In the 39th episode of the show astrologer Nick Dagan Best joins me to talk about the phenomenon known as Venus retrograde, how it is defined, and what it means within the context of astrology.
Nick is one of the leading experts on Venus retrograde periods, and during the course of the show explains how they can be used to time events in natal and mundane astrology.
We also discuss other topics such as the importance of shadow periods, how to determine whether a specific Venus retrograde period is going coincide with a major event in a person’s life, and a bit about what the current Venus retrograde period in Virgo/Leo has in store.
Outline of the Show
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- Venus just stationing retrograde today, July 25, 2015.
- Good opportunity to do a show on Venus retrograde.
- First, what does Venus signify in astrology in general?
- Desire, love, partnership, relationships.
- Money, goods
- Unifying and reconciling things
- Social consensus
- What does it mean when a planet goes retrograde from an astronomical standpoint?
- The planet appears to move backwards in the zodiac from our perspective.
- Optical illusion.
- Still has symbolic significance.
- Venus retrograde from an astronomical standpoint:
- Happens every 18-19 months, or every year and a half.
- Happens when Venus is closest to the Earth.
- Goes backwards for about 40 days.
- There is a the retrograde station (beginning), the inferior conjunction with the Sun (middle), and the direct station (end).
- Shadow periods extend the broader retrograde period
- Venus begins to slow down long before it goes retrograde, and it takes a while before it gets back to full speed after stationing direct.
- Events and circumstances surrounding the retro seem to start to develop once Venus passes over the degree that it will later retrograde back to when it stations direct. This is the pre-retrograde shadow period.
- Things are not fully wrapped up until it passes the degree that it stationed retrograde at. This is the post retrograde shadow.
- Each shadow period is roughly 30 days.
- Thus the full retro cycle is a 100-day period roughly.
- Venus retrograde within the context of the zodiac:
- Venus is stationing retro at 0° Virgo today.
- Venus stations retrograde in approximately the same place in the zodiac every 8 years.
- Minus 2 degrees.
- 8 years ago in late July of 2007 it stationed retro at 2° Virgo.
- 8 years before in 1999 it stationed retro at 4° Virgo, etc.
- This connects together time periods in 8 year intervals.
- This is actually the last retro in Virgo in our lifetime.
- Since Venus goes retrograde every year and a half it does this in 5 spots in the zodiac, thus forming a pentagram, or a five sided star.
- What does Venus retrograde mean astrologically?
- Retrograde motion is a sort of anomaly, and thus there is something anomalous occurring with respect to what the planet normally signifies.
- Is it an intensification or a reversal? Both?
- It has meaning both in mundane astrology as well as in natal.
- In mundane astrology, Nick associates Venus with “consensus”, and the retrograde phase corresponds to periods when public consensus comes up for review or revision. Lines are drawn, people cross lines or try to redraw them.
- How is this applied to natal charts in practice?
- Making predictions versus in client work. The same or different?
- Really comes down to identifying charts that are sensitive to it, and seeing how it links together important periods of time in their life, sometimes with similar themes.
- Be able to spot nativities that don’t have Venus retrograde, but that an astrologer knows will nonetheless be “vulnerable” or “responsive” to recurring retrograde transits.
- Some example charts.
- What makes a chart more responsive to one Venus retro or another?
- Angles in one of the five “zones” where stations happen.
- Lights or clusters of planets in one of the five “zones”
- Libra Ascendant
- Some tips for further study and use of Venus retrogrades:
- Have the cycles memorized, so that when one looks at a chart, one instantly has an idea of where the transits hit this person’s natal chart.
- Pay attention to what happens during the build up and initial phases of the shadow period and retrograde, as you may see a return to those themes later when Venus returns to that spot.
- If you know the birth dates of people in your life, pay attention to those with natal Venus retrograde, and how their lives impact yours during this time.
A full transcript of this episode is available here: Episode 39 transcript
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