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Most of us think of the planets just moving forward endlessly, but truth be known, except for the Sun and Moon, they all go retrograde, seemingly backwards, for different lengths of time. Sometimes my visual is that of hitching a ride on a star and they pulling us forward in our lives. It may be easier to think of hitching your car to a u-haul truck; the car being your life pulled forward on your path. Sometimes the driver slows down to stop for rest, refreshment and reflection.

Let’s say the driver pulls out from a hotel and gets on the highway. Astrologically, let’s call that drive the shadow. Imagine along that ride the driver had seen many things that you might like but kept driving. Eventually she stopped, deciding to go back (we call that stationing to go retrograde) got fuel and fed you both, then turned around and drove back in the opposite direction on the same highway to investigate what treasures she might find for you, and got several things she deemed valuable for you, which you appreciated.

The drive back is called the retrograde; going back over previous territory. The driver stops/stations again at the hotel where you had begun, in order to turn around, then drives in forward motion again from where she had originally started. That is termed stationing to go direct (at the hotel) and the forward motion again over the same road is also called a shadow.

For those of us who have studied the stars and planets, as I have for over 40 years, we associate love with the planet Venus. Also money and valuables! She has been on this entire retrograde course since entering her first forward motion shadow on April 12th. Venus only does this heavenly backstroke about once every two years. She slowed down to stop/station in mid May, went backwards/retrograde at that time to help you find things of value, and here’s the good news!...

She ceases going backward and stops (as if she’s at the hotel ) to turn around; i.e. stationing direct, slowly at first getting on the ramp to go forward again back on the same highway path she had been on before. That date is NOW…Wednesday, June 27th. You should have some valuables now; i.e. insights worth their weight in gold.

She’ll take some days to pick up full speed again and will return to where she had first turned back after deciding to look again at some things she thought would be good for you. On August 1st. it will be all new road forward again. But the gems are already in hand and you’ll tell your driver to pick up the good stuff as you go along now, so you don’t have to back track. The chaos, confusion and frustration are over!

Specifically, the original start of this particular journey (from the hotel), called the shadow of the retrograde period, was at 8 degrees Gemini. She stopped and turned back having reached 24 degrees Gemini. She got back to the hotel, then started forward again (from the hotel) at 8 degrees Gemini again, (NOW) and will be at the turning point of 24 degrees on August 1st when it’s all new road for you.

Generally after any planet stops retrograding seemingly backwards to start moving forward again (NOW), we have information and insight that we didn’t have before, which is generally crucial in moving forward in our life. In this case it would be about Venus energies; love, money and values. Venus is in Gemini so wherever you have Gemini from 8 to 24 degrees in your chart is where this occurred in your life. For me it affected my areas of publishing, broadcasting, publicity and career. Knowing it is moving forward again now, something or things will start to flourish more than before.

If you write your date of birth, exact time and location in the comments section below, I’d be happy to let you know in what part of your life things will start to pop much better for you, as the days begin to pick up speed. Maybe it’s your home, siblings, parents, romance, your job, income, inner self, etc. Feel free to share any insights you have gained, if you feel conversational. Also in the comments section, from last week’s article I would only need your date of birth to let you know your card of destiny and how that describes you.

The seeming heavenly reason behind all retrogrades is that instead of always pulling us forward in our lives, we are brought back and inward, to go over themes we’ve already experienced and look at them deeper. When it’s Venus, we’re rethinking love and values. We may revisit past relationship themes and realize how we can change our habits and patterns to make a better future on the road ahead.

Same with money. When Venus is retrograde it’s not a good time to make big purchases, but we can think about what we want. What we decide ultimately, may be different than what we thought before the retrograde.

Venus also rules the feminine, desires and beauty. Best not to get a makeover during Venus retrograde, because you may not love it. You may have felt like decluttering, though. Would you agree we might realize more fully that beauty is within and has more depth and meaning than outward looks? Will you go after your desires now that you’ve had time to reflect?

