First of all, thank you from bottom of my confused heart for your cosmic guidance and insights. This Venus retrograde has been what feels like a never-ending nostalgia filled trip down bad memory lane. I’ve tried to avoid the potholes. I’ve kept to myself. I’ve kept busy. I slipped up once and e-stalked an ex-boyfriend for 20 minutes to see his wedding photos—they were nice, beautiful bride—but mostly, I’ve conducted myself with a lot of chill, considering the sky is actively working against us in love and relationships, and reminding us of all the “BUT WHY THO” decisions we’ve ever made.
Last month, out of nowhere, I got a message from an old acquaintance I never dated, but knew was interested in me. His backstory is tragic and sad, and I’ve always pitied him, so I wrote him back, foolishly, thus unleashing a barrage of requests to go stay at his house and basically begin what would be a brilliant relationship between the two of us. Wait—what? When I told him I was very busy and unable to do that, he hounded me with me emails and texts, asking questions about music, TV, movies, and anything else he could think of to spark up some of that old rapport we once had. But it’s long gone, and I have moved on. He is and was Love Zombie tripping out on his own undead dreams and unmet needs, poor thing.
While dealing with the guilt and confusing feelings produced by this man’s continued contact, I received a phone call from an unknown number. A different man, a different life. This one was an actual ex-boyfriend—from many years ago. This was a man with whom the physical intensity was strong and real, but that’s where it all ended. He was into kung fu and chem trails, and I was so blinded by our insane physical connection (he’s Mars in Pisces, I’m Venus in Pisces, ahem…), I overlooked the lack of a mental one. What did this man want, you ask? After figuring out who it was (it took me five full minutes), he asked me for a favor. I was to go to an address, collect a box from his “friend,” and deliver this box to his other “friend.” What?! Why? What’s in the box? All good questions. Because I once loved this shady fellow, it took all of my willpower to turn him down, to let him down, even though it has been years since we broke up.
After I let him know I am not a professional courier, but that they do exist, I got off the phone and got angry. I’m sure there were drugs or something illegal in the box. Of course I blocked his number, but WHAT is this Venus Retrograde? Tempting us to gaze back at boyfriends past with rose coloured glasses is one thing, calling me up to be a drug mule and reminding me of how weak and easily duped I used to me is something else entirely. As a Taurus with Venus in Pisces and Mars in Libra, I know I’m particularly impacted by Venus retros—but this one takes the cake. My question is: WHY is this happening and WHEN will it end?
Vexed by Venus
Dear Vexed By Venus,
Congratulations on executing a perfect textbook Venus Retrograde! So the answer to the “why” is that this is an astral passage to illuminate your love life to date and empower you in the now. Read or re-read my special rant re this from a few months ago here and check your Horoscopes for cues re all this. And yes i have had various mysterious re-connects from past love interests, such strange reach-outs so as to feel energetically more like an alien encounter. Or at the very least like you need to sage the house and tip a line of salt across the threshold.
It’s super strong now as Venus is stationing at the end of the Zodiac between Doctor Chiron and Wise Athene. All April the Love Goddess is in aspect to Saturn – Lord of Time. Of course, you’re getting object lessons in previous choices, current strengths and what constitutes or would constitute a formidable alliance. The stronger and more authentic you get the less you can countenance a flimsy, “colorful” lovers. They morph into anecdotes, at best. As an older woman once warned me when i was a teenager professing my love for “bad boys”; bad boys turn into bad men. Seriously how fuqing insulting to ring you up and try to sleaze-compel you into doing his dirty and no doubt dangerous errands. Spray the phone with Tea Tee or something. Anyway, everything now is significant; the omens, the dialogue, the realizations, the releases, the dreams, the Everything.
And as for when it ends, Venus turns Direct in a few days but i am not counting this Venusian Voodoo as over until May 19, when she emerges from Shadow. So any retrograde is the opportunity to reshape your perspective and update your personal settings, perhaps via a different interpretation, based on your contemporary self. For example, if a part of your psyche or wardrobe is still stuck in an eight years ago paradigm, Venus Retro is the “update” prompt.
From the very interesting Stealing Fire – How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing The Way We Live & Work – “The past is less an archived library of what really happened and more a fluid directors commentary we’re constantly updating.”
And I am sure i speak for everyone here when i say congratulations on spending just 20 minutes of Venus Retrograde doing your “research” lol.
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