WHO DO YOU LOVE?
Venus, whose archetypal energies help us to identify that which we truly value, stops her backward motion today and begins to move forward once again — in the creative sign of Leo.
Venus remains under Leonine influence until October 8, when she continues her zodiacal journey into the sign of Virgo.
Since July 31 — the day Venus stationed retrograde and appeared to move backward in the heavens — reports abound of closet purgings, sightings of ex-lovers and friends, and perhaps some paying down of debt or at least the understanding that one must get a better handle on one’s finances.
So what was up when Venus (which archetypally represents beauty, harmony, peace, and all that we consider of value) retrograded back through the fiery creative sign of Leo — the sign of individual creativity and the archetype of children and romance as well?
Well, her retrograde period asked us to reevaluate and redefine all that we formerly thought had value in our lives — by paying close attention to the specific areas of creativity, romance, and children…
Every Venus retrograde period — which happens approximately once every two and a half years — coincides classically with several different themes.
Specifically, this planet’s rulership of Taurus concerns our relationship to pleasure (of the body and the five senses, i.e., what gives us pleasure.)
Her rulership of Libra is bound up with partnerships and whether they are fair, balanced, & peaceful. This includes partnerships of all kinds — significant other, family, friends, colleagues, bosses, etc., and whether or not we feel whole without such partners (i.e., what value these partners bring into the relationship!)
WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?
While retrograde in the sign of Leo, we were asked to reevaluate how we value our own sense of creativity, and then how we might best use our own inherent creative energies to experience true JOY in our lives…
This joy might come to us from our partnerships, the pleasures of one or all of our five senses, from our children, sports & recreation, and/or art, music, dance, film, photography, sculpture, writing, and anything else that moves us into a creative space…
In short, anything that allows us to revel in our abandon for the sheer pleasure of experiencing JOY…
Venus rules that which we consider both beautiful and pleasurable. This is what we then consider to be of value.
WHO NEEDS A HEART WHEN A HEART CAN BE BROKEN?
When Venus retrogrades, sometimes this period returns to us those whom we formerly valued in the guise of an old lover or friend looking us up and wanting to reestablish a connection.
When this happens, we are tasked with rethinking this person’s value in our life.
Perhaps it’s for the purpose of more consciously (now that we’ve gained distance from our emotions — be they positive or negative — about this person) reassessing this person’s true role in our life.
Did we experience this relationship because we had something to learn? If so, what was that? Did we learn it?
Maybe the partnership ended sadly or badly, and we now get the opportunity to reexamine our role in this break up.
Any loss in the financial area during this Venus retrograde in Leo might signify that a reassessment is in order of whether or not questing after material gain or possessions truly brings us joy.
If we consider money and possessions to be the most beautiful things in the world — regardless of the reasons why — then this is what we seek to attract into our lives.
If we value the love of another more, then we’ll quest after that love…
However, the truth is that placing value on external persons or objects (including money!) merely obscures one’s true soul purpose.
And what’s that purpose?
To ensure that your heart may never be broken!
By choosing whether to love yourself first or not…
By choosing what brings you joy through your own strong connection to your internal, inherent, creative self, you ensure that you’re the most valuable and precious person in your life…
By bringing to yourself your own happiness, which you find in the easy, effortless, pleasurable act of creation, which, in turn, strengthens your bond of love to yourself…
Venus knows this is the only way to fully experience the gifts she has to offer. Her retrograde period — this time in Leo — was merely a reminder that it was time to pause and check back in with your higher self!
Now that Venus is moving forward again, take stock of what you’ve learned and go back to creating with reckless abandon (whatever that means to you!)
After all, this is the highest and best expression of what you were born to be and do…