Venus Retrograde Beauty Rules

Venus Retrograde Beauty Rules

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.

For Retrograde Think “Reassessment”

People who are reading this run the gamut from avid beauty-techies to coconut-oil for everything. Take what interests 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.

# Oil-Pulling – This is here as it falls, like facial exercises, in the “it can’t hurt” category. But during a Venus Retrograde, beauty enhancements (Venus = Beauty) can malfunction in weird ways. So either of these two would be D.I.Y. and you could combine them with some suitably Venusian thought process. This is an astro-passage that evokes savage nostalgia or flashbacks of intimacies and sexual experiences gone past. The 20 mins 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. 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 work if you do them devoutly.

Botox During Venus Retrograde?

# Botox A.K.A. facial neurotoxin – Yes, it’s highly diluted and carefully prepared, almost homeopathic, perhaps. 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 gave but stopped when Uranus moved into Taurus. I suddenly freaked over the chemicals/facial meridians/Third Eye/facial fascia impact. Even if you love the stuff and your practitioner, 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, the doctor/nurse can dissolve it. So it fulfills the basic Venus Retro rule of being reversible. If it is irreversible, do not do the procedure during Venus Retro.

Venus Retrograde Has A Self-Acceptance Component

# Cosmetic Surgery – It is elective and so avoiding Venus Retrograde should be simple. You don’t have to have it at any particular time. If you think there is an urgency about it, see a therapist first. Date-wise, 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. Venus Retrograde also has a big self-like and acceptance component.

# 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 your female anatomy 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. Men? Wait for Mars Retro and do something similar.

# Vaginal Steaming During Venus Retrograde? No.

Saturn In Capricorn Is Fantastic For Dentistry

# Cosmetic Dentistry – Decent cosmetic dentistry includes over-all mouth health (the oro-facial ecosystem) and Saturn rules it. 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 – 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, Tabloid Geishas, 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 old-fashioned already, 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.

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 your circulation to the face so 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, get a date professionally chosen for you or find a good time in the Moon Calendar!  So Retro-Venus does not necessarily negate tattoos. It would be particularly cool for body art you considered remedial or to mark your emergence from a dark era, especially if it involved a relationship. However, impulse tattoos during Venus Retrograde? No. Even if you are dreaming of ravens, ankhs or other cool symbols 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 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 and tattooed in brows are in.

Yes To Cosmetics And Make-Up As Therapy Or A Scent Re-think

# Cosmetics – YES. As in, if you get a Jaffa-orange lip gloss that attracts flies and makes you look deranged, 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 a 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. Or mix up a new fragrance for yourself, using only your most astrologically aligned magic oils.

# Hair – YES but not impulse hair. Distrust sudden onset urges for hair extensions, buzz cuts, and drastic color changes. Or do it only 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 the astral plane like a harpie with cool hair, annoying those who did you wrong.

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 fantastic 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. Buying out of character new lingerie during Venus Retro is not a good idea.

# 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 a painful treatment that involves having a balloon pushed up into your sinuses and then popped. You come out broke and crying but beautiful, apparently. To anything that whacked out and surreal, it’s no.


Image: Remedios Varo – Visit To The Plastic Surgeon

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I have a white vinegar hair rinse recipe that I use on my salt and pepper hair. I usually make it with the moon cycle. Do you think it’s ok to revisit (Rx) this recipe and make some while Venus moves backwards? Thanks!


I love this guide! I changed hairdressers last Venus retro and it was horrible, cost 3x what i paid the old one, and is going to take 2 years to fix the damage, but I have a lot of Leo so it was just a bad idea from the start. That sinus balloon thing—I know naturopaths who do it in a regular office visit for general sinus health, or a deviated septum, or if someone was in a car accident and their sinuses were impacted and not quite right after healing. Basically it is an actual sinus chiropractic treatment. It’s… Read more »


I’m booked into a Make-up joint for my first lesson EVER and online dating for the first time EVER. I’m 40. I have a stellium in the Via Combusta. So obviously this is what Venus retro looks like for some.


