In addition to being a self-empowerment tool, astrology can teach you how to harness the energies that will support, and maximize your personal potential. And though we all have good days and bad days, there is magic and productivity in your conscious observation. You don’t have to be an expert to stay up to date with the current astrology; the key is to hold space for the experiences that come with it. Whether it be a retrograde cycle or a generational planet changing signs (such as Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, to name a few), there’s always an opportunity for growth.
In the realm of finances, the planet Venus will come into play, as it represents everything from our money-making abilities to what evokes our desire to indulge and spend money. Venus also represents one’s sense of security and value systems. Also, the zodiac sign that Venus is transiting through determines the energy behind our collective perception of financial stability, as well as the motivation behind our spending habits. On that note, Venus officially entered Leo on June 5, where it will remain until October 10. Note: this planet doesn’t usually spend that much time journeying through a sign, unless it stations retrograde.
When a planet retrogrades, it slows down which, in turn, presents us with an opportunity to do the same. This is an excellent time to review, reassess and reevaluate the prospective planetary themes. For instance, you’re more than likely familiar with the infamous phenomenon of Mercury retrograde. Given that it’s the planet of communication, it’s no wonder this retrograde cycle is notorious for causing unexpected delays and misunderstandings. Mercury also governs our immediate environment as well as our means of transportation, but the slow-moving energy we experience during retrograde cycles depends on the planet.
Venus will officially station retrograde on July 22 until September 3. However, before taking a closer look at the effects of Venus retrograde in Leo, it’s important to consider both the influence of Venus and Leo’s zodiac archetype. Since Venus is the planet of relationships, finances, stability and values, its retrograde journey—which happens every 18 months or so—encourages us to take a step back and revisit situations that revolve around our financial contracts, spending habits, and money-making abilities.
Look at it this way—Venus retrograde means the planet of money and security isn’t working at its full potential, as it is purposely slowing down so we can revisit what needs to be reevaluated. On a brighter note, this is a wonderful time to retrace your steps and observe your own behavioral patterns when it comes to your financial well being.
When considering the influence of Leo’s archetype, this Venus retrograde could bring awareness to themes surrounding authenticity, creativity, and self-expression. Ruled by the sun, Leo is the performer of the zodiac, but we all have this fixed fire sign somewhere in our birth chart. Having said that, this is an opportunity for you to reflect on the way you could invest your money and monetize your unique gifts. On the shadow side, however, ego, pride and overindulgence are some of Leo’s darker attributes. This adds another layer of introspection to your Venus retrograde story, especially in terms of your financial well being.
Read below for more on the effects of Venus retrograde per your zodiac sign:
This is a time to reconsider everything from your personal investments to your unconscious tendency to overindulge. How are you budgeting yourself in regards to your hobbies and recreational activities? On another note, this could bring awareness to a unique talent or skill you can potentially capitalize on moving forward. Reflect on the ways you can start investing more in yourself.
Since Venus is your planetary ruler, this retrograde journey is all the more significant. Back-spinning through Leo and your fourth house of family, living space(s) and emotional foundations, you could be in the process of reflecting on your sense of security, while others of you ponder the thought of investing in your humble abode. Take this time to reassess what it means to feel at-home.
A time to re-evaluate everything from your money mindset to your negotiations skills in general. Venus will retrograde through your third house of communication and immediate surroundings, which means that in addition to reassessing your financial approach and decision-making, you could reconnect with someone in your inner circle for clarity. This could be a financial advisor in your local community. Make sure to do your homework on cost and reputation and check for references.
Venus will retrograde through your second house of finances, creature comforts and value systems, which also happens to be the planet’s house of rulership. However, if you’ve been second-guessing your budgeting skills or lacking clarity around your financial security, this is an opportunity for you to regain that self-confidence. The same goes for those of you exploring your money-making abilities.
You are the brand; you are the money-maker. Venus will be back-spinning through your sign, which makes this retrograde all the more personal to you. Although, in addition to reflecting on the ways you both earn and spend your money, Venus will be shedding light on the unconscious doubts and/or fears that could be inhibiting you from obtaining the financial stability you seek.
Venus will retrograde in Leo via your 12th house of privacy, secrets and psychic depths, bringing awareness to everything from your unconscious patterns to financial judgements that didn’t serve you in the past. This includes illusions and deception surrounding your definition of wealth, as well as investments that are worthy of your time and energy.
Whether it be in terms of your social life or your spending habits (i.e. via tech subscriptions on social media and/or buy now, pay later plans) Venus retrograde will shed a light on your financial freedom, or lack thereof. The same goes for those of you who have been living above your means for the sake of your sense of belonging in the world.
Many of you may explore the possibility of a financial promotion at work, while others take a moment to reassess your overall business plan. Given that this area of your chart revolves around superiors, financial agreements between you and a parental figure could also be brought to the forefront during this Venus retrograde. This is a time to reassess how you take the lead in the financial realm.
Your philosophy is transforming, specifically when it comes to your money-making abilities and spending habits. How you would normally approach the topic of finances will likely change between July and September, as you are being encouraged to reflect and review the root of your monetary pursuits.
This year’s Venus retrograde will charge up your eighth house of taxes, inheritance, and shared resources, bringing emphasis to themes of giving and receiving. Are you being properly compensated in the workplace? Is there an equal amount of give and take within your personal, and/or professional unions. Otherwise, this is a wonderful time to pay off debt.
Venus will retrograde in Leo via your seventh house of agreements, commitments and significant others, which means you are being presented with the opportunity to revisit past relationships, if not re-assess the financial foundation you share with a current partner. The same goes for those of you expecting your end of the bargain in a financial contract. Justice is served.
You’re taking a closer look at the dynamic of your day-to-day lifestyle, and whether your heart is fully invested. After all, the inspiration behind your due diligence reflects onto your external reality. Financially, this could bring a lucrative opportunity back around for a second look. Others of you may decide to reassess the cost of your gym membership, and/or general fitness regimen.
Valerie Mesa is an astrologer, writer and visual storyteller. She writes horoscopes for PopSugar, Elite Daily, StyleCaster, and more. For more of her work and astrology features visit valeriemesa.com or you can follow her on Instagram (@valeriemesa).
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