Venus slows down midway through Leo next month, entering a pre-shadow period on the Summer Solstice of June 21st and actually turning Retrograde at 0 degrees of Virgo on July 25th until September 6th, stationing Direct at 14 degrees Leo.
Venus as a planet rules love, beauty, money, and feminine matters, but esoterically she is about so much than mere aesthetics and affection. She is about what truly makes us tick on some very fundamental levels. Venus represents our internal value system and how we relate to and project it outwardly into the world.
Be very careful about expensive purchases during this time which will weigh on the side of needing a return or exchange. If you get some new hairdo or wardrobe with the intention of feeling better about yourself, you might wind up with the opposite results. This would be an especially sore issue during the first week of this Retrograde (July 25th – 31st) with Venus in critical Virgo.
Although Venus starts off Retrograde in Virgo with frugality and reserve, she will be spending the majority of her review in Leo – the sign associated with willpower, creativity and all expressions of the heart. Old flames and infatuations might resurface and need to either be fully released or given a chance for healing, forgiveness, and resolution. Unresolved emotional issues could flare up and necessitate a shift from familiar attitudes and actions. The old ways of doing certain things aren’t yielding the results we want anymore. Einstein said:
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results”.
What’s up now is the opportunity to approach very old problems, hang-ups, personal and relationship issues with the wisdom and experiences we have gained over time. If we can let go of the notion that our brains are responsible for most of our functionality and rather pay heed to the innate intelligence of our hearts, we may find ourselves amazed at where we land and what we manifest. Heart Math Institute has done some wonderful research on the intelligence, intuition, and restorative qualities of the heart.
Sekhmet Calls the Shots
Named after a goddess of both love and war, when the planet Venus as a representative of this ultra feminine, archetypal energy moves in a backward fashion from our perspective on the Earth we see more of her aggressive side coming out.
Sekhmet, the fierce Egyptian Lioness calls the shots and has no qualms about making known her desires, decisions, and revisions when it comes to relationships, creative endeavors, investments, and for some, custody rights over children. You don’t want to mess with this mama, because it will backfire in ways that resemble your worst nightmare. Integrity is a life saver.
Venus in Leo (June 5th – October 8th 2015) is by nature playful, sweet, and sexy but when reversed in direction (July 31st – September 6th) can be obsessed, quirky, addictive, insecure, impatient, or take feelings so seriously that it becomes very difficult to view and respond to experiences objectively. A more positive expression of Retrograde Venus could come through deep emotional renewal and bonding. Use caution in brand new relationships during this time and don’t “play with fire” unless you are ready to get burned. Passions are running high and need outlets. The best way in this sign is through music, dance, and anything expressed with creativity or genuinely from the heart.
Venus’s square to Saturn in Scorpio during August will be the influence that makes or breaks many existing projects and relationships. Either way, work and responsibility will be required. And either way, whatever makes or breaks we experience are likely to be for the better, setting us on course with what truly resonates in our hearts.
While Retrograde Venus will pair up twice with the “Greater Benefic” of the zodiac – Jupiter. Then she will pair up with him a third time post-Retrograde, after both planets have entered the sign of Virgo.
- Venus conjunct Jupiter ( 21 degrees Leo) – July 1st
- Venus conjunct Jupiter ( 28 degrees Leo) – August 4th
- Venus conjunct Jupiter (15 degrees Virgo) – October 25th
This lucky pair could shower us with blessings or a seeming curse, all depending upon where we have placed our values. Surely some of our long seeking and working for improvements will be rewarded during this time. When our actions are aligned with our souls and our innermost wishes we frequently find ourselves in the right place at the right time. Then we have access to unlimited sensuality, healing, creativity, and joy filled abundance.