Venus retrograde
Western Astrology

The Beauty of Venus Retrograde

by Stephanie Gailing December 20, 2013 12:17 PM EST
The Beauty of Venus Retrograde getty images

"Re-evaluate what you value" seems like a great mantra for the next six weeks as Venus lounges in her retrograde cycle. (Venus is retrograde from December 21 to January 31.)

Venus' arena includes the people, places, objects, and experiences we value and treasure. Therefore, given that retrograde periods are a time for slowing down to reflect and nurture inner awareness, this period can be yield some profound new insights into our relationship to relationships, pleasure, beauty, and money, arenas of life that are in Venus' realm.

This isn't to say that this period may be completely smooth sailing and without challenges. After all, it's a time when undiscovered needs and values may emerge; our awareness of them may have us seeing the landscape quite differently, including things we may not have previously noticed, or wanted to notice. What's required in the resolution of a new view and the synthesis of a new awareness could cast a somewhat challenging hue upon this time (notably if we were "fine" with things as just the way they were). Yet, if we can reframe what emerges as gifts, rather than detriments, as important missing pieces discovered rather than superfluous annoyances that arise, we may experience this time as one in which our engagement with and synthesis of hidden treasures allows us to move forward in our lives from a space of more harmony, integrity, and wholeness.

This time period is one where it’s beneficial to turn inward to receive clearer answers to such questions as:

  • What brings me pleasure?
  • What yields me experiences of inner harmony?
  • How can I create more beauty in my life?
  • What truly fulfills me in a relationship?

Share a free sample Year of the Horse Financial Forecast. How will you fare financially during the Year of the Horse? Find out today!


Use these queries of reflection to guide you through this period. As you get insights from a quieter and more intuitive angle during this period, they can serve as great barometers to measure your reactions, attitudes, and motivations.

There are many flower essences that seem well suited for the Venus retrograde period, those that can address different aspects of the issues that may come forth. I offer you three examples here—Impatiens, Buttercup, and Pretty Face. See if any of them resonate with you as elixirs to help you to more gracefully navigate this time. (Flower essences are made from flower-infused water and work energetically to restore emotional and mental balance. You can find them in natural food stores or holistic pharmacies.)

Impatiens: Retrograde periods are a time for going slow and reflecting, rather than taking full-on outer-directed action. And yet, culturally we're more used to doing than being, acting than contemplating, and so this patient approach may be challenging for many. If you need support slowing down and waiting, harmonizing with the more yin-like rhythm that is infused in the retrograde period, consider Impatiens flower essence.

Buttercup: Venus retrograde is often a time when we learn more about how (dare I say, whether) we treasure ourselves. If you find that your heart and mind are bursting with inner dialogues of minimal self worth and that it's challenging to affirm your sense of value, consider Buttercup flower essence. It can help us connect to the radiant light that shines within, nurturing our confidence that we are a great asset, one replete with inner gold.

Pretty Face: In a society bombarded with commercialized ideals of glamour and youth, the emphasis on looking a certain way may be a source of deflation and emotional debilitation for many. Given that Venus is yielding a new vantage point on this arena during her retrograde period, our negative stories about our individual beauty may become quite loud/apparent during this time. Pretty Face flower essence encourages us to move our attention away from the external as the arbiter of beauty, allowing us to connect to the radiant sense of inner beauty that we all have, accepting ourselves in a deeper and richer way.

DISCLAIMER: This information should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health condition or disease and is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or healthcare provider.

 

 
Find your path to fulfillment with a Free Psychic Reading. Call 1-800-749-5790 right now!
 
Can't get enough astrology? Icon fb Like us on Facebook!
 
you may also be interested in...
Will Michael Strahan Get Back with Nicole?
This Week's Horoscopes: Find Your Balance
Is Marisa Tomei Back to Stay?
Brooklyn Beckham & Chloe Grace Moretz: TLF?
This Week's Horoscopes: Gentle Yet Powerful
Oprah & Spielberg: Dynamic Duo Forever?
Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult Over: Why?
What's Next for Michael Strahan?
Full Moon Medicine: This Week's Horoscopes!
Happy Birthday, President Obama!
related articles
Love is the Cat's Meow as Venus & Jupiter Join in Leo!
Love is the Cat's Meow as Venus & Jupiter Join in Leo!

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." --... read more »

 
Feelings Run Deep as Venus in Cancer Trines Saturn in Scorpio
Feelings Run Deep as Venus in Cancer Trines Saturn in Scorpio

The first week of August brings us back to the emotional depths we experienced back in June, so prepare to go as deep as you... read more »

 
Open-hearted Communication as Mercury Enters Leo
Open-hearted Communication as Mercury Enters Leo

After a long Mercury retrograde phase in June, the planet of communication has finally finished its trek through the signs of... read more »

 
New astro forecast horse 300x250

featured bloggers

Kosmic Kelly

Kosmic Kelly
A full-time astrologer and writer since 2002, Kelly offers astrology chart consults to individuals, couples and families around the globe. You can read Kelly's columns, articles and horoscopes in a variety of international magazines, including the... read more

Astrology.com videos
3725049573001
3725057820001
3725070187001
3725070187001
3725064840001
3725064920001
3725062913001
3725070199001
3725064924001
3725057836001
3725070193001
3725057839001
3725111896001
ast:div-chinese:vid:asdhlovescope
 
today's cosmic calendar
Today's Planetary Forecast

This the third day in a row where celestial high jinx appear to have the upper hand relative to favorable sky... read more »

the stars this week!
The Stars This Week

Mixed Messages! With so many confusing situations and people who keep changing their minds, make sure you take care of... read more »