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Venus Retro in Gemini, collage by Emily

Love, eroticism, money, values, pleasure and worth are up for reevaluation and renegotiation. Venus turns Retrograde today, until June 27, and though we’ve been “in the shadow” since April 11 (see Reawakening the Goddess), now it’s time to dive in and deepen the process of healing and regenerating the feminine.

Venus stations — appears to stand still and change directions — at 23 degrees Gemini, almost exactly on my Ascendant, and I’ve been feeling her reversal very personally.

When a planet turns Retrograde, its function turns inward, and outer circumstances conspire to help us really get the message that we are the source of our own suffering, and our own healing. Venus Retro reveals ways that we look outside ourselves for love, validation and worth — which typically happen in the Venus-ruled arenas of relationship and money.

Venus Retro symptoms include feelings of being unworthy, unattractive and unlovable. Ouch. We can tap into the productive potential of this pain by being willing to withdraw our projections — i.e., stop blaming the people and circumstances around us — and go directly into the feelings.

The other night, in the throes of an acute Venus Retro attack, I fell into a deep well of pain (totally out of proportion to present events). I asked myself how old I was in that moment, and the answer was two — I had dropped into the age I was when my parents split up, and my relationship with my father had essentially ended. I accessed the physical pain of that separation, how it felt to that little being’s body to be suddenly separated from the nurturing touch of the first man in my life (hello, abandonment issues).

Venus Retro takes us back into the past, for the purpose of healing and resolution, so we can move forward more easily. This reminds me of the shamanic process of Soul Retrieval — a part of ourselves that was traumatized and left behind now wants to be reclaimed and brought into present time.

Gemini the Twins signifies duality, and Venus Retro in Gemini reveals the places where we lost a felt sense of oneness — both within ourselves and in relation to all beings — and split off into separation. In traditional astrology Gemini is ruled by Mercury, but I was pleased to learn that, at an esoteric level, Gemini is thought to be ruled by Venuswhose primary purpose is to unite all opposites in bonds of harmonious matrimony” (see Alan Oken’s Gemini – Sign of Duality and Path to Unity).

To get more insight into what this Venus Retro means for YOU, find the house or houses in your birth chart that contain 7 to 23 degrees of Gemini. The areas of life signified by that house (or houses) are where you are invited to:  revisit, resolve and heal old wounds of separation; rethink and realign with your values; strengthen self-love and self-worth; reawaken and restore beauty, pleasure, art and love.

– Emily Trinkaus

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