On July 25th, Venus, planet of love, beauty and pleasure, will station retrograde in the 1° of Virgo and make its way back through the last half of the sign Leo, where it joins Jupiter, Mercury and the Sun. During its backwards journey, it will make a conjunction to each of these planets, and then several weeks later make an exact conjunction to Mars. When planets are in conjunction with one another, they are occupying the same degree of the zodiac, from the perspective of Earth. The energy associated with the conjunction is tense and tight. The combining of the energies creates friction, a state of stress, which ultimately will lead to new cycles, beginnings and opportunity.
This retrograde, Venus will spend the next 6 weeks backtracking to where it was on June 21st, bringing awareness or re-emphasizing certain experiences that we have had since then. It is likely the issues Venus will touch on have been consuming too much of our energy, on one level or another, and it is time to re-process, respond and move on.
When Venus is retrograde, its energy is turned inward and expressed differently than we are used to. This distorted energy may have a difficult time presenting itself in the external world, while stirring things up internally – bringing up buried desires and making us more aware of the give and take in our relationships – or lack there of.
Additionally, Venus is associated with money and valuables. As Venus stations retrograde, there is the tendency to feel shifts or experience changes in regards to ones finances and you may find yourself repaying or reminded of past debts. It is also a good time to do some Summer cleaning, that which no longer serves you may still be of value to someone else. Recycle and reuse.
The specific ways in which Venus retrograde may manifest or express itself in one’s life depends on where Venus is located in one’s natal chart, and its relationship to other planets and points on the chart. That said, it can be a relatively intense experience. As it combines with Jupiter, the expansive planet of luck and manifestation, it can lead to feeling like things are out of whack – particularly in regard to ones relationships and financial situations.
Venus begins its retrograde in the very first degree of Virgo, known for its ability to be critical and analytical. Virgo helps us fine tune, and narrow in on details, but Venus returning to Leo suggests maybe we should re-consider the larger picture before going in and tweaking things to perfection. Is this what you really want? Would making those small changes really make that big of a difference in the grand scheme of things?
As Venus retraces its path through Leo and makes its aspect to Jupiter – there is the tendency for over dramatization of situations, and you may find seemingly small issues feeling much larger under the giant’s magnifying lens. It may be necessary to re-examine these issues and determine if they are in fact unimportant and trivial, or if they are actually the roots of larger problems.
When Venus is retrograde – there is a strong tendency for heavy relationship issues – the make it or break it kind – to surface. And with Leo and Jupiter in the mix – egos are likely to be sensitive and on guard.
Along with Jupiter in Leo, Venus will also conjunct the Sun and Mercury. This suggests along with all the other shifts taking place, that there is likely a conversation that must take place, information that must be shared. It is likely that there has been a change and growth in mental clarity and awareness, that seems to be urging the need for this release. This may not be a conversation you want to have – whether it be confronting your own inner demons, a lover, friend or parent – Saturn, making a trine to the conjunction – tells us the time is now and the tone is serious.
With Mars still in Cancer, making a square to unpredictable Uranus in Aries – the energies again suggests shifts related to that which brings comfort and security.
On August 9th, Mars will make its move into Leo where it will further intensify the fiery energy of the Lion. Approximately 3 weeks later it will meet up with Venus. The drive, assertion and strength of Mars collide with our repressed feelings – adding to the conflicting energies. Mars’ goal is to push us forward, reinforce our courage and sexuality – while Venus retrograde has her own agenda, and is likely preoccupied with security (of the heart and the home) and finding the light at the end of the tunnel. When the proper awareness exists, it is possible to utilize these two energies together. As asserting oneself will bring new found security, and courage gives us the strength to steer our way through the looming chaos.
On September 6th, Venus finally stations direct and begins her journey back towards Virgo. With the post-shadow period spanning the next month, there is still more to be resolved and dealt with – but with Venus direct the energy becomes more tangible and familiar, helping us to navigate our way to the new beginnings that lay ahead.