Venus Retrograde 2005-2006
By Felissa Rose

Venus will go retrograde at 4:38 AM EST on December 24, 2005 at one degree 27 minutes of Aquarius. It goes direct 4:20 AM on February 3, 2006 at 16 degrees 1 minute of Capricorn.

Venusian Influences

As the mythological goddess of love the planet Venus governs all relationships -- romantic, platonic, aesthetic, and diplomatic. Its influence is to beautify, harmonize and soften. Without Venus our civilization would not have progressed much beyond the caveman era. It certainly would have less refinement and more coarseness.

Retrograde Effects

During its retrograde period, the things Venus influences will be less evident or be of diminished interest in the world. Considerably decreased is the importance of our visual sensibilities. People dress with less flair. One's color sense tends to be muted. Now is not the time to purchase clothes or jewelry, experiment with new make-up, change your hair styles or color. Bad hair days are more frequent as well as "just not looking right." You won't be alone as most others will feel the same way or just simply not really care.

While Venus is retrograde, individuals will be less incline towards balance and harmony. The style of performers in dress and music such as Lil' Kim, Kid Rock and Christine Aguilere are very Venus retrograde as well as other types of trashy entertainment. One should avoid opening an artistic or musical show during a Venus retrograde period, as individuals are less in touch with the outer expression of beauty and creativity. During this time, the pace of relationships slows down. This is not the time to get married or give big parties. Since Venus rules diplomacy, slowdowns in all sorts of negotiations can be expected, including labor unions, legal matters and world diplomacy.

Retrograde Sign Placements and Potential Effects

From the beginning of the retrograde on December 24 until January 1 Venus is moving through Aquarius, the sign of friendship and platonic love. Difficulties with friends or friends having difficulties could emerge during this period. One might reassess some friendships and try and work out differences, which could pay off after Venus goes direct.

Venus will be in Capricorn ruler of business, government and commercial enterprises during the rest of the retrograde. Capricorn rules structure and organization and harmony achieving concord in these areas could be thorny.

Obtaining agreements in commercial and business negotiations could be especially tenuous. Prepare beforehand and expect business reorganizations to crawl and be revamped after the retrograde.

Individuals and nations just won't get it "right" and plans will be altered greatly concerning the exit of "Coalition" troops after the Iraqi elections. Peace negotiations and cooperation would be even more difficult to achieve.

Social relationships are likely to proceed at a slower pace. One is more likely to attend parties where everyone arrives late and leaves early. Those getting married during this period will have their work cut out for them. Venus rules harmony and newlyweds will have to try harder to obtain it at their weddings and throughout their marriages.

Avoid elective cosmetic surgery although the time when Venus is stationary --- particularly right before it goes retrograde is a plus for any type of aesthetic procedure as long as the Moon isn't void of course.

It is an excellent time to seek the beauty of the inner being by opening oneself up to spiritual harmony and such practices as relaxation and meditation. I know an accomplished artist born with Venus retrograde whose spiritual awareness and inner beauty is evident in her paintings. Venus retrograde doesn't negate artistic awareness it just increases the inner stimulus for creating it.

Individuals born with this position seek an inner meaning to both beauty and harmony. They feel it's not just how wearing a particular pair of earrings will look but what is the inner meaning in wearing them. What has to be satisfied is that they are a true reflection of what the individual is about as opposed to just a pretty pair of earrings that fits the mood or attire.

The Stationary Effect

When a planet is stationary -- the time it is either about to go retrograde or direct in motion -- its influence is most intense. About a week or so either way, the world will wake up to Venus. There can be a buying spree, increased releases of new musical material, a rash of parties and socializing, as well as the onset and development of romantic relationships. Importantly, progress can be made in the resolution of differences between individuals and nations. The station occurs a few days before and after Venus changes direction.

Mark Your Calendar for the Next Venus Retrograde

Unlike Mercury, which goes retrograde three times a year, Venus goes retrograde approximately every year and a half. The next retrograde period begins on July 27, 2007 and ends on September 8, 2007.

Copyright 2005 Felissa Rose. All rights reserved.

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