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ARIES - "I AM, THEREFORE I AM."
Venus moved into Aries on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 10:52 AM EST - at 00 degrees
Venus turns Retrograde (Rx) in Aries on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 4:08 AM EST - at 13 degrees
Venus Retrogrades far enough in degrees that it re-enters Pisces on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:25 PM EST - at 00 degrees
Venus in Pisces turns Direct on Saturday, April 15, 2017 - at 27 degrees
Venus re-enters Aries on Friday, April 28, 2017 - at 00 degrees
Venus in Aries ends on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - at 29 degrees 59 minutes 59 seconds
Venus Retrograde comes bearing many messages. One of which is NOT to drastically change your appearance, especially through plastic surgery during the Retrograde period. It is during the time period of Venus Retrograde (March 4 - April 15, 2017) that you should not have any plastic surgery that has to do with changing your appearance or changing your appearance drastically like a new hairstyle. This is also 'not' a Good time to shop for a new wardrobe. No grand changes in your appearance whatsoever. I wouldn't even buy new make-up because it will only add to a collection of make-up that you don't use anyway. That's a lot of wasted money.
Another Venus Retrograde message is DO NOT get married, engaged, or begin a new relationship or business partnership during this time because it will not last. If the relationship or partnership does last it will be littered with many challenges. In the business world we say, "That's the cost of doing business" but in the world of romance the Queen says, "Grief is the price we pay for Love." Certainly people do find Love during Venus Retrograde, but it also throws a veil of 'Fated Love' over the relationship. When I say, "Fated Love" I mean the relationship will feel as though it were predestined or predetermined in some way, but still has all the elements of being a royal pain in the ass. Hey, I'm just saying what the Queen said only I'm saying it more bluntly.
Still another Venus Retrograde message is how are you handling your personal finances? Have you been so attracted to the finer things in Life that now you can't pay the electric bill. This can happen and Venus Retrograde will remind you of this with disconnection notices, late payment fees and overdraft fees. Venus, the planet that rules personal money wants you to get your financial act together. Interesting how this year Venus turns Direct on tax day, April 15, 2017. I also like the fact that Venus is Retrograde in Aries, which means it is NOT Retrograde in Taurus, which is one of its natural placements (Taurus 'Money' and Libra 'Love'). Since Taurus is the money-sign, we definitely don't want Venus to Retrograde in Taurus. We want all of our ducks in a row when Venus moves into Taurus on June 6, 2017.
Since Venus Retrograde takes us back in time with Love, this is typically when former Loves return to check-in with us just to see how we are doing. Isn't that always the case? For some reason, former Loves are pining away for the one who got away. Lest you forget that it could be you who is the one pining away. Honestly, I would never contact a former Love during Venus Retrograde because my ego is too big for that. HA! No kidding! Plus, I'm pretty much not even curious because I'm complete with it. But for those of you who are not quite complete, this is that time in the planetary cycle where you start Googling former Loves to see where they are, what they look like and who they are with. But why? I ask "why" because this takes away from you! I think Romeo and Juliet must have fallen in Love during Venus Retrograde because the price they paid for Love was grief. Do yourself a favor and do not lock lips or drop your drawers for a new Love during Venus Retrograde. Don't make me say, "I told ya' so" because I will, I'm like that.
Those who have Venus Retrograde in their natal chart typically find Love later in Life and will have had many hardships when it comes to Love. Having Venus Retrograde in the natal chart 'can be' like having a square to Venus. Until one gets older, usually over age 40, and often times over age 50, will the individual with Venus Retrograde finally understand what it takes to Love, be in Love and maintain Love. Venus Retrograde is a 'karmic' situation. At the same time, I have found in my research with a significant number of clients who have Venus Retrograde in their chart, they will have an easier time through Venus Retrograde because this is something they live with everyday. It's the rest of us who are not familiar with this energy.
Knowing this is a significantly longer Venus transit, we should be asking ourselves, what in the world have we all done to our Love, companionship, partnerships, coupled-unions, money, self-worth, personal financials, beauty and art, that the Universe wants us to go back and do-over this time period? What have we done? What have we 'not' done? Maybe it's not the case of what we did, but what we didn't do. Keep in mind that Venus is loaded with cloud cover, so when our head is all up in Venus (Love) our head really is in the clouds. This can happen with money too.
Venus covers topics surrounding Love, personal finances, self-worth, beauty, music and art because these are the things that Venus rules. Venus naturally rules both Taurus and Libra.
Venus in the context of Taurus energy brings up the subject matter of ---> value systems, physical possessions, money, self-esteem and talents. It also rules your personal earnings, earned income, budgets, money that you make on your own, material resources, monetary gains and losses and your basic security. Basically, Venus in this context is about your self-worth.
Venus in the context of Libra energy brings up the subject matter of ---> contractual relationships, coupled unions, contractual partnerships, marriages, agreements, negotiations and open enemies with the public, such as lawsuits. This can be partnerships in business, marriage or a committed relationship that is a live-in arrangement. It also includes long-term associations, the animus (underlying passion or force) and the relationship between the soul and personality that shows up in the presence of a relationship. In other words, the person you are in a relationship, not the person you are when you are single.
