Venus Retrograde 2018 – Sexual Tension

Venus Retrograde 2017Venus retrograde 2018 starts on October 5 at 10° Scorpio and ends on November 16 at 25° Libra. Venus retrograde brings six weeks of increased passions you can channel in many ways. Of course Venus rules love so relationships will be a major focus for many. But the aspects and fixed stars involved are ideal for artistic and creative work.

The main influence on Venus stationary retrograde is a tense square aspect to Mars. Increasing sexual tension could turn to anger, lack of self-control and impulsiveness. Interestingly, Venus retrograde 2018 is on the same degree as the Ascendant of Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein. Before more detail about Venus retrograde 2018 you can read what it means to have Venus retrograde in your natal chart then the general meaning of Venus retrograde in transit.

Natal Venus Retrograde

Natal Venus retrograde means you have some difficulty in giving and receiving love and affection. You may experience sadness in love or have to endure hardship or delay. Lack of self-love, social anxiety, shyness and even financial hardship are associated with Venus retrograde in your birth chart.

Often these challenges are a result of past life relationship issues. Due to the laws of karma, if you caused suffering or hardship to a lover in an earlier life, you shall experience something similar yourself during this life. Venus retrograde acts like Mars so perhaps you hurt someone you loved. Maybe you had an affair, walked out when they needed you most, or physically injured them.

Whatever happened in past romances, you come into this life with those bad memories etched in your soul. You probably don’t recognize them as memories but as déjà vu or unexplained guilt. Especially when young, there can be a repeating theme of challenging events related to your past.

Sadness and disappointment may come from unrequited love, forced marriage, sexual abuse, mental illness or physical disability. Learning to love yourself is critical in working through your Venus in retrograde issues. Other signs of natal Venus retrograde are poor personal hygiene and not caring about how you look.

Self love can start with beautifying your physical appearance. Using fashion, cosmetics and beauty treatments can greatly improve your self-love, therefore making you more lovable. However, natal Venus retrograde can also show as excessive use of makeup and jewelry or even disfigurement from cosmetic surgery.

The aim of Venus retrograde in your natal chart is to perfect those areas of your love life which once let you down. As your relationship skills improve with experience, your karmic debt will be repaid and you start to enjoy more loving relationships.

Venus Retrograde Transit

Transiting Venus retrograde occurs once every 19 months for a total of six weeks (42 days). This means Venus is retrograde only 7% of the time, the least amount of any planet. The next closest is Mars retrograde at 9% then Mercury retrograde at 19%. Therefore, Venus retrograde is the most strongly felt of all retrograde planets.

During Venus in retrograde your love life enters a fated period. Giving and receiving love and affection becomes more difficult. Old friends or lovers may reappear or you may relive past life experiences in order to sort out karmic issues. As Venus also rules money, it’s traditionally thought that Venus retrograde is not an ideal time for investing or buying luxury items.

Venus retrograde in transit is a time of introspection and reassessment. You will likely become interested in someone or something of value that would bring you pleasure. Destiny encounters are possible and you may actually come into contact with your soul mate. If so, you should experience a feeling of inevitability or familiarity. However, it is better to wait until Venus turns direct to make your move.

Use Venus retrogrades to improve how you feel about yourself, to love yourself more. Think about what really brings you pleasure. Find the reasons for problems in earlier or current relationships. This is where old lovers reappearing can help you clear away the past to make room for new relationships. Even reminiscing about old partners will help to remove your karmic baggage and lighten the load.

Venus Retrograde 2018

There are three distinct phases to Venus retrograde 2018. Before Venus stations retrograde it moves through the retrograde zone, also called the shadow zone. The second phase is when Venus moves in retrograde motion. The last phase is when Venus moves through the retrograde zone again after stationing direct.

Phase 1: Venus in the Retrograde Zone

Venus enters the shadow zone on 2 September 2018 at 25°14′ Libra. From now until Venus stationary retrograde is the first shadow period. During this phase you will get an idea of the love and money issues that will be of concern during the retrograde phase. [See Chart]

Phase 2: Venus Retrograde 2018

Venus stations retrograde on 5 October 2018 at 10°50′ Scorpio on a lovely fixed star which is favorable for love affairs. Venus trine Neptune is a friendly and romantic influence but the strongest influence on Venus retrograde 2018 is Venus square Mars. This is a very challenging aspect so it is best to understand it before looking at the easy influences.

