Key themes during Venus Retrograde also involve:
- 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 and savings accounts - 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.
Starting September 2nd, when the initial Venus shadow period is present, you will begin getting clues to what this retrograde will be about for you - on a personal, deep level. Pay attention to your dreams and your emotions. For some, this transit will be about learning not to overspend on "confidence building" shoes, handbags and other mindless impulse buys. For others, this transit will be about dealing with emotional baggage. If you have been debating whether or not to leave a relationship or friendship, you will gain great clarity before the end of September.
Starting October 5th, Venus goes retrograde and will greatly expand on your feelings and ideas from September.
- 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. As stated earlier, 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 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.
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. As false friends and undeserving lovers exit our lives, prepare for new joyous beginnings at the Winter Solstice.
Useful spells (and dates!) to perform during Venus Retrograde listed below:
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. Slippery Elm Powder is ideal for this type of work. Step-by-step instructions for 4 different Slippery Elm rituals are provided on the product page.
October 12th and 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 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 Harvest Moon). This long-term wealth ritual will put you on the road to financial independence and success.
Love & Magick,
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