, H. C., Freake, J., & Tyson, D. (1992). Three Books of Occult Philosophy (Llewellyn’s Sourcebook) (1st ed). Llewellyn Publications. P.91
7. Wolkstein, D., & Kramer, S. N. (1983). Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth: Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer (1st ed.). Harper Perennial.