Venus is retrograde as of today, and set to dance backwards in high heels across the face of the Sun on June 5/6th. This is known as the Transit of Venus, and it's the second of two, with the first back in 2004.
Writing about Venus, says astrologer Judith Goldberg was a labor of love. She writes on Venus' retrograde and the rare pass of the love planet over our ginormous Sun. Looking across the timelines through the lens of Venus (and this transit), she makes some amusing connections. She writes, "In 1518, for example, Magellan circumnavigated the globe and proved that the world was round!"
Mostly, she looks back on recent history -- 2004 -- for impressions in culture and politics that could pass this way again. On a practical note, Judith notes that during Venus retrograde, "the maxim caveat emptor (let the buyer beware) is sorely tested." She adds, "Purchases made in these times rarely hold their value or live up to initial expectations."
- For the complete lowdown: Transit of Venus & Retrograde