Venus Retrograde for 2015


From JULY 25 through SEPTEMBER 8 2015, the planet Venus will be retrograde. The retrograde motion of an inner planet is an apparent phenomenon as viewed from earth in which Venus appears to move backwards in the sky. Every 1 ½ years, when Venus moves approximately 29 degrees ahead of the Sun (in the astrological ephemeris), it will begin to move backwards in the sky until it reaches a point approximately 21 to 29 degrees behind the Sun.

When Venus is retrograde, it provides lessons in evaluating the real worth and value of people and things in our life (Taurus-Libra issues). With existing relationships, this cycle produces experiences wherein it is easier to discern the relative worth and value of these people in your life.
Discrimination is more effective. You become readily aware of any problems, differences or unresolved issues.

It is NOT a time, however, to act upon any unfavorable awareness. It is purely a time of evaluation rather than direct action. As little frictions and disagreements crop up, they serve to remind you that the relationship is not perfect. Under the retrograde influence, you must assess the severity of the problem and the “cost-benefit” of the relationship. Only after Venus turns direct should you initiate any alienation if this is deemed necessary.


August 31 – September 1: Venus R conjuncts Mars in Leo – This is not a critical date but it can favor bringing someone back into your life. You should re-evaluate the relationship rather than jump back into the situation.


  • During retrograde period in Gemini, I came to the realization that a woman, whose Moon was in Gemini, only valued my friendship as a paying customer and not a true friend. I did not end the relationship but I placed her in the “acquaintance” category.
  • The 2004 Gemini transit was surprisingly favorable for relationships in general but a friend with Venus in Gemini in the 12th felt unloved and unappreciated…until Venus turned direct. An advertisement that I bought at the time was a relative loss and, though over-extending my self with too much relating with others, I was exhausted and contracted the Epstein-Barr Virus.
  • On the day that Venus turned retrograde in Scorpio, I was able to tell a woman, who had greatly angered me in the past, why I was angry with her – that she was always using me and taking advantage of me. It was different from what she expected and she seemed relieved.
  • In Scorpio, I observed a friend being very unkind to an elderly family member. I also observed that she has no patience with people who are ill. While Venus was in Scorpio, I was shocked but I said nothing. Later I knew that this is a great friend whom I care about dearly…but I will just not go to her when I am ill!
  • When Venus was in Scorpio, I felt resentful of needy, overly sweet and manipulative people.
  • When Venus was Retrograde in Capricorn, I was out of control with eating and my self-esteem was non-existent! A man became very angry when I did not teach astrology classes as I had intended. He took it upon himself to call local astrologers and attack my reputation. While this was disturbing, I became aware of people who did not defend me when he attacked me. I learned who I could trust.
  • With regard to financial issues, a store credited 40¢ to my account when I actually paid $40. It took months to straighten this out.
  • In Virgo into Leo, I was depressed a lot, feeling alone and isolated and feeling sorry for myself for the most part as Venus retrograded back into my 12th House. Health problems became a major issue for a lot of people. With Venus in Leo, we were very aware that our needs were not being met.
  • In Aries, it was entirely different! I attended a conference in Serbia. I met some wonderful people who urged me to get on an E-List and this changed my life. I later learned that many people did not size up my personality correctly.
    As a 12th House person in the midst of outgoing people, I came across as shy and not very knowledgeable. In later meetings, they were amazed that I was not this way at all. I have subsequently become very good friends with many of the people I met in Belgrad.

*Overall, many people contacted me who I had not seen for a long time. Over and over again with each Venus Retrograde, people re-connected from my past!

  • In 2007, I had my Greatest Astrological Picnic with Venus Retrograde. As advertised, many people from my past attended and a lot of shy people came because they felt that it would be a special day for shy people. Everyone commented that this was the best picnic ever. People really helped with the clean-up which has not always happened.
  • In late December 2013 through January 2014, I reconnected with people from my elementary school. Since so many of my friends have died or moved away, reconnecting with people from my past has been very helpful. Venus was in Capricorn at the time.

Sometimes we do experience relationship difficulties and stresses but, if it is a good relationship, the differences will not affect the quality of association. It is important to realize that, in a relationship, the problems that you experience in the beginning of the union will always be there and only get worse in time. These are the basic differences between you and the other person. You should make an evaluation at the time of Venus retrograde to determine if you can tolerate and understand these differences. I have been through many Venus Retrograde cycles and the good relationships are still with me.

While we can readily distinguish the problems in a current relationship, this will not be true of a relationship formed while Venus is retrograde. Because the retrograde motion alters our perspective, we are unable to see the obvious and we can too easily misread the signals. Before eloping or making wedding plans, wait until Venus turns direct to get a balanced perspective. This Venus does not imply deception but rather a distorted perspective and attitude. Faulty presumptions can be easily made. For example, if you meet someone at the tennis court, it does not necessarily mean that the person likes tennis. Maybe that person was simply there to pick up a friend! These presumptions can cause erroneous evaluations and eventual disappointment when we discover that the person of our dreams is not what we thought at all!

Where there are existing difficulties in a relationship, the retrograde Venus period offers an opportunity for reconciliation. People are often feeling unloved, unappreciated and disappointed while Venus is retrograde. They feel that they should be getting more out of their relationships. This is particularly true when Venus transits the 7th and 12th Houses. When a person is in a mood that makes them feel that nobody cares, it is an excellent time to make a “hat-in-hand” apology to restore a relationship with someone who is hurt. Any sincere apology will be graciously received.

During the 2002 Retrograde, I found it easier to have good heart-to-heart talks with friends, something I really needed to do. My new perspective was the depth of kindness in so many of my friends.
Being the natural ruler of the 2nd House, Venus has dominion over certain financial affairs. This is NOT a good time for investing or starting new financial activities. The value of the product or commodity is often inflated or over-valued so that losses will occur when Venus turns direct. Splurging on substitutes for feeling loved can be costly and paying for this with Capricorn dollars can be difficult! A Capricorn friend has a predilection for making investments while either Mercury or Venus are retrograde. Needless to say, the only benefit that he has received is a hefty write-off on his taxes for his losses.

While Venus is retrograde, it is not a time to purchase any so-called luxury items. You will be motivated by impractical considerations so that, what looks gorgeous in the store, may turn out to be the ugliest thing you have ever seen once Venus turns direct! The inclination is to purchase items that you will not like and you cannot return.

No discussion of Venus retrograde would be complete without mentioning my redheaded friend who bought a purple coat (on sale – could not be returned) while Venus was retrograde. Another man signed a lease on an apartment with a gorgeous sunken living room. So enamored of its beauty was this man that he did not consider the long-term financial strain. This retrograde does have excellent financial benefits if you know how to use them. First, because people are motivated by impractical considerations in making purchases, it is the perfect time to unload something that no one would buy except when Venus is retrograde. Someone is sure to see its inner beauty and feel that they cannot live without it. They may regret it later but that is not your problem. Working with the inflated value of this Venus transit makes this an excellent time to unload stocks, real estate and unwanted items. Then, use the money gained to pay off debts.

✭ Venus retrograde is an excellent time for buying antiques, flea market items and secondhand goods wherein you know the real worth and value of the item but the seller does not.

Years ago when I first studied astrology, I warned my parents about spending excessively on an antiquing trip when Venus was retrograde. To my surprise, they came back with the best bargains! They discovered many valuable antiques with very low prices because the seller did not know their value. Purchasing real estate is not always a problem with Venus retrograde. If you know that the property is a bargain, you can make an excellent deal. Discrimination is essential. Do not be motivated by a flashy appearance.

According to Delphine Jay, who has lectured extensively on retrogrades, she finds that Venus retrograde is a favorable time for re-negotiating a financial situation such as a contract or bank loan. It can be helpful in resolving a long-standing legal matter. When Venus is station (around the retrograde/direct dates), it is a good time to change lawyers.

Mary Shea states that this is a time to reflect on the inner value of your experiences rather than outer display. Material rewards may be delayed and material or possessions that you expect to acquire may not manifest. A luxury item purchased may not please you in the long run. Relationships started now will be associated with inhibitions – clandestine or possibly more spiritual.

Something may be withheld and, if so, someone will be disappointed. Existing relationships may be up for review. Outer assurances and displays of love and affection are not readily evident. Old friends and lost loves may be contacted for a second look.

My friend and fellow astrologer, Pat Geisler, says:
While the favorable transits from Venus retrograde offer an opportunity to benefit from this transit, the afflictions cause us the most difficulty, especially in relationships. The planets involved describe some of these problems.

This is a general description of Venus afflicting a natal planet:

Sun: A time of general poor cooperation and hurt feelings. You feel that you do not get the recognition that you deserve. Pride issues can present problems.

Moon: A time of overly sensitive moods and hurt feelings. It someone gets upset with you, back off and allow the mood to pass. The person is over-reacting and irrational. There is nothing that you can really do. Attempts to appease will only make matters worse.

