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Venus retrograde and intimacy

Venus retrograde (21 December – 31 January)

More on retrogrades

Ultraviolet image of Venus' clouds as seen by ...
Ultraviolet image of Venus’ clouds as seen by the Pioneer Venus Orbiter (February 26, 1979). The immense C- or Y-shaped features which are visible only in these wavelengths are individually short lived, but reform often enough to be considered a permanent feature of Venus’ clouds. The mechanism by which Venus’ clouds absorb ultraviolet is not well understood. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

….  On Saturday Venus turns around, and it will stay in retrograde motion till the end of January.  And again, when a planet is retrograde its energies are more inwardly

focussed rather than outwardly expressed.  So, things Venusian are likely to become more internalised, more subjective.

Venus energy is experienced in the way that we relate with another. So, when this energy is retrograde we tend to feel our relationships on the inside better than we express them on the outside.  Our perceptions about connection and intimacy are subjective, so we are feeling relationship within the context of our own past and pre-conceptions of what relationship means.

This is a great time for getting in touch with our own feelings about our relating, for understanding our own journey on the path of intimacy.  The challenge is that it tends to leave us in such a subjective space that we can’t easily see the other’s perspective, and we are likely to project our own Venusian stuff onto the other.  Depth of personal understanding of how we relate will be heightened, while true connection and intimacy is likely to require a bit of effort during this time.

Of course none of this is causal, but it does give us an insight into the fundamental interconnectedness of all things!

Uranus forward – babies and bathwater

English: Comparison of the sizes of Uranus and...
English: Comparison of the sizes of Uranus and Earth. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s a couple of interesting little shifts in the cosmos over the next few days that are worth being aware of.  Uranus turns forward today (Tuesday 17th) after being in retrograde motion since mid-July, and Venus turns retrograde on Saturday until the end of January.

For those who’ve been reading my posts, you’ll know that I hold some stead in the forward-retrograde cycle of planets (and remember that this motion is relative to Earth, they are not actually going backwards, just that the variations in the orbiting paths of planets around the sun makes it look that way from our perspective).  When a planet is in retrograde its energy is more internalised, more subjective.  We feel it on the inside, but it doesn’t necessarily manifest in the outer world.

So, Uranus turning forward suggests that the Uranian energies will become more outwardly expressed.  Uranus is the ‘expect the unexpected’ planet, it stirs things up, generating a sense of unease and discomfort as a pre-cursor to creating change, and at times radical change.  It is the planet that says ‘this old stuff is not working, it’s time to do something different’.  The planet of revolutions.  Since mid-July we have probably been experiencing this energy from the inside, with Uranus retrograde challenging us to see where we need to make change in our lives.  With Uranus turning forward, the opportunity presents to manifest these internal stirrings in outward change.  This will be experienced on both an individual and a collective level.  Expect personal breakthroughs and dramatic global shifts, both geographic and political, over the coming months as this energy frees itself from its internalised constraints.

The turn around to forward motion will probably feel a little unsettling over the next few days … restlessness, sleeplessness, irritability, and an itch to upset the status quo.  Go with the change if that’s what you want, but do it with consciousness … the warning with any Uranus activity is don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

The added challenge is that as Uranus moves forward (it is in Aries at about 8 degrees at the moment), it is moving back into the ‘evolve or evaporate’ square with Pluto.  And, over the Christmas – New Year period Mars is opposite Uranus, and forming a T-Square with Pluto.  There is likely to be an extra layer of complexity to this already sensitive time of the year.  More on this in another post soon.

And more about Venus turning backwards tomorrow.