Venus goes retrograde across the astronomical calendar roughly every one and a half years.

The planet’s retrograde motion lasts about 40 days, during which it appears to move backwards in relations to the other planets in the solar system.

In astrology, Venus retrograde can result in six weeks of increased passion, love and creativity.

Astrologers believe Venus governs aspects of love and sex as well as creativity and artistic vision.

During retrograde, you might feel all of these feelings are heightened to a positive or negative effect.

What does Venus retrograde mean?

Apparent retrograde motion is the movement of a heavenly body in the opposite direction to the other bodies in the system.

This means, when a planet is observed from Earth, it appears to move in a backwards motion.

The opposite of retrograde is so-called direct motion or prograde motion.

How will Venus retrograde affect your horoscope?

Astrologer Sherry Mosely of Higher Self, believes Venus retrograde is a time of reconnecting with yourself “on the deepest level”.

She said: “This is a process, going through this retrograde and there are going to be ups and downs, ebbs and flows, as the feminine does when you are in the depth.

“This allows us to let surface what needs to surface, what needs to be seen.

“So we’ll just keep going through this process.”

Astrologer Jamie Partridge, of AstrologyKing.com, said there are three distinct aspects to this year’s Venus retrograde.

The planet entered its shadow zone on September 2 in Libra – a phase during which you will get an understanding of love and money issues during the retrograde.

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Today, October 5, Venus retrogrades through the zodiac of Scorpio and favours all love affairs.

Finally, Venus will station on November 16 at 25 degrees and 14 minutes in Libra opposite the planet Uranus.

During Venus retrograde, the planet will trine Neptune and square the planet Mars in the horoscope charts.

Mr Partridge said: “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.”

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