Mercury: A time of sensitivity through disagreement and not seeing eye-to-eye. Hurt feelings with something said. Watch communications on this date.

Venus: A general time of poor cooperation, feeling unloved and unappreciated. The sign that Venus is not transiting will block the sign needs shown by the natal Venus sign position.

Mars: Anger and jealousy can cause relating problems. Someone met at this time will have an unsettling affect upon your life. Hormones rule over reason. Love-hate situation in relating.

Jupiter: This aspect will cause phoniness and role playing in a relationship. If the person seems too nice or if the opportunity seems too good to be true, know that it is an unrealistic situation.

Saturn: Responsibilities and the demands of others will make you feel unloved and unappreciated. Learn to say NO!

Uranus: Unpredictability and erratic behavior in a relationship or an attraction to an unpredictable person is indicated. A very unstable time in both relationships and finances. Emotional upsets, financial problems, rebellious spending.

Neptune: A time of deception and misreading signals. You may be dealing with an ambivalent person. Your own passivity can get you into trouble now. Disappointment in relating.

Pluto: Relating can be intense, controlling and manipulative. Overwhelming behavior can be a signal of attention needs. Back away from any relationship that seems karmic!

Transpluto: Criticism by a perfectionist person will cause a separation and alienation.

Ascendant: Your sense of self-worth, self-esteem and sense of lovability are not good now. You can start to feel sorry for yourself and feel disappointed in others who may not meet your needs…at least, in the manner that you anticipate.

  1. Lynn Koiner Says:

    In a job started when Venus is retrograde, be nice to everyone since you do not know who will change…and actually be friendlier later on. People often do not project themselves as they are when Venus is R. Sometimes they are in a bad place so being nice and friendly scores a lot of points….Lynn

  2. Lynn Koiner Says:
    BREEDING SHEEP & VENUS R: My father used to raise 6 sheep to keep the grass down around the pond. Even that, I have no experience with this matter. The last time Venus was Retrograde in March was in 2001. How did it go at this time for breeding?
    This should give you some type of answer….Lynn

  3. Lynn Koiner Says:

    I find that the wedding chart does not really affect your future marriage. I know too many astrologers who have picked perfect dates for a marriage and the relationship did not last 2 years — so, do not worry about this.

    Do not calculate a chart for the marriage date and time. If there are any problems in the chart itself, seeing the chart will energize it. I know this from experience.

    The Moon does oppose Venus R. This could mean that someone could behave inappropriately at the event or there could be some hurt feelings. Be diplomatic.

  4. Lynn Koiner Says:
    ONLINE DATING: People who you meet online are not as they seem anyway and, with Venus R, you need to take time and wait until it goes direct before making any decision about this person.
    Do not wait. Size him up as soon as possible.

  5. Hopeful Says:
    CONCEPTION w/ VENUS R: Babies are always conceived when planets are R without difficulty for most. You may look into the Jonas Fertility Cycles. This is a time when the Moon is at the same distance from the Sun as it was a birth. This was a technique used by a Czech astrologer in the 1950s. Sometimes it really works but not always.
  6. Lynn Koiner Says:

    I do not find Solar return charts helpful to me so I do not use them. Canadian astrologer, Pricilla Costello, uses them with her own interpretation style, which is very good.

            Of the eight placements Venus has in the solar return chart, one is usually consistently retrograde, though irregularities occur. Venus retrograde indicates a time of comparison and contrast. Your increased ability to distinguish and value inner qualities separate from external situations signals an opportunity to compare and contrast the importance of each. Relationships, finances, and priorities should all be reassessed on the basis of the inner qualities they exhibit in comparison to the external pleasure or stress that they generate. Your focus on internal values will tend to overshadow your need for external manifestation; consequently, you will make adjustments in your pursuit of materialistic and external goals.

            Relationships are always more important for the love you give and receive than the external trappings; however, this issue will become more evident during this year. You may be in love with a special person who treats you wonderfully, but refuses to consider marriage. If you were attracted to this person because of his or her inner qualities, it is important to appreciate your feelings for one another, and not get hung up on the legalization process. During this year you will tend to assess relationships you see or experience for the inner and outer qualities which they possess or lax. You can always find others who have the external trappings you desire without genuine caring. (Example: a verbally abusive marriage.)

            External, artificial indicators of affection are meaningless. It is the inner and sometimes less apparent qualities that are important. Your attention to this issue will make the incongruity more obvious to you. Part of this discernment process can involve frustration with personal involvements which do not conform to your external expectations of what a relationship or partner should be. Love does not necessarily occur in neat little storybook packages, and frustration results from close attention to external storybook details which cannot truly satisfy internal needs. Outer limitations stress the importance of inner beauty. Because third parties may not easily see the qualities that you appreciate in your loved one, they may criticize your choice. Their criticism will encourage you to further define the inner beauty that attracts you. Those relationships which possess no redeeming inner qualities will seem void and unfulfilling. They can be discarded regardless of the external advantages they supply.

            Values must be more closely attuned to the individual’s aesthetic appreciation and therefore may be less consistent with societal preferences and standards. One can see unique beauty in what might appear ordinary to others. Your taste in material objects might depend on the emotional qualities associated with those objects. Price or status is unimportant.

            Venus retrograde symbolizes an emphasis on the quality of life over the desire for financial gain. The money you earn should not be as important as the quality of your working environment and your satisfaction while on the job. Focusing on your inner need for contentment and fulfillment allows you to let go of a large salary, and search for an enjoyable employment position even though it may involve a pay cut. If you continue to work at a stressful job because of the pay, you may be very unhappy. Materialism will not bring you true happiness this year or any year. If you must remain in a stressful job, develop a strong belief in yourself and your abilities. Set goals that are rewarding and doable. Do not focus on your inability to perform at your best when conditions are at their worst. Some work environments are dysfunctional. Financially, this is generally a time to be conservative with funds. You cannot make good decisions about the quality of your life if you are more concerned with your monetary situation.

            Social contacts and involvement in social activities are not emphasized while Venus is retrograde in the solar return. You need more time to focus inward and may withdraw from some or all social functions because you welcome the time alone. You might no longer enjoy these functions, or you might realize that certain social relationships are too difficult and unrewarding to maintain. For those individuals who require counseling, this can be a time of isolation. Withdrawal is common with Venus retrograde, but generally any time alone can be put to good use. You could want to be alone with one special person.

  7. Lynn Koiner Says:

    COSMETIC SURGERY: In the past, I have researched the transits when someone has cosmetic surgery. I was surprised that for truly cosmetic purposes there were strong Neptune transits. When it was something like gastro-bypass surgery, something extreme and life altering, it was a Pluto transit.
    One person had surgery done on a great day astrologically, even though Mercury was R. A stitch was left in the ear lobe and it took months to discover the source of the soreness in the ear lobe.
    I have no observations with Venus R. The

  8. Lynn Koiner Says:

    COSMETIC SURGERY: It sure seems like a lot of people want to have cosmetic surgery when Venus is retrograde.

    I have no experience in observing how these surgeries turn out when Venus is Retrograde.
    It is just not a time when I would personally elect to have cosmetic surgery. I have had emergency surgery with Mars and Mercury R and all went extremely well.
    I would definitely avoid electional with Mercury R as something wrong will always happen, if this is elected (not emergency)
    If I just had to select a date a surgery date when Venus is R, I would pick a date when the Moon’s aspects are all favorable before leaving the sign. The last aspect must always be good as it indicates the outcome.
    Yet, I know people who have just gone in for elective surgery when the last aspect was bad but the surgery turned out well….it just may not have lasted so long.

    I get my hair done when I need it. I used to pick good dates astrologically until I realized that I have a great hairdresser and any day I go in is always a good date. She never messes up. I think a good doctor can override bad aspects.

  9. Lynn Koiner Says:
    RELATIONSHIPS IN GENERAL & VENUS R: Venus R is a good time to see these relationships in a new light…and then let these people go in your mind.
    This requires both maturity and insight — but Venus R does offer the opportunity to see the problems in these former relationships.
    Venus R is a good time to be kind to others because many people will be feeling unloved and unappreciated at this time. It is a good time to draw out shy people and cultivate a friendship.

  10. Lynn Koiner Says:

    BUYING CAR: When Venus is R, you need to buy something that is conservative, a bargain, so to speak. Do not buy anything luxurious or you will regret it. I always pick a date when the Moon’s last aspect is favorable, including parallals, before leaving the sign.

  11. Lynn Koiner Says:
    THE VENUS TRANSIT OF 2004 and 2012: The transit of Venus is indeed a rare event. It occurs about every 125 years (guessing here).
    It occurred on June 4 2004 and again June 6 2012.
    This is Venus passing over the face of the Sun. This happens with Mercury too, a little more frequently.

