Last of the retrograde during this year will be of Venus retrograde in Libra around year-end. Although there is still time for that to happen but as we are covering all the retrogrades, it is better to take a look at Venus retrograde too.
Venus goes retrograde after every 18 months and this time it will go retrograde in the sign of Libra. Normally, Venus transit into a sign takes about 20 to 25 days and hence nothing much concrete can be predicted for such a short time, but when it goes retrograde in any sign, then it slows down its pace, moves back & forth and hence takes about 4-5 months to cover the sign which it normally covers in 25 days max. Hence, it is considerably longer time and we can predict things/events for this time period. This time also, Venus transit in Libra starts on Sep 01, 2018 and it ends on Jan 01, 2019. Hence, it is good enough period to predict things and events.
As we go through this article, we will deal in detail as to what different factors can be attached with Venus Retrograde in general and Venus Retrograde in Libra in specific. Now, let’s begin to first understand all the important things attached with coming Venus Retrograde.
Venus - Venus represents Beauty, Desire and Love. Venus is the main significator of Marriage. Venus represents Girlfriend or Wife for a Man. Venus is the significator of all relations, may it be Husband-Wife or Mother-Daughter. Venus is Wealth & Conveniences, Vehicles & Luxuries. Venus is also Service and Devotion, which is where Venus is most pious.
Libra - Libra is the 7th sign of Zodiac Belt, hence it represents the energy and things related with 7th house of horoscope, i.e. Market Place, Business, Partnerships, Relations etc. Libra is sign of Balance, i.e. striking the Balance between 2 parties/ideologies or even at personal level between our own dilemmas. It is sign of Peace and Diplomacy. And this is what we are seriously looking for after the conflicts and disagreements of Virgo, i.e. Peace to prevail. At personal level, Libra is seen as sign of Relationships. Libra is consisted of 2 and half Nakshatra named Chitra, Swati and Vishakha. Libra's lord is Venus only.
Venus in Libra – When Venus is in Libra, it is in its own sign. Now, Venus is relationship and Libra is relationship. So, when Venus is in Libra in birth chart, person is all about getting into relationship or maintaining the current relationship. During transit too, person seeks a relationship but there is more here than just only seeking relationship. Libra is also sign of balance. So, what person seeks in Venus in Libra time period is a balanced relation. It should not be a relation in which only one person is doing all the compromises. Venus in Libra is about striking the right balance. Also, Libra is sign of business. So, person can be inclined towards business or they can get good benefits from already running business. But in matters of living significance, it is all about having a balanced relation. During this transit, Venus will join transiting Jupiter for about 1.5 months. This will give further inclination towards a balanced relation as Jupiter will expand Venus & Libra qualities.
Retrograde Planets – Mars, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn go through retrograde phases. These phases are of different time periods from 21 days to about 4 to 5 months. Retrograde is actually when a planet is closer to Earth and that’s why, while looking from Earth, it looks like planet is moving backwards as it is slower in its speed than Earth. So, retrograde is actually an optical illusion. Planet doesn’t move backwards but it only looks-like moving backwards. So, 1st thing retrograde time brings is confusion related with the planet that is retrograde. Also, as retrograde planet is closer to Earth, the best way to understand a retrograde planet is to imagine someone just standing right next to you and looking at you. How would you feel? You will definitely be impacted by the intense energy of that person. The same ways, when a planet goes retrograde and come closer to Earth, its rays are reaching us with great intensity. That’s why; retrograde season when most planets go through retrograde cycle can be the most intense time on Earth. It also means that retrograde planet will almost push/force us to act in matters related to the planet or house/sign where it is retrograde by creating some or the other situations. As retrograde time is about moving backwards though only as an illusion, retrograde motion of a planet also shows that we reflect back on things related to that planet or house/sign where it is retrograde. Basically, during direct motion of planet, planet gives us many indications about things to correct or sort-out but if we don’t take any proactive measure then planet is forced to create some events and circumstances during its retrograde motion under which we will be forced to take actions in those matters. So eventually, retrograde cycles are good which force us to take actions which were long overdue. Last but not the least, a person born with retrograde planets also follows the same path where in early life he makes mistakes related with retrograde planet and in later life, he improves or corrects those mistakes.
Venus Retrograde – Venus retrograde is normally a 40 days long period in which Venus moves backwards or at least it looks like that from Earth. Generally speaking, Venus represents our conveniences in life and when it is retrograde then in its most literal sense, it means that our conveniences are going back. It means that we are supposed to live a life of inconvenience in these 40 days. But as I said, it is most literal meaning. Things are much deeper in Astrology. Retrograde literally means Reverting Back or Reflecting Back. So, whichever planet goes retrograde during transit or even when it is retrograde in Birth Chart, it makes us reflect or think over things related to that planet. As Venus represents Relationship, Wealth and Convenience aspects of life, people also reflect back on their wealth & luxuries but as relationships remain the key aspect of almost everyone’s life, Venus retrograde normally leads to the situations where person reflects back to the fact that if he/she is in right relationship? So, Venus retrograde normally leads to some uneasy situations in relations, either married or not, when couple starts reflecting back as to what is wrong or missing. But it is not all negative all the time. Venus retrograde is also the time when Venus will be closer to Earth, hence its rays will be reaching more intensely. Whenever any planet is retrograde, it remains the most prominent time for events related to that planet. As Venus is mainly about relations, this can also be time of getting into new relation if someone is single or an ex-lover can come back in life. At the same time, Venus Retrograde is not considered as an auspicious time to begin a new relationship. Another thing is when do we actually reflect or think back over something? When things don’t go as per our wishes or when we feel like we failed. So, Venus retrograde can be a good time to introspect why relations and wealth aspect of our life is not as we wished so? As this time, Venus is retrograde in Libra, reflecting back on relation will be prominent. Also, Venus retrograde will come right after Jupiter completes its retrograde cycle in Libra only. As we have seen that Jupiter retrograde in Libra will also make us reflect on relationships, hence Venus retrograde will take the lead from where Jupiter leaves us after its retrograde cycle.
Last Venus Retrograde – It is interesting to note that last Venus retrograde was in Pisces, where Venus is exalted (http://astrosaxena.com/ven17). It was between Jan, 2017 to May, 2017 and it was a good time for relationship overall. Although expectations were really high in relations due to exalted nature of Venus but I still know some of my friends or clients getting into relation or having a reunion with their partner. So, we can expect this retro also to give us some good results as Venus is retro in own sign. Only thing to remember is striking the balance in relation. Neither be too rigid nor too flexible in relation. Just walk on tight rope of balance. Actually, Jupiter & Venus retro in Libra can be a great reminder to many people who take their spouse or partner for granted and expect them to do all the adjustments in marital life.
Venus Retrograde Impacts – Now, we can split the impact of Venus retrograde in following parts –
- As per Karaka and sign– First of all, Venus retrograde will make us reflect back on relation/marriage. It can be other relations like between siblings or parent/child too. So, relations are going to be at stake. People will retrospect on how to create a balanced relation or what they can do or what their partner should do to create a balanced relation? So, as I see, focus may not be on compromise in relation but on a balanced relation where both sides accommodate with each other. As Libra is also sign of Business, people can reflect back on their business. They can have a new business idea or they can be more innovative in their existing business.
- As per Houses – Also, Venus retrograde will make us reflect on things related to the houses it rules, house it sits in birth chart and the house it is transiting in Libra sign as per your chart. Like for me as a Scorpio ascendant, Venus will make me reflect on things related to 7th house/Taurus, 12th house/Libra, 2nd house/Sagittarius as I have Venus there and then 12th house/Libra as Venus is going retrograde there. So, any Scorpio ascendant person will reflect back at things related to these houses and take necessary actions for improvement.
