Venus will be retrograde from the 5th of October until the 17th of November 2018. Venus will station on the 4th of October, before stationing retrograde on the 5th of October at 10° Scorpio.
During this time, Venus will retrograde back as far as 25° Libra before stationing direct on the 16th of November and resuming forward motion again on the 17th of November 2018.
You can read more about the current transit of Venus retrograde, including what to expect for your sign here.
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Mythology of Venus
In Roman mythology, Venus was the goddess of love, beauty, fertility, and victory. Her Greek counterpart was Aphrodite.
Aphrodite is said to have sprung fully formed after Chronos (Saturn) castrated his father Ouranus (Uranus) and threw the genitals into the sea.
Aphrodite was known for her affairs with Ares (Mars) and other gods and mortals despite her marriage to Hephaestus (Vulcan). It was she who tempted Paris with the promise of marriage to the most beautiful mortal woman, which lead to the Trojan war.
The Mayans studied the cycles of Venus and were said to use it to plan the best times to go to war.
Individual Retrograde Venus Transits
Venus retrograde periods last approximately 40 days and are a time for reviewing not just our relationships but also our values. Any imbalances that have occurred in the areas of our natal chart that Venus is retrograding through are likely to come under scrutiny during these times.
Events from 8 years ago are likely to need examining again to see if a new approach can help shift or illuminate an issue further. Problems that have been ignored or shoved under the rug in the area ruled by the natal house being transited may need our attention and action now.
Venus has a need for balance, and during the retrograde phase, many of us start looking at situations in a different way than we usually do. This can be illuminating or quite confronting and confusing.
While once we may have relied on our instincts, we may disregard them in favor of what we think is socially acceptable. Those that usually rely on their intellect and logic may throw caution to the winds and favor their heart over their head.
Where we may once have gone out of our way to take into account our earthy, sensual needs and wants, we may now find that we are more analytical and discriminating when it comes to making decisions.
Just as where we may have once been caught up in weighing up the pros and cons of a situation, perhaps debilitated by indecision, we may now be more likely to trust our senses, and go with our intuition.
While Venus seeks harmony and balance, seeing things in a different light during the retrograde phase may skew too far to one side.
Instead of incorporating these new ways into our arsenal, we may feel the need to disregard all that we have learned about evaluating situations in favor of this new way. It is in this state that we may make mistakes that we regret after the retrograde phase.
8 Year Cycles of Venus Retrograde
Venus retrograde periods occur every 584 days (approximately every 18 months) and return to the same zodiac degree that they were at 8 years previously, less 2 or 3 degrees. During this 8 year period (8×365.25=2922), Venus will have undergone 5 retrograde phases (5×584=2920).
This means that there is usually some correlation between events happening between these 8 year periods. Circumstances that were present 8 years ago but have been lying dormant, may now require more attention.
Important Phases of the Retrograde Period
About 20 days into the 40-day phase, retrograde Venus and the Sun conjunct (called an inferior conjunction). At this time, a new way of looking at a situation or a new plan of attack may be instigated in relation to the areas of the chart that Venus is transiting.
During this time, issues from the past are likely to arise and there may be a strong tendency to project these onto current partners or situations, even when there is no correlation between the two.
Walls or defenses that we have built, may need to be torn down. For others, the need to enforce boundaries may become necessary.
Those with natal planets at this degree, or planets aspecting this degree may not feel the effects of the conjunction at this time. It may not be until the retrograde phase is over that any effects are really felt or noticed.
A week or so after the conjunction is the Heliacal rising. This is said to be a time of upsets and discord. The ancient Mayans are said to have believed that this was a particularly bad time for leaders as it was not a stable time.
It is during this time that we may have issues from the past rise up and demand to be dealt with. The need to determine if these issues are relevant to the current situation will be necessary.
After Venus has stationed direct and is moving in direct motion again, there is a likelihood of some sort of showdown happening in relation to the area/s of the natal house/s that Venus has just retrograded through. It is probable that issues related to these houses have been ignored or neglected prior to the retrograde phase and they now come to some sort of a boiling point.
Aspects to other planets
Other planets in our natal charts that are in aspect to where retrograde Venus is transiting will also lend a flavor to what we can expect. The qualities of the planet in aspect to Venus and the natal house that it is in will give more information about what may occur.
As Venus retrogrades between 15° to 18° during its phase, there is a strong chance of it moving back into the previous zodiac sign. When it does this, there is likely to be a change in the way that Venus expresses itself. There is also likely to be a linking between the areas of life ruled by both natal houses to the situations experienced.