Venus goes retrograde at 28 degrees 17 minutes of Gemini on May 20 at 2:04am EDT. It will remain retrograde until July 2 when it goes direct at 11 degrees 46 minutes of Gemini.
Venus Rulerships and Retrograde Effects
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 era of the caveman. 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 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, change one’s make-up or hairstyle. Avoid having cosmetic surgery. Redecorating or refurbishing homes or businesses should also be put off.
One will be less inclined towards balance and harmony -- the "grunge" aesthetic in clothing , and the "gangster rap" one in both music and appear very Venus retrograde as well as all types of trashy entertainment. One should opening an artistic or musical show during Venus retrograde periods.
The pace of relationships slow 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 also an excellent period to seek the beauty of the inner being by opening oneself up to spiritual harmony.
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.
Venus goes retrograde about every one and one-half years so it won’t be doing so again until December 1997.
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