Forty days and forty nights.
That’s about how long a Venus Retrograde cycle lasts.
When a planet is retrograde, it appears to be moving backwards from our perspective on Earth. Venus retrogrades every 19 months. Her last retrograde period was March-April 2017 in the signs of Aries and Pisces.
It takes Venus 8 years to complete her cycle, painting a 5-pointed rosette pentagram in the sky as she dances with Earth.
This Venus Rx lasts from October 5th-November 16th, 2018. Its effects will extend for 19 months beyond its inception point.
During this time, Venus ventures into the Underworld. And so, too, do We.
Shed your vestments.
Strip. Discard your clothes.
Release who you have known yourself to be. Let go of attachments. Burn old contracts. Sacrifice outworn modes of relating. Terminate the stories. Take away whatever isn’t needed. Give yourself to the cauldron of unknown.
We spend 7-8 days in the cauldron of the underworld.
We venture through the unconscious, the taboo, the shadowed. We face blindspots, residual trauma, ancestral ghosts. We splay ourselves to the unseen. We make love to our darkness with intimacy; regenerating through the depth of our essential Power.
This is a place of metamorphosis. A potent alchemical realm of change.
We are changelings.
We are reborn.
This Venus Rx offers a rare portal of rebirth. It is the only moment in our lifetime that Venus emerges as Morning Star in the sign of Libra.
She re-emerges. Glittering in full splendor just before sunrise. Bringing gifts of harmony, reciprocity, equanimity. She aims to restore the natural balance. Recalibration.
Venus offers a chance to alchemize how we relate. To ourselves, each other, spirit, and the world. To finances, values, beauty, and love itself.
Call the Goddess to you and through you. Offer yourself to here ceremony. Ask to become more essential and more intimate with what is. Ask to know, to be, and to experience the holiness of harmonious Connection.
All of us will feel this Venus Rx. If you have strong Taurus, Libra, Scorpio placements, or if Venus in your chart has an especially potent placement then you may be more acutely sensitive to its potency.
To work collaboratively with Venus Retrograde this season, Intuitive Astrologer Virginia Rosenberg has created a timeline of transits during the course of her retrograde and direct period until she clears her shadow in December.
Use this timeline to track your own journey and make the most of this rare planetary cycle. It contains descriptions of what we can expect and ritual recommendations for how to attune to its magic.