A Look At Venus Retrograde by Felissa Rose
Here is a fascinating article by eminenet astrolgoer Felissa Rose on the upcoming Venus Retrograde on December 21, 2013. You can contact Felissa here with questions and comments.
RETROGRADE WINTER – PART ONE: VENUS
Beginning in December and ending in May there are three important planetary retrogrades. I took the liberty of titling it Retrograde Winter although one continues well into spring. Mercury is retrograde from February 6 to the 28, Mars from March 1 until May 19, and Venus from December 21, 2013 to January 31, 2014.
Venus is the first planet to go retrograde. The goddess of beauty, esthetics and balance, is about harmony. Harmonizing can take the form of making sure you look good to getting along with others. This includes blending the right clothes, jewelry and make-up, and interacting with people in an agreeable way. Venus governs our ability to draw people to us, what we do to make ourselves attractive. It is also helps define those things that give us pleasure, and has a strong influence on art and music. Our tastes and enjoyments are largely defined by Venus.
When planets are retrograde their energy is internalized. Inner feelings about things tend to override the outer manifestations. With regard to Venus it’s not so much how something or someone looks, but how they or it makes you feel.
During Venus retrograde periods appreciation of visuals is diminished. The outer manifestations of beauty and visuals become less significant. This isn’t the time to change your hair style, have photos taken, or make important purchases of clothes and jewelry. People will tend to dress down, wearing more muted colors. After Venus has gone direct you might find yourself saying “why did I make that change or buy those things?”
If you’re in the arts, melody and color won’t be as important. The emphasis will be on black, white and muted as opposed to a kaleidoscope of color. The catch part of the hip hop song will be shorter and less catchy. Entertainment can tend towards the trashy side. With what’s playing on TV now, especially with regards to reality shows, that won’t be difficult to find. One has a choice of numerous Real Housewives and lots of Kardashians.
Venus rules partnership and marriage. The pace of relationships slows down so if you want to take the next step do so before Venus goes retrograde or after it goes direct. Since Venus rules harmony, marry before or after it’s retrograde. Those planning elective surgery, particularly if it’s cosmetic should try and avoid having it done during a Venus retrograde period. Most likely you won’t be pleased with the results.
The entire Venus retrograde takes place when it’s transiting the sign of Capricorn. Capricorn rules structure, organization and, along with Virgo, bureaucracies. The biggest bureaucracy is government. It’s unlikely those having different political views will reach an accord or even get along. Peace treaties signed while Venus was retrograde had to be altered at best or have fallen apart.
While Venus is retrograde the internalization of its energy makes it a great time to seek the beauty of one’s inner being by opening up to spiritual harmony though such practices as mediation and contemplation. Those born with this position often seek internal meaning in both beauty and harmony. They feel it’s not how wearing a piece of jewelry looks but what it means on a deeper level. For example, does a gemstone have a special vibration or healing properties? Venus retrograde at birth doesn’t negate artistic awareness it just increases the inner stimulus for creativity.
When a planet is stationary, the period it is either about to go retrograde or direct in motion, its effects are intensified. About a week or so either way, the world wakes up to Venus. There can be a buying spree, which should please the retailers in December. Increased inspiration in the arts, more releases of new musical material, a rash of parties and socializing, as well as the onset and development of romantic relationships. Progress can be made in the resolution of differences between individuals and nations.
Venus goes retrograde approximately every year and a half. The next one starts on July 25, 2015 and ends September 6, 2015. Take note for those planning to wed around then.
I will discuss the next Mercury Retrograde in Part 2 of the coming Retrograde Winter in the next few weeks and Part 3, Mars Retrograde after that.