Venus, lesser benefic, planet of love, beauty, relationships and feelings just went through ups and downs with exaltation and detriment. From Pisces to Aries, and now again in the time of her retrograde state she will be switching signs from Aries (detriment) to Pisces (exaltation).
It could almost be described with the feelings on drugs or alcohol, with exaltation it’s the peak of the feelings, and detriment is more like, uncomfortable feeling of morning when it’s all over, fun is no more, you start feeling very uncomfortable and just need some rest. That’s Venus in Aries, especially retrograde.
Retrograde planets always act a little bit strange. They’re more turned inwards and not so much to the outside world. Venus is special. It’s concerned with our love affairs, relationships, sense of value, money, art, beautiful things in life and hedonism. Interesting thing about Venus is that her retrograde stations form a pentagram shape, especially used by Leonardo da Vinci to describe material man.
What kind of sorcery?
This Venus phenomenon sky movement is happening around every eight years. So every eight years you will have pattern repeating, only in different stage and different time. If your memory serves you well, try and remember what was the most important thing happening on 27 March 2009 when retrograde Venus in Aries was conjunct Sun. Miss Aphrodite was also heavily squaring Pluto, Hades, lord of the Underworld, so story could have turned easily into Persephone-Hades myth of a young innocent girl emerging into underworld and then again coming back.
In some way, Venus is similar to Moon. Not only that Taurus, Venus sign is the sign of Moons exaltation, but both heavenly bodies have certain phases that could be spotted with the naked eye. First Venus phases were observed with the naked eye by Mesopotamian astronomers and astrologers but first recorded observations of them were by Galileo Galilei in 1610.
So as Venus has her phases, it’s described on her journey. Not many of us are born with special kind of Venus. And by special I mean Venus that is either retrograde, or unaspected or Venus singletone. It will act much more different when it’s not just Venus with aspects, or Venus in direct phase.
Venus is goddess connected to Aphrodite, Ishtar, Innana, Lilith… but also the archetype of Lucifer, the light bringer when she is morning star, and most brilliant.
If you know a thing or two about traditional astrology and night and day sects, you probably learned that Venus feels better below horizon. On the other side if she is morning star, or rising above horizon it’s said to give people promiscuity, make her more publicly open to her affair, femme fatal type.
In the past Venus cults were connected to sacred prostitution, a sex with higher purpose, a sex magick rites and using orgasms to achieve and manifest wishes. Nowdays, sex is still taboo, just as magick and you can only read about it in certain books from gnostic or thelemic magick. But, there will be times to write about this in wider sense. But if you’re interested, make sure you find a very good source on this, and never ever use magick to do harm.
Venus is connected to magick, believe it or not. Especially through Lilith and dark goddess archetype. Ishtar could be the great example of dark goddess descending into the underworld. One of the texts mentioning her descent into the underworld describes her at the gate, demanding for doors to open:
If thou openest not the gate to let me enter,
I will break the door, I will wrench the lock,
I will smash the door-posts, I will force the doors.
I will bring up the dead to eat the living.
And the dead will outnumber the living.
What does retrograde Venus in Aries brings to you?
If your relationship has been a rocky boat in a stormy weather, this might set that boat on fire and you just might have to jump in the water, lie down on your back, relax and wait for the rescue team. There is no easy way to say this, but Venus in Aries feels strange. She is put into sign that is too rough for her, too egoistical and sign that likes to do things alone, unlike Venus signs; Libra & Taurus. Venus at this point might have to give up on earthly pleasures, put her feelings on hold, make HERSELF stronger primarily until she can again relax when she goes back into Pisces.
Check your houses for ones ruled by Venus, and ones ruled by Mars. This is a classic relationship scenario. Which houses are activated by it? Does retrograde Venus makes important aspects to your luminaries (Sun & Moon), your ascendant, chart ruler, angular houses? Recipe is just not the same for everyone.
Lots of astrologers put alarming captions to their articles, maybe scaring you a little bit with exes coming back to your life, but depending on how old were you in 2009. and pattern similarities you could easily track past stations of Venus retrograde and see how will affect you. Ask yourself what was the important thing that happened to you around 27 March 2009? Connected to themes of love, beauty, luxury, hedonism, the way you see values, real estates, money? What has changed since then?
Eight years is not a short time, so you might have a hard time remembering what exactly happened but really try to remember.
Indeed, it is true that love is going on trial. But love relationships have been on rough tests for over a year now, regardless of Venus retrograde, so if you’re in one of the couples that survived the earthquakes and volcanoes, congratulations! You’re still standing, but a little bit more strength is needed. In muscles that is. Energy is strong, wilding out in Aries so if you can; stay active, and have lots of sex. Which is Aries favorite thing to do, except going into war but I wouldn’t recommend it at this point.
With mentioning sex, we should mention that neither Venus or Mars are moral planets. Anything can happen, from one night stands in high sex drive, indulging into drug abuse (in hedonistic way, not so Neptune like), wanting to live young, wild and free or completely losing yourself chasing someone who is more independent, more aggressive, not willing to cooperate, not willing to compromise and not making the love game fair. Venus simply hates it. She hates being alone, and forced to do things in fast, animalistic way. She likes things sweet, sensual, earthly… yet now, she is forced to look deep inside herself, find a demon she needs to deal with, and do a little bit of shadow – boxing.
