We are already in the shadow of the coming Venus retrograde on 6 October and things are about to get interesting. Much of this retrograde is going to see Venus dance back through the first decan of Scorpio before she enters Libra on Halloween for an other two weeks of Rx motion before stationing direct on 16 November.
If you are familiar with the decan designations in the Golden Dawn tradition, you will know that 1st decan Scorpio is the decan corresponding with the 5 of Cups (Mars in Scorpio). The Tarot card corresponding with the 3rd decan Libra is the 4 of Swords (Jupiter in Libra).
Venus herself shows up in the Major Arcana as The Empress Tarot card. The Empress, like Venus, is all about love, harmony, beauty and abundance when she is upright. When Venus is in retrograde motion she behaves like the moody and chaotic reversed Empress who can be seductive, manipulative, and vengeful.
Apparently, Venus is the planet with the least amount of total time spent in retrograde motion and perhaps this make it extra important to pay attention when it does happen. Just like Jesus spent 40 days in the desert, so a Venus retrograde lasts for approximately 40 days… and yes, we are about to be tried, tested and tempted.
Now is the time to come up with a plan for how to deal with ex’s crawling out of the woodwork or that tempting offer from a charismatic but probably narcissistic lover… You know that you know that it will only end in tears anyway because you’d be revisiting old patterns as well as possibly old ‘acquaintances.’
If you work with the Tarot, now might also be a good time to prepare for this retrograde by meditating with the 5 of Cups to divine what this retrograde might bring and what needs to be released. Some of the keywords for the 5 of Cups are loss, grief, regret, sorrow, wanting revenge, obsession, focusing on the past, and ‘crying over spilled milk.’
Read more about the upcoming Venus Rx on Darkstar Astrology.
Venus Retrograde 2018 Tarot Spread
- Venus – How this Venus retrograde can help me find more beauty in my life
- 1st decan Scorpio – What I must let go of or transform in order to find more beauty
- 3rd decan Libra – Which area of my life is in most need of beauty and harmony
I hope you will share your reading for the coming Venus retrograde in the comments!