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Venus Retrograde’s Intimate Journey: The First Gate

By March 6, 2009September 27th, 2021Astrology for Non-Astrologers, Astrology for Students, Venus

From March 6th through April 17th, Venus is traveling retrograde (i.e. backwards) through our skies.  The Venus retrograde period is a time for reevaluating your relationships and your capacity for love.  While Venus is retrograde, notice the places where you are drawn into your relationships’ darkness and notice the ways you might find increased intimacy there.

The retrograde journey of Venus is depicted in the Mesopotamian tale of the descent of Inanna into the underworld.  It is the story of a journey into the dark places in relationship, an attempt to recover lost love.  During her descent, Inanna was stopped seven times, at seven gates.  Each time, she had to remove one item from her person and leave it behind so she could go on.  Any or all of these items might have symbolic meaning for your explorations during this Venus retrograde period.

At The First Gate, the Gatekeeper Demands Inanna’s Crown
A crown symbolizes wisdom, age and status.  Inanna’s crown is the emblem of her queenhood.  In giving up her crown, she must give up her superior position.  She must acknowledge that to be queen in someone’s heart is a privilege that is earned, not a right to be expected.  She must also acknowledge that nobility obligates her to be generous and kind.  Using her status to win relationship arguments is contrary to her goal of intimacy.  Why would anyone allow someone with such arrogance and superiority into their deep, dark underworld?  She must let go of being right and this is only the beginning of what she must let go.

The Gatekeeper Asks: 
Are there places in your relationships where you are prevented from intimacy by your own superiority?  Do you cling to a superior position, rather than let yourself be on the same level as the one you love?  Would you rather be right than close?  Does it feel that you cannot be both and must choose between them?  Leave the crown at this gate and you’ll take one more step on the journey to real intimacy, by leveling with your partner.

For more about Inanna’s journey and what happened at the other gates, look at Venus Retrograde: Descent Into Love’s Darkness.  I’ll post about the second gate in about a week.


Jamie has been practicing astrology in the Bay Area since 1992 and teaching since 1997. She is currently certified at NCGR Level 3. She specializes in feminine archetypes and a positive, empowering approach. Jamie enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families to improve the quality of their lives and expand each person’s choices.

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