The function of Venus is to show us what we love and where we place our values. When Venus is placed in an earth sign, Venusian values take on a more material and real manifestation. In a water sign, emotions can highlight the imbalance in relationships and money. But Venus is in Gemini right now which is a mutable air sign. The name of the game with Venus playing in the territory of the trickster is communication, sharing of information, influx of new ideas and shifting thoughts and beliefs. Today the planet traditionally known as The light Bearer turns retrograde. This refers to its apparent motion in the sky. It does not mean the planet moves backwards in actuality, it only appears to! It also appears closer and brighter to us. The concept of - As a above, so below - tells us that how we see the cosmos will mirror the archetypal function in our psyche. So love, peace, beauty, creativity, and relationships all take a bigger more magnified place in our minds and especially because it is in the sign of Gemini, our conscious thought process.
Gemini is fickle, changeable, and sometimes very hesitant to settle on any one idea and so during the Venus Retrograde there, we may decide we like the color green this week but if next week we remember that was the favorite color of our shitty ex partner we may decide to throw away every green tshirt we own. Of course this is a very simple and limited example but this is the way I envision this time period playing out. It begins May 13 and goes until June 24th for a total of 40 days. This idea of 40 days is extremely symbolic. Jesus went into the desert abs fasted for 40 days. Quarantine means 40 days. God forbade the Israelites from entering the Holy Land for 40 years. 40 is the standard number of spaces in a Monopoly board. Most of the Symbolism has something in common, there is a lack or a desire and therefore there is a goal to obtain. In Gemini, this can be a lack of or desire for truth, a lack of knowing where to place our bets, a need for understanding. A desire to be social and communicative. My advice to all of my clients during this time has been: DON’T PICK THE LOW HANGING FRUIT! Take Jesus for Instance, whole point of going into the desert was to connect with his Father God - and that was the goal he aimed for and giving into temptation only would have derailed him.
What is your goal during this time? What are you seeking? Begin today to think about what truth means to you. Begin today to think about your value system in terms of how you communicate. What is the temptation to avoid? What is the low hanging fruit? Maybe it is Facebook likes or the rush you get when you argue with a stranger on the internet. Does that really serve you? Will it serve you to give into the whims of the trickster and act without thinking? Maybe you have come to a realization during this time of isolation and as things seemingly begin to move again you are tempted to go back into the same old hustle and bustle.
My advice here is to be conscious with your words and to be deliberate about the information you allow into your brain. A very welcome way Venus Rx works here is massive amounts of creative inspiration! So create, and to really take advantage of it, get out of your typical way of creating. Try something different and let it be a mirror that informs your own reality. Can you imagine being a musician in the middle of the worst writers block you’ve ever had, and so you pick up a paint brush for the first time and pain something that actually inspires you to write your greatest musical masterpiece? This is the promise of the Venus Retrigrade. Similarly, journaling or writing of any kind can be an extremely helpful tool.
We are being challenged to pay attention and to intellectually consider what we deem important, especially in terms of money and relationships (both friendly and romantic). Do not waste this time on the easy outs or getting lost in cyclical thinking. Put it in a project and let that be a Meditation dedicated to inviting the light to shine and illuminate the things that really deserve your focus, thoughts, and attention.
Author: Mandi Rae Trott
Content creator of Ecstatic Astrology, Mandi, a mother, musicia, and writer, resides in the Heart of Dixie and has a uniquely southern approach to interpreting the patterns of the cosmos.