Venus makes her heliacal rise, or first appearance as a morning star, rising in the pre-dawn sky today just before the Sun. As a herald of the new day, Venus is called Phosphorus and Lucifer, the latter name meaning "light bearer." The Maya viewed the morning star Venus as a negative omen or harmful deity- probably related to the retrograde motion of Venus at such times, and thus her significations as goddess of love, beauty, and unions, are diminished at best.
Venus was associated with the Mesoamerican god Quetzalcoatl, and the heliacal rising of Venus has shown correlations with events such as "the downfall of leaders, plane crashes, and embarrassing situations in high places." If I remember correctly, the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal hit the headlines with Venus in this cyclical phase.
Yesterday's fatal crash of Flight 883 in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, occurred as the Scorpio Sun and Venus were setting.
Turning of the Wheel, a blog post by Allison Rae:
"In this season of death and rebirth, transformational energies reach a peak next week with the Samhain-New Moon gateway. Venus' heliacal rise on November 5 amplifies the mystical, healing qualities of this shamanic passage.
Enter the void, the depths of the soul. Prepare for rebirth.
We're dancing with the shadow during Venus' shamanic journey of the Underworld this Halloween season. The Samhain fire burns away pain, suffering and outdated beliefs as Venus continues her retrograde transit, away from our view. She'll reappear next week as the morning star in the east and initiate a new eight-year cycle in Scorpio."
Venus Morning Star, Evening Star Venus
Michael R. Meyer