Venus goes retrograde every 18 months. This time he is going retrograde in Taurus, his own sign from 13th May to 25th Jun. He will also be going combust from 29th May to 9th Jun 2020. (He will continue forward in Taurus till 1st Aug)
During this period, his own signs Taurus and Libra signs will bear the brunt. Taurus more so as he is getting retrograde/combust in Taurus itself. Scorpio will also feel some effects as it is right opposite Taurus. So wherever these signs are placed in your chart, you will feel the pressure. Eg if in your chart, Scorpio represents your father then you will feel a strange disconnect from him, you might argue with him or disrespect him in some way and overt father’s love might go missing.
Venus is the Daityaguru Shukracharya, the Teacher who grants you the one-one relationship with yourself, ie Moksh, this gift is for the highly evolved souls (Jivatma). He first tests you by offering you the pleasures of this illusory creation. If the soul is lower down on the soul maturity level, he signifies material luxuries, sexual relationships etc, pleasures of the mind/body. If he is spoilt in the chart then he grants addictions, casual physical affairs, unstable finances, no sense of the spiritual etc. He is a very cryptic graha, his tests are very strange as they test your powers of single-pointed focus, endurance and intelligence. Do you choose your superficial desires or are aware/courageous enough to understand/choose your deepest Desire?
Analyse your chart, how powerful is it overall? A weak chart suffers more in adverse transits and a stronger chart can convert every adversity to opportunity and leap upwards. A strongly placed ascendant sign, Ascendant lord and birth Moon grant physical and mental strength to come out of any situation with ease. For evolved souls, a strongly placed Sun or strongly placed Ketu can push onward on the path to Moksh. Strong Tara graha, ie Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn will grant material comforts depending on what they signify in general and in specific for your chart.
Next try to find out what Venus signifies in your chart. Which houses does he own, where is he placed, influences on him, exalted or debilitated, ashtakvarga, nakshatra, shad-bala, etc his power to give results should be examined in depth. First know what he signifies in the chart, then analyse his effects in transit.
Retrograde Venus. Venus had entered Taurus on 29th Mar 2020. So whatever happened in your life from this date onwards will be reviewed in depth. You might feel things connected to Venus are being rolled back. Eg if you had got into a business partnership during this time you might be required to reconsider some parts of the contracts again. You will be required to restructure the following areas in your life, ie concept of wealth, one-one relationships, personal spiritual practice, esoteric philosophy. You will be required to rethink, reassess on your deepest Desire. If you refuse to understand what is happening and do not cooperate with the energy, there will be blocks and hurdles in life. Thus is the challenge of retrogrades. (Venus, Saturn and Jupiter are retrograde together so this realignment will be an eye-opening one. So many aspects of life connected to these planets are going to being reset at one time together)
Combust Venus means that the energy of the planet is absorbed by the Sun. ie Venus is closely conjunct the Sun. Venus stops existing in the heavens, ‘Venus eclipse’, so things signified by Venus suffer. There will be a strange vacuum in life for these days, 29th May to 9th Jun. You will feel disconnected from all personal relationships and all things signified by Venus take on a selfish, self-centred self-referential nature dominated by your self-ego. The effect of combustion will depend on the strength of the Sun in your personal birth horoscope. And also what is the relationship of Sun and Venus in your birth chart, what these two planets stand for in your chart. If the Sun is strong then you will feel a very high level of self-confidence which can easily become over-confidence in matters related to Venus. If the Sun and Venus are not powerful then you will suffer from inferiority complex and people can take advantage of you during this period.
When Venus is retrograde or combust his guidance is no longer available to us. The esoteric Guru has vanished. We cannot give or expect validation from others during this period. All will feel a little bit more alone on the inside. People will not be able to judge the true value of things, people, actions, emotions, relationships, thoughts, desires etc. We expect validation from our loved one, but this can vanish in this period. Spiritual practice might suffer. Some might see financial losses, separations from loved ones, partnerships might break, addictions may start. Some people might be called on to settle past-life’s or ancestral debts. For some, health might be affected. Creative arts, eg films music etc might not be able to express themselves for sometime, ‘writer’s block’. Recognition for creativity will reduce, some might not get paid enough for their work. Forgeries, cheating, corruption, immorality etc can increase. Decision making capacity will decrease. Some might find themselves tangled in issues which do not have a life-time or long-term value. If you are pregnant/ expecting then take due care in this period. Avoid giving advise to others, else you will be blamed when things go wrong later. This Venus retrograde/ combust period will be challenging for businessmen, for salaried people holding secure jobs the situation is a bit better. If you are a spiritual aspirant, your ‘exams’ are coming up. Families, be ready for issues popping up.
