Yes, you heard me right! Mercury is not the only planet that goes retrograde. All the actual planets (i.e., not the Sun and Moon) appear to change directions in the sky and move backwards. When the relationship planet turns around, all things Venusian must be reconsidered, and some pop up from the past.
Old lovers may come back to haunt you, and you’ll have ample opportunity to take stock of past relationships to determine what you really want from a partner. Venus retrograde is not the ideal time to move forward in a relationship, but rather a time to confront problems that keep you from thriving in love.
In the sign of the Ram, Venus attracts others and expresses affection in an impulsive, direct manner. She is dignified in Libra, the sign opposite Aries. Rather than charming and people-pleasing, Venus in Aries can be brash and self-centered. She wants sensual pleasure right here, right now, in whatever way she can get it.
- Enters Aries on February 2
- Stations retrograde on March 6
- Backpedals into Pisces on April 11
- Stations direct at the last degree of Pisces on April 17
- Re-enters Aries on April 24
- Leaves Aries for Taurus on June 6
Some questions to ask yourself when Venus goes retrograde in Aries:
- How have I gone for what I wanted in love?
- What have I regretted doing in my pursuit of sensual pleasure or a relationship, and how would I do things differently?
- What do I want from a relationship, now that I know from past experience what I don’t want?
This transit will be strongest (and most challenging) for people born under any of the the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn). Venus’ stay in Aries will be beneficial for Leo and Sagittarius, as well as for Gemini and Aquarius. For the rest of the zodiac, Venus’ transit will require an “adjustment,” as her stay in Aries won’t fit well with your Sun’s expression.
If you have a personal planet near 29 degrees of a mutable sign (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) or 0 or 15 degrees of a cardinal sign, this transit will be especially impactful, as Venus will be stationing conjunct or in hard aspect to a planet in your chart.
Jeffrey Kishner is editor and publisher of Sasstrology.com.