Venus is the planet of complicated relationships. She is about to go retrograde, or appear to move backwards, from Saturday March 4th, 2017. In one area of your life, ruled by Aries, you will also experience a complex kind of chemistry with others which never resolves as it would normally. She’ll also dance backwards through Pisces – so that’s two areas of your life which are on rewind.
This is a good painting of Venus by Rubens, who captured her in various poses. This shows her vanity. She’s often pictured with a mirror. The ‘complicated’ part of the relationship is usually down to ego or narcissism and a tremendous concern with physical appearances. The Venus symbol in astrology – a circle on a stick – is actually a neat little reduction of the hand-mirror symbol. (Rubens: Wikimedia Commons. Planets: New York Public Library).
BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS FROM MARCH 2017
Which area of your life is most affected by these unresolved, complicated questions about appearances, vanity, ego and relating to others? Well, it you have a stellium (more than three personal chart factors) in Aries, in your personal birth chart, it may well be You, You, You which is the area of delay and reversal. A typical example would be a relaunch or rebranding which goes forwards, backwards and sideways – and often stuck along the way. Venus gets stuck at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 degrees of Aries so if you have horoscope factors there, women or female influences in particular, having an impact on your image, will take you back and forth.
If you have Pisces chart factors then the Venus Retrograde is about the secret you cover up, or the invisible and uncredited role you play behind the scenes. Again, it may be females or female influences taking you back and forth. Venus will retrograde at 26, 27, 28, 29 Pisces.
No Pisces or Aries signature in your personal chart? You’re more likely to feel the Venus Retrograde ‘stuckness’ in the area of your Solar Chart (Sun Sign Chart) which shows the headlines of your life: First of all, with Venus Retrograde in Pisces, you can expect replays/rewinds regarding ‘complicated relationships’ in these areas. We’re talking a loop that goes round from February to May 2017. Normally I wouldn’t rate a Venus Retrograde as particularly important, but as you already have Neptune (confused and confusing situations) in Pisces too, it looks as though March in particular will take you backwards, forwards, sideways, up and down. It will take a bit of time to sort this out, particularly if women are involved.
PISCES Name. Face. Persona. Profile. Presentation. Packaging. Reputation. Style. Shape.
ARIES Secrecy. Invisibility. Classified Material. Confidential Information. The Unsconscious Mind.
TAURUS Friendship. Groups. Camaraderie. Community. The Hive Mind. The Collective.
GEMINI Success. Achievement. Status. Ambition. Position. Mission. Vocation. Calling.
CANCER Education. Academia. Travel. Foreigners. Publishing. The Worldwide Web.
LEO Finance. Business. Taxation. Philanthropy. Values. Materialism. Inheritance. Mortgages.
VIRGO Partners. Former Partners. Potential Partners. Enemies. Rivals. Opponents.
LIBRA Routine. Lifestyle. Service. Duty. Body. Rituals. Drugs. Doctors. Drink. Food. Healers. Fitness.
SCORPIO Children. Babies. Pregnancy. Godchildren. Young Relatives. Youth. Lovers. Sex.
SAGITTARIUS Home. Home Town. Homeland. Family. House. Apartment. Household.
CAPRICORN Communication. The Worldwide Web. Multimedia. Language. Hearing. Reading. Speech.
AQUARIUS Money. Property. Charity. Possessions. Salary. Debt. Banks. Savings.
For Venus Retrograde in Aries, you’re looking at the headlines of your life being affected as follows –
ARIES Name. Face. Persona. Profile. Presentation. Packaging. Reputation. Style. Shape.
TAURUS Secrecy. Invisibility. Classified Material. Confidential Information. The Unsconscious Mind.
GEMINI Friendship. Groups. Camaraderie. Community. The Hive Mind. The Collective.
CANCER Success. Achievement. Status. Ambition. Position. Mission. Vocation. Calling.
LEO Education. Academia. Travel. Foreigners. Publishing. The Worldwide Web.
VIRGO Finance. Business. Taxation. Philanthropy. Values. Materialism. Inheritance. Mortgages.
LIBRA Partners. Former Partners. Potential Partners. Enemies. Rivals. Opponents.
SCORPIO Routine. Lifestyle. Service. Duty. Body. Rituals. Drugs. Doctors. Drink. Food. Healers. Fitness.
SAGITTARIUS Children. Babies. Pregnancy. Godchildren. Young Relatives. Youth. Lovers. Sex.
CAPRICORN Home. Home Town. Homeland. Family. House. Apartment. Household.
AQUARIUS Communication. The Worldwide Web. Multimedia. Language. Hearing. Reading. Speech.
