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Venus retrograde in Leo: time to reflect on relationships

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During the Venus retrograde we have an opportunity to reflect on our relationships. On 25 July Venus stations retrograde at 0 degrees Virgo, reentering Leo on 31 July, and remaining in retrograde motion until 8 September. Retrograde motion occurs when a planet appears to move backwards in the sky. Venus retrogrades for about 40 days every eighteen months or so.

We can expect this Venus retrograde period to be a focal point for the energetic work that needs to take place in our relationships. Whether this work involves a few subtle nudges here and there or a complete overhaul depends on how consciously we have been relating up to this point. Relationships that are already under stress will certainly come under scrutiny.

Many astrological phenomenon have a tendency to manifest as external events and Venus retrograde is no exception. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself encountering people and situations that reflect your inner state. Psychologists call this projection; it’s when we’re so focused on the faults and issues of others that we fail to see how we ourselves are behaving. In fact we often accuse others of the exact behaviour we ourselves are exhibiting.

Venus retrograde may bring difficult people into your life, or create challenging situations in existing relationships. But the opportunity here is to focus on our own behaviour rather than on that of the other. For example it’s easy to say, ‘Aha! I finally realise after all these years that you’re not meeting my needs’ but much harder to examine ourselves closely and find out why we feel that person must meet our needs in the first place.

As Venus rules values, we may come to the realisation during Venus retrograde that we’ve failed to truly value a person in our lives, that we’ve taken someone for granted. On the other hand we might see clearly that we ourselves are not valued highly enough. Venus retrograde will also open our eyes to how we fail to value ourselves, placing ourselves in destructive and soul destroying situations for the sake of others or for financial or emotional security.

With Venus retrograde in Leo we can expect to encounter our own pride and ego during this process of self inquiry. And of course this usually means that the pride and ego of others will also come to the fore! Focus on manifesting the positive qualities of Leo, including loyalty, self-confidence, will power and creativity.

Traditional astrology cautions against beginning new relationships during Venus retrograde and this makes sense when we consider that this is a time for resolving issues in existing relationships. This often means tying up loose ends and sometimes a relationship will come to an end during Venus in retrograde.

Bear in mind that the true purpose of relationships is to help both parties grow and evolve and ask yourself whether your current relationships serve this purpose. But don’t give up too easily! Often when there is anger and resentment present there is still work to do!

Remember I’m talking about all forms of relationship here. Venus retrograde can bring deep change to friendships, family and work relationships; it’s not just about love and partnership.

A brief outline of the Venus retrograde process

Venus retrograde will form a number of aspects with other planets as she undergoes her inward journey. These aspects work together and in sequence to catalyse change in our relationships. Their influence can be felt for a few days either side of the exact date.

  • 4 August Venus retrograde conjunct Jupiter – 28 degrees Leo
  • 5 August Venus retrograde squares Saturn – 28 degrees Leo
  • 6 August Venus retrograde conjuncts Mercury – 28 degrees Leo

Over this three-day period the tension between personal freedom and expansion and our responsibility and commitment to others will be emphasised. Saturn will also be retrograde and placed in Scorpio he may bring some harsh realisations. Fortunately the conjunctions to Jupiter and Mercury will facilitate open communication and generosity.

  • 14 August Venus retrograde conjuncts the New Moon – 21 degrees Leo
  • 15 August Venus retrograde conjunct the Sun – 22 Leo

This New Moon is a good time to set intentions, based on the realisations that have come from the Venus-Saturn square and focusing on shifting our way of relating to others.

  • 19 August Venus retrograde trines Uranus – 20 degrees Leo

New ways of relating are supported during this time as we come to see where traditional ideas and expectations no longer serve us. We can take our relationships to a new level now.

  • 1 September Venus retrograde conjuncts Mars – 14 degrees Leo

The male and female energies are in alignment and with the passionate energy of Leo we can expect excellent sex, productive creative collaborations and general good times with others.

