It’s been only a month since Venus turned retrograde: how the goddess’ pot has been stirring! During her once-ever-18-months retro periods, Venus typically puts on a good show. She peels back the cultural and personal curtains to reveal what troubles her in the areas that she rules. Her big topics of course are are love, money, and happiness. But there are also women’s issues, creativity, Nature, the arts, beauty, fashion, social etiquette and diplomacy.
Predictably in the past month, world economies have been wobbly, with stock markets plunging and bouncing back without much rhyme or reason. No surprise there are fault lines there. And there’s always a diplomatic crisis somewhere, but the escalation of tensions on the border between South and North Korea was another August surprise. Venus retrogrades are especially hard on love. Celebrity romances have seen better months. Among the surprising breakups–longtime partners Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock, and Kermit and Miss Piggy. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert split. And the members of One Direction are going their separate ways, breaking a million young girls’ hearts at once.
Venus is retrograde in Leo, a fire sign. For those of us in the Pacific Northwest, Nature is burning in record-setting forest fires. The skies in my Oregon town have been smoky ever since the retrograde began. We’re all a bit hot and unnerved. I’m not saying the retrograde is causing these events–I’m saying the retrograde italicizes them. They deserve our greater scrutiny. When the Goddess of Nature is in the Underworld–we should pay attention to any news of her domain. She’s burning in the Pacific North West; in Greenland, the largest ice chunk ever witnessed falling, just broke off, oddly, from the very glacier that is said to have sunk the Titanic. The earth is speaking if we’ll listen. Science is not divided about global warming, yet even now, California is pumping ground water at such a rate, the state is sinking. And then there was that beautiful lion the American dentist killed. If you’ve got a connection to Venus, you’ve likely been outraged in recent weeks about at least one of the many violations against innocence.
But it’s not all serious. Venus is retrograde in Leo, a party sign, a fun sign, the sign of celebrity and romance, something that has perhaps benefited the strange candidacy of Leo Rising reality show star Donald Trump, whose unorthodox style has thrown a strange wrench into the media/establishment’s long election buffet, which increasingly has acquired the feel of a high school prom king contest. But perhaps the cruelest cut of all—was what was done to 30 million Ashley Madison customers—the online cheaters whose private lives have been exposed to the world as though they were celebrities. But they were just normal people whose love lives were a little messy. Their credit cards were published too.
It would be dangerous to say that Venus was exacting her revenge against this website of predominantly male cheaters. If we believe Aphrodite’s myths, she wasn’t above a little infidelity herself. It is likely this scythe of public shame was dropped by Saturn, squaring Venus and in the last degrees of Scorpio—continuing on themes he’s been developing over the last two years, including massive violations of privacy (remember Edward Snowden?) and the sexual abuses of celebrity (Bill Cosby, anyone?). Now there’s Jared. And another Josh Duggar scandal.
It’s been an interesting summer. But fall is approaching, and what matters now is what we do next. If Venus sent you a message during her retrograde, pay attention. Promise that going forward, you’ll honor her values. Vow that when Venus goes direct in two weeks, you’ll adorn yourself, feeling radiant and renewed, and stepping brightly, into a happier more self-resonant tune.
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