From OCTOBER 10 through
NOVEMBER 21, 2002, the planet Venus will be retrograde. The retrograde
motion of an inner planet is an apparent phenomena as viewed from earth in
which Venus appears to move backwards in the sky. Every 1 ½½ years, when
Venus moves approximately 29 degrees ahead of the Sun (in the astrological
ephemeris), it will begin to move backwards in the sky until it reaches a
point approximately 21 to 29 degrees behind the Sun.
When Venus is retrograde, it provides lessons in evaluating the real worth
and value of people and things in our life (Taurus-Libra issues). With
existing relationships, this cycle produces experiences wherein it is easier
to discern the relative worth and value of these people in your life.
Discrimination is more effective. You become readily aware of any problems,
differences or unresolved issues. It is NOT a time, however, to act upon any
unfavorable awareness. It is purely a time of evaluation rather than direct
action. As little frictions and disagreements crop up, they serve to remind
you that the relationship is not perfect. Under the retrograde influence,
you must assess the severity of the problem and the "cost-benefit"
of the relationship. Only after Venus turns direct should you initiate any
alienation if this is deemed necessary.
During the 1988
retrograde period, I came to the realization that a local merchant only
valued by friendship as a paying customer and not a true friend. I did not
end the relationship but I placed him in the "acquaintance"
category. On the day that Venus turned retrograde in 1994, I was able to
tell a woman, who had greatly angered me in the past, why I was angry with
her - that she was always using me and taking advantage of me. It was
different from what she expected and she seemed relieved. When Venus was in
Scorpio, I felt resentful of needy, overly sweet and manipulative people. A
Romanian astrologer with whom I had been corresponding turned nasty when I
did not answer quickly and he made threats which he did not carry out.
However, I was surprisingly supported by the AFA. Overall, many people
contacted me who I had not seen for a long time.
Over and over again with
each Venus Retrograde, people re-connected from my past! In 1996, a friend
had told me that she had many friends who would be attending an astrological
conference that we were attending. When we arrived, I was shocked to
discover that these people who not friends, more like enemies. In 1998, I
was out of control with eating and my self-esteem was non-existent! A man
became very angry when I did not teach astrology classes as I had intended.
He took it upon himself to call local astrologers and attack my reputation.
While this was disturbing, I became aware of
people who did not defend me when he attacked me. I learned who I could
trust. A store credited 40¢¢ to my account when I actually paid $40. It
took months to straighten this out. In 1999, I was depressed a lot, feeling
alone and isloated and feeling sorry for myself for the most part as Venus
retrograded back into my 12th House. Health problems became a major issue
for a lot of people. With Venus in Leo, we were very aware that our needs
were not being met. In 2001, it was entirely different! I attended a
conference in Serbia. I met some wonderful people who urged me to get on an
E-List and this changed my life. I met people out of their element and it
did represent a new way of relating.
Sometimes we do experience relationship difficulties and stresses but, if it
is a good relationship, the differences will not affect the quality of
association. It is important to realize that, in a relationship, the
problems that you experience in the beginning of the union will always be
there. These are the basic differences between you and the other person. You
should make an evaluation at the time of Venus retrograde to determine if
you can tolerate and understand these differences. I have been through many
Venus Retrograde cycles and the good relationships are still with me.
While we can readily distinguish the problems in a current relationship,
this will not be true of a relationship formed while Venus is retrograde.
Because the retrograde motion alters our perspective, we are unable to see
the obvious and we can too easily misread the signals. Before eloping or
making wedding plans, wait until Venus turns direct to get a balanced
perspective. This Venus does not imply deception but rather a distorted
perspective and attitude. Faulty presumptions can be easily made. For
example, if you meet someone at the tennis court, it does not necessarily
mean that the person likes tennis. Maybe that person was simply there to
pick up a friend! These presumptions can cause erroneous evaluations and
eventual disappointment when we discover that the person of our dreams is
not what we thought at all!
Where there are existing difficulties in a relationship, the retrograde
Venus period offers an opportunity for a reconciliation. People are often
feeling unloved, unappreciated and disappointed while Venus is retrograde.
They feel that they should be getting more out of their relationships. This
is particularly true when Venus transits the 7th and 12th Houses. When a
person is in a mood that makes them feel that nobody cares, it is an
excellent time to make a "hat-in-hand" apology to restore a
relationship with someone who is hurt. Any sincere apology will be
Being the natural ruler of the 2nd House, Venus has dominion over certain
financial affairs. This is NOT a good time for investing or starting new
financial activities. The value of the product or commodity is often
inflated or over-valued so that losses will occur when Venus turns direct.
Splurging on substitutes for feeling loved can be costly and paying for this
with Capricorn dollars can be difficult! A Capricorn friend has a
predilection for making investments while Mercury or Venus are retrograde.
Needless to say, the only benefit that he has received is a hefty write-off
on his taxes for his losses.