Venus square Mars increases your sex drive but can cause relationship difficulties, especially if there is already some underlying sexual or competitive tension. Yet in a healthy relationship, where both partners have equally strong egos, you may enjoy more exhilarating sexual activity. If single, your increased sexual desire will match your more attractive aura. However, if dating, you should take care not to lower your standards or put yourself at risk because of your impatient lust. Affairs are more likely during Venus retrograde 2018 but not necessarily of a lasting nature.

So in a good relationship you express your love through sex. But in a difficult relationship you are more likely to express hate because of a buildup of sexual frustration. This is probably not the best time to work out the underlying causes of relationship tension because the need for sexual satisfaction is so primal it overrides all else. Compromise will help avoid hostility, but a tendency to agree to anything just to get your way could lead to loss and regret.

Venus square Mars also brings anger, lack of self-control and impulsiveness to Venus retrograde 2018. So if you are already an impatient or aggressive person, try not to lose your temper if you face rejection. There are other ways to safely express your frustrations. Try to release physical tension in productive ways through sport, exercise or masturbation. You could also channel this energy into creative work like sculpture or dance.

Venus Retrograde 2018

Venus Retrograde 2018

Venus trine Neptune has a romantic, relaxing and dreamy influence which will tone down the raw and impulsive nature of Venus square Mars. You should feel more compassionate and willing to help others. So your love life will benefit from increased tenderness. Wanting to connect at the spiritual level will also moderate the overly sexual nature of Venus retrograde 2018 to favor more tender or tantric sex.

This creative, friendly and beautifying influence lowers the risk of losing your temper and of taking risks just to get laid. Along with the creative outlets mentioned for Venus retrograde 2018 square Mars, this aspect is good for her watching movies, entertaining visitors and beautifying your surroundings. It especially favors singing but anything creative can lead to something beautiful.

Venus Retrograde 2018 Stars

Fixed star Alphecca at 12°32′ Scorpio conjunct Venus retrograde 2018 is favorable for love affairs. It bring benefits from friends and gives artistic and musical taste. In general, this star in the Northern Crown gives honor, dignity and poetical and artistic ability. [1] But on the Ascendant as it is for Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein it gives a life spent in a variety of pleasurable pursuits, loves adornments, secretly engaged in love affairs or adultery.

Fixed star Acrux at 12°07′ Scorpio gives another spiritual influence to Venus retrograde 2018. This star in the Southern Cross gives ceremony, justice, magic and mystery, and is often prominent in the horoscopes of astrologers and occultists. [1]

Phase 3: Venus Direct

Venus stations direct on 16 November 2018 at 25°14′ Libra opposite Uranus but on the two most fortunate fixed stars used in astrology. Again it is important to understand the challenges of the difficult aspect before seeking answers in the helpful stars.

Venus Direct 2018

Venus Direct 2018

Venus opposite Uranus (4°23′) usually signals a change in your love life. If you already have a partner, then an unexpected event may cause a lot of upset tension. Perhaps your partner rejects your need for a change or excitement in the bedroom. Even flirting may lead to some drama in the relationship. A healthy relationships would endure such transgressions and a permanent separation would be unlikely. An affair at this time would more likely lead to a rapid separation.

If dating, a new romance now would certainly be exciting. It is most likely, however, that it would be a short-lived relationship. But if you are the unorthodox type and need your freedom, a new relationship with a similar person could even lead to marriage. As Uranus rules the internet, you could fulfill your need for a change through internet dating or other stuff.

Whatever your situation, if love is not an option then change and excitement can manifest in another area of life. Financial windfalls are possible but take extra care with your money. Beware of a tendency to risk it all on suspect schemes or gamble it all away. You could easily find stimulation some other way such as gaming or another form of entertainment.

