What does a Venus retrograde in the natal chart mean?
Retrograde planets indicate that the energy of the planet is expressed internally rather than externally. It usually takes more time to learn to integrate and work with that planet.
Venus goes retrograde once every 18 months for about 40 days or six weeks. This time is linked with in reversals in relationships, breakups, people coming back into your life. Retrograde planets are associated with the past.
If you have a natal Venus retrograde, you question your loveability and relationships tend to be difficult for you. You are often shy and reserved.
If a planet is retrograde, it means that it is seemingly moving backward. In a horoscope, this is often signified by a small R letter next to the planet, short for retrograde. Sometimes it is denoted by Rx. It’s perfectly normal to have several retrograde planets in your birth chart, so no worries if you see even 4-5 of them. All planets can be retrograde except for the Sun and the Moon (which are not planets, they are just referred to as such in astrology for the sake of simplicity).
In karmic astrology, retrograde planets are linked with unsuccessful integration of the energy of the planet in question. If you are interested in the topic of retrograde planets and karmic astrology, you might enjoy Martin Schulman’s book, Karmic Astrology, Vol. II: Retrogrades and Reincarnation.
Retrograde Venus in the Natal Chart
A retrograde Venus in the natal chart suggests blockages related to your self-esteem, feeling of worthiness, relationships, finances. You are insecure and question yourself a lot. This placement very often indicates self-rejection. Social anxiety is also fairly common. In younger years, you often feel as though you were inherently less worthy than your peers.
If you have a retrograde Venus in your birth chart, you have a different idea of love than most. You are more self-conscious about your relationships than most people. You often wonder why you would be anyone’s first choice. Forming deep bonds is difficult. Friendships and romantic relationships are both challenging. People with this placement often feel lonely for longer periods in their life, it can be quite excruciating. Your best relationships tend to come later.
If you believe in karma, in karmic astrology a retrograde Venus in the natal chart is linked to relationship trauma in past life. According to it, the soul wants to take a break from relationships in this lifetime so that it can grow a bit on its own first. This placement can also indicate karmic relationships/marriage.
While this placement is definitely challenging, it’s good to know that its effect is in most cases not forever. When your progressed Venus turns direct, there’s usually an improvement in your love life. Similarly, if you have a natal direct Venus that turned retrograde shortly after you were born, during the time your progressed Venus is retrograde you may recognize yourself in the description of a natal retrograde Venus. Progressed planets forming a positive aspect to your natal Venus can also have a similarly helpful, beneficial effect, so don’t lose hope.
Natal Venus Retrograde Through the Houses
Read more: Venus through the Houses
Venus Retrograde in 1st House
A natal Venus retorgrade in 1st house suggests that you are insecure about how you present yourself, your physical appearance and your body. Your self-confidence is very low.
Venus Retrograde in 2nd House
Venus retrograde in 2nd house suggests a low self-esteem. You question your worth and often don’t stand up for yourself. You may have a poverty mindset.
Venus Retrograde in 3rd House
If you have a Venus retrograde in 3rd house in the birth chart, you are shy and self-conscious about how you express yourself. You are often lonely because of this. This placement can indicate speech issues sometimes.
Venus Retrograde in 4th House
This placement suggests a sense of worthlessness stemming from the family and your roots. Your family life becomes more harmonious once Venus turns direct.
Venus Retrograde in 5th House
Because of the nature of the 5th house (romance and fun), this is not an easy position. A retrograde Venus in 5th house indicates that you crave romance but often get rejected. It usually gets better as you get older.
Venus Retrograde in 6th House
This placement suggests that you often feel inferior to other people. You may neglect your body and health and have self-sabotaging daily routines.
Venus Retrograde in 7th House
Acceptance from others is very important to you and you think a lot about what others think of you. There’s a tendency for seeing yourself as the reflection of others. If they don’t love you you don’t think you are loveable.
Venus Retrograde in 8th House
This placement suggests craving very intense love but being unable to access it. You can be extremely jealous and possessive.
Venus Retrograde in 9th House
A retrograde Venus in 9th house in the birth chart indicates that you are disappointed in life and turn inward at some point. You may prefer ideas to people but this leads to isolation and it makes you feel even lonelier.
Venus Retrograde in 10th House
This placement suggests that career can be your escape from loneliness. Your public image is important to you and it usually gets better as you get older.
Venus Retrograde in 11th House
This placement can indicate wanting to partake in social situations but anxiety stopping you from enjoying them fully. You have a harder time making friends and you often feel like an outsider in your friend group.
Venus Retrograde in 12th House
Venus retrograde in 12th house suggests that your crushes are often unavailable in some way. You may unconsciously fear rejection. You feel love by feeling one with the universe.
Meaning of Venus in Astrology
Venus is one of the inner planets. It is the second planet from the Sun, with an orbital period of 225 days. It is the second brightest object in the night sky after the Moon. Humanity has known about its existence since its earliest days.
Venus is just as important in astrology. This planet governs attraction, beauty, art, grace, relationships, diplomacy. It also governs money and values. Venus is the planet of balance and harmony. It adds a touch of beauty to life and in short, it makes it worth living.
In the Zodiac, Venus rules two signs: Taurus (nocturnal Venus) and Libra (diurnal Venus). Because it moves quickly through the Zodiac, the sign of Venus matters as much as its house placement and aspects in the birth chart.
Venus in the birth chart tells what you value, how you give and receive affection, and how you attract people (and good things in general) into your life. Partially it also has to do with your finances.
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