The 2015 Venus retrograde runsfrom Jul 25 until Sep 6.This is usually lasts aboutforty days and forty nights. Forty is mentioned in the bible often, but most famously when Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness for forty days. Could this be referring to the astrological phenomena of Venus retrograde? After all, Venus has two sides to her. She is the goddess of loveandwar according to the Babylonians. The word Lucifer (which is often confused with Satan)means light-bringer and refers to Venus in her morning star phase. The ancients said the first few days of her Lucifer phase was a particularly dangerous time. People born with Venus as a morning star are said to rush headlong into love affairs and are very passionate. Venus as an evening star is has more of the receptive, traditional meaning of Venus, this phase is called Hesperus.The retrograde period I think describes very well the transition between the two modes of Venus and her descent into the underworld before she resurrects as the wildly passionate, but occasionally treacherous morning star.
Venus Retrograde Meaning
So what does Venus retrograde mean generally? Commonly it is advised one does not start a love affair or buy luxury goods during this time, because you might end up paying more than you bargained for. During these forty days you may have to resist the seductive Lucifer side of Venus and her charms just like Jesus did in the desert. Temptations could be an illicit affair or the lure of luxury goods. We can find significance in this journey of Venus if we regard her movements like the ancient sky-watchers did. During the first phase of the Venus retrograde she is Hesperus, high in the night sky and loving, reflective and receptive. I also think she is quite pure and virginal too. During this time we might feel like we need more love, but are extra shy about going out and finding a new lover. Instead we might cling to a past relationship, which is why this period can bring the return of old flames and karmic connections. Better the devil you know hey? It might make you mournful of a love lost and very defensive if anyone new tries to step on the ghost of your beloved ex. During this time it might be good to bring closure to any long dead relationship with a reflective post-mortem. After that, when Venus goes invisible, give that bad romance a good funeral!
A Dark Cupid Affair
For the last two weeks of the retrograde period Venus is Lucifer the morning star. This is the time when you are most likely to get involved in what I would now call aDark Cupidaffair. You will most definitely be thinking with your reproductive organs and not your brain, so do try to resist the sex if you can. You may get a series of red flags but still ignore them. A one night stand might during this time might seem harmless and disposable, but on a spiritual level this goes far deeper. Your body is your temple so dont give into the Luciferian psychic vampires. You might find yourself drained for many months afterwards. Its simply not worth it. Aphrodites bad points are often overlooked. She had a reputation for jealousy, revenge, possessiveness and infidelity. The stress and misery caused by this behaviour can attract unwanted hyper dimensional entities which feed of the drama. Sometimes we think we need a sexual fling because it has been a while, we just want to have fun and we feel we can take it or leave it. But with Venus retrograde we might develop an obsessive attachment to the so called friend with benefits which we hadnt bargained for. We could find we are kept in a very unpleasant psychic, sexual bondage.
So I would say proceed with caution with any new relationships. However Venus Retrograde doesnt have to play out like 50 Shadesof cringe,for like Mercury retrograde, Venus turned inward has its uses.Lyn Koinersays itis an excellent time for buying antiques, flea market items and secondhand goods wherein you know the real worth and value of the item but the seller does not.Its also good for selling your own unwanted items. I believe the first two thirds of Venus Retrograde could be an ideal time for creativity that explores your inner world. Make music, art or poetry just for yourself and not for the public.
