Venus Turns Retrograde, July 22 to September 3
It seems quite timely for our solar journey through Leo this year that we also begin today to experience a wonder-filled opportunity to realign our experience of value, beauty, and love. Venus turns retrograde today, turning direct on September 3, and moving from the 29th to the 12th degree of Leo. Venus retrogrades once every 18 months for around 40 days, so it is one of the rarer opportunities provided by the “dance of the planets”.
Of course, no planet “goes backward”, and for an inner planet like Venus it is formed by Venus passing Earth, like a racer overtaking another racer on the inside track, in her orbit around the Sun. But of course, what you and I need to understand is what does this means for us here on Earth; what can we learn or understand about our journey from this story of Venus now?
Venus is the avatar of our experience of value, the vessel for your appreciation for the hierarchy of values in your life, holding your experience of all the many forms of beauty, and it equally shapes the embodiment for your personal forms of love too. In your own chart, whatever sign Venus is in will hold your experience of your personal values and love.
But for all of us, whenever Venus is moving through Leo as it is now, we are made more aware and sensitive about the Leo experience of and approach to value, beauty, and love. Venus in Leo centers our experience of value as being rooted in our need to love and create with the divine light of self-fulfillment. We are here to be true to ourselves, and this authenticity is forged and preserved by your unconditional love for yourself and in your unconditional love for one another.
The question you are being asked with Venus retrograde is are you being true and authentic? Are you being true to your deepest nature, so that your performances, your creations, and your love for another is genuine and anchored in your love of yourself and equally by your respect for one another.
But if your creations and actions are circumscribed and calibrated so as to gain the approval of others, when you seek to get the love that you believe you lack, so that you must get it from another, then you will hear the applause but know it is not for you, and no matter how much they seem to love you, it will not heal your heart.
Venus retrograde in Leo is an opportunity to go within and see yourself more truly, to love and respect who you are. And then with this understanding of truth and beauty, you will go out and show a greater love and respect to those with whom you share this life. You will stretch yourself to become more of your true self, you will free your spirit to soar into the as yet unknown heights, and by this you will reveal the love that shines at the heart of one and all. And when you do this, you will be seen and loved for who you are, a spark of the Divine.
What this means is that you will spend the next few weeks reexamining your own values, considering your own means of self-realization, of creativity and leadership. And by this you will find that you will equally need to consider the values you share with others, the values that you make, share, and live through one another. The principal question will be the one of respect, respect for yourself, respect for one another.
From this gift of Venus retrograde, good relationships will get better, difficult relationships may be repaired and healed. And for those relationships where the bridge of shared values has been eroded or broken, it may signal a time for each of you to let go of that form of relationship altogether.