Venus Retrograde in Gemini

Venus will station retrograde on May 12 (13 in Australia) at 21 degrees Gemini, where she’ll continue to reverse until June 25 until she reaches 5 Gemini.Venus has a retrograde cycle every 18 – 19 months that lasts approximately 40 days. Unlike other planets, Venus’ retrograde cycle is very unique because every 8 years, she’ll back-track through almost the exact same territory in the zodiac.

The last time Venus retrograde occurred in Gemini:
May 15 – 28 June, 2012
23 – 7 degrees
May 17 – June 29, 2004
26 – 9 degrees

Next time;
May 10 – 22, 2028
19 – 3 degrees

Venus first arrived in Gemini on April 4, where she’ll remain until August 8.
By April 9, she swiftly reached 5 Gemini, the degree where she’ll eventually turn direct on June 25. Since shortly after her ingress, Venus quickly cast her retrograde shadow, prompting reflection about Venusian topics including beauty, art and relationships. Now arriving at 21 Gemini, the degree of the retrograde station, these Venusian topics intensify, as Aphrodite herself halts to a standstill and begins her decent into the night sky.

By late May, she’ll no longer be visible at sunset and will remain retrograde for a little over 40 days. The retrograde signifies a period of reflection and renewal that can manifest as a literal changes in direction, shifting of desires and essential values, especially around the things you thought you wanted.

As Venus descends into the darkness, you too may find yourself in a place of withdrawal and contemplation. Out of all the planetary retrogrades, Venus is often the most internal and problematic, especially in the domain of relationships and authentic wants. While retrograde, Venus can bring a deep awareness about how much you are trading off your own happiness for the sake of someone else’s.

Venus signifies life’s pleasures, those things you like to do when the jobs are done and the bills are paid. Venus is associated with the five senses and all the earthly luxuries including flowers, fruit, music, art, pleasure, wine, celebrations, relationships, beauty and aesthetics. As Venus draws close to Earth and changes direction, her influence on these topics become obvious, including the awareness of any longings associated with them.

As Venus stations in range of a second complicated square aspect with Neptune that will become exact on May 20/21 (first was May 3 / 4), cravings for what was, or what could be, may become potent. The seductive influence of Neptune may lure you into a magical mystery tour of sorts, but it will be your choice if the ride will be worth the hangover. It can be helpful to take your cues from Venus while she’s retrograde and don’t expect any choices made during this cycle to last much further beyond it.

In Gemini, rather than emotional bonds, Venus is stimulated by intellectual connections. A multiplicity of attractions can lead to more excitement, but are less likely to reach an end point. Anything new begun now may be a flash in the pan, but through a fluid or adaptable approach, you’ll be better able to hold the duality between the preferred and the possible. Curiosity, rather than attachment to outcomes, may be the key that leads you to exploring a forgotten corner of your own desires.  

The retrograde period allows us to get into that space of deep awareness of what our actual vision of relationship is, to both ones self and to others, and how that aligns with our own personal desires. Then, re-writing that contract.

In the midst of the on-going COVID – 19 pandemic, the way we relate to each other has changed significantly. We’ve already collectively experienced a period contemplation due to social distancing protocols and various lockdown situations across many parts of the globe. Now, as Venus changes direction and economies begin to re-open, a noticeable shift in what is valued is likely. The challenge of this retrograde may lie in the lure of normality, despite what our core needs long for.

While Venus’ interplay with Neptune can heighten desire and lead us into a world of delightful temptation and creative imagination, it can also bring confusion and illusion that lacks grounding and stability. As we move forward toward some kind of new normal, it will continue to be unclear what that entails exactly. The next few weeks in particular may be akin to driving through a thick fog. Finding new and creative ways to operate in society, while trying to find facts afloat in a sea of misinformation and conspiracy theories may force us to adapt as fresh data, rather than fantasies come to light.

Insight in the form of Mercury in Gemini conjoined Venus may bring a proverbial seed worth planting under the Gemini New Moon on May 23. This influence may support giving voice or finding an outlet for any creative rumblings or changes within your inner landscape that have been simmering beneath the surface throughout May. With the fogginess of Neptune still in effect, the way forward isn’t exactly clear, but will likely blossom as the months progress.

Another flash of clarity and insight is possible once Venus forms her fusion with the Sun on June 3 at 13 Gemini, marking the halfway point of her retrograde phase. As she enters the furnace of the Sun, Venus and all her significations become purified and re-envisioned. While this process can be empowering and transformative, it’s not necessarily easy. Clarity doesn’t always deliver the vision one wants.

Just prior to Venus’ union with the Sun, Mars will form a tense square to Venus, from her exaltation in Pisces on June 2. Mars itself is fused with Neptune, and together may cut away confusion or add a level of heat and intensity, arousing passion within relationships. A new level of creative focus or inspired desire can help you exploit imaginative powerhouse of Neptune. The Venus/Sun conjunction in combination with the Mars/Neptune Square occurs under the building penumbral eclipse at 15 Sagittarius on June 5. Thus, marking the first eclipse just as the Nodes settle into Gemini and Sagittarius for the next 18 months. If you have planets or angles between 12 – 16 of the mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces, the first week of June may be as disruptive as it is revealing.

June 13 will portend to another notable facet of Venus’ retrograde cycle, her appearance as a morning star. Although still retrograde and under the Sun’s rays, her emergence in the pre-dawn sky sees Venus empowered, refreshed and vibrant. This assertive and independent version of Venus may indicate a sense of inner knowing about your passions, desires and relationships that the retrograde cycle prompted you to excavate.  Just as Venus re-appears, her ruler Mercury begins its own retrograde phase in Cancer on June 17. June 25 / 26 sees Venus station direct at 5 Gemini, where you too may finally begin to move forward. Again, this important punctuation of Venus’ cycle occurs just days after a total solar eclipse at 0 Cancer, on the June solstice.

Thus last two weeks of Venus’ retrograde cycle is especially compelling and revelatory, as her return to the morning skies not only see her change direction, but also her ruler, Mercury, all happening during an eclipse season. The transitions and turning points anticipated with Venus stationing direct are likely to be potent. Under the backdrop of other significant changes, Venus’ return to the morning skies signifies the sovereignty and independence required to venture into new social norms, while remaining connected to your core desires and non-negotiable values.

If you’d like to learn more about the current Venus retrograde in Gemini cycle, you might enjoy this YouTube video.

2 thoughts on “Venus Retrograde in Gemini”

  1. Very interesting and insightful. As a Gemini, I have already felt the effects of Venus retrograde during her shadow phase. I feel I can turn this to my overall advantage with this additional information. Thank you Cassandra x

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Aries in 2020

Please note: The dates listed are in Australian time, you may need to adjust slightly for your time zone.

2020 beings with planetary powerhouse Saturn and Pluto joining forces in your career sector on January 13. You might be ready to let go of a long-term responsibility or commitment as you move toward a professional path that deeply fulfils you. Mars, your sovereign star spends the second half of 2020 in your sign. From June 28 through until January 7 2021, you’ll be on the go-slow as the cosmos invites you to rediscover yourself and re-ignite forgotten passions.


2020 is the first full calendar year that Uranus spends in Taurus, and in your 2nd sector of money. 2018 and 2019 initiated you to the changes that are possible during this long-term cycle. Above all else, Uranus seeks freedom and autonomy. You may suddenly become interested in new or innovative ways to obtain financial independence, liberate yourself from debt or create opportunities to grow your wealth.
When it comes to your resources, you can err on the conservative side. Under Uranus’ radical influence, you’re encouraged to consider new ideas about money.
Bucking convention and busting beyond a comfort zone is your cosmic key to securing the financial stability you desire. Remaining curious and open is especially important on May 6 while Mercury and Uranus connect.

Adopting new technology or an out- of- the- blue idea may unlock something that has been stuck or stagnant in respect to increasing your cash.
If you’re in the early stages of self-employment, a newcomer in your industry or, looking to take a side-line hussle to the next level, a breakthrough is possible on March 9 as lucky star Venus fuses with Uranus. You might land a cashed- up client in your business or secure a raise or promotion you weren’t expecting at work.

A lucrative link between Venus and generous Jupiter on March 28 may highlight an array of new opportunities to grow abundance. A person of influence may offer timeless advice about money or you might discover that you’re in a better financial position than you thought.

