Because you asked, here are my Venus Retrograde Beauty Rules.
Read on for the cosmic take on everything from lasers and oil-pulling to fillers or botox.
A reminder: Venus is in the Retro Zone from now until December if you include the Shadow-Zone. But the actual Retrograde is October 6 until November 16.
For Retrograde Think “Reassessment”
People who are reading this run the gamut from avid beauty-techies to coconut-oil for everything. Take what is of interest to you and ignore the rest. Likewise, with gender-specific factors that don’t apply to you or any idiosyncratic opinion that you don’t concur with.
As this is a particularly robust Venus Retrograde by dint of it being in the Via Combusta, a proper strategy is needed. So read on for the Retro-Venus legit beauty basics!
# Oil-Pulling – This is here as it falls, like facial exercises, in the “it can’t hurt” category. And the situation is that, during a Venus Retrograde in Scorpio, beauty enhancements (Venus = Beauty) can malfunction in weird ways. So either of these two would be D.I.Y. and could be combined with some sort of suitably Venusian thought process. Because this is an astro-passage that evokes savage nostalgia or flashbacks of intimacies and sexual experiences gone past. So perhaps the 20 mins or so you spend oil-pulling or making weird faces at yourself in the mirror would be good for processing. F.Y.I. Whenever I can be stuffed doing oil-pulling, I seem to get cheekbones and extra-white teeth/eyes. I know, I know – it’s not scientific. But still. There seems to be something to it. Facial exercises were all the rage pre injectables but they antidote Botox and move filler around, so you can’t do them if you have stuff in your face. They seem to work if you do them devoutly.
Botox During Venus Retrograde?
# Botox aka facial neurotoxin – Yes, it’s highly diluted and carefully prepared, almost homeopathic, you could argue. And it has not become a billion-dollar business because the results aren’t there. Still, those results can be unpredictable. You have only to watch the Real Housewives Of Anywhere or google terms like “spocking” to see this. Retro Venus is the most likely time for a less than desirable outcome. I have had it done because my Moon in Libra loved the feeling of insta-serenity it bestowed but stopped because – seriously – Uranus got into Taurus, and I freaked about the chemicals/facial meridians/Third Eye/facial fascia impact. Even if you love the stuff and your practitioner, try to work around the actual Venus Retro phase if possible.
# Fillers – So I know a Capricorn cosmetic surgeon who is scathing about over-use of fillers. He is not just talking his book. He refers to it as the pillow-face look. It’s not as much of a no-no during Venus Retro as – say – cosmetic surgery or neuro-toxin, but it’s probably best to avoid seeing someone new to your face in this phase. However, if something looks weird, it can be dissolved. So it fulfills the basic Venus Retro rule of being able to be changed back if need be.
Venus Retrograde Has A Self-Acceptance Component
# Cosmetic Surgery – It is elective by its nature and so not scheduling it for during a Venus Retrograde is vital. It is worth getting an astro consult for any surgery, as a good date is SO helpful. You’re looking for a strong Mars-Saturn alignment (surgery) good Jupiter (robust constitutionally) and well-aspected Neptune (the anesthesia). But if it is cosmetic, don’t book it for a Venus Retro. And if you get the idea for it during a Venus Retro, don’t book it. Try something else like intense yoga, therapy, journaling, osteopathy, a health retreat, etc. Because this Venus Retrograde also has a big self-like and acceptance component. Now until Xmas Eve is a beautiful mini-era in which to love yourself back into wholeness again.
# Gynaecological Procedures – this is interesting. It’s not optimal for anything that falls under the category of cosmetic, see above. But this Retro Venus is a fantastic time for getting checked out as Scorpio rules this part of the body. And Venus Retro is revisionary. So if your approach to gynecological health has been one of benign neglect or haphazard Kegels, resolve to see an epic practitioner and take charge of the whole scene. Not in a dreary, ‘oh fuq, I had better check that nothing vile is growing in there‘ mood but in an avidly gleeful and self-honoring style. You could combine the gynecological examination with acupuncture, herbs or Pranic healing for a full Retro-Venusian revamp experience.
# Vaginal Steaming During Venus Retrograde? No.
Saturn In Capricorn Is Fantastic For Dentistry
# Cosmetic Dentistry – Decent cosmetic dentistry is done in the context of over-all mouth health (the oro-facial ecosystem) and Saturn rules it. Saturn in Capricorn in a nice synergy with Uranus, Pluto, and Neptune is good for anything dental, at any time. So I do not include this as a Retro-Venus “don’t” – unless you’re getting your teeth whitened on impulse or at a dodgy mall place.
# Lasers-IPL-Ultrasound – Retro-Venus in Scorpio opposes Uranus three times in a row and Uranus rules machines, laser, etc. So no. Just no. My personal feeling is also that the machines do not get as much regulatory oversight as they ought to. They are a lucrative business model that mushroomed in the age of Kardashian and Instagram. People previously doing facials and standard beauty treatments upgraded into hire-purchasing hefty pieces of tech, paying per pulse of light or ultrasound.
