2018 has been the year of retrogrades, with almost every single planet having taken a backward turn. As of right now, we have Uranus and Neptune still doing hard retrograde time. And of course, Venus. Venus has been retrograde since October 5, and, as such, it’s put a damper on all things related to love, beauty and luxury. It can be quite a yucky time. But, there’s good news…and some not so good news.
Venus retrograde is over…
This is the good news. On November 16, Venus will station direct. This means a return to form, aesthetically speaking, in our lives—hopefully informed by the lessons we learned when the Goddess of Love was traveling backward. We shall emerge as stronger, wiser, more beautiful versions of ourselves, finally free to shut the door on old drama with our exes and ready to refresh our bedrooms for the winter. It’s all sunshine and roses when Venus is moving forward.
…but Mercury retrograde is here…
We can’t fully celebrate yet, because that very same day, as the cruelties of fate would decree, Mercury is going retrograde. We all know the drill, but it’s frustrating nonetheless. While we may be ready to implement our grand Venusian plans—whether they be makeovers, new wardrobes, artistic ventures or new relationships—we must confront the limitations that a sleepy Mercury portends. That means misunderstandings, gossip gone awry (especially for Geminis and Virgos), technology malfunctions, writer’s block, the worst commutes you’ve ever encountered, etc. How are we supposed to feel good about any of this?
…and we are going to be fine?
The thing is, retrogrades pull us backward, not down and out. It’s a slowdown, not a full halt. That’s key, because though it feels like we’re wading through quicksand, the real task of any planetary retrograde is to take the sector of life it represents and examine it with a fine-tooth comb. If something isn’t working, or if you haven’t been paying it enough attention, this is your moment to investigate and reflect on what you find. It’s your due diligence on yourself, and even if it brings up some un-fun revelations, it tends to clear the path ahead. And that we could all use.