Venus retrograde, What is it?

Venus retrograde

What is Venus retrograde?

From time to time, due to the relative motion of the Earth and Venus around the Sun, as we look to the sky, Venus appears to make a stop and go backwards. This is the so called retrograde movement, it happens every 18 months or so, and it lasts for about 40 days, which represents 7% of the time. Of all planets, Venus is the one that has the shorter retrograde movement.

What would be the astrological influence of Venus’ retrograde movement?

By definition, Venus is the planet of love and marriage, of relationships and diplomacy, of art and beauty, of fashion and luxury, of money and pleasures.

Going backwards, the venusian influence is diminished, disturbed or internalized, so that the above mentioned areas are afflicted in a way or another.

During this time, feelings are not easily expressed, everyone seems to need more affection and love; also, those with relational issues will have to face the reality. The general advise is to focus on older relationships, to try to make them work, or to understand our true feelings. It will be harder to understand what others feel, though.

We may meet old friends or someone we loved or cared for a long time ago, which might reactivate old feelings, possibly forgotten.

The artistic sensibility is lower than normal or perverted, so that we might buy clothes or artwork that we’ll reject after Venus goes back to direct motion. Therefore it is advised not to buy jewelery or other similar expensive stuff, as we might regret it later. However, Venus retrograde is a good time to buy antiques, artwork of historical value or just second-hand art objects, if you can evaluate them correctly.

What is definitely to avoid during this time?

Weddings, opening of a fashion store, beauty salon, art gallery, launching of a women magazine, buying expensive items of venusian nature, radical changes of the personal look, house redecorations, big parties or other important social events, investments and so on.

What should we do, then?

  • clean-up the house and decide which old objects of sentimental value to keep and which to throw away or sell.
  • renegociate a contract or a bank loan (but we shouldn’t apply for a new one)
  • discuss and clarify things in the current relationship, as our understanding on own feelings is increased, which is not true about others’ feelings, requiring open and sincere communication
  • ask genuinely for forgiveness for our mistakes
  • contact friends or other persons we care about in order to continue the relationship
  • develop our capability to love anyone unconditionally, by meditations, prayers and other spiritual activities
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The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, August 10th

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The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, August 10th

Tuesday (Mars): Passion, sex, courage, aggression and protection.

Festival of the Poets (Japanese)

Waxing Moon

The Waxing Moon is the ideal time for magick to draw things towards you.

Moon Phase: First Quarter

Moon Sign: Scorpio

Scorpio: Increases awareness of psychic power. Precipitates psychic crises and ends connections thoroughly. People tend to brood and become secretive.

Incense: Bayberry

Color: Red

Feng Shui News for Sept. 10th – 'Sapphire'

The birthstone of the month of September is the mystical, magical sapphire, long considered a powerful amulet by many different ancient traditions. It’s believed that wearing this gem close to the skin will bless the wearer with protection against the ‘evil eye’ while bringing comfort and courage as well. This stone strengthens memory, arouses inspiration and protects against envy. But my favorite information attached to the sapphire is that even if it gets lost, stolen or sold, it still continues to bring blessings to the original owner. And, true to its name, the stellar sapphire is believed to bring success. So whether your birthday is this month or not, you can still take advantage of the high vibes attached to a super stellar stone.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

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Your Animal Spirit

September 10, 2013

Bat

Bat’s internal radar is exceptionally attuned—is yours? Because Bat medicine is the medicine of transformation, he is asking you to re-examine your life to determine (using all of your senses) what is worth keeping and what needs to be discarded. For every death there is a rebirth and Bat is here to help you decide what goes and what stays.

Your Rune For September 10th is Naudhiz

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Naudhiz       

Naudhiz may foretell needs unmet and friction in relationships. You may be in a time where you should be very careful in whatever endeavor you take on. Also it may be that you are about to learn some of life’s hard lessons and come out the other side of this period a stronger being.

