Saturday, October 09, 2010

Venus Retrograde In Scorpio 2010

This week, during the new moon in the Venus ruled sign of Libra, Venus was coming to a grinding halt in the skies, ready to change direction on the 8th October and move back on itself, reversing its forward motion. It wasn't really of course, it just looks that way to us because of orbits and things - it makes a sort of optical illusion from where we stand. It will continue this way till November 18th, when it appears to stop and turnaround again, to resume it's forward motion.

Optical illusion or not, it's significant in astrology, and what with last weeks Mars/Venus conjunction, and with that Venus ruled new moon (new moon = new emotional phase), it makes for a particularly amplified Venus vibe right now, which turns up the volume, and no doubt the heat (Scorpio is an emotionally intense sign at the best of times), on all Venus ruled matters... relationships - especially relationships with women - also money, property, self worth and self esteem; those issues are all making their presence felt more keenly through circumstances right now.

There's also a particular emphasis on any unfinished business... this is Scorpio territory anyway, but also because retrogrades are noted for things cropping up again - places and faces from the past re-emerge into consciousness for whatever reason, and Venus retro in particular is into reconnections of relationships. And thanks to the Scorpio flavour, re-emergence is a key theme; what was hidden comes to light, and what was lost is found.

This retrograde cycle also links back to 8 years ago, which was the last time Venus retrograded at this spot. Think back to 2002 and you might see echoes or reminders from then working through current events. Not necessarily literally, it's usually emotionally; how you felt back then as result of significant situations connects in some way to where you stand now; you can trace your emotional evolution from back then to now.

So what did last weeks events throw up emotionally for you, as there's a clue there in how this cycle might be playing out at deep levels. Scorpio is always deep, and is also about the process of moving within unknown or unknowable territory, and also about getting comfortable with the uncontrollable (pretty much everything outside yourself), and this is why so much of that sign revolves around trust and learning to trust your own instincts, intuition and your emotional resources. When you are left not knowing what is round the corner, or left feeling in the dark, it's all you've got to go on.

Venus deals with what you value and appreciate, in yourself and therefore in relation to others and the physical world itself. The Scorpio process is an emotionally focused one, that requires the willingness to let go of what you have known to be true about yourself in the past, in favour of deciding what might be more true now, given who you feel you are now. It's a healing, renewing, transforming process, while the retrograde phase is a period of review... always a review of the self, no matter how much it seems to be about others, they are just the excuse to feel the way you do... whether positively or negatively, situations and relationships with others call attention to your relationship with yourself; as what you say about them, how you see them, how you view them, reflects how you are really feeling about you. So Venus retrograde says if you don't like what you see it's time to re-view it - look again by looking at yourself differently in a situation - re-value your place within it... you're worth it :)

Saturday, October 02, 2010

October Horoscopes

21st March – 20th April

There’s a strong focus on all your relationships this month, as well as any agreements and contracts with others. A Venus/Mars meeting during the first week spells passion and intensity in romance, while other relationships have a easy bond, based on a shared sense of appreciation for the other’s position. From the 7th, after a new moon focused on joining forces through joint intentions, Venus retrogrades (appears to move backwards). This is a strong indication of returning to unfinished business over the coming weeks, so remember to deal with it as who you are now, not who you were then.

21st April – 21st May

First week of the month has a special feel for love: it’s sassy and sensual, with a touch of mystery; it’s all that you appreciate with a bit more added. From the 7th your ruler Venus retrogrades (appears to move backwards). This doesn’t mean you’re going the wrong way, just seeing things from a different perspective than of late; it indicates an important turning point, especially in relationships, where you are seeking to review and relate to the past in a new way. You are not bound to repeat the past, though you might worry you are heading that way at times.

22nd May – 21st June

Your ruler Mercury meets limitation planet Saturn during the first week of October, during a new moon that evokes a new feeling about creative projects and matters close to your heart. It about coming to the awareness that frustrating barriers and closed doors you encounter on the outside are only reflecting conclusions you came to about yourself in the past, and that this is all ripe for review right now. Venus retrogrades from the 7th, which indicates this review process in action; it’s a process of trusting there’s more to you than used to meet your eye.

