The basics: A retrograde occurs when a planet appears to be moving backwards from our vantage point here on Earth. It isn't actually moving backwards, it just appears that way. Venus retrogrades about every 1 ½ years for 1 ½ months at a time. When a planet retrogrades, what that planet rules tends to be thrown off, along with what the sign it's retrograding in rules.
This Venus retrograde begins October 5th at 3:04AM ET and ends November 16th at 5:50AM ET. It starts at 10 degrees 50 minutes Scorpio and ends at 25 degrees 14 minutes Libra, entering Libra on October 31st (Halloween!) at 3:41PM ET.
Venus madness! Here she comes. We’ve already dealt with two Mercury retrogrades and a Mars retrograde, so now Venus takes a turn. This retrograde starts in Scorpio, intense, secretive, controlling, manipulative, dominating Scorpio - so here comes the major relationship problems! Scorpio is passionate and intense in love, a little controlling and manipulative at times, and a lot clingy.
Scorpio wants to share all. And so we may see a LOT being shared we don’t care to know! This retrograde likely brings out some secrets, some things that are hidden away in the murky depths, especially since Jupiter is in Scorpio while Venus is retrograde in Scorpio (though the two don’t meet up). Jupiter expands, so a lot of the retrograde issues may get worse in a hurry. Though Jupiter is also Mr. Happy, so he can help us to turn things around faster. BUT both Venus, especially while retrograde, and Jupiter can be prone to laziness, indulgence, and excess, so that is definitely going to be a problem!
Rage, hatred, hostility can also be an issue that gets blown up quickly. We’re quick to fight and we want to force everyone to agree with us, or at least just do things our way and shut up. But that doesn’t work out too well, usually, so we may be creating a lot of unnecessary battles, and could end up losing the battles AND the war! Resist the urge to become violent, not matter how strong the urge is.
We’ll need to work on being more open, and not as stuck as fixed Scorpio wants us to be. Since there can be so much emotionally intense and passionate energy, we’ll need to work on channeling that as productively as possible in positive ways. Take that energy and put it to some good use.
Scorpio rules sex and intimacy, so we may come back around to some old lovers we felt strong physical and emotional connections to. At the same time, existing connections that lack that energy can lose our interest fast.
Scorpio also rules other people’s money - taxes, debts, loans, inheritances, joint finances, business finances - and mutually beneficial projects/ventures, so we can see some financial issues arise in some countries or with some prominent people (hey maybe we finally get those pesky presidential tax returns! Someone’s gotta leak it . . .). We may become aware of some skunky financial dealings that really make us mad.
And Scorpio governs transformations, which includes sex, pregnancy, and death. There could be the passing of a prominent person, the birth of a prominent person (though we may not know it), or we may focus on trying to transform. Transformations may be ones we’ve wanted to try before or failed at and want to try again; and we may try to make them positive, but need to be certain of our motives.
Venus doesn’t spend the entire retrograde in Scorpio though, going back into Libra on October 31st - Halloween! Fitting? Venus naturally rules Libra, so it’s a double-punch for Librans (oh crap that’s me). Libra rules our relationships and connections, so that can get much more focus. We may have a hard time coming together, getting along, making compromising, playing fair, mediating and negotiating, keeping the peace. We have to work on trying to understand each other.
We can see lots of couples breaking up, and lots of others getting back together. Retrogrades don’t often stick though, so they may break up and get back together later, or get back together now and break up later. Enjoy the ride while it lasts?
We may feel out of balance, especially if things seem more chaotic. We may try to bring back peace, bring back diplomacy, bring back civility (we really need that!). The more we get it back, the more decisive we can be. Let’s stay calm and peaceful . . .
Libra usually corresponds to women, so women can be more prominent now, focusing on women’s issues, a prominent woman in particular, or a women’s cause worldwide. (I do wonder how all of this impacts our elections here in the U.S.!)
Libra is also often tied to justice and the law, and Jupiter is going to move into Sagittarius (ruler of the law) while Venus is retrograde in Libra. So we may see some important legal developments or developments impacting the justice system in some way.
