Venus goes Retrograde; lovers from the past and spending money

On December 21st Venus, the planet that rules love , money and our values, will station retrograde.  Unlike Mercury who stations retrograde three times a year for 21 days, Venus goes retrograde every eighteen months and lasts for approximately six weeks.  For those of you who are new to astrology  and are unfamiliar with this term, when a planet is retrograde it means that it is moving in an apparent backward motion and is not operating in its normal capacity.  Therefore the areas that it rules are affected in a delayed or reverse manner.

The areas that are affected by this retrograde cycle are love and money, your values and spending habits. A word to the wise, do not spend large sums of money on any luxury items.  You will find that after Venus goes direct you will not wear, want, or use them.  So if you do happen to break down and make a large extravagant purchase by all means save the receipt.  This would be an auspicious time to shop at flea markets, thrift stores and garage sales.  You’ll find some great values.

Love affairs that are started during this retrograde cycle can be very stormy unless Venus is getting ready to go direct.  This would be around January 31st.  It would be best to avoid planning a wedding or getting married during this time.  You will want to steer clear of the dating websites while Venus is in retrograde motion.  Solid standing relationships can go through a re-evaluation during this cycle.  Also, this is a time when a love from the past can come back into your life.  For example, you could run into an old beau at a class reunion or at the airport.

You will want to avoid cosmetic surgery during this cycle as you may not be satisfied with the results.  Also try to avoid any type of beautification process like perms, hair cut or color, especially if you are going to a new and different beautician.

Venus and the stock market – Since Venus is connected to the financial world, I would suspect the stock market will change directions around the time that Venus changes directions.  You might want to keep an eye on that if you are inclined to follow the market.

Your thoughts and comments are always welcome.

Kelly Lowe, Astrological Consultant & Author of “An Astrologer’s Journey”

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    1. that, how would that tie in to the law of attraction, in your opinoin? I know we have free will and that we attract what we attract, and that nothing can assert itself into our experience, so how would one explain the influence that the planets have on our lives? I don’t feel as though they assert their influences, because we have free will. But I am finding it difficult to word, and I would like to get your take on it.Thank you for another though provoking post.

      • Hi Jenson, Thank you for your insightful question. The stars impel they don’t compel. We certainly do have free will, but with the help of astrology we can make better decisions. Your astrology chart can indicate the timing as to when you are most likely to meet someone. Your chart will also give an indication as to the type of person that you would be attracted to or who would be attracted to you. Then there is another aspect to consider which is the chart comparison that indicates the attraction or planetary links that two people have. This can indicate if the the relationship in a flash in the pan or a long term commitment. This can comparison can be done for business as well as a personal relationship. If you go to you will find a more in-depth explanation of how this works. The “secret keys to relationships” is one of the major focuses in my book “An Astrologer’s Journey”. Autographed copies are available on my website

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