Venus was in Virgo on the July 25th when she went “retrograde”, retracing her steps back into Leo. She felt called to return to her “heart centered”, creative, self-loving experience, and it was time for her to disappear for 14 days in contemplation, which happens every 584 days for her. At this time, she becomes invisible as she is behind the Sun when viewed from Earth. This happened on August 15th 2015 as she made a flowing connection to Uranus and had a conflict with Saturn. Saturn seeks commitment and responsibility, a certain level of expected conditioning and discipline to follow on the charted course, regardless of difficulty. With Saturn in Scorpio the last 2 years, we have been asked to hold true to our deepest soul emotions- the extremes of our joys and our sorrows, to feel our edges. When we feel as though how could it get any more difficult, we are advised to stay, stay on course. As Saturn, the Lord of Karma wants to give us the strength to look at the darkness; it can be a heavy load to carry even with an elder at your side. Venus in her Leonian escapades looks at our relationships and what we value from the perspective of individual expression, are our relationships honoring our individuality and to what end? Are we the sole focus or is there a cohesive love vibration that allows you to be you and me to be me? In addition, it would stir up feelings as to whether we were honoring our own creative vitality- that which makes us unique as an opening to our hearts essence. With Uranus in the mix, he would be championing having the courage to be who we truly are, and rather than a hardened concrete approach, he chooses to be rather inconsistent, allowing for life to surge at critical moments and he will then intervene offering “jolts” of insight as to that which one may have never experienced or considered in the past. Just to add some fuel to the fire of Leo when Venus is retracing her steps, she meets up with Mars who also resides in Leo. Mars is the active force to Venus’ desires, endeavoring to activate her intentions in choosing her values and self worth under a creative and passionate landscape. We are finalizing our days with Saturn in Scorpio, a journey we will not revisit for another 29 years, which tends to be retrospective. As Venus has started moving forward, she is still in her shadow as has been here recently. Once she moves into Virgo on October 9th, Saturn will have moved into Sagittarius marking the end of the season of working with Saturn in trying to heal the heart through courageously looking at what has wounded us, and hopefully results in a place of greater love for other and of the self. Her attentions will move to a season of service in Virgo, refining the love that has been unearthed and reclaimed as she rises again as the Morning Star.