Beneficial Thought: How to Navigate the Waters of Venus Retrograde

Posted on October 04, 2018

Venus will enter its 2018 retrograde cycle on October 5th in the sign of Scorpio and will turn direct exactly 40 days later on November 15th in the sign of Libra. This means we all have 40 days to review, re-evaluate, and renew our relationships.

Venus, the Goddess of Beauty & Love

Venus is what we call an inner planet as its orbit takes about 225 days to complete a full circle through the zodiac. This means it spends approximately 20 days in a particular sign and is never more than 2 signs away from the Sun.

Venus rules 2 signs and 2 houses of the zodiac, Taurus and the Second House, and Libra and the Seventh House. Taurus represents the inner qualities of Venus, such as our personal values and desires. Libra represents the outer qualities of Venus, such as our passion for relationships and connection.

The expression of Venus in our everyday life shows up in many ways. We all have certain Venus personality traits that express beauty and love in a unique manner.

Common expressions of Venus:

  • Harmony
  • Affection
  • Love
  • Beauty
  • Sociability
  • Creativity
  • Flirtatious
  • Self-indulgence

What to Expect with Venus Retrograde in Scorpio

Scorpio is a powerful sign as it is ruled by Pluto, the planet of death, rebirth, and transformation. Scorpio represents the deep inner workings of our soul. The persistent detective, searching for a greater meaning and purpose behind all painful experiences in our life.

When Venus is in Scorpio, love and relationships take on a new meaning. Relationships are no longer just surface level. We desire more from our relationships at this time. We look for connections that are more than physical attractions, we want soulful connections.

Venus retrograde in the sign of Scorpio takes this just one step further inward. This transit will bring profound transformation in what we value and how we relate to others. This is a time to examine the role relationships play in your life. How much power you use to control others and how much power you give up.

Use the energy of this transit to open up to something greater than yourself and allow for your heart to connect without fear or judgement. You may experience past relationships resurfacing or common themes of those playing a role in your current relationship. This is important to note as it is showing you what work needs to be done in order to open up to a greater kind of love. What do you need to release and what do you need to focus on? Only your heart knows that, but it might look something like this:

What to release during this Venus in Scorpio retrograde:

  • Jealousy
  • Possessiveness
  • Obsession
  • Hidden feelings
  • Manipulative behaviours

What to focus on during Venus in Scorpio retrograde:

  • Unconditional love
  • Self-control
  • Creativity
  • Emotional self-expression
  • Releasing the past
  • Deeper meanings of love


While Venus is retrograde in the sign of Scorpio, there is an intensity to heal from your past in order to open up to a love greater than you have ever known. This is the unconditional love of self and others. We won’t have a Venus retrograde next year, so do the work now.

Astrology transits have a purpose and so do you. Love and relationships are some of our greatest teachers, if we open our eyes and hearts to the lessons.

Related Article: A Guide to Astrology Signs & Planetary Retrogrades

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