Venus Retrograde Meaning

Venus retrograde usually lasts about forty days and forty nights. Forty is mentioned in the bible often, but most famously when Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness for forty days. Could this be referring to the astrological phenomena of Venus retrograde? After all, Venus has two sides to her. She is the goddess of love and war according to the Babylonians. The word Lucifer (which is often confused with Satan) venus-rx4means light-bringer and refers to Venus in her morning star phase. The ancients said the first few days of her Lucifer phase was a particularly dangerous time. People born with Venus as a morning star are said to rush headlong into love affairs and are very passionate. Venus as an evening star is has more of the receptive, traditional meaning of Venus, this phase is called Hesperus. The retrograde period I think describes very well the transition between the two modes of Venus and her descent into the underworld before she resurrects as the wildly passionate, but occasionally treacherous morning star.

Venus Retrograde Meaning

So what does Venus retrograde mean generally? Commonly it is advised one does not start a love affair or buy luxury goods during this time, because you might end up paying more than you bargained for. During these forty days you may have to resist the seductive Lucifer side of Venus and her charms just like Jesus did in the desert. Temptations could be an illicit affair or the lure of luxury goods. We can find significance in this journey of Venus if we regard her movements like the ancient sky-watchers did. During the first phase of the Venus retrograde she is Hesperus, high in the night sky and loving, reflective and receptive. I also think she is quite pure and virginal too. During this time we might feel like we need more love, but are extra shy about going out and finding a new lover. Instead we might cling to a past relationship, which is why this period can bring the return of old flames and karmic connections. Better the devil you know hey? It might make you mournful of a love lost and very defensive if anyone new tries to step on the ghost of your beloved ex. During this time it might be good to bring closure to any long dead relationship with a reflective post-mortem. After that, when Venus goes invisible, give that bad romance a good funeral!

 A ‘Dark Cupid’ Affair

For the last two weeks of the retrograde period Venus is Lucifer the morning star. This is the time when you are most likely to get involved in what I would now call a “Dark Cupid” affair. You will most definitely be thinking with your reproductive organs and not your brain, so do try to resist the sex if you can. You may get a series of red flags but still ignore them. A one night stand might during this time might seem harmless and disposable, but on a spiritual level this goes far deeper. Your body is your temple so don’t give into the Luciferian psychic vampires. You might find yourself drained for many months afterwards. It’s simply not worth it. Aphrodite’s bad points are often overlooked. She had a reputation for jealousy, revenge, possessiveness and infidelity. The stress and misery caused by this behaviour can attract unwanted hyper dimensional entities which feed of the drama. Sometimes we think we need a sexual fling because it has been a while, we just want to have fun and we feel we can take it or leave it. But with Venus retrograde we might develop an obsessive attachment to the so called “friend with benefits” which we hadn’t bargained for. We could find we are kept in a very unpleasant psychic, sexual bondage.

venus retrogradeSo I would say proceed with caution with any new relationships. However Venus Retrograde doesn’t have to play out like ‘50 Shades’ of cringe, for like Mercury retrograde, Venus turned inward has its uses. Lyn Koiner says it “is an excellent time for buying antiques, flea market items and secondhand goods wherein you know the real worth and value of the item but the seller does not.” It’s also good for selling your own unwanted items. I believe the first two thirds of Venus Retrograde could be an ideal time for creativity that explores your inner world. Make music, art or poetry just for yourself and not for the public.

Lucifer ~ Morning Star

During Venus Retrograde we might feel like retreating from socialising or a from a relationship, so this can be a very valuable time for learning how to love ourselves. As for the dangerous Lucifer period, I would to go with the Babylonians on this one and suggest singletons stay celibate for the last two weeks of it. I think that Venus retrograde could also function like Eris, since if we go back to the Babylonian/Sumerian myths we see that Innana was certainly an early incarnation of Venus. In a chapter of the myth Of Gilgamesh, Inanna went down into the Underworld and had to remove all her material glamours on her way to re-unite with her sister Ereshkigal. This reflects the planet Venus’s descent below the horizon and its inferior conjunction with the Sun where she is actually also combust. Then we have her resurrection as the morning star Lucifer after she has experienced the torture of been hung for death on meat hooks by her vengeful sister. This is a time of reflection (Venus’s symbol is the mirror) which may show us our shadow, self-sabotaging sister-self. With Venus, visuals will reflect back to us our deep psyche through paintings, visions, omens, dreams…

The Synodic Cycle

The shadow period is not so important with Venus retrograde. It’s effect will be very subtle as it is stretched over a longer period of time than Mercury’s shadow zone. It does mean however Venus will spend a lot longer in a sector of your chart than usual, and work like an outer planet. The effects mentioned in this article will be felt much stronger if you have natal planets in Venus’s path. If you are in a relationship, any unresolved gripes might come to a head at the actual retrograde when Venus hits the planet a second time, but they should be resolved by the time the Venus Direct reached the post-shadow degree. Keep an ephemeris close to hand. What is also very important is Venus’s synodic cycle which forms a pentagram in the sky. Every 8 years Venus will make another point of this magical 5 pointed star so it is worth keeping a record of what happened at the Venus retrograde of 8 years ago and see if there is a pattern. If you were born during a Venus retrograde then your birth synodic cycle should also reveal some valuable information to you. I hope to write another post about Venus’s synodic cycle because it is worth looking into deeply if you are born with Venus retrograde. Until then, there are a couple of great articles on the web that explain it further. Venus Synodic Cycle by Khaldea. And Nick Dagan-Best (On Holes To Heaven ) has a done some great research using celebrity examples and their synodic cycles too. And for those who want to watch Venus against the constellations; Naked Eye Planets ~ Venus 

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109 thoughts on “Venus Retrograde Meaning

  • August 28, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    I believe that we see the colors of the world through the colors of our own auras – and this influence makes each of us see differently (metaphor too). Otherwise, what’s the fun of being in physical?

