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Venus Retrograde and a brief departure

And now ‘tis dark, and going I shall fall.’
‘In night,’ quoth she, ‘desire sees best of all.’

— from Venus and Adonis by William Shakespeare

On July 27, we entered a phase in which the planet Venus went retrograde, an event that occurs only once every eighteen months, and this year in conjunction with stern Saturn’s influence. That is, she appears to be going backwards in her orbit, from our perspective on Earth. She will go direct again on September 8.

If you are a frequent visitor here, you know about Mercury retrogrades, and the extra care you need to take with communications, legal matters, travel and trade. But what’s the deal with a Venus retrograde?

According to astrologer Rob Tillet, “Venus, the Goddess of love, rules feelings and emotion, aesthetics and tastes, fashions and all forms of desire, money and wealth. Venus rules social attitudes and behavior, along with aesthetic tastes and inclinations. And She symbolizes female relationships and social interactions at every level. Venus indicates our values. She governs romance, marriage and other partnerships, capacity for humor, and the pursuit of pleasure.

“During a retrograde period, the things Venus influences will be less apparent, or be of less concern to the world. Visual sensibilities are reduced. People dress with less flair and our color sense tends to be muted. This is not the time to purchase clothes or jewelry, change one’s make-up or hairstyle.

“Redecorating or refurbishing homes or business should also be avoided, though there is no reason why decisions that have been made earlier should not be allowed to come to fruition during this period.

“With Venus retrograde, the pace of relationships slows down and this is not the best time to get married or give big parties. Since Venus rules diplomacy, slowdowns in all sorts of negotiations can be expected, including industrial disputes, legal issues and diplomatic endeavors.

“It is a time when we are called upon to go back and take care of unfinished business. Often we are forced to deal with deep feelings that have their origins in past events. They are activated on an inner level but are often difficult to express to ourselves or others while Venus is retrograde.”

I hope that, despite the Venus in retrograde, you will still be able to appreciate the beauty and love that surrounds you in these hot summery days.

By the way — I will be out of town on my annual retreat for the next ten days or so, and I won’t be able to update these blog pages. But on my actual website, I hope you’ll enjoy a magical oasis of poetry I’ll be offering, to inspire and refresh you. Please do visit there for a little bit of magic every day. And I’ll be back here on Monday, August 13th.

Blessings and safe travels to all!

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