This Year’s Venus Retrograde

Venus is direct (moving forwards), not retrograde (moving backwards)
Previous Venus Retrograde period:
May 13, 2020 to June 25, 2020
From 21º to 5º Gemini.
The next one will begin in December of 2021.

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Venus Retrograde

Venus, goddess of Love and Beauty, goes retrograde in our skies about every year and a half.  When she does, she takes us into a six-week journey into the past to uncover what may be the hidden or forgotten places in our relationships.  Each time Venus goes retrograde I write a post or series of posts about it. At the bottom of this page you can find posts from past years.

What Is Venus Retrograde?

When Venus goes retrograde, she takes our hand and pulls us into the darkness of our relationships.  A retrograde period of any planet is a retrospective of that planet’s themes.  It’s like going into the deep, dark cave of oneself in whatever area of life is covered by the planet that is retrograde.  It will be a time of moving backward, perhaps of going back to pick up pieces lost in the past.  It is thus a retrieval, a turning inward, perhaps a letting-go.  Since Venus’ domain is relationships, this turning inward happens in that domain.

All humans want love, but how much of yourself are you willing to sacrifice to get it? And how long are you willing to stay in a relationship where you’re not loved in the ways that matter to you? How long can you tolerate not being valued or being taken for granted? And here’s another question: would you rather love or be loved–and does your relationship force you to choose rather than allowing you to have both? This transit can bring these issues to your attention. It’s super-uncomfortable, but in the end you can find tremendous clarity on your genuine relationship needs and on whether they are being fulfilled. And on how to go about doing that.

How Long Does It Last?

The Venus retrograde period usually lasts about six weeks.

The Previous Venus Retrograde Period:

In 2020, Venus went retrograde at 21º of Gemini on May 13, 2020 and traveled backwards to 5º Gemini, finishing on June 25, 2020. This brought up relationship issues which would not fully resolve until Venus again turned direct and also passed the degree of Gemini where she turned retrograde, which happened on July 28.  On that day she was done retracing old relationship ground and her mission to teach us about relationships was over for the year. Venus traveled retrograde from 21º to 5º of Gemini, so if you have anything at all in your chart between 5 and 21º of Gemini, you likely felt this transit strongly. And if you have anything in your chart in the same degree span of the other Mutable signs (Sagittarius, Pisces or Virgo), you also felt this.

The Venus Cycle and Its Milestones

The grand cycle of Venus begins and ends with a day of “Ah-ha!” or epiphany. This happens when Venus conjuncts the Sun while moving forward swiftly and it brings an “Ah-ha!” in our relationships and helps them progress at speed. There are two of them and they act like bookends, forming the beginning and ending of a Venus cycle. I call these Relationship Rapture Days and you can see on the diagram below that the previous cycle began with one on August 13, 2019 at 21º Leo and finishes with one on March 26, 2021 at 5º Aries.

There is another kind of epiphany during the Venus cycle—it occurs while Venus is retrograde, on the day she conjuncts the Sun. I call this Relationship Clarity Day, because if your relationship has been going through the wringer, clarity is likely to come on this day. This can lead to a deeper intimacy and authenticity in your relationship. Alternatively, it can also bring the clarity that leads to a breakup or a discussion of irreconcilable differences pointing to a likely breakup. The previous cycle’s Relationship Clarity Day was on June 3, 2020, at 13º Gemini.

And there is a third, very important point in this cycle and that’s the day when Venus once again returns to the place where it first went retrograde (21º Gemini), this time to pass through and onward. I call this Relationship Resolution Day and it happened on July 28, 2020. On this day the cycle’s themes resolved and completed.

This Years Venus Retrograde

Venus Retrograde in Gemini:

2020’s Venus retrograde period fell in the Mutable Air sign of Gemini, which introduces themes of communication, articulation and stimulation. A Venus retrograde period is a time to reexamine love in your life: how do you get it, how do you give it, what kind of love matters most to you and what is your type to fall in love with. The Gemini placement means we ask ourselves, “Does my relationship stimulate my mind enough? Is it intellectually interesting? Can I really talk with my partner? Do we have good communication? How could it be improved?” Get better at talking with your partner and really hearing them. This is a great way to use this natural reexamination period to your benefit.

This Venus Retrograde coincided with Juno Retrograde:

Because 2020’s Venus retrograde period coincided with a Juno retrograde period, the pressure to reexamine our relationships was very strong throughout the spring of 2020. Juno retrograde began on February 8, 2020 and finished on May 26. During that time, Juno traveled from 21º to 5º of Libra, another Air sign, reinforcing the cerebral, remote and distant feel of this transit. The social distancing instituted during the COVID-19 pandemic fitted this symbology perfectly. More about this in our blogpost about it:

Does this affect you?

There’s no doubt you will feel a Venus transit in the area of life corresponding with the house Venus is retrograding through in your chart. That’s something you can find out about in a reading. There’s also no doubt that if your Sun is in a degree along Venus’ retrograde path, you would feel it too. Here are the birthdates (in any year at all) that were affected by 2020’s Venus retrograde:
February 24 to March 11
May 25 to June 12
August 27 to September 14
November 26 to December 13

Find out more about this:

Relationship Retrospection in the Spring of 2020
Pandora Astrology’s Juno page

When has this happened before?

In past years, I have written post-threads during Venus Retrograde periods. In these threads I have drawn from mythology to show the unfolding of this journey as it happens. These are among my best-loved posts of all time, so I’m giving new readers access to them, even after Venus moves on:

Venus Retrograde in Aries and Pisces (March and April 2009):
Descent into Love’s Darkness
All about Inanna’s descent into the underworld to reclaim her dead love.

Venus Retrograde in Scorpio and Libra (October and November 2010):
The Tale of Eros and Psyche, or How The Soul Got Her Wings
The classic tale of love lost and refound.

And this single-page post about Venus Retrograde in Gemini (May and June 2012):
Blossom or Honeybee? Venus Retrograde 2012
Anna and the King of Siam argue about fidelity.

Venus Retrograde in Virgo and Leo (July to August 2015):
Rapunzel, A Tale of Adolescent Awakening
Feminine power and creativity escapes from her isolated tower. 

Venus Retrograde in Scorpio and Libra (October to November 2018):
Pretty Woman
How does a “pretty woman” become a gracious lady?


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