This Year’s Venus Retrograde

Venus is direct, not retrograde.
Recent Venus Retrograde period:
March 4th, 2017 to April 15th, 2017
From 13º Aries to 26º Pisces.
The next one will begin in October of 2018.

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from romantic to business to family.
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Venus, goddess of Love and Beauty, goes retrograde in our skies about every year and a half.  When she does, she takes us into a six-week journey into the past to uncover what may be the hidden or forgotten places in our relationships.  Each time Venus goes retrograde I write a post or series of posts about it, like this one about Inanna’s trip to the underworld to rescue her lost love: Descent into Love’s Darkness.

What Is Venus Retrograde?
When Venus goes retrograde, she takes our hand and pulls us into the darkness of our relationships.  A retrograde period of any planet is a retrospective of that planet’s themes.  It is like going into the deep, dark cave of oneself in whatever area of life is covered by the planet that is retrograde.  It is a time of moving backward, perhaps of going back to pick up pieces lost in the past.  It is a retrieval, a turning inward, perhaps a letting-go.  Since Venus’ domain is relationships, this turning inward happens in that domain.

How Long Does It Last?

The Venus retrograde period usually lasts about six weeks.

In 2017, Venus went retrograde in the sign of Aries on March 4, 2017 and retrograded back into Pisces, finishing on April 15, 2017.  This brought up relationship issues which would not fully resolve until Venus had again turned direct and also passed the degree of Aries where she turned retrograde, which happened on May 18.  On that day she was done retracing old relationship ground and her mission to teach us about relationships was over for the year.  Venus went retrograde in 26º Pisces to 13º Aries, so if you have anything at all in your chart between 0 and13  degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, this likely affected you. It also affected you if you have anything at all in 26 to 29º of Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius or Gemini.

The Venus Cycle and Its Milestones
The grand cycle of Venus begins and ends with a day of “Ah-ha!” or epiphany. This happens when Venus conjuncts the Sun while moving forward swiftly and it brings an “Ah-ha!” in our relationships and helps them progress at speed. There are two of them and they act like bookends, forming the beginning and ending of a Venus cycle. I call these Relationship Rapture Days and you can see on the diagram below that the previous cycle began with one on June 6, 2016 at 1º Scorpio and this month it’s about to finish with one on January 8, 2018.

There is another kind of epiphany during the Venus cycle—it occurs while Venus is retrograde, on the day she conjuncts the Sun.  I call this Relationship Clarity Day, because if Venus retrograde has been putting your relationship through the wringer, clarity is likely to come on this day, leading to a deeper intimacy and authenticity in your relationship. Alternatively, it can also bring the clarity that leads to a breakup or a discussion of irreconcilable differences pointing to a likely breakup. The previous cycle’s Relationship Clarity Day was on March 25, 2017, at 4º Aries.

And there is a third, very important point in this cycle and that’s the day when Venus once again returns to the place where it first went retrograde (13º Aries), this time to pass through and onward. I call this Relationship Resolution Day and it happened on May 18, 2017. On this day the cycle’s themes resolve and complete.

Venus Retrograde in Pisces and Aries:
Because 2017’s Venus retrograde period began in Aries and backed up into Pisces, this cycle began with a feeling of barreling headlong into relationship situations that quickly dissolved into emotional chaos and confusion. It’s as if this Venus retrograde period was designed to force us to face the most subtle nuances of relating and to swim in the waters of compassion.

The dilemma is that Aries wants to cut through the crap and create clarity. Aries would like to be able to assert self and get one’s needs met in a fair way arrived at through mutual self-assertion. But Pisces brings awareness of many more levels of meaning in the relationship, leaving the situation so much more murky than Aries thinks it has to be. Watery (sensitive, feeling) people found much emotional work to do here (perhaps to their gratification) while Fiery (direct, straightforward) people found much frustration but were also likely to find resolution in the end—especially those willing to submit to an emotional journey in order to get there. One thing’s for sure: attempts to control or dominate were met with failure and not only did intimacy elude those who try, it may have gone away forever.

The solution? To curb anger, slow down, relax into this and take an emotionally exploratory attitude. Give up the idea of having a goal. There’s no place to get to. Or if there is, you will find your way there only by accident and surrender. Intuition is your guide and this river cannot be pushed.

When has this happened before?
In past years, I have written post-threads during Venus Retrograde periods.  In these threads I have drawn from mythology to show the unfolding of this journey as it happens.  These are among my best-loved posts of all time, so I’m giving new readers access to them, even after Venus moves on:

Venus Retrograde period of March and April 2009:
Descent into Love’s Darkness
All about Inanna’s descent into the underworld to reclaim her dead love.

Venus Retrograde period of October and November 2010:
The Tale of Eros and Psyche, or How The Soul Got Her Wings
The classic tale of love lost and refound.

And this single-page post from the Venus Retrograde period of May and June 2012:
Blossom or Honeybee? Venus Retrograde 2012
Anna and the King of Siam argue about fidelity.

And more recently, the Venus Retrograde period of July to August 2015:
Rapunzel, A Tale of Adolescent Awakening
Feminine power and creativity escapes from her isolated tower. 

If you are feeling a current Venus Retrograde period
and you want to understand its effect on your relationships
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