Venus in Retrograde:
When a planet is in retrograde, at a physical level people of Earth are at the mercy of an optical illusion in which the planet in question appears to have reversed its rotational direction. In a literal sense, the planet is not moving in reverse; it just appears to do so on behalf of relative placement and movement of both the planet and Earth around the sun. From an astrological perspective, a retrograde symbolizes a disruption in the aspects of life that said planet typically dictates.
In astrology, the planet Venus symbolizes the elements of life we value greatly or simpler pleasures. For many individuals today, these themes manifest in the form of love and money. Thus, when Venus is in retrograde from Oct. 5 to Nov. 16 this year, you may find disruption or long-awaited renewal in the areas of finances or personal relationships.
Aries (March 20 – April 20): You might find yourself questioning your love life or income sources. Take some time and take a breath; have patience with yourself and don’t be afraid to spend a little extra time thinking things through, getting secondary insights from loved ones for upcoming decisions.
Taurus (Apr. 20 – May 21): As Venus is the planetary ruler of Taurus, retrograde might take you out of touch with reality, but don’t let this inclination to isolate interfere with your relationships. Clearly communicate your thoughts to individuals they concern, and don’t retreat to self-deprecating depths of your mind. Be sure to take time to take care of yourself.
Gemini (May 21 – June 21): Let your curious instincts take reign in finding what you truly need. If you’re feeling lost, don’t be crippled by indecision; settle on concrete issues and solutions, and be consistent in instituting necessary lifestyle changes.
Cancer (June 21 – July 23): Your love life is set for heating up or burning out. No matter what may be, absorb your emotions for what they are, yet remain grounded by personal routines. Don’t overthink the actions of others or let insecurity colonize your mind.
Leo (July 23 – Aug. 23): Now is the time to reflect on foundations. People will come and go, the past might keep haunting you, but try to focus and evaluate what you need in the present. Let go of the things or people that are no longer serving you; if it’s a matter of disagreement, don’t resort to extremes without empathizing with their point of view.
Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 23): You can no longer afford to try to control things outside of your control. Focus your energies toward personal or lifestyle pursuits; hold off on big decisions regarding love or finances during retrograde. Keep yourself busy with your hobbies.
Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 23): Venus also rules Libra. You may have been feeling misunderstood or taken for granted. It’s okay to take some time for yourself. Once feelings simmer down, don’t avoid confrontation or hold grudges; rationally communicate your perspective and leave the rest to the universe. Things will lighten up after retrograde.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 22): Your interests may be in many places, but it’s important to take time now to narrow down what matters most to you. Your love life may finally see some new developments near the end of the month; remember to stay level-headed and not let passion get the best of you. Be open to peaceful ends and fresh starts.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 22): You will likely receive answers to big questions you’ve been seeking during retrograde; you may also have to work through very difficult situations. The time now is for excavating the bad from your life which may leave you feeling negative, but things will seem worse before they seem better. Once the hard part of attuning your life to your needs is over, you will feel brand new.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 20): In friendships and relationships, situations may become turbulent but try to see others for their best intentions; if your questioning of others proves to be justified, be open toward forgiveness. Focus more energy toward your professional life during this time, as new opportunities may soon be awaiting you.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18): Your independent nature has overtaken you during this time; you may be seeking freedom from any constraints. This may be particularly prevalent within paternal or business relations. Try to remain open to compromise and don’t let fear of personal expression lead you to abandon people or routines all together, unless there is probable cause. Reflect on your past for present decisions.
Pisces (Feb. 18 – March 20): This retrograde may bring you deep wisdom needed for personal healing after tough times. Allow your new knowledge to seep into your being to share a renewed sense of compassion with the people around you. If you remain open to fresh perspective, there may be new love prospects in your future.