    I find that new ideas break through with the Mercury transit.

    Fortuitous? Well, many of my friends found 2004 to be life altering — divorces, major illnesses, major changes that were not easy. But, indeed, life altering.

    Historically, the Venus Transit influences how we view our world — Impressionism in art, the American revolution and the concept that the common man could rule himself, discovering new worlds…it goes on. Usually, the 2nd transit marks the culmination — but I have not clue as to how this current Venus Transit has affected society.

  12. Al Says:

    Venus RX / Cosmetic Surgery – do not do it! I did my first nose job on a Ven Rx.

    The surgeon was very minimal with it. So I had it done AGAIN with a surgeon that was more aggressive and gave me the transformtion.

    I too agree, Venus RX is not the time for elective plastic surgery. In fact I wonder if Michael Jackson had some of his surgeries resulting in not liking the results and re-doing them.

  13. Lynn Koiner Says:

    DE (6-2012): Do not trade your car in. Venus R does not mean that the car is going to be accident prone. Venus R is good for bargains.

    You need to change your attitude about the car by putting some type of protection around it. These are some suggestions —

    + High John the Conqueror Oil from Mystic Curio now located in Port Charlotte FL

    + A strong quartz crystal (I have one in my car called a shielding crystal but these are difficult to find) – you can send a thought form into the crystal for protection.

  14. Lynn Koiner Says:

    DEBBIE (10-2013): Somehow, I always seem to get renovation work started when Mercury is R. Well, last year, they discovered that the pipes under the kitchen floor had dissolved from age so a plumber had to do this before they could start on remodeling the kitchen. But, it all went well. I just did not CHOOSE to start then – it just happened.

    I do not like starting work with Mercury R because of the delays. Venus R may not be so bad for remodeling and renovating.

  15. Lynn Koiner Says:

    COSMETIC SURGERY& (10-2013): Al in an above post said that he was very disappointed with his rhinoplasty. I would never ELECT a surgery when there is a Retrograde.

    I am not a big proponent of the shadow periods, although I avoid action close to the planet’s changing direction.

    You need to pick an electional date – a day when the Moon only makes favorable aspects before it leaves the sign. I do this on my website but not so far into the future. I can let you know about the dates that you choose.

  16. Maya Says:

    PERSONAL EXPERIENCES: 5 or 6 years ago I bought a brand new BMW years ago during a Venus retrograde. The car locked itself a week after I bought it at a gas station. A flat beed truck had to pick up the car. It took 4 hours for the truck to arrive. The dealership kept the car for a week. A couple of months later the car locked itself at a gas station with our luggage in it as our family was leaving town for a vacation at Disney World for the Christmas holiday. After a multi hour wait the dealership picked up the car and we rented a new one and got our luggage out of the car. It was unbelievable. The dealership had the car for a month. The engine light came on constantly. I also paid a ridiculous amount for the car. The car salesman told me I was paying a certain amount but after I calculated the lease cost I realized I paid way over sticker price. I normally read every single word of every single document, even those statements you receive from your credit card company announcing credit term changes, so I can’t believe I didn’t pay attention. A month after I had the car I got a letter from BMW requesting increased insurance coverage that almost tripled the cost because it was a lease and BMW required a huge amount of coverage. The insurance was almost $300 per MONTH, rather than $600 every 6 months, for the total cost for the increased coverage. Every single time I got in that car I was disgusted. The day I got rid of that car was one of the happiest day of my life. 2 years after I got the car my home insurance increased from $2,400 per year for all of my policies to almost $10,000 per year.

    My sister redid her floors in her house during a Venus retrograde 7 or 8 years ago and although they look very nice to me she is unhappy every time she looks at them. Her disgust with her floors almost causes her physical pain (yes, it IS that upsetting to her). She actually wanted to sell her home as soon as the floors were done but she owes more than the house is worth and is a single parent mom working full time and going to school part time. She’s trapped. She has to live with the floors that she hates.

    Definitely don’t have elective surgery during a Venus retrograde. I had breast augmentation 9 or 10 years ago. I redid the surgery and am still not happy. I asked the doctor for C cup and got double F. When I redid them the doctor said that I could not go smaller than a DD or my skin would sag and I would be disfigured. I’m never comfortable (constantly embarrassed). Nothing I wear looks good on me (to me).

  17. Karen Says:

    HAIR CUT & COLORING EXPERIENCE: This period is not the time to have your hair cut or colored and made a mistake last time Venus was in retrograde. I was not happy with my cut and it took awhile to grow out. The color was too dark.

  18. allie Says:


    I have suffered from an allergy which causes facial swelling for some time which has upset me. I am going to be trying a new prescription starting from next week and am wondering if the venus retrograde from 25 July until September may be a good or a bad thing? I know it would be bad for surgery but if I am trying a treatment to return to the way I was before would it possibly be a good thing? There is also a venus-jupiter conjunction for about 2 weeks during the retrograde? Your thoughts please?

  19. Lynn Koiner Says:

    ALLIE (6-2015): I have never made such an observation but I would just try the medication. Venus R is really bad for surgery — and I had emergency surgery some time ago when both Mercury and Mars were R — it was an emergency and not an electional and I had the best surgeon on the planet!

  20. Selinka Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    When VENUS RETROGRADES would it be safe to REvisit beauticians/technicians you have visited before for repeat therapies… and touch ups…. Cosmetic procedures such as Permanent Make-up and removal of skin tags with a machine that works on radio and high frequency technology.

    Kind Regards,


  21. Lynn Koiner Says:

    SELINKA (7-2015): I have a great hairdresser. I used to pick good days for an appointment but I stopped this. She is a great hairdresser and every day is a good day with her.

    Some people complain that the were disappointed with hair color and cut when Venus was R. I will send oyu my Astro-Column and pick a good day from there.

  22. Melissa Says:

    Hi Lynn, thank you for your work and teachings on Venus rx. Is it ok to elect a chart for moving into a house (provided by work) during Venus rx? Or is it better to push it before Venus rx if possible?

  23. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MELISSA (7-2015): I would not worry about moving when Venus is R.

  24. Janel Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    Will quitting a job at the end of this month be affected by Venus Rx? The job isn’t a good fit for the body, both physically and mentally. Does it matter if the decision is made now yet the action is taken after Venus Rx?

    Thanks so much!!!!

  25. Lynn Koiner Says:

    JANEL (7-2015): Venus R has nothing to do with this. Even bad aspects in your chart canindicate that you need to leave, not that it is bad to leave.

  26. Carmen Says:

    Hi Lynn
    Please tell me how it can affect Rx Venus in the 10th house of Solar Revolution (on the home third). Thank you very much!

  27. Lynn Koiner Says:

    CARMEN (7-2015); For an interpretation of Venus R in a Solar Return chart, read post #6

  28. Niki Says:

    Hi Lynn,
    How would releasing a music video be during Venus retrograde ? Wanting public recognition, would it be better to wait for September 6, or even after the shadow period? Any thoughts? Thank you so much.

    Nike, everything depends upon the transits and progressions to your natal chart but, personally, I would not release a video when Venus is R.

  29. Danielle Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I am having major relationship problems at the moment. I think these have a lot to do the eclipse we had back in early April this year. My partner and I are currently not living together he no longer wants to be with me and we have just had a baby who is 4 1/2 months old. Does the VR help a relationship that is already in major turmoil?


  30. Lynn Koiner Says:

    DANIELLE (7-2015): Unfortunately, Venus R will not improve things. It may allow you to see the problems so that you can let go. With Saturn in late degrees, this summer is a great letting go and ending cycle for many people.

  31. Rui Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I have been separated from my husband since a year i.e. July 2014 and he just does not speak to me or wants to talk about anything, he has filed a divorce and meets only in court once in a blue moon. Do you see any chance of things improving or at least some communication starting in this venus retro.


  32. Lynn Koiner Says:

    RUI (7-2015): Venus R may help you see the situation in a new light so that you can let go. Venus R does not improve relationships.

  33. Ira Says:

    I am so confused now… I was thinking for so long my marriage failed and its time to take a step…and in my head I planned to do soon…and now I just read about Venus R…and it seems like its a bad idea?… It’s sounds silly I know… But god, I am confused!:)

  34. Lynn Koiner Says:

    IRA (7-2015): I am confused as to why you are confused and what is your question. Why is it a bad idea? You can better see the issues, why the marriage failed, when Venus turns R.
    The summer is a great ending cycle for many people with Saturn in late degrees, ending degrees.

  35. Julie Says:

    Hi Lynn , I would very much like an ending in a relationship. I have been deeply in love with a man now for 2 years who is with someone else. I have suffered more pain then is imaginable and prayed that I would stop feeling deep love for this man who has repeatedly rejected me or ignored me for over a year & half. At first I was so optimistic as my love was so strong how could it be unrequited I thought and prayed for a happy ending. Then the depth of pain & suffering I experienced I prayed for any ending but an ending. But my love for him never goes it just keeps growing deeper & stronger with the passing of time. I have almost wanted to perform a burial ceromony to put an end so I could have a final grieving episode and an end as I keep repeated the cycle of acceptance grief hope bartering pain reality acceptance grief hope bartering….

