by Robert Wilkinson
As with any retrograde, we are given a chance to do a review, taking a look back at recent developments ruled by the retrograde planets. Mercury RX gives a review of ideas and perceptions, while Venus RX gives us a chance to find a new value or appreciation in what we've recently experienced regarding things and people. When Venus is retrograde it's a great time to reflect on values, relationships, and why we like or don't like whatever or whoever, including 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.
Venus retrograde in Virgo and Leo offers us the opportunity to take a look back at our Leo and Virgo experience with people and things, in terms of enthusiasms and practical issues requiring some adjustment. If we cannot play, be naturally expressive, and make changes without getting into power struggles, turf battles, or needless worry and criticisms, this will be the time to get a new angle of value and relating so we don't get caught in these in the future.
This particular Venus RX will be conjunct Saturn the entire time, thus enabling us to make needed adjustments in recent new endeavors ruled by Saturn. If we can get over useless worry and any tendencies toward nit-picky criticisms, we are offered an opportunity to be pragmatic and practical in updating our likes and dislikes to current values and conditions freed from old subconscious tapes that are not useful in our present day to day relationships to people and things.
In general, many times Venus retrograde can bring memories of old hurts and misunderstandings, past relationships that went in directions we didn't expect or where there was confusion about the nature of the interactive dance. That said, Venus retrograde can help us re-experience old wounds so we can free ourselves of subconscious patterns that seduce us into suffering.
During this time we can superimpose our mature self's values and short circuit the echoes of memories of perceptions based in prior ignorance or victimization. That some people hurt others is a reality in this impermanent world. Still, we do not have to suffer needlessly based in old emotional habits that do not serve our need for love, wisdom, veneration, compassion, and self-respect.
I have found that even when these are absent, and hurtfulness is all around, by maintaining the higher values within me I can transcend the outer conditions. Then I no longer struggle with those who want to suffer, or dish it out to others. A very wise man once said words to the effect that life is painful, but we do not have to suffer.
It does take courage, strength, and good will to transcend the tendency to suffer, but in releasing the habit of suffering, we take control of our magnificent eternal consciousness and are able to find a tremendous compassion and power. Using these, we are able to enter into the pain and suffering wherever we find it, and break the link between the two.
So as you move through these times, whether they are cheerful or painful for you and those you are with, try to remember that regardless of what's going on around you, we have the choice to BE however we need to be in that moment to bring forth the highest self we are able. It is that which is beyond the fluctuations of personality, and the means by which we can be the light in the darkness of this impermanent existence.
For more info on this Venus Retrograde period, here's Venus Retrograde in Virgo and Leo July, August, and September 2007 Pt. 1 - Guardian Angels Are All Around.
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson