by Leo Knighton Tallarico
Last week’s transition from summer to autumn was more energized than most such seasonal passages, because of the presence of an Aries Full Moon. That Full Moon was only a few hours after the autumn equinox, and shifted its usual tone of “sunset” inward feelings into more active and energized feelings.
Many felt it was a most magical period, others felt it was very difficult, some felt a combination of both. The Full Moon triggered the cardinal t-square of planets this past summer, which added to the intensity.
Of course “relationship” is a common theme being initiated at the autumn equinox, as the Sun then moves into Libra.
And this autumn of 2010, the theme of relationship will be more important than usual, because soon Venus will turn retrograde in Scorpio. On October 8, about 8 hours after the Libra New Moon Of October 7, Venus will slow down and shift from direct to retrograde.
Venus turns retrograde approximately every 18 months. The last time it went retrograde was in March of 2009, in Aries. Check back to March and April 2009 to see what was going on in your relationships then. And we are not just talking about romantic relationships during Venus retrograde periods, but relationships of all sorts: friendships, family members, work relationships, etc.
Venus is about our heart’s desires also, and what we feel connected to in our hearts. Art and aesthetics also fit into this category. Venus knows how to bring things together in many ways, like colors and patterns of all sorts.
But Venus Retrograde will mainly affect the relationships of your life. Venus goes retrograde in Scorpio, but will spend a few days at the end of the retrograde period in Libra. As Venus is mainly in Scorpio, we can expect the retrograde period to bring deep and profound insights into our relationships and relationship patterns.
There will be a tendency for our discussions and disagreements to get “down and dirty”. Whatever has been pushed “under the carpet” of our consciousness, will be swept up into our awareness and perhaps into arguments. The retrograde period will open up a new passage for our relationships, while at the same time it takes us back into our past.
In fact, during Venus Retrograde periods we can expect memories from the past to come back. It is quite common during Venus Retrograde for actual people to come back into our lives, perhaps people we have not seen in a while. For others people will come back merely through dreams or vivid memories.
We can use these “reappearances” to better understand and process the current relationships and relationship patterns in our lives.
You know how often we seem to recycle old patterns from previous relationships- back into our current relationships. These retrograde reappearances can help put perspective into our current challenges, and can signal that the time is ripe to transform these old dysfunctional patterns into better and more healthy ones. Relationship counseling may help tremendously. Astrological evaluations can also be helpful at such times.
Because Venus will be in Scorpio much of this retrograde period, the intensity level of your relationships can be quite high. Primal emotions and jealousies can rear their ugly heads into your lives. Sexual issues can be in the spotlight also.
Sometimes we meet new people during Venus retrograde. They may remind us of others or they may begin to point us in new directions. But it is wise to not jump to relationship conclusions too fast during Venus retrograde, as this new relationship may bring in a meaning that we do not understand yet. It may be there to help us change our perceptions, but not meant to be a permanent fixture in our lives. But don’t rule out that it is a long-term relatonship either. Wait at least until Venus goes back direct before making any conclusions. Marriage is not advised during Venus retrograde as relationships skies are foggy then.
Venus goes back direct again on November 18, and moves back to where it started (13+ degrees of Scorpio) on December 20. So October 8- December 20 is full circle, and many will not gain full resolution until the end of the cycle.
It may be for some that this period of Venus Retrograde will bring a complete transformation of relationships and relationship patterns. Some will come to the end of the relationship or the beginning of the end. Others will find a wonderful rebirth or renewal of their relationship. Others will meet someone new who will totally change their lives. This kind of tranformation is always possible during Venus Retrograde, most true during Venus Retrograde in Scorpio, as Scorpio is most affilated with intensely transformational planet Pluto.
In the greater world, relationships between nations and cultures will get quite intense. Look especially at the ones that have big problems with one another before the retrograde, as their ability to hold back the tide of erupting emotions and anger will be less during the retrograde period. Israel/Palestine, Israel/Iran, Israel/Lebanon and Syria will be most dangerous. So will North Korea/South Korea. The USA may have big problems with Islamic cultures, and republicans and democrats will get even dirtier with one another during the Venus in Scorpio retrograde period, as the elections are on November 2.
Expect this most dysfunctional two-party system to get worse than ever before in their nastiness. Their war with one another will get worse.
Always remember that in the larger context we are in transition from an old and dying Pisces Age to a new Aquarian Age. Much of the old dysfunctions in our personal lives or in the greater world are ripe to be released, so we can be aligned with authentic and purposeful lives connected to the Universe and its movement into an Aquarian Age.
This coming ime between now and the New Moon in Libra and Venus retrograde in Scorpio on October 7 and 8 respectively, is a waning lunar cycle.
It is a good time to come down into your soul, into more reflective moments. Enjoy family and friendship. “Prepare the ground” for future movement in your life. Acclimate to the changing of seasons, and get ready for shfting tides after October 7/8. Then in late October and November and December our lives will erupt into great change again, much of it a triggering of the profound aspects and seeds planted during the Summer of 2010.
I will be off the blog for two weeks, until Saturday October 9. I will do a new radio show on October 16.
Leo Knighton Tallarico
Please feel free to find more writings and my services on my website. You can get an astrological session with me during these changing times to help you on your path and with your life. Please write firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. There is a radio show you can listen to also. Next new show is on October 16 at 1 PM EDT.
Leo Knighton Tallarico is a full time professional astrologer, spiritual guide, counselor, and writer for over 25 years.
He predicted the Iraq War of 2003- in early 2001 when Bush first took office; predicted the 9-11 attacks with an article “The Tower”, written in June 2001. He predicted Obama and McCain would get the presidential nominations in november 2007, when both were low in the polls; and correctly predicted the current economic downturn before it occurred.