Saturday Extra! Reflecting on Venus Retrograde

Retro look created by Indian designer Shantanu Goenka. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana for Agence France-Presse.

Venus went retrograde yesterday, and everyone is waiting to see what it will mean.

When Venus is retrograde, relationships can suffer, and that includes international relations, since Venus is, among other things, the planet of diplomacy. In terms of our personal relationships, though, I think this Venus retrograde period is going to give us a big chance to work through some serious issues and come out better in the end.

Scorpio is often seen as the sign of obsession, and Venus retrograde in Scorpio certainly could bring about a lot of that, especially if she’s hitting a sensitive part of your chart. Obsessions can be extremely uncomfortable and cause us to doubt our sanity.

As I noted in my weekly forecast, Venus is in an interesting three-way reception with Pluto, ruler of Scorpio, and Saturn, ruler of Capricorn. Pluto in Capricorn is about destroying underlying structures that are rotten and outdated, while Saturn in Libra brings balance, fairness, and equity. That obsession that’s driving you crazy could well be a sign that something is out of balance in your life and needs to be addressed.

Rather than try to ignore those obsessions or control them (how Plutonian is it to try to control our Plutonian urges?), I usually advise throwing yourself into those thoughts in order to understand what’s beneath them. They’re there for a reason, and if you try to ignore them, the obsessions will just get worse. This retrograde Venus period could be a great time to go into counseling to get to the bottom of what’s eating at you.

Another possibility to consider is that more of us may connect with relationships from past lives, or what I prefer to call “other lives,” since time isn’t linear. Several of my recent clients have asked me about past lives and karmic relationships. I’m definitely seeing a trend, and it makes sense that we might start to remember loves from previous incarnations with Venus retrograde in Scorpio, in a three-way reception with Pluto and Saturn.

Today (Saturday), the Moon in Scorpio conjoins Venus and Mars, and this connection could provide us with some early hints of what the next six weeks will bring. Keep your antennae up for those messages from beyond, and if you’re obsessing about someone or something, you may be able to detach – perhaps the true message of Venus retrograde in Scorpio – through a willingness to confront yourself and stay open to whatever that message is trying to tell you.

I can almost guarantee you that it won’t be as bad as you fear.

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Related article: Pluto and Obsession in Relationships

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4 thoughts on “Saturday Extra! Reflecting on Venus Retrograde

  1. Eme Kah

    I’ve been seeing a guy for two months and it’s been great. Then, about 5 days before Venus went retrograde, things began to slowly change for me. He’s still great, we still communicate well BUT there’s something that’s making me uneasy and I don’t know what it is. I don’t know if it’s him or if it’s my own discomfort with commitment and intimacy but things are just not the same. I guess I won’t know what it’s about until the retrograde period is over…

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  2. Pat Post author

    {{{EME}}} Nice to hear from you.

    It’s not uncommon to feel as you do when Venus is retrograde. Questioning is good. Questioning ourselves is healthy. You’re right that you may not know the answer until Venus returns direct, but in the grand scheme of things, that’s not very long.

    In the meantime, keep your heart and mind open and allow yourself to feel uncertain. As a friend of mine once said, “I don’t know” is a great place to be. :-)

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  3. filliamhmuffin

    I hear the obsession bit. I have a bit of a crush on someone I don’t really have a chance with (not that I’m in a position to take any such chances anyway…) and despite the improbability of it all, I’ve been obsessing about this person all week. It’s driving me bonkers and I wish I could stop! I wish I understood why now and why this person, but I’m at somewhat of a loss.

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  4. Pat Post author

    Muffin, that’s the problem with obsessions. Because a message is trying to break through into your conscious mind, it’s in the subconscious, and by definition, you don’t know what it is. So it’s your job to figure out. Like dreams, no one but you knows what that person or thing you’re obsessing about symbolizes.

    It seems to me that obsessions are a block or a trick of the mind. You might even consider it as a “gatekeeper.” You’re onto something important — a piece of knowledge that, once you figure it out, will increase your personal power in some way. The block often has to do with the ego, which wants to maintain its power and control. It can’t do that if a new piece of information gets a foothold in your consciousness. So it keeps you in a spin cycle. The object of your obsession is a clue.

    Seems to me that Venus retrograde in Scorpio is a perfect time to dig into your subconscious, especially regarding relationships.

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