As I tossed and turned, desperate to fall asleep, I thought, "...it is hard, hard, hard..." and I heard in reply, "...blessings, blessings, blessings...."
I thought, "...there is so much difficulty...", and I heard, "...there is so much healing...."
I thought, "...there is so much challenge...", and I heard, "...there is so much opportunity...."
Every negative thing I thought that night, lying in bed, eluded by sweet slumber, was being reworded into something positive.
It comes as no surprise that this late-night revelation occurred as Venus was about to move into Gemini, the zodiac sign that is mutable air (meaning versatility in the mind, thinking, words, and thoughts) and an energy therefore known for helping us to see situations from all viewpoints.
Venus typically only spends about a month in each sign of the zodiac, but every eighteen months this planetary ruler of love and money, named after the Roman version of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, turns retrograde and retraces her steps. Many times this retrograde will fall on the cusp of two signs of the zodiac, but this time Venus will be in Gemini the entire time, making her total stay in the sign over four months long, which is four times as long as a typical Venus transit.
A retrograde is when a planet appears to move in reverse motion from Earth for a period of time. During this time, the planet moves backwards over the degrees of the zodiac it has just traversed. When planets are retrograde, not only do they backtrack over the territory they most recently covered, they do so more slowly. Then when they resume forward motion, they will move over those same degrees of the zodiac a third and final time.
When Venus is in retrograde, we might notice old lovers or friends suddenly coming back in to our lives, or we might notice old relationship issues coming up to get sorted out. Retrogrades always are chances to clear karma. Venus rules love and relationships. So Venus retrograde can be a fated time in our love lives. (Particularly if it is making significant aspects in one's natal chart.)
In general Venus retrograde rules are to "just say no" to exes, cosmetic surgery, tattoos, and radical new hairstyles even, and to hold off on luxury purchases and big investments.
Venus rules love and money, but if we get down to the heart of it, it is our values, and especially our value of ourselves.
When Venus is backtracking, we are not supported in moving forward or making big decisions about anything that is related to any of these things. We are in review, and because all things associated in our lives with values and love, money, beauty, art, and aesthetics, are in review, we won't be clear in our decision-making at this time.
Venus rules our self-worth, self-love, and values. Venus' association with love and money actually begins with our sense of self-worth and our love of self, and its rule over the feminine aspect of us and our ability to attract and receive. Because it is this - our value of ourselves, resulting in our ability to align with what we desire, and then attract it into our lives and receive it - that defines our relationship to love and money, and how we express ourselves in our relationships and out in the world.
Gemini rules our mind, thoughts, and communications. Gemini is mutable air, an energy that thrives on versatility and curiosity. Gemini supports us in seeing situations from every angle and helps us to see things from other perspectives.
With Venus retrograde in Gemini, we have a perfect opportunity to review our thoughts and perspectives that affect all things Venus in our lives - self-love, self-worth, values, money, relationships, love expression, how we express ourselves in the word, and how we attract what we value and desire into our lives. Venus rules our relationship to the Law of Attraction, and how we align with what we value and desire. To effectively attract that which we desire into our lives, we must be able to match its energetic essence - we must resonate with it. Venus retrograde is our opportunity to review this part of our lives.
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