Every 19 months, Venus goes retrograde and forces us to deal with the emotional baggage of low self-worth, failed romance and the ways we earn a living. Venus Retrograde exemplifies inner-honesty, awareness and vulnerability. As we learn to become honest with ourselves, the world around us responds in kind.
This Venus Retrograde is in Scorpio, which will impact how we perceive our talents and even more so, how we earn a living from those talents. This is an excellent time to confront fears of financial instability, and instead shine a bright light on self-improvement. It is never too late to improve yourself. It is now time to focus on your unique talents and share them with the world.
As Venus goes Retrograde on October 5th, these are the most important themes you will experience for the next 6 weeks:
If you have been madly in love with your partner, expect a month of passionate sex. As Venus is square Mars, expect a higher sex drive. Emotions will run hot as well. Take a deep breath (or bite your tongue) before critiquing your lover. Especially if your partner currently disagrees with you about life changes such as relocation, home improvement or having another child.
If you are in a relationship and have been harboring anger, resentment and sexual deprivation, expect even more frustration. This retrograde may even give you or your partner the green light to move forward with your separate lives. Filing for divorce is common during this period.
If you have been doing spellwork to bring a new (or an old) lover into your life, this is the month you will see major progress. Old lovers come out of the woodwork during this transit and make themselves known - sometimes for only a short while or, on rare occasion, they come back to us for life.
Pay attention to outworn friendships, especially if they have become one-way friendships. Ones where you give more energy than the other person ever reciprocates. Friendships, like all relationships, require balance and need to be mutually beneficial. If you're the one that always has to reach out and the other person is hardly ever there for you, now is the time to let them go for good. There comes a time when you have stop crossing oceans for people who wouldn't jump puddles for you. Good riddance! New, supportive friendships will enter your life before the New Year.
Aesthetics and money management, primarily when it impacts how we perceive ourselves. Especially if you are an impulse or emotional buyer. On a very mundane level, Venus rules how we make and manage money. Our money is tied to our emotions. If you're a person who loves to bargain-hunt when you're feeling down, you will certainly notice the negative impact of your behavior during this transit.
Invest in yourself through self-development - not shoes and handbags! Avoid large expenditures during this time, including real estate. And for all that is good and holy, do not gamble!
From now until end of November, please avoid all plastic surgery procedures or radical aesthetic changes. Thinking of chopping all your hair off or getting breast augmentation? STOP. Wait until the New Year. Chances are, you will change your mind!
Venus goes direct on November 16th, but does not leave the shadow phase until mid-December. This means the impacts of Venus Retrograde will remain with us until then. Meanwhile, Libra will be in conjunction to Venus and will open new doors to social engagements and very pleasant wintertime experiences.
Powerful Days for Magick During Venus Retrograde:
October 5th - 8th is an ideal time for Banishment Rituals. The Dark Moon and the energy of Venus Retrograde can assist with banishing old lovers, false friends, backstabbers or those who wish you harm. As the moon will be void of course and at apogee on October 5th, prepare for an intensely emotional day.
October 7th through October 13th Venus square Mars will increase sex drives...but that may be mostly seen in makeup sex. In other words, the argumentative energy will be prevalent and the libidos will be high. This is also the time that ex-lovers frequently come out of the woodwork and make themselves known.
October 12th through October 20th If wanting to welcome new love into your life or increase self-love, perform the Bloom Into Love Ritual between the Witch's New Moon and the Waxing Moon, ideally starting between October 12th and 20th.
October 16th As the first quarter Moon will be in the industrious, hardworking sign of Capricorn, this night would be ideal for manifesting specific tasks.If you are needing to manifest a specific job, if your dishwasher just went haywire or if you're simply wanting something nice for yourself, an Attainment Ritual can lead to profound and quick results.
October 17th Venus Retrograde can transform our finances - both how we obtain money and how we manage it. The Opulence Ritual should be started on October 17th (8 days before the Full Moon). This long-term wealth ritual will put you on the road to financial independence and success.
October 24th Full Moon will be in conjuct Uranus, which means you will notice a new sense of adventure and desire for risk taking. Bless your home and body with the protective smoke of Palo Santo. If possible, spend the morning of the Full Moon journaling your dreams and desires. Your new thoughts, ideas, plans and inner-exploration will lead you on an empowered new path.
October 31st Samhain marks the beginning of the Season of Death. As crops slowly die and winter takes over, the cycle of life is once again close to restarting, The fertile fields of summer give way to the bare forests.
Those seeking to make contact with or simply honor the departed may set an ancestral altar, consisting of candles, photographs of the deceased (keep the living off the altar!) and the pleasures of the physical realm: food & drink!
Did your deceased Grandfather Slava love sardines and vodka? Place it on the altar, right beside his photograph and a candle for him.
Did your Aunt Mary love Bailey's liquor and pound cake? Place it on the altar, right beside her photograph and a candle for her.
For step-by-step ritual instructions to contact your ancestors, view the Oracle Ancestral Spirit Communication Ritual.
One last thing - I want to tell you that there is no right or wrong way to celebrate Samhain. Make your own traditions and draw from your cultural heritage. Only your own preferences, follow your own local seasons and always follow your intuition.
Love & Magick,
Keep in mind...
Astrological events are similar to acts of weather. Some people choose to dance in the wind and the rain. Others stay indoors. Your reaction, your mental attitude and your choice of thoughts will create your own experience and outcome.