Oct. 8th – Nov. 18th. Venus retro stimulates encounters with past relationships, and since it’s in Scorp, there’s always some degree of secretive, murky, subconscious stuff involved. (If you like that sort of thing.)
On the subject of love, past lovers may re-appear and some relationships may end. With Venus in Scorpio for most of the retrograde cycle, we may question how much intensity, passion, and intimacy we have in our relationships (Venus is retrograde in Scorpio from October 8th to November 7th). With Venus in Libra for part of the cycle, the subject of equality and fairness may be prominent (Venus is retrograde in Libra from November 7th to 18th).
Old friends and lovers may re-appear, perhaps complicating current relationships. We are called upon to deal with relationship issues from the past during this Venus retrograde cycle. Events occur that seem fated or pre-destined. It can be a real challenge getting close to a lover during this period of time. Unorthodox, experimental, and non-intimate relationships may be favored.
Affection is difficult to express in a natural or spontaneous manner. We might find others are lacking in sincerity or genuineness in their expressions of social niceties. (We may be inclined to do the same!).
Venus is in its detriment in the sign of Scorpio (Scorpio is opposite Taurus, which is one of the signs that Venus rules). Some of the more negative associations of Venus in Scorpio may be particularly prominent and/or hard to take, and these include jealousy, manipulation, and control. Those who have Scorpio strong in their charts may be more introspective, distant, or hard to reach during this cycle. They may not be in a very favorable light just for the time being.
Relationships that have been especially challenging may come to an end during this cycle. However, strong relationships will survive it, even if there are a few bumps and bruises along the way. For singles, this is a good time for “eyes wide open” or experimental dating. It is not a time when people recognize the need for another person to “complete” them. Some people may be questioning whether they are with partners who actually fulfill them. This period is good for re-evaluating our relationship needs; but, again, major love decisions are best saved for after the cycle ends in November and perhaps beyond the shadow phase as well. Our perceptions may be skewed and we can come out of the retrograde cycle with regret if we have acted hastily, as the tendency to change our minds later is strong.