Here is astrologer Jenni Stone's monthly newsletter - this one for October 2010. Enjoy!
October astrology update
Venus goes Retrograde (appears to go backwards in the sky), starting early in the morning of Friday October 8. (3.05am Eastern, 4.35am Pacific).Venus is the energy of love, beauty, material comfort and all behavior that is charming to others, like smiles, hugs, kisses and social get-togethers.Once Venus goes into Retrograde, these become less abundant – we feel less satisfied, less pleasing to others and experience less abundance in our lives. People seem to smile less, are not so friendly and don’t give compliments. At first, this is not so challenging as a Mercury Retrograde, but gradually, over the six weeks (from Oct 8 to Nov 18), there is a subtle depression for all the things ruled by Venus – romance, festive social occasions and the feeling of enjoying the good life with people we love. Stress and divisions in relationships and romantic affairs become more apparent. Financial markets may be depressed and there is a decline in social and commercial activities. Restaurants, especially fine dining establishments, and businesses that deal with beauty, clothing, jewelry and art are likely to be adversely affected.During the Venus retrograde it is not an auspicious time to begin the next phase of a business growth, or to intensify a relationship with a marriage, commitment or engagement.If you are planning any of these – please wait until November 18 when there is a day like no other - when both Venus and Jupiter go direct – and that evening should be a mixture of Hollywood fantasy, exquisite beauty and fairy-tale romance. Try to spend time (or be in communicating with) loved ones on the evening of Thursday November 19, or if you are alone, be outside and enjoy the tangible beauty at this time. If you want to take advantage of this energy for your business, the auspicious influence continues through Friday Nov 19 and (to a lesser extent) for the next few days.Venus begins the retrograde at 10 degrees Scorpio, and turns direct at 27 degrees of Libra, November 18 at 4.18pm Eastern, 1.18pm Pacific.If the 10 degree Scorpio, or the 27 degree Libra falls close to your Sun, Moon, planets, ascendant or other key area of your chart, you will feel the effect more powerfully and the days when Venus stands still in the sky (makes a station), may be a turning point which brings people, relationships or issues from the past back into focus. (If you want to check out your chart, get a free copy at www.Astro.com.)Money or favors that are owed are likely to be repaid more easily after November 18 – and relationships, or issues that are causing stress may then be resolved with closure.We tell you about these cosmic events, not to discourage or lower your spirits, but rather to let you know that if life seems less than wonderful during the Venus Retrograde, that we are at one with the universe and that these testing times may slow us down, but will also help us to appreciate all that is good, precious and worth celebrating.The opening of the heart seems to go far beyond love to an experience of belonging that heals our deepest wounds. Rachel Naomi Remen
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