For the week of October 5th thru the 12th, be sure to read your Rising Sign as well:
As Venus stands poised to enter its retrograde phase, we are all going to have to deal with situations we probably would much rather not have to face, talk about, or deal with on any level. But we must. These can include things that we fear, things that have to end, but also things like debt and having to rebalance the books. Whether it’s a financial ledger or a karmic ledger, some sort of resolution is needing to be made. This can include receiving those things owed you from the past. It goes both ways. Ultimately Venus is about fairness and balance. However, what you will want to pay attention to, is not getting yourself in any deeper than you already are. Therefore nip those temptations in the bud, spend wisely, and avoid making commitments you cannot keep in the upcoming weeks. The New Moon on Tuesday can be a reboot for relationships and agreements. Once again, be clear about these as well, making sure that you are not taking on more than you can humanly handle.
The Venus retrograde phase brings all relationships front and center. This is true for everyone, but especially so for Taurus. This does and can refer to intimate relationships, but also all other one-on-one relationships as well (best friends, counselors, mentors); and even includes your customers and your ‘audience’. This is when you reevaluate your expectations of others, as well as their expectations of you. It is not unusual with the retrograde phase for people you used to know to resurface or reappear in your life in some way. If that is the case it is likely that there is some unfinished business that needs tending to. There may be echoes of events that remain unresolved and need to be cleared up once and for all. The end result of the retrograde phase will be to learn how to do relationships better, in a healthier, more supportive, and more wholesome way.
There are a few things to pay attention to this week for Gemini: a New Moon in inspiring and harmonious Libra; Mercury entering Scorpio; and the station of Venus. As Mercury enters Scorpio, it will eventually collide with retrograde Venus in a few weeks. In the mean give some consideration as to whether or not you are feeling valued in the work place, and what improvements you might want to be making there. The Mercury/Venus conjunction on the 15th, may bring some news, but in the mean time you will be reassessing both your work situation; as well as promoting healthier habits and routines. One thing you may want to ask, is whether or not you are using your skills to their best advantage, and if not, might there might be better opportunities for you to do so. The New Moon is asking you also to consider those things that you particularly enjoy doing, and have a talent for. It may even be that you are feeling forced to reevaluate your self-worth all around moving forward.
New Moons are meant to be times of new beginnings. But one may ask how one can manage when the cards are stacked against them from the start? Pluto squaring this New Moon may seem to make the odds unfair and even oppressive (after all, there are a lot of jerks out there), but they are not impossible. As Venus stations retrograde it may be necessary to retreat and gather your allies and regroup. In the mean time this retrograde period of Venus could prove to be deeply compelling and creatively inspiring if you are so inclined. It can be refreshing to remember what it feels like to look at the world through the eyes of a child again. Be warned: lovers can reemerge from the past in this weather, particularly if previous ties had not been fully severed, or things were left dangling. Tie up loose ends and focus on those people and the things in your life that really, really matter.
With the New Moon in Libra, make it a point to be open to new ideas and new ways of thinking. Or at least be willing to look at a situation from another perspective. At times it may feel futile to have to make new beginnings, and strive for self-improvement in the face of extraordinary odds, but that is precisely what is being asked of us with this Moon, despite whatever challenges may be standing in the way. It may feel like you are taking one step forward only to take two steps back. But that’s only a temporary state of affairs. With Venus retrograde we can be nostalgically drawn back to the past and what once was. That’s all well and good. Rather than focusing on what has passed and cannot be, focus on those things that you do have in our life. Those things that feed your senses as well as your soul. It will do your heart good.
You’ve tried to be fair up until now. But with the recent course of events it will be difficult for you not to get drawn to one side or another. It’s about fairness, priorities, equality and justice. And once Mercury enters Scorpio on Tuesday, there won’t be a conversation or discussion that you will shy away from. Discussions with neighbors, what you hear on the news, or walking down the halls are all going to be on these controversial topics. We’re all going to be talking about relationships, sexuality, and things we wouldn’t normally discuss over the dinner table. No subject is considered taboo: sex, addiction, mental health, birth, death, corruption. And no stone will be left unturned. With the eagle eye of perception, Virgo aims to investigate and dig up the truth this week. Be ready for a few surprises as a result.