Venus Direct Stars

Fixed star Arcturus at 24°29′ Libra conjunct Venus brings popularity, gifts and favors from friends, but some false friends of your own sex. In general, the brightest star in Boötes Constellation gives riches, honors, high renown, self-determination and prosperity by navigation and voyages. [1]

Fixed star Spica at 24°05′ Libra conjunct Venus similarly bring benefits from friends, social success and false friends of own sex. In general, the brightest star in Virgo Constellation gives success, renown, riches, a sweet disposition, love of art and science, unscrupulousness, unfruitfulness and injustice to innocence. [1]

Venus leaves the shadow zone on 17 December 2018 at 10°50′ Scorpio. The third and last phase of Venus retrograde 2018 is now complete. [See Chart]

If Venus retrograde affects you directly see your monthly horoscope. For more details on how Venus retrograde 2018 aspects your birth chart, see Venus Transits.

Venus Retrograde Dates
  • 2017, March 4 to April 15 —27° Pisces to 13° Aries
  • 2018, October 5 to November 16 — 25° Libra to 11° Scorpio
  • 2020, May 13 to June 25 — 21° Gemini to 5° Gemini
  1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923

476 thoughts on “Venus Retrograde 2018 – Sexual Tension

  1. Dear Jamie,
    I was wondering this…Recently I met a person (romantic date), it was during Jupiter transit on my natal North Node in Scorpio (Sep 21, sharp conj at 21 degrees), on a business trip. Now this person has started to slow things down, being reluctant at the idea of a long-distance relation (same country, but very far away)…Do you think this may be due to Venus Rx (I met him in phase 1)? Will direct Venus, after the Nov 15th, possibly unblock the situation? (I am a Cap, Leo asc…and to make things easier, I also have my natal Venus in Scorpio, at 27 degrees, conjunct my natal NN)…Thanks, really xxx

  2. Hello,
    Please, could anyone here help me understand what happened 5 of october because I don’t know how to interpret those energies I had felt. Here is my case:

    I am Divine Femine Twin Flame. We are 4 months in separation, no contact. We aren’t in other relationships, both singles. We haven’t had sex yet. I am 10 years in celibacy. Because of sneaky behaviors and deception from my DM in the past, I have some big trust isues due to him, I was carying big fear of being betrayed. I was doing a lot of inner work during this 4 months to get to union and to be a better person but I couldn’t leave this fear of betrayal. I have had some negativity from time to time in me because of DM deception.

    On 5 october I was smoking weed and was planing doing meditation and calming. After weed I am allways very peacefull and sensitive to energies that I can easily recognise. Also after smoking I have only love to my DM and I feel it from DM. But 5 of october I felt some sort of negativity from my DM. I felt rejection. Suddenly I felt very unsecure and horny. I recognize this was my DM. The unsecurity was bigger and in my head I started saing “no, no, You cant’ You can’t its sacred union, you can’t” and then I felt huge sexual tension. It all began. I was feeling that DM has sex with someone else, I had that inner knowing but I couldn’t believe it. It was so unreal but I was feeling it. I was feeling huge sexual arousal and unsecurity at once. I was feeling strange sexual energy inside of my body. It was very weird, beautifull, great and ugly. I was feeling like I am having sex without my permision. It was like great cosmic orgasm that was given to me but I didn’t want to feel it, like it was given without my ask. After all I was feeling very happy and ugly at once. Like after huge unwanted orgasm from betrayal. Then the negativity flow was unstopable all night. I was very unstable sad and angry.

    The day after I was feeling ugly energy in my body all day. Strange and dirty energy that wasn’t mine and I want to shake it. I was in denial it could happen. All day my head was looping one thoughts: “Why? How could you, how could You, we were so close to union, all of that hard work is gone, union is gone. I didn’t want anymore DM, union and all of TF stuff for 3 days. I lost faith and block everything saing it isn’t for me. My heart was closed and I was very, very angry. Now I am much stable, but so confused.

    Please tell me, what was that? Was it new cosmic energy flowing into my sacral chacra and unblocking it? Energy that I couldn’t recognise so it scares me a lot and I overeacted it with ego and big feer based mind projection? Or it was my DM with someone else and I felt DM sexual energy? Deep down I know, that DM will never hurt me but it was so real experience. Deep in my heart i know that wee love eachother and we are keeping our bodies “clean”, I believe that we have this silent commitment but I am afraid, that it could be some sort of karmic lesson for us. Please help, it is so confusing and sad. I feel betrayed.