Lucifer ~ Morning Star
During Venus Retrograde wemight feel like retreating from socialising or a from a relationship, so this can be a very valuable time for learning how to love ourselves. As for the dangerous Lucifer period, I would to go with the Babylonians on this one and suggest singletons stay celibate for the last two weeks of it. I think that Venus retrograde could also function likeEris, since if we go back to the Babylonian/Sumerian myths we see that Innana was certainly an early incarnation of Venus. In a chapter of the myth Of Gilgamesh, Inanna went down into the Underworld and had to remove all her material glamours on her way to re-unite with her sister Ereshkigal. This reflects the planet Venuss descent below the horizon and its inferior conjunction with the Sun where she is actually also combust. Then we have her resurrection as the morning star Lucifer after she has experienced the torture of been hung for death on meat hooks by her vengeful sister. This is a time of reflection (Venuss symbol is the mirror) which may show us our shadow, self-sabotaging sister-self. With Venus, visuals will reflect back to us our deep psyche through paintings, visions, omens, dreams
The Synodic Cycle
The shadow period is not so important with Venus retrograde. Its effect will be very subtle as it is stretched over a longer period of time than Mercurys shadow zone. It does mean however Venus will spend a lot longer in a sector of your chart than usual, and work like an outer planet. The effects mentioned in this article will be felt much stronger if you have natal planets in Venuss path. If you are in a relationship, any unresolved gripes might come to a head at the actual retrograde when Venus hits the planet a second time, but they should be resolved by the time the Venus Direct reached the post-shadow degree. Keep an ephemeris close to hand. What is also very important is Venuss synodic cycle which forms a pentagram in the sky. Every 8 years Venus will make another point of this magical 5 pointed star so it is worth keeping a record of what happened at the Venus retrograde of 8 years ago and see if there is a pattern. If you were born during a Venus retrograde then your birth synodic cycle should also reveal some valuable information to you. I hope to write another post about Venuss synodic cycle because it is worth looking into deeply if you are born with Venus retrograde. Until then, there are a couple of great articles on the web that explain it further.Venus Synodic Cycleby Khaldea. And Nick Dagan-Best (OnHoles To Heaven) has a done some great research using celebrity examples and their synodic cycles too. And for those who want to watch Venus against the constellations; Naked Eye Planets ~Venus
Looking at the current Summer 2015 Venus Retrograde now.This is a very interesting one as Venus stations onRegulus,the brightest star closest to the ecliptic. Not only that but Regulus has also just moved from Leo into Virgo. See my article on Regulus for more details. Many astrologers have said this signifies a return of the goddess and a great paradigm shift away from the dominator/victim culture of the last 2000 years or more. Although we mostly understand this dominator/victim syndrome as being born of patriarchy, I think using the term patriarchy plays too much into thedivisive tactics of the dominators who like to pit women against men. There is no guarantee that Matriarchy would be any fairer as it also contains the word archy. Any archys (Apart from Anarchy) suggest a hierarchical system which puts a minority at the top dominating a majority of sub-jects as we go further down the pyramid. I dont know if it is ever possible to run a planet without this system, but as always nature can show us alternatives.
Monarchy & Lions
A lions pride consists of one or two males defending a group of up to 30 related females. The females hunt as they are slimmer and more agile. The males purpose is to sire children and protect the females from takeover by another male. Defending the pride is a risky business and the males will generally have a much shorter life due to the frequent attacks form rival males. As a reward for the risk, they will have priority in eating. We see nature itself has some form of status, or pecking order, but I dont think it is truly a hierarchy. These prides are small tribes, they work because leaders have close relations with those they protect, like a family. Things get tricky when the pyramid is so huge and the leader is so distant that empathy is lost for those they protect. Ideally we should be dividing into small tribes with close relationships between members, not moving towards an ever greater new world order. The larger the territory, the higher the risk of power corruption and psychopathy in our leaders. We see this every time an empire gets bigger.
Venus Retrograde Summer 2015 ~ Poison Apple
This Venus retrograde is importantbecause I think it will bring up questions of hierarchy, monarchy and anarchy. As we have seen there are two sides of Venus as the Babylonian goddess of love and war. The lioness is a good example of this female Mars/war energy as the huntress, while the male lion is the body guard and protector. Once he has his own pride that is it, he doesnt go off trying to conquer as many other prides as he can. This is natural law. The influence of the divine feminine could mean a natural breaking down of an Empire that has just become too much of a Saturnian monolith. Retrograde planets could work at a transpersonal level in the collective when we have a retrograde. In Venuss case this it could work like Neptune. I have already written about Reguluss transition into Virgo and this Venus retrograde has a similar feel, that there us some erosion of Saturnian control with Neptune spirituality. Its not really the problem of leadership, but the quality and the consciousness of those in charge.
