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Venus Is Officially Retrograde in Leo, So Now What?
What this transit means and how it will affect each sign.
You may have already heard that on Saturday, not only did we ring in Leo season, but Venus officially moved retrograde in Leo.
There are a lot of opinions on what this transit means and what to do or not do, so I wanted to share whatever information I could with you to alleviate any fear that may pop up during these next few months.
What I will say now is that there are 7 planets retrograde this summer. Again, that’s not to create fear (planets go retrograde all the time), but it is to offer you some perspective if you’ve been feeling outta whack, because that’s a lot of energy turned inward, so it can definitely get intense.
As always, trust your gut and trust the process.
Now, let’s start from the top…
What does it mean in astrology when a planet is retrograde? In astrology, a planet is said to be retrograde when it appears to be moving backward in the sky from the perspective of Earth. This happens due to differences in orbital speeds between Earth and the other planets. Planetary retrogrades are an optical illusion and do not indicate that the planet is actually moving backward.
During a retrograde period, the planet's energy is believed to be intensified and turned inward. It's a time for introspection, reassessment, and reflection related to the qualities and themes associated with that specific planet. The energies represented by the retrograde planet may feel more intense or challenging during this period, prompting us to revisit and reevaluate certain aspects of our lives.
How does this affect us? The effects of a retrograde planet depend on the planet involved and your individual birth chart. As always, you can use your chart to see what area of life the retrograde is focusing on by seeing which house is ruled by the sign the planet is retrograde in. For example, this Venus Rx is happening in Leo, so whatever house Leo rules in your chart is where Venus in Rx is happening.
Generally, retrograde periods are considered times of increased internal focus, and the energies of the retrograde planet may manifest in more subtle or internal ways.
Here are some common things that can happen during a retrograde:
Revisiting the Past: Retrograde periods may bring opportunities to address unresolved issues from the past, encouraging us to heal and grow.
Delays and Obstacles: Projects or plans associated with the retrograde planet may face delays or encounter obstacles, urging us to review and refine our approach.
Internal Reflection: Retrograde periods often inspire introspection, self-awareness, and contemplation related to the themes of the retrograde planet.
Reevaluation and Course Correction: It's a time to reconsider decisions and make adjustments, allowing for more thoughtful and conscious choices.
What does it mean when Venus is in Retrograde in Leo? When Venus is in retrograde in Leo, the energy of love, relationships, values, and creativity is intensified and turned inward. Venus represents how we give and receive love, our aesthetic preferences, and our approach to relationships and finances. Leo, as a fire sign, adds passion, creativity, and self-expression to the mix.
During this period, you may experience a need to reassess your romantic relationships, creative endeavors, and financial matters. It can be a time to reflect on matters of the heart, expressing yourself authentically, and reevaluating what brings joy and fulfillment in relationships and artistic pursuits. Some people may reconnect with old flames or past creative projects during this period.
How often does a Venus retrograde happen, and how long does it last? Venus goes retrograde approximately every 18 to 19 months, lasting for about 40 to 44 days. It remains retrograde for about 6 weeks in a particular zodiac sign, during which its energies are most potent. The retrograde motion is followed by a direct motion, during which Venus resumes its regular forward movement.
Here are some key things to consider during a Venus Rx: During Venus retrograde, it is advisable to approach matters of the heart, relationships, and finances with caution and mindfulness.
Review Relationships: Reflect on the state of your romantic relationships, friendships, and partnerships. Address any unresolved issues or patterns that may need healing and understanding.
Reevaluate Values: Reassess your values and priorities, both in relationships and finances. Determine if your current choices align with your authentic self and desires.
Avoid Major Commitments: Venus retrograde is not an ideal time for making significant commitments, such as marriage or big financial decisions. It's best to wait until Venus goes direct for clarity and stability.
Be Mindful of Impulse Buying: Financial matters may be impacted during this period. Avoid making impulsive purchases or major financial investments. Instead, focus on budgeting and planning for the future.
Embrace Self-Love and Self-Expression: Use this time to engage in creative self-expression and embrace self-love. Focus on activities that bring you joy and nurture your passions.
As mentioned above, this transit will have specific effects on individuals based on their rising sign (ascendant).
Here's how it may influence each rising sign, but keep in mind that this is a general overview and aspects, as well as planet placements, should also be considered:
Aries Rising: Venus in Retrograde in Leo will influence your romantic life and creative pursuits. You may find yourself revisiting past romantic connections or creative projects that hold sentimental value. This period encourages you to express your affections more openly and passionately, and you may feel a stronger need to be noticed and appreciated in your relationships.
Taurus Rising: You may experience Venus in Retrograde in Leo influencing your emotional world and family dynamics. You may revisit past emotional experiences and seek to balance your need for nurturing and self-expression in relationships. This period encourages you to honor your desires for love and joy.
Gemini Rising: Venus in Retrograde in Leo will prompt you to review your communication style and social connections. You may reconnect with old friends or acquaintances and revisit past conversations that had an emotional impact. It's a period of introspection on how you express affection and appreciation to others.
Cancer Rising: Venus in Retrograde in Leo will impact your self-worth, finances, and personal values. You may reevaluate your financial decisions and possessions, focusing on what truly brings you joy and fulfillment. In relationships, you may become more reflective about your emotional needs and seek validation from within.
Leo Rising: Venus in Retrograde in your sign will be particularly significant for you. You may experience heightened introspection on matters of self-worth, identity, and love. This period invites you to reconnect with your core values and to express your creative talents and passions more authentically.
Virgo Rising: During Venus in Retrograde in Leo, you may focus on introspection and self-reflective work related to your inner world and spirituality. You may find yourself revisiting past spiritual practices or exploring your emotional depths. In relationships, you may seek deeper connections based on shared values and beliefs.
Libra Rising: Venus in Retrograde is the ruling planet of Libra, making this period particularly significant for you, too. You may feel Venus in Retrograde in Leo influencing your social connections and community involvement. You may revisit past friendships or explore your role within social groups. This period encourages you to express your creativity and uniqueness in social settings.
Scorpio Rising: Venus in Retrograde in Leo will impact your career and public image. You may revisit past career choices or consider a more creative and passionate approach to your work. In relationships, they may seek partnerships that align with your long-term goals and personal growth.
Sagittarius Rising: You may experience Venus in Retrograde in Leo influencing your higher beliefs and spiritual exploration. You may revisit past philosophical or educational pursuits and explore how these beliefs impact your relationships and personal values.
Capricorn Rising: During Venus in Retrograde in Leo, you may focus on your shared resources and intimate connections. You may seek more meaningful and passionate connections in your partnerships and exploring emotional intimacy more deeply.
Aquarius Rising: This retrograde may lead to reevaluation of your commitments (and any fear of commitment), relationships and business partnerships, and the balance of individuality within those partnerships.
Pisces Rising: This period may prompt you to reconsider your daily habits and whether or not they’re working for you, your daily work relationships, and where you may need to implement more self-care practices.
Venus will be in retrograde until September 3, so have patience with the process and with yourself as you navigate through the shadows of the heart.