    Do you think venus retrograde could give me the acceptance & ending I need to move on. Virgo is on my 5th house cusp after the retrograde period I should have both venus & jupiter in my 5th house & I hope this will be fortunate for my love life which has been lonely & painful for the last 2 years??

    Also how will uranus turning retrograde at the same time as venus turning retrograde impact on this ?

    Will saturn turning direct during venus retrograde period have any effect too?

    Your thoughts would be very very much appreciated!

  36. Lynn Koiner Says:

    JULIE (7-2015): I do not know anything about your chart so I cannot say too much. People think I am a psychic but I am not.
    Neptune must be very strong in your chart and, if Neptune is connected to his personal planets, then it is difficult for you to let go of fantasizing about this man.
    The outer planets changing direction have absolutely nothing to do with relationships. Venus turning R may help you to see that you have been wasting time on a man who is a waste of time.

    If you could get angry or energize your Mars, this could help you make a break.

    Years ago I was in a relationship with — let’s call him Loser. When it ended, I found it difficult to make a break with Loser’s energies. However, I started visiting friends who lived out of town, socializing with friends, keeping busy and very active. You need to activate your MARS to move beyond this fantasy.

    By fantasy, I do not mean to sound condescending. It happens a lot when we need to escape something in our lives. My Moon in Gemini gets bored and fantasy helps. Now I travel, write, attend lectures, I am involved in groups…so there is no time for day dreams.

  37. Julie Says:

    Thank you for your thoughts. My neptune in sagitarius conjoins his neptune, sun & mercury in sagitarius. I have been trying not to think about him because just a thought can bring up overwhelming feelings of love for him which my ego does not like at all. I have battled with why I have feelings of love in my heart but in my mind feels just pain. I do feel ashamed that I feel love for this man as he has not treated me kindly at all. I think maybe I have found strong fantasies I have created to justify his unkind behaviour to me. I do spend a lot of time on my own as going through a lot of deep changes in my life. & feel I need to be by myself. Pluto is transiting my 8th house at the moment & I have pluto in my 5th house on my natal chart. I think I am going through deep changes within at the moment & this connection I have with this man is a bit of a catalyst perhaps. He caused me to end a 14 year relationship with the father of my 7 year old twin daughters. He motivated me to start my own business to learn Reiki, which has set me off onto learning so much more occult esoteric stuff. I have had Saturn transiting my 6th house where I have 7 personal planets. It has caused no end if obstacles and blocks with gaining paid work.

  38. Lynn Koiner Says:

    JULIE (7-2015): You have chosen to allow this man to destroy your life. You need to stop writing about him, get a life, and move on. You have children to care for – stop obsessing on you and this loser. And, there is not much money in metaphysical and holistic careers. Be practical and think of your children.

  39. Kandi Says:

    Hi I would so like to find out, I have Venus retrograde in the 6th and 7th house. Wanting to buy a home, that I have been in many times. This is an unexpected sale so time is of the essence, however it is smaller, then our current home. The Home is also more expensive then we would like, but is so much more suited for our needs. This would also be contingent on selling our home. I am aware that selling is a good thing in this window of time, but what about buying, I have been in the other home, house sitting many times, feels much better then my current, home! Our home needs lots of work, the new one, really not at all, scared to take the gamble but can jump right in, scared or not! Thanks for any advise~

  40. Lynn Koiner Says:

    KANDI (7-2015): I keep repeating this – Venus R is good for bargains. But, you should caution against spending too much. You could calculate a horary chart — the time and place of a question — and look at the 4th House for the condition.

  41. Elsa Correia Says:

    Hello Lynn
    Ive been in an emotional and verbal abusive relationship since 2011 which I finally end it last October cause I couldn’t keep doing that to myself and he was extremity mean and hurtful it was like he have 2 inside him. He is from another nationality and moved out which makes a bit easier to not fall again into the same as if he stayed close but we did keep in touch for a while me hoping he change but realizing it will never happen. After I cut contact at all I on february wrote him an email wishing an happy birthday (11Jul) a really honest email cause I wish him no bad, but he wrote me back negative and with more put down, blaming and abuse. I met him August 2011, he moved here July 2012 (I am now a 32 year old only child and my mother now 69 has alzheimer disease since 2010 it’s been hard!). He blame on me not giving enough and changed l his life for me, with big expectations on me to be perfect and say and do right thing at right yime and making me feeling like was never good enough, therefore the abuse. For a while I though I was the problem, if only I could do better or do more. I am now working on releasing from him and forgiving myself for letting been mistreated. I am a pisces with cancer ascendent 11.03.1983 Portimao, Portugal, 1.25 pm

    I also want to tell you that I decided to buy a motorbike again. I had a scooter until 4 years ago that I sell but I felt a urge to buy a motorbike now and I a have the money. Made the deal 3 days ago without knowing about the venus retrograde buying matters. What can I do do protect my investment now that is done and will get it this week? hope to have no problems. I was quite fast to decide to buy i and is not an absolute need but I miss driving one and easy parking since where I live is high beach season and most parks are payed or lots of tourists everywhere, perhaps excuses I know…
    Thank you

  42. Kevin Says:


    I am a Virgo and Venus will go R from July 25th onwards till September 6th, 2015.

    I will have to vacate my present house (on rent) and move to a new house (again on rent). Will that be okay during Venus R? See through my situation, I will have to move by this month end.

    Please help!


  43. Lynn Koiner Says:

    ELSA (7-2015): You did not buy it under Venus R so do not worry. Sounds like a good choice to me.

    KEVIN: Venus R will not affect this. Just do not rent an over-priced apartment or house.

  44. Denise Says:

    Hi Lynn,
    This is a great article, thank you for all the valuable information. I have a question about a subject that wasn’t mentioned, publishing a book(inspirational fiction) during Venus retrograde. In your opinion is it favorable or unfavorable. Venus is retrograding in my 5th and then 4th house, if that matters and I am 5 degree sun Virgo with a natal Venus retrograde, also Mercury, Venus, Sun, Pluto and Uranus are in Virgo. Thanks so much, any information would be helpful, Denise

  45. gwen Says:

    I agree that i too have a Great hairdresser but I made an appt for Thurs 7/23 for “express keratin” treatment ….should I worry about Venus retrograde since my Sun is Leo and asc Sag??
    Thank you!!

  46. Lynn Koiner Says:

    DENISE (7-2015): Venus R in publishing would have a limited readership. Pick a good electional day to support you. I have July on this website and I will post the good days in August at the end of July.

    GWEN: I do not know what express keratin treatments are. I am not good at hair questions. If it really concerns you, ask the question and pull 3 tarot cards. If they look good, go ahead.

  47. Holly Romero Says:

    If the VR comes in effect 7/25 is it ok to get botox a few days before or I should wait until it ends? I am super nervous since I have a consultation tomorrow.

  48. Debbie Says:

    Will having a job interview on 7/29 be good for a Virgo born on August 26, 1966?

  49. Jessica Says:

    So I’m just hearing about Venus being in retrograde… I decided to have plastic surgery done about a month ago and chose August 10th as a date to have the surgery…Why is it so bad to have this done during this time…because I made I scheduled the surgery a couple of weeks ago week it still effect this? I’m having second thoughts now about getting this done now! Help!!

  50. Alice Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I plan to hire a divorce lawyer and report my husband for immigration fraud in the next few weeks. During the past few months I discovered he cheated on my with multiple women and that he had no intention of living with me after he immigrated to the country I reside in.

    What impact would Venus rx have on my plans?

    I’m 10 deg Aqu sun, trine Gemini asc. Venus rx is in my 5th now, but will move to my 4th.
    He is early Cap sun, early Scorp asc. Venus rx will be in his 10th.

  51. Lynn Koiner Says:

    EVERYBODY (7-2015): These are questions that are far beyond Venus R. You need to look at what is going on in your natal charts.
    Now someone has already posted that they were not pleased with cosmetic surgery under Venus R.
    Venus R will not tell the outcome of a job interview, only your natal chart.

  52. Velvet Says:

    Hi, I’m a writer and am planning to enter a playwriting competition while Venus is retro, the competition is already open but my work requires a bit of polish. Will Venus retro make a difference? I’ve been doing event charts for submitting work but am unsure about Venus retro. Do you think event charts are worth the effort for subbing? (saw your post on weddings).

    Thanks for any advice.

