JAMIE PARTRIDGE: “New Moon 26 April 2017 — The Dark Side”

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The New Moon on Wednesday April 26, 2017 is at 6° Taurus. The New Moon April 2017 astrology exposes some dark and sinister energies that are often associated with strong leaders and dictators. The new moon fixed stars and planetary alignments make it easy to identify and understand your inner dark side.

The April 2017 new noon allows you to make sense of the strange invisible energies working away inside you. Shining a light on your dark side can lead to a positive transformation and liberation from guilt, fear and shame.

New Moon Meaning

A new moon marks the beginning and end of the 28 day lunar cycle. Sun conjunct Moon gives an invigorating burst of energy and initiative. This is an excellent time for making a fresh start, turning over a new leaf or starting any new project.

All possibilities are on the table as you put yourself at the center of plans for your future. Old habits, behaviors and beliefs can be questioned as you search for new and inventive ways to make progress.

The influence of the April 26 new moon lasts for four weeks up to the May 25 new moon. The best time for making a fresh start and for beginning new projects is during the first two weeks of this new moon cycle. This waxing phase of the Moon lasts from April 26 to the May 10 full moon.

New Moon April 2017 Astrology

The April 26 new moon at 6°27′ Taurus makes no planetary aspect at all. There are two fixed stars just ahead of the new moon that have a sinister reputation. There is also a very strong planetary alignment at the time of the new moon which can transform demons into angels.

Fixed star Hamal at 7°53′ and fixed star Schedir at 8°00′ Taurus are both associated with strong, protective leaders. A lust for power can make them cruel and violent dictators. Although headstrong and aggressive, they slowly work their way to the top using cunning and patience. Inside a generous and loving family man can lie a killer instinct and demonic powers. Evil associates, egomania, overindulgence and love affairs can lead to trouble, loss and disgrace.

New Moon April 2017 Astrology

New Moon April 2017 Aspects

The influence of the fixed stars is amplified by the new moon and felt by everyone. Even if these stars are not active in your birth chart, everyone has their inner demons or little dictator to contend with. In a similar manner, it does not matter that the following aspects do not link directly to the new moon. We all feel them to some degree just as we all feel the new moon to some degree.

Mercury conjunct Uranus gives flashes of insight and higher awareness of your inner demons. This electrifying influence on your brain makes this an ideal time for any mental or creative work requiring originality. Increased open-mindedness and intuition make it easier to grasp concepts and abstract ideas. The things you discover will surprise you and unexpected news may come your way.

Mercury trine Saturn gives disciplined thinking, good concentration and attention to detail. It makes the abstract concepts from Uranus more tangible and easy to apply in real life. Saturn will also tone down the shocking nature of some Uranus insights. This is a good new moon for making important decisions and for serious discussions, negotiations and business dealings.

Saturn trine Uranus represents a transition phase in life. This is the ideal time to make positive changes in your life because they should run smoothly. Change will not be upsetting or erratic as it sometimes can. You will remain calm and patient, planning every step methodically. This is also a good time for experimentation and creative self-expression.

New Moon April 2017 Summary

The April 26 new moon aligns with two nasty fixed stars that are associated with dictators and the dark side. The major planetary configuration this year, Saturn trine Uranus, is activated by the messenger Mercury. This brings stunning insights and understanding which will lead to a positive transformation.

Revealing your inner demons will be very liberating. Shining light on such dark and sinister energies makes them weaker. Discovering and accepting your dark side can lead to a rapid and positive transformation. This reduction in negative karma will relieve you of guilt, shame, self loathing and fear.

If New Moon April 2017 directly impacts your horoscope decan you can read about its effect in your monthly horoscope. For more detail about how it affects your natal chart see Sun Transits.

