Venus, the planet of Love entered Leo on June 06.2023. Venus usually stays 25 days in each sign, now, in 2023, Venus will stay in Leo more than 4 months. To stay so long, Venus has a purpose. Venus will be in Leo until October 10, when it moves to Virgo, due to its retrograde cycle in the sign of Leo from July 22.2023 to September 4.2023. Every 18 months Venus retrogrades, as last time it was in the sign of Capricorn in January 2022. When Venus retrogrades, as most planets that go through retro cycle, the time is to reevaluate our life and to see what is going on, it is time to be retrospective and to be mindful, to think before we act.
Venus is the planet of love, beauty, harmony, money. Venus defines what we value most in our life. Through Venus we express love, passion, heart desire, we follow our feelings and looking for admiration. Leo is the sign of creativity, fun, play, drama, proud, ego, it is the sign that wants to shine, to have center stage, to get all acclamation. Venus in Leo presents love, beauty, drama, creativity, amazing arts, also, it makes us proud, even arrogant, it depends on the aspects Venus makes with other planets of yours.
If we look at Venus and the aspects it makes, during the time it stays in Leo, we can explain what we can see during its stay in the artistic sign.
As Venus entered Leo, it immediately made opposition to transformational Pluto in the sign of Aquarius, which indicates obstacles in the road of love. It is challenging aspect that can indicate loss of love or money, or both.
Around June 11, Venus squares the planet Jupiter in the sign of Taurus. It is another clash with the planet of opportunities and abundance. We are searching for beauty, for love, we want to shine, but what is the price we must pay? What is the risk? How much we can spend, is it worth to follow our passion or desire? We need to look closely at our wishes, to reevaluate our desire.
Mars is also in Leo at 9 degrees. Mars is the God of war, where Venus is the God of Love. Together they create harmony, as Mars brings passion and Venus- beauty and harmony. Venus loves to reach Mars and to moves with Mars, but it is difficult, she is going behind Mars, even she wants to be together. It is Lilith, which stays there between them and makes it difficult to achieve our goals. (I will explain about Lilith also). When Venus riches 26 degrees in Leo, on July 11, Mars enters the sign of Virgo. Venus cannot catch up with Mars, no matter how fast it is, not now, not this year, as she starts to retrograde on July 22.
To color the picture and to give you more details, I want to tell you about Lilith, also called the Black Moon, it entered the sign of Leo in January 09.2023 to stay here until October 04.2023. Now, Lilith walks between Venus and Mars in proud Leo during entire June, July, August and September.
In astrology, Lilith is the point along the moon’s orbital path farthest from the Earth. At its core, Lilith represents our primal urges and unconscious desires. Lilith is connected to our basic sexual nature and primordial instincts.
Regardless of how it manifests in an individual’s life, Lilith speaks to the power of passion and creativity and reminds us to embrace our inner wildness. Throughout history, Lilith has been associated with feminism, sexuality, and spirituality. Lilith is also believed to be a powerful feminine force—one that can also be seen as dangerous. In many ways, she represents the shadow side of our nature. However, it is essential to remember that Lilith is not necessarily evil; instead, she represents the power of the feminine principle in all of us. Through understanding and acceptance, we can learn to work with our dark side, instead of suppressing it and tackle its power for good.
On July 22, Venus turns retrograde to make our life more complicated. Do not forget the golden rules, when the planet goes back, we need to turn in, to reevaluate the situation, to use retrospective thinking, to stop and think before we act. When Venus retrogrades, do not start a new relationship, when Venus goes forward, you may see your love person in a different light, or you may be disappointed. You may learn a secret about him or her, you may feel sorry. You may have great time, but in a few months, you may discover that he/she is still married or hides something important from you. It is also possible, you may meet a karmic lover, feel home, feel happy, excited, enthusiastic, but the relationship may not last long. This person entered your life because you must learn a lesson. The other perspective is that your ex-boyfriend or ex-husband may come back to you. It is Ok as soon as you remember why in the first place you separated. If you can solve this issue now, it is OK to get together with someone from the past. The same apply to your previous job or employer. It is great to get together with old friends, neighbors, classmates. It is not recommended, during Venus retrograde to make beauty / cosmetic surgery to correct your face or even change hair style.
