Venus Retrograde

If suddenly what's going on in your relationships seems out of whack or you just find yourself wondering what it is you actually want, or you've been rethinking your finances or spending habits, you've been experiencing the effects of Venus Retrograde.

First What is Retrograde?

While planets follow the same direction in the sky as they revolve around the Sun, sometimes planets appear to stop in their motion and go backwards before going forwards again.  This is much like what happens when we pass a car on the road.  As we move forward, it appears as if the car we pass is moving backward while we are moving forward.  This, of course, is an illusion.  And this illusion occurs precisely the same way when planets change positions in their orbits.

Venus Retrograde Symbolism - the 5-Pointed Star

Venus turns Retrograde (appears to move backwards in the sky) every one and a half years.  The last time Venus turned Retrograde in Scorpio was October, 2002.  Other Venus Retrogrades in this century include Aries in 2001, Gemini in 2004, Aquarius into Capricorn in December 2005 to January 2006, Virgo into Leo in 2007, Aries into Pisces in 2009.  If you trace out these signs in the Zodiac, you'll see that Venus traces out a five-pointed star (a pentagram)  as it edges backward.

The pentagram has a long history.  In Ancient Mesopotamia during the Age of Taurus (an age is approximately 2,150 years) the pentagram was a symbol of imperial power. Taurus is the sign ruled by Venus and this was the age of the feminine.  Unlike today, the goddess, land, agriculture, and fertility were revered.

In the following Age of Aries (ages move backwards in the Zodiac) among ancient Hebrews, the symbol of the pentagram was ascribed to truth.  Truth was seen to be represented by the five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. 

In pagan tradition, the five-pointed star represents spirit and the four earthly materials.  The top is spirit, the sides are and water, and the bottom are fire and earth.  For Muslims the five point correspond with the five pillars of faith.  For Christians the five points correspond with the five wounds of Christ. 

Venus Retrograde October 8 to November 18, 2010

For we mortals, Retrograde cycles are times of re-evaluation.  Since Venus is the planet that rules love, sociability, and money, its Retrograde motions puts these issues on the table.  It's time to evaluate the real value of people and possessions as Venus moves from Scorpio into Libra.  Scorpio is the sign that has to do with both passion and other people's money.  Venus, the ruler of Libra, represents relationships, so this is a double whammy. 

Scorpio is the natural ruler of the eighth house in the horoscope.  The eighth house represents what we derive from relationships—whether that's sex, inheritances, or shared finances.  Venus Retrograde in Scorpio makes it time to contemplate these matters.  On the financial end, it may be time to think about whom to leave your inheritance or about changing around your investments.  It's best to actually make the changes after Venus turns Direct.  On the more personal side, it may be time to contemplate your intimate relationships, emotions and passions, and sexuality, and how you handle control and jealousy issues within relationships.

Libra is the natural ruler of the seventh house, which represents marriage, partnership, and all one-to-one relationships.  This makes it time to re-evaluate relationships in general.  Is there a need for more harmony and cooperation?  And if there is, what can you do about it?

This Retrograde cycle is favorable for clearing up old debts, whether you owe someone money or an apology. 

This cycle most strongly affects you if you were born, or have planets, in late Libra or early to mid-Scorpio.  There's some positive reinforcement if you were born, or have planets in, late Gemini or Aquarius, or early to mid Cancer or Pisces.  You may be experiencing more difficulties if you were born, or have planets in, late Aries, Cancer, or Capricorn or early Taurus, Leo, or Aquarius. 

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