Previous Moon Phase: Full Moon 11 April 2017
Next Moon Phase: Full Moon 10 May 2017

New Moon April 2017 Times and Dates

Los Angeles – April 26 – 5:16 am
New York – April 26 – 8:16 am
London – April 26 – 1:16 pm
Delhi – April 26 – 5:46 pm
Sydney – April 26 – 10:16 pm
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JAMIE PARTRIDGE: “Mercury Retrograde April 2017 — Heart or Mind”

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Mercury retrograde April 2017 starts on April 9 at 4° Taurus and ends on May 3 at 24° Aries.

Mercury retrograde April 2017 will cause some confusion and indecision about very serious matters. If problems with love or money are the issue then your options will be severely restricted.

You may be subject to intense pressure to choose between your heart and your mind. Mercury retrograde from April 9 to May 3 is not a good time for final decisions so hold out if you can. Mercury direct from May 3 to 20 brings clear insight and exciting new opportunities.

Before I go into more detail about Mercury retrograde April 2017, I will talk about what it means to have Mercury retrograde in your natal chart then the general meaning of Mercury retrograde in transit.

Mercury Retrograde Meaning

Natal Mercury retrograde means there was a problem with how you thought and communicated in a previous life. Perhaps you gave someone bad advice that had critical repercussions, or were prone to making costly mistakes. Maybe you wrote slanderous material about someone in a book or newspaper, or verbally teased and abused people.

Whatever the circumstances of the previous significant incarnation, you come into this life with those bad memories etched in your soul. You probably don’t recognize them as memories but as déjà vu or unexplained guilt. Especially when young, there can be a repeating theme of challenging events related to your past.

The aim of Mercury retrograde in your birth chart is for you to perfect those areas of thought and communication which once let you down. As your communication skills improve with experience, your karmic debt will be repaid and you can get off the roundabout.

Mercury retrograde in your natal chart can show as learning difficulties, especially with reading, writing and comprehension. You may be a shy, quite person whose thoughts have turned inward. Hesitant to speak up for yourself, you may miss out on many opportunities in life. This difficulty in expressing yourself can make you feel awkward in company and lead to low self-esteem. You may experience teasing or verbal abuse, be nagged and criticized, or fall victim to slander and lies. Contracts may also cause problems and like so many things, lead to complications further down the track.

Mercury retrograde only last for about three weeks so Mercury is going to turn direct at some stage in your progressed chart (where one day equals one year). After a couple of years you will notice that your communication style improves and you can express yourself more freely. However, the opposite can also occur and someone with Mercury direct in their natal chart may experience progressed Mercury retrograde later in life. I experienced this from age 13 to 37 and it was very profound. I even stopped reading books.

If you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart then you can expect to make more rapid progress during transits of Mercury retrograde.

Transiting Mercury retrograde is a regular cycle occurring three or four times a year for about 24 days. While this is more frequent than any other planet, Mercury is still only retrograde 19% of the time. This is far less than Jupiter outwards, but more than Venus and Mars.

The Mercury retrograde phase is just one part of the Mercury retrograde cycle. The whole cycle includes Mercury going direct, retrograde, and direct again over the same degrees, or the retrograde zone. The two direct phases are called the shadow periods.

Mercury retrograde is associated with communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays and lost items. There is a feel of a difficult Mercury–Saturn aspect about Mercury retrograde. You can also expect to dwell on things, reminisce about the past, or unexpectedly meet up with people from your past. While the Mercury retrograde period may be good for flicking through old photo albums, it is generally considered more of a nuisance than a benefit.

Mercury retrograde can play havoc with your thoughts, communications, travels and electronics. Take extra care with your words and try not to react too quickly in any arguments or if provoked. Take some time out if you start to feel overwhelmed by the hectic pace. Double-check all of your emails and posts on Facebook before hitting the send button.

Business negotiations will be in a state of flux during Mercury retrograde so avoid signing contracts. Some important details will not yet be available, and other parties may not be reliable or honest. If going on a road trip then make sure you get your car serviced beforehand.

The riskiest times for decision-making, negotiations, communication and transport are the few days either side of the exact retrograde and direct stations. However, care should still be taken during the whole retrograde period.

