Here we go! Venus did not retrograde in 2019, so 2020 comes with a Venus retrograde (Mars too, oh joy!). What can we expect when Venus is retrograde?
The basics - What is Venus retrograde?
A planet is called retrograde when it appears to be moving backward from our view here on Earth. It's not actually moving backward, and only looks that way. Venus retrogrades roughly every 1 1/2 years for about 1 1/2 months. Mercury retrogrades most often (3-4 times each year for about 3 weeks at a time) while Neptune and Pluto are retrograde for almost as much time as they're not (so much more subtle).
Venus is a personal planet (with the Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars), and personal planets have energy we feel more personally. This makes Venus retrograde important! Venus rules love and money, so you can get your heart broken and go bankrupt on the same day during Venus retrograde (LOL! that'd be a terrible one though!). We tend to be much lazier, more stubborn and selfish, indulgent and immovable during Venus retrograde.
Venus Retrograde in Gemini 2020 Dates:
Venus Retrograde Effects:
Venus retrograde! This retrograde comes to us in air sign Gemini, sign of the mind and communication. So of course, that's going to be the number one target for this retrograde! We're likely to experience a massive amount of miscommunications that lead to fights, and feel much more misunderstood. It may be that we're having a hard time figuring out the right way to make the point and express ourselves, and it can lead to a lack of connection with others. If confidence is your ability to communicate is low, this can become an even bigger problem. Work on trying to be more confident in your ideas, plans, and communication style, and this can help you to become clearer.
Listening also becomes more important during this retrograde. We may spend too much time trying to unload whatever is on our minds that we don't spend enough time listening to what others have to say. Validating the thoughts and opinions of others can help with communication, and you can learn something that you didn't know before that helps you in some way.
Relationships love to fall apart during Venus retrograde when we haven't been doing things right, and that'll mostly be focused on relationships where communication is a problem during this retrograde. If you're not sharing with each other, if you're not open and honest, if you're not listening to each other, then you're going to have a problem. Breaking up during Venus retrograde can often lead to getting back together when it's over, but if the problem still persists, you need to address it, otherwise it's not the best thing for you.
As the sign of the Twins, do know that Venus in Gemini can rule being split between two people. If you're polyamorous, then this isn't a problem! But for those who aren't, there's an increased chance of finding ourselves in the middle of a love triangle. Which creates some major drama!
Gemini is a sign that loves to learn, and this can be a good time to learn something over again or try to learn something you gave up on in the past. Our minds can be much faster in some way, much slower in others, but we can focus better on the things we're picking back up again. This can also be true for old ideas and plans we didn't do anything with or gave up on at some point.
With Gemini being the sign of the mind, this sign likes to keep itself busy with plenty to do. But Venus retrograde tends to make us lazier and more indulgent, not wanting to move (unless it's to get more snacks!). So we may find that we want to keep going and moving with something but lack the motivation to follow through and feel frustrated by this, or we may push ourselves to keep going and going and burn ourselves out quickly because we don't have as much energy and need to replenish. Finding some point in the middle is key, and being balanced in your approach to activity versus chilling.
Gemini rules our neighborhoods and communities, so we may get into spats with neighbors and have to address issues in communities. It may be a good time to address issues of movement that keep us from coming together (maybe let's fill some pot holes!).
Gemini can be pretty scattered at times, and this can be even more true during a Gemini retrograde. The mind easily loses track! And it can wander so much so we end up stressing ourselves out quite a bit and feel more anxious. Talking things over with someone can help (but be mindful of communicating!), but perhaps finding alternative ways of releasing the buzz in your head. Meditation, yoga, journaling, improving sleep, EFT, coloring, practicing Tarot - whatever you come up with!
We may engage in a lot of negotiations during this retrograde, but they may not go very well if we're not considering both sides. That's the way it works in negotiations! We may think we're finding middle ground, but the other side doesn't see it that way, and this can create problems. Be mindful of your positions and of what you say. Diplomacy may be important.
And with Venus ruling finances, we may need to rework financial plans and ideas, or bring back old financial plans and ideas to use during the retrograde or take another shot at.
