Venus, the planet of values, love, and finances, entered the sign of Leo on the 5th of June this year. Venus usually spends approximately 24-26 days in each sign but due to its 42-day retrograde period it will actually be in Leo until the 9th of October 2023. The planet will backtrack from 28°36’ (antiscion 01°24’ Taurus) to 12°12’ Leo (antiscion 17°48’ Taurus), stationing direct on 4th September.

    This is however the first time in 211 years that Venus spends the whole length of its stay (retrograde included) in the sign, the last time was in 1812. So, without having its energy fragmented by moving back into Cancer or forward into Virgo to then move again into Leo, the planet will be embued with the full impact of the Leo energy.

    In Leo, Venus feels courted and pampered (after all Leo is the King and she is the Goddess!), she hates to be ignored and seeks attention, which isn’t difficult for her since she adds her own talents to Leo’s natural penchant for passion, generosity and warmth towards others. Venus rules the sign of Taurus (her more practical side involving finances and comforts in general) and Libra (love, harmony and relationships) so you should look not only to the house that Venus is transiting but also to the houses which have Taurus and Libra on their cusps since the affairs of these houses will also be under scrutiny during the retrograde period as will any planets or angles that Venus aspects during the transit through Leo.

    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. 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 have left unattended for some time. A Venus retrograde period exposes those areas of self that are normally concealed from view and are often the complete opposite to the behaviours we normally show which undoubtedly causes 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. So expect 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 surface, physically and mentally! Before welcoming them back with open arms (if they 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, careful, eyes wide open because at the end of the retrograde period things may not be as they initially seemed…you may have confused lust with love.

    During its retrograde Venus will make the following aspects:

    09 August: a square to Uranus (Leo-Taurus 22°54’) – flirty may be the mood but don’t let it spoil any present, worthwhile relationship. Rocking the boat is not always the best choice.

    22 August: a square to Jupiter (Leo-Taurus 15°18’, the avatar degree, very important this year for those with angles/planets at 15° of the Fixed signs) – spending for comfort food/clothes etc might be a good idea but only if your finances allow it!

    To gain a glimpse of what might occur during this retrograde period, think back to eight years ago when Venus was retrograding in Leo in 2015 (05/05-18/07/ and 31/07-08/10) What was happening in your life then?

    The Sabian symbol for the SR at 29° Leo: “A mermaid emerges from the ocean waves ready for rebirth in human form.” Indicating the stage at which an intense feeling-intuition rising from the unconscious is about to take form as a conscious thought.

    For the antiscion at 2° Taurus: “An electrical storm.” Indicating the cosmic power able to transform all the implications of natural existence.

    For the SD at 13° Leo: “An old sea captain rocking himself on the porch of his cottage.” Indicating th quieted mind’s recollection of crises and joys long past.

    For the antiscion at 18° Taurus: “A woman airing an old bag through the open window of her room.” Indicating the cleansing of the ego-consciousness.

    “The best route is to stay humble and stay true to yourself.” Rich the Kid


    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 52, 72, 139, 149 Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

    Sullivan E., (2000), Retrograde Planets, ‘Venus, Dual Goddess’ pp77-114, Samuel Weiser Inc, York Beach, ME USA

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