Big “NO” when Venus is retro: Don’t get married! Do not lend money to friend or relative, you will never get it back. Do not buy house, do not relocate, do not make any major life decisions!
During this time, we need to take it slow, to get together with our feelings and emotions, to think, how we can heal old pain, how to overcome our powerful desire, are they lead us in the right direction? What do we have to pay to achieve our goal or to experience the love again? Take it easy. Keep control over your feelings and emotions! Do not get angry. Observe yourself, how you react? Is it reasonable? Can you control this energy inside of you, feelings are energy. Are you obsessed with something or someone? Are you putting someone in a pedestal? Look again, think again and you will see that you may be manipulated. Someone may try to make you feel guilty to reach his/ her goal. Do not be a victim of your own pride, passion, or desire, be reasonable be realistic, open your eyes.
Look up at your natal chart and see which house Leo takes place, where is Venus and where it conjuncts Lilith. It can give you a clue in which area of your life you are in darkness, Leo house will show you what you are passionate about. Leo’s house in your chart will points where you have opposition or you oppose yourself, your goals, your integrity? You may feel that you must go, you must follow your passion, no matter what. It is great, but again, do not be foolish, do not break what you already established in the name of your past or because your proud, or just because you want to feel loved, or to experience something wild. Use common sense, be practical. Again, evaluate the cost of having this strong feeling.
To make the process easy and less painful, if you have a difficult situation, use Leo’s talents: be creative, express your feelings and emotion through writing, painting, dancing, acting. Be dramatic, as a Lion. Be original, show your love, be cheerful and generous, but respect and love yourself first. Be generous, be compassionate, give and receive love without falling in to trap that get you into shameful position. Do not lose connection with the real things and think again what it is going to cost you.
Another indicator that Venus’s passion or obsession during this retro cycle can brings dramatic changes or obstacle is her clashing aspect with Uranus, as it squares the planet of revolution and freedom. This desire can be strong, irresistible, you may feel that you need change, you want to get out of your dull life, to be free, to break the barriers, you want to be happy and child again. Manifest your desire, write it down, share with someone, look at all corners of possibility before you act and break your head.
You can deal with. Yes, you can find your way how to embrace your dark side, hot to accept, understand and express it and to turn it to success, instead of failure. Remember, with Lilith so close to Venus in Leo, you may have desire to express your wilderness or to do something crazy, you may want to experience something you never did before, go ahead, but know that you take risk to break your head or to loose what you had built for many year, as Lilith wants attention, adventure, it may be your biggest downfall. You may look in your natal chart and find where your Lilith is, it can give you a hint what Lilith wants from you, where you want to be wild or what is the irresistibly desire that Lilith push you to follow.
Chiron, the killer, or healer in the sign of Aries makes easy aspect to Venus. It is trine to the planet of love facilitates the process of healing if we choose so.
For your information, Venus was retro in Leo 8 years ago. You can go back at this time and think what happen in your life. For your reference, 8 years ago, at the time Venus was in Leo, it made a good aspect to Uranus and helps us to overcome easy the retrograde cycle. Now, Venus makes square to Uranus, and this is the reason I want to inform and protect you, to be mindful, to be reasonable, to make it safe.
On September 4.2023, Venus turns direct, to stay in Leo until October 10.
It shines, it throws lights on the area it is traveling. Now, you may see the truth, now, you can understand something clearly at last. Lovers and authority will notice you; you are in the limelight again. Now, Venus can continue its work with generosity and passion, it can make you happy again, if you did not make mistake during the retro cycle. Venus brings love, harmony, beauty, it heals us, it gives us what we value most.
Venus in Leo effects mostly Leo, Leo Sun, Leo rising, if you have Moon or Venus in Leo. It can bring love lessons or karmic meetings to Aries and Aquarius. Venus will color the life of Taurus and Scorpio, as well, as it squares both signs. Again, look at your chart and see where Leo stays in your Natal chart.
Hope you learned your lesson. Hope you have wonderful experience. Stay calm, stay positive, enjoy your life!
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Your astrologer Margarita Ivanova-Gita