How will Venus retrograde affect you

Some people will be more affected by this Venus retrograde than others. Those will Taurus or Libra strongly emphasised in their birth chart will certainly feel it, as will anyone with planets between 15 and 30 degrees of the Fixed signs (Leo, Aquarius and Taurus). For example my natal Saturn is at 29 degrees Leo which means that the aspects of 4-6 August will have a particularly strong impact on me.

Also look at your birth chart to see through which house(s) Venus retrograde will pass. For me this will be the 3rd House, suggesting that the way in which I communicate with others will be called into question. If you don’t already have one you can generate a free birth chart here. For help understanding how to read your chart check out my free mini lessons.

Your turn…

Venus retrograde may shake up any relationship where there has been an imbalance of power, unrealistic expectations, inadequate communication or a failure to appreciate one another. Please share your thoughts on this.

24 Comments on Venus retrograde in Leo: time to reflect on relationships

  1. “Those will Taurus or Libra strongly emphasised in their birth chart will certainly feel it”. DEFINITELY, and personally I’d say can already feel it! :)

  2. Venus touring 7th house, 8th house natal libra moon with natal saturn and pluto in the mix at 28-ish degrees. Well, at least it’s not a stressful aspect since libra and leo often goes well together! Since it’s the 7th house I guess that this retrograde will also pass “my enemies”, and according to the old saying “keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer” will be a thing here too!! :-P Lots of relating review in motion already… I can feel it in my little toe!!

  3. My Sun is 29 degrees Leo 8th house, and Vertex 20 Leo. Natal Venus/Vesta 22 Cancer 7th house. I’m seeking a committed relationship. I’ve had plenty of transformation from Pluto 1st house transit to now allow this to manifest. One month from now…..who knows?

  4. Venus rules my 7th house (Taurus) and Venus Rx will happen in my 9th house. My bf and I have very opposite world views, so I’m sure this Rx phase will raise some issues regarding that.

  5. Excellent break down of the period. Thanks for the heads up.

  6. Colleen // July 22, 2015 at 9:35 pm //

    Venus will be Rx in my 8th house (Leo intercepted), and will be conjunct the new moon conjunct my natal moon @ 21 Leo. Emotional breakthrough? I hope so! :) She also rules my 5th, 6th and 10 houses, but no planets in those.

  7. Anonymous // July 26, 2015 at 4:24 am //

    Guess this is why my close friends of 15 years have disappeared on me… No communication or anything. It’s sad I hate losing people who are important to me but I’ve also outgrown our friendship

  8. Anonymous // August 12, 2015 at 7:51 pm //

    Venus will conjunct my natal Saturn in 10 degrees of Leo, also make an opposition to my ASC. I already feel very difficult and painful feelings regarding my actual relationship and new relationships seem to want to enter my life. Tough choices to make! Lots of pressure as Venus go from my 8th to my 7th house..

    • I have Venus in my 8th House natally so I know how intense this combination can be, especially with Saturn involved. Thankfully Venus transits are very fast moving so the pressure should be over soon…

      • Anonymous // August 14, 2015 at 1:03 am //

        Thanks your comment brings me some relief! Right now it seems I´m going to explode in front of all important choices I must make, too much pressure. This transit gave me an impression of “now or never” kind of choices. Good thing Venus moves fast.. cheers!

  9. Hi, I have VenusR on my natal chart also… is there double effect or effect at all? :-D

    • Hi Susa, good question. With Venus retrograde in your natal chart you may feel more comfortable with the energy of transiting Venus retrograde than others might. But then it all depends on what else is going on in your chart at the time :)

  10. Great article. I’m just wondering how someone born with Venus in retrograde (in Aquarius) would be affected? Someone with this placement became engaged during this time frame. Does this current retrograde have any affect on those who have Venus rx in their birth chart? Thanks in advance to anyone who can answer this question.

    • Hi Spring… good question… People with Venus retrograde in their natal chart commonly feel more comfortable with the retrograde transit than others do. But of course it all depends on the other elements of the natal chart and if there are difficult aspects that are triggered. It can vary from person to person.

  11. *Small update*

    A lot of things from this article has been present for me in my life this month! Resentment, anger, projections… The square with Saturn making it harder to feel and express love, ego flings, fights, resentment, distance, reaching out to old friends…. Well, retrograde motions in the 7th House is all about relationships ;-)

    My BF and I had an extremely difficult period up to our planned holiday getaway, which took off the 14th – and although we had fights and “honest talks” it really helped me taking myself off to the next level in the relationship, opening my heart up to fully embrace love and who my BF really is inside. I got a clearer understanding of him that’s for sure, and with help from Saturn in Scorpio help I think I managed to finally heal a lot of my relationship fears and scars from the past to move forward with an open and genuine heart, fully accepting that I love this man deeper and more profound that I have ever loved someone.

    Thank you for this article, thank you Venus for the scrutinization and thank you Saturn, to make it possible to finally shed my fears and heal the scars from the past! :-)

  12. Wow. I don’t really know about these things but I am Leo and my relationship has been going through so much at the moment.

    On the 4th of August I discovered my boyfriend is cheating, 4-6 August were very tense days. Although on the 7th I chose to forgive and took him back. The past weekend we went back again and I found even more startling info about his affair. Reading all this info just gave me another perspective! Wow

    • Thanks for sharing Sisi… I hope you and your boyfriend can find a place of mutual respect and trust. You deserve only the best.

  13. This article correlates perfectly to my life right now. Almost everyone I know is going through relationship drama, and felt there had to be a deeper meaning and reason for all the turmoil. My relationship of three years imploded on 7/25. Right now there has been so much back and forth and mixed signals from her that I have no idea what the status of our relationship is at the moment. Hoping that the shift on September 6th will bring a positive shift to the situation, but in the meantime, I’m using this as an opportunity to focus on myself and regain the person I lost in this relationship…..ME. Thank you for this information, I makes me feel as though I’m on the right path.

    • Hi Natalie… I think astrology is so helpful for giving us a bigger picture perspective on our troubles. Thanks for sharing your story. It’s always great to hear that people are getting something from the site.

  14. My boyfriend of nearly 9 months of what was a very happy time, unexpectedly, broke up with me on 8/12. There was no warning from him that this was going to happen. Up until 2 days before, he was just the same as regular and then, bam, totally blindsided. And although we’d only be together for 9 months, it was a very strong relationship at least I thought it was. I’m completely heart broken. I’m hoping that once Venus moves out of retrograde that he will remember that we were good together and come back to me. Thank you for the details during this very confusing time.

    • Thanks for sharing Maria… It may be helpful for you to understand how Venus retrograde and other planetary transits are affecting your personal natal chart. Feel free to contact me for a reading if you feel this would clarify things for you during this difficult time.

  15. Rutuja Naik // September 14, 2015 at 1:22 pm //

    Hi lovely blog… I need ur help. My date of birth is 17/12/1992, time of birth is 4.30 am, place – Pune, Maharashtra, India. And my ex-boyfriend’s birth date is 22/9/1992, place – Phaltan, Maharashtra, India. We have been together for almost 3 years now. We broke up on 3/4/2015 but have been in love even after it. And this August he suddenly got in a new relationship, I believe it was because of the effects of Venus retrograde. So could you please tell me if there will be a reconciliation between us. As this 17 Sept 2015 would be our 3 year anniversary and 22nd September his birthday. I want to marry him. Please help.

    • Hi Rutuja. It sounds like you’re having a tough time… Unfortunately I cannot give you advice here in the comments and I no longer do free readings as it is simply not sustainable for me. However I can do a reading by donation if money is a challenge for you right now. If you go to my store ( you will find a paypal donate button. Give according to your means and then shoot me an email so we can arrange the reading. Blessings, Faith

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