Mercury Retrograde April 2017

March 27, 2017, Mercury enters shadow zone at 24°15′ Aries.

From now until when Mercury stations retrograde is called the first shadow period. During this phase you will get an idea of the thinking, communication or transport issues that may be of concern during the retrograde phase. [See Chart]

April 9, 2017, Mercury stations retrograde at 4°50′ Taurus.

Stationary Mercury retrograde at 4°50′ Taurus makes only one significant aspect as shown in the chart below. Moon quincunx Mercury is the major influence on Mercury retrograde April 2017. A weak trine to North Node and a fixed star conjunction add very little to the quincunx.

Moon quincunx Mercury creates some confusion around thinking and decision-making. The problem is knowing whether to trust your heart or your mind. Mercury is the rational mind while Moon is the emotional heart. This can show as hesitation, unreliability, confusion or disinterest.

If you feel balanced and not stressed about making a decision, you will naturally think with your head. An example of this Mercury decision-making process would be chosing between two apples to eat.

If you are emotionally attached to either option or feel pressured in some way, you are more likely to think with your heart. An example of this Moon decision-making process would be chosing a birthday present for your mother.

The trick is to take a little bit of this and a little bit of that. A balanced approach brings the best results. However, that’s easier said than done with Mercury retrograde. The chart below also reveals a number of challenging red aspects and more retrograde planets. These additional challenges reinforce the need to play it safe, especially in relationships.

Mercury Retrograde April 2017

Venus square Saturn reinforces the need to defer major decisions about your love life and finances. It can add stress to intimate relationships due to negative feelings, distance or other relationships problems. Most of these hindrances will stem from your own fears or criticisms, but you may face the same from others.

Venus retrograde means your love life enters a fated period. Giving and receiving love and affection becomes more difficult. Old friends or lovers may reappear or you may relive past life experiences in order to sort out karmic issues.

Saturn retrograde is a double dose of karma. If you have been bad in the past, then at a certain predestined time, an event will occur to teach you a lesson. If you been good in the past, then at a predestined time, an event will occur to reward you for your good deeds.

The T-Square aspect pattern involving Sun, Jupiter and Pluto indicates a lot of pressure being placed on you to make important decisions. Ego’s will be on the line leading to threats, intimidation and ruthless behavior.

Sun opposite Jupiter brings opportunities for success, good fortune and increased happiness. However, letting any good fortune go to your head can result in loss, embarrassment and a lowering of self-esteem.

Sun square Pluto increases your need to be in control, but can also lead to ego conflicts with powerful people or authority figures. A crisis or conflict makes for an intense experience or destructive behavior.

Jupiter square Pluto brings an intense drive to reach the top. Success, power and influence are all possible but without some care there will be a price to pay. Ruthless determination, greed and corruption may get you there quicker or make you richer but at what cost?

Mercury retrograde is already a risky time for making important decisions. The numerous challenges mentioned above increase the risk of making the wrong decision. Playing for extra time during Mercury retrograde April 2017 is advised. At the very least, get a second opinion on any business negotiations, contacts, plans and most especially love relationships.

May 3, 2017, Mercury stations direct at 24°15′ Aries.

This second shadow period lasts until Mercury leaves the retrograde zone on May 20. Areas of life that were a major focus during the Mercury retrograde 2017 phase can now be worked on.

Mercury direct joins Uranus and forms a wonderful grand trine aspect pattern. The depressing life obstacles of Mercury retrograde April 2017 can now be overcome, resolved or left behind.

Mercury conjunct Uranus stimulates your thinking and adds excitement to your daily interacts and routines. The electrifying influence on your brain makes this an ideal time for any mental or creative work requiring originality. Increased open-mindedness and intuition can lead to flashes of insight and breakthroughs.

Mercury Retrograde 2017

Moon trine Saturn gives the patience and emotional strength to handle sensitive or difficult relationship issues. Others may come to you for advice on a personal issue or just for a shoulder to cry on. Traditional values and old habits can bring solutions to new problems.

Moon trine Mercury lets you see things clearly. Your feeling, intuitive side is balanced with your rational thought processes to give acute perceptive skills. You can read others easily and quickly assess any situation. Your are in touch with your own feelings to give sound judgement and decision-making skills.

Mercury trine Saturn is good for studying and catching up on your paperwork and bills. Sustained mental work will not seem so boring at usual. Good concentration and attention to detail means you will not make mistakes. You will get things done neatly and on time.

A grand trine requires conscious effort to unlock the good fortune held within. You cannot rely on lucky breaks to solve your problems. Higher self-awareness of your thought processes is required to let go of karmic baggage. Even if you made wrong choices during Mercury retrograde 2017, you can rapidly turn your life around for the better during Mercury direct.

May 20, 2017, Mercury leaves the shadow zone at 4°50′ Taurus to complete the second cycle of Mercury retrograde 2017. [See Chart]

If Mercury retrograde 2017 affects your decan it will be mentioned in your monthly horoscope. For more detail on how Mercury retrograde aspects your birth chart, see Mercury Transits.

Mercury Retrograde 2017 Dates

December 19, 2016 to January 8, 2017 – 28° Sagittarius to 15° Capricorn
April 9 to May 3, 2017 – 24° Aries to 4° Taurus
August 12 to September 5, 2017 – 28° Leo to 11° Virgo
December 3 to 22, 2017 – 13° to 29° Sagittarius

 

 

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JAMIE PARTRIDGE: “New Moon 27 March 2017 — Mixed Blessings”

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The New Moon on Monday 27 March, 2017 is at 7 degrees Aries.  The New Moon March 2017 astrology is full of contradictions.  Venus with the New Moon brings hope of love and money.  But Venus retrograde brings risk of loss and a broken heart.

The March 2017 New Moon mixed blessings don’t stop with Venus.  Other features of the New Moon horoscope show opportunities for love and success but always with a catch.

The key to handling this complicated New Moon is to choose your options carefully.  Taking the moral high ground is the simplest and easiest way to find peace and love in the weeks ahead.

New Moon Meaning

A New Moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of another new 28 day cycle.  Sun conjunct Moon gives an invigorating burst of energy and initiative.  This is an excellent time for making a fresh start, turning over a new leaf or starting any new project.

All possibilities are on the table as you put yourself at the center of plans for your future.  Old habits, behaviors and beliefs can be questioned as you search for new and inventive ways to make progress.

The influence of the March 27 New Moon lasts for four weeks up to the April 26 New Moon.  The best time for making a fresh start and for beginning new projects is during the first two weeks of this New Moon Cycle.  This waxing phase of the Moon lasts from March 27 to the April 11 Full Moon.

New Moon March 2017 Astrology

The March 27 New Moon falls at 7°37′ Aries.  This is within range of one fixed star and one planet.  The fixed star gives an even mix of good and bad qualities.  The planet Venus is peaceful and loving, but is retrograde so offers mixed blessings as well.

There are two more aspects of influence in the New Moon March 2017 astrology chart shown below.  A definite theme for this New Moon emerges with one of these aspects being harmonious blue while the other is challenging red.

Before looking closer at the star and aspects, my feeling is that the mix of blessings is more positive than negative.  I like the friendly blue aspect hugging the New Moon, as if protecting it from the threatening square aspect in the distance.

New Moon March 2017 Astrology

New Moon March 2017 Star

At 9°23′ Aries, fixed star Algenib is within its 2°00′ orb of influence from the New Moon.  But only by 0°14′, so of moderate influence only.  The even mix of good and bad qualities include a strong will and determination but also misfortune and dishonor.

A New Moon conjunct Algenib gives a fighting spirit and love of learning but risk of dishonor, scandal or trouble through writings.

Both Sun and Moon with this star can affect the health.  If badly aspected or with Mars, Saturn or Uranus, pain or heat would be felt in your head between your nose and upper teeth, including gums and inner ears.

New Moon March 2017 Aspects

New Moon conjunct Venus means your new Moon goals will involve love and money.  Sun conjunct Venus together with Moon conjunct Venus is normally a sign of loving relationships, harmony and peace.  However, a closer look at the New Moon March 2017 astrology chart above shows a red R symbol next to Venus.

Venus retrograde complicates your new Moon goals.  If already in love then an ex-lover arriving on the scene may cause problems.  Instant attraction and whirlwind romances are possible, whether single or married.  Choose your options carefully. Hasty decisions based more on lust than love will only end in sorrow.

You can find true love but some hardship or delay can be expected.  These shared burdens are a sign of fated love and the price you must pay to be together.  Self love, patience and good timing will increase your chance of a loving and lasting relationship.

Mars sextile Neptune increases your sensual desires making this an ideal time for romance.  Your mystic allure will attract people more in tune with your level of spiritual development.  You may even find your soul mate.  Your strong sense of what is right and true will guide you in your actions.

Jupiter square Pluto makes you want to succeed, and succeed big-time.  Success, power and influence are all possible but without some care there will be a price to pay.  Ruthless determination, greed and corruption may get you there quicker or make you more money but at what cost?  Mars sextile Neptune will provide the moral guidance to stay out of trouble if you so desire.

If New Moon March 2017 directly impacts your Sun Sign you can read about its effect in your monthly horoscope.  For more detail about how it influences your natal chart see New Moon Transits.

Previous Moon Phase: Full Moon 12 March 2017
Next Moon Phase: Full Moon 11 April 2017

New Moon March 2017 Times and Dates
Los Angeles – 27 March – 7:57 pm
New York – 27 March – 10:57 pm
London – 28 March – 3:57 am
Delhi – 28 March – 9:27 am
Sydney – 28 March – 2:57 pm
 
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JAMIE PARTRIDGE: “Full Moon 12 March 2017 — Stress Relief”

Full Moon March 2017

The Full Moon on Sunday March 12, 2017 is at 22 degrees Virgo. The Full Moon March 2017 astrology reveals an increase in recent tensions. Stressful relationships between partners and between nations will see a flurry of activity in a desperate search for answers.

The March 2017 Full Moon problems can only be resolved by taking a deep look at the complex issues involved. Intense emotional encounters and psychological analysis can lead to positive transformations on the way to peace and harmony.

Full Moon Meaning

A Full Moon is the Sun opposite Moon which highlights opposing forces or polarities in your life. These can include your ego versus emotions, your work versus home, or what you need versus what you want. Inner tension and external pressures can lead to personal conflict and crises that drain your energy.

The lunar qualities of emotions and instincts reach their peak at a Full Moon. Use you increased emotional strength and intuition to overcome any challenges. Subconscious awareness allows for an objective and balanced look at your personal relationships. You will clearly see any relationship dynamics or negative feelings causing disharmony.

A Full Moon is related to the previous New Moon. Your February 26 Solar Eclipse goals can now be fine-tuned or completed, it is harvest time. However, the effect of eclipses continues for six month so not all goals will be fully completed. Emotional adjustments can be made in response to those new goals. The Full Moon effect lasts for two weeks up to the next new moon, in this case the March 27 New Moon.

Full Moon March 2017 Astrology

The March 12 Full Moon is influenced by three major factors apart from the Sun opposite Moon. Jupiter opposite Uranus connects directly to the Full Moon through minor aspects. At 22°13′ Virgo, the Full Moon also tightly aligns with the major fixed star Denebola (21°51′ Virgo).

Finally, the Full Moon March 2017 Astrology chart below shows a neat rectangular aspect pattern. This stimulating configuration is formed by Jupiter opposite Uranus lying at a 30 degree angle to Sun opposite Moon.

The Full Moon horoscope below also shows a number of minor celestial bodies. Asteroid Pallas Athena and Chiron are with the Sun. Minor planet Eris is with Uranus. I have included these little ones for the more inquisitive students of astrology to ponder.