RELATIONSHIPS -- those of you in challenging relationships may be heading backward in time to fix what was broken. Many will get a second and third chance to make things right before Venus turns Direct on April 15, 2017. I say a second and third chance because going backward in degrees will cover those degrees a second time. When Venus turns Direct (forward) then the degrees will advance again and the same degrees will be covered a third time. Interesting how the Universe (God) sticks to that number three. These Retrograde's serve us to 'right' ourselves before we get to progress forward. It's like getting a second chance and third chance to get it right before we get promoted to the next level of LOVE.
MONEY -- those of you who have been having a hard way to go with money, this will give you a chance to right things and get back on track. This is the perfect time to start a budget and then show the Universe (God) that you will stick to it. You want to do the right thing so that the Universe will support you in your efforts. These Retrograde's serve us to 'right' ourselves before we get to progress forward. It's like getting a second chance and third chance to get it right before we get promoted to the next level of MONEY.
BEAUTY AND ART --- those of you who have been having hard way to with your appearance, believe me, Venus Retrograde is NOT the time to get plastic surgery or make any drastic artificial changes to your appearance. By artifical I mean, anything that is fake or not real. Color your hair BEFORE Venus Retrograde. DO NOT schedule any plastic surgery that involves your appearance. I would however use this Retrograde to get my physical appearance back on track, which means taking better care of oneself through a better diet and exercise. I would NOT get involved in a crazy, trendy or fad diet. None of those crazy diets work anyway because a great body will always be about caloric intake and calories burned.
This Venus Retrograde does have only one major aspect impacting it. Thank God it is near the end of its Retrograde, on Saturday, April 8, 2017. On this date Venus will square Saturn and this aspect is just awful. It is very sad and pathetic because it makes the person feel as though no one Loves them at all. This would include both friends and family. So those having a hard time with Love during this Venus Retrograde, this aspect certainly will not help.
I believe this Venus in Aries Retrograde is so much more spiritual than all of this I just wrote above. I believe it to be a lot deeper than we all think. This brings me to my original question, "Now why do 'you' suppose we have to experience such a long transit in 'I Love Me Mode'"? Venus in Aries will teach us through the transit to take care of ourselves and to put ourselves first and to take care of our "I am presence." After all, the Aries motto is, "I am therefore I am." We cannot help others if we can't help ourselves. "Put your mask on first." Right?
We live in very busy, cynical and superficial times where it is very easy to forget oneself and then lose oneself, while at the same time only thinking of ourselves in a self-absorbed way. Venus in Aries Retrogrades so far back that it re-enters Pisces, reminding us of 'Unconditional Love'. Since this is coming out of Aries and moving back into Pisces, I don't see this as a reminder of 'Unconditional Love' for others as much as I see it as 'Unconditional Love' for ourselves and God. I see this waaaaay more spiritual than just a time when old Loves reappear in our Life. This is so much bigger than that. Why would the Universe want us to come out of Venus in Aries and go back to Venus in Pisces, which is all about 'Unconditional Love'? There has to be a reason for it. It could quite possibly be because we need it. Simple as that. If we Loved ourselves the way God intended, there would be a lot more we would do 'for' ourselves, and a lot less than we would do 'to' ourselves. Our 'I am presence' comes through God Himself. When Moses went up to the mountain to talk to God again, Moses told God that the people of Israel would ask His name and what was he (Moses) supposed to tell them. God answered, "I AM Who I AM. Thus you shall say to the people of Israel, I AM hath sent you unto them." I AM is God's name because He said so. It is the sign of Aries that begins the astrological calendar, which carries the motto "I am therefore I am". Aries kicks-off the start of creation coming straight from The Creator aka The Great I AM. So you see folks, I see this as a very big deal. And the fact that just one week before Venus turns Direct, we will get a bowling ball rolled in front of us called, Venus square Saturn to see if we Truly get, the get. Do we truly Love ourselves as we would want others to Love us. Do we truly Love others as we would want them to Love us. This is so personal folks and for those of you who get the get then you know this is so much more than your 'ex' calling you. That is peanuts compared to the magnitude of what this is really about.
I think we spend too much time thinking we are 'being tested' during our challenges in Life (health, money, Love), when I believe the True test is applying what we learned during those challenges. Just like in school, we learn, experiment, participate and then take 'a test'. The learning is the challenge, it's that damn test that makes us apply the information. That's just my theory. I could be wrong, but as Charles Barkley says, "I could be wrong, but I don't think so." It is my belief that when some individuals are continually being challenged over and over and over again about the same darn thing, I believe what was learned was not applied after being challenged the first time. Applying what you learned is 'The Test'.
When you can really wrap your brain around the depth of this transit that takes us back to 'Unconditional Love' with Venus in Pisces, and pass 'the test' as Venus square Saturn rolls onto your path just one week before Venus turns Direct, and then be okay with yourself and what Love really means, then this Retrograde is going to change your Love and financial situations faster than you can say, "I do" or "Show me the money!" See, as it turns out Venus Retrograde (Rx) is the cure (Rx) and just what the doctor ordered for Love and money. Stay Astrologized™.
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