As the warmth of summer fades, I notice I am spending more time inside, both literally and figuratively. You may have been feeling this also. If you haven’t, you will soon as some of the planetary energies are encouraging an inward journey.
The main astrological event that will usher us into a more contemplative mindset is Venus going retrograde on October 5 – November 16. When a planet goes retrograde, it slows down, so much so that it appears to be moving backward, since it’s motion is so much slower in comparison to the other planets. When a planet goes retrograde, it is an opportunity to go within and process the issues related to that planet.
Venus governs love, beauty, relationships, harmony, creativity, balance, and appreciation. During this retrograde period, we can contemplate our relationships. Is there someone we have been avoiding, or someone we need to make amends with? It is also a good time to reconnect with ourselves and show some self appreciation. Have you been putting off getting that massage? Maybe we need to buy something nice for ourselves, or redecorate our bedroom to make it more cozy. Rather than jumping out to start a new relationship, it is more appropriate during this time to focus and deepen our understanding of our existing relationships. Considering the importance of love and harmony, and the fact that Venus only goes retrograde every couple of years, it is quite a significant event.
We can get more specific on the meaning of this retrograde by examining the sign that Venus is retrograding in. Venus is in Scorpio until October 30, and then enters Libra. Wherever you have Libra and Scorpio on your chart is the area you can focus on. The Scorpio influence brings in the need to examine our finances and our attitudes about money. If you’re like me and not as organized with your finances as you would like to be, maybe it’s time to consider a software to help you stay more organized. I am considering using Quickbooks to be more organized and to avoid the frenzy at tax time as I gather all my information. It’s also a good time to review our jointly held finances and assess what is working and what is not working. Scorpio loves to investigate and discover, so it is the perfect opportunity to reconcile your bank statements and find any errors.
When Venus enters Libra, the sign it naturally rules, we will have the opportunity to explore the karma we have created with individuals in our life. Karma is relieved through understanding, so we can avoid a lot of pain and suffering if we process and understand the bonds we have formed with others. If you are confused, you might consider an Astrological Synastry Reading, which compares your astrology chart with another person. It reveals how the planets are interacting and how to best deal with tensions and disagreements. Likewise, we can see what is needed to keep the romance sizzling in our intimate partnerships.
When Venus goes direct on November 16 it will be time to take action on the issues we have been reflecting upon.
On October 8 we have a new Moon in Libra. A new moon is the opportunity to start fresh, set goals, and envision our dreams becoming reality. With the influence of Libra, it is encouraging us to set goals regarding our relationships with others and ourselves. Maybe we set a goal to go to the gym twice and week and get a massage once a month. If you have been neglecting your partner, you could set a goal of one date night a week. You can look at the house where Libra resides to get further clarification as to what goals to focus upon.
I realize I have been negligent about taking care of myself, particularly my lower back. I tried a new therapy called Tuina acupuncture. I was pleasantly surprised. It was the most amazing therapy I have ever experienced! My back has never felt better, and I felt like I released years worth of strain and pain in my back. For those who live in Kansas City, check out Dr. Xiao at
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Healthy Tips: With colder weather approaching, a hot cup of coffee sounds delicious. However, the high amount of caffeine can be over stimulating. There is a drink called Mushroom Coffee Mix with Lion’s Mane and Chaga from Four Sigmatic. The Chaga boosts immunity and Lions Mane helps with mental clarity. No icky mushroom taste either!
Pumpkin is a wonderful healthy food, especially for the stomach, so indulge in this smoothie!
It’s pumpkin time. Try this delicious pumpkin smoothie:
Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie
(1 large serving)
1 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 frozen banana
1/2-1 cup unsweetened almond milk, or other dairy-free milk
1 scoop unflavored (or vanilla) protein powder* – optional
2-3 TBSP agave or maple syrup, to taste
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ginger
Small pinch of cloves
Small pinch of salt
Ice – optional