Contemplating the deeper meaning of Venus as she stations (slows in motion in relation to the earth) to turn retrograde tomorrow I am thinking a lot about the word value. Just how much do we actually value who we are and what if any are the conditions we or others (caregivers, educators, parents, friends, peers, society at large) have placed on our value? Also to contemplate during this retrograde is how well we are seeing and valuing others when we relate, even if their values or perspectives differ.
Our very earliest sense of value comes from being seen and reflected in another`s eyes and heart and its no coincidence that the symbol for Venus could be seen as a hand mirror. We require, at least initially, upon a mirroring gaze to be seen and known and to have our selves and feelings reflected and responded to. We also rely on the touch of a mother to make us know our body is known and loved and valued. This sense of being held and felt is something astrologer Erin Sullivan draws attention to in her writing on Venus Retrograde in the book Retrograde Planets which is well worth a look for those who are interesting in the deeper dynamics of retrograde transits which are taking place throughout the year.
So when a planet goes retrograde what actually happens? Usually we may feel a kind of shock as it slows to move backwards. In the week around the retrograde some event may happen that triggers a relationship dynamic that will come under review in the following six weeks. In fact during the entire retrograde period how we relate, see and value ourselves and others comes up for learning and review and the impact of this depends upon whether the degrees of the entire retrograde trigger sensitivity points in your own chart. For this particular retrograde which begins at 10 degrees of Scorpio and ends at 25 degrees of Libra those with planets in the early degrees of fixed signs Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius and the later degrees of cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn will be affected.
We must also bear in mind that in the weeks just prior to the retrograde Venus been involved in an opposition aspect with the planet of enlightenment, shocks, controversy and awakening Uranus currently placed in the sign of Taurus which itself is ruled by Venus. It’s no coincidence that the issue of sexual assault and the hashtag #MeToo movement has been highlighted over this time. Uranus may bring to light things that are traumatising and shocking and the signs of Taurus and Scorpio relate strongly to the feminine, the female body, intimacy and sexuality. Taurus can be notorious for its stick in the mud stubbornness too so the refusal of certain people to face the consequences or impact of their actions (ie. the Kavanagh case) is very interesting in this regard.
Uranus usually calls for us to make a break with past routines and to be more honest and open about things the are hidden but if Uranus does not want to face something it can split off or become rebellious. Ideally Uranus wants us to break any mould that holds us in confinement of our individuality, but since Venus often desires to preserve bonds too and Scorpio wants to dig deep into hidden motivations or past patterns that may be stuck or in need of transformation we will be forced to face during this retrograde how we are actually relating to others and how honest and courageous we are being about our own desires, fears, insecurities and motivations. Scorpio also rules the hidden past with all its complex feelings and imprints that make us for protective defences..which conflicts with the need for intense honesty which is both desired and feared. Scorpio wants to bond deeply with others but also faces fears of humiliation at times, a fear of vulnerability and losing power cannot always be held onto when we want to join and bond deeply with others but if, in the past we have been betrayed, abandoned or humiliated it’s not going to be so easy for us to open up and let our tender hearts and bodies be so exposed.
I went to a wonderful lecture by astrologer Melanie Reinhardt on Venus Retrograde many years ago held in London and theme Melanie chose for this lecture was Holding the Heart Open in Hell. How do we trust and risk to open our hearts that have been wounded in a sense of value and power to another human being, how do we let that soft sore spot be made available for exploration and healing and thus for increasing intimacy? (In to you and I, I see) and how much can we see and understand the sore spots and vulnerabilities of others? And just who can we trust in this process? Also how kind and loving and honest and open can we be to and about the part our own wounded selves play in relationships? Will we run and hide or lash out when the fire starts to burn? Or will we use the light of that fire and the pain we feel to enlighten us into old patterns, reactions or ways of relating we need to change or transform? (Scorpio is all about transformation of the phoenix burning clear and clean of emotional alchemical fires of anger/rage and grief to find healing and rise above past hurt.)
This is just a brief off the cuff introduction to the little I know and recall about Venus Retrograde for tonight, noticing the retrograde starts tomorrow. I will be listening and watching and reading over the next few weeks to see how these themes may be expressed in blogs and life as the planets usually tend to play out in certain archetypal themes in the world as the retrograde continues. And any insights you have are highly appreciated and welcome… please comment in the available space below.