Retrograde Venus and her aspects in retrograde motion
Venus “baptized” in T-square (from 3 March to
It was just about time for a new planet to enter this t-square lasting for the longest time now. Venus in soup with retrograde Jupiter in Libra, offering a reception to retrograde Venus in Aries and of course Pluto in Capricorn. Heavy and intimate stories are now going to hit the surface. We have two retrograde planets putting much focus into Pluto. Pluto, slow generational moving planet in the combination with Venus and Jupiter may bring to surface questions of freedom and wanting more and more connecting. As intro to the complete retrograde Venus story, Venus touches Pluto as she descends into the underworld. A true Persephone & Hades myth at it’s finest. Everything you have been avoiding to face since 2009. , you will definitely feel now. Best advice is to speak up, get in touch with your feelings, especially jealousy, controlling issues, manipulation and hyper-sexuality. It’s time for DEEP CONNECTION.
If you feel like you’re ready for deep connecting, a lover from the past might come back to check in with you. A sort of a trial. Just like Jesus spent 40 days in desert, Venus spends roughly around 40 days in her retrograde state going through different trials.
If you’re in a relationship now, both lovers must prepare to be each others biggest support, especially in re-valuing whole relationship story. Venus likes support, and you can never get enough of it. Be there for your loved one in weeping and crying, it’s not easy period of time.
Especially pay attention for mood swings and over-reacting on March 7 2017, when there is grand cross formation in the sky, when Moon in Cancer joins this journey of re-learning equal partnerships and releasing our emotions in the healthy way. There is sort of easy flow going just on March 9 when Moon in Leo will make trine to retrograde Venus, but also minor aspect of 150° to Pluto in Capricorn, meaning that easing is on plate, if you started cleaning emotions. If not, you’re still in t-square trying to figure out what is wrong with the whole world.
Mars is going into Taurus on 10 March, into sign of his detriment BUT Mars is now in mutual reception to retrograde Venus, so Venus now feels a little bit better as there is a source, a connection, like phone line established between two planets that switched signs. This should be a key moment for wounded Venus, she is also approaching Chiron in Pisces and has the chance to see her pain, that’s of course, if she really wants to.
On 16 March Venus will be conjunct Mercury, offering a chance to communicate and find a common language for all that is dividing us. And then finally on 21 March, 22 March Venus will conjunct Sun and become Lucifer, morning star bringing the closest conjunction on March 25, 2017. And for story to get even more complicated, another luminar Moon will also conjunct our retrograde Venus. There will be a lot of inner and outer work.
When she enters Pisces on 3 April, her first aspect is square with Saturn. This might give feelings of isolation, horrible feeling of being unworthy, unappreciated, ugly but it also bring us story of Venus and Hephaestus, the ugliest god and the most beautiful goddess. But it is a different story now, she is now in Pisces and feels much better, especially on 13 April when she makes sextiles to Mars, offering a chance for love redemption, second chance, willingness to work on issues which is also her last stop before she stations and turns direct on 16 April 2017.
I choose to avoid to predict things for people, especially mass number of people with no chance for private reading. I will explain why. I feel as an astrologer I have power to offer information to people, and sometimes when you offer information that are wrong, or half-true you’re actually lying to people. Yes things can turn just exactly as I mentioned, but it’s also possible if I tell you your ex is coming back to your life that you will project those thoughts, even maybe call your exes or send them message just by accident. And then, what if that ex turns our to be a psycho now, after 8 years? I don’t want to take that responsibility.
But I will offer do’s and don’ts , based on traditional and modern meanings of planets and planetary influences. I hope that sounds fair. One more picture and then advices below!
What to do (if you wish= you have a free will):
- re-value , think of things you consider valuable and ask yourself why
- revisit old diet system (especially those from 2009)
- go visit thrift and second hand shops, there is high chance you will find something good, especially in sports section
- massage head, pay attention to your skin and face
- get in touch with your deep emotions
- get in touch with your self-esteem
- if your past relationships failed because you weren’t dominant, maybe it’s a good time to rethink your passivity and maybe initiate some things independently, especially to embody the archetype of ‘Warrior queen’ but remember, it’s better not to start wars. Think in terms of Athena, more than Ares.
- if you’re buying anything, then buy antique swords, knives, tools or vintage sports items.
- have a great sex
- bring old exercises back into your life, such as Yoga, Tai Chi, dancing, swimming especially competitive swimming.
- check health; skin, head, eyes, face
- wear jewelry of copper, iron, all green and red/brownish crystals and minerals.
- especially look for old and antique mirrors, swords, hair brushes, beauty accessories, love songs and covers, vintage pictures and vintage paintings and art, vintage instruments also
What not to do (if you wish= you have a free will):
- Think twice before buying any new luxury. There are high chances it will be broken, or you will simply not like it after this period stops.
- Watch out for senseless one night stands. Sex drive will be high, but it’s a question of doing things the right way. Self-esteem is a huge problem at this point so you’re better off having fun dealing with loving yourself or your partner even more than rushing into something that might only bring more and more problems once Venus retrograde motion is done.
- Do not explode in fights. Seriously! Count to 10 before you say anything.
- Do not try new hairstyles or pluck your eyebrows at this time. You might fail. On the other hand if you want to refresh yourself and go back to the same hair color you rocked in 2009. , this might be a good time for that.
- Don’t bet.
- Don’t sell the house just yet… Who knows?
*If you’re born with Venus in retrograde motion, this could be a great time for you. It’s not certain to say 100%, but you will definitely feel more natural than usual.
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Finishing this in Saturn hour. Saturn likes Libra, Libra is Venus sign. Thank you Saturn ❤