Take the initiative and use your new insights as we go forward now. Clear sailing. Love and money can grow again, Venus having given you time to think more deeply about how to invest your heart, wallet and life in real value.

Love from Rachel Star of Sedona


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  • Tina Martino

    1/18/73 @ 8:36pm PST in Van Nuys, CA

  • Rhonda

    Birthdate: 12/12/1955<br />Time:11:18 am<br />Location: Olympia, Washington

  • sylvia ruhalter

    Hi rachel,I enjoyed my visit with you in sedona. Haven't been back, but will see you when Ido.<br />my birthday is Jan 4,1934 time bet.12 & 2:pm in manhattan,NY

  • Krissy M

    Hi Rachel, Please tell me what will start to pop and my destiny card, Thank you!<br />Krissy M<br />8/13/76<br />5:17AM<br />Logansport, Indiana

  • Kryssi

    Thank you for the clear description of what retrograde means. I understand it so much better now. My session with you was very powerful Rachel...any many of the things we discussed are coming true...everything is being orchestrated in the loveliest way! For fun: 11/30/77 is my birthday. Enthusiastic for the "popping". Love to your Rachel...I'll see you again real soon. K

  • Rachel

    Hi Marti. With your birth information supplied, I was able to do your birth chart and see that Venus has been going back and forth in your 10th house so things should start moving forward in themes like ambition, career, reputation, authority, fame, taking responsibility. The 10th house is the top of everyone's chart so it's the goals we strive to reach; the pinnacle of what we do in our lives. This could be a great time to make money in business. Feel free to let me know what you do with Venus now and what occurs. Thanks for reading my article and I hope you come back every week to read a new one. You can always ask questions or make comments on those too.

  • Rachel

    Hi Annie G. I am happy to respond to your question and was able to construct your birth chart with the information you provided. It looks like Venus had been activated in your 4th and 5th houses so things should start to move forward in any one or more of the following themes like home, family, mother, your soul memories; or children, your inner child, the joy of living, pleasures, creativity, taking risks, romance, dating, fame, entertainment and being in the limelight, etc. You could make money from home perhaps, through a hobby, or have a loving time, for instance. Use Venus well and feel free to let me know how things go. There should be a new article of mine posted online every week that you can ask questions or make comments about. Enjoy!

  • Rachel

    Hi Kristin! I am happy to give you insight about what card you were born to be from the deck of 52 cards. You are Queen of Clubs,known as the Mother of Intuition. You likely have taken or will take a good deal of responsibility in a mental nature, for instance publishing, administration, and could be psychic. Take care that you don't overburden yourself in trying to please so many. Age 42 would have been a pinnacle year for you, and when you soon become 44, that will be significant in what you choose to do. I would answer your question about Venus in your life, however you didn't include the location of birth, so if you get that, write again! Remember there should be another article posted every week that you can comment on or ask a question. Thanks again, Kristin.

  • Rachel

    Hi Tina, Lovely to hear from you. In doing your birth chart I was able to tell that Venus has been working on your 9th and 10th houses so what pops may be any of the following: travel, adventure, higher education, teaching, athletics, religion, philosophy, publishing, promotion, publicity, optimism, etc. 10th would bring possible characteristics of reaching the pinnacle of business, career or reputation, being ambitious, having respect and taking authority. If you don't ask for or get a raise or promotion, perhaps it's time to start a business. I appreciate your reading my article and want to remind you there should be a new one posted every week and feel free to comment or ask questions. I'd love feedback about what may come of Venus in your future. Think big!

  • Rachel

    Warm greetings, Rhonda, and thank you for your information, as that has allowed me to create your birth chart. I see that Venus has been active in your 3rd and 4th houses so going forward you may notice or take advantage of energies such as communication of any kind,such as writing, selling, traveling, early education, transportation such as cars, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, neighbors, etc., or home, land, family, childhood memories, country, art, music, cooking, landscaping, mothering, decorating, etc. Feel free to let me know how these energies work for you, and of course you are welcome back every week to read a new article and comment or ask questions. Enjoy this Venus time.

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