Venus is retrograde from March 4 to April 15 (from 13 degrees Aries to 27 degrees Pisces).
Few people listen closely enough to their Venus. To make up for this kind of ignorance–well, that’s what Venus retrogrades are for. At these times, Venus renews herself, transitioning from evening star to morning star, by first entering the underworld, where whatever was unfinished or unacknowledged may erupt.
Venus retrogrades remind me of Botticelli’s delightful painting of Venus and Mars. You’ll note that a spent Mars is passed out while Venus is alert and pondering, possibly scheming. (Recent scholarship suggests that Mars is actually stoned.) Traditionally, Mars is the active agent, while Venus, as receptivity, is passive. But during her retrograde, these roles are reversed. Mars (the conscious chooser of what we do and don’t do) lets Venus take over.
Fuddy duddy astrologers are usually alarmed, advising caution in any and all Venusian matters (like relationships, art, pleasure, and spending money). Venus might make you buy a crazy polka-dotted coat or fall for an ill-advised partner! It’s true; these things could happen. But there’s a reason. Venus has needs you’ve been ignoring and now she demands that you listen. She may raise a familiar desire to an uncontrollable pitch. She may inspire you to break out of your aesthetic box. She may trigger a visit from someone in your past. These are merely symptoms. Whatever happens in the outer world, in the inner world, this is an important time to renegotiate the relationship with yourself. It needs to have more pleasure in it. Venus will test the quality of your past decisions here. And your happiness in this area acquires a new urgency. Your moods may swing–from sorrow to bliss to indignant fury. Visions of better things may dance in your head. But the point is always this one: you need more joy.
Venus goes retrograde every eighteen months. During these six weeks everything that Venus rules–love, money, fertility, and creativity–is vulnerable to wild, ingenious, or deluded thinking. Maybe you remember Bibi and Poldi, the tortoise couple who’d gotten along amicably for over a hundred years. People say that Bibi started it. Maybe she just wanted more out of her long life–but during the Venus retrograde of 2012, the two couldn’t stop bickering. Then Bibi lunged at Poldi, taking a bite out of his shell. The experts at the Austrian Zoo were horrified. Supposedly such things rarely happen to long-term couples in the animal world. Zoo people counseled the turtles, fed them good mood aphrodisiacs, and tried to encourage more playfulness. But Bibi was determined to get away–and it seems from the Google search I just did that she succeeded.
Venus retrogrades can break up bickering relationships, start exciting new ones, and/or return former lovers to your life. These events may or may not be good things. The best defense is to know your Venus! Consider the needs described by her natal sign and house. Venus is retrograde from March 04 through April 15 (13 Aries to 27 Pisces). If you know where this retro zone falls in your birth chart, you’ll find more clues about what this time might mean for you.
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