Venus turns Retrograde with relative frequency but this one is more profound than usual, occurring as it does at the end and the beginning of the Zodiac. The more nuanced take on this for your sign and/or rising sign will be a feature of your Horoscopes over the next several weeks and the times/degrees for this Venus Retrograde cycle are at the bottom of this post.
But first, apart from the standard Retro-Venus precautions – no impulse shack-ups/wedding, no crazy idealization of the past and no beauty procedures you might find hard to reverse – what are some unique attributes of this one? There are THREE major themes.
(1) The ability to be able to see your relationship history anew, as if from a more spiritual perspective. You see even the most sordid or personally threatening episodes with a higher consciousness and most likely more compassion for your self and the choices that you made. This is a product of the repeat passes by Venus over the extremely sensitive end points of Pisces, the sign in which Venus is exalted.
In some cases, this fresh vibe may threaten to erode built-up ‘protective resentment’ or your official narrative and this can be difficult to deal with. But the more you can just go Yin with any new insights or points of view at this time, the better. Or go Yang with it in your brain and really work with the heightened objectivity to push through the old story.
(2) A massive awareness of times when you may have lost your individuality in relationships or even the tendency to do that now, given half the chance. Venus in Aries (remember that this Retro goes through Pisces AND Aries, mostly Aries) wants to be loved for her fierceness and ambition, not have to mute it just to get laid/validation/a convenient social “couple” identity/love. If your dating schtick is that you have to sedate yourself to be acceptable or that you can’t have individuation AND romance, this Retro-Venus cycle is an epic opportunity to address this with Aries gusto. If you are in a relationship, this cycle shows power dynamics or stealthy compromises that may not normally be apparent to you.
As Retro-Venus ALWAYS involves a degree of nostalgia, you may recall – without much prompting – times from your past when you did abandon your self. Or more pleasantly, when you were super brave and amazing – being warrior like during difficult circumstances. Or speaking your mind and setting boundaries for the first time. You can even recover and once again feel a version of yourself that you became estranged from a long time ago, for whatever reason.
Venus is already in shadow, as you will see from the dates below, and i had a wowser of a Venus Retro recall just today, along the above lines. Long story short, my flatmate when i was 19 actually stole (briefly) my then boyfriend (a lower Neptunian type) and of course i was furious. I remember walking literally all night, crying and raging but then when i returned home, i felt spent…exhausted but serene and really aware that she was not a friend and that i no longer wanted him.
So i always thought all this was psycho of me, pacing the streets like I thought they were the Moor in Wuthering Heights, being so uncool about it. Literally today, i had this flash of compassion for my teenage self and realized that it did not even occur to me to numb or deny the feelings and that this was healthy. Whereas a decade later and i had become accomplished at burying or numbing emotions that seemed too strong or inconvenient. I am not saying this to overshare and this is a subscriber-only post but from this you may be able to see the ‘genre’ of this Venus Retro?
(3) Sharpening up your look. Venus Retro has a fashion/beauty/image angle to it in that you do feel the urge to revise everything. You look at the whole vibe with fresh optics and the kind of cheery realism that is trademark Aries. You’re not remotely emotional or freaking out over things that could at other times be a bit of a punish. But you may get weird fashion flashbacks – of times when you devised an outfit that did not work and other occasions where you just owned it. What you wore when…sort of memory tracks. And you can become a sort of fashion psychic, restyling yourself for this era but with a strong sense of your deeper self.
And yes, it’s true – Venus Retro is not the best time to buy clothes or DO drastic things but this is when you let go, when you scheme and access a higher vibe re all things Venusian.
Venus is Retrograde from March 4 until April 15. This is the hot zone for “obeying” the precautions. But it is in the shadow zone from January 30 until May 19. A fantastic way to see this is as your opportunity to pull off some epic makeover of mind, bod, soul and that organically results in a more Contemporary You vibe. You don’t add on – so many makeovers involve the addition of extras – you’re stripping back the excess. It’s eight weeks of Venus Retro – a symbolic withdrawal, if you like, into an underworld journey or a “cave” to reconfigure your psyche and clear your head in terms of creative and romantic potential.
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