This is usually lasts about forty days and forty nights. Venus has two sides to her. She is the goddess of love and war according to the Babylonians.
Venus, most commonly known as the planet of love. Certainty romantic trysts in both their more exciting and humdrum states fall under the watch of Venus. But Venus involvement with things we "love" and don't love is much more encompassing than reports on the alleged indiscretions of the love goddess might suggest. The concerns of Venus with affairs of the heart is a by-product of her deeper overall concern with a individual's value system, which is a collection of abstract and emotional states out of which blooms issues ranging from self-worth to interpersonal relationships to feelings (and hence experiences) about possessions and money.
So what does Venus retrograde mean generally? Temptations could be an illicit affair or the lure of luxury goods. During the first phase of the Venus retrograde she is Hesperus, high in the night sky and loving, reflective and receptive. During this time we might feel like we need more love, but are extra shy about going out and finding a new lover. Instead we might cling to a past relationship, which is why this period can bring the return of old flames and karmic connections. Better the devil you know hey? It might be good to bring closure to any long dead relationship with a reflective post-mortem. After that, when Venus goes invisible, give that bad romance a good funeral!
Good relationships obviously survive the many comings and goings of the Sun and Venus. They bend and twist with the internal and external challenges that relate to this rhythm.
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