Astrologer John Green wrote an excellent article about the astrological qualities of world leaders he sayswe talk about the abuse of power and the effects on us as a populace. We often feel disempowered by those with more money or social standing; we feel impotent and complain we are unable to change things.Then he quotes Abraham Lincoln.Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a mans character, give him power ..[ ]it shows that power in the right hands, can be used as a force for good and not just evil
I think having looked at how the lions society works, you can see that their ideal is a large family tribe. Unfortunately for humanity, it seems the breakdown of the extended family, and even more recently the nuclear family that has caused the upsurge in psychopathic behaviour. Im not saying we should all get married and have 10 children. Not at all, for there is a role perfect for those who are are hermit types and not inclined to reproduce. These are the healers, shamans, artists and priestesses. There are always going to be natural leaders (Pluto) and natural healers/priests/artists (Neptune), both hold responsibility and power over the rest of the tribe.
Venus Rx Conjunct Alfard & Regulus
John Green finisheswith a quote fromDacher Keltnerwhos excellent article may reflect some of the themes that could come to the fore during this Venus Retrograde.we tend to believe that attaining power requires force, deception, manipulation, and coercion. Indeed, we might even assume that positions of power demand this kind of conductthat to run smoothly, society needs leaders who are willing and able to use power this way. As seductive as these notions are, they are dead wrong. Instead, a new science of power has revealed that power is wielded most effectively when its used responsibly by people who are attuned to, and engaged with the needs and interests of others.The problem has been over the last 2000+ years we have been conditioned into thinking this kind of dominator rulership is the only kind. That to rid ourselves from the tyranny of patriarchy we have to knock down all the Kings. The popularity of shows likeHouse Of Cardsfeeds into this belief. But I believe the pyramid can work bottom up if more of us start to release ourselves from the chains of victimhood. Being responsible for our own lives automatically gives the Kings less power, setting boundaries gives them less power. Less power = less abuse. Ruler and subject are a polarised, co-dependant relationship so therefore either side can change it. At the macrocosm this is shown in abusive relationships where the victim can sometimes be the enabler. We need to stop unwittingly enabling our leaders.
Venus is the relationship planet, but it tends to be viewed as the attractor, and quite passive in its role. Keeping the peace doesnt have to mean doing nothing however! Can it be that under certain retrogrades Venus will work more like her ancient incarnation of Ishtar? With this retrograde, and Venus passing across Regulus I believe she will. Venus also passes through some huntress stars on her journey too. Hunting can be equated with shopping, women often control the household budgets. Purse power means making informed choices about which companies takes our money (Venus) and shopping ethically. Venus will retrograde through the stunning stars of Ursa Major, the great bear. The constellation of the Great Mother bear as it watches over us from the poles commands a certain awe. It is the most easily recognised constellation in the northern hemisphere and often the only one easily visible in cities where there is light pollution. Up until August 8 we will be able to see Venus make her way across this constellation.
Venus Retrograde 2015 ~ Fixed Stars
Dubhein Ursa Major in the back of the Great Bear at 15 Leo* ~Jun 22,Aug 29 Rx, Sept 13.
Merakin Ursa Major in the belly of the Great Bear at 18 Leo ~Jun 27,Aug 20 Rx, Sept 22.
Alfardin Hydra the watersnake at 27 Leo ~Jul 11,Aug 7 Rx,Oct 5.
Passionate attachments that are opposed by relatives, handsome and admired by opposite sex, favorable for gain, sorrow through love affairs if female.
Regulusin Leo the Lion at 29 Leo ~Jul 18,Aug 1Rx, Oct 8.
Many disappointments, unexpected happenings, violent attachments, trouble through love affairs.
Phecdain Ursa Major 0 Virgo ~Jul 22,Jul 27 Rx,Oct 9.
