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Venus Goes Retrograde – What Matters Most To You?

Venus goes retrograde on March 4th at 13° Aries. You have 6 weeks to review, revisit, re-evaluate your love life, your relationships with the close ones, your relationship with money, and in general your relationships with attachments of any sort. Venus will turn direct on April 15th 2017.

Venus Retrograde is best known for bringing back into our life past lovers, unfinished businesses or repeating patterns in our relationships.

What does it mean “repeating patterns” in your relationships? For example, if you are the “giver” in relationships, Venus retrograde will make you see the reality for what it is. Maybe people take advantage of you for being nice. Venus retrograde will make this crystal clear to you. No more hiding and fooling yourself that these people you’re giving yourself to need you or love you. Venus retrograde wants you to reclaim your feminine power and become your true self.

You can only become that when you take your time and do an honest introspection. This is what Venus Retrograde can help you with.

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Victor Nizovtsev

Venus and the Sun – A Unique Relationship

Venus spends less time retrograde than any other planet: only around 40 days in a 584 day synodic cycle.

During her synodic cycle, Venus is a morning star for 263 days, followed by about 50 days when she’s not visible at all (due to the proximity to the Sun) – to reappear again in the evening sky for another 283 days…and to disappear for the final 8 days before she starts all over again.

Because Venus’ synodic cycle corresponds to the Earth orbital period at a ratio of 5:8, the Venus cycle repeats 5 times over a period of 8 years. Eight years ago, in March 2009, Venus and the Sun united at 7° Aries. What happened to you then? Each inferior conjunction marks an 8-year anniversary of a previous Venus Retrograde, and is therefore a time to reflect on what happened in the past 8 years.

This applies to your own natal Sun and Venus relationship as well. This is why – once every 8 years – you will have both a solar return and a Venus return on approximately the same day (around your birthday).

The new synodic cycle starts on March 25th when Venus, three weeks in retrograde and exactly between the Earth and the Sun, applies an inferior conjunction to the Sun and a new cycle begins. Venus synodic cycle is the Venus correspondent of a New Moon and marks new beginning in the areas of love, relationships, money, personal values.

Venus Retrograde And Unfinished Businesses From The Past

Venus Retrograde is a highly introspective time. Venus Retrograde gives you the courage and clarity to revisit the past and complete any incompletions in your life, to finally allow them to be released from your psyche.

It can also manifest as someone coming back from your past, or even from a previous lifetime. The soul connections during Venus Retrograde are incredible magnetic and almost impossible to resist.

I’ve seen it over and over again in the charts of people who fell in love at the first sight with what they would call “ a twin flame” or started clandestine relationships with people who were dangerous, or not available. Even if they knew that the relationships started during Venus retrograde were no good, they could simply not resist the incredible Karmic pull.

Contrary to other astrologers, I do not advise to restrain from forming relationships during Venus Retrograde. What you should do instead is gain AWARENESS for what you’re experiencing and take responsibility for the consequences.

Existing relationships, if solid, can be strengthened during Venus Retrograde because of the potential to get to the heart of the matter. Because Venus Retrograde favors getting in touch with what you really want, finding true love becomes a real possibility now, even if this love is short lived.

During Venus Retrograde you can also finally achieve closure with your past. Some resolutions are necessary  in order to move forward and open yourself up to the potential of something new.

When Venus is in the middle of the retrograde cycle and closest to the Earth, she ultimately gives us an opportunity to re-examine who we really are and discover what we hold most dear…as well as what we are used to cling to out of habit. Ask yourself: Is it worth it? If the answer is “no,” get ready to make some bold decisions. Venus will guide you in making the right decisions in order to honor your inner goddess and her needs.

Take advantage of the heightened awareness. Do not fear Venus Retrograde. The question here is: will you choose to view the retrograde as an unwelcomed intrusion to your regular routine, or will you choose to see it as an opportunity to gain perspective about who you are and what is important to you?

What comes, will go. What is found, will be lost again. But what you are is beyond coming and going and beyond description. You are It.~ Rumi

If you have planets between 26° Pisces and 13° Aries you will be especially in focus during this retrograde ESPECIALLY if those planets are Venus or Sun. If you are born around 25-27th of March or if your Venus is around 4° Aries then expect an amazing year ahead, full of opportunities in romance or new sources of income. This is because the new Venus synodic cycle commences on the 25th of March,  just after the Equinox and just before the New Moon.

This is an amazing transit for all of us – no matter your placements, make sure you mark your calendar on the 25th of March.

Things to reflect upon during Venus retrograde:

  • How do you love and feel loved?
  • How do you let others in your life know that you love and appreciate them?
  • Where is your relationship heading? Are your relationships needs being met? If not, how can you honestly communicate with your partner to ensure you are both happy?
  • What do you appreciate, what makes you feel good? What clothes you like to wear, what do you like to taste, what do you like to smell? What do you like to have around you – material goods, people, friends?
  • Which people, groups, relationships, and financial commitments serve your best interests?

