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Friday, March 3, 2017

Venus Retrogrades for a Relationship Reset


Prepare for a reset period in your relationships, values and finances because Venus will be stationing retrograde in 13 degrees of Aries on March 4, 2017 through April 15, 2017 when it stations direct in 27 degrees of Pisces.  Some of you may already be experiencing this reevaluation period because Venus entered the retrograde shadow period on January 30, 2017. Venus clears its retrograde shadow period on May 19th in 13 degrees of Aries.

Venus doesn’t retrograde very often; it only happens about every 18 months.  The last time it happened was from late July through early September of 2015 in the signs of Virgo and Leo.  Venus retrograde doesn’t wreak the havoc that the notorious Mercury retrograde inflicts because that one occurs four times a year.  And because of its rare occurrence, less people are born with Venus retrograde; approximately 1 in 10 people have it in their natal chart.  I am in that category, so this is a very personal topic for me.

What can you expect when Venus is retrograde?  For starters, don’t be surprised if old lovers turn up seemingly out of the woodwork.  I always advise my clients not to get married during a Venus retrograde because this particular transit has a way of making you reevaluate your relationships, in addition to your finances and values, which also come under the jurisdiction of Venus.  Venus retrograde will force you to reevaluate your relationships and priorities to determine what makes you happy.  What makes you happy during a Venus retrograde may not be the case when Venus stations direct.  In January I watched a fascinating webinar with Michael Lutin on Pluto and Chiron and he dispensed some sage advice on the upcoming Venus retrograde.  He recommended writing down your feelings on love now and sealing it in an envelope to be opened on April 20, 2017.  Why April 20th and not April 15th, when Venus stations direct?  Because retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius will be squaring Venus in Pisces on that day and there is no way of avoiding reality when Saturn is involved.

Venus is not a happy camper in Aries due to it being in one of its signs of detriment.  The other sign where Venus is in detriment is Scorpio, which I also have.  And Venus in Virgo is in fall, which was the scene of the last Venus retrograde in 2015.  Venus in Aries is very me focused, which doesn’t bode well for relationships. But having Venus retrograde in Aries may increase our awareness of any imbalances in relationships, such as one person is doing too much giving. The most constructive action that you can take during the Venus retrograde in Aries period (until April 2nd) is to appreciate yourself and avoid becoming too narcissistic.  And watch out for anger to erupt too because Aries has no problem expressing anger. When Venus enters Pisces on April 2, 2017, it will be in its place of exaltation.  Venus in Pisces is a more selfless placement and compassion just seems to flow naturally.

I also caution my clients to be careful about embarking on new relationships when Venus is retrograde.  Relationships begun under the auspices of a Venus retrograde may be based more on physical attraction rather than true compatibility. .This could definitely be the case during this particular Venus retrograde because it begins in Aries, the ruler of Mars. Try to be realistic about meeting your soulmate under this transit; the likelihood is just not that strong.  You don’t want to wake up on April 20th when Venus in Pisces is direct and squaring Saturn in Sagittarius moaning, “What was I thinking and who is this person next to me?”

Venus also rules finances and values, so they are also subject to the process of reevaluation and reset.  If you get involved with someone during the Venus retrograde and they don’t share your values, conflicts could emerge when Venus is direct.  I also advise my clients not to purchase any luxury items during a Venus retrograde because you may find your tastes totally changed by the time Venus is direct.  If you must indulge, be sure there is a generous return policy. The only exception to this rule is if you buy something that is used because it tends to represents a valued item that belonged to someone else.  It is well documented that many people find great bargains at estate sales, yard sales and flea markets during Venus retrograde. So there is a way of shopping without suffering buyer’s remorse.  And since Venus also rules beauty, it’s not a great time for a huge change in one’s appearance.  Don’t get your hair cut too short or you may crying about it in April when Venus is direct.  And postpone any cosmetic surgery if you can.  That new nose or face may not suit you in April or May.

The Venus retrograde transit will be happening in my 6th house, so I am anticipating a reevaluation and reset of my daily routine, health and work.  I do have several doctor’s appointments scheduled during March and while I hope these checkups deliver good news, I know that if any problems are found, I am responsible for initiating a reset to get back on track if necessary.