While Venus is retrograde, it is not a time to purchase any so-called luxury
items. You will be motivated by impractical considerations so that, what
looks gorgeous in the store, may turn out to be the ugliest thing you have
ever seen once Venus turns direct! The inclination is to purchase items that
you will not like and you cannot return. No discussion of Venus retrograde
would be complete without mentioning my redheaded friend who bought a purple
coat (on sale - could not be returned) while Venus was retrograde. Another
man signed a lease on an apartment with a gorgeous sunken living room. So
enamored of its beauty was this man that he did not consider the long-term
financial strain. This retrograde does have excellent financial benefits if
you know how to use them. First, because people are motivated by impractical
considerations in making purchases, it is the perfect time to unload a
"Rubber Chicken" - something that no one would buy except when
Venus is retrograde. Someone is sure to see its inner beauty and feel that
they cannot live without it. They may regret it later but that is not your
problem. Working with the inflated value of this Venus transit makes this an
excellent time to unload stocks, real estate and unwanted items. Then, use
the money gained to pay off debts.
Venus retrograde is an excellent time for buying antiques, flea market items
and secondhand goods wherein you know the real worth and value of the item
but the seller does not. Years ago when I first studied astrology, I warned
my parents about spending excessively on an antiquing trip when Venus was
retrograde. To my surprise, they came back with the best bargains! They
discovered many valuable antiques with very low prices because the seller
did not know their value. Purchasing real estate is not always a problem
with Venus retrograde. If you know that the property is a bargain, you can
make an excellent deal. Discrimination is essential. Do not be motivated by
a flashy appearance.
According to Delphine Jay who has lectured extensively on retrogrades, she
find that Venus retrograde is a favorable time for re-negotiating a
financial situation such as a contract or bank loan. It can be helpful in
resolving a long-standing legal matter. When Venus is station (around the
retrograde/direct dates), it is a good time to change lawyers.
Mary Shea states that this is a time to reflect on the inner value of your
experiences rather than outer display. Material rewards may be delayed and
material or possessions that you expect to acquire may not manifest. A
luxury item purchased may not please you in the long run. Relationships
stated now will be associated with inhibitions - clandestine or possibly
more spiritual. Something may be withheld and, if so, someone will be
disappointed. Existing relationships may be up for review. Outer assurances
and displays of love and affection are not readily evident. Old friends and
lost loves may be contacted for a second look.
While the favorable transits from Venus retrograde offer an opportunity to
benefit from this transit, the afflictions cause us the most difficulty,
especially in relationships. The planets involved describe some of these
problems. This is a general description of Venus afflicting a natal planet:
Sun: A time of
general poor cooperation and hurt feelings. You feel that you do not get the
recognition that you deserve. Pride issues can present problems.
Moon: A time of overly sensitive moods and hurt feelings. It someone
gets upset with you, back off and allow the mood to pass. The person is
over-reacting and irrational. There is nothing that you can really do.
Attempts to appease will only make matters worse.
Mercury: A time of sensitivity through disagreement and not seeing
eye-to-eye. Hurt feelings with something said. Watch communications on this
Venus: A general time of poor cooperation, feeling unloved and
unappreciated. The sign that Venus is not transiting will block the sign
needs shown by the natal Venus sign position.
Mars: Anger and jealousy can cause relating problems. Someone met at
this time will have an unsettling affect upon your life. Hormones rule over
reason. Love-hate situation in relating.
Jupiter: This aspect will cause phoniness and role playing in a
relationship. If the person seems too nice or if the opportunity seems too
good to be true, know that it is an unrealistic situation.
Saturn: Responsibilities and the demands of others will make you feel
unloved and unappreciated. Learn to say NO!
Uranus: Unpredictability and erratic behavior in a relationship or an
attraction to an unpredictable person is indicated. A very unstable time in
both relationships and finances. Emotional upsets, financial problems,
Neptune: A time of deception and misreading signals. You may be
dealing with an ambivalent person. Your own passivity can get you into
trouble now. Disappointment in relating.
Pluto: Relating can be intense, controlling and manipulative.
Overwhelming behavior can be a signal of attention needs. Back away from any
relationship that seems karmic!
Transpluto: Criticism by a perfectionist person will cause a
separation and alienation.
Ascendant: Your sense of self-worth, self-esteem and sense of
lovability are not good now. You can start to feel sorry for yourself and
feel disappointed in others who may not meet your needs...at least, in the
manner that you anticipate.
Critical dates for Venus Retrograde: October 17 (Jupiter affliction), 22-23
(contra-parallel Saturn), November 3 (parallel Neptune), 15 (parallel Pluto).
Watch finances and relationships during these periods as critical issues
will likely arise for people in general.
CRISIS LUNATIONS FOR 2002
Crisis Lunation periods
occurs when, at the time that the Moon is New or Full, the Moon is
physically very close to the earth. This closeness-lunation parallel will
amplify our emotional reactions, bringing matters to a crisis point. This
Crisis Moon period usually begins about one week before the New/Full Moon
and lasts several
days afterward. I find that you are only affected by one of the Crisis Moon
periods, usually one that falls close to a natal planet. When a crisis
arises, my advice is always to "stay calm, relax and make no impulsive
decisions for at least a week." The most critical are eclipses. The
most potent occurred on April 15, 1995, because it occurred at the time of a
Lunar Eclipse. Of course, the event it portended was the Oklahoma City
bombing as the Eclipse fell on the ASC/DESC axis over that city. The WTC/Pentagon
attack occurred within the orb of a Crisis Lunation on October 13. For 2002,
the Crisis Lunations are: The Full Moons of January 28, February 27, March
28, April 27; the New Moons of August 8, September 7, October 6, November 4
and December 4 (Solar Eclipse). November 4 is the
closest perigee in terms of kilometers, 358153.
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