Okay, so a few days late, but: what’s your take on nutritional rebalance/(medically necessary) weight loss efforts during VR? It’s not 100% image driven (maybe 50% though), and it’s a process rather than a procedure, but if I need to re-strategize, I’d rather do it now.


I have just seen this post and have surgery booked for the 5th- should I be looking to cancel?

Year of the Phoenix

On it! Sorting Scorpion rules bits.


I got an impulse tattoo on the 16th… got a bit infected unlike every single other one of my tattoos. No regrets. It was a “zap zone” day and it was a kind of “zap zone” tattoo.


The oracle had suggested a tattoo of what I lived through despite retrograde. I appreciated that and am now trying to imagine a tattoo that could possibly communicate this life

I already have the word consequence on my shoulder. 20 year old me didn’t know how many meanings that would come to have


Ha! I almost had “No Rest for the Wicked” tattooed around my thigh…picked a celtic rope design that stands for “righteous anger.” Often I feel I shoulda picked the former…


This guide is legit! I’ve been considering more invasive stuff (lasers for rosacea, melasma) but am also too chicken and want to get strict on my diet and see if I can make an improvement that way. Will definitely hold off until next year at least. Mystic, are you still doing orofacial myology? I just started working with someone local. It’s hard to stay disciplined but it’s not only about aesthetics for me, I’ve got a bad swallowing pattern. I try to do the exercises in the morning. Love the concept of stripping back to basics, I am going to… Read more »


Wow I love this! So interesting. I’m very interested in the tattoo dates now. I just got a cover up tattoo September 5th – two days before my birthday. I have been seeing 5:55 all the time and my cat is named Fievel and I call him Five for short! I wonder what this means? Im assuming this was a good thing?


Thank you, Mystic! The weirdo expensive treatment shocked me something fierce though! Nothing has been mentioned about new/continued types of excercise or weightloss; I suppose it’s never a “no”, but maybe now is a somewhat better timing than most to review one’s diet and habits?.. I have been putting on weight like crazy even though I have eliminated the most stressful factor of my recent life several months ago, and I do eat healthy (I have proof in written detailed accounts of what I eat throughout the day!)…. WEIRD, for someone who has had exactly the same weight (even was… Read more »


Could you be pregnant?


Unless it’s divine conception, I think not 🙂


If you have been through a stressful situation in the past it does take some time to show up in your body. I would guess your thyroid. But that’s my personal opinion and I don’t know your situation. Do you eat pretty healthy? I’ve revently taken on a plant based diet and it’s helped extremely well for my thyroid


I have been vegan for 6 years now! And I’ve been trying to eat really healthy for a year or more; though next to all the very balanced food I consume I still get a wee bit too much sweets, that never used to cause any weight gain and I’ve had a sweet tooth (but also quick metabolism) for years. I’ll have my thyroid checked, thanks!

Canny Cap

Hi, unexplained weight gain is one of the key ‘go see your doctor’ signs. As women we often don’t go for things like that for fear of being seen as hysterical or melodramatic but honestly, your body is trying to tell you something.


Oh well, my platinum buzz cut fantasy will have to remain just that – a fantasy for the next few weeks. Then of course when Venus goes direct again, the fantasy will fade, as always … ad infinitum….


you could just get it anyway. hair does grow back 🙂


Aaaah if it were that easy. I wrote you a VAST response with a ream of excuses and then decided to delete it because it sounded so dementedly shallow and vain, even for a Venus in Leo. I’m wondering if my partner is right – i go through this every summer coz mane management gives me the total shits in 40º heat & 90% humidity……. But Uranus is going to back-track on to my Aries DC at the end of the year in mid-winter, so we’ll see. X


Maybe a cool undercut or something? Meet the buzzcut halfway 🙂


Just do it. If it’s terrible you get to wear headscarves like Sofia Loren. Besides if you’ve been contemplating this for a while I think this passes the criteria?


i’m going to keep it simple and basically go with temperance for 6 or so weeks. beauty comes from within, right?


Was trying to work out where this came from and realised that Venus will square my cap moon 3 times in this period. That would do it I guess.


Why don’t cosmetic surgeons time their holidays and shut up shop for Venus retro? They’d have the best reputations.


They’re in it for the money?


Re: the balloons up the nose…this reminds me in reverse of that embalming procedure by extracting the brain through the sinus that the Egyptians used to do. yeeesh


A couple of years back i bought a Nat Geo because it had an ancient Egypt theme, complete with a spread on how to do the bandaging. Advised siblings that they had better practise now for my demise, since i’m eldest 🙂 Now i know i have to check on their skill progress, because if they haven’t got that down, they will never manage the balloon-brain-removal – in fact, I’m the sibling that would have that down pat (with a bit of a practice run tho not sure where i’d get that. Maybe dig up some old lovers/acolytes 😉 )


he just sounds like a horrible man who power trips by inflicting large amounts of pain on women(?) whose priorities are a bit mixed up. and also excuse me he is , uh, a chiropractor?!!?!?! and how the fuq does this process actually ‘restore the golden mean of your face’ i’d think maybe it causes damaged sinuses lol
i mean the internet and doctors exist for a reason, that reason being research into the claims of brutalist quasi medical shonks before wrecking yourself.


I’ve actually done something similar to the balloon thing (neurocranial restructuring) and it is pretty powerful and you feel totally symmetrical in face and body after. The problem is, 1) you need to keep going back because 2) if you don’t move/breathe/swallow correctly you will relapse to your previous pattern.

I’ve been working on my swallowing/movement for awhile now and curious to try it out again. It’s like $400-$700 bucks for 4 days worth of treatment where I am but the seaside hotel room is not included lolol.


I want see the before and afters of the beach-side balloon up the sinus people #superlibra

dark star

Damn! Remedios strikes again.

Wish Upon a Star

I love the picture. It is Haunting.


I am totally hunting down a facial roller. Tomorrow, in fact. I have already made some inquiries and though the two places I called did not stock them, the two women I talked to were major advocates. One of the women I talked to suggested an apothecary downtown and they have them. The only question is whether to do rose quartz or jade. Also, love the idea of a tattoo for Jupiter into Sagittarius. Hmmm…..


I love all of this post and all of these comments.


Hi Mystic, best clarification on Venus Retro ever. I’ve always known not to indulge anything cosmetic/permanent during VR, but you have broken it down perfectly. Thank you! December it is for some much needed cosmetic touch ups for me!


What about getting ink Mystic?


It’s in there^


Mystic, what do you think of laser hair removal (lip, chin, armpits, pubes) during Venus Rx? I’ve been doing regular sessions since early this year. Thanks!


Thanks mystic, taking your advice as I was about to book in for first run of laser treatment! But then… what if I want it back? Permanent is forever! And would Venus feel the need to banish her hair? I don’t think so, she would love all parts of herself.. at least leaving the option for it to return and re-work her style if pubes made a comeback (you never know lol)


they have made a comeback, major waxing is not a thing for millenials ish
also the honey badger venus in sadge types literally dont care [sample size: 1]


Exactly, AriesMoon. Why not leave the option open?
I love Cameron Diaz’s pubic hair crusade, and particularly against *permanent* pube hair removal. In her own words:

“Consider leaving your vagina fully dressed ladies. 20 yrs from now you will still be wanting to present it to someone special, and it would be nice to let him or her unwrap it – like the gift it is. And let’s be honest, like every other part of your body, your labia major is not immune to gravity … do you really want a hairless vagina for the rest of your life”.


Ok so I went ahead and did my laser hair removal appointment while Venus is in her shadow of the Rx. What can I say…I’m a rebel. Everything went great.

FYI I’m not taking off all my pubic hair…just the sides and my t’ain’t. I initially wanted a heart shape on my mons veneris, but it’s since evolved into a Phoenix/bird shape, which my Scorpio Asc is loving, lol.


