Around the 13th/14th of this month, Venus retrograde will conjoin Saturn at 27 degree Leo. As much as we want to shine and receive validation for our beauty, our desires are inhibited twice over. Saturn restricts our ability to express affection and feel attractive, and He also brings delay and obstacles to relationship fulfillment. Venus’ apparent backwards motion in the sky (retrograde) has a somewhat similar meaning. During a retrograde phase, we go inwards and we focus on the past. “Re Re Re” is the song we sing: re-evaluation of our priorities in partnership; review of old relationships; reminders of the past. Exes contact us out of nowhere, and we may do the same. Additionally, this retrograde doubles the Saturn influence because pleasure is postponed1. It is difficult to move forward in matters of love and sex when Venus is moving backwards and Saturn is pressing us to assess what really matters in our relationships.
The ultimate reward for this work is that — once Venus moves direct and is finally past Saturn (around October 15) — we really know what we want when it comes to love.
1. Thanks to Jeff Jawer for this insight.