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.

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