Venus Retrograde on July 23 starts with Venus on the very unfortunate and bloody starPhecda.In conjunction with planetary malefics, it is said that this star is a possible cause of a great blood bath.Venus thankfully is not a so called malefic, but will receive an square from malefic Saturn during the retrograde period. This is when Regulus needs to step up and protect his females! In symbolic language our divine masculine left brain needs to defend the intuitive right. Venus is in Neptunian spiritual mode also. I am thinking of an interview I posted on Facebook recently betweenDr Gabor Mate & Stefan Molyneuxwhere they discussed the fact a woman was raped in broad daylight on a beach and no-one stepped in and stopped it. Someone did film it on their smart phone (grim..) and the rapist was eventually arrested. But what kind of a sick society do will live in to allow this to happen? Dr Mate stressed that it is not the people on the beaches fault,and they have been conditioned into that response. He says humanity is either devoid of empathy or has no courage.
Regulus is all about courage, but its near neighbour Phecda has the lack of empathy which drives a psychopath. There is a fine line here.. It makes me think of the behaviour of soldiers in war, in order to fight and win a war they have to have both courage and a lack of empathy, obviously this comes from military training, but some of it comes from our culture too. Venus rules the visual arts and advertising. Commercial art follow us everywhere thanks to the omni-present flat screen. Mobile phones are now growing in size again to accommodate these visuals. If Venus retrograde works like Neptune then it will also be the blockbuster film, the advertising campaign and product branding, so Venus retrograde can be visual sorcery. Think of the word culture, there is also the biological kind that affects the cells in a petri dish. It is our very culture that is creating the psychopath.
VenusHesperus ~ Evening Star
During the Venus shadow period onJul 1,Venus Direct will make a really lovely conjunction with fellow benefic Jupiter while at the same time trining Uranus. In have written aboutJupiter trine Uranusand it is a powerful blessing. This brings out inner vision and inventiveness that should make impossible dreams come true. In the collective our sheer faith in future rainbows will keep us focused on doing whatever it takesto get to the spiritual pot of gold.Those touched by this aspect should attract the right people and the right circumstances into their lives that help manifest their lofty ambitions. Venus Direct goes on to square SaturnJul 14which could bring up some of the themes I have discussed to the fore, namely the breaking down of monolithic and oppressive structures, hopefully through love. Venus will be conjunct Alfard, a poisonous star in Hydra the water snake. It seems like a bit of a star-crossed position when it comes to love affairs however. Romeo and Juliet symbolise perfectly Venus on Alfard since their story involves, lies, intrigue, poison and opposing relatives.
Venus Station Retrograde 2015
Venus stations retrograde on Jul 25and moves back towards fellow benefic Jupiter. OnAug 6we get a powerful triple conjunction of Mercury, Venus and Jupiter on Alfard all square Saturn. I think this is the most important day of the retrograde period so I will put this chart up instead of the Venus retrograde chart. It is far more interesting and descriptive of the Venus retrograde period as a whole and it is also around the time Venus becomes invisible, falling below the horizon and into the underworld. Just look at all the action at 27/28!
The bad news first; The Ebertins have gone mad with the poisoning aspect of this star but they also offer the promise of salvation. Again this covers much of the themes I have discussed thus far. Alfard in general isOf a Saturn nature, however, there is a measure of influence of Venus and Neptune. Particularly matters connected with poison are accentuated badly, e.g. blood poisoning, murder by poison, attempts of poisoning, poisoned hatred in women, gas poisoning, danger to life by wrong use of drugs and over indulgence of good living,.A poisoning is also possible in a relationship between man and woman in marriage.thoughif the native is able to conceive it in the spiritual sphere, the Saturn-Neptune combination may give enlightenment.The negativity comes if Alfard is harmed by malefics, but in this case Venus and Mercury are benignhere. Still I thought it was worth mentioning due to the square to Venus from Saturn on Toliman which is the wound in Chirons thigh.