Today's Tarot Card for September 10th is The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man

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Traditionally, the card known as the Hanged Man usually indicates a lack of ability to help oneself through independent action. This energy is arrested and awaiting judgment. With this card, there is no avenue for the will to regain control until the situation has passed.

This represents a good time to be philosophical, to study and meditate upon the position you find yourself in, and form resolutions for the moment you become free again. Only those who possess wisdom, patience and optimism will be able to see through limitations, including possible humiliation, to grasp the inspiring lesson one can gain from such an experience.

Your Horoscopes for Tuesday, September 10th

Yesterday’s struggles with authority figures continue today as we seek ways to change our tactics without compromising our integrity. The fixed Scorpio Moon won’t let us acquiesce, but we may encounter complicated interpersonal dynamics as the Moon forms stressful aspects with intense Pluto and disruptive Uranus. It might feel as if the time to find true love is running out because romantic Venus leaves relationship-oriented Libra tomorrow.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Finding a perfect balance between being your own person and being what others want can be a real challenge. Although your diplomatic skills may be well honed, turning on the charm today isn’t quite as effective as you wish. Your romantic inclinations are also running on the hot side and if you don’t cool yourself down, you might stir up some uneasy feelings on the way to obtaining what your heart desires. Channel your passion into a creative pursuit, instead.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

Although you might take a cautious approach to relationships now, your concerns won’t be sufficient to prevent your inner radiance from shining. You often warm to others slowly, but after you befriend someone your loyalty is legendary. However, you’re ready to jump into the fray and make a new friend today without going through your regular song and dance. Just express yourself naturally and you’ll surely find a groove that works.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You’re feeling extra lucky today, but others don’t seem to take notice — even if you bend the rules a bit to tilt the odds in your favor. If anyone looks closely enough, they might better appreciate that your success stems from your extra effort, not just happenstance. Don’t get too cocky, for circumstances can change quickly when you become overly pleased with your own cleverness. Remember that humility is more appealing than hubris.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

You might be very pleased with the richness of your life today, yet you may feel vulnerable because of strong emotional undercurrents which are out of your control. Others won’t likely notice what you are hiding because you’re very skilled at playing the shell game. However, clamming up is not your best strategy now. Sharing your fears with a loved one can keep your thoughts from stagnating as the waters continue to swirl around you.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

It may appear to others that you are dissatisfied with your current situation. It’s true; you could be a bit irritable today, but it’s probably not because of anything specific that’s occurring in your life. In fact, you might actually like what’s happening now, even if you’re having a hard time keeping your feelings in line. You get edgy when your emotions and your actions are not in harmony with each other. Don’t make any sudden changes; simply being more aware of your internal conflict will help it resolve over time.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Even if you’re in touch with both your positive and negative feelings today, others may see you as mostly personable and easygoing. Your charm is flowing easily now, rather than the contracted fear you might experience when you’re confused. Your natural tendency is to move into the practical realms to gain control, but you are better off just mentally wandering for a while until your mind plays through all the possibilities.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You are so busy these days that you’re motivated to seek ways to bring your life into a healthier balance. However, the current danger is that you can gloss over awkward details in your rush to get everything done. There are mixed signals coming your way, yet you still may strive to be sweet, even if your feelings are more intense. Don’t spend too much time attempting to hide the darker feelings. Others will appreciate your honesty more than you think.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

There is a wonderful potential to indulge your senses today, even if fantasy plays a strong part in a pleasurable experience. You may feel like you’re on top of the world, getting a chance to express your passionate side without experiencing the negativity that sometimes follows. The only price you might pay for feeling safe is the regret over a desire not expressed. Don’t miss this opportunity to open your heart and widen your horizons.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your dreams have an excellent chance to manifest now if you incorporate the widest spectrum of life into your overall perspective. Although you are often ready to consider new possibilities when planning your future, you might be pleasantly surprised with the amazing experiences you can have now if you keep your options open. Take a risk and expand your mind to include what you previously excluded. You’ll be richer in spirit for your efforts.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You are feeling somewhat constrained today, but working within a solid framework gives you a comforting sense of security. Rules are welcome news from the cosmos, since you like it when your structures are strong enough that you can build upon them. Don’t hold back; you have powerful tools at your disposal now. Fortunately, using your energy for the good of all is also beneficial to you in the long run.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

The pace of your life is settling down enough for you to temporarily take charge of your career. You have been riding the tides of change, but now the stress created by the incoming waves is clearing the way for new and better goals. Keep your eyes on the future, even if your nerves are rattling with uncertainty. Ironically, practicing patience helps you reach your desired destination in record time.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

It’s easy to grow discouraged today if everything doesn’t go your way. You might even blame your frustration on something that happened yesterday. Fortunately, you could receive an energetic boost out of the blue that sets you off in a new direction. However, resisting change leads to stagnation. Don’t hold on to previous expectations. Your chances for success are enhanced if you gracefully roll with the incoming waves and adapt to the shifting currents.

Your Love Horoscopes for the Week of September 9th

When Mercury sails into Libra this Monday, relationships will be on everyone’s mind! Unfortunately, Mars in party-time Leo will be at a tense square to Saturn on the same day. Talk about raining on your parade of fun! Still, Venus glides into sultry Scorpio by Wednesday, which is sure to bring a little bit of sexy back for everyone! In fact, by Saturday, when she dances with Neptune, you might feel like you’re living a romantic fairytale!
Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

If there’s an important conversation you’ve been meaning to have with your significant other, expect gorgeous cosmic support after Monday. Mercury will enter your 7th House of Partnership, allowing you and your mate to forge agreements and compromise with greater ease. On Wednesday, Venus moves into Scorpio and your 8th House of Intimacy. Oh yes, Aries, it’s time to share those lip-smacking sexual fantasies with your love. Even the taboo ones. Especially the taboo ones.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

There’s fabulous news when it comes to your love life this week! Venus, your ruler and the planet of love and harmony, will enter your 7th House of Committed Partnerships on Wednesday, where she will remain until October 7. During this time you’ll enjoy extraordinary pleasure in your close, intimate partnership. It’s also possible that you and someone you’re dating will decide to make a stronger commitment. In fact, Venus will be at a perfect trine to Neptune by Saturday, suggesting that your prince or princess is near!

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Because you love communication, Gemini, it goes without saying that the fastest way to your heart is through your mind. On Monday and until September 29, you’ll have an incredible edge that will help you achieve this! Mercury, your ruler, will be in your 5th House of Romance. It’ll be easier than ever to share intellectually stimulating conversations with someone you’re dating or romantically interested in. On Wednesday, Venus will enter your 6th House of Work and Health. If single, you might meet someone special at the office or in a health care environment. What better reason to join the gym?

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Love is in the air! Venus will enter your 5th House of Romance this Wednesday, opening up an exciting window of opportunity to meet someone special. If attached, you may fall in love with your mate all over again, as you’ll have a gorgeous chance to fan the flames of desire for one another. Luckily, you’ll enjoy this trend until September 29. In addition, there will be an extra sweet connection between Venus and Neptune on Saturday, promising a love connection that blends body and soul.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Expect your week to start out with a thud in matters of the heart. On Monday, Mars (now in Leo) will clash with Saturn, creating an energetic stalemate. You might lose your sex drive or find that your mojo is temporarily challenged. Thankfully, all will be well by Wednesday and Thursday, when the Moon will be in your 5th House of Romance. You’ll have an extra sweet ability to remain emotionally open, which will capture the heart of anyone you set your sights on.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

The week may start out slow when it comes to love, but the universe is saving the best for your weekend — assuring plenty of romantic fun will come your way. On Friday and Saturday, the Moon will tour your 5th House of True Love, giving you plenty of support. You’ll find it easier to share sentiments with someone special, and you’ll be more physically demonstrative in order to show your love. On Saturday, you and your partner might have an inspirational conversation — either about a spiritual matter or the status of your relationship.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

This week you’ll turn into a masterful conversationalist. On Monday, Mercury will enter Libra and you’ll find it easier than ever to communicate about yourself until September 29. Sharing your needs and ideas with a mate will be a snap now, and you might even make an important decision about the status of a relationship. On Saturday, Mars in your 11th House of Friends and Groups will be at a perfect angle to Uranus, now in your 7th House of Relationships. Expect a night of social fun with your partner!

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Starting Wednesday, all eyes will be on you. In fact, you might find that others are so mesmerized that it borders on obsession up until October 7. Venus will move into your sign, which is a once-a-year trend that makes you the “fairest one of all.” In addition to helping improve your inner and outer beauty, Venus will help you attract romantic potential — whether you’re single or attached! Look forward to Saturday, when Venus trines Neptune in your 5th House of Romance. On this day, someone’s kiss will bring you to your knees!

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

When Venus quietly enters your 12th House of Discretion on Wednesday, your love life will quickly go from a public to private event. You might need to take time alone in order to reflect on your feelings for someone until October 7, or to think about a current romantic entanglement. You might also find that you’re pining away for someone you know you can never truly be with. Unrequited love — past or present — might leave you raw and vulnerable. It’s ok to fantasize about a potential lover, but don’t allow yourself to drown in a sea of unrealistic expectations.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

This week might start off slowly when it comes to romantic potential, but by the weekend you’ll surely feel as if you’ve got your mojo back! On Wednesday, Venus will enter your 11th house of friends and groups, where she’ll remain until October 7. During this stretch of time you’ll find plenty of opportunity for love in social settings. Be sure to attend parties, events or meetings that will allow you to mingle with new people. A friend might introduce you to someone special, or you might consider entertaining amorous feelings for a pal. There is no right or wrong here. The heart wants what the heart wants.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

The business side of love will dominate your week. Although this may sound unromantic, if you’re in a committed partnership the two of you might actually make significant advancement in the daily grind of your life together. Expect a roadblock to action on Monday as Mars in your 7th House of Relationships squares off with stabilizing Saturn. Facing the limitations and obligations inherent in your relationship with courage will be necessary. Once you do this, however, great strides are possible.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Your love life may become an international affair starting this Wednesday. If single, it’s possible that you’ll fall for someone who is from a different race, religion or culture than you. The differences will be what attract the two of you to each other, and you’ll adore experiencing a whole new world through your lover’s eyes. If you are attached, it’s possible that between Saturday and October 7 you and your sweetheart will take an exotic vacation together. Make it count!

Daily Cosmic Calendar for September 10th

Easy does it. Yesterday’s Mars-Saturn clash of the titans has not disappeared entirely and a new threat to peace and serenity is on the horizon as Mars is approaching an off-kilter, 150-degree tie with secretive Pluto. Plus, what seems like a supportive, 60-degree contact between the Moon in Scorpio and the Sun in Virgo (2:22AM) is somewhat illusory because this aspect begins a 21+ hour void lunar uncertainty zone until 11:37PM.  Strive to mellow out completely while the Moon is in strange territory. Avoid emotional and mental fatigue as Venus squares off with Pallas (4:06PM). Hold off on questionable business decisions with Venus parallel to Saturn (5:17PM). The big chill can influence unstable romantic relationships.  Just before the Moon ends its void-of-course cycle by entering fiery Sagittarius (11:37PM), Venus leaves the friendly sign of Libra for potentially adversarial Scorpio (11:17PM) — a cycle that lasts until October 7. The universe is still rocking and rolling four minutes after the lunar entry into Sagittarius as Mars in Leo forms an off-kilter, 150-degree link with Pluto (11:41PM). Projecting angry feelings on unsuspecting loved ones is a no-no. Egocentric, self-serving attitudes bite the dust. Be a Rock of Gibraltar for the truly needy.  Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.