Updated: Mar 5, 2022
May 13-June 25th 2020, Venus will be heading into the underworld. Who will she meet on her dark voyage? Maybe an old love from the past will show up on her voyage. As with all retrogrades, this is an opportunity to re-visit, re-store, re-write, re-imagine, re-commit to all that we cherish and hold dear in our hearts. When the planet of love is no longer visible in the night sky we can wonder, where did the spark go? It might feel more challenging to connect with our greatest passions and joy. The retrograde is happening in Gemini and it's squaring Neptune which can create confusion, disillusionment and deception in relationships. Having perhaps been in quarantine with a partner, with no where to hide, and all the shadows surfacing, this might be a time of re-committing. We might ask what steps are needed to move forward in a loving way? It might also appear that the cracks are too deep to repair. In either case it's best to wait until after the retrograde is done to make any big decisions. Themes and patterns in relationships will be highlighted for us to look at, and post retrograde we can see more clearly how we want to move forward. In many religions and traditions 40 is a significant number. For 40 years the Jews were have said to wander in the wilderness, 40 days between Jesus' resurrection to his ascension. Some scholars believe the number 40 was originally sacred to the Jews and Muslims due to the fact that the planet Venus forms a pentagram in the night sky every eight years and returns to its original point every 40 years with a 40 day regression. In Yogic philosophy it takes 40 days to form a new habit. One practical way we can connect to the forty days that Venus will be retrograde is to give up something that we "love", maybe we love it too much and it has become unbalanced in our lives. The current Venus retrograde is happening in Gemini. Communication comes under the rule of Gemini, so perhaps this could be just the right moment to take a break from social media? Have those hard to have conversations with loved ones. Also look to your chart to see which house Gemini rules in your chart and this will inform which part of your life you will be experiencing this retrograde. If you want support with this, or curious to know more about your chart, I am here for you!