What does it mean when Venus is in retrograde?

From the earth, if we look up in the sky and watch the motion of the planets against the backdrop of the stars, we usually observe them moving in a forward direction. Occasionally, every celestial body except the Sun and the Moon will appear to slow down in its orbit, stop, and then go backward, or retrograde, for a period of time.

Venus retrograde occurs about every 18 months and lasts about six weeks. Venus represents love, attraction, and money, as well as our aesthetic tastes and basic beliefs about the value of people and objects in our lives. Strange attractions can bring insight into deeper needs, but this is not necessarily the time to act on them.

Retrogrades are times when a planet’s energy is redirected inward. During Venus retrograde, conditions dealing with love impulses, attraction, values, relationships, beauty, money, and possessions are altered and do not function in their usual ways. This affects everyone, regardless of your Sun sign.

Retrogrades call us to go back and take care of unfinished business. They often bring up deep feelings that have their origins in past events. These feelings can be difficult to express to ourselves or others while Venus is retrograde. Things become clearer when the retrograde is over.

Practice self-validation during Venus retrograde. Validate yourself, and help others along the path by validating their voices, feelings, and perspectives, too. Why? Because Venus retrograde brings up issues around self-esteem. Validation helps us feel valued, safe, and free to be who we are.

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 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!!

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!

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