Venus went retrograde on the 4th of March and this period lasts for six weeks, until the 15th of April 15. It spans 13º Aries back to 26º Pisces and time-wise, it quite remarkably coincides almost perfectly with Lent this year… While we get a retrograde phase for Mercury three times of year, lasting for about two weeks, we only see Venus moving retrograde every 18 months.
But what does the apparent backward motion of the planet of love mean? Venus retrograde isn’t only about love and romance – the main ‘function’ of this phase is to help us reassess what we truly value. It is the time in the celestial calendar of life lessons to look at what no longer serves you and let go.
However, the way these energies are played out in the lives of the majority of people is through relationships. That is why we see many people trying to get back with an ex during a Venus Rx. Just as for Mars Rx, reconciliations usually don’t last. The main purpose they serve is to highlight what exactly it was that was so darn dysfunctional in the first instance so that you can learn from it and move on.
Because this is a time to take stock rather than move forward, starting new relationships isn’t usually recommended during Venus Rx. However, some Astrologers believe that soul mates and twin flames often come together during retrogrades.
For the week ahead readings, I thought it might be fun to look at what we need to release or reassess. I have chosen to work with the Psychic Tarot for the Heart Oracle for the general theme for everyone in the week ahead and the Baroque Bohemian Cats Tarot for the individual Tarotscopes.
Please look up your Sun, Moon and Rising sign for the energies coming into play for YOU in the week ahead.
The general theme is ‘Open Up’ from the Psychic Tarot for the Heart Oracle. This is the 4 of Earth and corresponds to the 4 of Pentacles in a traditional Tarot deck. The lesson for everyone in the week ahead then is to reassess our personal boundaries. It is a fine balance to keep. We need to trust and have faith that it is safe to open up to the people we love and care about but we may need to look at who we can actually trust. If we are involved with people whom we have given our trust that do not have our best interests at heart, now is a good time to decide what to do about the situation and walk away if they are not open to changing the dynamic at hand.
In fact, if you are reading this before the Full Moon on Sunday, 12th of March, you can start looking at that now. A Virgo Full Moon is always an excellent opportunity to let go of toxic energies from our lives.
Aries – 4 of Wands (Venus in Aries): Venus Rx will influence your home life in the week ahead. Now is a good time to look at who comes into your home. Are they friends or foes? Do they show you, your home and family the respect you deserve or do they bring drama? Now is a good time to make your home your fortress and reassess whom to invite in. Give those who seek to darken your door the boot.
Taurus – Ace of Pentacles (Element of Earth): Reassess how you invest your money and think longer term. Go through your spendings and decide what you can cut back on as well as how much you could be setting aside each month. Don’t stuff your money in the mattress – make it work for you!
Gemini – 7 of Cups (Venus in Scorpio): Your usual sanguine temperament can’t quite seem to find the right gear this week. You feel emotionally pulled under or face issues around addiction to food, alcohol or other substances. You need to detox but can’t find the motivation. Do what you do best – research what is troubling you so that you can find clarity and peace of mind once more.
Cancer – 8 of Wands (Mercury in Sagittarius): Reassess how you spend your time at work and how much time you spend on meaningless tasks like sorting through tons of spam email every day. In general, you will find that a lot of the messages you receive in the week ahead feel meaningless and a waste of your time. Don’t hesitate to focus on the ones that matter to you and forget about the rest. If it is truly important they will contact you again. Make ‘Haste makes for waste’ your mantra.
Leo – Death (Scorpio): Big week coming up in terms of release (whether it be an ex or a toxic habit). The Full Moon on Sunday is a great time to draw a line under the past. There is only one direction to move in now… your best, most magnificent future… and what used to hold you back needs to stay in the past. You are not going to be the same after this Venus retrograde but it will all be for the best.
Virgo – Ace of Wands (Element of Fire): Look closely at your energy expenditure. Release any habits that drain you. Boosted by the Virgo Full Moon, you will probably find that you have more energy available than usual. There is a lot potential here but how will you use it? Take stock of routines that may need to change in order to maximise the potential of the creative energy that you now have access to.
Libra – 5 of Pentacles (Mercury in Taurus): You can no longer hide from the fact that your spending has been getting out of hand lately, so take the bull by the horn and reassess your finances. Sell some of the things you bought that you don’t actually need on eBay. Make a savings plan and think about how to put together a classic and stylish wardrobe on a shoestring budget because, let’s face it, NOT looking good still won’t be an option. If things are really dire, rather than fretting, seek financial help.
Scorpio – Knight of Pentacles (Taurus): You can easily persevere to the ends of earth when it comes to true love but here you are asked to reassess your habit of quitting before you reach your goal when it comes to your career and life purpose goals. Look at how you are using your time and make a daily schedule for yourself, where you set yourself daily tasks that will bring you one step closer to achieving your dreams.
Sagittarius – The Sun (the Sun): Make feeling comfortable your own skin your number one priority in the week ahead. This retrograde is touching on issues surrounding your identity and sense of personal power. What helps you feel confident? What can you do more of that puts you in a state of flow? How can you love yourself a bit better day by day?
Capricorn – Page of Swords (Element of Air): Reassess those loping, negative thoughts and start asking better questions, questions that will move you forward rather than keep you in a state of despair or self-doubt. Research better ways of doing things that truly matter to you. Mental hygiene is on the agenda for you in the week ahead, so buckle down with daily prayer and meditation.
Aquarius – Queen of Pentacles (Capricorn): A good time for reassessing how you care for others and yourself in practical ways (or not). What could you do to nurture yourself better? What do your loved ones need from you at this time? If you’re not sure, try asking them. Activities like gardening and baking will help you stay grounded as well as develop your nurturing side in the week ahead. You sometimes prefer humanitarian ideals to helping people hands on. Charitable acts will help you grow and become more well-rounded.
Pisces – 4 of Swords (Jupiter in Libra): Is it fair to say that you can be lazy and spend hours watching Netflix when you could be using your creative genius to bring joy to the world? Thought so! Though you obviously still need to find time for R&R in the week ahead, look at how to do it smarter so that you don’t end up frittering your precious time away.
Have a great week, everyone!
Love and Blessings,