Venus Retrograde Aries/Pisces: March 4 – April 15


On March 4th, Venus, planet of love, beauty and pleasure, will station retrograde in the 13° of Aries and make its way back into Pisces, where it will join Neptune and Chiron. While on this backwards journey, Venus will form a conjunction to Mercuryexact on April 1st , and then head on into Pisces, where it will meet up with and form a conjunction to Chiron in the 26° of Pisces. It is here, in the very same degree occupied by Chiron, the wounded healer, where Venus will also station direct on April 15th.

This retrograde, Venus will spend the next 6 weeks backtracking to where it was on January 30th, 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. You may find yourself repaying or reminded of past debts. It is also a good time to do some pre-Spring 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, Venus is one of the inner planets and is felt personally. It plays a role in relationships and matters of the heart, as well as what one finds beautiful or attractive. It is also associated with our sense of touch and pleasure; Venus pushes us toward what feels good. When it is retrograde, there is the tendency for hiccups or changes to take place in these areas of our personality and life.

Venus begins its retrograde mid-way through the sign Aries, known for its ability to be a bit impulsive and hot headed. Aries is an energetic sign; it helps us to initiate projects, to find the strength to face conflict and the courage to stand up for oneself. However, Venus stationing retrograde in Aries can make us question this courage and strength. It can paralyze the determination of Aries and cause us to question what we want or desire. It can also lead to a sense of self-pity, feeling as though the world or universe is conspiring against you and your wants and needs, as Aries tends to bring along with it a sense of internal conflict or friction. Though in the moment, this can be overwhelming, loud and intense – if you allow it to, it can also serve as a catalyst for creating, building, manifesting and even learning to love oneself.

Though it may prove particularly difficult to meditate or quiet ones mind during these times, it is also very important and a key coping mechanism. Be gentle with yourself and with others. Try not to take others behavior too personally. Underneath the surface, we are all trying to navigate our own personal tensions within.

In addition to lessons in self-love and efficacy, the chart for Venus stationing retrograde places Venus in the 4th house suggesting we may find ourselves exploring issues related to our past, our home and the roots from which we came. We may also find ourselves exploring our familial relationships and the ways they have helped or hindered us in forming our own identity and creating future relationships. It is common to find oneself re-defining their sense of home or family; as well as the desire to make some deep personal changes, that may differ from the way one was raised to be or behave. Thus, altering our relationship to that which we have always found safe and familiar.

This sense of independence or need for change is fueled further by a conjunction between Mars and Uranus, also in fiery Aries. Mars is assertive and driven to action, while Uranus is unpredictable, rebellious and innovative. The combined energy of these two planets in the 4th house suggests the need to break free of traditional, outdated familial confinements – while at the same time pursuing ideals that we strongly resonate with. Whether it is where one chooses to live, what religious beliefs one carries with them, how one raises their children, spends their money, or who one decides to share and show their love – it is likely that there is some pretty substantial inner shifting taking place. However, as with any change or shift – there is also likely to be some disruption. Mars and Uranus acting together can be rambunctious and messy; it can also feel a bit selfish and cold.  A little bit of awareness and reflection can go a long way. Aim to do what is best for you without shunning others or casting a negative light on that which you’ve decided does not work for you.

Furthermore, Mars and Uranus are caught in an opposition to Jupiter in the 10th house, associated with career and one’s reputation. As Jupiter tends to magnify whatever it touches, there is the tendency for the issues that are re-aligning and simmering within to seep out, in turn affecting the way we are viewed by others – particularly in a professional sense. Finding healthy physical release may prove helpful in managing stress and preventing unnecessary outbursts or misdirecting anger.

Meanwhile, Saturn in the 1st house forms a trine to Uranus reminding us of the importance of discipline and boundaries. While Pluto, also in the 1st house, forms a square to Uranus and Jupiter – intensifying the need to both claim ones power and re-establish both the way one is viewed by others and the way one interprets their surroundings. Together, Saturn and Pluto in the 1st house suggests the need to let go of the idea of whom you’ve decided you are; the view that you’ve always had of yourself, in order to make room for the growth taking place and the person you are soon to become.

On April 4th, Venus will re-enter Pisces, calming the fiery energy of Aries. Our focus shifts and we are given a glimpse of the bigger picture; the feeling that we are all connected. The Aries energy that has been pushing us to focus on our wants and needs settles, as we become concerned with channeling a deeper, more unconditional version of ourselves.

On April 9th, Mercury will station retrograde in Taurus adding its own quirks to this strange, reflective time and further re-iterating the changing relationship between our desires, values and self-esteem and our sense of inner harmony.

