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    Venus, the goddess of love and beauty Venus Retrograde 2004

    On May 17, 2004, Venus reaches her retrograde station, in preparation for a period of retrograde motion which will last until June 29th. On top of that, the effects of the retrograde period will continue to be felt until she returns in direct motion on August 2 to the degree where she first made her station (26° Gemini 08'). Venus turns retrograde only once every eighteen months, but the effects of each period differ, according to the sign in which it happens (see box for Venus Retrograde 2004). In the case of this particular period, there are some interesting features that will intensify the astrological effects of the phenomenon: Venus turns retrograde in partile opposition to the Galactic Centre and in conjunction with her own planetary node.

    There is also a rare transit of Venus on June 8, 2004, when Venus crosses the face of the Sun. This is one of those periodic astronomical events that could never have been observed by any human alive today. The previous transit of Venus occurred on December 6, 1882 - one of merely five events of its kind ever watched by mankind (since the first recorded witness of a Venus transit was in 1639, by Jeremiah Horrox). More on the science of the Transit of Venus.

    On this day half our globe will be able to watch the tiny black dot of the planet Venus moving across the disc of the sun. Given a cloudless sky, all you'll need is a sun filter to follow the spectacle for several hours with your own eyes (be sure to protect your eyes!).

    A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. This traditional concept arises in the illusory planetary motion created by the orbital rotation of the earth, with relation to other planets in our solar system. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way, due to this optical illusion.

    Retrograde periods, although often problematic for us earthlings, are not particularly uncommon. Each planet retrogrades, except the Sun and Moon.

    Venus Retrograde 2004
    Retro StationDirect StationReturn
    26 Gemini 08
    May 17, 2004
    09 Gemini 39
    Jun. 29, 2004
    26 Gemini 08
    Aug. 2, 2004
    Previous Period of Venus Retrograde
    29 Scorpio 05
    Oct. 11, 2002
    00 Scorpio 03
    Nov. 21, 2002
    29 Scorpio 05
    Jan. 6, 2003
    Next Period of Venus Retrograde
    01 Aqu. 28
    Dec. 24, 2005
    16 Cap. 02
    Feb. 03, 2006
    01 Aqu. 28
    Mar. 7, 2006
    Venus
    Venus
    Rules: Taurus & Libra
    Exalted: Pisces
    Detriment: Aries & Scorpio
    Fall: Virgo
    Exalted Degree: 27° Pisces
    Planetary Node: 16°26' Gemini
    Rossetti's Venus. Click for more on Venus Conjunction 2004
    Fated Events
    As a rule, retrograde planets presage a period of seemingly inevitable or fated events, which relate to their sphere of influence. They present us with a series of events over which we seem to have little or no control, relating especially to the sign in which the retrogradation occurs.

    A retrograde period is best seen as a cycle, beginning when the planet begins to slow to a halt before travelling backwards through the zodiac and ending when the planet returns to the point where it first paused. However, during the cycle, the planet's energy is most powerful (and more likely to generate critical events of universal importance) when the planet makes a station, appearing motionless in the sky. These stationary periods occur near the beginning of the cycle (when the planet first halts as it prepares to move backwards) and midway through the cycle when the retrograde planet slows to a stop before moving forward again. The "direct station" (when the planet halts before moving forward again) is the most powerful and can be used for maximum benefit.
    What does Venus affect?
    In general, Venus, the goddess of love, rules feelings and emotion, aesthetics and tastes, fashions and all forms of desire, money and wealth. Venus rules social attitudes and behaviour, along with aesthetic tastes and inclinations. Venus symbolises female relationships and social interactions at every level. Venus indicates our values. She governs romance, marriage and other partnerships, capacity for humour, and the pursuit of pleasure.

    During a retrograde period the things Venus influences will be less apparent, or be of less concern to the world. Visual sensibilities are reduced. People dress with less flair and our colour sense tends to be muted. This is not the time to purchase clothes or jewellery, change one's make-up or hairstyle. Redecorating or refurbishing homes or business should also be avoided, though there is no reason why decisions that have been made earlier should not be allowed to come to fruition during this period.

    With Venus retrograde, the pace of relationships slows down and this is not the best time to get married or give big parties. Since Venus rules diplomacy, slowdowns in all sorts of negotiations can be expected, including industrial disputes, legal issues and diplomatic endeavours.

    It is a time when we are called upon to go back and take care of unfinished business. Often we are forced to deal with deep feelings that have their origins in past events. They are activated on an inner level but are often difficult to express to ourselves or others while Venus is retrograde.

    Venus Retrograde in Gemini
    When Venus is retrograde, everyone's emotional state is more introspective and we tend to react emotionally to the issues and concerns that relate to the sign involved. With Venus retrograde in Gemini, people with this sign prominent in their charts will be especially prone to such introspection. There is little choice but to reconsider our personal feelings and relationships. There is, however, an opportunity to gain insight into one's own mode of relating, whether sexually or financially.

    Venus retro in Gemini indicates that physical pleasure in relationships is unlikely to be as great as the intellectual stimulation derived from them. Social instincts are more geared to sharing ideas and picking up all kinds of interesting information than intense physical or emotional encounters. We will find inspiration in maintaining a wide variety of relationships with people from different backgrounds and experiences. Individuals with natal Venus in Gemini are some of the most accomplished flirts in the zodiac and in all social situations are remarkably adept.

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