Very briefly on the nakshatra. Jyotish is based on the Nakshatra energies. Venus will be going retrograde in Mruga and Rohini. He will be combust in Rohini.
Rohini is is ruled by Brahma and influenced by the Moon. Its symbol is the Ox-cart. When its energies get disturbed there is increase in unproductive activities. Actions become unbalanced and erratic. Strain increases as people try to do several things at once. Passions and temper increase, materialistic tendencies increase, resources decrease, money etc may be lost. There is an inability to express innermost thoughts/feelings, this causes internal suffocation, heavy-heartedness. Joy reduces. Narrow-mindedness and possessive behaviour can rise. ‘Structures’, emotional, physical, thought-processes, financial, etc can get demolished during this period. Casual affairs, lust, casual attractions, inauspicious behaviour and addictions can increase.
Mruga is also called Mruga-shira. It is influenced by Mars and ruled by the deity, Soma. Soma is another name for the Moon, but has deeper power. Mruga is represented by a deer. When its energies are disturbed, the emotions, instinct, nature, nurture, sensitivity, love etc are affected. Vitality is affected. We search, but we do not know for what? Fruitless, fickle, misguided, ill-judged and ill-executed actions result, often followed by sorrow, as we chase mirages. Nervousness, depression, anxiety, suspicion, arguments with loved ones are possible during this period. People may fail to follow the principles of life as impulsiveness increases and there can be chaos.
If you are in one of the following categories then you will feel more of the effects, more the Venus’s energy active on you, more will be the intensity.
- If you are going through Vimshottari dasha connected to Venus, ie Venus mahadasha, or any sub-period of Venus in an other planet’s mahadasha you should take more precautions.
- If you are Taurus rising then taking care of personal health and the issues in your immediate surroundings is necessary, minor illnesses are possible. This is the most determined sign of the zodiac so you might be even more stubborn and headstrong than usual.
- If you are a Libra ascendant then Venus is your 1st and 8th lord, you might face a sudden catastrophic transformation in your life which will change you completely from the inside/out. The foundations of life will change forever.
- Note which house Venus is transiting in your chart, expect turbulence from the keywords of this house and the house opposite it.
- If you are a Taurus, Libra or Scorpio Moon then also you will see confusion in your life as your emotions, intuition and instinct all are influenced.
- If you have Venus retrograde in your birth chart then you generally feel lonely and unloved. You feel unbalanced in one-one relationships, in personal or business. Cannot enjoy the simple pleasures of life. You are straightforward in your behaviour and often blunt with others. When Venus goes retrograde in transit, you will find even more restrictions in relationships and financial, material or spiritual matters. Do try to focus on what you really want deep inside, rather than what you think you want.
- For India, the ascendant sign is Taurus, and Venus the ascendant lord is going retrograde/combust here. It is not a good sign for our nation and for us Indians as a collective group. We all will suffer during this period because of wrong decisions by the authorities, the impact our economy, public health etc is not good. Anti-national activities will rise.
The energies of this Venus retrogression period are amplified by Saturn and Jupiter both going retrograde at the same time. Both the Dev-Guru, the Daitya-Guru along with Saturn, the enforcer of Karma are retrograde together (do read my posts on these two topics so that you can merge the keywords). Venus is in is own sign. Saturn in his own sign. Jupiter will transit from his sign of debilitation into his own mooltrikon sign. The explosion of energy is going to be stupendous.
In addition a total solar eclipse, a penumbral lunar eclipse, then stationary nodes, a monthly combustion of Mercury, later Mars’s retrogression etc have mixed up energies till Sept 2020. I have written about the karmic events in the year 2020-2021 in this post.
Retrogrades and combust etc are all regular phenomena so you should not be scared of these times. You just need to be careful of that planet’s energies and the aspects of your life which he controls. These things will be in focus and you will be required to review, rearrange, revaluate, reassess, redo, them during this ‘RE’ period. But this time, till Sept, we will see an unique situation where several graha are behaving contrary to their regular energies, going retrograde, eclipsed and combust. Thus several of aspects of life controlled by these many planets are going to feel the effects all at once. Overload.