Aspects Venus makes during the shadow and retrograde phase (retrograde aspects in bold):

  • Jan 30th: Venus enters shadow (26° Pisces)
  • Mar 4th: Venus goes Retrograde (13° Aries)
  • Mar 18th: Venus conjunct Mercury (9° Aries)
  • Mar 25th: Venus conjunct Sun (4° Aries)
  • Apr 8th: Venus square Saturn (27° Pisces)
  • Apr 15th: Venus goes direct (26° Pisces)
  • April 21st: Venus square Saturn (27° Pisces)
  • Apr 28th: Venus re-enters Aries
  • May 19th: Venus opposite Jupiter (13° Aries)
  • May 20th : Venus leaves shadow (13° Aries)
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Venus conjunct Chiron – How deep is your love?

The next Venus Chiron conjunction will take place in Aries, on April 23rd 2019.

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“How did you know that you were meant to be a healer?

“Because I kept falling in love with broken people.”

“Then why are you alone?”

“Because I’m broken too, so I am falling in love with myself to get a taste of my own medicine.”

Kwabena Foli

When Venus is conjunct Chiron, we are being tested. The test we are being put through is one of endurance and compassion.

Is your heart “strong enough”, “trained enough” and ultimately “healed enough” to give and receive love?

The ultimate question Venus and Chiron in Pisces are asking is “how deep is your love”?

The journey of digging deep into your heart is the journey of your consciousness towards greater wholeness, greater balance, greater harmony and, ultimately, greater love.

Exposing that sore spot in your heart is not easy. And Chiron won’t give you any “magic pill” to make the pain go away. Chiron looks for the root cause, for whatever is unresolved, unreconciled, unhealed, buried deep within your heart.

So yes, your heart will crack open, and in the process, you may shed some tears.  But there is hope at the end of the tunnel. Chiron is not only the wounder, Chiron is also the gifted teacher, prophet, and mentor.

Chiron’s symbol is the KEY – the magic key that opens any door, unlocks any secret and heals any pain. And what is the key? Your Wound is the key.

Your Wound is your Gift.

It is only when you finally embrace the Wound which is, in fact, your Gift, when you heal. You cannot remove the Wound (Chiron is called the wounded healer for a reason – Chiron’s wounds never really heal) – because by removing your Wound, you would be amputating a part of yourself.

In truth, nothing needs fixing. Your Would is part of your personal history, it is part of You. Whatever you are experiencing right now, it makes absolute sense at a higher order of existence. Your life is in perfect order and balance, even if you might not see it that way. You were born for a reason, and your life IS unfolding as it should.

And if you are ready to embrace the idea that nothing is wrong with you, during this transit you can discover a skill, a talent for the first time.  A blind spot can become a strength. A shadow can turn into light. Shame can turn into authentic vulnerability.

Chiron’s vulnerabilities can create an intense magnetism – you can find yourself drawn to the promise of healing.

Ultimately, it is LOVE and only love that heals all the wounds.

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Venus In Pisces – The Mermaid

The Greek legend says that Venus arose from the foam of the sea shore. She is frequently pictured  wafted on a large sea shell to shore as a gift from heaven, symbolizing the watery female principle, essential to the generation and balance of life.  No wonder in astrology Venus is exalted in Pisces, which literally means that is in this watery placement where she is able to express herself at her best.

Pisces is ruled by the mystical Neptune, the God of the sea, who is also the higher octave of Venus. In Pisces, Venus brings all the Venusian attributes of love and beauty to higher realms – of enchanting beauty, spiritual and compassionate love and receptivity, and authentic connection.

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Photo by Igor Bulgak

Just like the ocean, deep and wavy, love has now the power to conquer all the oppositions and differences. The struggle of duality between the Lower and the Higher Selves, represented by the two fish going in opposite directions (the Piscean symbol) seems to dissolve now. In the higher realms of Neptune, there is no more “me” and “you” – the spirit of Love dwells everywhere.

Another theme of Venus in Pisces is the one of sacrifice. Looking through the Neptunian lenses, sacrifice becomes  the supreme gift, not out of generosity, but because in the last sign of the Zodiac, the sacrifice becomes  the natural vibration of life. Life can only exist and continuously recreate itself when we have a ‘giver’ and a ‘receiver’ playing along – in this way, life propagates through all matters of existence – just  to return to its immortality whatever it needs to go back into the ocean of conception, to emerge later in a different shape.

