Last Month on February 3rd, love planet Venus entered the first sign of the zodiac, Aries. This is important because over the next four months Venus goes back and forth through Aries and the previous sign of Pisces. The Love Goddess is here to stay.
During February, Venus was chasing after Mars in Aries. The lovers of the heavens, together in the sign of the chase, passionate and fierce, vying with each other for attention. Who will win? New love explodes into life, temptations flare, love’s intense flame burns bright.
Yet by the end of this month, Venus is slowing down, preparing to retreat and turn away. Venus is in detriment in the sign of Aries as love and independence do not go hand in hand. This can be a tough, uncompromising Venus that doesn’t want to be hurt and rarely takes rejection well.
On March 4th, Venus turns retrograde in Aries. Venus reins in her love chariot and it’s time to contemplate love, to consider what it means to you, whether you’re in the right relationship, what sort of relationship you want, where your passion lies, what you’re able to learn.
The story turns inward to deal with hidden emotions, some time alone, to slow right down. The bewitching date is March 25th when the Sun and Venus are in alignment, the point in the year at which Venus switches from being an evening star to a morning star. Night becomes day.
Yet Venus doesn’t remain in Aries throughout her retrograde phase but retreats back into Pisces on April 3rd, a sign in which Venus is strong. Venus is in exaltation in the sign of romance and Venus in Pisces understands that to be in love requires vulnerability.
This is a a soft, loving Venus, willing to give as well as receive and it’s in Pisces where Venus turns direct on April 15th. Venus must encounter Saturn twice whilst in Pisces, once when she is retrograde on April 8th and once when she is direct on April 21st.
This could indicate a change of heart or perhaps it means that lines must be drawn, new rules and boundaries put in place. Saturn may represent an ending, an ultimatum, a nod to duty or responsibility, the realistic antidote to Pisces’ boundless romantic nature.
Only then is Venus ready to return to Aries on April 28th and go forth once more wearing her heart on her sleeve. Venus continues to stride boldly all the way through the first sign of the zodiac until June 6th when her journey in fiery Aries is over.
Venus is primarily in the sign of Aries for four months in 2017 and at her best, Venus in Aries knows what she wants and how to get it.
Whether you’re running away from love or towards love, notice whether you’re willing to open your heart or you or someone close shuts down. Venus in Aries is passionate but love can be tempestuous until Venus moves on to more solid ground.
Notice too that during this whole Venus Aries rite of passage, the other benefic, Jupiter, is retrograde in Libra, the sign of relationships, from February 6th to June 9th.
It’s gearing up to be an intriguing few months whether a past love reappears or the theme of renewal transforms your close relationships. This is the planning stage, the gestation period for a whoosh of Jupiter energy and a new phase in June 2017.
The lovers of the heavens, Venus and Mars, turn retrograde every couple of years. Last year 2016 was Mars’ turn and this year Venus will be on go slow from March 4th until April 15th 2017.
So what does Venus retrograde mean for you, what is it wise to avoid doing and how can you make the most of Venus’ shift in energy?
To start with, it’s important to know that Venus rules love and relating but also money, beauty, art and pleasure. Venus is the feminine principle and represents women.
When a planet turns retrograde, its energy is weakened. Therefore this is not the best time to pursue Venus-related matters but instead turn your attention inward. This is the time for reflection rather than out-and-out action. This is especially significant this year because Venus turns retrograde in Aries, the sign that loves action and Venus in Aries represents the chase.
Note too that Venus is in detriment in the sign of Aries as love and independence do not make easy bed-fellows. This can be a tough, uncompromising Venus that doesn’t want to be hurt and rarely takes rejection well.
Therefore when Venus is retrograde in Aries, it’s time to rein in your love chariot as this is when you’re advised to contemplate love, to consider what it means to you, whether you’re in the right relationship, what sort of relationship you want, etc.
Sometimes a lover goes absent or quiet on you when Venus is on go slow or alternatively you’re the one who retreats or changes your mind. As with all retrograde phases, Venus retrograde connects you to the past so you may hear from an ex or a childhood sweetheart. If you still have fond feelings for someone in your own past, then this is the time to get back in touch.
Venus retrograde can be an ideal time to reassess what you value in life, where your desires lie and to recognise who or what’s important to you. Use this retrograde phase to alter your perspective, to gain insight into your needs and to learn more about what you truly love and desire.
Traditionally, Venus retrograde is not the time to marry, have expensive beauty treatments or cosmetic surgery or make major purchases. If you have already arranged some form of Venusian pleasure during the retrograde phase, there are certain dates which are more favourable for love & money and other dates which are best avoided. Yet once you know that Venus is on go slow, bear this in mind if you get cold feet when it comes to love or you’re craving extravagance, etc.
Some astrologers suggest that if you fall in love during Venus retrograde, it won’t last. Again it’s not so black and white. It might mean that a relationship takes longer to get off the ground or you both have doubts at first or the timing’s not quite right.
A retrograde phase invokes the fable of the tortoise and hare. There’s no need to rush, take the pace slow and be patient.
If you’re in a rocky relationship, this could be when you realise that your relationship is going backwards instead of forwards and you want to call the whole thing off. Yet astrological advice would be wait until Venus turns direct to make up your mind.
Venus retrograde can symbolize a change of heart but once Venus turns back to direct motion you view your relationship from a fresh perspective.
It’s interesting symbolically that Venus doesn’t remain in Aries throughout the retrograde phase but instead retreats back into Pisces on April 3rd, a sign in which Venus is strong. Venus is in exaltation in the sign of romance and it’s in Pisces where Venus turns direct on April 15th.
Venus in Pisces understands that to be in love requires vulnerability. It’s a soft, loving Venus, willing to give as well as receive. Changes of heart could come more than once during this powerful Venus retrograde phase whilst love is on the run.
The complete 2017 Venus in Aries schedule:
Venus enters Aries – February 3rd
Venus turns retrograde [13 Aries 09] – March 4th
Sun conjunct Venus R [4 Aries 57] – March 25th
Venus retreats into Pisces – April 3rd
Venus Pisces R square Saturn Sagittarius – April 8th
Venus turns direct [26 Pisces 55] – April 15th
Venus Pisces square Saturn Sagittarius – April 21st
Venus re-enters Aries – April 28th
Venus leaves Aries – June 6th
Venus will be in Aries for way longer than usual. Whether you’re running away from love or towards love, notice whether you’re willing to open your heart or you or someone close shuts down. Venus in Aries is passionate but love can be short-lived until Venus moves on to more solid ground.