On March 6, the planet Venus went retrograde in fiery Aries. It resumes direct motion in dreamy Pisces on April 17. The effects of this period can last until May 21 when Venus finally passes the point at which she retrograded. While most of us have now at least heard of the planet Mercury going retrograde and have some familiarity with its effects, Venus is a celestial body of another sort. It goes retrograde once every 18 months. And when it does, the planet of love and pleasure, of financial opportunity and indulgence, of beauty and appearances, and of relationships and the cooperation it requires to maintain them, retreats into her private lair in order to revisit and re-evaluate. Retrograde means that from our earthcentric viewpoint, the apparent motion of the planet is backward. Actually we are moving faster and it just appears that the retrograde planet is in reverse. Like being in the subway and watching the train on another track seem to move backwards as you pass by.
If you are a native of either of the Venus-ruled signs, Taurus or Libra, you are especially affected. The rest of us don’t get off easy either because we all have those signs ruling some house in our horoscope — not to mention the direct effect of transiting Venus herself moving backwards in our lives. So for the next 6 weeks or so, you can expect all things Venusian to have the quality of a re-run. This 6-week period in your love and social life is not particularly good for moving ahead in a new personal direction, using eggplant henna on your hair, or commencing a new romance. In fact, you might find that any love interest that shows up is either an old flame or somehow seems like a recurrent familar dream. Even if it’s not the same person, there is something so deja vu about it.
So as much fun as it might be to re-visit your feelings about a particular person or jump headstrong (very Aries) into a new love affair, be forewarned that when Venus changes direction on 4/19, it will suddenly seeem like you’ve been wearing a pair of glasses with the wrong prescription. What could you have possibly been thinking? Alas, it’s true. The prince you wanted so much to give a second chance to really was a frog.
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