I have more than enough to ponder deciphering two oppositions, an aspect pattern and a fixed star. I will start by looking at each influence on its own. Combining the three factors to find the Full Moon meaning will be the hard part.

Full Moon March 2017 Astrology

Full Moon March 2017 Stresses

Fixed star Denebola has the planetary nature of Venus and Saturn. It can give either preferment or fall, depending on which planetary nature is stronger. Venus gives a feeling of peace and safety. It can make you noble, daring, self-controlled and generous.

The Saturn character dominates when the Tail of the Lion is pulled. Misfortune and disgrace come when others take advantage of this generous and noble character. It brings despair, regrets, public disgrace, and happiness turned to anger.

Denebola has a special forward-looking attribute. Drawing upon past experience leads to the wise and constructive use of the Lions incredible strength. In mundane astrology it triggers major catastrophes and misfortune from the elements of nature.

Moon conjunct Denebola: Honor and preferment among the vulgar but final disgrace and ruin, violent disease of vital organ, blindness and injuries to the eyes, accidents, losses through servants, domestic quarrels, temporary separation from marriage partner. [1]

Jupiter opposite Uranus greatly increases your need for personal freedom and excitement. You will feel a strong urge to rebel against anything that is stopping you from having fun and doing what you want. A sudden event can release your built up tension and lead to a major change in circumstances. The more restricted you have felt, the more upsetting the change will be.

There is a tendency to totally renew and start afresh. However, the more extreme the change, the harder it is to adjust to the new conditions. This is especially so if a close relationship has been holding you down. Consider also, the financial ramifications of any big change.

The Rectangular Aspect Pattern is called an Irritation or Stimulus Rectangle. [2] The red oppositions create a lot of activity. They make you want to achieve something and reach goals. Sun opposite Moon sees the activity centered on intimate relationships and balancing polarities. Jupiter opposite Uranus exaggerates the differences between partners. The gap between two possibilities becomes more extreme and dramatically increases tension.

The outer green aspects absorb the constant inner tension but rest and relaxation are almost impossible. The high energy never stops and is constantly recharging. You will be thinking up new possibilities. Feeling “on call” all the time can make you very nervous. A permanent state of tension is like always being “on the go”.

The flexible green outer gives the whole structure great stability but also creates a big target. You may be overly defensive to verbal attack. Difficulty communicating will appear as uncertainty and insecurity. You may feel a compulsion to learn in order to alleviate the inner tension. Avoid a tendency to force feed others with your newly gained knowledge.

Full Moon March 2017 Relief

Any blue aspects attached to the Irritation Rectangle will act like a pressure valve to release the build up of inner tension trapped inside. The Full Moon trine Pluto is not shown in the Full Moon March 2017 Astrology chart above. You have to look closer to find it in the aspect table to the left of the chart.

Harmonious blue aspects are weaker than challenging red aspects. The orb of Moon trine Pluto is about three times that of the tense red aspects. This means that the way to find rest and relaxation is not initially obvious. Some irritation and stress must be felt before the blue harmonious state is sought after.

Moon trine Pluto reveals the answers to your problems by increasing your emotional sensitivity and psychic perception. You will feel things more powerfully and are likely to be transformed by your intense emotional reactions.

Someone is likely to move you deeply and have a strong influence on your life. Intense emotional connections may result in new relationships. There would be a strong karmic pull between you and any destiny encounter.

Sun trine Pluto provides a more conscious or rational way to find peaceful solution to stressful relationships. It brings intense and deep experiences. Whatever the source of your irritation, you will be driven to research and investigate it so you gain the full understanding of the problem.

You will have greater power and influence over your own life, allowing for positive transformations. You can also exert this greater power and influence over the events in your life and over the people around you. Personal or professional problems can be more easily resolved now.

In summary, the Full Moon March 2017 astrology points to some unexpected drama or aggravation an existing problem. The stressful situation is made worse by extreme beliefs and a widening gap between two sides or between two possible options.

