We’re past the New Moon, slowly coming out of the car wash. Currently the Moon is in Virgo, moving to a sextile with the Sun, while the Sun approaches a trine to Saturn, stabilising a situation you fear is falling apart.
Also, Venus entered Virgo, on July 18, 2015 and will station retrograde in less than a week from now— on July 25, 2015 at 0+ Virgo, for 40 days and 40 nights.
She re-enters Leo at the end of the month on July 31, 2015 just after the Full Moon in Aquarius — Guru Pornima and stations direct on Sept. 6, 2015 when she stations direct at 14+ Leo.
Venus retrogrades occur approximately every year and a half; and occur in the same part of the zodiac once every eight years. So the last time Venus was retrograde in Virgo/Leo was in 2007 and the time before that in 1999, 1991, 1983 and so on. Look back to your life and see if you can recognise emerging themes and patterns. (Or email me and we can do it together.)
As I reflect on my life, at the last Venus retrograde in Virgo/Leo eight years ago in 2007 — the name for Cosmic Diaries was conceived, and the seed for the vision was planted. (About eight months prior I had made the transition from working as an Art Director to a full-time Astrologer.)
What I thought was the “end” of my journey, of finding my “purpose,” turned out to be just the beginning of learning to live it. It’s been a ride; taking me to glorious highs and experiencing divine grace, to the pits of the shadowy abyss, challenging my faith, back again to the center.
As Venus comes around again, there’s a sense of coming full circle, with my relationship to astrology. My experiences re-enforcing what I’ve always known, that astrology is possibly one of the most powerful tools for self-awareness and inner-exploration.
As Venus prepares to stations retrograde in Virgo, there’s likely to be a sense of coming full circle for you too. But no two moments are ever alike and you are not the same. How have you grown, changed and evolved through the years? What would you like to do differently this time?
This transit highlights your relationships and there are likely to be old loves, ghosts and exes coming out of the woodwork, offering a chance for healing and or closure. There’s dirt surfacing, but this is a chance to step out of the wheel, and consciously co-create a new reality with the Universe and change trajectory; rather than unconsciously repeat patterns.
Venus in Virgo wants “purity,” not necessarily in the sense of morality — but integrity. It’s time to clear space and come clean about your desires, relationships, finances, creative process; what is or isn’t working, needs to heal; and then focus on finding solutions and doing the work necessary.
As much as something might seem to be unraveling or falling apart, maybe it needs to, so it can come back together in a way that works or clear space for what does. Try not to be too critical, recognise there is no such thing as perfection, and you can make things a lot easier on yourself and others.
I’ve written about the Venus retrograde in greater detail in the July 2015 Cosmic Weather report. To read how this could manifest for your individual Sun Sign, please read your Cosmic Diaries: Horoscopes for 2015 – 2016 and beyond.. for a detailed interpretation. (I recommend reading both your Sun and Rising sign.)
When we study astrology, we’re studying planetary cycles — possibly the only predictable event/s in the Universe. It is this certainty, that has inspired the curiosity of astrologers and mystics for time immemorial, to turn to the stars as a guiding light and compass in the sea of uncertainty and change that is life.
Venus retrogrades can often come with some sort of a scandal — involving, sex, money, women and other Venusian themes. Incidentally, just today, my friend, astrologer and colleague Michelle Gould, alerted me to the classic Venus retrograde news that broke about the “Ashley Madison” website, which was hacked. It connects people who want to have affairs and this could potentially expose the names and details of 37 million cheating spouses.
This happens as we learn more about Pluto, as images were released, (on the day Mercury-Mars opposed Pluto) bringing us more information about this distant, mysterious “planet;” revealing what appears to be a giant heart on its surface. And I sense, over the coming weeks, we’re about to be unraveling the mysteries the heart, the darker side of love, and of love that’s survived the darkness.
Astrology is a tool for divination. The planets do not control our fate nor direct it, but instead reflect and co-relate with our experiences, revealing the ‘oneness’ and inter-connectedness of all things. You are no different from the planets. They’re an extension of you, as you are of them, all encompassed in One greater reality and whole.
And if you’re patient, persistent and willing to surrender belief, the planets reveal their mysteries to you. Just like life and love…
I am available for Personal Astrology Consultations via phone or Skype. Please visit my Consultation page and email me to schedule an appointment. I look forward to working with you.
I’m also offering a special 60 min reading focusing specifically on the Venus retrograde cycle and how it affects your chart, you, your relationships and finances. You can schedule that at this link below.
Important Personal Note – Help Needed:
With Venus about to go retrograde through my 4th Solar House, not too surprisingly my housing situation for August fell through, so I thought I’d put the word out: I’m looking for temporary housing for the month of August, (possibly September) in the NYC, Hudson Valley area or about in a five hour driving radius.
If anybody knows of any house-sitting opportunities or anyone looking to rent a room — please email me at priya@cosmicdiaries. com. I will be eternally grateful, and happy to offer a free reading for your efforts. Even if you can’t help directly, your wishes are appreciated.
Important Note re: Cosmic Diaries:
I’m also looking for someone who can help me organise and clean up my website, (programming knowledge – huge plus,) as well as assist with administrative tasks. I’m initially looking for help for about 5-8 hours a week. If this is something you or someone you know might be interested in, please email me ASAP; preferably by July 24, 2015.