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

  • July 15, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Might seem like an unimportant query in the scheme of things but would you recommend a liposuction procedure to be done in August? 7th August onwards?

    • July 16, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Do your research but during venus retrograde is not recommended any beauty, cosmetic procedure or surgery neither new jobs or businesses or new relationships because this planet is the one that controls beauty, money, love and is in reverse. I think you want to do it when venus is direct so all is well.

  • July 16, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Thanks for the post. I found it really helpful. I got the affirmations I wanted on timing of decisions I have to make in my life right now. Made things so much clearer. Thank you and Thank you again.

  • July 17, 2015 at 9:08 am

    So far my Venus retro has seen me recycling some nasty old curtains by covering them with new fabric and making deluxe new ones of my bedroom. Also sent one of my oldest friends in NY a trove of photos from 1970s Notting Hill where we lived which as resulted in trawls for old contacts… memories uncovered etc etc! Nice fun!

    • July 17, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Great post Marina – I have a little insight to Venus through the Death card in the Rider Waite Tarot you might like!
      The figure of Death is crying a flag and on the flag is the “rose” which is actually the path of Venus. Using straight lines to connect we get the pentagram but the actual trajectory is curved and tracing that creates the “rose.” This pattern shows more in Eastern symbols where in the west we see more of the pentagram. (the feminine curves are removed?/!!)
      Death is standing over the devastation of a flood but the new horizon is appearing in the background between two towers or a gateway.
      Harking back to Emmanuel Velikovsky’s exhaustive work on Venus as a comet arriving in the solar system and creating havoc, it seems she did indeed create a massive flood/catastrophe/mayhem hence the range of symbols. This is along watch but worth every minute and gives the reality behind the myths
      So Venus has many sides due to the effects caused as she entered this planetary system in antiquity.
      One aspect as per the RW tarot would be devastation and renewal.
      Old curtains into new… old memories revived and new horizons after the flood!
      Here’s an impression of what the cometary Venus would have looked like at one point and how this translated into Ankhsunamun’s ‘comet’ crown on the back of Tutankhamun’s throne. The symbols of Ancient Egypt, the Maya, China, Europe etc etc are full of Venusian symbols from Sheela-na- gig to Inana to Quetzalcoatl all reflecting phases of Venus’ tempestuous arrival.
      This video also by the Thunderbolts project shows most beautifully the symbols of Venus and how they came about

  • July 17, 2015 at 11:36 am

    In addition – from a very good blog The significance of the pentagram in occult practice is closely related to its importance in sacred geometry. Luca de Pacioli, Leonardo da Vinci’s mathematics teacher, called it the complete embodiment of the golden ratio. Approximately 1.6180339887, the golden ratio in mathematics is a numerical wonder, with immense mystical properties central to architectural, artistic, musical and esoteric teachings alike. For example, the Pyramid of Giza, Michelangelo’s David, the music of Erik Satie and the United Nations Headquarters all exhibit the golden ratio in their iconography.

    More than anything else, the five-pointed star has always been a symbol of the planet Venus. A Venus cycle is 1.6% of a Sun cycle; hence, the relationship between the two is that of the golden ratio. Consequently, the pattern that Venus traces around the ecliptic (the path along which the Sun appears to move as viewed from the Earth) in its eight-year cycle forms a five-pointed figure in the sky. This perfection of this celestial relationship is what is symbolized by the ubiquitous five-pointed star imagery, worldwide, and by the Rosicrucian Brotherhood as a five-petaled flower – the rose.

    The interconnectedness between esoteric and mathematical understandings of Venus is best exemplified by the Pythagoreans who were the first to systematically study mathematics. Pythagoras and his disciples revered Venus and the pentagram was a key symbol in their secret Brotherhood

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    I’m getting a picture of how masculine type mathematics eradicated the curves our of Venus and turned the rose into hard geometry – and the curves became Rosicrucian feminine knowledge! If you cut the apple horizontally you get the 5 points of the star of Venus of course and there is Eve’s wisdom – that of Venus. Eve as a symbol is often seen more as the universal mother but I see her as fundamental knowledge in all aspects.

    But what of the poison apple?

    Well going back to the great scientist Velikovsky, we find that the comet Venus would have been highly radio active (maybe more so in its retro path?) – with a tail belting out toxic gamma radiation which in turn interacted with Mars and Earth. Think of the cometary tail pointing towards us, being very radio active and crossing our magnetosphere Hence the ancient accounts of floods, cataclysms and myths. The issues of relationship would stem from the actual physical interactions of Venus to Mars, with Venus probably electrifying the atmosphere and terrain of Mars and changing it completely. Adam perhaps the symbol of Mars as it “suffered”the electrifying force of Venus… sound familiar? To the ancients, much of this would have been very visible!

  • July 20, 2015 at 1:51 am

    I think you might really like Dr. Conforti’s work over at the Assissi Institute. You might find some insight.

    • July 20, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Thanks for the tip Kat – I’m a Jungian though and through. I think he definitely re presented the curves lost in the mechanics of angular geometry. His early work with his patients and mandalas makes me think of the Rose. The Rose as a flower or a path of Venus is very much a mandala. Jung’s Red Book is probably the most revealing, visually. His assistant, Marie Louise von Franz also wrote fantastic books on alchemy/shadow in fairy tales/dreams of the dying. She was also a mathematician!
      Here are two mandalas created by early feminist and pioneer for women’s health, Kristine Mann while she was in analysis with Jung himself.
      What is most revealing – one shows the incomplete pentagram/rose motif with a serpent entering the circle, the other shows it complete. The modern star of Venus or star of Ishtar shows 5 points although it originally had 8! This change might have come during different phases of the actual star and how many points it radiated. Old alchemical symbols show 5 and 6 – so pentagram and hexagonal symbols. As we would expect, the “feminine” is not readily revealed!
      The third image here is a scientific impression of how a great conjunction as Venus was harnessed into our Solar system appeared – estimated at the end of the Palaeolithic age, it shows the ancient 8 point star and an affecting crescent in the planets behind and in front – Saturn and Mars. This was The Great Conjunction of the Golden Age.
      The name aspects of Venusian mythology are founded in this actual conjunction and the physical/visible interaction of the celestial effects ranging from floods and destruction to enlightenment and regrowth/rebirth. Its beautifully illustrated and described from 43 mins into this video
      Looking back on this I’m not sure if Venus should be entirely considered “female” – it was only the streams of gamma radiation which appeared as hair which designated the planet as female! Venus is also a planet of work and constructing. Perhaps in its retro phase we need to remember that? Maybe Venus retro is a great time to sit down and draw our own personal mandalas?

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