Last night on July 22, Venus stationed retrograde in Leo at 9:32 PM ET followed immediately by the Sun’s ingress into Leo at 9:50 PM ET. We’re entering a dramatic, bold, new season, blasting open our hearts and minds.
Where we’ve recently felt powerless, we’re regaining confidence and reconnecting with our creative power. This feels like the lights being turned in a situation where things have felt mysterious or murky. Life is inviting us to peel back the mask and dare to acknowledge our heart’s most burning desires. Then we can seize the moment and opportunities as they arise.
Venus first entered the shadow phase on June 19, look back at what was surfacing around then. It will give you a clue into a longer story playing out with this transit. Venus is now retracing her steps, drawing us into a process of re-evaluation of the recent past. Venus will station direct on September 3, (at the degree she occupied was on June 19,) and moves out of shadow on October 7 (past the degree she is currently at.) So be patient with the process and don’t be too quick to judge — there’s more coming to light.
Notably – Venus retrogrades at approximately the same degree every 8 years. So it would also help to look back to your life in 2015, 2007, 1999, 1991, and so on… counting back every 8 years. This will give you an idea of the themes likely to emerge now and a larger story in your life’s journey. You are not who you once were. With awareness, we can do things differently, and create consciously, in alignment with our authentic selves as we are today.
Any Venus’ retrograde will bring its dramatic moments and in Leo, you can expect things to be dialed up a notch. This is not for the faint-hearted and things could get steamy. We’re in a process of deep re-evaluation of all Venusian matters of love, beauty, relationships, money, our values, and all matters of the heart. Pay attention to where you have Leo in your chart — that’s where this energy is playing out highlighting matters of that house.
Leo is a fixed fire sign, ruled by the Sun — the source of light and life-giving energy. It rules the heart, the true Self, the eternal present, youth, love, romance, fun, creativity, passion, sexuality, authenticity, courage, confidence, spontaneity, and our ability to take risks. On the flip side, Leo also points to the ego, pride, defenses, and fears of rejection which ultimately cast a shadow on all that is bright and beautiful. These themes are in focus.
In the chart for Venus’ retrograde, the Moon is separating from an opposition Neptune. Also, the Sun is at the end of Cancer (ruled by the Moon) just past an opposition to Pluto. There’s a sense of moving beyond the illusion, or veil. We’re seeing what was previously missed — be it true colors or the true value of something or someone — to find what’s precious and golden in it. If something seems too good to be true it likely is. And something/someone you’ve overlooked might deserve a closer inspection to discover the treasures it holds at its depths.
Above all, with this Venus Rx in Leo, we’re learning all that is gold doesn’t glitter, and all that glitters isn’t gold. This is very glamorous energy but moves beyond surface appearances. External beauty fades, and money can’t buy love or happiness. Especially in the age of false information and curated social media profiles, remember you’re only seeing what someone wants you to see. Avoid comparisons. It could be easy to let our imagination run wild – for better or worse. But avoid projection — seek clarity and depth. True beauty radiates from within, and a heart of gold is more precious than all the riches in the world.
Venus in Leo is a queen, a royal. She needn’t chase, beg, or want anything. But with this retrograde closely conjunct fixed star Regulus, any hubris will be met with a swift fall from grace. However, life is unfolding — be humble. Drop the mask, ego, pride, and defenses. Don’t be afraid to admit if you’ve been mistaken. Peer into the heart and soul of a situation. More importantly, peer into your own heart and soul. Then we can engage in, create, and attract experiences consciously.
Also in the chart, Mars is separating from opposition to Saturn, and the Sun at the end of Cancer is separating from its opposition to Pluto. We’re moving past a limitation or an obstacle, leaving behind a heavier past, attachments we’ve outgrown, generational conditioning, and patterns of co-dependency. There may have been sobering realities to face. If you’re dealing with loss, grief, disappointment, sadness, or heartbreak, do so consciously as you allow space for healing. This too shall pass. That said, the past is past. Where we’ve recently reached a limit with something, we may be having a change of heart. A door is opening to reveal new depths of emotions and desire, inviting us to explore them, if we dare.
Relationships are in focus and heating up. Likely exes and past lovers are resurfacing. This is an ideal time to gain closure on the past. But if you’re trying to rekindle an old romance, or meet someone new during a retrograde, I would advise against it, or to wait till Venus is direct before making any major commitment. Stay in the present, without projecting too far into the future. The same is true if you are starting a new creative project, considering a major financial investment with no prior connection, an irreversible beauty treatment, or a dramatic haircut. Every experience is valuable and sometimes the heart wants what it wants. But be advised — once Venus stations direct things will change shape and form, and you’ll likely feel differently then. So weigh out your risks, and be conscious of what you commit, or give in to in the heat of the moment.
In existing connections, friendships, and partnerships, bonds can deepen. Where things have gotten heated, or egos have flared — there can be reconciliation, re-kindling of love, passion, and fun. It will call for absolute authenticity, courage, compassion, boldness, and being vulnerable. Learn from the past, but stay in the present and avoid picking at scabs. Also, rather than have expectations of another —acknowledge how you feel and remain detached. Something might feel like a risk — but it would be a greater risk to pass up a chance to be happy.
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At best, Venus’ rx in Leo, is an invitation to reconnect with and re-discover the source of our joy, fun, happiness, creativity, confidence, and love within our hearts. Confidence is sexy and attractive. And all the love we seek is right here for us, in the present, in our hearts and being. Venus and Leo both speak of love; the kind of warm love that shines constantly like the Sun and lights up the world. Then have faith that what’s (or who’s) right for you will naturally gravitate to you.
At the very least, this retrograde is a chance to make peace with the past and reconnect with that eternal source of love, bliss, and joy within. So we can live and love more authentically, passionately, fearlessly, and deeply in the present.
I have a lot more to say — but I have to go for now. I’ll update this post on the website, with important dates of Venus’ aspects offering a timeline for this retrograde. So please check back in. Time permitting, I will also be back with a video and Horoscopes for the 12 signs soon.
For a more personal in-depth reading — you can book an Astrology Consultation or a special Venus Retrograde Consultation to make the most of your opportunities and draw in what you desire. Or you can sign up for the Inner Journey program for an Immersive Natal chart study – I have ONE slot left for July. I would love to work with you.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend! With love,