22nd June – 22nd July

You’re most aware of changes you’d like to make related to home and family matters from new moon time around the 7th; trust the vision you have, which might feel idealistic but which is the perfect blueprint to aim for. Partners are matching your mood on this too. The planets are slowly collecting in your house of fun and entertainment as the month goes on, which means you need to find plenty of ways to let your heart sing and your creativity flow. Venus retrogrades here on the 7th which means nostalgia and old haunts are involved in doing so.

23rd July – 23rd August

Staying in is the new going out during the first week of October, when a deep and intimate Mars/Venus aspect happens in the comfort of your own home. If you’re single, love is not too far from your own doorstep, and might even be a blast from the past once Venus Retrogrades down memory lane from the 7th. There’s also a strong emphasis on communication for much of the month, and there’s even a kind of telepathy going on with you and a certain someone on the 17th, so remember that around the 22nd as their actions might bamboozle you.

24th August – 22nd September

Venus Retrogrades this month, which tends to bring up unfinished business around relationships. There’s also a new moon in your house of finance and resources on the 7th, ushering in a new kind of feeling related to this area of your life. And because it’s all about worth and value, it’s also about self worth; about how deserving you feel to step up to a new level of receiving and of accepting more of your own resourcefulness; there’s only you can decide this (even though it might look like others have a say) so find your balance with yourself, not with others.

23rd September – 23rd October

During the first week of Oct, your ruler Venus mingles with action planet Mars in your house of finance and resources; it indicates your priorities are in order and that you feel more comfortable with your future at this point. Because the sun is in your sign till the 23rd, there’s a new moon in your sign on the 7th; this is about setting new intentions, and feeling a new sense of where you want to go from here. It coincides with the start of Venus retrograde, which means for the time being that direction is revisiting the past in all sorts of ways.

24th October – 22nd November

There’s much that feels out of your direct control this month, but this doesn’t mean unco-operative forces are bound to mess up your plans, as it’s when you let go of the idea that you need to control things to make them happen, that they happen. Venus begins a retrograde cycle in your sign from the 7th, which indicates a change in direction or approach is called for over the coming weeks, especially when dealing with partners and loved ones who are going through their own change in direction. It’s a time of transformation for everyone, it seems.

23rd November – 21st December

Mars, planet of action and motivation, moves into your sign from the 28th, which symbolises a refreshed desire to get moving with goals. Before that though, there’s plenty going on behind the scenes in preparation for this; much of which you just have to trust and go with the flow of. Not a bad thing to do this, especially around the 20th, when Mars is in fabulous aspect to your ruler Jupiter; it symbolises a helping hand when you need it, especially regarding matters at home, which have been taking on a life of their own in recent months.

22nd December – 20th January

While your main focus is either work and career, or long-term plans and ambitions for much of the month, especially around the 7th when a new moon opens doors and windows of opportunity, there’s still time for an interesting distraction romantically, symbolised by a fabulous conjunction of Mars and Venus during the first week. There’s a big link between romance and friendships within this, as well as reunions or reconnections with old friends as the month goes on thanks to the Venus Retrograde cycle getting underway. Also, communication is brilliant and productive around the 20th, in so many ways.

21st January – 18th February

There’s a wealth of new ideas and inspiration available to you, as a result of a new perspective you are coming to, symbolised by a fresh feeling new moon on the 7th.
Don’t settle for creative blocks, just stop believing in them; they aren’t what you are really about, even when Venus Retrograde takes you to old territory, it’s not getting stuck in the past, it’s to shed your own light in a new way. Even when you imagine you are running out of steam, or about to get fooled again (around the 22nd), it’s still just about the power of your imagination.

19th February – 20th March

There’s a mix of vibes at times this month, especially during the first week when relationships can be at times distant and frustrating but then also new and refreshingly up close and personal. Yin and Yang are fabulous when entwined but they are polar opposites, so in your connections with others only focus on how well the different pieces and perspectives fit, rather than noticing how different the pieces and perspectives are. This is easiest around an action-packed full moon on the 23rd; when the flow is really moving you in all the right directions.