Venus is reborn today as she joins the Sun at 21° Leo, starting a new Venus cycle. When she is within 1° or 17 minutes of the Sun—depending on the astrologer—she is said to be in the "Heart of the Sun" or Cazimi, amping up her power as a super-juiced, purified and reinvigorated Venus. A new chapter begins in the Venusian storylines of connection, alliances, beauty, aesthetics, and values.
Oprah Winfrey has Venus Cazimi in her natal chart and is an exceptional ambassador around the Venusian themes of female empowerment and connection. In her 2005 NAACP Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech, she quoted Maya Angelou, "I come as one, but I stand as 10,000" and then added "...to the 10th power!" This truly sums up her powerful Venus Cazimi the Sun in Aquarius: a force for the humanitarian ideals of brother/sisterhood, transcendent love, togetherness and understanding.
It's interesting to think about the Leo-Aquarius axis: the individual and the community. Oprah acknowledges in her speech that "because they were the seed, I get to be the fruit". She stands on the shoulders of giants; her contribution is a reflection of generations of hard work, seen and unseen. In essence, her message is the point of karma ripening that—thanks to those before her—society as a whole can be brought together and ideologies that once divided us can be replaced with harmonious ones that unite us. Venus Cazimi the Sun in Aquarius.
With Venus Cazimi the Sun in Leo as it is now, the focus is individual self expression. Whereas Aquarian Oprah serves an evolutionary Venusian focal point, I wouldn't be surprised to see an individual person come to the limelight now who also reflects Venusian principles. Today and up until the full moon in Aquarius on the 15th, Venus has the Sun's ear. Perhaps we'll see someone rise to center stage extolling the virtues of encouragement, radiant warmth, and togetherness (Venus in Leo), especially towards the "other" (Aquarius).