I’m thinking of letting some of my greys out to shine. I want to start looking my age but also hot 🙂 Can’t handle salt and pepper though, which is where I’m at, so its gonna be tricky. Love the idea of steaming the ghosts of lovers past out of my vajayjay. Is steam or smoke more effective? I want them gone. The Ordinary is another great brand for face stuff. Cheap, works, no testing on animals. I’d love a suggestion regarding a whole body moisturiser though. I find oils don’t do much. Winter has sucked the life out of… Read more »


Ay! Maybe we need a new salt n pepper model to inspire us! We have had the older marvels, such as Maye Musk. Here we are, shooting leaves, still ripening, still growth oriented, not the in-betweeners we seem to be feeling from the fashion industry who grooved us and kept us grooving in it. Now it’s all anti-ageing if you’re not super youthful, or embracing an age we haven’t even reached. Ok it’s mainstream i’m talking, and I don’t usually delve into it as much, but it does control accepted image zeitgeist. And i do say i love that the… Read more »


I let my hair go silver a few years back (am 49 now) and I get constant compliments on it. I think you should go for it – you might just love it as I do, and it might be the most beautiful you’ve been, I support you!

aqua kat

I’m in total edit mode on my beauty routine, Scorp is my 10th so very prominent, here are some of my insights: 1. Accepting that I will not look happy and glowing and rested and not beaten down by life via any product, water/healthy food intake, or amount of exercise. The glow is from within, at the soul-level. So…I am cultivating being at peace in the present moment. Not easy for an Aries Moon/Cancer Sun/Venus in Gem. 2. I think years of bad posture at the computer, stress, and allergies preventing clear breathing at night has contributed to what I… Read more »


My Venus in Retrograde beauty treatment is to protest against and work to unseat every male and female elected official in the US who is trying to shame and undermine women. I can’t remember the last time I felt this much rage coursing through me–it’s at the cellular level.

Calli G

Same. It’s RESISTance training at a cellular level.


I tried to go back (via whatsapp chat, as my memory is of no help in this) to when Venus started its shadow (september 3rd/4th) and see what happened there. I only stared practicing a new sport discipline (Power Yoga) and I guess nothing else. What I find amazing about Venus Retro is that when you read about it out of the shadow zone (or at the beginning of it) you go all “who? me? doing permanent beauty changes? falling for someone? wha, I have been single for ages, I’ll be focusing on my routine and that’s all”. But then… Read more »


All I can say to that is I have had a crush on a guy at work for a year, was Love Zombie-ing about over him, got over it, accepted that he wasn’t meant for me and just settled into enjoying being around him.

This week, I’ve had three animated conversations with him in the break room and KAPOW KABAM it has exploded into sparks all over again for me. Sigh.

Oh, Venus …


Well at least you were innocently chatting with him. I feel you, I really do. Crushes at work you cannot act on are very painful. I am finishing fighting one as of now.
But regarding Venus Retro I am talking about watching yourself from the outside and go all “why am I doing this?” while you do all the things you are supposed to refrain from. And what’s with my favorite underwear brand that I’ve never tried on (too pricey) but always wanting to buy, starting sales right now?


I noted the last time i saw a friend in it-ain’t-the-longest-river-in-Africa that their cosmetic fillers were not off the scale but more evident than ever, despite Cleo’s Grand De Nile. Coincides with my wondering if i could plaster over those things that rob my youthful looks that are so simple but not easy (sleep, hydration, exercise, consistent orgasmic happiness with a partner on your wavelength) with lightly applied fillers and psych medication. After all, it was never my style but i’m at a new age and so is the astro. Anyway, i promised my med practitioners i would give meds… Read more »


Remdios Varo created a Visit to the Plastic Surgeon ?? Mystic, only you could bring me to Remedios Varo when you did, but only a Pisces Aqua Rising Libra Moon could be so resonant with a Lady from the Past who was Complete Woman of the Future. And what your Mars in Virgo image archive skills have pulled up from the dross and treasures of the past! Love your Hex Witch flag on the other post – sorry have not had the moment to delve yet. OK, Merc in Aries style flashed on that image and the Latin, and recognised… Read more »

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