by Robert Wilkinson
Venus is retrograde now through September 8, 2007 offering us many ways to view our Venus function from a different point of view. Besides showing us great opportunities to find a deeper compassion, it also gives us a chance to review and rethink our vanities, our likes and dislikes, and take a new look at old wounds. It may also trigger remembrances of old relationships and see them from our present maturity rather than continue to hold the image of what used to be. Venus is our inner romantic picture of things, people, and ideas, mirrored out to our world. Its glyph, resembling a hand mirror, shows that it symbolizes our vanities and our self-reflected images of beauty. None of these are a bad thing, but we must revise these from time to time lest we be pursuing images that will no longer satisfy our evolved self and life.
Often when we get what we believe we want we are forced to deal with unanticipated consequences. People do not turn out to be as we hoped, relationships take strange turns that have little to do with what we thought, and we often take things too personally when it is more a product of the other's evolutionary necessity. When we do a dance with others, it triggers them to make internal choices, just as it does with us.
Often we are not fully conscious of these changes until down the road we find we do not like them as much as we did before that. Then comes the awkward disengagement, or repositioning through asserting values (Venus) that we didn't express before. Sometime this creates emotional problems, tensions, and wounds as a result of our human traits.
This happens to everything in life associated with Venus and its functions. When Venus is retrograde, it slows down and offers us a different rhythm to Venusian events, and helps us retrace certain steps to come to a balanced view (Venus) of the past, present, and future. Venus is balance, fairness, justice, right proportion, beauty, harmony, cooperation, and rhythmic grace. If we are not living these the best we are able, Venus retrograde periods assist us in finding these based in who we are, distinct from who we were, or who we thought others to be.
During the coming Venus retrograde we have an opportunity to come to peace with some old hurts. Some of these were magnified beyond what was reasonable, while others were taken on taken on for whatever reason we embraced in the moment. Regardless of the source or purpose of old wounds, they must be healed if we are to be at peace living our Higher Self.
All healing involves dealing with our wounds and doing whatever must be done to heal them. I have found that the most effective way to do this is through choosing to re-experience past traumas and hurts in courage and goodwill, being our own best friend and protector.
Through revisitation and reflection we can revise our responses and over time see how we have been freed of those old wounds. Venus retrograde is a natural time to do this, and the coming square to Mars, conjunction to Saturn, trine to Pluto and tredecile to Jupiter can help free us of old wounds quickly, gracefully, and efficiently, as well as other Venus malfunctions. Whatever Venus energy forms need reworking, whether old vanities, old forms of enjoying ourselves and others' company, old values, or old ways of relating to things and what we surround ourselves with, the coming Venus retrograde should prove to be of assistance to us all.
Aries: Take a new look at old values and relationships, and play with practical adjustments so your life is filled with new forms of natural enthusiasm. Children and creativity will be important, so search for new ways to tend to the details of work, play, and health spontaneously and naturally.
Taurus: Take a new look at old images of self, work, health, and service, and creatively make shifts in the practical details however you need to. You can find new ways to show off your home, and new ways to help a child learn to adjust. Revisiting your early life experiences lead to a new freedom of self-expression.
Gemini: Take a new look at self-expression, your sense of play, children, motive, and old behaviors that brought you sorrow. You can understand things that once worried you from a new angle of expression, and perhaps find new forms of interpreting information. This is preparing you for a new home life or new way of relating to family.
Cancer: Take a new look at old friendships, your home, or early family life. You can see different and creative ways to express your values, or find enjoyable ways to use resources for practical needs. Be more playful, and review whatever you once valued to find how to unlock your heart.
Leo: Take a new look at how you express yourself, how you interpret what you see and hear, and how you appear to others. This is a time to take a new look at what is admirable in you, and make changes in the details so you can like the new you that is already taking shape in your world. Be loving, fair, and balanced as you adjust.
Virgo: Take a new look at your philosophy and what you believe to be true, as well as what you value and how you use it. Be more creative with your assets, close out old heart blockages, and learn to like your motives as well as the harvest in relationships that should be coming at the end of a cycle.
Libra: Take a new look at old images of how you see yourself, and why you want what you want. See old losses and defeats differently and be creative and playful in embracing new friends, ambitions, and group work. New reflections on old relationships can help you see how you've gotten where you are.
Scorpio: Take a new look at old motives and interactions that only brought you sorrow by reflecting on your part in the drama. You have professional help coming, so be more playful and creative in public. Adjustments will make things more fun, once you embrace the dance and stop worrying about appearances.
Sagittarius: Take a new look at old friendships, goals, ambitions, work, and health, and make adjustments so you can enjoy your present ones more. You may re-discover an old truth that fits these times, or begin to prepare for a more creative profession or way of allowing others to see your dramatic self-expression publicly.
Capricorn: Take a new look at what you think is fun, take a new look at how you relate to children or express yourself publicly, and how you are or aren't feeling connected to life's spontaneity. You can find regeneration and renewal through play and creativity. Be more loving when focused on joint wealth and shared values.
Aquarius: Take a new look at your philosophy and what you believe is true, as well as your home and early childhood. This can bring a new phase of loving relationships, or by remembering old loves, you can learn great heart lessons. Value others' creativity, playfulness, and spontaneity. Help others reflect on what is admirable in them.
Pisces: Take a new look at how you communicate, understand and interpret things, as well as your relationship to social values and shared resources. Play with what your heart desires, and you can find a new loving or creative spontaneity that resolves old losses and deaths. Health issues involve unlocking your heart.
For a more comprehensive look at this Venus RX period, please check out Venus Retrograde in Virgo and Leo July, August, and September 2007 Pt. 1 - Guardian Angels Are All Around
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson