2018 is entering its waning phase. Endings are the focus z we finish projects, meet end of the year deadlines, and prepare for the holidays and rituals ahead. But as we all begin to gaze into the future at the potential and possibilities of next year, we should also be preparing for a couple of major astrological events still left in these last few months. Venus will be in retrograde in the sign of Scorpio from October 5- Nov. 16. The retrograde (typically signifying the past, hindsight or backward motion) of Venus (symbol of love and connection) can, and will, take on many forms during this time. Mercury will also be in retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius from Nov. 16- Dec. 6. The retrograde of Mercury (representing communication in all its forms) will also have different meanings and applications through this period. Let’s take a look at how these two astrological retrogrades will be effecting the rest of your year, based on your sign:
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22- Jan. 19)
The strength and joy you find during this time of year will be needed. Family and friends you haven’t spoken to recently will resurface, needing your guidance or help during the Venus retrograde. When Mercury begins its retrograde, be prepared to mediate difficult discussions among ones you care for. Rely on your trademark determination and superior attention to detail when preparing for these events.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20- Feb. 18)
While you will not be directly effected by the retrograde of Venus, it is extremely likely that someone close to you will be confronted with a painful issue of the heart around this time. Allow them to rely on you for your compassion and optimism as they sort through their emotions. Mercury’s retrograde will have you feeling misunderstood, but not to worry. While your unique sense of individuality may have some confused, or even upset at first, they will quickly realize what your true intentions were.
PISCES (Feb. 19- Mar. 20)
Protect your soft heart these last few months. Your gentle nature and empathy will be tested as Venus enters her retrograde when someone from the past resurfaces. Do not let them exploit your generosity. Continue the path of kindness, while also reaching for your inner strength in moments of confrontation. Mercury’s retrograde will likely have you meditating on recent conversations, both had and over heard.
ARIES (Mar. 21- Apr. 19)
Throughout the Venus retrograde you will likely be confronted with something that you love, or once loved. It will be a time of reflection and reprioritizing with the object or idea as the focal point. The apparent backward motion of Mercury will cloud both interpersonal and professional communications, so take your time and be clear.
TAURUS (Apr. 20- May 20)
Your logical and practical character traits will come in quite handy the next few months. Something that was once a serious issue between those you love will come closer to a resolution during the period of Venus in retrograde. Solong as you keep your head level, those around you will be inclined to follow your strong lead. Those surrounding you may try to misconstrue your communication during Mercuy’s retrograde, but do not let it dissuade you from respectfully disagreeing with or confronting the people you are around.
GEMINI (May 21- Jun. 20)
The Venus retrograde will bring with it big events for the ones around you. While your classic Gemini curiosity will have you wanting to get to the bottom of it all, resist the urge to pry. They will tell you when they’re ready. Until then be your loving, kind self and work on your patience. As for the time of Mercury in retrograde, the upset in communication will have you questioning and doubting yourself. Remember always, but during this time especially, that you need to be as kind to yourself as you are to those around you.
CANCER (Jun. 21- Jul. 22)
You may experience some heightened emotions during the time of Venus in retrograde. You will likely question a serious and strong relationship in your life, perhaps for the first time. Don’t be scared. Use your intuition and intellect to help you see things clearly. Mercury’s retrograde period will affect your communication with this person, as the retrogrades are back-to-back. The transition from observation and reflection into confrontation and resolve is tricky. Timing is important.
LEO (Jul. 23- Aug. 22)
While you are typically task focused and goal oriented, Venus’ retrograde will have you shifting your acute attention from old loves to new ones. The changes may feel strange and you may want to resist them. But doing things differently, and allowing yourself to feel differently will help you grow in unexpected ways. Do your best to use your leadership for behind-the-scenes tasks during the Mercury retrograde, as your confidence will likely be received as total arrogance.
VIRGO (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)
The Venus retrograde will have you transitioning out of a love or relationship this season. And although letting go is hard to do, your logic and grace will carry you through this confusing and difficult time. The Mercury retrograde will likely have you confused about your own thoughts and feelings. This is when you will use your superb organizational skills to decide and plan what you want to truly say before you actually say it.
LIBRA (Sep. 23- Oct. 22)
Your artistic, creative spirit will sing as a love from your past resurfaces in a positive way. Indulge in walks down memory lane in order to reveal why the universe has reunited you with this person/thing. Be sure to listen very carefully to those around you durin the retrograde of Mercury, as your likelihood of misunderstandings will be high during this time.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23- Nov. 21)
As Venus retrogrades in your sign, your love life will be turned upside down. Relationships will be ended and begun. The past will resurface. It will be a chaotic time of feeling, emotion and confusion. Keep your fire passion in check during this time and take comfort in your resilient independence. The Mercury retrograde will likely find you too exhausted to speak to anyone but those closest to you.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. 21)
Your sense of adventure will have you exploring options of the past in a new light as Venus retrogrades. Explore them fully and with an open mind, as new possibilities await you in something (or someone) you almost left behind. Communication throughout the retrograde of Mercury will be focused on memories and previous events. While not all of these recollections will be pleasant, communicating about days gone by will offer fresh perspective and new discoveries.
Having a few clues about the rest of your year will help you finish it strong. And while it may take personal readings and rituals to decipher precisely what the rest of 2018 has for you, the knowledge of the retrogrades and their projected effects can at least serve as a guide to prepare you for this tumultuous and often confusing time of year. Even though it’s nearing the end, 2018 still has incredible potential no matter what your sign is.
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