The whole thing feels very Uranus in Aries, high tech face zapping and all. Anyway, zero ‘remodeling’ of facial collagen, controlled burning or face peeling with Retro-Venus. Also, this applies to machines that “sculpt’ fat or blubber it off by vibrating, fat-freezing or whatever. There are no short-cut diets or fat-fuqer treatments when Venus is Retro in Scorpio.
Lasers Are Incongruent With Venus Retro
# Cosmetic Acupuncture – It is not something (I don’t think) that could harm or that would be difficult to change back, so I guess why not? I tried it, and it drastically revs up circulation to the face so that you glow. Then again, so does dipping your head in a bucket of cold water and it is faster. Idea: Get a few needles whacked into appropriate points while you are getting a more comprehensive treatment.
# Tattoos – A tattoo is a permanent spell and an activation of the planetary energy on that day. So, like elective surgery, it is a good idea to get a date professionally chosen for you OR find a suitable time in the Scheduler! So Retro-Venus does not necessarily negate tattoos. For example, something Sagittarian/Jupiterian in nature would be beautiful, if apt for your astrology, the day that Jupiter goes into Sagittarius. Or, if you’re upping your Lilith Vibe, you would work more with that vibe, than Venus. However, impulse tattoos during Venus Retrograde? No. Even if you are dreaming of ravens or ankhs day and night, get a t-shirt or a piece of jewelry instead.
# Permanent Make-Up. This speaks for itself. It is the classic Retro-Venusian screw-up and it is much harder to hide an “over-deposit of pigment” on your face than a bad haircut. No. If your brows feel skimpy, you could conduct a Retro-Venusian in Scorpio investigation – zinc levels, hormones, thyroid and all. My theory is that it’s some kind of a conspiracy. First, the overly plucked thin brows of the 90s and then facial neurotoxin which would presumably do something to the microcirculation around the eyebrows. Now big eyebrows are back.
Yes To Cosmetics And Make-Up As Therapy Or A Scent Re-think
# Cosmetics – YES. As in, if you get a fuschia lipgloss that you then hate, it’s reasonably easy to deal with. There are nearly always teen girls in your life who will avidly add to their collection via any means possible. It is also, as outlined here, weirdly healing to think about and be exploratory with cosmetics in a Retro-Venus like this.
# Scent – YES. Go the whole Proust trip. Become a psychic detective of your scent history. Go to some store and walk around sniffing every scent you ever wore for a reasonable amount of time. Get scent trips and take them home to smell in private, jotting down your memories in purple ink. It will be a new kind of therapy.
# Hair – YES but not impulse hair. Distrust sudden onset urges for hair extensions, buzz cuts, and drastic color changes. Or do it if you combine it with a full-on lifestyle change. For example, if you were transitioning from being a nun to a dominatrix, you would want your hair to somehow signal the change. Or if you kept your hair a specific style because someone you are no longer sleeping with always ‘insisted’ you had it that way, screw it. Change it. Cackle as you leave the hairdresser. That night, go to sleep and fly around like a harpie on the astral plane, annoying those who did you wrong.
# V-Steaming & Associated Rituals – Yes! This is the best astrological phase of the decade to have a crack at this sort of thing, health cautions and your personal circumstances are taken into account as you do your own research of course. Personally and I am not a doctor, obviously, I got a little facial steamer for $20 and whacked some Raspberry Leaf Tea into it. It works brilliantly! But I have a loaded 8th House.
Purge Lingerie + Sex Toys From Days Gone By During Venus Retrograde
# Skincare – Retro-Venus is brilliant for a rethink of how you care for your complexion and logically assessing where you’re at with it. Target in on what you actually need/want to do for your skin and research the best solutions. This is when the revisionary angle of this astral passage really shines. Personally, I think those French drug store/chemist brands like Le Roche have all the high-tech ingredients at a really good price, the Nadine Artemis/Living Libations stuff is rad and I also love Aesop.
# Snazzy Lingerie – okay, so if you have little slinky sex-centric items lurking in your drawer that remind you of a time gone by that you do not want to repeat, you could always clutter purge it or do a full-on Venus in the Via Combusta burning ritual? With salt? And that Marianne Faithfull witch song? Buying out-of-character new lingerie in RetroVenus times is not a fantastic concept.
# Weird S**t – the day Venus went into the shadow of her Retrograde, I heard about this chiropractor who has rooms by the beach where he charges thousands of $ to restore the “golden mean” of your face via an incredibly painful treatment that involves having a balloon pushed up into your sinuses and then popped. You come out broke and crying but beautiful as never before. It was something like that. To anything whacked out and surreal, it’s no.
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