    I’m a third generation professional artist, plus I’ve taught for 30 years and been deeply involved in the arts all of my life. I see MANY (100’s of) artists every year juggling life, family, work and their art all the time and in the same manner as “regular” people. I meet mostly women who have children, husbands, parents, jobs and homes to take care of and yet they create because it is one of their passions.

    I’ve supported and raised my children by myself while working as an artist. My studio was always open and my children played at my feet while I worked (literally). It was my dream come true and I would not have had it any other way.

    Many of us are business people or worker bees. We’re graphic designers, game artists, packaging specialists… we create art for and design fabric, cars, dishware, interiors, architecture, billboards, furniture, party and paper goods, music, musical instruments, books, book covers, coloring books… We write blogs, books, articles, we dance and sing, we take photos that show up everywhere; we cook, cater, decorate cakes, sew, sculpt, glue, quilt and landscape… the list is endless. Everywhere you look, we exist yet most people are unaware of us and how many we number. I’m very willing to bet that most people reading this are involved in something artistic.

    We are not hermits, loony or flighty and we look like you :) We are focused on being creative and see things that others don’t see – only because of what and where we are focusing. Just as astrologers, accountants, builders, lawyers, electricians, etc see things that I will most likely never notice.

    I guess I’m saying that it might be time to update the way we label people (I’m just as guilty, I admit). Most of my life, people have been surprised to find out that I’m a ‘real artist’ and not (for lack of a better analogy) like the Hollywood stereotype.

    Thanks for the great insights on Venus retrograde. Totally fascinating and I’m loving watching how the world is unfolding through this transition. Such exciting times!

  • September 2, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    This is a fantastic article!
    What can we expect on Sept 6 once Venus goes direct?
    I have been in a long distance ralationship since April 2014. Would see her every 2 months. We often discussed marriage.
    Since venus retro kicked in I’ve been in the doghouse. It’s Sept 2 2015, she has told me she’s cheated on me and that she felt so attracted to the person – something she’s never felt for me.

    I was really hoping over this whole period she wouldn’t have cheated and then when venus went direct we could reconcile? Was that a far fetched idea?

    Now I am telling her let’s speak one last time and then I’m done with you. She’s against this idea and reluctant to speak to me…
    I wonder if she could be lying because just 2 weeks ago she said she had cheated just so that she could break off from me but then admitted it was a lie.

    Anyhow, it’s a volatile situation. Such a waste, despite the difficulties – I was planning to move to her city in October and be with permanently.

    Now, have to bin this one. Such a shame, really wanted to marry her too. But look, she doesn’t love me apparently so what to do.

    Any thoughts as to what could happen in a situation like mine once venus goes direct?

  • September 4, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    during this venus retrograde I started dating someone I knew 20 years ago (sort of) and it wasn’t what I expected. I then started OBSESSING over a former dark cupid as well as someone else from my past that I always thought one day they would pursue me instead of me coming for them every time I ended things with someone. I keep waiting, and waiting for someone to pursue me for real but it just isn’t happening. This retrograde has been draining and excessive on me financially and emotionally. Will it ever get easier (Capricorn all the way around)? I just want to move on with my life emotionally and everytime I take a step forward,something else happens. All I’ve ever wanted is a stable relationship but it is just a disappointment. I’m trying not to lose hope but I have trouble not. Any advice?

    • September 5, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Hi Sylvie.

      This sounds very similar that what I have been going through. I’m a sag rising. Capricorn rules my second house. Tell me what does Venus rule in your chart? There’s also someone from my past that I thought would one day come back.

      – RASHEL.

  • September 5, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Venus went over my vertex twice already @ 17 Leo. This happened on 6/25, 8/24-25. I think I made a mistake in assuming how this was going to take effect. Sometimes it takes the form of a very good friend. On 6/25 I ran into a friend who said he was moving overseas, which coincidentally happens to be the country I want to move to. Then on 8/25 he boarded a plane to go overseas. I was aiming to be out of the USA sonetimes in November. Venus will hit my vertex again on Saturday – Sunday 9/19 – 9/20. I’m so dying to move to Israel that I’m packing up most of my belongings. Like as soon as I get the opportunity I’m out. I just found it weird that the two times already venus crosses my vertex it has something to do with the same person. What do you guys think I could expect on the weekend of 9/19?

    – RASHEL.

  • September 6, 2015 at 5:22 am

    I suddenly reopened past flings in late June 2015. Two to be exact. One was a really intense ‘unfinished business’ situation from years ago. I have no idea why i randomly reopened communication. Then i saw a link to this page, info about VR and looked. Every single thing down to the progreaion of weeks and what to expect has rang true. I let a week or so go by, completely filled w intensity, passion, deceipt, etc. Then get curious and read again to find that pretty much everything on this site has happened. A dark cupid character (or maybe im the dark cupid, too?) And the desire for a friends w benefits that turns into a strange sexual obsession, the re entry of so many previous lovers. Its bizarre. The purchase of a strange luxury item, a complementary website i jad to cancel, .. i cant wait til its over


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