Venus usually slips through our lives like a whisper, and we barely experience her transits. Her influence is usually soft and encouraging and I often say that we only really take notice when we experience discomfort of some kind. Even the challenging transits of Venus are benign, offering us only an opportunity to indulge in greater indulgence.
Venus is famous for her influence on relationships. As the goddess of love and beauty, she bestows an attractive power and grace, but that attractive power draws more than love. It can also be a magnet for financial wealth and personal possessions so in that way, Venus is said to rule our values and the things that we love as well as the people. Venus also rules our ability to love and relate to our self, and the kind of talents and personal resources that we possess as well as the material possessions.
Venus is in Aries now, where she is more of a Warrior Queen than a cartoon sex goddess. This befits her divine lineage, since the archetype of Venus descends from Ishtar, Inanna, Astarte – the goddesses of war and power as well as sex and love. When Venus in Aries turns retrograde, she has some scores to settle. Relationships from the past can be healed or resolved now, but confrontations may occur. This is not a warm and fuzzy Venus retrograde in which we find our old friends on Facebook, but we can find real resolution here and true transformation of weak links in our links to those around us. Venus retrograde periods are not ideal for beginning new relationships since we are looking back into the past rather than thinking […]