Venus’s Aspects – Throughout this transit, Venus will aspect Aries sign from Libra. So, it will also impact the house where Aries falls in your chart. Venus’s aspect is more about Love. Wherever Venus aspects, we love to be involved in things related to that house. Venus aspect on Aries will show our love towards our own individuality or uniqueness. This adds to the result of Venus retrograde in Libra where we are trying to have a balanced say in relation. We can assert our ego in having a balanced say in relationship.
Dashas – As always, this transit of Venus will be more influential on those people who are going through Venus Dashas. It doesn’t mean that for others it won’t do anything. 4-5 months of retrograde/transit period is good enough time to give some results.
Venus Retrograde in Birth Chart – Those who are born with Venus retrograde in their birth chart will get some additional intensity from this retrograde transit but as they have Venus retrograde in birth chart, they are used to see such intensity in Venus related matters in their lives.
Retrograde Period – Venus will be retrograde within Libra from Oct 6th, 2018 to Nov 16th, 2018.
Shadow Period – Venus will start retrograde on Oct 6th, 2018 at 16 degree Libra and will go back till 1 degree Libra on 16th Nov. Although, the retrograde motion will finish on 16th Nov, but Venus will remain in Shadow Period till it again reaches 16 degree of Libra on 17th Dec. Shadow Period is when the planet is although moving ahead but still gives the results of retrograde motion till it reaches the point from where it started retrograde motion. So, from 6th Oct onwards till 17th Dec, either Venus is in retrograde time or shadow period.
Other Planets – Likewise, if a person has planet/planets in Libra in birth chart then Venus transiting over that planet/planets will make person focus on things related to that planet too. Now, the exact result depends on the planet, its dignity and conjunction/aspects on it. So, we can’t cover everything here.
Now, the main course.
Please see results of this transit from Ascendant and Moon Sign both. Predictions from Ascendant Sign will show what will actually happen and predictions from Moon Sign will show what our mind desires and how mind will react to such events. Another thing is that when Ascendant and Moon sign both point towards one event that event is bound to happen.
So, let’s begin –
Aries Ascendant or Aries Moon Sign – For Aries people, Venus rules over 2nd house of Family & Wealth and 7th house of Marriage & Spouse. Venus will be retrograde in 7th house only. So, it is clearly a relationship-centric transit for them. Venus, Libra and 7th house, they all represent relationship. So, they will be completely focused on assessing their relation/marriage. If they are in relation, retrospection can be there about quality of relation/partner. If they are not in relation, they will reflect on reasons for being so. The whole transit can be dedicated towards relation or partner. People who are in business will reflect on their business or partner there. They can be innovative in their business or start a new one.
Taurus Ascendant or Taurus Moon Sign – For Taurus people, Venus rules 1st house of Self/Life Path and 6th house of Work Routine & Obstacles. Venus will be retrograde in their 6th house only. It is time to reflect back on health issues. Venus normally gives health issues related with Sugar, Kidney and Urine or STD. So, care must be taken in this regard. They can be more inclined towards service to people. They can find their job environment not so cooperative which may make them reflect on if they should change their job. There can be conflicts and disputes in relation matters which may make them reflect on relation or partner.
Gemini Ascendant or Gemini Moon Sign – For Gemini people, Venus rules 5th house of Creativity & Romance and 12th house of Working behind the Scenes, Foreign Lands & Imagination. Venus will be retrograde in their 5th house only. They may find themselves very creative in this time and focus on creativity/educational aspect of life. Also, Venus in 5th house can certainly bring love in life but there is always a reflecting going on about the nature and quality of relation. It is better to focus on creative side of life.
Cancer Ascendant or Cancer Moon Sign – For Cancer people, Venus rules 4th house of Home & Mother and 11th house of Gains & Desires. Venus will be retrograde in 4th house. They can be reflecting back on their relationship with mother and trying to make it more peaceful or beautiful. They can be inclined to stay more at home. They can love to beautify their home. This time can also bring benefits from mother or real estate.
