Venus will be going retrograde on July 24th. The Goddess of Love, art and beauty will withdraw for a while, but she has not left us completely. This may seem like sad, bad news but when Venus retreats, we have the opportunity to deepen our relationships, re-examine our Hearts and re-assess our view of beauty and our values.
She begins her retreat (retrograde) in the Sign of Virgo at zero degrees. This is a highly Karmic degree. In its highest expression, Venus in this Sign and degree teaches us about devotion. There is a warning, though that problems you bring up may escalate beyond the initial issue.
Venus takes her retreat to the Sign of Leo on July 31st, where she will remain for a while. In this Sign we learn about our need for attention, dignity and play in all our relationships. We want to be courted but while Venus is retrograde, those needs may not be met. And that is okay... For now.
In Matters of the Heart
It is true that when Venus goes retrograde, we hear of more break-ups. People who are already on shaky ground find there is not enough left in their relationship to continue. In other words, there is not enough Venus.
This is not the time to begin a new relationship. There is simply not enough love energy to sustain a longer connection. Even though relationships are brief, there is usually a Karmic signature. This can make it more difficult for one or both of the parties involved to move on. When we talk ‘Karma’, we are talking about past-lives. I see these brief encounters as two people who shared a connection another lifetime, as simply checking in with each other. And then moving on.
Couples: Whether you have been together for one year or fifty-one years, during this time all will experience extra challenges in their relationships. Why? Venus retrograde will activate old behaviour issues, relationship issues that have not been healed or acknowledged in the past. Issues that have not been truly healed erode relationships over time. Venus retrograde offers a rare opportunity to have that hard talk, to dig up old bones and add real intimacy to your relationships. You may explore the difference between a legitimate relationship need and a neurosis.
Venus as a Fashion and Beauty Advisor
The Sign and House Venus was in when you were born will indicate what fashions and beauty styles appeal to you. If for example your Venus was in Capricorn when you were born, you will be drawn to more classic looks. Boho..not so much! While Venus is on her retreat, it is not a good time to change styles. As a matter of fact, this is a time when you can be dissatisfied with fashion choices. Best to keep receipts for any purchases! Venus retrograde times often find us reaching for that piece of clothing that we either forgot about or have been hiding at the back of the closet. This is also a good time to explore Vintage stores.
Venus as Artist.
While Venus is retrograde, inspiration for new art works may wane but it is an excellent time to look at work you have created in the past. It may be time for those paintings, photographs, songs, poems and stories!
There is a highly Karmic time in regards to all matters of the Heart. Treat others tenderly. All people will feel the loss, the withdrawal of the Goddess of Love.
When She-Venus-returns on September 6, your Heart will be wiser!