Some readers have asked me if there is ever a time when all the planets are direct. I can’t blame them for wishing that there weren’t any retrograde planets to ‘worry’ about, so to speak. But before stating my usual view that there is an important value to each and every retrograde period (I hope you won’t get too bored with that), I actually want to say that it really is somewhat rare for there to not be any planets in retrograde motion. There is an average of two planets being retrograde ay any one time. I don’t know what the exact percentage is, but most of the time we are under one or more retrograde planets. By the way, if someone does know the percentage, please let us know.
So, let’s begin with a look at the coming Venus retrograde cycle. We are not quite there yet. Venus turns retrograde on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 12:06am PDT at 13°Scorpio and when it does so, it will be conjunct Mars. I’ll speak to that later in the article. It remains retrograde for almost 6 weeks when at will turn direct at 27° Libra on November 18, 2010. What is interesting is that although the velocity of Venus is almost as fast as Mercury, it does not go retrograde nearly as often. In fact, while Mercury retrogrades every four months or so, the Venus retrograde cycle takes about 19 months, a big difference by comparison. Because of its infrequency, therefore, the Venus cycle is quite important. By the way, this particular cycle is in the same territory as the one that occurred 8 years ago in the fall of 2002, so there may be a connection to that cycle as well. You can try to recall what was occurring then and see if there might be a kind of repeat of the theme of that one.
Right now, Venus is almost stationary so its effect is strengthening daily since a slower moving planet will amplify the nature of that archetypal energy. As we all know, Venus rules love, romance and relationships. It will also tell us a lot about our aesthetic nature, i.e., what we find beautiful or pleasing. This is because this archetype rules the principle of attraction and repulsion, what we feel moved toward and from what we desire to move away. And finally Venus rules our values, what matters to us most. As all retrograde periods do, it is a time for review, going within to discover what truly is important to us and to then allow for a shift in those values. As we examine our priorities, we may discover that we are either not in touch with what matters or that we have ‘gotten a bit lost’ and need to return to the more basic and essential values of our core being. This is how this time period can be really good for us.
There are sub-cycles with the 6-week cycle and the most intense part is in the middle, which is called the Inferior conjunction between the Sun and Venus. It occurs on October 28, 2010. It can be helpful to note what occurs or what is in one’s heart at that time, because this is the time when things can come to a head in one’s consciousness.
One of the important aspects of the Venus retrograde period is the theme of letting go. A cycle is ending or has ended and we have to accept this in order to be able to fully move ahead in a new way. During most of this period Venus will be in the sign of Scorpio. Our feelings are apt to be very intense during this cycle and we may want to spend time revisiting old wounds as well as old friends. In fact, often people from our past suddenly contact us during Venus retrograde periods. Usually it’s a check-in to see how we are doing, sort of another stage of the letting go or cutting of the chord aspect of this cycle. Sometimes we need this, and we may not even know why we feel the need to connect with someone from our past. Whatever the specifics are, it is time to make room for the new and that requires a true confronting of the parts of us that are still clinging to the past.
The most important part of this cycle though may be connected to dealing with aspects of relationships we have now. This is a great time to get in touch with our true feelings about our partner (business partners included as Venus also rules money) and to then decide if we want to work on the issues the two of you have together. Couples may enter therapy at this time or, on the other hand, decide to end the relationship. If this is the outcome, though it suggests that the relationship has been struggling for quite a while and we are just finally coming to the conclusion that the problems cannot improve or change. In other words, when it comes to relationships this is a time to either deal with things or let go. By the time the cycle has ended chances are good that we will have decided on where we really are when it comes to a person, relationship or monetary issue.
I am often asked if new relationships can begin at this time and the answer is yes. It will depend on our readiness however. If we have truly completed the old relationships and by that I also mean the patterns that were the dominant themes for that relationship, then a new one can start. This can also describe the transformation of a present relationship such that it seems totally different in some way than the way it used to be.
At the top I mentioned that Mars is conjunct Venus at the beginning of the Venus retrograde. Although Mars will move quickly past Venus, it suggests that this phase will include how we go after what we want. It may also have to with an examining a how we approach sexuality, its importance to us and even what its priority in our life it needs to be. Obviously, where the retrograde occurs on one’s chart is an important indicator of what areas of our life will be examined. This is a good time for a consultation if you desire more specific information on what aspects of your life may be particularly affected.
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