This Venus Retrograde is NO JOKE. Am I right?
I’ll be honest: this Venus Retrograde has been rough.
Venus retrograde began on July 22nd, but I definitely felt its stirrings before that. And we’re still in it until September 3rd.
Venus, of course, is the sign of love, relationships, luxury, wealth, and beauty. This particular Venus retrograde is in Leo, the sign of the self and the heart. And retrogrades are about bringing old issues up and out into the light, so we can (we hope) heal them, revise them, learn from them, and finally move on.
Here are ten challenges, issues, and concerns you may be faced with during this retrograde. Simply bringing consciousness to them can be helpful, but add some self-compassion into the mix, and you’ll be dancing with this retrograde in the best and most healing possible way.
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1. Heartfelt Introspection
Venus Retrograde in Leo beckons us to dive deep into the realm of the heart. We may find ourselves revisiting past relationships or questioning the authenticity of current ones. According to astrologer Chani Nicholas, this period prompts us to heal and upgrade our beliefs about our worthiness of love and affection.
On my end, I have been noticing the places where I’ve allowed my relationships (and the folks I’m in relationship with) to define me, instead of constructing my own understanding of myself. It turns out, we each get to define ourselves to ourselves. (Who knew?) No one else knows us like we know our very own selves. So no one else gets to tell us what we think, how we respond, or who we are.
2. Reigniting Old Flames
Under the spell of Leo’s passionate fire, old flames may resurface, stirring up emotions and memories we thought were long forgotten. The Astro Twins remind us that we must tread carefully during this time of nostalgia and ensure we’re not sacrificing our growth for the sake of comfort.
I’m not personally reigniting any old flames, but I am looking at old relationship problems that have never totally gone away, just morphed into a different but similar form.
3. Ego Clashes
Leo energy during this retrograde accentuates the ego. We may find ourselves seeking validation or recognition, which could lead to conflicts in our personal and professional relationships. If you notice this happening, embrace vulnerability and when appropriate, let go of the need to be in the spotlight.
4. Self-Worth Wobbles
Feeling a little shaky about your self-worth? Me too! The retrograde motion of Venus may bring up insecurities and self-doubt, questioning whether we are truly deserving of love and admiration. But we are. We really, really are.
So let’s do our best to remember that our worthiness is inherent, incorruptible, and indestructible. You are a beloved child of the Goddess. Take the time you need to proactively boost your self-worth through self-compassion and self-care.
5. Creative Reboots
Leo thrives in creativity and self-expression. During this retrograde, we might discover that our creativity needs a shakeup. Consider that even longstanding “blocks” may actually be opportunities to reboot. Rethink your approach to any project that has begun to feel lackluster. Explore new creative avenues and reunite with your muse.
6. Balancing the Heart and Mind
As Venus appears to dance backward in the sky, we may feel torn between following our heart’s desires and using our logical minds to make decisions. Finding the balance between emotions and practicality can be a masterful and delicate dance. So don’t rush it: consult your intuition and take time to contemplate before making significant choices, particularly in the realms of love, money, and aesthetics.
Also remember: the retrograde ends September 3rd. So if you can hold out on a major decision until then, you may want to do that.
7. Financial Reckonings
Venus governs our finances, and during this period, financial matters will often require our attention. Unresolved money issues may come to light, urging us to reassess our spending habits and approach to abundance. It’s an excellent time to review and refine our financial strategies.
On my end, I just read The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store. And – 100% during Venus Retrograde – I began my own year-long shopping ban on clothes, accessories, shoes, home goods, books, and basically anything new at all that I don’t absolutely need.
I was inspired to rethink this area because when I’ve cleared clutter in the past, I’ve noticed my tendency to buy more (sometimes way more) than I actually needed or used.
…So I’m excited to try this shopping ban thing out. If you want to join me, let me know in the comments below.
8. Romance Realizations
Relationship dynamics could get a bit bumpy as Venus retrogrades in Leo. We may uncover hidden truths or discover aspects of our partners that challenge our expectations. Use this time to communicate openly and honestly, fostering a deeper connection.
Maybe it’s even a time to find a therapist and get to work on some of this agonizingly painful old stuff? At least it’s certainly that time for me.
I’m just going to throw this out there in case you were not aware: your health insurance will often help you out in this area! At least it’s worth it to check.
9. Reevaluating Personal Values
Leo invites us to examine our core values and how they align with our actions and relationships. This retrograde period provides an excellent opportunity to shed what no longer serves us and realign our lives with authenticity and integrity.
In a journal or notebook, make a list. What do you value in life? What are your most important priorities? It’s always helpful to get clear on this stuff, and to see it on paper. It helps you lovingly recalibrate and naturally make little adjustments as needed in how you spend your time and thought power.
10. Reconnecting with the Inner Child
Leo’s playful energy encourages us to connect with our inner child. The retrograde gives us a chance to revisit childhood wonder and playfulness, and to heal deeply by offering compassion and understanding to our inner child.
Some of us might start to feel a little overwhelmed by #VenusRetrogradeProblems at times. (You can’t see me, but I’m raising my hand. So if you are too, you’re not alone.)
I like to remember that the cosmic dance offers us endless opportunities for growth and transformation. Let’s turn towards introspection, self-compassion, and brave communication, so we can emerge from this Venus Retrograde period stronger, wiser, and more powerful than before.
My gorgeous and magical new oracle deck is out now! THE QUEEN MAB ORACLE: DIVINE FEMININE WISDOM FROM THE QUEEN OF THE FAE.