Finally, on April 15th, Venus will arrive at 26° Pisces, where it will station direct and form a conjunction to Chiron. Though Venus will be direct and will have resumed its forward motion, things are not likely to feel quite right yet. Chiron is associated with both the awareness and healing of the deep existential wounds we carry within us. Chiron transits can be difficult and tumultuous. Often accompanied with the growing pains of life. This energy combined with Venus suggests we may find ourselves needing to face old wounds related to relationships, finances or ones’ image. The goal of making contact with these wounds is not to dwell on the misery and pain, but to go through it to the other side where healing takes place. Instead of casting aside and blocking out or disowning these wounds and parts of ourselves, we must learn to embrace them as part of one’s story.

As Venus begins to head back towards Aries, the focus shifts back to oneself and ones’ passions. Though Mercury will still be retrograde for another few weeks, and life still feels fuzzy and uncertain, it is likely the lessons of Venus retrograde will have helped us to achieve a greater sense of clarity regarding our wants and needs; as well as, a newly found confidence and trust in ourselves.

The specific affects of planetary transits differ based on where planets are located in one’s natal chart and where the current planets are transiting. The above is a general forecast based off a chart designed for the aspect discussed.  If you would like more personalized advice, or have questions or feedback of any kind, please send me an email!

New Moon in Leo: Being Concious of Self-Talk

Just as the Moon is a key player in creating the oceanic tides, it is also a key player in the creation of our emotional tides. When the Moon is new, it is in the part of its cycle where it passes between the Earth and the Sun. During this time, the Moon and Sun appear to occupy the same space in the zodiac, from the perspective of Earth. When the Moon is new, it is a time for introspection, for us to be in touch with what we are thinking and feeling. This New Moon reminds us of the power of our thoughts and beliefs. It also reminds us of the importance of connecting to ones higher self, whether it be through meditation, being one with nature, exercise, creative expression or through peacefully practicing ones religious beliefs.

On Friday, August 14 at 7:40 am PST, the New Moon will be exact in the sign of Leo, caught between Venus retrograde and Mars in the 12th house, the energy of the Sun and Moon merge. We enter a new cycle, with our Mars’ ambition and drive pushing forward and molding us from one side and Venus continuing to re-evaluate and re-affirm our wants and needs on the other, this will be a time of learning to integrate the changes we have made or have been contemplating making. It is a time to take action, but with so much stirring in the 12th house, there is likely some hesitation, as well as mental obstacles that lay before us.

The 12th house is the bridge between our physical reality and the unconscious realm. It is the place of dreams and also the place of nightmares. It is the realm associated with manifesting our thoughts. With 4 planets taking residency here, we must be conscious of our self-talk and the path it travels. Just as our thoughts consist of our greatest dreams and desires, they also consist of our greatest fears. It is just as easy to manifest the good and wonderful, and be the cause of our success, as it is to manifest the opposite, and be our own cause of misfortune.

It is quite normal to be offended when others speak of or treat us poorly, in fact it is suggested that we rid our lives of negative naysayers who bring us down or cause us harm. We have been taught that bullying is wrong, and won’t be accepted. But what happens when the bully, who is bullying you, is you?

This is the same “you” who shares your goals, dreams and wishes – and it is telling you that you can’t, that you suck, that you don’t deserve, that you won’t ever amount to anything. And you are the ONLY one who can turn it off.

We forget this, that our minds are filled with thoughts that WE have created. Thoughts that attract our experiences to us and affect how we perceive and project all that surrounds us. Sure, we get inspiration from our environment and past experiences, but we decide how we approach the day and the world. We forget that just as easily as we can be our worst enemy, we can also be our greatest friend and ally. We just need to make the decision to love ourselves as much as we love those we are protective over. With Leo’s strong, brave, bold energy fueling the house of the unconscious – the energy is there to make peace with oneself and to begin acting in ones best interest.

With Mercury and Jupiter’s recent move into Virgo, the desire to withdraw is again reiterated. Thoughts and hopes turn inward and become more critical and serious. As Jupiter magnifies the fine print, the flaws in our plans are revealed. It may be hard to find a middle ground, moving from looking at the bigger picture to fine tuning specific details.

Furthermore, with Mercury forming an opposition to Neptune in Pisces there is the tendency to struggle with mental clarity, or to not seeing things as they are. The veil of Neptune can lead us to believe in things are not true, or to feel disillusioned and lose faith. Again, the power of our thoughts is emphasized. Participating in yoga or some sort of grounding exercises may prove particularly calming and help quiet mental chatter.

Saturn squaring the 12th house, making a trine to Mars and Chiron – encourages us to keep on going. With Venus retrograde, we are in an accelerated growth period and there is so much shifting and transforming happening beneath the surface. Try to be mindful of growing pains and don’t beat yourself up, instead treat yourself with the same TLC that you would your best friend.