Venus Retrograde 2018

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) means 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 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.


Venus Retrograde 2018 Dates

October 6 to November 16 from 10º Scorpio to 25º Libra
Hesperus until Oct 26 ~ Lucifer Oct 27 until Nov 16


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 behavior can attract unwanted hyperdimensional 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.

So 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

Venus retrogradeDuring Venus Retrograde we might feel like retreating from socializing 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 reaches 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 

Artwork: Venus Verticordia 1864-8, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

115 thoughts on “Venus Retrograde 2018

  1. For many artists, having children is difficult merely because of the expense of maintaining them. I know plenty of musicians who have steered clear of parenthood; plus there is often a conflict of creative energies. Of the artists who have children, it seems easier of you’re a male and have a female who will look after them. Over the years, many women have not been able to pursue creative careers because of children. This is one of the reasons the pill was so liberating. Its one thing having a job which pays and another having a talent which may not. The arts are a lot more than healing – they can be damning, turbulent and punishing. Not ideal for children.

  2. Right on UQW – there is often not an ideal environment in which to raise children. I speak to this first hand having raised a daughter in a bohemian environment filled with artists (mostly musicians, many of whom also painted etc.) And I was the straight man(woman) providing the steady income because of course, whoever had the Art was to be served. Nothing else mattered. Many times I saw this played out – there was a sacrifice on the part of one spouse for the other who had the art but little income. Children suffer because of this imbalance IMO. And Yes – historically, many women loved their writer/artist/musician whatever husband and served him because they too had a passion/talent/intellectual understanding of their spouse’s medium. So they sacrificed their own aspiration and talent to be mothers and wives with poverty thrown in on top of it in many cases.

  3. Hi UQW – yes, the later years (post reproductive) do demand a different type of Venusian focus I would say, but for me there has been a through-thread and that has been a devotion to Beauty in all its forms (even singing at one point). For you, she has been so inseparable from your Moon – so much a part of what you needed/need emotionally ? Your relationship with her would be important to maintain in a way that is not dependent on the fickleness and sometimes ephemeral quality of love mates it seems. Of course Art is the perfect marriage – I love how she loves you back by letting you just be you mistakes and all, and never leaves you! Until the day I die I will live for Beauty and delight in the sensual and have a very hard letting go of anything I am attached to. Beauty is the tall cool drink when relationships in our life are dry or non existent. It has never failed me.

    The link that Marina posted took me to a podcast about the Venus R, (most especially for those who have that natally and I do not), and the discussion really peaked my interest when it was mentioned that many people experience their current progressed Venus much more strongly than the natal placement. That idea would correspond with your wondering about the Venus in Cancer placement over time for example – how that would change or what it would evolve into. (As a side note, I know a man with Venus in Cancer who is a most wonderful cook, and my bet is there are more than a few foodies with this placement). Venus in Cancer she would serve the Moon’s agenda so yes, rulership, disposition etc sure, but I really do think there is something to the progressed Venus being very strong somehow. Our tastes change and our physicality changes so this would make sense. Mine is in its own sign (Taurus) natally so I can’t personally speak to the effect of the dispostion. Also, Venus has that dual rulership. Libra on the 2nd for me has made a lot of sense in Venusian terms – personal values most especially. But back to progressions – like clockwork, when Venus progressed to Cancer from Gemini for me, I stopped the constant stream of Gemini boyfriends and married a man with the Sun in Cancer – something that surprised me. He does have a stellium, including Venus, in Gemini and the same Moon degree as my Sun so there was that too, but just sayin’, a Cancer man for this Aries woman? I would have never imagined that.

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