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Venus Cycle

 Cycles of the Dawn Star

Venus is closer to the sun than is the earth, which means that it can never be in the sky opposite the sun. If you see a bright star rising in the east after sunset, it cannot be Venus because Venus is always near the sun. Thus Venus is called the evening and the morning star because those are the only times it can appear in a dark sky. The illustration shows the key points in the orbit of Venus, as seen from the earth, so think of both the sun and the earth as at rest in this diagram, with Venus circling the sun with a period of 584 days.[8] When Venus is at position (1), it is invisible, being nearly in front of the sun. Then it rises about 4 days later at (2), when it first arrives at a great enough angle from the sun to barely be visible before sunrise, only to immediately disappear in the sun's light. Venus then rises a little earlier every morning until it becomes a blazing beacon before it nears point (3), where it reaches its maximum angle of over 45 degrees from the sun. It continues for an average of 263 days total as a morning star, at which time it disappears at (4). About 50 days later it rises at point (6) a dim evening star in the west, dim because it is so far from the earth. It then spends another 263 days, or nearly nine months, as an evening star before it again disappears at (8). As it nears the earth it gets its brightest about a month after passing point (7). It is near this brightest point at the time of this article's publication (20 Feb 2001), and it will stay that bright for about two weeks. So if you haven't seen it, be sure to go look immediately because it is so brilliant it will cast a shadow on a moonless night. It also appears to be a crescent shape if viewed in a telescope, because it is coming between us and the sun. After disappearing from the western sky, it spends about 8 days being invisible between the earth and the sun. Thus, the total period of the evening/morning star cycle is 8 + 263 + 50 + 263 = 584 days.[9] The next figure shows how these cycles appear to an observer. The actual path of Venus can be very erratic, sometimes changing to be from south to north. It truly appears to be a "wanderer," which is the meaning of the word "planet."
The mystery of how Venus relates to the life of Christ is solved by the Native American legends. The first appearance of Venus as a morning star "was probably the most important single event in Mayan astronomy. . . ." one noted astronomer concludes, "Little wonder that the theme of death and resurrection finds symbolic expression in the interaction of these two bodies" (the sun and Venus).[10] Knowing that the setting of Venus as an evening star represents death, allows us to fill in some other orbital symbolism. The rising of Venus as an evening star would represent birth, which is especially appropriate because it rises dim, like a newborn baby. Venus then slowly grows to manhood, but when it reaches its brightest point, it quickly plunges into the earth, even as the Savior was killed in his prime. This year, Venus will disappear toward the end of March. The planet then resurrects, becoming visible to the trained eye again probably about 5-10 April, depending on observing conditions. But as we will now see, there is a calendar date indicated for the official resurrection date of Venus, on which it is bright enough for all to see. That date this year coincides with Easter Sunday, 15 April 2001.

Jesus Christ, the Bright and Morning Star






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