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Gemini New Moon & Venus Retrograde
On May 22nd, a new moon occurs in Gemini during the Venus retrograde! It's not conjunct Venus though (too wide), so it may shine a light on the Venus retrograde issues and energy, but not necessarily act as a major trigger like when it's conjunct. Still, energy may be higher around the new moon, issues may be front and center, and we have to work through problems that come up and try to make improvements.
Venus Retrograde in Gemini 2020 Aspects:
Venus makes 4 major aspects while retrograde. They are:
- Venus square Neptune | May 20th @ 7:03PM ET: Venus retrograde actually starts square Neptune, so we're feeling this strong as we go into the retrograde. Here comes the fog! We can lack any and all focus, and may have a hard time actually seeing relationship issues, what we're doing wrong, and how to fix it. We can unleash subconscious issues, and something hidden can become revealed. We do have to watch out for being played, taken advantage of, falling for the wolf in sheep's clothing, as well as for being inconsiderate, lacking compassion and empathy, and cruel.
- Mercury conjunct Venus | May 22nd @ 4:41AM ET: Mercury highlights the Venus retrograde with this aspect, and it comes with the new moon in Gemini. Mercury is the natural ruler of Gemini, so we're likely super focused on mental connections and communications, diplomacy and trying to get on the same page. There may be some big, important news that comes around this aspect, and this can land hard. Don't get so caught up in the little picture that you can't see the forest from the trees.
- Venus square Mars | June 2nd @ 8:41PM ET: Venus-Mars aspects are the passion makers, so passionate energy can surge around this aspect. If you're single, you may want to find a temporary fix! LOL! Without that outlet, creativity can be used as a replacement, and this energy can lead to great creative breakthroughs. No relationship or creative outlets? Get ready for grumpy!
- Sun conjunct Venus | June 3rd @ 1:44PM ET: The Sun shines a light wherever it's touching, so this brings extra focus to the Venus retrograde energy and whatever we're dealing with at the time. This does shine a light on how we can manage the energy and make things better if we chose to take action.
Moons of Venus Retrograde:
The Moon is in the same sign as the Venus retrograde, Gemini, May 22nd (9:36AM ET) to 24th (7:09PM ET), and this is when we have the new moon in Gemini. It's also in Gemini June 18th (5PM ET) to 21st (2:01AM ET), later in the retrograde. This makes us resonate more with the Gemini energy of the retrograde, and we can focus on those communication issues, mental connections, and challenges with focus.
Venus naturally rules Taurus and Libra, so when the Moon is in Taurus or Libra, this can make us resonate more with the Venus energy, and we can work on connecting better, relationship issues, getting grounded, and moving forward. Taurus can focus more on movement, stubbornness, sluggishness, and grounding while Libra can focus more on connecting, relationships, and balance. The Moon is in Taurus or Libra on:
May 19th (10:11AM ET) - 22nd (9:36AM ET) - Taurus
May 31st (10:37AM ET) - June 2nd (12:06PM ET) - Libra
June 16th (5:36AM ET) - 18th (5PM ET) - Taurus
Venus retrograde is at a critical degree just one, May 27th - 28th at 17 degrees Gemini. Critical degrees are special degrees of critical energy, and we may be extra stressed, anxious, scattered, and have communication issues during this time. Being grounded and balanced becomes important to manage.
The retrograde begins at 21 degrees Gemini, so those of you Gemini Suns born June 10th - 14th can feel the start of the retrograde most. The retrograde ends at 5 degrees Gemini, so those of you Gemini Suns born May 23rd - 28th can feel the end of the retrograde most.
For the rest of you, check the house(s) Venus will be retrograding in of your own natal chart, and any aspects Venus will make during its retrograde to your natal planets, to fully understand how it will impact you personally.
If you have Venus retrograde in your natal or progressed chart, you may not feel the worst of this. Those individuals generally don't experience the difficulties of the retrograde because it feels more natural to them. Of course, chances are everyone else around them doesn't have the same aspect, so they can still experience difficulties brought on by others. If it's in your natal chart, check out this article about Venus retrograde in the natal chart.
Suggested Reading: Mercury, Venus, and Mars Retrogrades page for general interpretations of Venus retrograde in the houses and aspects