by Robert Wilkinson
Venus is already slowing down, preparing to go retrograde as it does every 19 months. When any planet goes retrograde, there is an inward turning, a greater receptivity to unconscious factors, and a retracing of steps already traversed. When Venus goes retrograde, we are enabled to find a new appreciation and admiration for whatever Venus touches or symbolizes in our charts and lives, or find a new value in old interactions and things.
Venus in general symbolizes our likes and dislikes, our vanities and attractions. It is said to be associated with our aesthetics, pleasure principle, and social emotions, attitudes, and behaviors. As it rules the signs of Taurus and Libra, it measures our values, how we use what we have, what we wish to capture that we can "possess," and all our equal relationships, including both personal and business partnerships.
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.
Venus will go stationary retrograde at 16 degrees of Aries at 9:17 am PST, 5:17 pm GMT on 6 March 2009. This retrograde period will last until 17 April 2009, when she will go stationary direct at 30 Pisces just before Mars forms a conjunction with Venus on the same degree. This will be a turning point in our futures resulting from what dream or vision we have defined and ex-pressed as a motive for a new life direction. Then comes the final review and activating of the retrograde span through May 21-22, when Venus and Mars both traverse the first half of Aries.
Most of this retrograde will be in Aries. The beginning of the period shows Venus in the Aries zone of the Grand Irrationality, septile Mercury, Mars, and Neptune, biseptile Pluto, and triseptile Saturn while in strong productive sextile to Jupiter. In late March it conjuncts the Sun and Mercury around the time of the next New Moon at 7 Aries occurring at 9:06 am PDT 26 March 2009. More on this "inferior conjunction" between the Sun and Venus later in this article.
That Venus is in the Aries zone of the Grand Irrationality shows this will be an extremely important fork in the road in all our relationships, where old ways are about to be left behind after the inward-turned, reflective period between early March and mid-April. These changes will become permanent by May, when Venus and Mars cross the stationary RX point at 16 Aries.
Venus' stationary RX point marks a threshold that primarily affects areas ruled by Aries, Taurus, and Libra. However, with the Grand Irrationality at work involving both Mercury and Mars, other signs directly affected include Gemini, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Aquarius. Thus two thirds of our reality will move through decision points that mark a turn toward destiny and away from old illusions and traps.
The inferior conjunction between Venus and the Sun occurs at 12:24 pm PDT, 8:24 pm GDT on March 27 at 8 degrees of Aries. The degree of the inferior conjunction is one of "A Woman's Hat, With Streamers Blown By The East Wind," symbolizing the emergence of new forms of self expression and how we give form to our Higher Consciousness. It could imply that subtle Spiritual forces emanating from the Eastern Wisdom will be glimpsed, whether memories from the past, subconscious patterns left over from prior lives, or potential experiences with people within that Wisdom Tradition.
It is a degree of receptivity, protection, and guidance. It marks the first appearance of synthesized "Being-ness" within social forms or setups. There is potential for being "excited" into new potentials of life and experience. Just be alert to vain or superficial posturing or self-serving relationships with egocentric instinctive people.
Why is the Inferior Conjunction degree important? 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 16 Aries shows we will all experience a new potency from our contact with invisible or subconscious energy forms. We can come to a new appreciation of the "relationship between conscious and unconscious sides of life," and may find unexpected assistance from subtle sources. It is a time for opening to the non-rational mind, and see how various energies are generated and distributed throughout the visible and invisible realms. Some with aptitude for clairvoyance could begin seeing various types of nature spirits.
It begins an inward turning around these themes, as well as our relationship with Nature and seeing how all we do is a rehearsal to exhibit our special qualities within the matrix of Nature. It should lead to an invigoration in the areas Venus touches and rules, as well as good fortune combined with enlarged opportunities. Again, these may take a few weeks to develop, but by May they should be in full swing.
Some technicals. Aspects of importance during this Venus RX period include the already-discussed Grand Irrationality septile series aspects as it goes stationary retrograde, followed by the sextile to Jupiter, semisquare by Mercury, and septile then semisquare to Mars early in the retrograde period. These are followed by the conjunctions with Sun and Mercury and a semisquare to Jupiter and novile to Neptune in late March and the RX square to Pluto on its stationary retrograde degree on April 3rd.
After these, Venus retrogrades into Pisces on April 11th where it stays until going stationary direct at 30 degrees of Pisces at 12:24 pm PDT April 17, 2009. When it enters Pisces it begins a long term conjunction with Mars that will extend from Pisces through Aries into Taurus, dominating the period from now through late June. 30 Pisces is a degree of "Archetypalization," where we learn to vision what we want to see made manifest in the future, and by pouring our Spiritual energies into the visualized image, will see it made real over time.
This promises a positive eventual outcome to our efforts to become whatever archetype we have identified with, and closes a major cycle of activity in all our lives associated with Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Libra, and Scorpio. We will behold an ideal we wish to perpetuate, and begin a process of alignment with an eternal reality, or at least one that is more sustainable and agreeable as an expression of our Soul.
Find the internal imagery with which you would reshape your outer reality. If "character is destiny," then find your self integrity and dramatize this self-discovery to others. It won't take very long to see manifestations of whatever you dream and idealize, as long as it's true for you and an expression of your integrity.
In Part 2 I'll give you how this Venus RX will affect each individual sign.
© Copyright 2009 Robert Wilkinson