Retrogrades: when the planetary forces are moving backwards or are reversed.
Translation: Things tend to get a little backwards and mucked up.
We turn inwards first in a retrograde, examining our motives, excavating hidden desires, even exhuming a few past demons which we haven’t fully dealt with.
RE= Revive, Reunite, Repair, Restore, etc.
Venus Represents: Love, beauty, wealth, pleasure, romance (and relationships in general), Negotiations, harmony & compassion.
Ruler of the signs Taurus & Libra
Venus retrogrades for approximately 5-7 weeks every 18-19 months.
Venus, in astrology, is a symbol of the human capacity to appreciate the gifts that life brings – to savor and enjoy the pleasures and relaxing moments, preferably immersed in the beauty, Venus indicates what we want for ourselves.
The planet of Romance going “backwards” makes people re-examine, and reconsider their relationships (and not just the romantic ones). Any relationship that has issues that you have been letting slide (or making excuses in) will come crashing in, on you, and the people around you. While the planet of Negotiations, Advice, and Counsel is in Retrograde, any arguments you make during this time will be harder to settle, and any advice you try to give others will be poor and uncertain.
Lady Venus also represents Value, when in retrograde it is harder to determine the true value of something (e.g. not a good time to make an important purchase, or changes in any relationship). Your values and ideals will be called into question.
It is a high probability that your inner self will start calling for you to act cautiously over your wealth, talents, or people. Keep in mind Venus retrograde is essential for the development of self-awareness, our thoughts, and our self-worth.
While balanced, Lady Venus knows what is true & bases her decisions on this instinctive compass. When we are in touch with our body, we can feel when something attracts or repulses us. When Venus is out of balance, we mentally tend to project our desires onto others – we blame them when our circumstances are making us unhappy. Our personal gyroscope becomes distorted, and we focus on external pleasures. We love materials, and use unhealthy coping mechanisms to create artificial happiness. We love them, but not ourselves, and expect others to love us enough for the both of us.
*Remember that retrogrades have a tendency to rule the past and therefore bring up past issues. In Lady Venus’s case, past issues with our love lives, former flames, and intense friendships.
*Also for the Venus ruled out there (Taurus and you Libra) don’t be surprised if you feel a little off, and if you want to spend a bunch of cash. Keep calm, and keep your wallet closed!
The three phases: (remember a retrograde is like an Oreo cookie- 1st shadow zone, retrograde, finale):
January 30, 2017, Venus enters shadow zone :
During this phase you will get an idea of the love and money issues that will be of concern during the retrograde phase.
#2 Second Shadow zone or Retrograde: the planet during its retrograde phase “revisits” that issue or event, which may also entail delaying the resolution or realization of action.
March 4, 2017, Venus Retrograde:
Areas of life that were a major focus during the first shadowzone are up close and personal & can now be worked on.
April 15, 2017, Venus retrograde finale:
In the completion of the final phase of Venus retrograde 2017 (Which lasts five weeks & ends on May 18) Your love and money issues that were in focus during Venus in retrograde motion can now be finalized.
Advantages, Opportunities & How this helps us:
-A Venus Retrograde can bring a refreshing pause to the dramatic scripts of our love stories and intense relationships-pulling the rose colored glasses off of us so to speak.
-It helps us to step back and gain called PERSPECTIVE!
-This is a great time to get a understanding of yourself and how you relate to those around you. Also to realize, accept, and re-work some of your entrenched negative interpersonal patterns.
Reassessment of decisions: Do I really want this? Is this really how I wish to proceed?
Is it really worth it? It’s goin’ to be a time that personal values reinstate themselves.
Things that can help mitigate its influences:
Preparation and allowances for hiccups and difficulties in the above mentioned areas, wait six weeks on any large purchases or being too spendy in general (Everything will still be there, so calm down), waiting 6 weeks to make any major decisions in any relationships (personal or friendship).
Or, if you wish to use this time to your advantage:
Slow down, meditate, and practice compassionate inward reflection.
Take an accountof what you really want & who you really are.
Examine how you can improve in your behavior toward your loved ones.
Venus Retrograde dates:
2015, July 25 to September 6
2017, March 4 to April 15
2018, October 5 to November 16
Here is what you can do to counteract it:
You really can’t, so sit down and enjoy the ride!
****But don’t just take my word for it, get out there and research it!****
~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS
Edited by: Sadie Ackerman