Venus Shadow starts today!

Today Venus enters the territory over which she will retrograde as of July 25, heralding the start of the 'Venus shadow' period. Venus Retrogrades happen just under every couple of years, and offer a fabulous opportunity to review, reshuffle, rewire, heal, clear and transform all that is Venusy: love, relationships, self-love, self-value, self-worth, our inner feminine qualities, how we view ourselves and others as women (both individually and collectively), our ability to receive nourishment, nurturing and pleasure, and express ourselves creatively.

Venus is most commonly associated with love, but really she stands for the Feminine, which ultimately affects everything from our relationships to our income, abundance, health, happiness and heart fulfillment.

The simplest way of looking at how a Retrograde phase works, including its Shadow periods, is: Let's say you are driving from San Diego up to San Francisco. You pass through LA but a couple hours later in Santa Barbara you realise you forgot something in LA! So you head back there, pick up what you need, and resume your drive up the coast. Eventually you cruise past the spot in Santa Barbara where you had to turn around, and then it's into fresh new territory from then on!

So the patch of road between LA and Santa Barbara is one you will end up driving on three times: heading up the first time, reversing to get your forgotten stuff, and then heading up again. These 3 drives represent the Pre-retrograde Shadow, the Retrograde phase itself, and finally the Post-retrograde Shadow.

Most people know about the Santa Barbara back to LA part of a retrograde, but don't know about factoring in the two Shadow periods to help understand life changes and inner shifts during this time.

Today Venus is at 14 degrees Leo, let's call this spot LA. She will travel up to 0 Degrees Virgo, let's call that spot Santa Barbara. She retrogrades on that spot on July 25 and back she goes.

On 6 Sep she reaches LA (14 degrees Leo), goes direct, and on 9 October she clears Santa Barbara after reaching to 0 Degrees Virgo again, officially marking the end of her Shadow period.

Dates for your Diary:

  • 22 June - 24 July: Venus is Direct but in pre-Retrograde Shadow
  • 25 July - 5 Sep: Venus is in Retrograde
  • 6 Sep - 9 Oct: Venus is Direct but in Post-Retrograde Shadow

How this will affect you will depend on a) where 14 Degrees Leo - 0 Degrees Virgo is in your Astro Natal Chart. (You can view that for free at and b) what is most needing to clear/shift/transform/awaken within you at this time Feminine Energy wise.

A lot of relationships tend to go through a review phase at this time, and ex-loves may make an appearance. Rather than look at this as being purely about those relationships the bigger picture is about: what are these relationships/people/dynamics/patterns you've held trying to bring to your awareness about your own Self?

As your Feminine shifts so too will the way you perceive yourself, including your awareness around what you have accepted for far too long (be it re relationships, income, people treating you less than you deserve, over-giving, under-receiving etc). With that may come some grief, sadness, anger or self-blame which is good to acknowledge and release but no need to get stuck in those emotions. The real gold lies in what is wanting to emerge from underneath those emotions: your emerging, strong, passionate, creative, worthy, valuable Feminine Energy. This affects both men and women.

Pay attention to any themes that come up over these three periods as they will most definitely have a message for you!

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Love Dana x


Tiff 23rd June 2015 7:25 pm

Amazing accuracy. I just hope I bring to the surface and clear what ever it is I need to real soon. Thank You, Dana :)

Don11 23rd June 2015 11:07 pm

Thank you, you're welcome Tiff!

Dana x

Esmé 24th June 2015 2:49 am

Thank you Dana! That was such a nice explanation - even I understand it now. :) Lots of Light & Love!

spiritdiver 24th June 2015 1:46 pm

Hey there Dana, thank you for the heads up.

I know you also are sensitive to and usually post and follow the Solar flares. I believe we have had much action from the Sun this week...physically I am still pulling out. Have strongly felt knocked for six commencing Sunday evening, which coincidentially also was our day of the Solstice.

Am I reading this correctly?!

thank you for your work. :smitten:

Don11 6th September 2015 7:11 am

Thanks Esme :) x

Don11 6th September 2015 7:14 am

Hi Spiritdiver,

Apologies for the VERY belated response! We were travelling in the US, mainly without WIFI, for much of July so I wasn't able to be as prompt on here as I usually am! Very late now but yes I wrote about the Solar Flares going on around Solstice time:

Thanks for following!

Love Dana x


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Energy Intuitive and Author of A New Chapter Dana Mrkich is an inspiring Writer, Speaker & Teacher with a passion for reminding others of their innate truth and essence. Holding the vision of a new reality from a young age guided by her star elders, Dana’s life focus has been to help people remember who they really are so that together we can create the best possible reality for ourselves and the planet.  

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