Today Venus turns retrograde until November 16, 2018. Venus begins in the sign of Scorpio and then on October 31, moves backwards into Libra for the remainder of the retrograde period. Unlike Mercury that orbits retrograde 3 or 4 times a year, Venus only retrogrades every 18 to 24 months. For the next 6 weeks, we are going to be casting a critical eye on all our relationships and evaluate if they are enhancing our lives.
Conflict or Accord? It’s going to be one or the other this month. While the first half of the month we bask in the Sun in fair-minded Libra, its peacekeeping qualities become diminished when Venus (Libra’s ruler) joins Neptune and Uranus and turns retrograde on October 5 until mid-November. This year, Venus will spend the first part of its retrograde (from October 5 to 31) in intense, erotic Scorpio, dredging up power struggles, forcing us to look at intimate ties and dangling tempting-yet-toxic “sex with an ex” scenarios.
Well, we survived the Summer of the Retrogrades. At one point we had 6 planets in retrograde motion and I am sure none of us escaped without a hit or two. And let’s not forget those eclipses. But that’s behind us now as we look forward to September. Don’t expect to feel immediately lighter, it will happen, but it will take a few weeks for the retrograde “fog” to completely lift. Now is our month to clean up and tidy up all the energetic baggage we have been dealing with. It is a month to get organized and to sort through all that has been removed and all that has been left behind.