Judas who betrayed Jesus was the 12th apostle (symbolizing the sign of Pisces) – he HAD to betray Jesus because someone had to do it to fulfill the prophecy and save the world. In a way, it was only him who loved Jesus enough and  sacrificed  to do the ordeal.

In Pisces, Venus likes to dream, and the border between dreams, imagination and reality may change just like the boundary between the ocean and the shoreline changes with every wave, inviting us to surrender to the unknown.

Bathing in the Neptunian ocean of neverendings, Venus becomes the mermaid, the elusive and mysterious half-woman, half-fish creature which can swim in deep waters and then emerge to the surface to allure sailors with her grace and beauty.

Just like a mermaid, there is a longing in each one of us for the depths of the ocean, for that primordial environment we all emerged from, millions of years ago.

During the Venus transit in Pisces we can feel an intense longing to merge with the divine, and to escape from a reality devoid of meaning.

And this is because Venus in Pisces craves for connection – not any connection, but a spiritual connection that can last the span of lifetimes. We look now not only for romance, but for a love that will bring us a sense of higher purpose. If we start a relationship now, we will feel like the Spirit/God/Source/Universe has conspired for us and the object of our desire to meet.

In relationships, the transit of Venus in Pisces will bring a long-awaited period of warmth and connection. You will find it natural now to reestablish intimacy and to communicate about any issue that is causing distance between you and your partner.

In a relationship or not, this is the time of the year when we all crave a fairy tale romance. We now long for a deep soul mate connection, we want not only to love, but to merge with the other.

Our intuition is highly developed now, and we can relate deeply to art, poetry, nature and music.  Whether you are in love right now, or longing for love, Venus in Pisces is a great time to focus on your spiritual practices, to read poetry, visit art galleries, read fantasy books, go to the church or to the ashram, or simply buy beautiful clothes, scarfs, shoes or bed linens.

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Venus in Aquarius – In Love There Are No Rules

Venus In Aquarius

After she learned how to reach the highest achievements possible playing by the rules (Venus in Capricorn), Venus now makes a step forward.

In Aquarius, Venus is teaching us about those things money can’t buy, about those things the status doesn’t make any difference to.

In Aquarius, Venus wants to break free from the same beliefs and habits that made her successful.  That’s because she now knows that there is something bigger to life than fitting in, paying the bills, or wearing expensive clothes.

Going around the same way we’ve been before is comfortable and safe. But if we choose the path we’ve never been is so much more rewarding, and in a sense, the only way to be.

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A society is defined by its rules, and so are we. The decisions we make, the way we define beauty, our likes and dislikes, are very much defined by the norms of the society we live in, not by ourselves.

But there will always come a time when we will want something different, when we will want to make a step forward  to awaken to the next level of existence.

And this is what Venus in Aquarius is about. Venus in Aquarius wants to break free from the norm so that she can re-create the norm. Aquarius and Pisces, the last two signs of the Zodiac, represent the playing field of the Universe who always recreates itself.

Venus rules our values, what we like or dislike. In Aquarius, Venus will therefore like anything that is different, and will dislike anything that conforms to the norm.

In Aquarius, Venus become idealistic and wants to save the world. Venus in Aquarius represents the awakened consciousness put into the service of humanity.

Unusual relationships are another trademark of Venus in Aquarius. She will invite us to find our own path in love and with relationships. We won’t fall for the ordinary, but for the rebel, for the unique, for the misfit.

Venus in Aquarius is a bit more distant and unapproachable but that’s because now she cares about the big, meaningful things in life, and does not have any energy left to bother with the everyday mundane things.

Every time Venus is in Aquarius, we are developing the skills of detachment and objectivity. We learn how to detach from the norms around us, so that we don’t get swept into just doing the same old things we are expected to do, which will keep us away from knowing who we really are.

We will now make decisions that can surprise those around us. We might decide to go and date (or marry!) someone our parents or friends don’t like, or we might suddenly (yes, Uranus rules Aquarius)  decide to change our career or just do something completely different.

During this transit your heart will long for the freedom to be yourself.

It’s not about being different for the sake of being different, but about being an individual. Being true to yourself means never having to pretend you are someone you are not, feeling something you don’t.

We will now learn to cherish our uniqueness as the amazing human beings we are.

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Venus in Sagittarius

Venus In Sagittarius

Venus in Sagittarius is the Amazon woman as portrayed by Greek mythology. (think “Xena: The Warrior Princess”). According to the legend, Amazon women  fought, hunted, rode horses, used bows and arrows, they were fierce, independent and freedom loving.

There is something about Venus in Sagittarius very unique, that differentiate her from anyvenus-in-sagittarius other Venus placements: risk taking. Venus in Sagittarius is a “natural” when it comes to risk taking. And what from outside might look insane, makes total sense to Venus in Sagittarius – because she knows which risks to take.

