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Venus Retrograde in Astrology Explained

Venus Retrograde in Astrology Explained

In episode 405 astrologers Nick Dagan Best and Patrick Watson join the podcast to give an in-depth explanation of what Venus retrograde means in astrology, and show how it can coincide with important turning points in people’s lives.

We begin by talking about what Venus retrograde means astronomically, and what it correlates with in mundane astrology, and then focus on what it means as a transit in natal astrology.

Later we outline some techniques for determining if an upcoming Venus retrograde will be important in your life, and what area of your life it will manifest its significations in.

Eventually we touch on the 8 year Venus synodic cycle, and show how Venus retrograde repetitions during these periods can connect events in a person’s life over a longer span of time.

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This episode is available in both audio and video versions below.


  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:02:22 Venus’ significations
  • 00:04:55 Venus retrograde astronomically
  • 00:19:10 What does Venus retrograde mean?
  • 00:39:15 Examples in world events
  • 01:19:29 Examples in lives of individuals
  • 01:29:00 Venus retrograde in the birth chart
  • 02:26:12 Retrogrades more important when you have it natally
  • 02:39:34 8 year synodic cycle repetitions
  • 02:39:35 The house Venus goes retrograde in
  • 03:22:12 Annual profections
  • 03:26:08 Shadow periods, intervals & phases
  • 03:37:33 Patrons, sponsors, end cards

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  • Venus is retrograde in my natal. Right around the time it turned direct in my progressed chart was when I got engaged to my now husband. I didn’t think I’d ever get married, as I’d had a long string of failed relationships. But that shift in direction in my progressed chart finally unlocked my block on commitment :).