  53. Denise Says:

    Hi Lynn, thanks so much for your reply. I had no idea about electional astrology so I’m now researching it as much as I can. On another note, what is your experience with how people who have Venus retrograde natally fair during the transits. I’ve heard it’s easier for people with Mercury retrograde natally and that they have an easier if not better time during Mercury retrograde periods, but I’m wondering if that’s the same for Venus. Also, do you take pre and post shadow periods into consideration when planning events etc? Thanks again. Denise

  54. Kathryn Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I see you have a ton of questions so I won’t burden you with more. I actually have been into astrology for about 45 years. I found your observations and comments about past V. retrograde periods really interesting. My own past experiences with v retro. are pretty interesting. One thing I would say is not everyone is going to feel or do something drastic or experience something profound during this period so not to worry excessively. The most pedantic v. retro period for me just involved a lot of interest in clothes, shoes basically styles of the past that for a short time became pretty hot (however one of the return retro styles became a big commodity for long past the retro period, so I found that pretty fascinating as far as marketing goes). I too wouldn’t recommend major cosmetic surgery at this time, the shadow period , eh, yeah I would avoid having surgery too close to the stationary period as well. I noticed one lady who had a sexual fixation on a man on your previous comments, I believe she was “Julie”, a retrograde period might actually help her get to the root of why she is fascinated in an unattainable man, and to get into his head too I might even say it seems like he is living out some problems through her (if he is aware of her fixation on him) if he doesn’t just flat out straighten out her fantasy then he could be stringing her along for his own reasons and I would be highly concerned over a man who would allow a poor woman to be tortured needlessly and fruitlessly on the hopes of some type of romance. If it was me and I knew someone had an unhealthy fixation on me, my compassionate side would takeover and I would do everything I could to stop it before it ruined their life. Anyone who would let a person they knew had no chance in their life suffer like that is a sick person. That alone should turn her off. I have a lot of sympathy for this Julie from my own personal experiences with Plutonian relationships. This retrograde period is intense for me too. My natal moon conjuncts pluto at zero degrees of virgo (my moon is 29 degrees leo) so yeah, a station right on top like a ——ing cherry. Oh and its in a perfect square to my ascendant at zero degrees of Sagitarius. I hope all goes well for those people who seem to already be affected, remember to use the period, to think of it as a helper not as a hindrance. Thanks again Lynn for your fascinating look at the v retro period, I highly enjoyed it. Best to all, Kathryn
  55. Valentina Says:

    Hi Lynn

    Great article, I always enjoy reading your blog

  56. Liv Says:

    Hi Lynn!

    This was a very insightful post—thank you! I’m wondering… I started seeing someone in mid-late June, and things have been going incredibly well. We’ve been becoming increasingly serious and I feel as if I could see this developing into a true relationship. However, after reading this post, I’m wondering… Should I wait to lock things down until after September 8th when Venus is no longer retrograde?

    Thank you!

  57. Lynn Koiner Says:

    LIV (7-2015): Venus Retrograde has never affected a good relationship – only the bad ones whereby you see what is wrong. If there is nothing really wrong, nothing will happen.

    Years ago under Venus R, a craft shop owner called to criticize me for going to a gem show and not her open house. I realized that she was only my friend because I spent money in her shop. The connection ended then.

  58. kathryn Says:

    Even good relationships can come across a problem now and then. I find these retrograde periods useful in getting to the root of and addressing those problems (the addressing part would probably come about later when venus goes direct). Also for those holding off until after venus goes direct to get cosmetic surgery I would wait until after the eclipses in September too ~ eclipses are not good choices for electional surgery.

  59. H Smith Says:

    I have been searching for a home to purchase. If a home manifests during the Venus Retrograde, is it okay to purchase the home and move?

  60. aloha oe Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    Does this venus retrograde will affect business like financing a new venture? I am a little confused with money which one area venus rules. The thing is it is for my sister but the business is not hers and she was just invited as an investor but not much like a partner and so she is asking me to help her by lending her the intented money. I don’t know if I should lend her now or after venus goes direct for much better results.

    I asked for your insight too when mercury was retrograde and it was really helpful. Thank you all the more.

  61. Lynn Koiner Says:

    KATHRYN (7-2015): Good comment.

    H SMITH: Many people buy a home when Venus is R. It is only good if it is a bargain and not over priced or beyond your financial means. Do have a good inspection. Someone bought a house on my street that seemed a bargain. During the renovation, the house collapsed – the brinks were hollow (not legal anymore) and the support beams were rotten. So, have good insurance on the house just in case.

    ALOHA: Investment with Venus R?!!!! Is your sister crazy and she has to borrow the money from you. If you need a good horary astrologer for this question, I can recommend 2.
    Otherwise, you can pull 3 tarot cards for the outcome. I do this when I travel and I cannot calculate charts.

  62. Jen Says:

    My question regarding Venus retrograde: how would this affect a relationship between an Aries and a Libra?

  63. Lynn Koiner Says:

    JEN (7-2015): It may not affect it at all – it is all about your natal charts. If it is a bad relationship, the issues may arise – otherwise, not much unless it shows in the transits to your natal charts.

  64. jade Says:

    Hi Lynn
    Will the venus retrograde make casino winnings less fruitful?

  65. Barb Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I was wondering if I could bother you w/a quick question regarding a Venus Rx thing.

    With regard to a job, would this NOT be a good time to change jobs? My current place of employment is not sitting in a very good position and a whole lot of things just continue to deteriorate. I submitted a resume tonight and the Full Moon is upon us/perfect early tomorrow morning. In your experience, is the 24 hour period either side of a Full Moon a malefic influence?

    I sincerely thank you for your time.

    Barb Nicolai

  66. Alexa Says:

    Hi Lynn,
    I really enjoyed the article… Very very interesting.
    I am a Virgo, and this year is my
    Saturn return…
    My astrologer (the lady I went to see once, 3 months ago) told me not to start any relationship within this V.retrograde… And I instead feel like I want to break free from my marriage and I m just stuck… I can’t move on coz I can’t hurt him…I am in deep love with the other person and emotional relationship Is getting better and better… But there is so much fear… And now confusion, coz I was told not to move on now (“not a good idea when V goes retrograde”, as far as I understood… It is so overwhelming…

  67. Sally Says:

    Hi. I have a love/romance question for you if you’re not too tired of these already! I answered a man’s online ad around June 1st, 2015 (full moon/Mercury Retrograde). The ad stated that he wanted to get married sight unseen. He had a few basic requirements that he wanted met and I met his criteria. I wrote back with my “basics” and he too met mine and agreed to my “demands”. The idea here was to form a relationship based on growing it from within, without externals influencing us. His idea was modeled after the TV show “Married at First Sight”. So he asked me to marry him and I accepted. Crazy huh?!

    Then I guess Mercury Retrograde took over! We live in different states and we are planning to be married in October. First we had communication problems with our cell phones. Then I didn’t hear anything from him for about 6 weeks, until recently when he emailed me. He stated that he was in a terrible work related accident and that he has been in the hospital all this time. He was not able to contact me, because his phone was crushed in the accident. I know this story sounds fantastic, but I believe him. Please don’t judge me! My concern is that we got engaged during a full moon/Mercury Retrograde and we are “reuniting” during Venus Retrograde. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  68. Lynn Koiner Says:

    BARB (7-2015): More depends upon the aspects occurring in your natal chart – transits and progressed Moon. It would have been better to submit the resume on a good electional date. I will post the August dates on my website later.

    I do not find the Full Moon to always be bad, except when it is a Perigee Full Moon — the next one will be at the end of August.

    ALEXA: Again, I would look at the chart comparison with the new love and what is going on in your natal chart. I would never make a major decision based upon a Retrograde planet. Venus helps you gain a new perspective…but I would say wait to access the new relationship better.

    SALLY: I can tell that you would not listen to me or even consider having a chart comparison done. Never give this man money. If married, you are responsible for his financial problems. You need to check this man out before you say I Do – and, yes, it is a crazy idea. I would research this man and find out who he is…but I am sure you only want to be married no matter what. The cell phone problems is another red flag for me.

  69. Lynn Koiner Says:

    JADE ON GAMBLING: I have no experience with Venus R and gambling. I used to provide a service to a card player. I would calculate a chart for the date-time-place that he asked HOW WILL MY CARD PLAYING GO? I was very good at this but it has been a long time since I did this type of work.

    There is a program by Matrix on lucky times for gambling but you also need to look at your natal chart — for good planets in the 1-2-5 Houses, especially the 5th.

  70. Denise Says:

    Hi Lynn,
    Do you have any experience with people who have Venus retrograde nataly having a different experience during the retrograde period, ie not having to follow the relationship rules, buying expensive items rules etc. Or is everyone on the same playing field. Also what are your thoughts on the shadow periods of retrogrades? Thanks,Denise

  71. Lynn Koiner Says:

    DENISE (8-2015): I have not made such an observation with Venus R. And, it is not always true with Mercury R. Although when an astrology group was having trouble organizing a conference when Mercury was R, they got their Mercury R members to help and it turned out great. Yet, on Global Gatherings I on this site, a well known European astrologer observed that her husband with Mercury R natally always initiates with Mercury R and it always turns out badly.