    Best wishes Johny N

    • What you were feeling is the energy of the other woman he had sex with. Also because you are connected to him on an energetic level you could feel his sexual arousal through him. It was not a “cosmic orgasm” or an energy unblocking your crown chakra unfortunately. Your fear of being betrayed by him was legitimate as he was probably already seeing her since you went no contact. He probably thought he no longer has any tie to you and began dating someone else which is totally normal. The male Twin flames are always more stupid and less spiritually developed than us. The same thing happened to me with mine dating someone else for 7 years.During this Venus retrograde he still wants to have telepathic sex with me on the astral level. I had a similar negative vibe ever since he started dating this new bitch. It’s simply your awareness of them fucking someone else.

    • I also made the decision to remain celibate since I couldn’t really find someone else since 6 years ago when my male twin flame abandoned me. I have only dated one person but it didn’t really work and I also have no desire to date since my last trauma. My sex drive was really low up until this Venus Retrograde when this moron (my tf) showed up in my dream and said he wanted to have sex which is horrible of him because he is still in that same relationship. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. He wants to continue being with this other person and still fuck me on the side just because we’re twin flames.

    • I am also about to be done with him for life. I am seriously considering the possiblity that he is just a narcissistic abuser and this was all a huge mistake. I don’t give a shit about twin flames anymore. The way I see it it’s his choice to be with someone else and it’s extremely controlling to not allow someone to date someone else because they are your “twin flame” and you have a claim over him. Men are generally huge sluts, promiscuous, non monogamous. It’s plain biology. Twin flames or not, this is another person we are speaking of and they can live their life however they want. In our case, it’s literally impossible to ever be together physically so for a while I settled for having this spiritual connection. I decided to content myself with that little since he showed no interest in me last time. Upon further reconsiderations, I may even let go of the telepathic connection and completely cut him off since this isn’t really headed anywhere, he clearly prefers the other person so I just decided to give him up and the twin flame relationship. I no longer look forward to union. I advise you to do the same. PLEASE don’t stay celibate just because you wait for this man who clearly doesn’t respect you or the connection. Start looking for someone else and be happy. Screw “twin flames”

    • Hun if you connect when you smoke weed which it does do that for many people then what you felt was your higher self telling you to wake up from the dream of something that probably will never happen. Twin Flames are very very rare and when you do find yours, trust me there will be no distance. Love yourself enough to know that when a man loves you, I mean truly loves you, he will move mountains for you.

      Forget the twin flame stuff. If it’s meant to be, I promise it will be instant and forever. Good luck and best wishes.

  3. So my birthday is April 2, 87. His bday is sept 4 83. We started chatting oct 6th online. And within a day had already decided we wanted to meet. We met on oct 12th in person and had such a strong connection. Everything was amazing for about 5 days and then all of a sudden he stopped flirting. Turned quiet. Says hes “stressed, burnt out, and busy.” The app we were chatting on showed he added a new photo the same day he grew cold. I asked him about it and he says it doesnt mean anything and that hes still into me but just keeps saying hes busy. I even asked if hes just using that as an excuse to gently blow me off and he says no. I have a weird feeling about it. Ive seen this pattern before and ive always been right but id really like to be wrong. He went from offering me a key to his place to just “busy and stressed and overwhelmed”. If hes legit then i dont want to miss out on this opportunity, but if im right then i dont want to waste my time.

  4. Jamie, On November 8th, Venus will be conjunct Spica. How long will conjunction last? Thanks!

    • Hi Margaret. Venus is currently retrograde at 29° Libra and stations direct November 16 at 25°14′ Libra.

      Spica is at 24°05′ Libra so Venus does not come back quite far enough to pass over this star. But Venus is within Spica’s suggested orb of 2°40′ from November 7 to 25

  5. I was told not to make any drastic appearance changes during Venus retrograde. I am hoping to cut my hair 11/16… during the shadow phase. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Mike. That really depends on your own chart. If Mercury is making a difficult aspect to something important in your chart then yes, it would be better to wait.

  6. I strongly suggest that you may benefit by going to your general practitioner and asking for a referral to a mental health practitioner. This suggestion is not said with malice and cones from a place of concern. Take care

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