Here’s what to watch for:
* A change of style, image, or appearance
* Ill-timed or crafted changes of style, image, or appearance
* Value conflicts in relationships
* A change of taste
* Jealousy, betrayal, competition, and underhandedness in relationships
* A loss of mental or emotional stability
* The feminine and the warrior
* Issues or challenges related to sexuality, sexual identity, one’s sexual past or relationship history
* The deterioration of a relationship, contract, friendship, or allegiance
* Secrets or unconscious material coming to the surface
* An ounce of truth weighed as though it is a mountain
* A mountain of truth hidden as though it is an ounce
* Secrets and the unconscious within our relationships
* Desire and passion and the healthy or unhealthy role they play in our relationships
* Something “clean” becoming dirty, ugly, tainted, infected, etc.
* Possessiveness, fear, obsession
* Dark art, the importance of the underworld in literature, art, film, religion, etc.
* Reaping what’s been sown in relationships
* Making external changes to something that you believe will better reflect the inner substance of something
* Vindictiveness or revenge
* Emotional healing within relationships
* Sensitive or charged issues in friendships
* Insatiable desires or longings that burn
Remember, Venus was traditionally called “phosphorus,” or “self-illumined,” and although we can relate Venus to may external features of personal or social beauty, the real spiritual symbolism of Venus has to do with the same self-illumined quality of our spirit/soul, which, when are in touch with, brings harmony to the way we live our lives. So the adornments of Venus, the jewels, flowers, and fragrant oils, are the natural overflow of the goddess who is self-illumined.
Similarly, when we are decorating a home altar with flowers and fragrances, we do so in order to connect with the spirit of divinity. Not surprisingly, Venus was traditionally associated with spiritual piety, temple acolytes, and the adornments of altars. Sometimes we go searching for a makeover in some area of our life, thinking that an external change will make all of the difference, but the truth is that changing the flowers on the altar, without any interest in the divine source we are all connected to, is like dressing up a dead body and pretending it’s alive again. The real gift of this retrograde period is the opportunity we each have to remember and return to soulfulness, to the reality of the self-illumined one within, and by extension our eternal, loving relationship with the self-illumined source of all beings. When we make this the priority, the makeovers we most need in the physical world, whether it’s our relationships, website, or wardrobe, become natural again.
Prayer: Be our most personal makeover. Over and over again.