    If you observe anything, please let me know.

  72. Kristen Says:

    Thank you to everyone in this feed, it has been very informative to read all the responses regarding Venus retrograde. I appreciate your neutral approach to placements, that the intrinsic lesson is what is central, not a good or bad judgement. Feelings of self appreciation, and self worth issues were mentioned, and the way that these issues relate to our relationships. This could not hit closer to home right now for me. I would really love to hear how you feel about chronic health issues which in some way relate to self worth issues. Within this Venus retrograde I have been researching ways to treat chronic severe acne–a condition that has eaten away at my confidence and self worth for 18 years. I finally feel that I am ready to let go of the familial conditionings around religion and being myself that I believe created the condition years ago. In my research just last week I ‘discovered’ a new non-toxic treatment and had a consult today. A photosensitizing agent is applied and light therapy. It seems like a miracle–options in the past I avoided, as they could cause dangerous health risks and side effects–feels like a metaphor. However, even the hope of positive change brings up much fear and doubt and forces me to literally ‘face’ these issues. The only time I can make this work in my schedule with recovery time is August 28th. My concern is aggravated by hearing that Venus retrograde is not the time to undergo any kind of cosmetic procedure. Is this true even if the condition is medical and chronic as well? I have been looking at my chart and considering my birthday is on August 31st, and that I might get a positive boost from sun conjunct Jupiter on the 26th in Virgo. My ascendant is Libra though, so Venus does figure strongly. This issue is very close to my heart and feels like so much more than a small procedure, it feels like the possibility of freedom from an old pattern manifesting. If it isn’t a great idea, however, I am willing to be patient, as waiting and experiencing what these circumstances bring up without judgement is truly the aim. Would be very grateful if you or anyone else with experience with Venus retrograde had any advice about this.

  73. Kathryn Says:

    Hi Kristin, I feel so much empathy for your skin condition, I have suffered with adult acne off and on for years. I have some scars too. I have finally managed my acne so I just want to share what my routine is that seems to not just clear my skin but also reduce fine lines and age spots. Every night after washing my face I use Retin-A (Tretinoin) gel 0.025% which is the mildest percentage available in the gel. The stronger stuff will burn your skin. In the morning I use Clearasil cleansing wash and while I’m washing my face I gently rub off the top layer of dead skin with my finger tips. The massage seems to help bring circulation to the surface of my skin and gives it a rosy glow. My skin is also dry so I hydrate with an anti wrinkle treatment by Lancôme (they are all good but expensive) If your skin is oily then only use a little cream. Once your acne is under control, you can use more and more hydration because this treatment does dry your skin somewhat. Another thing that is amazing is having the doc put a little botox in the area where you have acne scars because sometimes its the muscles that accentuate the scars and when the muscles are relaxed the scars seem to smooth out. I would avoid any major skin treatment on Venus retrograde that could have permanent results. I’m not as worried about less invasive treatments like botox or fillers as they are not permanent. Make sure you go to a reputable doc for those. I hope this helps !

  74. Lynn Koiner Says:

    KISTEN (8-2015): First, thank you Kathryn for sharing your personal experience. I value this over theories and, next, I will give Edgar Cayce theories.

    You can Google “Edgar Cayce Acne” and get information on what Cayce said about acne. I will try to summerize.

    1 – Poor eliminations (87% in readings) so that toxins are released through the skin. For this, I always recommend the Turkey Rhubarb formula from Utah. Now it is called WORKS LIKE CLOCKWORK from This is great for everyone, as opposed to the stressful colonics. Do not follow instructions. I personally take 2 with a glass of water each day. When it finally works, you will know why my friends are thrilled with this product.

    2 – Glandular incoordinations that affected eliminations. You can try the Atomidine protocol but, for the average person, I would find a good Endocrinologist to test hormone levels in the glands. If you have afflictions to Mars (use wide orbs) and planets in Cardinal signs, you may have something called Adrenaline Dominance. Seriphos cams the adrenals by producing Serotonin (better than 5-HTP). THis should be taken at night on an empty stomach. It is very relaxing.

    3 – Deficiencies in the blood, especially iron. Nutritional tests can be run by your doctor.

    If you try any of these suggestions, let us know what works.

  75. Kristen Says:

    Wow, thank you so much Kathryn for your kind words and personal suggestions. I truly appreciate your willingness to share. I know that talking about these issues makes some people uncomfortable, it was very encouraging to me.
    Lynn, I am blown away by your accessiblity and thoughtful responses to everyone with questions. It is rare that a professional astrologer responds at all to these sorts of open forums. I have never heard of this person but I just had blood drawn for a hormone test, so it sounds like I could gain a lot from reading his theories. Thank you so much for your help and openness.

  76. Kathryn Says:

    Kristen, You are so welcome, my pleasure believe me :)

    Lynn, You are an amazing person to give so much of your time to answer these questions so thoroughly and I might add that I am going to try some of your suggestions too. I have a good, well aspected mars but its also got a funky affliction from mars in Aries to Mercury in Cancer so with that Cardinal stuff going on sounds like I’ll be the perfect candidate for those treatments as well. I would like to use natural remedies to help me relax. Right now I am habituated to sleeping pills like Ambien at night but I prefer natural sleep.

    I have to add that talking to you both right here in this forum is having a beneficial effect for me during this Venus retro period. I really needed an outlet with Jupiter and Venus and Saturn doing their dance right now on my Moon Pluto conjunction (moon 29 leo , Pluto 0 Virgo that squares my Asc at 0 Sag.) Yours, Kathryn
  77. Kelly Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    Just to clarify. Elected cosmetic surgery not ideal during Venus RX but what if you need to do a fairly mom invasive surgical procedure and the recovery time is short but ideal to schedule around the long holiday or somewhere btwn aug 28-SEPT 4. If you are an aries -Jupiter is in our house of health and fitness. Can we move forward or do you still advise, if we can wait to do so after Sept 8th. It’s a small procedure but will allow me to focus on something bigger in the future.

    Thanks for responding to this question and all the others the information has been enlightening


  78. Lynn Koiner Says:

    KELLY (8-2015): When a surgery is necessary, the Retrogrades are no concern. I broke by foot off (held on only by the skin) when both Mercury and Mars were Retrograde. Surgery HAD to be done and, even now after almost 30 years,
    I have no arthritis in that foot.

    What concerns me is that you picked a time near the Crises Full Moon, on August 29. August 30 is a Sunday. September 1 is a good electional date and the Moon is moving away from the Full Moon.

  79. ladym Says:

    Hi!what if there is a chance for a new job during this time, should I take it?It’s nothing that is guaranteed for now, just like..negotiations, correspondence with the employer. I took a job during mercury retrograde and the consequences were unpleasant to say the least.. What about venus retro, what can go wrong? thank you!

  80. Lynn Koiner Says:

    LADYM (8-2015): Venus R is not like Mercury R at all. Lately, I feel unloved and unappreciated.

    If you need a job and it is offered, it is not necessary to turn it down.

    If you are experiencing bad Saturn transits, then no offer will be good…all depends upon your natal chart.
  81. chelsea h Says:

    I found this so incredibly helpful… yet now i’m a little scared.
    I have been dating (officially) my boyfriend for 6 months. I’m an aries female (21 yrs) and he is a taurus male (23 yrs) our relationship never had any problems before the retrograde took place. Now everything you have mentioning has happened and he is going through a major crises and we are taking a break so he can think. He is thinking about his life, yet im thinking about if I should leave. Should I wait until the retrograde is over to see if things really change or improve? because it was never a “bad” relationship before, it was actually wonderful and amazing, even when we’re long distance. we’re seeing each other september 7th or 8th when it ends actually..

  82. Lynn Koiner Says:

    CHELSEA (8-2015): Without knowing what his chart looks like in comparison to yours, you can wait. No harm in this. Taurus men never listen – like talking to the wall: Aries does not always see another’s point of view – generally. I always feel that, if someone needs to THINK about the relationship, it is an easy way to break it off. But, you can find out by waiting.

  83. chelsea h Says:

    Can you help me read our charts? Will that help assess what’s going on with him and what I should do? i dont know how to read my chart correctly yet, im still learning…. but i did do a report that compares our charts together. can you help me assess it in terms of this retrograde and what I should do?

    our chart in comparison to each other:

  84. chelsea h Says:

    do you have any advice on how couples should interact during this retrograde? to avoid making things worse…

  85. Katie Says:

    Hi Lynn,
    During this time i have been feeling lonely as I am single and have been for a few years since ending a four year relationship. I have been working positively to improving my life and recently it has been going downhill. I’m trying to lose weight about twenty pounds and i can’t stop overeating … on top of that i keep hooking up with different guys and even some i am getting attached to after a one night stand. This cycle has been spiralling because i feel worse and worse about my self i have realized some of my friends are horrible people and have stopped talking to them as well and maybe i am over compensating by making meaningless relationships with guys. What should i do to stop this from continuing how do i get out of the cycle of random guys and find someone real and true who wants me for who i am now? How do i stop overeating because i am sad and lonely????
    is it due to retrograde or something else could it be enhanced during this period of time..?
    on a separate note… I’m also thinking about getting rhinoplasty september 9 or should i get it at a later date like closer to the end of the month?

  86. Kathryn Says:


    I appreciate you!! :)

    Katie I feel for you, I hope you find that special person you seem nice. Maybe try meeting people in places where everyone shares a same interest in something, the common meeting ground is often a sound place to start a relationship vs dating because your lonely and you need someone to fill that void, sometimes that scares guys off a bit. The rhinoplasty should help with your confidence but seriously take Lynns advise on the days, because a rhinoplasty has everything to do with attractiveness and venus ruled procedures, also I would be careful around the eclipses I think in Sept .. not good times. Another thing I noticed is that more models are getting less drastic nose jobs and trying to keep as much of their ethnicity about their noses. Ask your plastic surgeon to show you the minimally invasive techniques

  87. Lynn Koiner Says:

    KATIE (8-2015): Kathryn gave you a good answer. And, yes, any cosmetic surgery will give you confidence. But, get a very good doctor!

    I would stop thinking about finding a man. As Kathryn said, find a Meet Up group and a common interest social circle (an astrology group that is more social but many are too Uranian).

    Eating is due to frustration and isolation. We eat when we are alone. Look for good female friends first. Common interests is important and socializing.

    Mercury turns Retrograde not long after Venus turns D. I would wait until all of these Retrogrades are over. With Venus R, you might not be happy with the outcome.

  88. Lynn Koiner Says:

    CHELSEA (8-2015): I have no general advice. Keep from hurting each other’s feelings and do not be overly sensitive yourself. And, do not blame yourself for any problems. Self-recriminations are just as bad.

  89. simrose Says:

    I only found out yesterday what Venus retrograde is!! :S Me and my boyfriend have been in a long distance relationship since March 2013, in November 2014 he told me he didn’t love me anymore. However, he still didn’t stop texting me and getting in contact until January 2015, when he didn’t text back after a petty argument. Only god knows how much I’ve suffered since November 2014, I honestly thought we would get married, but I just don’t know what happened. Anyway, come June 21st 2015, I got my results from my degree and decided to text him to let him know the good news, as he supported me all the way through till January 2015. Now, we had a good conversation(s) but via text, for a brief moment I felt like I had gone back to that time again when we were dating, but I didn’t lose perspective of the fact that we were not dating anymore, therefore I kept my emotions inside of me. We’ve been texting every weekend since, but for the first time ever I’m beginning to feel that he has gotten over me for good. His texts since last week have gone from paragraphs to just a sentence. On some occasions there doesn’t seem to be any ongoing communication. I thought to myself last night that I shouldn’t have texted him back, but now I understand how Venus retrograde is playing its part. Can you suggest what I should do, I was thinking off cutting him off for a while, but I fear I may lose him?

  90. Lynn Koiner Says:

    SIMROSE (8-015): You know the answer – cut him loose and move on. Texting is a way of keeping you on a string until something better comes along….then he only texts sentences.
    It is a game for him, with your feelings.

    You have already lost him – which is really a good thing for you. Change your attitude while Venus is R and decide for something better for yourself.

  91. chelsea h Says:

    One question, in the beginning of this post… when you say (taurus-libra) issues, do you mean that’s who this is affecting most? if not, what do you mean?

  92. Lynn Koiner Says:

    CHELSEA (8-2015): Well, I do not think I ever said Taurus-Libra issues because I do not know your charts.
    So, I cannot say who is affecting whom. But you are definitely allowing him to affect you. It is your choice.

  93. maria fulton Says:

    I am changing my will and the estate documents that goes with it, plus changing ownership title on a property. Is signing off on of such items OK during Venus retro, or should I wait unit Venus goes direct? Thank you for all you do for people; it’s appreciated.

  94. T. H. Says:

    Hi Lynn! So I’m a Scorpio Female, and started a relationship with a Cancer Male around March of this year. We’re both just starting out in college (he’s a sophmore now, I’m a junior) and it was a really unexpected relationship because I’m in a military family and was to move during May. We decided that we were going to break things off until my family said I could move back to continue school. It was then that right before I left he decided for us to take a break because he was feeling overwhelmed, but he said he had this weird feeling before we even started our relationship. To give you a good idea, our relationship was absolutely amazing and we never really had any bad parts, our connection was strong, and so since he wanted a break I was quite taken aback. We’ve been apart all summer but have spent about every other week talking for a couple days. I’m about to move back and then we’ll see each other again and he was going to let me know how he felt about us at this current point in time, but I was wondering if the Venus retrograde would affect that since it talks about not starting new relationships, or does that not apply to a ‘break’?

  95. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MARIA FULTON (8-2015): This Venus R is fraught with mis-communications so do read the document carefully.

    TH: Venus R is just going to make you feel hurt, unloved and unappreciated. This jerk is stringing you along but does not want to come right out and end the relationship. Cut this guy loose. Obviously, he did not think the relationship was a amazing as you did – not your fault though.

  96. Sophia Says:

    Hi Lynn! So 10 years ago I befriend and sometime thereafter fell in love with a man deeply, however at the time he was in a long distance relationship that was on its end and because of those complications our friendship and love fell apart. I cut him loose in 2008 and never looked back until three years ago when I ran into him at my new job. He made a handful attempts to speak to me during the years apart but I was too hurt and trying to maintain my composure and did not let him in. But seeing him again, unexpectedly, I couldn’t deny his request to talk. I gave him a chance and he told me he wanted to marry me and spend his life with me but he thought I was over him and moved on. Eventually he got married and now has two kids. We cleared the air and steered clear of another because our energies are too strong. Though undoubtedly we realize how special and rare our connection is, but we do not want to complicate the others life. We just want the other to be happy. Fast forward to the present, I had a Vedic astrology reading done where I was told he was my soulmate from many past lives and that we will never be able to run away from the bond we share. He also shared with me that He is not happy in his marriage and it pains me to see him in this state. However it pains me too because it is not easy being just a friend to him and seeing him not be in my life. I know he feels strongly for me and cares a lot about me. He is married though and I cannot disrespect that part of him or another woman. I have been feeling the Venus R effects strongly this summer with respect to this relationship and it’s making it difficult to continue being his friend to be there for him. I also do not want to influence him or negatively affect his decisions regarding his marriage. I do not want to loose him again either. I am torn on how to proceed in a way that is best and most peaceful for everyone. Should I just walk away again without looking back once Venus R ends?

  97. Lynn Koiner Says:

    SOPHIA (8-2015):I am not a psychic so I do not know anything about you. Common sense says that he is married, that he makes bad relationship decisions and then bails out, that he is not a good bet relationship-wise.

    There are no Soulmates, Sophia, but there are good relationships. You have to wait until he is available but I would have a good western astrologer make a comparison.

    If you continue to be his “friend,” you cannot move on in your life and he gets 2 relationships. Yes, I do know it is hard. Venus R really makes people feel unlovable in relating. We then accept less than e deserve.

  98. Celeste Says:

    Hey there!
    I was thinking of getting a whole hair make over next Sat, 22nd, extensions, cut and color. This is the first time going to this salon. A friend vouches for them but since Venus is in retrograde, should I wait another 2 wks to be on the safe side? Thank you for taking the time to read my reply!!

  99. Rilya Says:

    Reading here about this retrograde and relationships, I have to admit this is a very difficult time. Patience is seriously needed. My long distance partner has suddenly withdrawn this past week more so than ever before. beyond the retrograde I believe depression is also factoring in big time. I’m struggling with the selfishness of my partner being able to spend time elsewhere online, yet not quite see they are withdrawing from the relationship. I was told yesterday to not make problems where aren’t any and that I’m still loved. I’m fighting my inner self to wait for this to pass to truly evaluate the current relationship, and yet unexpectedly someone has come into my life that wants to spend time with me and talk with me.
    How can I understand which way to go?

  100. Lynn Koiner Says:

    CELESTE (8-2015): While it seems like a silly question - but it is not -, I have “hair problems” (naturally curly, bleached and frizzy). I have a great hair dresser for over 20 years. I trust her, even with the Retrogrades. BUT, a new hairdresser is a concern with Venus R – personally, since it is an expensive process, I would wait.

    RILYA: Venus R makes you feel unloved or unappreciated. Do not act when Venus is R. Wait for it to pass.

