One retrograde ends, another begins: Let’s talk Mercury and Venus!

Ten of Pentacles Cosmic TarotVenus retrograde began back on October 5 in the sign of Scorpio.

The planet of love, beauty, and art has since slipped back into Libra.

These past six weeks may have stirred something up for you on a personal level. Venus retrograde can be a time to reconnect with your values and needs.

Throughout the process, you get to check in with what’s most important to you and see how much space those priorities actually get in your life. Sometimes, we end up surprised by what we learn about ourselves in the process.

Who or what we love doesn’t always get as much attention as it needs.

Who or what we love doesn’t always give back as much as we’d like it to.

Sometimes, that’s okay. Sacrifice and compromise can be necessary, and sometimes that’s all we can manage.

But other times, we realize that we can change things up. Or that we need to.

People end up making some big decisions during Venus retrograde.

We change our spending habits.
We state our needs to our lovers, friends, or families.
We draw new boundaries.
We look at where we don’t love ourselves enough and ask, “How can I care more, today?”
We see where friendships are drifting away, or coming closer to shore.

Venus retrograde can be an uncomfortable time because the things that make us comfortable don’t always flow as easily.

Venus is a creative muse, and our sources of inspiration can feel tired, our motivation lacking. But retrogrades are meant to be periods of rest, and also times when new ideas emerge – though they may not feel ready to be acted upon yet.

As Venus has travelled through Scorpio and Libra with this retrograde, we have been asked to look at our inner worlds as much as our interpersonal ones. Scorpio is introverted and private, but Libra likes to be paired up.

This has been a journey that has started from the inside out, reaching into the depths of the soul and psyche and extending itself to our closest relationships.

On Friday, November 16, Venus stations direct at 5:51am EST.

What has been under construction, or on hold, for your personal and creative life will start to flow again soon. It may have a slightly new road map to follow than before, but it will serve you well in your next chapter.

Retrogrades help us to make the changes we need, or take the breaks our hearts and bodies demand – even if it doesn’t always feel easy at the time.

Which brings us to Mercury: The messenger planet begins its final retrograde period of 2018 this week, too, at 8:33pm EST.

Mercury retrograde begins in Sagittarius. Mercury rules our thoughts, and when it’s in Sagittarius, we can find ourselves daydreaming about big plans, far off places, and new ideas or projects to explore.

Sagittarius doesn’t like to be confined, so it can bring a sense of wanderlust and a need for intellectual, spiritual, or philosophical stimulation.

You might it harder to focus on the here and now once this retrograde kicks in. But you might also struggle to feel as connected to a big dream or special plan at the moment.

Don’t quit on something if pessimism creeps in. It may just be the universe telling you to ease up on yourself a bit. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself right now to have everything little detail figured out.

The card for this week is the Ten of Pentacles, one that asks us you to trust in how far you have already come, and to trust that you are held together by much more than your own efforts alone.

This card reminds us that things will continue to come together as they can, and as they need to. It also reminds us that no matter how much work there is to do, it’s still important to take time to enjoy the present.

“I trust in the seasons of my life.”

Until next time,

Liz xo

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