PISCES Money. Property. Charity. Possessions. Salary. Debt. Banks. Savings.
THE STRANGE MOVEMENT OF VENUS RETROGRADE IN PISCES AND ARIES – 2017
If your personal birth chart reveals Pisces or Aries factors at these degrees, you’ll be strongly affected.
Normally we wouldn’t really care about a complicated relationship that goes back and forth, but because Venus is also alongside Uranus (revolutionary change and independence) in Aries, it looks as if March, April, May will be particularly important in deciding how fast and far the changes will happen, and how smoothly. If you have Aries factors at 1-13 then this is personal; it’s about the way you look or appear to the world. If you’re on a diet to lose weight with a female counsellor, she may go back and forth with you, or you may find your weight loss goes backwards and forwards. That’s one example. Another one is your profile as a single or married man. If you have Aries 1-13 factors then a woman/women may stall that with you.
Pisces factors at 26, 27, 28, 29 degrees are also important in your birth chart. This is about what you cover up and hide. It is about classified and confidential concerns. It is about any invisible role you play behind the scenes where others are the name or face and you are submerged from view. Again, what we seem to have here is a woman/female influence taking you backwards and forwards.
Including the pre and post shadow periods, what we have is this time-frame:
Venus Retrograde in Pisces and Aries 2017 – Diary Dates
Venus (complicated relationships, female influence) crossed 26 to 29 Pisces from 30th January to 3rd February. She then repeats herself from April 3rd to 28th. Venus does the same complicated dance in the sign of Aries, from February 4th right through to May 19th.
One way to check is to look back at the headlines of your life (see lists, above) and note what was going down in February in both areas of your life. Complicated relationships? Female/s in the picture? Nothing resolved yet? Tick, tick, tick. Please allow even more time for these connections to play themselves out. If you are a Premium Member you may also want to read more about Venus in your ebooks.
WHAT VENUS RETROGRADE MEANS IN ASTROLOGY
It’s pretty much what you’d expect. When she’s moving normally, Venus coincides with important affairs, or crucial phases in existing marriages or relationships. When she’s not all tied up with the male-female dance of intimacy, Venus is usually the star of the show when there is female-to-female jealousy. Venus loathed competition from other women. Thus, her reputation for complicated relationships – they are not necessarily about sex between a man and woman, they are sometimes about a mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law. They can also be about a mother’s intense relationship with her own son. I’ll make a note of the important Venus aspects in your weekly and monthly horoscopes for March, April and May (into early June, when the cycle ends) so you can track what’s going on. I’ll leave you with another Rubens portrait. This shows her with Adonis.
WATCHING VENUS RETROGRADE IN PISCES – SECRET RELATIONSHIPS, SECRET AFFAIRS
Venus rules complicated relationships, as we’ve seen. These can be with lovers, husbands, sons, or daughters-in-law. What happens when Venus is retrograde, or appearing to travel backwards, in the sign of Pisces? Pisces rules the Twelfth House (secrets) of your personal birth chart. If you happen to have horoscope factors at Pisces 26, 27, 28, 29 (or the other person does) there may be a confidential, classified or clandestine relationship which goes backwards and forwards.
Venus Retrograde, in Pisces or Aries, is a bigger deal than usual in your horoscope – because she is accompanying slow-movig outer planets like Neptune and Uranus, both of which are change-bringers in your life. So the ‘extended play’ of a complicated relationship, either behind the scenes (Venus in Pisces) or directly affecting your image (Venus in Aries) will have a stronger impact than usual. Of course, placed in Aries, Venus Retrograde is front-and-centre. She’s obvious! I’m sure you know that red is the Aries colour. On the ‘women’s strike’ across the world on March 8th, right at the start of Venus Retrograde, the organisers have asked both men and women to wear red that day, in sympathy.
A DAY WITHOUT A WOMAN – VENUS RETROGRADE AND THE WOMEN’S STRIKE 8TH MARCH
If you want to know a real-world example of how astrology works, look at the Wednesday 8th March protest, A Day Without A Woman, where women around the world are going on strike for the day, or wearing red in solidarity. Even the lights on the Statue of Liberty have gone out! If you think about Venus ruling women, and her turning retrograde just as women freeze their lives for 24 hours, you’ll see why a retrograde can result in situations sticking, or standing still, or turning backward. My daily horoscope column for March 8th, 2017 will not appear in solidarity. Please wear red to support us, even if you can’t also go on strike. I guess this is a case of the astrologer making a prediction that she then fulfils…but I hope you understand why your daily column will not appear on March 8th and why it matters.