via Cafe Astrology
Venus is retrograde from October 5 to November 16, 2018. Venus’s shadow period begins September 2nd and ends December 17th.
Note that the shadow period begins before Venus turns retrograde, when Venus first passes over the degree that Venus later returns to in retrograde motion. The shadow period ends when Venus again passes over the degree at which it first turned retrograde.
As the planet of love and values, Venus retrograde periods are times when we re-assess what—and who—we value. It is a period that many astrologers consider inopportune for getting married or starting a new relationship.
Major financial undertakings are not advised during this period either. Venus retrograde cycles are good times for creating budgets and financial plans, and for re-thinking our personal relationships. Taking final action in the areas of finance and love, however, is not advised until Venus turns direct again.
Because Venus rules beauty and aesthetics, Venus Retrograde is a less than ideal time for beautification processes (new hairdos, enhancements, purchasing a new wardrobe, cosmetic surgery, and so forth), renovations, redecorating, and the like. Because Venus is associated with social events, parties may not go as planned.
On the subject of love, past lovers may re-appear, and some relationships may end. With Venus retrograde in Scorpio much of its retrograde cycle, our needs for intensity may be high but frustrated.
We may question the level of intimacy or passion we have in our relationships. With Venus in Libra towards the end of the cycle, the tendency for romantic disillusionment may be strong. The equality, fairness, or balance we’re seeking may be more glaringly missing now.
Relationships that have been especially challenging may come to an end during this cycle. However, strong relationships will survive it, even if there are a few bumps and bruises along the way. This can be a good time for “eyes wide open” or experimental dating, although opinions and assessments may change at a later date.
It is not a time when people recognize the need for another person to “complete” them. Some people may be questioning whether they are with partners who actually fulfill them. We may, however, be especially in touch with our deeper, less obvious, and less superficial needs and wants.
On the subject of money, finances, and possessions, do try to hold off on major purchases or financial decisions during this Venus retrograde cycle. For example, the purchase of a new house, car, or another big-ticket item could backfire in some manner later on.
This makes it a good time for re-evaluating our romantic and financial needs; but, again, major love and money decisions are best saved for after the cycle ends on November 16th, and better yet, beyond the shadow phase as well (after December 17th).
Our perceptions may be skewed, and we can come out of the retrograde cycle with regret if we’ve acted hastily, as the tendency to change our minds later is strong.
There’s nothing truly to fear about Venus retrograde, but it’s always wise to take special care during this cycle.
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