The ability to distinguish the oriental/morning star appearance of Venus from her occidental/evening star appearance gives another layer of interpretive ability and greatly adds to the depth and richness of a reading. We will also learn to identify the invisible phases of Venus and explore them through the metaphor of Ishtar’s mythological descent to the Underworld. We will see how the entire process of Venus’ visual cycle is intricately related to her mythology and that this myth represents an evolutionary journey. We can see this as an early form of Campbell’s Monomyth or Journey of the Hero/ine. (I use the chart and life of President Obama as an example in this one).