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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 5/8/2012: Venus Retrograde, Part I

As mentioned yesterday, Venus goes retrograde on the 15th at 10:33AM at 23 Gemini. Venus refers to how we need to express ourselves socially. It also refers to women, art, beauty and money; in health matters Venus refers to the belt line area of the body (and internal organs at the belt line, as well as the thyroid and the throat.  Venus also rules copper, which is an important indicator of economic growth in the commodities markets.

In our social interactions, Venus is the sugar that sweetens our needs and demands, facilitating cooperation in relationships. When direct in motion, Venus supports social graces and words like “please” and “thank you”. When retrograde, courtesy and consideration do not come so easily — and relationships suffer the consequences. The image I hold of Venus retrograde is one of those old-fashioned sardine cans — the ones where you had to use a key to open them. Roll back the lid of the sardine can and there you have it: stinky fish exposed, for all to see. There’s no hiding that smell!

Venus retrograde offers a relationship, material or aesthetic challenge wherever Venus is traveling in your horoscope, in this case 7-24 degrees of Gemini. Tried and true connections may be strained, but durable. Less sturdy bonds may snap. All that fishy smell can mess up our aesthetic senses, too. Be very careful about starting a fling with that hot new thing during this time period, lest ye awake in a month or so with buyer’s remorse — or worse — the horrible panicked aftermath of a coyote date. This applies to all partnerships, not just romantic ones.

Don’t believe me? Just ask the voters who put those Tea Party rock stars in office in the November 2010 elections, despite the suggestions posted in this forecast (search the archives) that they might live to regret it. In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker faces a recall election; governors in at least five other states have rankled voters with their “bullying tactics”.

Exercise caution in matters of decor, too. If you’re planning on redecorating, you hopefully have your colors picked out now, rather than during Venus retrograde. Putting in an offer on a new home? The value of the home may be inflated; make sure you’re not paying too much. Look under the rugs, kick the tires — make sure you’re not seduced by surface charm covering up so much….stinky fish.

So what good can come out of Venus retrograde? Artistic and creative projects you abandoned may be ripe for a second chance at completion. Review your handling of financial matters; perhaps there is room for some REorganizing and REstructuring (the RE refers to the REtrograde). You may find yourself REconsidering the value of all of your relationships between May 15th and June 28th, but there’s no pressure to make a major leap forward or break until Venus moves forward again.

More on Venus retrograde later. As for today, Moon in high-flying Sagittarius gets off to a self-indulgent start, opposed by loving Venus at 10:39AM ET…then settles down and gets serious, courtesy of an easy connection to Saturn at 12:58PM ET…wrapped up with another easy communicative connection between mental Mercury and Moon at 9:43PM ET. Got something you’d like to talk about it? If heavy emotions are involved, blame ruthless Pluto’s continuing obsessive connection with Venus.

After a half hour void, Moon moves into “make it happen” Capricorn at 10PM ET, setting a dynamic tone for Wednesday.

More anon.