When you speak of a Venus retrograde, most people immediately start worrying about their self-esteem, the stability of their relationships, the distance and maturity of their ex-partners, and their money. While all of these things are definitely related to Venus, and they will likely be affected by its retrograde, I think they’re very far from the point. Venus is the planet of pleasure, so nearly everything humanity generally enjoys is associated with it – sex, food, love, art, wealth, etc. When you have these things, they’re blessings. Sometimes we don’t deserve them but they’re often granted to us anyway. Venus retrograde is a period of learning to deserve, to earn, and to be grateful for those gifts. They may not come easily to us during the retrograde, and sometimes being dissatisfied is the way we are taught to appreciate & not to waste. When you complain about the negative happenings of a Venus retrograde, you’re falling into the oblivious selfishness of an immature Aphrodite. When you’re denied a gift you’ve gotten used to, remember how much you delight in it, but don’t mourn for its absence. Love it when it returns. Taking the favor of Venus for granted is what causes her to withdraw it from you.