Leo Ascendant or Leo Moon Sign – For Leo people, Venus rules 3rd house of Communication, Efforts & Younger Siblings and 10th house of Career, Work & Father. Venus will be retrograde in 3rd house. Leo people will be reflecting on their relation with their siblings. They will try to be very diplomatic in their communications. They can get a new business idea in the area of Venus related things like beauty, luxury, food, clothing or financial markets etc. They can think of changing their career as a business oriented one. They can be travelling and finding it beautiful.
Virgo Ascendant or Virgo Moon Sign – For Virgo people, Venus rules 2nd house of Family & Wealth and 9th house of Luck & Fortune. Venus will be retrograde in 2nd house. There will be a clear reflection on family environment. There will be an effort to make it better and peaceful. They will also reflect on the wealth factor and they will try their best to improve the situation in matters of wealth and family. They can go into food related business during this time. They need to be diplomatic in their family matters to make it peace.
Libra Ascendant or Libra Moon Sign – For Libra people, Venus rules 1st house of Self and 8th house of Marriage Benefits & In-Laws. Venus will be retrograde in 1st house. They will reflect back on themselves and try to find their right life path. They will certainly reflect on their relation or partner. They can go into business field in their life path. A new relationship can certainly come up in life. They can also change their life path. At the same time, they would love to look more beautiful and charming.
Scorpio Ascendant or Scorpio Moon Sign – For Scorpio people, Venus rules 7th house of Marriage & Spouse and 12th house of Spirituality & Creativity. Venus will be retrograde in 12th house. They can reflect on their spiritual path or spiritual progress. They can also reflect on their spiritual guru. They can also have a foreign travel and they can find a relation in foreign lands. It also indicates expenses in matters of spirituality and foreign lands. They will find beauty and love in foreign lands or spirituality.
Sagittarius Ascendant or Sagittarius Moon Sign – For Sagittarius people, Venus rules 6th house of Daily Work Routine, Debts & Obstacles and 11th house of Gains, Income & Desires. Venus will be retrograde in 11th house. They will reflect back on their gains and income. Also, there will be reflection on their relation with their elder sibling or people they interact with. They will also think about their service to a humanitarian cause. Then they will be acting on these things to improve the situation. There can be increase in income and gains of person.
Capricorn Ascendant or Capricorn Moon Sign – For Capricorn people, Venus rules 5th house of Creativity & Romance and 10th house of Career & Work. Venus will be retrograde in 10th house. This transit can clearly make someone reflect on his career and work. They can even change their career. Also, they will reflect on their relation with boss or other colleagues at work. They will try to improve their relation with their father too. Overall, it is a career centric transit which can make them take a big decision on their possible career-change.
Aquarius Ascendant or Aquarius Moon Sign – For Aquarius people, Venus rules 4th house of Home & Mother and 9th house of Far Distant Places, Pilgrimages etc. Venus will be retrograde in 9th house. So, a long distance travel is on. They will reflect on their religious views and beliefs. They will reflect on their teachers and Guru. Focus will be on higher learning and interacting with people of different ethnicity. They can find a new teacher or a Guru.
Pisces Ascendant or Pisces Moon Sign – For Pisces people, Venus rules 3rd house of Communication, Younger Siblings & Business and 8th house of Marriage Benefits, In-Laws and Transformation. Venus will be retrograde in 8th house. It shows a time of reflecting on some big change in life. This change can be in the matters of relations, business or belief. There can also be change in wealth matters. They can get into a secret relationship. They can be highly inclined towards occult research. They can reflect on their marriage benefits or relation with in-laws.
So, this is the way this transit may be seen. Overall, it is a relationship-centric transit where we will reflect on our relation and try to bring an improvement in them.
Hope this helps. Please post any comment or query you may have.
Vishal S Saxena – Astrologer