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How To Deal With Venus In Retrograde

Venus Retrograde 2015- July 25 through September 6, 2015.

Sure... everybody knows about good ole Mercury in retrograde... now get ready to meet Venus in retrograde:

Love, Relationships, and Values

The astrological planet Venus (planetary ruler of Taurus and Libra) is named for the luscious and voluptuous Roman goddess of love, lust, pleasure, the arts, harmony, beauty, and (don't forget) fertility.

The planet Venus only turns retrograde in the sky approximately once every 18 months. For example, in 2009 she turned retrograde on March 6 and remained retrograde for approximately 40 days until April 17. In 2010 October 8, 2010 until November 18, 2010.

Retrograde Planets in General
For the "uninitiated," a retrograde planet is a planet that (when viewed from the perspective of the earth) appears to have stopped and then temporarily reverses its regular movement through the sky. The planet then goes "retrograde" (backwards). After a certain length of time (depending upon the planet involved), the planet then appears to once again stop and reverse its movement through the sky. The planet then goes "direct" and is back on it's normal cyclic path through the sky.

A Look at the Deeper Side of Venus Retro

There is an ancient Roman saying: “Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit.” Called or not called, the god will be there.

According to astrologer Richard Idemon, the ancient Greeks had a saying that when passing by the temple of a god, you must honor the god by quickly making the appropriate sacrifice at the appropriate time. One should never offend the gods by ignoring them.

So let's draw ever nearer to archetypal Venus (known to Greeks as Aphrodite), so that we can learn how to offer up the appropriate tribute when she looks our way.

From Plato's The Phaedrus

“so does the stream of beauty, passing through the eyes which are the windows of the soul, come back to the beautiful one; there [255d] arriving and quickening the passages of the wings, watering them and inclining them to grow, and filling the soul of the beloved also with love.

And thus he loves, but he knows not what; he does not understand and cannot explain his own state; he appears to have caught the infection of blindness from another; the lover is his mirror in whom he is beholding himself, but he is not aware of this.

When he is with the lover, both cease from their pain, but when he is away then he longs as he is longed for, and has love's image, love for love lodging in his breast…” Phaedrus – Plato,  translator – Benjamin Jowett 1871

Wow! Did you catch that? Let it sink in for just a second or two...

"the lover is his mirror in whom he is beholding himself..."

According to astrologer Liz Greene, this particular passage from Plato's Phaedrus contains: "the most profound meaning of Venus – the beloved, be it person, object or intellectual idea, as the mirror of one’s own soul.” Liz Greene from The Inner Planets

Venus - The Beloved As Person, Object, or Intellectual Idea
So... symbolically speaking... in the case of the Venus retrograde, what is the appropriate sacrifice that the goddess Venus requires of us? How do we both as individuals and collectively as a society begin to properly acknowledge and honor the unknown visitor of Venus?

While musing over what words of wisdom I might impart, I had a flashback to something I'd written many years ago on the May 2000 Taurus alignment.

In regard to the 2000 Taurus Alignment:

"One thing, however, does appear certain. Individually and collectively, during the next twenty years, the Zodiacal sign of Taurus [ruled by Venus] will be asking us the hard question, "What do you value most in your life?" Whether on a societal or individual level - honoring the Taurean energies contained in this great planetary alignment will involve:

* the offering up of our values
* the reevaluation of our values
* and then the fortitude and slow, steady, staying power required to stand solidly behind what we have chosen to value."

As I, 9 years later, wrote this article on how to honor Venus during her times in retrograde... our planet was (and still is) obviously still hip deep in the middle of this 20 year Jupiter/Saturn Taurus cycle of reevaluating our societal values.

Whew! Starting with the horror of 911, the Pearl Harbor of our generation, we've all been through a lot during the past decade...

And then prior to September 24, 2008 9:01 pm EDT, most of us were totally clueless about what our world economies were about to face.

Yep! With Mercury (commerce) still stationary and located in the 6th house (service industry) conjuncting the planet Mars (action) and quincunx Uranus (surprise, shock) then US President George W Bush managed to catch most of us with our pants down as he went before the nation to announce the Economic Pearl Harbor of our generation.

So... how are we doing in the reassessment of our values? I'll leave it up to you to decide (and reevaluate) for yourself...

Honoring Retro Venus - A Time For Reassessing Our Personal Values
Anyway... Venus, and honoring Venus during her retrograde, holds on to this same sort of archetypal energy, albeit, on a much smaller scale.

  • How clear is your mirror of the soul?
  • How willing and open are you to reconsidering and reassessing your values?
  • Are you ready to stand fast for your values?

Tip: By way of a minor postscript, it's not an uncommon phenomenon to hear from a lover (or lovers) from your past during Venus retrograde... go figure... but then again, you might be the lover from the past that's doing the calling...

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