Rushing around in a desperate search for answers would only escalate tensions. Intense focus and deep analysis are required to reveal the solution. Keen perceptive skills, strong leadership and sensitivity then relieve the stress. The solution to your problems will involve a positive inner transformation.

Full Moon March 2017 Times and Dates
 
Los Angeles – March 12 – 7:53 am
New York – March 12 – 10:53 am
London – March 12 – 2:53 pm
Delhi – March 12 – 8:23 pm
Sydney – March 13 – 12:53 am
 
 
 
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JAMIE PARTRIDGE: “Venus Retrograde 2017 ~ Fated Love”

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Venus retrograde 2017 starts on March 4 at 13° Aries and ends on April 15 at 27° Pisces.

Venus retrograde March 2017 is a six-week period of exciting opportunities with love and money.  Instant attraction and whirlwind romances are possible.  The key to enjoying Venus retrograde 2017 is to choose your options carefully.  Hasty decisions based more on lust than love will only end in sorrow once Venus turns direct.

You can find true love during this Venus retrograde but some hardship or delay is to be expected.  These shared burdens are a sign of fated love and the price you must pay to be together.  Self love, patience and good timing will increase your chance of a loving and lasting relationship.

Before I go into more detail about Venus retrograde 2017, I will talk about what it means to have Venus retrograde in your natal chart then the general meaning of Venus retrograde in transit.

Natal Venus retrograde means you have some difficulty in giving and receiving love and affection.  You may experience sadness in love or have to endure hardship or delay.  Lack of self-love, social anxiety, shyness and even financial hardship can be associated with Venus retrograde in your birth chart.

Often these challenges are a result of past life relationships issues.  Due to the laws of karma, if you caused suffering or hardship to a lover in a previous life, then you shall experience something similar yourself during this life.  Venus retrograde acts like Mars so perhaps you hurt someone you loved.  Maybe you had an affair, walked out when they needed you most, or physically injured them.

Whatever the circumstance of the previous romance, you come into this life with those bad memories etched in your soul.  You probably don’t recognize them as memories but as déjà vu or unexplained guilt.  Especially when young, there can be a repeating theme of challenging events related to your past.

Sadness and disappointment may come from unrequited love, forced marriage, sexual abuse, mental illness or physical disability.  Learning to love yourself is critical in working through your Venus retrograde issues.  Other signs of natal Venus retrograde can be poor personal hygiene and not caring about how you look.

Self love can start with beautifying your physical appearance.  The use of fashion, cosmetics and beauty treatments can greatly improve your self-love and therefore make you more lovable.  However, natal Venus retrograde can also show as excessive use of makeup and jewelry or even disfigurement from cosmetic surgery.

The aim of Venus retrograde in your natal chart is to perfect those areas of your love life which once let you down.  As your relationship skills improve with experience, your karmic debt will be repaid and you start to enjoy more loving relationships.

Transiting Venus retrograde occurs once every 19 months for a period of six weeks (42 days).  This means Venus is retrograde only 7% of the time which is the least amount of any planet.  The next closest is Mars retrograde at 9% then Mercury retrograde at 19%.  Venus retrograde should therefore be the most strongly felt of all retrograde planets.

During Venus retrograde your love life enters a fated period.  Giving and receiving love and affection becomes more difficult.  Old friends or lovers may reappear or you may relive past life experiences in order to sort out karmic issues.  As Venus also rules money, it’s traditionally thought that Venus retrograde is not an ideal time for investing or buying luxury items.

Venus retrograde in transit is a time of introspection and reassessment.  You may be interested in someone or something of value that would bring you pleasure.  Destiny encounters are possible and you may actually come into contact with your soul mate.  If so, you should experience a feeling of inevitability or familiarity.  However, it is better to wait until Venus turns direct to make your move.

Use Venus retrogrades to improve how you feel about yourself, to love yourself more. Think about what really brings you pleasure.  Find the reasons for problems in previous or current relationships.  This is where old lovers reappearing can help you clear away the past to make room for new relationships.  Even reminiscing about previous partners can be enough to empty out your karmic baggage and lighten the load.

