The month of October will be heavily focused on our relationships to people and possessions. That is because Venus the planet of love, relationships, money, and personal values will go retrograde through the signs of Scorpio and Libra.
Venus Retrograde 10/5/18 to 11/15/18: Venus goes retrograde approximately every 18 months and will last for about 40 days. The purpose of this transit is to review and reconnect with what we love and value.
Every eight years, Venus returns to the same area in your birth chart asking you to reevaluate certain aspects in your life. This retrograde cycle correlates back to that which occurred in October/November of 2010. Think back to that time, does anything stand out? Are your life situations (both internal and external) the same or have things changed?
This 2018 Venus retrograde cycle begins at 10° Scorpio (death, rebirth, and transformation) and ends at 25° Libra (passion, beauty, and relationships). Profound transformation of our relationships, values, and finances are key themes during most of October and November.
Look to your birth chart (click here to get a free birth chart) and find where these degrees are represented in your chart. Take note of the houses and planets affected by this transit. These will provide keys to the transformation that will occur.
Venus will be intersecting three major transpersonal (outer) planets, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, along its retrograde path. This will be felt by MANY as those within the age range of 30-65 have one of these planets in 25° Libra to 10° Scorpio.
For those of you age 30 to 37, Venus will cross Pluto along its path. This means you will have Venus retrograde conjunct Pluto. During this transit, you will seek unusual and intense love experiences. You desire deep love and will stop at nothing to get it. Because of this, there is a strong tendency for past karmic patterns to arise in your current relationships or in the connections you make with others. Use this transit to bring an awareness to your desire for love and how your manage your power within relationships. Depending upon which house(s) this transit falls within your birth chart, you may also experience this transit in relation to money and material possessions.
For those of you age 41-45, Venus will cross Uranus along its path. This means you will have Venus retrograde conjunct Uranus. During this transit, you will seek excitement and new experiences through love and creativity. Something is going to change in your life and it will be unexpected. It may be a change of heart in a current relationship or a change in how you make or spend money. Tapping into your heart and creativity is heightened during this time. Take advantage of this. Whatever happens, know that this change is meant to help you along your path.
For those of you age 56-65, Venus will cross Neptune along its path. This means you will have Venus retrograde conjunct Neptune. During this transit, you may discover the spiritual side of love. People you meet or relationships that you are currently in will be felt on the soul level. You may see beauty and relationships in a different light. If you are a creative or artist, you may be inspired by your surroundings. Selfless love will be emphasized, but so may be unrealistic expectations. Use this transit to get soulful about what and who you connect with.
For those of you outside of these age ranges, you don’t have a transpersonal planet (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) on the Venus retrograde path. However, you may have other personal planets (Moon, Sun, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn), your ascendant (rising sign) or a lunar node in Libra or Scorpio. Look to your birth chart and check whether you have any planet(s) in 25-29 degrees of Libra or 0-10 degrees of Scorpio.
Use my free astrology quick guides to get an idea of how this retrograde transit may play out based on the themes for each planet and house found in your chart.
Want to learn the language of your Venus? Check out my new Astrology Workbook: Venus!
Ashley Tracey, MS RYT
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