In any retrograde cycle, there are phases within that cycle that determine what and how we are likely to be experiencing that particular period. As the planet begins its retrograde movement, its velocity is very slow. This results in a focusing of our attention on the matters of that planet, but we are not yet able to provide any clarity on what exactly needs to be addressed or how one needs to approach it. Then, the retrograding planet gradually speeds up which is what is happening now with Venus. This is when things really get going. The issues come forth more clearly now and it is also when events are most likely to occur. The nature of the events themselves cannot be known specifically but they will evoke a hard look at something connected to our relationships, finances or values. Here are some of the events I’ve been told about from students and friends:
1. A home break in that resulted in a person having to deal with fears of insecurity and safety.
2. A relationship break up that had been coming for quite a while.
3. Friends suddenly leaving a person that, in fact, were not actually good for that person.
4. Addressing a need to fundamentally alter one’s financial strategies.
5. The decision to cut back spending and work hard to get out of debt.
6. A resurgence of depression that had afflicted a person so that they could now start to really work with the deep issues they have not yet faced or handled.
It is also important to mention that Venus retrograde does not require that we examine anything. Many people will not be willing to do that. But when it doesn’t occur, that person is missing an opportunity to move in a positive direction that could allow them to move beyond certain internal issues that have been holding them back. As you can see from the above list, Venus rules many things. In general terms it rules the principle of attraction and repulsion. It is what we desire and want to bring near us or what we want to push away. Thus Venus retrograde clarifies our real desires, helps us get into touch with what we truly want in our life, etc. It rules relationships, finances and values most of all. This means that separations from others can happen now as each of us figures out whom we want and do not want in our lives.
Right now, the Sun is moving towards a conjunction with Venus retrograde, which is the exact mid-point of the retrograde cycle. It is called the ‘Inferior conjunction’ and occurs on Thursday, October 28, 2010, at 6:10pm PDT. This is the day of maximum velocity of Venus during its retrograde cycle and marks a shift or turning point. It represents the beginning of the end of one thing and simultaneously the beginning of something else. This means that we are beginning to become clearer about whatever issues the retrograde period has brought forward. But perhaps more importantly it is also bringing in something new for us to consider and take seriously.
I’ve been asked about how the retrograde Venus might affect the coming elections. I’m not going to say much about this, except to mention that since economics are in part related to Venus (it also is influenced by Jupiter and Saturn), there is often a desire for a return to simpler times, which includes traditional values where we pay with money we have rather than put everything on a credit card. This favors Republicans in one sense, especially their argument that we must reduce government spending, but although passions are running high right now in the public debate, the present mood may not be as highly charged for the overall electorate as anticipated, so it is possible that the Democrats will not do as badly as is being predicted by many pundits. Either way, the national mood continues to be one of ‘contraction’ and budgetary care.
Finally, the Venus retrograde is occurring in the sign of Scorpio. One of the key phrases for this sign that I often use is that it tends to cut through the false or the B.S. and get to the bottom of things. It can focus on getting to the core of what really matters, the question of what are the most important things and moving back to basics. In the negative, it can also bring out the negative emotions of the desire for revenge, jealousy, greed and selfishness. With Scorpio you can count on intensity of whatever a person is feeling. So, taking the high road right now is important, since we will have to live with the results of our actions long after the cycle is over and our passions have subsided. Also, Scorpio is a fixed sign and can ‘crystallize’ around a particular set of emotions or thought patterns. For some, Venus retrograde creates a brief opportunity for a new look at these patterns. This could be one of the most important effects of the retrograde cycle. Rigid positions, especially about others, can move during this time, but only if one is open to the advantages of doing so. The resistance to doing this is due to the fact that to question old patterns is to also admit that one has either been wrong in some way, or at least that holding on to old ways of being with others, prevents real growth. At least it might be worth a look.
As always, I hope that many of you will choose to offer responses to what is written and tell us how you have been experiencing the Venus retrograde as well.