Venus Retrograde March 4-April 15, 2017: What It Means for You
The Lovely Lady's In for Maintenance
The Landscape of Relationships
The planet Venus, which from Earth looks like a brilliant star, will "retrograde," or appear to travel backward in the sky, from March 4, 2017 to April 15, 2017, or about 40 days. Planetary retrogrades are normal and predictable. You've heard people speak about "Mercury retrograde," which happens three times a year. Venus goes retrograde approximately every 18 months. The previous Venus retrograde period was July to September 2015.
During that period you probably made a mistake in love or money. Maybe you were sweet-talked, desperate, or both. Now you know better. That was Venus retrograde's gift to you. This time around she will shift your love focus to friendships, work relationships, family, clubs, classes, church, and other types of contact with human beings besides tempestuous romance and sex. There's so much more in life that's true and good!
Venus retrograde will invite you to see the whole landscape of your relationships and the abundant love surrounding you. Refuse her invitation and you might be confused as to why you feel alone or unlucky.
Venus is the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Besides love and sex, the planet Venus also governs women, art, diplomacy, fashion, luxuries, hospitality, sweets, and entertainment. Cravings for sugar and carbs are usually on the rise as Venus prepares to turn retrograde. It's not a good time to date someone new or throw a big party, although a party or wedding already planned will be no problem. Schedule cosmetic surgery or a radical new hairdo or makeover in May 2017 and no earlier, because Venus will be in the shadow of her retrograde until then. You'd likely be overcritical of the result.
Abundant Love in Your Life
One monster pitfall of Venus retrograde is the temptation to buy items and trinkets that are beyond your budget because you are feeling unloved. Stop! You are not unloved! Seek out family and friends and hug and reassure each other. Fight petty and catty urges. Consciously steer conversations toward the positive. When you do shop, while Venus is retrograde don't buy expensive clothes or jewelry. You won't wear these things much.
Neutralize any unwanted Venus retrograde effects by expressing love and appreciation to people whose goodness you take for granted, such as your bank teller, pharmacist, dog groomer, neighbors, spouse, and friends. They're the stars in the sky of your life: always there. If you're shy, send a thank-you note.
During Venus retrograde, friends and clients might say "no" when you counted on "yes," and seem irritable. They reflect your own dissatisfaction with the value of what you offer them. Any shortcuts you took or corners cut might become obvious, and until April 15 you have a chance to fix them, or to apologize if you were the irritable one.
The reason there are so many people on earth is that we are here to help each other.
Look Good in Case Your Ex Sees You
A former lover or former spouse might bounce back into your life during Venus retrograde. Maybe you two first met or separated during the 2015 Venus retrograde in Leo and Virgo that created a real power imbalance. You've outgrown each other. There's no going back. Be well-groomed when you're out and about because you might see the ex by chance.
Note to cheaters: The 2017 retrograde is in aggressive Aries, backtracking briefly into Pisces, so expect Venus to whip the blanket off the bed and expose your activity for what it is. Faithful lovers have nothing to fear. If Venus exposes your paramour as a player or a "front loader" who promised the world and hasn't delivered, that is Venus retrograde's gift to you. Kick 'em to the curb with no regrets. With more time for yourself, contact true friends or meet up with like-minded people.
Venus, although it's a personal planet, in retrograde can bring happy endings to tense situations, especially those big enough to be national or international news. Remember the Chilean miners trapped underground for a week? Their miraculous survival was a gift of Venus, retrograde at the time. It can also bring stunning news for and about women. During the last Venus retrograde we all met Caitlin Jenner, posed for the cover of Vanity Fair.
Draw inner strength from classic activities and entertainments such as books, music, art, or walking, and friends. Tone down impulsive behavior. Try filtering what comes into your mind and spirit to make room for more love of life and what nourishes you: children, parents, grandparents, siblings, nieces and nephews, fellowship, pets, exercise, healthy food, Sunday dinners, co-workers, longtime friends.
There's so much in life to enjoy, and so many people who are happy to see you! Never forget that!