Home Life

Progressing forward toward a domestic dream is possible as the North Node in Cancer continues to occupy your 4th sector until May 5. Under this karmic influence, you’ll feel increasingly connected to your family members, those you call family or with whom you share your living space with.
June 21 sees a New Moon eclipse in Cancer, book-ending the last 18-month chapter of growth and potential in your home and family life.
While progress and developments may be trending along as you hoped, you’ll have the extended cycle of Mercury to help you work out the details as you move forward. Whether you’re looking to plan family events, organise tradespeople in your home or plan a relocation, you’ll have Mercury onside from May 29 – June 19. From then, you might bump into some snafus, crossed-wires or miscommunications, thanks to a retrograde, or reverse cycle.
Confusion about money, contracts or agreements involving your home might pop up on July 1. Remaining cautious, yet open to new ideas and carefully exploring your options can help you turn shock or surprise to your advantage on July 22.
The need to make an adjustment between your desires and someone else’s schedule is possible on July 8, as Mercury clashes with Mars, your patron planet. Treating the situation with TLC will ensure a better outcome for you when Mercury and Mars meet again on July 28.
As Mercury begins to pick up speed from July 11 and continues through Cancer until August 5, you’ll have all the facts at hand to charge ahead with your domestic plans. Venus will pick up where Mercury left off from August 8 – September 6, providing sweet relief after a period of stalled progress. You might opt to use the supportive and nurturing influence of Venus in Cancer gathering those you love, enjoying increased togetherness at home.


Some of your happiest relationship moments are possible when Venus tours Libra from October 28 – November 22.
Under her sweet influence, you may
find it easier to express your feelings which can heighten togetherness. If you’re looking for love, you’ll have Venus’ support in attracting attention and making the right connections.
While in Libra, Venus will face off with your patron planet Mars on November 9. This may highlight your shifting desires when it comes to relationships. Tension between what someone special wants versus what might, or might not want, are well worth exploring now. Considering your options and making the necessary adjustments can help you achieve your goals while making your special someone feel included.

Mercury visits your 7th sector twice, helping you get clear about how to increase harmony and balance in your most important relationships. Getting the ball rolling when it comes to discussing what you want in love is highlighted from September 11 – 27.
Hitting a proverbial snag is possible from October 8 – November 3 as Mercury takes a very brief reverse cycle through Libra and your 7th house. “If in doubt, talk it out,” will be your key to success then. If you have an important topic to broach November 3 is particularly hopeful as Mercury aligns with lucky Fixed Star Spica. Heightened communication and new levels of togetherness can be established until November 11.

Career and Life Direction

The crown of your solar horoscope, known as the 10th house of career, reputation, fame, honours and recognition is one of the most active and dynamic this year. Profound change that promotes transformation is possible as the longer trend of Saturn in Capricorn winds up on March 22.
Since December 2017, you may have
reached a new pinnacle in your career, clarified your professional direction or gained a new level of honesty about what you really want out of life. Saturn’s journey highlighted the longer trend of Pluto in Capricorn, that began in 2008.
January 22 sees their exceptionally rare and potent meeting. Together,
these two planetary heavyweights may bring a crescendo of events that have been building for over a decade.
You may finally feel ready to sever ties with work that has weighed you down or no longer stokes your inner fire. As Saturn and Pluto join forces, you may undergo a process of professional pruning, where scaling back now, can set you up for new growth down the track.
Stepping away from a longer-term role is possible, especially if materialistic motivations no longer drive you. Getting crystal clear about your current position and whether that aligns with your professional dreams can inspire honest choices.
 You might opt
for a redundancy, enter retirement or choose a pathway that allows for more freedom and increased opportunities to grow and develop professionally.

New buds of potential may begin to blossom under generous Jupiter’s benevolent once in every 12- year influence in your career zone until December 20. Combined, Jupiter and Pluto are linked to wealth, money, abundance and living in accordance with your truth. Letting of demands or a sense of professional duty may invite new levels of career freedom, combined with stability. Jupiter and Pluto will join forces in April, June and November.
Dates for your diary where Jupiter’s favourable influence can benefit you are
March 28, May 18, September 10 and October 19.

Happiness and Children

Your sector of happiness, children and creativity, known as the 5th house, will be activated by the annual cycles of the Sun and Mercury. When the radiant Sun enters Leo from July 22 – August 23, you’ll be encouraged to enjoy some of the simplest pleasures that life has to offer.
a personal passion is possible when the Sun and Mars join forces on August 15. You’ll be ready to push forward with a hobby or interest that both energises and sparks you joy. Some of your most romantic moments can be had when Venus enters Leo on September 6. This heart-opening cosmic influence can assist you in sharing joy with those you love or bring happy developments involving children.
A dynamic
link between Venus and unpredictable Uranus on September 15 can help you bust out of stagnant love habits. A spur of the moment choice to enjoy 5-star experience will be well-worth it, even if that means a budget blow-out. If you’re single, a random encounter might be exciting, but it may be helpful to not rush in too soon.

