March 4-April 15, 2017
Begins at 13° Aries, ends at 26° Pisces
Practice self-validation during Venus retrograde. Validate yourself, and help others along the path by validating their voices and perspectives, too. Why? Because Venus retrograde brings up issues of self-esteem, and validation helps us feel valued, safe, and free to be who we are. Strange attractions can bring insight into deeper needs, but this is not necessarily the time to act on them.
Venus retrograde and blood sugar imbalance
In medical astrology, Venus is associated with sugar and sweetness in all forms— most notably, blood sugar. Sugar, aka glucose, isn’t bad on its own– in fact, it’s an essential nutrient that our blood and brains rely on. The question is the form the glucose comes in. Refined sugars cause blood sugar to rise faster than the system can easily cope with. It’s not just sweets and soft drinks that do this. Refined starches and wheat flour do, too. Chips, bread, and breakfast cereals– unfortunately, some of America’s favorite comfort foods.
Notice the impact of sugary and starchy processed foods on your moods. How do you feel about yourself after you eat junk food? Try keeping a food-mood journal while Venus is in retrograde, to self-reflect and see what you learn. Venus retrograde gives us all an opportunity to look deeply at personal and family patterns relating to love, sweetness, and craving. Eating sweets is a poor substitute for enjoying the sweetness of life. Nevertheless, the brain is often reluctant to let go of these comforts. Why? Because sugar hits the same reward systems in the brain that cigarettes and addictive drugs do! (This is where a nutrition professional can really help!)
Venus is in Aries, a sign commonly associated with the adrenal glands. The adrenals are best known for getting us through stressful situations. But another important job of the adrenals is to bring blood sugar up when it crashes. Eating junk food regularly creates a pattern in which there are frequent blood sugar spikes and crashes. Over time, this drain on the adrenals results in fatigue, diminished resilience to stress, and sex hormone imbalances.
Venus retrograde and weight loss
Venus also relates to the thyroid gland. The thyroid responds to a spikey/crashy blood sugar situation by downregulating or decreasing the rate at which the body burns calories. Chronically low blood sugar is one reason that low-calorie dieting results in weight gain over the long term. This tried-and-true phenomenon received some national attention after the New York Times published this article following up with contestants on the TV show The Biggest Loser in 2016. Low-calorie dieting may be especially counterproductive now, while Venus is weak and under stress. So eat plenty of calories, and make them good calories. Your body doesn’t just digest food; it also reads food to find out what’s up with the environment. Eating the right amount of good, nutrient-dense calories gives your thyroid the message that all is well in the world, and that it’s ok to crank up your metabolism and burn fat!!
Venus retrograde and dehydration
Venus rules the kidneys, the organs responsible for cleaning and maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance in the blood. Aries is a hot, dry sign, making it harder to stay properly hydrated now. Headaches, allergy-like symptoms, abnormal heart rate and blood pressure, and painful joints, among many other symptoms, may be at least partly due to dehydration. The kidneys must work harder and less efficiently when you’re dehydrated. We recommend that you drink enough water that your urine is clear or a pale yellow color. For most people, that’s about 2-3 quarts per day.
Let me know what you think of these sorts of tips. Was any of this particularly helpful to you? Should I keep going?
Molly Gauthier, CNTP
Nutritionist to the stars!