Indeed, the fearless nature of Venus in Sagittarius is not foolish, but it is backed up by skill and experience equivalent to her confidence. She is a natural leader and her wordly experience garners everyone’s respect.

Venus in Sagittarius will inspire you to “go for it” and say YES to life.

Those of you with Venus in Sagittarius will experience the “Venus return” – this is a good time to start a new romantic venture or a new partnership.

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Venus conjunct Lilith in Scorpio

Venus conjunct Lilith in Scorpio

There is nothing more intense than a connection between Venus, the planet of Love, and Lilith – in Scorpio, the sign of intimacy.

Lilith is one of the most feared and misunderstood astrology symbols. She was the first wife of Adam and she was expelled from heaven because she demanded to be Adam’s equal.

Lilith represents the sexuality that women usually repress, the anger that results from it, the overwhelming lust that comes without warning.

Venus represents more universal themes such as love, beauty, and personal values.

The two feminine symbols can get the best out of each other, especially when they come together in the most intimate and profound sign of the zodiac – Scorpio.

Lilith becomes more balanced and learns to express herself in an even more seductive way, while Venus is now less interested in superficial gratifications. This time she goes for the beauty of the soul.

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During this transit, we long for love and want to be loved for who we are. We want to experience the real thing and live in the truth.

The deepest longing of the human heart is for true love.

And Lilith shows us that true love only comes when we learn to accept our nature, with all its flaws. When we go to the deepest places of our soul and deal with whatever we find there, the shame, the guilt, the hopes, the desires, the fragility, the humanity of our existence.

Celebrities born with Venus conjunct Lilith in Scorpio are Annie Lenox, Goldie Hawn, Kris Jenner, and Terence McKenna.

Terence McKenna is a great case study for Venus conjunct Lilith in Scorpio. Not only he has an exact Venus Lilith conjunction (Venus is at 25°33′ in Scorpio, and Lilith is at 25°34′ Scorpio), but Venus and Lilith are also conjunct his Sun and ascendant! So he fully embodies this conjunction, both through his Sun, and his ascendant sign.

Terence McKenna was a writer, philosopher, and ethnobotanist. He is known for his work on shamanism, the use of psychedelics and plant-based hallucinogens, the development of human consciousness, and novelty theory.

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Mercury Conjunct Venus in Leo

Venusian charm is combined with Mercury’s emphasis on communication in the sign of Self Expression (Leo). 

The result?

The mind and the heart are fully in tune, our communication is harmonious and we feel confident and optimistic in expressing ourselves.

The transit promotes great conversations and intelligent as well as exciting relationships. Even the shy ones of us will find it easier to speak up. It’s easier to be confident and articulate when you speak from your heart. This is the message of this transit.

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In the photo we have Michael Jackson and Slash-> they both have the Mercury Venus conjunction in Leo in their natal chart.

The duo collaborated on “Black and white” and “Give into me”. Both songs capture the essence of the Mercury Venus in Leo magic: self-expression, authenticity and the need to be loved for what one is.

 

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Venus Enters Leo

Leo rules the 5th house of romance, fun, creativity and children. Venus feels great in Leo so expect a lot of fun, flirt and good time 😉

Things to do during this transit:

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  • Open your heart. Love and receive love. You can tune into this energy with heart chakra meditations
  • Demand respect! If you don’ get it, roar like a (lion)ess.
  • Spend time with children – their joy and innocence will lift you up
  • Go out- to parties, festivals, events or anywhere you have the opportunity to meet influential people or celebrities.
  • Find time for a hobby, preferably related to self-expression: acting, making music, drawing or any kind of crafting
  • Dress like a queen – would be silly to shy away from wearing some extravagant outfits
  • Choose what you like: high heels, a party dress, or a fabulous gown (for special occasions), a bag from the latest designer collections, jewelry – especially gold or precious stones, animal print

 

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Venus Trine Jupiter

Venus trine Jupiter is one of those 5-star transits. Why that?

Because Venus and Jupiter according to ancient astrology are known as “benefics” or “fortunes” which means these planets will easily attract benefits and opportunities in our way.

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Imagine a secret garden in the middle of an enchanted forest. The garden is filled with scented flowers, magical healing herbs, exotic spices and lush trees. Nightingales sing and a stream flows swiftly by, reflecting the muted purple of the dusk. The soil is so fertile that is bursting with blooms and abundance of colors and fragrance.

We all have this secret garden inside us. Is a place of infinite possibilities and mesmerizing beauty. But the garden needs our attention. We need to seed good intentions (Venus). We need to take care of it daily and remove the weeds (Jupiter). The message of the Venus Jupiter transit is that growth and abundance know no limit, as long as we cultivate it from within and take the proper time and care to nourish the garden of our body and soul.