by Robert Wilkinson
Venus will go stationary retrograde 10:27 am PDT July 27, 2007, at 3 degrees of Virgo. Any time Venus goes retrograde it's a great time to reflect on values, relationships, and why we like or don't like whatever or whoever. This includes our relationship to money, wealth, and things in general, as well as why we value what we do in our relationships, and whether we're working off of old tapes, old hurts, old attachments, and old aversions in relationships that bear no resemblance to what we're living with today.
Most of the retrograde will be in Leo conjunct Saturn, which while "softening" Saturn somewhat, also shows ways of valuing and appreciating whatever functions transiting Saturn is bringing us. This is really the only major aspect Venus makes at its station, which shows that we've hit a threshold that primarily affects areas ruled by Taurus, Leo, Libra, Capricorn, and Aquarius, basically any houses the conjunction occupies or rules, and will be doing a review over the next few weeks about whatever began at the first Venus-Saturn conjunction. As I wrote in a recent article:
Venus conjuncted Saturn for the first of three times on July 1 at 23 Leo. It is now slowing down, preparing to go retrograde on July 27 at 10:27 am PDT at 3 degrees of Virgo, a point of "divine help when human efforts fail," as well as discovering inner powers that bring us assistance wherever we feel "lost in the wilderness."
The second time this conjunction occurs will be when Venus is RX conjunct Saturn at 28 Leo on August 13, and the final one will be October 13-14 at 5 Virgo. This will rearrange several areas of our lives, finalizing some things while launching new one in whatever areas these planets rule and occupy.
Conjunctions are fusions and beginnings, and the degree of the first conjunction this week involves taming and training to bring our vital energies under a skillful self-control.... We should have recently begun new interpersonal activities, either gone through disillusionment and/or realizations, and are preparing to take a look back at recent Venus experiences to get a new angle of vision on what has happened and why, and what new rules, responsibilities, or maturity we've already begun to live.
This Venus retrograde period starts July 27 and ends September 8, 9:13 am PDT. This retrograde moves from 3 degrees of Virgo back to 17 degrees Leo, with the inferior conjunction between Venus and the Sun occurring 8:42 pm PDT August 17 at 25 Leo (August 18 Brazil and points east).
The degree of the inferior conjunction is one of "A Man, alone, daringly crosses the desert on camelback," symbolizing "superiority of knowledge and will over hostile nature," "mental self-control," and "Spiritual stength in facing past karma." A degree of self-sufficiency, Rudhyar also says this degree is one where we need "total independence," and "self reliance" to be "released from bondage" to an old life or reality through "self-containment," "self sufficiency," the willingness to cross a metaphoric desert to reach another life.
As with Mercury retrograde, the inferior conjunction involving Venus (relating and valuing) conjuncting the Sun (life) while retrograde, indicates that values and relationship issues from either outer sources or subconscious sources will fuse with the life principle, setting the tone for the lessons involving how our relationships and values are relating to our lives during the next 19 months. Since Venus is retrograde, the degree of the inferior conjunction shows how our lives will merge with our values and relationships and bring forth a enjoyment and "liking" of our light.
This is the second step in a two-conjunction process. The first step is when Venus conjuncts the Sun in forward motion after its retrograde period. As Venus is faster than the Sun, after this values and relationships again outrace Life, exploring these before the actual experience when the Sun moves through the span after Venus.
Then Venus goes stationary retrograde, and moves into the second step when it again conjuncts the Sun while retrograde. This is when ways of relating and liking things and people are absorbed by Life, or Life takes on the results of subconscious or collective interpersonal feelings returning to source. Eventually Life gets as far from relating and liking whatever as it can, Venus goes stationary direct, and begins to speed up preparing for the first step anew in a different part of the zodiac.
Venus going stationary direct at 17 Leo shows we will all experience a renewal and a form of joy as we participate in a larger "mystery play." Our human-ness will be the foundation for higher efforts after this period is done, resulting from our sensing either our invisible helpers or our hidden powers. We will find new ways of valuing and relating to whatever "invisible help and protection in times of crisis" are promised by Venus' retrograde point, helping us realize "strength within," and by the end of this process we will find ourselves strengthened by "the feeling of togetherness which unites men and women in their dedication to a collective ideal."
Aspects of importance during this Venus RX period include the conjunction to Saturn, the RX square to Mars exact by August 7 at 1 degree Virgo to Gemini, a biseptile to Jupiter, trine to Pluto, and opposition to Neptune. We'll get a chance to feel and review anew the choices and changes set into motion when Venus biseptiled Jupiter July 7-11, as well as the ideals that surfaced when Venus opposed Neptune in late June.
Since Sun, Venus, and Mercury are all clustering opposition Neptune in August during the heart of the RX, it should help clarify our roles and ideals, and give us a chance to appreciate what has been, and what is. The square to Mars may give us a look back to see how we could have used different means to achieve certain ends back in late April at the first square from Venus in Gemini to Mars in Pisces, or perhaps to see distractions then from a different angle of valuing what was.
This time, learn to bargain and trade, rally to whatever is ending and beginning, and welcome new relationships, since they're "fighting spirits" you've probably known before. Navigating this square can assist us when they next square around Mars retrograde point November 19.
In Part 2 I'll give you how this Venus RX will affect each individual sign.
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson