Venus, the planet of beauty and love, is in retrograde motion for approximately 40 days every 1.5 years. This means that less than 10% of the population has Venus Rx in their natal chart. A retrograde natal planet signifies that the planet’s energies are turned inwards, at least for the beginning of the native’s life.
Any planet being retrograde during the natal chart indicates that the planet and the things it rules in life are strongly connected with previous lives through karma. As Venus is the planet responsible a person’s feelings of affection, being in natal Rx condition makes the person radiate its energies towards the inner world, instead of manifesting in the material reality. This can create problematic situations; the person finds difficulty in expressing love towards others and will frequently reconsider or vacillate before releasing emotions towards another person. This pattern can lead to repressing the feelings and keep them buried inside for a long time.
Obviously, this can be utterly unhealthy; when love is not externalized it can manifest as an emotional cancer. When all these positive feelings are obstructed from flowing, they can even have a psychosomatic effect on the body. In addition, when they reach a critical point and overflow, the expression can be explosive. This is not bad in and of itself; however, these intense feelings can be directed towards the first random person that appears in the love life of the native. And of course, nobody can guarantee that this would be the right person in which to direct them. On a personal level, the Venus Rx individual may feel like exiting from a prison and not caring where he is heading to; on the other hand, this can lead to choosing the wrong person within the romantic life of the individual.
Venus retrograde is probably the most difficult of natal placements, as it directly affects self-esteem. The individual can have a lack of self-confidence, and is easily hurt. He or she may not feel beautiful/handsome – even if she or he is. Any comment that is not positive about the person’s appearance or behavior is received with quite a lot of sadness and pain. The person will then tend to take such comments or lack thereof, as proof of being ugly or undesired. In addition, the lack of positive comments may be often frequently considered as silent proof of not being desired. Such people depend too much on what other people express. This is an antidote for their own lack of expressing love towards themselves.
These particular behaviors can be connected with fear of rejection and can be rooted deeply in the individual’s childhood and teenage years. People with a retrograde Venus may have felt rejection from their crush in school, humiliated for their appearance or perhaps ridiculed for their feelings. They are usually rather shy in admitting their affections to the person they desire, and may have experienced failures while doing that. The emotional pain they experienced creates a wall, which prevents them from trying again in similar situations.
As Venus is the natural ruler of the 2nd and 7th house, a retrograde status of the planet may affect an individual’s approach to matters of these houses. They may experience delays and obstructions in creating wealth or getting married. The absence of self-consciousness can impact the person making them a “late bloomer”. In addition, the person may frequently save money for a “rainy day” and be rather secretive about their income and belongings. The individual usually, will judge themselves based upon depending on how much money they have or not. There can be fears concerning material stability, and also a possible repulsion or a rejection towards marriage.
The Venus retrograde individual has karmic debts concerning love from previous lifetimes. They may have experienced traumatic events concerning affection, which leads them to be quite careful in their approach during this lifetime. The quest to reach healthy ways of experiencing the virtues of love will be their most important life lesson and they will have to break down their internal walls and open up to give and receive love, even if this means risking getting hurt again
In some instances, money and belongings becomes the tool that the Venus Rx individual will use for drawing other people towards him. The inherent insecurity may make the person feel unwanted for what h/she is, and instead will consider attracting people for what the Venus Rx person has to offer. In such circumstances, the person will frequently make gifts, pay for the other person and generally try to buy the others’ affection. Of course, this is very risky for attracting people that hunt for money and benefits, tending to manipulate others for their own purposes.
Most people have more than one planet retrograde in their natal chart, and it is rather difficult to find a person that have all planets direct in the natal chart. Therefore, we should understand that the karmic connection to previous lives is a rule affecting most of the population, and should be regarded as a tool to understand ourselves.
A remedy for helping Venus function in a better way is by getting involved with anything that promotes art and beauty. If you have this natal aspect and your Venus is underdeveloped, try starting an artistic hobby. It does not matter if you are talented or not- just let the planet bloom through your activities. Painting, dancing and singing can be great tools, even for empowering your self-consciousness. In addition, it is very important to take more care about your body and appearance, as the results will directly manifest. Offer to your body everything it needs to feel more desired. After all, the biggest problem that retrograde Venus can manifest, is that you do not like your own self as much as you should. When you empower Venus and start liking yourself, you will radiate this towards the world too. And the world will start treating you differently.
The effect of Venus retrograde can be disastrous or miraculous to a happy married life – and depending on its position in the Chart, being of paramount importance. As Venus slowly turns retrograde, the person gradually gets disinterested in sexual activities.(Could be other way also depending on its position in Chart, Timing, Transit etc). Venus seems to work alike in all signs when retrograde. It affects men particularly more than women.
Venus retrogression is related to luxuries in life, as well as our relationships with near and dear ones. If the transit of Venus is in retrograde motion, we should be thoughtful about all the relationships we are living, and the way we relate to others. It is also the time we should reconsider our material gains in life. The extent or type of influence of Venus retrogression depends upon its position in our charts. But nevertheless, it is the time to be watchful, as it is a period for strong emotional ups and downs.
If Venus is retrograde in the natal chart, it can indicate emotional and material difficulties (for example in the 2nd house). If it is well-placed, it can indicate extreme emotional attractions and repulsions. The result will always be a far cry from normal.
A person with retrograde Venus would generally show the following tendencies, particularly if the placement within the chart is not conducive:
a) Reconsiders before expressing love or affection
b) Relates awkwardly to others
c) Doubts the love others offer
d) Can become obsessed in relationships
e) Feels let down by the commitment level of others
Venus involves pleasure, love, romance, relaxation, aesthetics, peaceful feelings, harmony, money, and values. Venus tends to work by attraction. Approximately every eighteen months or so, Venus slips into retrograde for about six weeks. While Venus is retrograde, you are more likely to find your ability to attract what you want restricted or inhibited; conversely it can or may increase as well, depending on the placement in the chart. You could find yourself much more concerned with achieving or maintaining external beauty, your flow of ready cash, questioning your ideas of pleasure, aesthetics, or even re-evaluating your feelings about romantic relationships.
A natal Venus retrograde can cause you difficulty achieving fulfillment or finding your right romantic partner. You may be more in love with your ideas about love than you are with any real person you know. In karmic terms, you need to complete a life lesson about giving and receiving love and affection. You are here to determine what is truly of value to you and learn about creating a balance of give and take within your romantic life. Your romantic dialogue has a tendency to be far too internal at times, causing you to inhibit the flow of good things into your life. You will have to be willing to experience love and being loved in order to attract what you desire into your life and create the feelings of security you need.
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