To Deal With Venus In Retrograde
Venus Retrograde 2012 - May 15 through June 27, 2012.
everybody knows about good ole Mercury
in retrograde... now get ready to meet Venus in retrograde:
Relationships, and Values
The astrological planet Venus (planetary ruler of Taurus and Libra)
is named for the luscious and voluptuous Roman goddess of love,
lust, pleasure, the arts, harmony, beauty, and (don't forget)
planet Venus only turns retrograde in the sky approximately once
every 18 months. For example, in 2009 she turned retrograde on
March 6 and remained retrograde for approximately 40 days until
April 17. In 2010 October 8, 2010 until November 18, 2010.
Planets in General
For the "uninitiated," a retrograde planet is a planet that (when viewed
from the perspective of the earth) appears to have stopped and then temporarily
reverses its regular movement through the sky. The planet then goes "retrograde" (backwards).
After a certain length of time (depending upon the planet involved), the planet
then appears to once again stop and reverse its movement through the sky. The
planet then goes "direct" and is back on it's normal cyclic path through
Look at the
Deeper Side of Venus Retro
is an ancient Roman saying: “Vocatus atque non
vocatus deus aderit.” Called or not called, the
god will be there.
to astrologer Richard Idemon, the ancient Greeks had a saying
that when passing by the temple of a god, you must honor the
god by quickly making the appropriate sacrifice at the appropriate
should never offend the gods by ignoring them.
let's draw ever nearer to archetypal Venus (known
to Greeks as Aphrodite), so that we can learn how to offer
up the appropriate tribute when she looks our way.
Plato's The Phaedrus
does the stream of beauty, passing through the eyes which
are the windows of the soul, come back to the beautiful one;
there [255d] arriving and quickening the passages of the
wings, watering them and inclining them to grow, and filling
the soul of the beloved also with love.
thus he loves, but he knows not what; he does not understand
explain his own state; he appears to have caught the infection
of blindness from another; the lover is his mirror in
whom he is beholding himself, but he is not aware
he is with the lover, both cease from their pain,
but when he is away then he longs as he is longed for,
and has love's image, love for love lodging in his breast…” Phaedrus – Plato, translator – Benjamin
Did you catch that? Let it sink in for just a second or two...
lover is his mirror in whom he is beholding himself..."
to astrologer Liz Greene, this particular passage from Plato's Phaedrus contains: "the
most profound meaning of Venus – the beloved, be it person,
object or intellectual idea, as the mirror of one’s own
Greene from The Inner Planets
- The Beloved As Person, Object, or Intellectual Idea
symbolically speaking... in the case of the Venus retrograde,
what is the appropriate sacrifice
that the goddess Venus requires of us? How do we
both as individuals
and collectively as a society begin to properly acknowledge
and honor the unknown visitor of Venus?
musing over what words of wisdom I might impart, I
had a flashback to something I'd written many
years ago on the May
2000 Taurus alignment.
regard to the 2000 Taurus Alignment:
thing, however, does appear certain. Individually and
collectively, during the next twenty years, the Zodiacal
sign of Taurus [ruled by Venus] will
be asking us the hard question, "What do you value
most in your life?" Whether on a societal or individual
level - honoring the Taurean energies contained in this
alignment will involve:
the offering up of our values
* the reevaluation of our values
* and then the fortitude and slow, steady, staying power required to stand
solidly behind what we have chosen to value."
I, 9 years later, wrote this article on how to honor Venus during
her times in retrograde... our planet was (and still is) obviously
still hip deep in the middle of this 20 year Jupiter/Saturn Taurus
cycle of reevaluating our societal values.
Starting with the horror of 911, the Pearl Harbor of our generation,
we've all been through a lot during the past decade...
then prior to September 24, 2008 9:01 pm EDT, most of us were
totally clueless about what our world economies were about to
With Mercury (commerce) still stationary and located in the 6th
house (service industry) conjuncting the planet Mars (action)
and quincunx Uranus (surprise, shock) then US President George
W Bush managed to catch most of us with our pants down as he went
before the nation to announce the Economic Pearl Harbor of our
how are we doing in the reassessment of our values? I'll
leave it up to you to decide (and reevaluate) for yourself...
Retro Venus - A Time For Reassessing Our Personal Values
Anyway... Venus, and honoring Venus during her retrograde, holds
on to this same sort of archetypal energy, albeit, on
a much smaller scale.
clear is your mirror of the soul?
willing and open are you to reconsidering and reassessing
you ready to stand fast for your values?