Faculty of Astrological Studies Online Seminars
OUR ONLINE SEMINARS are open to everyone. Many topics directly support the material of the Faculty course modules, making them ideal for Faculty students. However, no previous affiliation with the Faculty is required in order to enrol.
Each seminar costs £35. You do not need to attend in real time. Your enrolment gives you access to a recording for 30 days – perfect for review or if you were unable to attend when the seminar was broadcast.
Exploring the Mysteries and Hidden Potential of Retrograde Venus
with Mark Fountain
Saturday 9th December
Retrograde planets have always attracted an enormous amount of interest from astrologers, although at times they have had an unjustifiably negative reputation. Venus is particularly intriguing since it spends just 7% of its cycle retrograde, far less time than any other planet. This striking astronomical fact points to the huge symbolic significance of its retrograde periods, which were first observed and carefully studied thousands of years ago by astronomers in Mesopotamia and Mesoamerica.
This seminar explores the meaning of retrograde Venus in a natal chart. How is it fundamentally different from a Venus that is moving direct? How might individuals with a retrograde Venus approach relationships and what can all of us learn from them?
We also consider retrograde Venus by transit. What gifts does a retrograde Venus bestow on those who are open and receptive to its symbolic importance? During retrograde periods, our attitude to love and loving, relationships of all kinds, our aesthetic ideals and our most fundamental values can often be challenged and called into question, making this transit surprisingly potent and much more significant than we might expect from something that lasts only about 40 days. And what are we to make of progressed Venus turning retrograde during the course of someone’s lifetime? How can an individual work with it in order to facilitate a deeper understanding of themselves and transform the way they relate to others?