Venus Retrograde

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 Retrograde

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.

The Retrogrades

How did you survive the last five months of continuous retrogrades? What did you learn about yourself? Are you ready to embrace change and believe that you have what it takes to live the life you’ve always wanted?  

The first planet to go retrograde was Venus in Capricorn. Capricorn, by nature, is slow and methodical and with a retrograde it brings things to a stop. Venus is often underrated in a chart because it rules love – an ethereal and subjective energy by nature. However, love is the glue that keeps the universe together. Many a powerful world leader has been brought to his knees by Cupid’s arrow. Love penetrates our barriers, our outer walls and it gives us a taste of feeling connected to something greater than ourselves. When Venus is in retrograde, there is often a feeling of disconnect, of being alone, of not feeling valued. If you felt unappreciated by the people around you before the retrograde, then those feelings were probably enhanced. Remember, others see your value when you do. Treat yourself with love and respect and you’ll find that others do the same.

Mercury retrograde is a common happening. We have one every three months. Mercury went retrograde three days after Venus went direct. Not much time to take a deep breath. Mercury retrograde doesn’t allow us to move forward, it makes sure we clear our desk of old projects; it brings people from our past into the moment, and throws our normal schedule into chaos. This forces one to slow down and deal with what they may have been avoiding.

The third retrograde was the most challenging — Mars, the warrior planet went retrograde in Libra on March 2nd.  Mars took us on an inward journey through our old issues of anger, frustration and denial. If everyone around you seemed upset or perturbed at the smallest indiscretion, now you know why. Mars put you face to face with the truth or what you didn’t want to see. For two months, avoiding your fears was not an option. Mars also rules your vision, so if you are not living your truth or doing the work you love, then you will feel the consequences of making choices that don’t support your soul.

With Mars direct, don’t panic. Things will begin to move and move quickly. If you’ve wanted a new job, you may just get one. If you were fed up in your relationship, then something may happen that gives you the courage to leave. The obstacle in your path will be removed; people will suddenly become available that were not in the past. The more you understand what’s happening, the easier it is to overcome any issue that may be preventing your success.