Hymn to Venu (from the Rig-Veda)

Mandala 1/ Hymn 123.* Vena., Rig-Veda

SEE, Vena, born in light, hath driven hither, on chariot of the air, the Calves of Pṛśni [mother goddess].
Singers with hymns caress [her] as an infant there where the waters and the sunlight mingle [Eastern/Easter horizon].

Vena draws up [her] wave from out the ocean. mist-born, the fair one's back is made apparent,
Brightly [she] shone aloft on Order's summit: the hosts sang glory to their common birthplace [Summit of Mt. Meru, home of all the gods].

Full many, lowing to their joint-possession, dwelling together stood the Darling's Mothers [Venus and Moon].
Ascending to the lofty height of Order, the bands of singers 'sip the sweets of Amṛta [Amrita or Amanita Muscaria]

Knowing [her] form [pentacle orbit], the sages yearned to meet [her]: they have come nigh to hear the wild Bull's bellow [the Venus Transit in Taurus].
Performing sacrifice they reached the river: for the Gandharva found the immortal waters [Soma keepers].

The Apsaras, the Lady, sweetly smiling, supports her Lover [Surya/Indra - the Sun] in sublimest heaven.
In his Friend's dwelling as a Friend [she] wanders: [she], Vena, rests him on her golden pinion [chariot].

They gaze on thee with longing in their spirit, as on a strong-winged bird that mounteth sky-ward;
On thee with wings of gold, Varuṇa's envoy, the Bird that hasteneth to the home of Yama [god of death / Gautaman].

Erect, to heaven hath the Gandharva [Soma messengers] mounted, pointing at us his many-coloured weapons;
Clad in sweet raiment beautiful to look on, for he, as light, produceth forms that please us [psychedelic patterns].

When as a spark [she] cometh near the ocean, still looking with a vulture's eye to heaven [Eye of Ra / Venus in transit],
[Her] lustre, joying in its own bright splendour, maketh dear glories in the lowest region.


* Annotated to reveal the feminine Brahamnical aspect of Venus and her relationship to entheogenic Soma. Vena is the original Star of Bethlehem who gives birth to the Sun during the winter solstice, celebrated by drinking Soma.