The Love Below: Venus Retrograde in Scorpio
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As we enter Libra season, there might be an expectation of all the best parts of cuffing season (registered trademark) to come to fruition. Warm mornings in bed with a loved one enter into the Libra tendencies; acceptance, understanding, empathy and making the world feel nicer for your loved ones. This season should promise that, but just like this one event that occurs like clockwork every seven years, the Libra dream is postponed a few weeks. Instead, we are faced with an inevitable sink into Venus retrograde in Scorpio.
What does this mean? Lets go one at a time:
Venus: Governor of Taurus and Libra and the other; director of how we see beauty, love, attraction, politeness and pleasantries.
Retrograde: The time when a planet is observed to stop its progression through the sky, and appears to move backwards in opposition to its natural, forward trajectory orbit. The result is that the effects of the planet works against itself, and often are thrown into flux.
Scorpio: Opposite Taurus, the ruler of astrology’s underworld: intensity, depth, aggression, strong personality, dissatisfaction, craving, control, “the other side,” the overarching symbol of lust.
If it seems like the natural orders are very directly out of order right now, the feeling isn’t a lie. Regardless, rest assured that everything happening right now is natural - it’s just a lot of life that needs time to be understood. That’s why we’re here. Venus in Scorpio means stations in retrograde on November 5th and then goes direct on November 16th. Mark your calendars.
There will be two weeks that sandwich the retrograde where Venus movement appears stationary, not going backwards OR forwards, at 10 degrees Scorpio which is a very sensitive place in Scorpio. Typically, Venus would make this transit quickly, and any dark thoughts or preoccupations this transit would bring about would bother you over the course of a day or afternoon. With the retrograde, Venus transit through this zone is halted, so instead of a quick passage through the darkness, Venus is trapped in this space for a little longer than two weeks. In many languages, the word used for a retrograde is the same as the word exile: this is a useful way of understanding this time. Venus is in exile from its home zone and is stuck in the underworld until it goes direct. TILL THEN, view this as a rundown of things you might feel and experience during this potentially troubling period. This weeks’ music is a sample of songs that deal with love, longing, relationships and connections that are fraught with double meanings, ambiguous emotions and the times where noise and discord obscure, or maybe just add some unusual texture to the sonics of your love perceptions.
Venus is known as the Morning Star and the Evening Star after its penchant for being the first and brightest star we see at twilight. The security we feel with this star as the first thing we are drawn to in the sky is analogous of the way we see beauty and love remain as a guidepost in our lives. Love and pleasure keep us focused, and sane. During a retrograde, Venus disappears from the night and morning skies, and it’s possible we might experience a disconnection to things we typically find beautiful and inspiring. We may questions our attraction to our partner, or not enjoy the things we are typically ruled by. A “wandering eye” would not be uncommon in this period, specifically in the context of dealing with the past.
“Re” is the go-to concept when it comes to understanding retrograde: “of the past.” When a retrograde is in motion, the negative trajectory of a planet often brings us into the past. That might be the case with you this month: it's possible someone may act as a slithery little snake, twisting their way back from the past. And while that can be cool as tits in theory, the practice will make a lot less sense, especially if it's shaking something firm and good in the present. If the partner / good situation / steady hand can’t be seen as easily, something distracting might become more attractive. Be wary, and question your decisions if you need to!
The day-to-day is prone to have some variety as well during Venus' time in the underworld. Venus rules over kindness and grace, some of the things that make day-to-day interactions peaceable. Venus can easily be seen as the God of Niceness. With this attribute curtained off, that niceness might be a little more difficult to access. You may find the people around you more capable of, or prone to, assholery. Venus rules sociality itself, so if you feel compelled to narrow your social interactions and spent more time alone it might just be the transit.
Putting the issues between you and others aside for a moment, it’s important to note that Scorpio will use their pincers and sting against the heart as it pertains to yourself as well. Scorpio is defined by its pursuit of the things that it wants. Scorpio seeks the absolute, and will go through great lengths to satisfy its lust for such. Scorpio will make you question very deeply the things you are drawn to, the things you love. A simple hello will become a question: 'Why is this necessary, who is this person, what is my relationship to them, is it as it should be? What have I been leaving out every time I speak to them? Is it important to tell them now?' These are important questions, but select which ones you address with care.
Scorpio is also (as I’m sure you’re aware) a very sexual sign. It’s easy to see the sign as merely being a metaphor for the schlepp life, but it’s not just sex Scorpio likes, it's the whole experience. Pain and pleasure are all different flavors to some people. During this transit you might see yourself craving some of the more aggressive acts of love in the bedroom. This is the topic of several of the songs on this week's playlist. It’s so easy to find songs about that.
Whatever shit sinister Scorpio dredges up, it won’t be forever. The retrograde can be pretty equally split into two parts, with the second kicking in when Venus goes directly in independently. Trust that eventually Libra will regain control from Venus Opposite. On Halloween night exactly, the energies change and Venus goes back into Libra. Venus refers to a lot of love, and we all know how misguided love can be, or can make our perceptions. Use this retrograde to more adequately scrutinize your partnering situations, and use that viewpoint to build what you have, or maybe make a decision you’ve been holding off. You’re the boss!
Much love, see you in a week!