This Venus retrograde has certainly been one for the record books. From Ben and Jen’s marriage meltdown to AshleyMadison.com’s mass outing of cheating spouses, the planet named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty has left no conjugal union unturned. But this is to be expected when Venus reverses direction in the sky. No friend to the sanctimonious, preachy or prudish, Venus delights in airing everyone’s dirty laundry — or in this case: underwear. It’s a cosmic reminder that despite our best attempts to tame her, love is still a wild and exotic goddess. The simple rule of thumb with Venus is that if you make a pledge, then you’d best keep it because the consequences of breaking it will come back to bite you in the derriere. Venus comes out of retrograde on Sept. 6.