  101. Taurus Says:

    I’m new to this and am very worried about some cosmetic surgery. I am thinking about getting lip on my stomach and get rid of some bad mannequin lines on my face with filler. I was born May 2, 1960 at 2:35 am. When do you think a good time would be in remainder of 2015, Lynn?
    Thank you!

  102. Aqua-Lass Says:

    Hopefully I’m not wrong in sharing my experience with this current Venus retro. I’m frustrated because in the early part of the year I ruined my aesthetic self by coloring my hair all wrong and have had to insure not liking myself much as a result. This retrograde has made me have to wait longer yet to correct my hair. It has already been several months and since it’s a process that I go through my original ‘look’ may not be achieved until late this year. Thanks Venus! lol
    As for other aspects, I have no idea why but it seems to be Venus, I’ve been feeling like I’m walking about in the dark in all aspects of life. I have absolutely no grace and when trying to do ordinary tasks, I fail miserably. Technology (not in Mercury retrograde, which is most common for this) has been arguous as well. Am I the only one feeling like I’m stuck in quicksand?

  103. Rachel Says:


    I have been dating a guy for 8 months and I really like him…we get along great, have several common interests, integrate well into each other’s lives/friends groups, and have similar ideals for the future. In the beginning, everything felt electric – like it was predestined to happen. However, for some time, we have had difficulty gaining real depth in our relationship…mainly due to the fact that I was afraid/unwilling to speak up when he offended me…which in turn made him uncomfortable, bc as a Cancer, he was easily able to notice this tension.
    Last week, we finally had a real heart-to heart conversation and talked about all of this…but it was kind of under the premise of taking a break or breaking up…which made me sad. He said he feels like something is missing, which we both know is that element of romance we had before we started shutting the other person out, but still wants us to date casually and continue to get to know each other now that we are open to discussing the things we are feeling.
    I know taking this step back and being more casual with things is the only way for us to recapture the romance and enter into something authentic…but i worry it is a superficial move on his part, or not something that has the potential to evolve into what i am hoping for. Can Venus retrograde provide any insight into how this situation might play out?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

  104. Lynn Koiner Says:

    RACHEL (8-2015): I hate to say this but Venus R will give no insights on the relationship. It just brings out the problems that had previously been overlooked or ignored.

    You really need a look at both charts and what is going on.

    When a man is crazy about a woman, he will work things out. Casual dating is not going to rekindle the romance. Distrust will grow when he does not call regularly, sees other women and finally stops calling because he is in a committed relationship.

    You can give it a try though but I would find out what he is really like with a competent astrologer. I think “casual dating” is just an easy way out for him. I know this is really hard – do not think I do not understand.

  105. burka Says:

    hello i have a question about venur R affecting my job.
    I’ve applied for a new job last friday and it is a job in another town so I would have to move. I did the application even though I have a job now, but I was thinking for some time now to try to change it. Being a Cap sun with cap ascendant, I think venus rules my career house so I was wondering should this period affect me negatively in terms of job? Also was it wise to apply for a new job now being a venus retro period – just wondering does it have similar affect as mercury retro periods with job applications? I still have an interview to do so it’s not a done thing but I was just wondering have I done a bad move during this transit? This venus retro is actually transiting my 8th house right now…

  106. Jal Says:

    Hi, I hurt a Capricorn man, how to get him to get over it and reconsider me? His Venus is in Cap and my Venus is in Aquarius.
    I was in a strained relationship with my Cap man, I am a Cap too, I told him I wanted a break. I explored other options and he saw this. I was unhappy during the break, but didn’t tell him. He initially tried getting me back, but after 2mths (10jun-15aug) he has moved on & started a relationship. I initially explored because he cant give me financial stability. I chose $ over love. Now, I cant live without him. We still meet but he says to remain as friends & he will see what happens in the future. But i know deep down he is hurt and cant see past forgiving me. When is a good time to get him to. I have been making small gestures every morning, waiting for him at work to let him know he means a lot and I will appreciate him moving forward. Please please help!

  107. Lynn Koiner Says:

    JAL (8-2015): Jal – I am afraid that there is nothing that I can tell you about this situation. He has moved on and his is in a new relationship. You have to move on too…but I know that it is very hard to do.

    This is a great ending cycle with Saturn at 28-29 degrees. It will be easier when Saturn goes into Sagittarius.

  108. Barbara Says:

    I have a question regarding scheduling for cosmetic surgery while Venus is retrograde.

    I scheduled the actual surgery on Sept 10th and the surgery is for a mini face lift and the first procedure was 11 years ago.

    Do I need to be concerned with the fact that I scheduled the surgery during the Venus Retrograde? Venus goes direct on Sept 6th and the scheduled surgery date is Sept 10th.

    I look forward to your responses and thanks for the great article!


  109. Lynn Koiner Says:

    BARBARA (8-2015): I have answered this a lot but it is not my choice for cosmetic surgery…but then Mercury is R in September and they may not get all of the stitches out — this happened to a friend and it took her a year to find out why there was an abscess on her ear lobe.

  110. Kaia Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I want to reside my garage this fall. It will most likely be with a company I’ve worked with in the past. With the Venus and Mercury retrograde periods, is there a better time to initiate this project, whether it be with a new business or with a business I’ve worked with previously. I’ve already contacted a few businesses to get estimates and met with one guy already. I appreciate your reply. Thank you.

  111. burka Says:

    Thank you for your kind response to my question. It turned out they didn’t contact me again for a job interview after I sent a question about a time to do an interview with them. Since I live in another city we communicated over email. I think it is rude to say the least , they didn’t answer anything. Must be that miscommunication you mentioned to me, or a lack of one in this case.

  112. Stephanie Says:

    Hi Lynn ~~

    I am just now learning about astrology, and venus retrograde.

    I have been feeling overwhelmingly needy and unloved in my relationship of 3 years. I am finding little gestures like hand holding and hugs not sufficient to feel valued, and I am feeling intense cravings for romance, being “swept off my feet”, and more communication from my partner.

    This has been so overwhelming enough the past 2 weeks that I’m now considering ending this relationship because my partner is falling short of all these things. I’m now reading that its better to wait until after the retrograde to make any kind of decision, because my perception of the situation might not be the actual reality.

    I’m really struggling with trying to figure out is the problem my altered perception of him (him not really loving me, taking me for granted, time to move on) or is the problem me? (being hyper sensitive, emotional and needy)

    Any advice?

  113. Lynn Koiner Says:

    STEPHANIE (9-2015): Yes, I would wait until Venus turns Direct. You need to learn enough about transits to see what is going on in your chart to make you feel this way.

    With Saturn at 29 Scorpio, this is an ending cycle – it is time to move on.

  114. megs Says:

    Hi Lynn
    My DOB 08 Jan 1977. Tob 2130 hrs place Moradabad in uttar Pradesh in India
    My husband DOB 27 Sep 1976. Tob. 1124 hrs. Place kolkatta in India
    He abandoned me with 03 months old twins 03 yrs back
    Will things become normal ever
    I m going in and out of a relationship with a man for last one month which I feel wouldn’t work out but he is getting on my nerves. I want to get over it….he was born on 09 Oct ….pls help

  115. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MEGS (9-2015): That husband was a loser to abandon you. Dump the annoying boyfriend. The problems will only get worse after marriage. Your beginning Venus at early degrees is not good at sizing up relationships. You need to ask friends to help you.
    Do not get involved with anyone new in early November.

  116. megs Says:

    Will i ever have a normal happy married life

  117. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MEGS (9-2015): This is very difficult to answer. First, you need to overcome your fear of men. Second, you must stop seeing the potential in a man, a potential that they will never manifest.
    There are qualities or issues around your father. You may seek to “rescue” your father in these losers.

  118. megs Says:

    This man with whom I’m in relationship for last one month… I like him but I feel he is no more serious abt it….. It is painful for me……I want to forget him and come out of it…..can my stars tell till when my agony will continue

  119. Divya Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I am a Capricorn, and I met my old school frnd after many many years. He used to love me at that time and still love me although he said he is happlily married now. we started chatting for long long hours during the retrograde period, and met one time.. but after that he started behaving very weird and one or two times he said he love me still but can’t afford to destroy his current relationship. And all of a sudden, with no reason he stopped communicating with me .. stopped 100% … and we broke during the shadow phase… he didn’t give me a chance to explain anything. This affect my daily schedule I always thinking about the good time I did spend with time.. and always wishing he will call me back since then.. I didn’t give him call as he ask me to no to do that..
    I read somewhere that breakups during the shadow period is not the actual breakup always.. is there any chance he will come back to my life? he was my very good friend as well and I don’t want to loose him..

    can you please advice … should I wait for him to call ? or should I forget him ( this is really difficult for me though )

    Please help

  120. Lynn Koiner Says:

    DIVYA (10-2015): You need to move on because he is married. He needed an escape emotionally so he played with your feelings. You deserve better. I know it is difficult but you must move on.

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