At the start of the retrograde, Venus will be square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) Mars in Aquarius (and this will be exact on October 10th at 10:29PM ET). This greatly increases the more hostile, violent energy at the start of the retrograde, and passions can run way too high. We need to make sure we’re listening, we’re being considerate, and we’re focusing passionate energy into something positive. Use it up, or get suuuper grumpy and frustrated!
During the retrograde, Venus will oppose Uranus (October 31st at 4:45AM ET), sextile (positive aspect, 2 signs away) Saturn (October 24th at 8:52AM ET), conjunct (align with) Mercury (October 15th at 4:21PM ET), conjunct the Sun (October 26th at 10:16AM ET), and trine (positive aspect, 4 signs away) Mars (November 9th at 10:12AM ET). The opposition to Uranus can make for some unexpected and/or sudden changes in relationships and partnerships, and make us crave more independence in our lives and feel a bit restless or rebellious. The sextile to Saturn helps us to be more responsible with others, and we can work on being more considerate and doing things right. The conjunction to Mercury brings focus on our communications, on trying to be more diplomatic, compromising, charming, and fair, and we can say things over again or try to think things through in our relationships. The conjunction to the Sun can shine more of a light on the retrograde developments, and can be a good time for the second chances that retrogrades are often good for. The sextile to Mars can help us to focus passionate energy and take some initiative in more pleasant ways.
Venus retrograde ends not making any aspects, but it ends on the same day Mercury retrograde starts in Sagittarius! Mercury retrograde starts about 2 ½ hours after Venus retrograde ends. Uh, can anyone say craaaaaaazy day??? I’m not sure if something important will happen around this day, but it sure seems possible! Hopefully nothing too crazy . . .
During the retrograde, we’ll have a new moon in Libra (on September 8th) and a full moon in Taurus (on September 24th), which are the signs that Venus naturally rules, and the full moon will be opposite Venus retrograde. The new moon occurs near the start of the retrograde, so we may be more focused on the retrograde energy, and work on trying to make the best of whatever wonkiness we may be enduring. This can also be good energy for the second chance stuff. The full moon is likely much more challenging, and we can be a lot more emotional in relationships and with how we deal with one another, can see the breaking down of relationships, partnerships, negotiations, and compromises, and can lack tact and diplomacy. We can also be super uber extra stubborn and indulgent with the full moon in Taurus. We’ll need to make more of an effort to be flexible and not get stuck.
The Moon is in the sign Venus is retrograde in October 10th (12:09AM ET) to October 12th (5:53AM ET) in Scorpio, and November 4th (4:01AM ET) to November 6th (8:02AM ET) in Libra. These are times when we can be extra focused on the retrograde energy, can feel even more off, and need to work harder at coming together.
Venus is also going to be at a critical degree October 12th - 17th (8-9 degrees Scorpio), and November 6th - 10th (26 degrees Libra). These can be periods of critical energy, but the most important will likely be when Venus is anaretic in Libra October 31st - November 2nd. The anaretic degree is 29 degrees of any sign and a point of crisis energy, and retrogrades crossing over this point usually stimulate some serious challenges! (just look back to when Mars retrograde was anaretic in Capricorn in August). This is a time to watch during the retrograde. Thankfully it’s only a few days!
The retrograde begins at 10 degrees Scorpio, so those of you Scorpions born October 31t - November 6th can feel the start of this retrograde most. The retrograde ends at 25 degrees Libra, so those of you Librans born October 16th - 22nd can feel the end of the retrograde most.
For the rest of you, check the house(s) Venus will be retrograding in of your own natal chart, and any aspects Venus will make during its retrograde to your natal planets, to fully understand how it will impact you personally.
If you’re a Taurus or Libra Sun, Moon, or Rising, you can feel off in a subtle way throughout the retrograde since Venus rules Taurus and Libra.
If you have Venus retrograde in your natal or progressed chart, you may not feel the worst of this. Those individuals generally don't experience the difficulties of the retrograde because it feels more natural to them. Of course, chances are everyone else around them doesn't have the same aspect, so they can still experience difficulties brought on by others.
Suggested Reading: The Mercury, Venus and Mars Retrogrades page for general interpretations