The planet Venus has been moving retrograde since October 8 and tonight reaches the halfway point of its retrograde cycle. This is known as Venus making its Inferior conjunction to the Sun. This is because we find Venus now at its closest approach to the Earth, positioned between the Earth and the Sun.
This alignment makes this phase of the Venus cycle similar to a New Moon, wherein the Moon is also positioned between Earth and the Sun. And, just like a New Moon, this moment in the Venus cycle creates an opportunity for us to make a new beginning. In this case, since it is Venus, a new beginning in our understanding and experience of Value is offered to us.
All retrogrades of planets create a period in which we can and should go back and review, reflect and repair our experience of whatever that planet has rulership over. Venus only retrogrades every 18 months or so, (it retrogrades the least of all the planets!), making this time a very special time indeed. And the actual length of its retrograde period is quite prophetic, Venus retrogrades for 40 days! There are numerous references in all major religions and metaphysical systems to the number 40 as being significant, but the question is what are we to do with Venus retrograde?
Venus rules value, it rules the feelings we have as regards our attachments, our wants...it rules what we call Love. What Venus retrograde asks of each of us is this, it asks us to look within ourselves and see what are the values that are unique to me and make me me?
Of course, we must and will share many aesthetic, cultural and spiritual values with our fellow human beings. How could we not? We are social beings, we are nurtured and unfold our given and unique potential within a particular family, within a particular village, town or city, within a particular culture. All of these create and reinforce the essential language of value in our life.
Yet we also find a need to be special, to be our self, and to combine in our own unique way the various themes and forms of expression of value that are in and around us. We take what is provided by our environment and mix it with the essence of our self that comes from within, our spirit, our soul, so that in the end what we make is a life of value that stands as a testament to our own soul's journey.
Along the way, the Universe provides moments to pause, to reflect and if necessary adjust our journey. With Venus retrograde we have all been doing this, mostly unconsciously, during these last 20 days. And now, an answer is offered. The conjunction of Venus with the Sun releases a message, again, for most, a very deep and probably unseen answer to our prayer for guidance and help. But it is there, tonight.
Do not expect fireworks...expect a breath, a feather, a hint of another way. To hear the message we must be still and open to the Wind of the Spirit in which we live and find the true meaning of our lives.
And Venus will keep moving backwards for another 20 days, till November 18. At that moment the energies will shift again. We will be able to take that seed of a new understanding and begin to act on it, still unsure of its true importance. The revelation of our new understanding comes later, much later, when Venus again aligns with the Sun and Earth around August 16, 2011.
But we can be comforted tonight in the knowledge that the Universe is offering us help, as always, if we can take a moment and be still and reexamine what is good, what is beautiful...what is love to me...tonight.