Venus usually slips through our lives like a whisper, and we barely experience her fleeting transits. Her influence is usually soft and encouraging and I often say that we only really take notice when we experience discomfort of some kind. Even the challenging transits of Venus are benign, offering us only an opportunity to indulge in greater indulgence. When Venus is retrograde, however, she moves more slowly and deliberately and her influence is therefore more powerful. Planets are said to be traveling in retrograde motion when they appear to move backwards from our perspective on earth. During these times their influence causes us to look back instead of forward as we encounter the experiences of that planet.
Venus is famous for her influence on relationships. As the goddess of love and beauty, she bestows an attractive power and grace, but that attractive power draws more than love. It can also a magnet for financial wealth and personal possessions so in that way, Venus is said to rule our values and the things that we love as well as the people. Venus also rules our ability to love and relate to our self, and the kind of talents and personal resources that we possess as well as the material possessions.
Venus only turns retrograde every 18 months or so. These are excellent times to reconnect with friends or loved ones from the past, or to repair relationships that have suffered. These are not always the best times to begin new relationships, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from meeting new people. Often when Venus is retrograde we can learn a great […]