Venus Retrograde 2017

January 30, 2017, Venus enters shadow zone at 26°54′ Pisces.

From now until Venus retrograde is called the first shadow period.  During this phase you will get an idea of the love and money issues that will be of concern during the retrograde phase. [See Chart]

March 4, 2017, Venus stations retrograde at 13°08′ Aries.

Venus retrograde 2017 makes no major planetary aspects.  The the main influence on Venus retrograde March 2017 is the fixed star Alpheratz at 14°32′ Aries.  The head of the Princess is very lucky.  Acting like Jupiter and Venus it brings harmony and popularity.  It gives independence, freedom, love, riches, honor and a keen intellect.

The minor aspects to Venus will have subtle but romantic effect.  The accepted rules for Venus retrograde are to not start a new relationship or to marry, and to not spend big money.  However, the fortunate fixed star makes Venus retrograde 2017 a promising time for dating and for relationships which began before March 4.

Venus Retrograde 2017

Jupiter opposite Uranus brings many exciting opportunities.  Mars conjunct Uranus suggests instant attraction and thrilling sexual encounters.  However, impulsiveness would lead to wrong choices and embarrassment later on.  Fast money can be made but lost just as quickly.

Mars trine Saturn does give a desire to save money but to also stick to your long-term goals.  Dating should be enjoyable and you may actually meet your soul mate during this six weeks.  Old relationships can be restarted but a serious lasting relationship is unlikely to begin.

April 15, 2017, Venus stations direct at 26°54′ Pisces.

This second shadow period of five weeks ends on May 18.  Your love and money issues that were in focus during the Venus retrograde phase can now finalized.  While there are no fixed stars with Venus direct, there are two significant planetary aspects.  These major aspects to Venus direct give further clues on how to move forward.

Venus sextile Mars is ideal for romance and socializing.  A perfect blend of sexuality and affection make you look and feel sexy.  You can be confident and assertive in chasing your desires without being at all threatening.  This balance also means you are ready to give and receive love and adoration.

Venus Direct January 2017

Venus square Saturn has the opposite influence of Venus sextile Mars.  It adds stress to relationships from negative feelings, distance or other relationships problems.  Hard work is required to maintain your present relationship.  Don’t ignore the affections of loved ones.

Increased financial pressure means you should avoid wasting money and other resources.  While Venus retrograde March 2017 was a good time to budget and make financial plans, now is the right time to act.

During Venus direct you should pay off debts.  If there is anything leftover then try saving for the future.  If you did make a major purchase during the Venus retrograde phase then you may experience financial hardship now as a result.

Venus square Saturn also indicates a fated romance.  Any hardships you must endure are karmic in nature and the price to pay for being together.  It can also means shared responsibilities of a serious or heavy nature such as caring for parents or a shared financial debt.

The combined effect of a sexy Mars and gloomy Saturn means that existing relationships can improve and new romances can start.  However, be prepared to face some hardships.  You may have to prove your love or fight hard to win or keep your partner.  There may be criticism from parents or teachers and frustrating delays due to distance or lack of money.

If old lovers came back into your life during the Venus retrograde phase, they may depart now or start causing real problems in an existing relationship.  If this is true love, patience and loyalty will lead to a committed and lasting partnership.

May 18, 2017, Venus leaves the shadow zone at 13°08′ Aries.  The final phase of Venus retrograde 2017 is now complete. [See Chart]

If Venus retrograde 2017 affects you directly it will be mentioned in your monthly horoscope.  For more details on how Venus retrograde 2017 aspects your birth chart, see Venus Transits.

Venus Retrograde Dates

2015, July 25 to September 6 —14° Leo to 1° Virgo
2017, March 4 to April 15 —27° Pisces to 13° Aries
2018, October 5 to November 16 — 25° Libra to 11° Scorpio

 

 

via AstrologyKing.com