Venus retrograde lasts for about six weeks but the energy is felt for around two months. Astrologically Venus is related to money, things of value, relationships, fairness and justice. Venus Retrograde can be a challenging time for all of the above.
For existing relationships Venus Retrograde can bring up painful feelings which have been ignored or swept under the rug. Feelings of disrespect, being taken for granted, not heard, or one partner feeling they are doing more than their fair share in the relationship. Now is the time to address problems and work toward healing wounds.
Money is often a point of discomfort and conflict in relationships as two people rarely have the same money management style. Venus Retrograde is also a good time address financial problems, review budgets, consolidate debt, consider refinancing the house, review investments and talk about financial goals. This applies to individuals as well.
It's not all bad news for relationships, solid relationships can move to a new level of commitment and intimacy. If you're not in a relationship Venus Retrograde can be the time when you meet someone who becomes a long-term partner.
Pay attention and be aware a chance encounter in the super market, post office, at a networking meeting, or a night out could bring you face to face with the next significant person in your life.
Venus Retrograde is also a time when people from your past (ex lovers) reappear! Either in your mind as you find yourself remembering past experiences with someone who was once special to you. Or literally when suddenly out of the blue you get a FB message, an email, text or phone call from someone you've not connected with for a long time.
Usually trying to rekindle an old flame only works temporarily but it can be a valuable experience if you didn't have closure when the relationship ended, or if you've always wondered, “what if”? Unrequited love is a heavy thing to carry around for a lifetime, this may be your opportunity to find out once and for all if it works, or if it's really time to let it go.
Businesses selling luxury items such as expensive cars, furniture, jewelry, vacation travel and spas may feel a bit of a pinch during Venus Retrograde. In general people tend to feel a little less free with their money or find they just don't have as much discretionary cash as usual. Unexpected bills and necessities can take a bite out of your pocketbook.
Lastly take this time to consider your work/career, your relationships, and your life in general, do you feel mostly satisfied? If not think about what you can do or change that would enhance your life experience and bring you more joy, happiness, emotional satisfaction and financial security.
All retrograde periods are a time of review, they slow you down and give you time to reconsider what you're doing and why you're doing it. As well where you're heading and if your plans are solid enough to take you where you want to go.