Once every 18 months, the planet Venus stations retrograde and then gives us the appearance of moving backward. That cycle starts October 5 and ends November 16, though you will likely feel the influence of this cycle during the shadow period before and after as Venus slows down and changes direction.
Venus is the planet that rules matters of the heart. She’s the planet we look to for insights about love, relationships, personal style, money, self-worth, and pleasure. During the retrograde cycle, you’ll feel a giant spotlight on all of these aspects of life, as you will have several chances to overcome fears, shift how you perceive yourself, and examine your relationships. Venus is stationing retrograde in the sign of Scorpio, which could bring up specific themes of intimacy, shared resources, and personal transformation through relationships. In addition to these relational themes, you could encounter financial issues related to long-term investments, mortgages, loans, or insurance.
Venus retrograde helps you look backward at your personal and financial decisions and course correct if necessary. Therefore, resist the urge to spiral into anxiety or fear about these matters. Instead, learn from the past, and resolve to make future choices from a more centered and authentic state of being. Chances are, things look and feel worse than they are. Try to see the bigger picture of your life if you feel disappointed or down on yourself.
This could be a period of relationship ups and downs because Venus retrograde can help raise any love-life issues to the surface. When these challenges arise, master any lessons before jumping to a conclusion. If you start to feel restless within a relationship or have an awakened desire to leave, then find help and support before making any final decision to end things. These heightened emotions can help you clarify your situation, but you don’t have to take action. It could be more relaxed after November 16, especially if you take the time to work through what’s triggering you. Patterns repeat themselves, and Venus Retrograde is a time to break those patterns.
People from your past could come back into your life, as Venus retrograde is often time during which you can gain altitude and shift your perspective of your past. That said, you could be tempted to reconnect with an ex. Take things slowly, and do not make a deep commitment until after November 16. It may be time to tell different stories about your finances and love life! You can reframe your past to give yourself a happier ending. This is especially true after Venus slides back into Libra on October 31.
You may find breakups happen during this time or divorce processes finalizing. Conversely, you and your partner may decide to cohabitate or merge in a more significant way. Venus in Scorpio wants depth, intimacy, and passion. If your relationship lacks these attributes, you could solidify a decision to move on. If, on the other hand, you desire more of these, you could deepen the commitment to one another. If you’re in, you might show you’re all in in a deeper way.
I have a very positive outlook on times of retrograde. It’s a time to pause, rethink, work through your most limiting fears and overcome feelings of lack and deprivation. In retrograde times, when you surrender, letting go of the desire for instant gratification, you open yourself to an experience of limitless possibilities and the flow of miracles in your life.
So, with that in mind, I want to focus on how you can make the most of this Venus retrograde period. First of all, look at your chart (or if you’ve never had your chart constructed, email me and I’ll send you a copy). Look for the symbol for Scorpio and Libra. These are the areas of your chart (and life) that will be in focus. Since Scorpio is the sign of transformation on a soul level, you might want to work with healers, therapists, or other lightworkers during this time to clear financial or relationship karma, fears, or outdated beliefs. Read below to see what this means for your sign.