The Last 1997 Mercury and Venus Retrogrades
by Felissa Rose

The last Mercury retrograde of 1997 occurs during the final month of the year. It begins December 7 at 11:50 AM EST at 3 degrees 21 minutes of Capricorn and finishes on December 27 at 6:36 AM EST at 17 degrees 4 minutes of Sagittarius.

Since it falls right in the middle of the holiday season the advertisers advice, do your Christmas shopping early, doesnít sound like too bad an idea. Aside from the mechanical problems items purchased under Mercury retrograde are likely to have, there could serious problems in judgment while shopping.

This is not the time to get that new computer or software regardless of how great a deal it is.

Mercury rules the rational mind, the way we think, putting the myriad of information we receive together to make sense. Retrograde Mercury calls for introspection not worldly decision making. Ruling connections, itís difficult to make such important decisions as whether Aunt Edith would prefer a new Jackie Collins novel or a ticket to a Coolio concert. True, this would be a difficult choice at any time, but itís a lot easier when Mercury is not retrograde.

Venus Goes Retrograde

Just as Mercury goes direct, Venus will be going retrograde. This Venus retrograde begins on December 26 at 4:17 PM EST at 3 degrees 56 minutes of Aquarius and finishes up on February 5 at 4:26 PM EST at 18 degrees 29 minutes of Capricorn.

As the mythological goddess of love, the planet Venus governs all relationships: romantic, platonic, esthetic, diplomatic, etc. Its influence is to beautify, harmonize and soften. Without Venus our civilization would not have progressed much beyond the caveman era. Certainly it would have had less refinement and more coarseness.

During a retrograde period the things Venus influences will be less evident or of diminished interest in the world. Considerably lessened is the importance of the visual sensibility. People dress with less flair. Oneís color sense tends to be muted. Now is not the time to purchase clothes or jewelry, change oneís make-up or hairstyle. Avoid having cosmetic surgery. Redecorating or refurbishing homes or businesses should also be put off. Try to be restrained at those after Christmas sales.

One will be less inclined towards balance and harmony, the grunge aesthetic in clothing, and the gangster rap aesthetic in music appear very Venus retrograde as well as all types of trashy entertainment. One should avoid opening an artistic or musical show during Venus retrograde periods as individuals are less in touch with the outer expression of beauty and creativity.

The pace of relationships slows down and this is not the time to get married or give big parties. Since Venus rules diplomacy, slowdowns in all types of negotiations can be expected including labor unions, world diplomacy, and legal matters.

Internal differences between individuals can be worked on. It is an excellent period to seek the beauty if the inner being by opening oneself up to spiritual harmony.

Stationary Effects

When a planet is stationary --- the time when it is about to go either 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 of new romantic relationships. New Yearís Eve falls into the Venus stationary time frame so it doesnít deny a good time.

Venus goes retrograde about every one and one-half years. It wonít be retrograde again until July 29, 1999.

Copyright 1997 by Felissa Rose.

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