For the next several weeks that Venus will be in its retrograde phase, priorities, values, and self-worth are going to be reevaluated. You might be asking yourself: how do you value yourself and what you do? It is not so much about how others value you; it begins by how much you recognize the value of what you have to offer. And also how you value your right to take up space. Create a priority list: who or what are the most important things in your life, and how can you make them more of a priority? What are you currently spending your valuable resources and time on? And what would you rather be spending them on? There is a New Moon on Tuesday in your sign, and this is a time of year for Libra to establish new beginnings, make pledges and resolutions to establish greater balance in your life. This may require changing some old habits, and it may even feel like you are being forced to make adjustments due to circumstances beyond your control. It may not be easy, but the end result could be quite empowering.
It could feel like you are struggling at times, both with others, but even more so yourself. Especially this week. Now that Venus will be retrograde it will be digging up all sorts of lovely stuff: underlying doubts, feelings of uncertainty, and even some shame. It is not unusual for fears of rejection, possessiveness and even jealousy to arise. Pay attention to what is coming to the surface during the Venus retrograde phase, but do not dwell on these either. You are being given the opportunity to forgive, accept and release. During the next several weeks focus on those things that you do well, and that you like about yourself. This is not always easy. It is time to focus on self-love and self-acceptance in order for you to move on and be reinvested with a deeper sense of wholeness, self-worth and gratitude. That’s the gift that the retrograde Venus can bring.
As Venus stations retrograde she goes into retreat, and gives Sagittarius permission to let go of the past and be able to finally move on. There are things we tend to hold on to, but do not serve us well: regrets, fear of disclosure, shame. And people and things do have this way of reemerging from the past, with all their complications and attendant ghosts. If this does happen, recognize the necessity to resolve and let go. This clears the path for better things to come that no longer need to be hidden in dark and forbidden corners. The New Moon on Tuesday is a wishing Moon for Sagittarius. It’s about creating a vision for the future and connecting to your highest ideals and aspirations. This may require having to face some daunting challenges in the process. It all depends on how much you really want to achieve your goals, and whether it will be worth it in the end.
When Venus is retrograde people and things may return from the past. It may be that there is still some unfinished business that still needs to be sorted out. Or due to a common cause, similar experience, or mutual aspiration, you are brought together once again. There is something to be said about finding that person or those people who get you, and whom you can totally trust to share your heart and soul with. They know where you are coming from. There is a New Moon on Tuesday in the sign of Libra, which is a good Moon for Capricorn to set goals and aspirations for the future. Recognize that in order to achieve these goals you may be forced to address any self-defeating habits that are standing in the way. Think positively: replace old habits with new and better ones that will ultimately empower you and make you stronger.
During the Venus in Retrograde phase Aquarius will need to reassess some of their goals before they can proceed with plans for the future. This can include where you want to go from here, but it also is taking into consideration changes that have been brewing and probably can no longer be ignored. This can include wanting to clear the decks: repay debts, balance out the karmic ledger, allow yourself to be able to move on. But new information and unexpected changes could find you having to readjust to changing circumstances. Things could be moving quite swiftly this week. Perhaps too quickly. Make sure you have all the information before you sign on the dotted line, or make any commitments. This is the sort of weather in which things can get shifted around from one day to the next. And decisions made now could have some pretty long-term ramifications. So take it one day at a time.
Things have become so divisive lately, creating this us vs. them atmosphere. See if you can use the upcoming Venus retrograde phase to reevaluate your own positions and values, prioritizing those that are most important to you. Then see where you might be able to find some commonality of perception with others. It will soon become apparent what your limits are, and what you are or are not willing to compromise on. Within that context find those things and areas where agreements can be made, even with people who come from very different backgrounds, perspectives or points of view. On a side note: travel could be intriguing, however, no matter how compelling, try to avoid any questionable romantic trysts while overseas. These thing can prove to be much more complicated than you realize. The simpler the better with this weather.