The Retrograde Cycles of Venus

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Generally speaking the retrograde cycles of Venus have to do with evaluating the real worth and value of people and things in our life.

Although the retrograde movement of a planet is only apparent (it seems from the Earth as if the celestial body went backwards), it has an Astrological significance. Apart of the Sun and the Moon, every planet turns retrograde from time to time. Actually the retrograde cycles of the planets are quite normal phenomena.

Rich in karmic lessons and challenges, they should be regarded as cosmic callings for slowing down and taking a look behind, finishing the unfinished business, making some adjustments in the matters and areas of life related to the respective planet. Instead of launching new projects and getting involved in new commitments, this is the time of re -asessing, re-thinking, redoing.

The retrograde cycles of Venus

In Astrology Venus is the significator of our intimate and other types of relationships, the way we are connected with others and the way we draw people: lovers, friends, associates – in our lives. It also is associated with beauty, art, balance, harmony, love, pleasure, desire, fairness, diplomacy, finances, possessions, values, security.

Ther retrograde cycles of Venus occur in each one and ½ years. Retrograde cycles repeat themselves, in case of Venus in 8 years’ time.

The retrograde cycles of Venus have to do with evaluating the real worth and value of people and things in our life. Revising our approach to financial matters, investigating the connection between our attitude towards money and self- esteem is also beneficial. The experiences from which we come to conclusions later, are not always pleasant. However they bring us to a maturer approach, they make us more aware of our repeating patterns in our relationships (both romantic relationships and other forms of social contacts), of our attitudes of spending, securing ourselves, etc. This enables us to assume more responsibility for our lives, avoid the interactions and relationships undermining our self -esteem,  and blocking our progress. We will be able to assert more effectively our needs and set healthy boundaries. On a long term this will improve the quality of our life.

On an outer level, during the retrograde cycles of Venus we can experience a slow down in our relationships and financials. Lovers and friends from the past can emerge out of a sudden. Certain situations related to Venusian themes can repeat themselves. Some of the relationships and sources of income may even end However, if this is the case, considering the karmic nature of these cycles, it is a sign that instead of making efforts to restore the status quo, it’s time to move forward. (Advancement is likelier only when Venus is direct again, after making the soulsearching and adjustments necessary to attract better things.)

Shoulds and shouldn’ts during Venus retrograde. According to the Astrological tradition, retrograde Venus periods are not good time for getting engaged or married, having cosmetic surgery, buying high ticket items, launching a business, making major investments. Relationships established during this period are a wild cards, as they can change direction, hidden issues can come to surface as soon as Venus turns direct.

Instead of taking action it is much better to understand the dynamics behind our relationships, our patterns and beliefs about giving, receiving, money, security, happiness, affection, etc. This is a time for an honest introspection when we face our deepest needs and motivations. It is a time of revising, remodelling, perfecting the missing skills (especially those necessary to improve our business strategies, the ways to assert our needs, interpersonal skills, etc). Later, when Venus goes direct, we can apply in practice what we learnt.

Important ! Although the retrograde cycles of planets have a karmic nature, and Venus retrogrades are considered periods when the „karma of the relationship” plays out, it is essential to understand that not all the so – called „karmic” relationships are destined to last. Some of them have one and only aim: to teach us how to get out of them and how not to get involved in similar ones in the future. Clinging to a toxic relationship will make you sooner or later a toxic partner, too. Thus it will be more and more difficult to attract healthier people. Also, as pointed on in one of my former posts, a lot of highly disfunctional relationships are labelled as „twin flame” connections. The constant emotional roller coaster generated by them as well as the obsessed search for the so called „soul mates” can be a hindrance in itself to establish healthy commitments.


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