Venus RetrogradesPoison Apple
Hopefully the fact Jupiter is closer to Regulus onAug 6may also ameliorate the worst of Alfards effects. Mercury on Alfard is interestingTrouble through writings, unfavorable for marriage, suffering through a passionate attachment that entirely changes the course of the life.Sounds very Romeo and Juliet to me with shades of Dark Cupid too. Jupiter onRegulusis Fame, high preferment, especially of a military nature, success in the Church.Dont pray to an external god about this then or go running distraught to a psychic. With the influence of Mercury/Alfard I wouldnt trust that messages wont get intercepted (poisoned.) by some hyper-dimensional entity The chart is pretty stunning though with an exact Mars trine Saturn, Mercury/Venus/Jupiter are the focal point of an Eyefrom Mars sextile Lilith. It would take another post to break that all down, suffice to say there is plenty of cosmic spice in the air.
The period betweenAug 7 22is the Venus transforming phase. This could be the opportunity for a much needed detox too considering the influence of the poisons of earlier.Aug 15Venus sits in the throne of the Sun (known as Cazimi.) This brings a powerful mother-bear influence as it falls onDubhein Ursa MajorIt is said to give a quiet, prudent, suspicious, mistrustful, self-controlled, patient nature, but an uneasy spirit and great anger and revengefulness when roused.
Angry Mother Bears
If children are threatened, mothers will roar. If innocent children are killed in war, women will protest. Maybe they will hold back their labour, justas Ceres punished the earth with a dark, barren winter when her daughter Persephone was abducted into the underworld. Like the myth, Jupiter nearby in the sky comes to the rescue (He is still on Regulus). Indeed afterAug 23Venus (Persephone.) returns from the underworld and we see her as the morning star. Venus is Lucifer now!
So Venus/Persephone has partaken Plutos forbidden fruit and is no longer the innocent Hesperus she was at the start of the cycle. It is interesting Venuss connection with apples and forbidden fruit. The mythical garden of Hesperides contained the golden apples that gave one eternal life. Hesperides and Hesperus come from the same latin root. Hesper is morning. In traditional astrology, the eastern point of the natal chart, dawn, is always associated with life. Sunset, romantic as it is, symbolises death on the western side of the natal chart. In fairytales we are offered to take a bite of an apple, which turns out to be poisoned, and here we have Venus as Lucifer (post-poisoning, or post-sex if you like). It is appropriate that just after Venus becomes Lucifer she makes a devilish conjunction that onSep 1, with lover Mars the planet of sex. FromAug 23 to Sept 6when Venusturns direct could be a dangerous time for relationships since Venus will be on a mars type starDubhe, the angry bear. Too much fuel on the flames of passion here. Venus leaves the shadow onOct 9and she can wear her Regulus crown with responsibility and serenity, which will lessen the love-life volatility inherent with this position.
Venus Retrograde 2015 Dates
Venus enters shadow at 14 23 Leo onJun 21.
Venus station retrogradeat 0 46 Virgo on Jul 25 ~2.28am PDT, 5.28am EDT, 10.28am BST
Venus as visible evening star Hesperus untilAug 6
Venus into the underworld (transforming phase)Aug 7 22
Venus conjunct Sun(Cazimi)Aug 15~12.22pm PDT 3.22pm EDT, 8.22pm BST
Venus as visible morning star Lucifer fromAug 23
Venus conjunct Mars.Sep 1
Venus station directat 14 23 Leo onSep 6~1.29am PDT, 4.29am EDT, 9.28am BST
Venus leaves shadowat 0 46 Virgo onOct 9
1. I want it all Power, corruption and lies. ~ The Astrological Journal May/June. John Green. Pg 9
2.Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.50, under the name Alphard.
Artwork: Lady Lilith 18661873& Venus Verticordia 1864-8, both byDante Gabriel Rossetti
Stills from the Disney film Snow White. 1930
updated by @nocturnes-angel: 02/26/17 01:56:30AM