Every eight years, Venus, the planet of harmony and beauty takes a prolonged trip into the Underworld of Scorpio, where everything she stands for — from money to social skills to femininity — comes into question.
As she goes deeper, she leaves behind her jewels, her silks, her satin slippers, her smile, her silver laughter – until she is down to muscle and bone, gracile and strong.
But there’s more to this retrograde than a trip down below – and this is critical. After weeks in Scorpio, she goes back even further into her own sign Libra, where she will also spend a four weeks, the whole of November, reviewing just what makes her strong – beauty, harmony, charm.
Venus in Scorpio
9 September 2018 — October 31
5 October –– Venus stations retrograde 10’50° Scorpio
Venus in Libra
31 October –– 2 December
16 November –– Venus stations direct 25’10° Libra
Venus in Scorpio
2 December 2018 — 7 January 2019
So we have already experienced a big chunk of Venus in Scorpio. Since she normally spends three weeks or so in a sign, you can see why this is an emphatic energy. And frankly, you don’t need an astrologer to point out some of the events in the news that one could associate with Venus in Scorpio.
When she is in this sign, Venus becomes a she-warrior, and she often has to be brave, learning from her own experience of emotional trauma.
This year we are also at the tail end of Jupiter’s journey through this same sign — a sign which is also about trauma, memory and, eventually emotional healing. So Jupiter has put a magnifying glass over some of those memories, helped, of course, by Pluto in Capricorn.
Scorpio is also the sign that rules the genitals – to be absolutely blunt about it. You see the connection with allegations about past sexual conduct (mis and otherwise).
Venus is a planet that concerns herself with social relationships — and desire. Undoubtedly, some of us – particularly those with a lot of Scorpio or Taurus in the chart – will be reviewing relationships. And some of us may be diving a lot deeper, or becoming more intimate.
Venus and Scorpio share another interest: money. Scorpio is about debt, loans, big, big wealth; Venus rules cash, copper, money.
Last time we had this retrograde, “quantitative easing” was in full flow. That is central banks printed money to alleviate the effects of the credit crunch. QE sent stock markets soaring — and circumvented a total meltdown of the economies in Europe and North America. However, you may ask yourself whether that just kicked the can down the line, so the garbage has to be swept up later. Like, say, around now? Also, Jupiter was in Pisces in those days, and Saturn was in “balance those books” Libra. Now Jupiter is in Scorpio…
When she’s in Scorpio, can Venus turn shit into silver, a sow’s ear into a silk purse or muck into brass? Can she turn a black hole of debt into fairytale copper coins? At some point in every fairytale those coins go back to being cold dust or whatever…
I’m not a financial astrologer, but it seems possible that there may be a “correction” in the next six weeks. In any case, on a personal note, it’s not a bad idea to take a look at your own books. This is especially pertinent, because Venus’ re-entry into Libra could help bring some balance to your personal exchequer. And it’s definitely wise to be careful about what you buy.
And on that note, it’s worth looking at exactly where this retrograde falls in your chart. This is considered quite a signficant part of the entire Zodiac. This is the Via Combusta, “Burning Way“, which was ascribed all kinds of nasty by the ancient astrologers. It runs, depending on which source you trust, from around mid-Libra to mid-Scorpio. However, as is often the case with Medieval astrology, what was considered bad, deviant or just plain wrong then, is often a place of female power. This makes this an exceptionally potent part of the Venus cycle.
She moves from traditionally a most uncomfortable sign, to a most comfortable one. From anger to harmony — and then back to anger again when she goes back into Scorpio in December. But by the time that she enters that second Scorpio tour (from December 2), she will have gained some experience and some wisdom — and possibly some ammunition. She will be a warrior with plenty of arrows in her quiver, and copper in her purse.