Venus stops in its tracks at 21°49’ Gemini (antiscion 8°11’ Cancer) and remains OOB until 2nd June. It will station direct on 24th June at 5°21’ Gemini (antiscion 24°39’ Cancer).
Venus in Gemini is known for being flirty and also for its refined social skills although it dislikes commitment both sentimentally and financially. Venus in Gemini enjoys a lot of mental fertility and it reflects a lot on matters of the heart (usually deciding that single is better than partnered) since it is far too rational to be interested in steady love unions. It could also be a spendthrift as far as intellectual pursuits are concerned (books especially) since it values communication and information.
Whatever side of itself it shows in Gemini, Venus here is a definitely a party animal!
What might we expect during this retrograde period when Venus goes under-cover, so as to say?
Venus retrograde could declare “war” in a subconscious way on our senses and attitudes to love or finances and on the old died-out values that we attach to these matters as well as our opinion of ourselves. The effects of the retrograde period in this sense are less obvious and immediate and usually emerge after the planet has once more turned direct.
The houses involved in the retrograde transit will be more vulnerable and unprotected once the planet resumes forward motion since they are areas which we often leave unattended to, prior to the retrograde period of the planet.
A Venus retrograde period:
exposes those areas of self that are normally concealed from view
and are often the complete opposite of the behaviour we normally show and this in itself could undoubtedly cause emotional stress for us.
Thus, the Venus retrograde period is an excellent time to contemplate those which are our deepest and most personal creative needs and if the flaws and faults enhanced, and so readily identified in others, are not really ours. A deep introspection into what makes us happy and what may be missing in order for us to be so could be in order.
It’s also a good time to work on creative projects, heal old heartbreaks and/or take care of unfinished business in order to make room in life for the things that bring us joy.
During this time old lovers may also resurface, physically and mentally! Before welcoming them back with open arms (if they do appear in their physical form) stop and think for a while, especially about the reasons why the story ended in the first place and what role you yourself may have had in this (consciously or not).
New loves may also begin during this period. Again, use caution, keeping your eyes wide open because at the end of the retrograde period things may not be as they initially seemed…you may have been rationalising your romantic ideas too much or have been overthinking and overextending your financial possibilities and this is an excellent period to get a handle on your economic future especially by avoiding major financial expenditures which might have long-term repercussions once the retrograde is over.
To gain a glimpse of what might occur on a personal level during this retrograde period, think back to eight years ago when Venus was retrograding in Gemini over more or less the same degrees (May/June 2012).
What was happening in your life then?
The Sabian symbol for 22° Gemini: “Dancing couples in a harvest festival.” Indicating the wholesome enjoyment of organic processes and emotional drives.
For the antiscion at 9° Cancer: “A small, naked girl bends over a pond trying to catch fish.” Indicating the first naive quest for knowledge and for an ever-elusive understanding of life.
“The most overcrowded vessel is the one that sails on the golden sea of memories.” S. Stafford
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 104, 115, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA