VENUS ENTERS LIBRA AS URANUS STATIONS RETRO IN TAURUS
Needing to find a balance as we process the changes….
Venus enters one of its home signs on the 7th of August and will remain there the 9th of September. Some keywords for Libra might be: impartial, balanced, diplomatic, charming, tasteful, indecisive, flirtatious, peaceable and compromising.
In Libra, Venus tends towards compromise and harmony in relationships but it also has problems deciding who and what it really desires or if it’s even worth rocking the boat and making a choice.
Venus will make the following aspects during its stay in Libra:
10th August: square retrograde Saturn at 3° – feeling lonely or destitute may be part of the picture
27th August: square retrograde Pluto at 19° – feeling the power of love or losing your control over it
8th September: square Mars (now direct and no longer OOB) at 29° – sex bomb, sex bomb, you’re my sex bomb!
On the same day as the Venus ingress, Uranus starts his yearly, five-month retrograde period at 2°34’ Taurus (the other sign ruled by Venus). The retrograde period will end with the planet at 28° 36’ Aries on the 6th of January 2019.
Some keywords that might be associated with Taurus are: stubborn, practical, enduring, patient, placid and steadfast. Taurus is associated with the 2nd house in traditional astrology and so closely connected with our assets, allies, values and self-esteem. Taurus also regards tactile sensations, bodily needs, food and farming among other things.
Uranus on the other hand can be described as inventive, innovative, eccentric, unpredictable, reactive, mental and restless. It rules inventors, technicians, research, rebellion, freedom and democracy (for some it also rules astrologers having overridden its younger brother Mercury in this).
When planets go retrograde they interiorize their characteristics. So what might we expect from this retrograde period? It will most affect those with planets in the early degrees of the Fixed (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) signs and then proceed to affect those in the late Cardinal degrees (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn.
Well, first of all, it will impact the house it is travelling through (and the house where it is to be found in your natal chart plus the house/s ruled by Uranus). Uranus in transit direct might be experienced as a disruption in the natural affairs of the house, a sort of “going against the flow” due to un-thought of or unforeseen conditions or circumstances that suddenly arise.
The retrograde period could give some kind of respite and put you more in contact with your soul purpose and your needs for personal freedom and expression…a time of processing that allows you to regroup and assimilate changes that have appeared suddenly and that are sometimes unwanted or seemingly unnecessary and often painful. There may be a gleaning of new insights that might help you reform certain attitudes and patterns of which you were previously unaware so that you can transition them without too much upset or confusion.
The important point is not be too fixed or stagnant (or too inconsiderate when it backs into Capricorn) in the areas of the house where the planet is transiting, avoiding, where possible, to resist change since Uranus retrograde is really asking us to look below the surface of matters and to see them with true objectivity as soon as they are brought to our attention by outer events.
Mars will again make a square aspect to retrograde Uranus on the 9th of September at 1° – let’s tread carefully around this date if we have planets in the early Fixed signs.
The Sabian symbol for the Uranus station at 3° Taurus: “Natural steps lead to a lawn of clover in bloom”. Indicating the gradual expansion of the individual consciousness after a fecundating experience.
For the antiscion point at 28° Leo: “Many little birds on a limb of a big tree: “ Indicating a wide, and perhaps confusing, openness to a multiplicity of inspiring possibilities.
Enjoy, or not!
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 72 and 148, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
Tierney B. (1983) “Dynamics of Aspect Analysis”, Chapter 10, Retrograde Planets, pp 230-237, CRCA Publications, Sebastopol, CA, USA