If you are curious as to how this extended Venus retrograde in Aries and Pisces period will affect you, please consider getting an astrological reading with me.  A little insight is always a powerful tool.  Just ask for the Venus Retrograde Special, which will be $25 through the month of April 2017.  Contact me directly at lindasim54@gmail.com.

Mars in Aries has been pretty busy recently too. Mars in Aries has been causing a great deal of turmoil since the February eclipses.  On February 27, 2017 Mars in Aries opposed Jupiter in Libra, prompting me to tweet:

But Mars in Aries will be delivering some positive vibes on March 5, 2017 when it trines Saturn in Sagittarius in 26 degrees of their respective signs.  This aspect will sharpen our focus and reward us for our hard work and following the rules.  I love it when we get an aspect with themes of productivity and reaping rewards.  This aspect also forms a grand fire trine with my Pluto in Leo, so I am looking forward to it.  I wish all of my readers a productive, rewarding day.

Recently I undertook an intensive life purpose coaching training program and became certified as a Life Purpose Coach.  It was an intense, eye-opening experience that changed my life as it caused me to reflect on the story of my life.  But I left it with feelings of hope and light for the future that I want to share with others.  To that end, I am now offering Life Purpose Coaching to my menu of services.  You can read more about it at:


As an astrologer, I have decided to include an interpretation of the north node by sign and house placement as part of my coaching program.  After all, The New Year, especially a Universal Year 1, is a marvelous time to navigate a new direction in your life that will fulfill you and your soul’s purpose. If you are feeling stuck and need some help in getting from Point A to Point B in your quest for making positive changes in your life, please email me at lindasim54@gmail.com to schedule a complementary telephone consultation to discover if you are a good fit for this program.  I look forward to hearing from you.

If you are seeking more spiritual insight into your life, please consider getting an astrological reading. An astrological reading can provide valuable insight and tools.  If you are not quite ready for a full blown natal interpretation or a solar return forecast, I also offer a basic astrological reading that will offer insight into your astrological DNA and the major themes in your life and delving into any pressing issues, one question astrological readings and composite couple readings that offer insight into the purpose of a relationship. And I offer shorter transit readings for three and six months. If you purchase a three or six month transit reading, I will .even take a peek at the eclipses of 2017. We recently experience the February eclipses, but the August eclipses promise to be heavy hitters.  You can learn more about my menu of astrological services, including the opportunity to provide a donation in the amount of your choice to demonstrate your support for my blog and daily astrological insights on Twitter at:
  

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The north node in Virgo has an underlying theme of service to others.  In that spirit of pursuing my path as a healer, I am still channeling that Virgo north node energy by offering my Reiki services.  If you are in the Boston area, please consider getting a Reiki treatment at Acupuncture for Everyone in Copley Square to destress, revitalize and remove blockages to healing.  It’s a perfect way to start your weekend off and can also be described as a spa for the soul to boot!   Reiki is the most profound treatment for stress relief because it concentrates on CALMING your body.

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For my clients who can’t fit Friday into their schedule for a treatment or have difficulty traveling, I have also recently begun doing distance Reiki sessions for them.  I have a conversation with them about what they hope to achieve from a session, we set up a time for the session to take place when they will be in a state to receive healing energy and I follow up with a telephone conversation to discuss their experience and my perception of their blockages.  I have also incorporated a new technique with my distance Reiki treatments since I don’t always have a photo of my client.  I use a teddy bear so that I can scan and focus the healing energy where it is needed. If this appeals to you, please feel free to contact me by email at lindasim54@gmail.com or call me at 617-304-2205.

I also began seeing clients on Sunday afternoons in Coolidge Corner, Brookline for Reiki treatments on February 5, 2017.  I actually signed the paperwork on the office sublet on January 27th, the day of the new moon in Aquarius, and when I opened for business on February 5th, Venus was in Aries in my 6th house.  Talk about working that entrepreneurial spirit!   You can learn more about my expanded practice, including the hours and address at:


I have also launched an endeavor that will deliver my services to you at an affordable cost in the form of package deals.  I am offering four options: Silver, Gold, Platinum and a Tarot special for my tarot clients. Please check it out at:


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