Be prepared for Venus Retrograde

Every 18 months, Venus goes ‘retrograde’. It’s a neat visual trick from our vantage point here on earth and it happens in the same five parts of the zodiac over an 8-year cycle. Join the dots between the five retrograde points and you get a pentagram. Yes folks, Venus is the original creator of that 5-pointed shape so adored by everyone from the Ancient Sumerians to Modern Pagans. It’s based on the 72 degree ‘quintile’ aspect which symbolises the joining of inspired creativity with form. It’s a ‘manifesting’ aspect where we can make new realities from our dreams and boy oh boy, don’t us New Age folks love a bit of that.


Astrologers love to woo-woo over these shapes and this pic from Erin Sullivan’s ‘Retrograde Planets’ book shows you why… 

If you track the path of Venus over several years, you end up with the lovely flower shape in my the top pic. Truly beautiful and quite amazing, don’t you think? It’s awe-inspiring geometry in action.

Venus symbolises beauty, pleasure, relating, enjoyment, romance, seduction and joy. It rules our values, our style of connecting with people and what we do for fun. Its sign placement influences our taste – beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. In Libra, it might be a Disney Princess wedding gown. In Scorpio, it’s more likely to be a tongue piercing. In Leo, Venus is red platform heels and a plunging neckline (I’m looking at you Mariah Carey). 

So what happens during the 40 days and 40 nights of the Venus Retrograde? It’s a time to turn inwards, to re-consider and re-evaluate relationships and to re-align yourself with your true values. This retrograde, Venus is dancing with Pluto – the planet of deep power and transformation. It might be time to consider what your true needs are in order for you to feel empowered and transformed. What intensity do you need from relationships? What practical things do you need in order to feel loved?

This unearthing of truths and flaws could be uncomfortable. This retrograde asks you to explore deeper intimacy, which can be revealing, authentic but also super scary (expect a bit of turmoil). More than anything it asks you to take responsibility for yourself in order to get what you want. Reclaim your power when it comes to love, creativity and finances. 

The easiest way to personalise this transit is to check back to what was happening in the previous cycle, 8 years ago. 

This Venus retrograde:
Dec 20, 2021 – Jan 30, 2022

Previous dates in this same cycle:
Dec 22, 2013 – Feb 1, 2014
Dec 25, 2005 – Feb 4, 2006
Dec 27, 1997 – Feb 6, 1998
Dec 30, 1989 – Feb 9, 1990

See how regular that sucker is! The key is to look back over these dates and have a think about what was going on for you. Is there a theme? Something that happened during these times that progressed your life story? If yes, then this will be the next chapter.

People with Taurus/Libra Ascendents, Suns or Moons may find more resonance, since Venus rules those signs.

Enjoy this time of reflection, and don’t be surprised if nothing much eventuates until Mars moves over these same points in February 2022.

The division of the circle by five has influenced art and proportion for centuries.

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