Adventure and Discovery

Your 9th house covers a variety of areas such as teaching, studying, writing, publishing, philosophy, faith as well as global connections. As these eclipses light up this area of your life, opportunities to broaden your horizons and awaken your spirit of adventure may beckon.
Instead of your regular type of holiday destination, you might be
pulled toward spiritual pilgrimages or places that reflect your changing perspectives on life. Locations that enhance your academic or educational endeavours are also highlighted.
The eclipse dates for your diary are June 6, December 1 and 15.
Restlessness may peak as Mars activates your 9th house for the first time in 2 years. From January 3 – February 17, you might find the courage to book that travel adventure you’ve always wanted.  A link from Neptune on January 27 may pull you towards experiences that is mystical, magical or unusual.

Friends, Networks and Groups

Your friendships, social circles, community groups and professional networks are undergoing a cosmic reality check thanks to Saturn in Aquarius. You’ll get a preview of some of the shifts you’ll experience over the next three years from March 22 – July 2.
You may be ready to step up into a position of leadership or gradually come to the realisation that you have a greater capacity to contribute than you think. Saturn supports long-lasting connections. Friendships that have stood the test of time may continue to deepen and nourish you.
Maturity can help you a
ppreciate the wide and varied perspectives of those you hold dear. Solid alliances can be strengthened through mutual respect of each other’s ideals and individuality. Under this once in every 30- year influence, you may come to realise that you’ve outgrown connections that no longer feel authentic or don’t align with your evolving self.
You might be keen to explore new friendships with
interesting and unique people that reflect some of your own changing ideals and perspectives. March 31 is highlighted as Mars and Saturn fuse. You might accept a new responsibility or take the lead in a community or networking situation. Events that take place then may underline what the Saturn in Aquarius cycle means for you.

Personal Growth and Self Development

Your personal priorities will be at the top of your list as Mars, your sovereign star moves through your sign for the first time in 2 years.
Mars will be in Aries for an usually long time, from June 28 – January 7 2021. For over 6 months, you’ll be blessed with extra confidence, courage, passion and determination. If you’ve been wanting to develop a personal passion or work on your health and fitness, Mars on side can help you make it happen.
Mars in Aries can help you assert yourself and rise up to whatever challenges lay before you. These challenges may present once Mars moves backwards from September 11 – November 13.
This rare retrograde cycle will invite you to pause, reflect and
review the plans you’ve made since late June. Delays in progress will frustrate you, but are a necessary part of your self-development. Let any tension that rises within you be your clue that you may need to consider another direction. Once Mars picks up the pace from mid- November through until the New Year, you’ll notice that your actions may encounter minimal resistance. You’ll be recharged and fired up to tackle any challenge head on.

Time Out and Spirituality

Regular periods of rest and retreat may be necessary, especially while your 12th sector becomes active from January 14 – April 11.
might long for more time alone or need to take a break from your regular routines and responsibilities.
Short breaks or weekend getaways can help keep you fresh and inspired, particularly as other areas of life demand so much of your energy and attention. Schedule some recreation or holidays on the following dates. If that’s not possible aim to increase meditation or other reflective practices then. January 27, February 18 – March 4, March 9, March 16 – April 11, April 4.

Birthdays and Planets

If your birthdate is listed below – not all will be – you have a special plane influencing you in 2020. Here’s what’s ahead and how to harness the planet power for your own growth.

If your birthday falls between March 21 -23 will have buoyant Jupiter generating a hopeful sextile. You’re cosmically encouraged to stretch your ideas around what you think is possible in terms of personal growth and development. A lucky break may seed a longer cycle of success.

If you’re born between April 11 and 20, serious Saturn will encourage you to set healthy boundaries, especially around your personal and professional responsibilities. You might want to embrace new obligations or make the mature realisation that you’re ready to let them go.

If your birthday falls between April 12 – 14 powerful Pluto will prompt a deep dive into the core of your being. You might not be as active or as outgoing as usual as you opt for inner reflection and awareness. A confronting situation may highlight themes of power and empowerment. Transformation is promised as you push through tricky times.

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