Venus governs our personal perception of what we value such as our likes, love, attractions, fertility, purchasing decisions, our appearance, and what we personally consider as beautiful. It rules marriage and partnerships under the sign of Libra, as well as any concerns with appearances and possessions under the sign of Taurus. The manner as to how we, as individuals, may be affected are shown in our natal (birth) and transit (current) charts revealed within the placings of sign, house, and planetary aspects (the connections Venus makes).
Venus retrogrades for a period of about 40 days every 20 months. It’s visible in the western sky at night starting in December and becomes increasingly brighter in March. It appears to stop and even to move backward against the background of the stars between Oct. 7, ’10 and Nov. 18, ’10 with lasting effects until mid-December. Our views may become distorted concerning both the things and people that we like and are attracted to during this time. It’s recommended to wait out this period before making decisions that will bring any kind of a major change. Affectionate exchanges are decreased usually caused by the need for inward reflection and soul-searching.
Reappearances of past attractions and enjoyments may occur. This can be in the form of relationship, recreational activities, or material objects. In contrast to the times when Venus is in direct motion, some tension may accompany these things of the past. We might do well to presume there may be some bad days between now and Christmas.
Financial delays can happen, and with Venus positioned in Scorpio, new careers, hobbies, expensive purchases, and new relationships in general, are discouraged until this planet of love and well-being returns to direct motion.
Mars is also in Scorpio which can stir up issues of control and power applicable to all types of interactions, whether with people, computers, even the tools we use. The energy level is increased and with Venus retrograde, prethought to our choices and applying perseverence are important things to consider. An opportunity exists while Venus is softly aspected to Pluto to seek out new creative methods to respond to an imbalance of power that may occur. The dance of Venus-Mars underscores the need to find an empowering balance between your willingness to compromise and ability to stand your ground.
This planet of ego and physical action will sojurn from the intense sign of Scorpio into the most expansive of signs, Sagittarius, on October 29th. It will transit this sign for 40 days changing energies to a more jovial, grander and freewheeling way of approaching and doing things.
Sagittarius is the most lucky sign in the zodiac, however, due to it’s expansiveness, this influence can create feelings of exaggeration, over-doing things and stretching things out of proportion. This can be in areas such as the desire for more fattening and richer kinds of food, spending too much, working too long, and a tendency to ignore taking safety precautionary measures when it’s best to do so. Feelings, emotions and ways of approaching situations can expand in either negative or positive directions.
The small rough aspects from Venus to Jupiter and Uranus suggest the need to think on your feet. Even though adjustments might be annoying or inconvenient, be willing to make them. Remain engaged and cooperative, while also taking your needs and interests into consideration as an important part of resolving problems and issues. This is a good time to regroup and participate in reassessments about what our true values are, and why we value them.
To thine own self be true; in consideration of your already existing goals, plans and accomplishments:
- Consider many angles, various options and alternatives to resolve pressing issues and concerns, then weigh them against each other toward choosing what’s most practical and effective.
- Might need to make extra effort to keep confidence level from sinking, or shrinking back having to do with important decisions you’ve made up to this point in time.
- Reassess where you want it to go. Perhaps a time-line if that would make the overall picture easier to comprehend. Be as realistic as possible.
- Post this where it can be viewed, leaving space for notes and additions as they surface.
Venus is also in soft aspect to the North Node during this cycle, so be on the lookout for opportunities to reclaim your personal power. Methods that align you more closely with strategies and methods to move forward fulfilling your life’s purpose and goals.
Be of good courage and faith!