Venus is ethereal and powerful because it explains how one engages in life through desires and values. A man filled with yearnings becomes more attractive because he is motivated to achieve and has greater courage when it comes to facing his fears and meeting life’s challenges – desires lead to goals. When you cut yourself off from desire, you remove an important source of power. Venus is also the symbol of love and what you consider wealth. Remember, wealth is objective, only you know what turns you on and makes you happy. So listen to yourself, not others and as you change reexamine what you have previously deemed important – what you see may surprise you.
Venus — A Morning and Evening Star
The Babylonians called Venus the double-phased Ishtar — the morning star of war and the evening star of love. Venus journeys no more than 29 degrees ahead of the Sun (Morning Star) or 21 to 29 degrees behind the Sun (Evening Star). When it follows the Sun it represents peace, and its brightness is revealed immediately after sunset. If you are born during this phase you will appear mature and reserved; you strategize when it comes to your emotions rather than just respond to your instincts. And when Venus leads the Sun, you are a Morning Star and considered a warrior. Your nature is more passionate and impatient, independent and intuitive, responding to life instantly, instead of figuring it all out before you take action. Of course, this is only one factor in determining a chart, but Venus is a strong influence.
Venus went retrograde on July 25th and goes direct on September 6th. Venus is retrograde every twenty months for around forty days. This Venus Retrograde has been journeying through the end of Leo, making a trine to Uranus, the planet of change and independence, and a square to Saturn at the end of Scorpio. Saturn sets or resets our boundaries and in Scorpio the old must go because the new is waiting to enter your life. Learning what to let go of is the challenge and Venus retrograde will help you see the light. It’s a reflective time; so don’t fight pondering what’s important to you. It’s time to decide what’s superfluous and get rid of it. The cleaner your shelves are when Venus goes direct, the easier it is to bring in the new. What you need to see is where you have diminished your power by what you valued, change your priorities and you’ll change your life.
On a simpler note, it’s not the best time to begin a relationship; even if it seems to work, the cost will be high emotionally or financially. However, it’s a great time to tie up the lose ends of any old relationships so that you can move forward when Venus goes direct. When it comes to money, items will either cost too much or be offered at a bargain. If you’re not good at discernment and sorting out what’s important, then use this retrograde to improve that skill and don’t commit to anything until Venus goes direct.
If you’d like to know if you’re a Morning Star or an Evening Star call for a reading and look ahead to your future, prepared and armed to take advantage of opportunity and chances to grow.