Venus, the planet of love, beauty, pleasure, and self-worth, will go retrograde in the sign of Scorpio and then Libra starting on October 5, 2018. During Venus Retrograde we're called to reevaluate and reflect on our personal values, our relationships (which also includes the relationship we have with ourselves), and the things that bring us pleasure and fulfillment. Essentially, Venus wants us to ask ourselves: Is it worth it?
With Venus beginning her retrograde through passionate Scorpio (Oct 5-31), we will be called to reexamine our definition of intimacy, review shared resources with a partner, and reconnect to our deepest desires. With Venus Retrograde in Libra (Oct 31-Nov 16), we're asked to reevaluate our relationships and the way in which we connect and partner with others.
Read below to see what Venus Retrograde means for your sign.
Aries Horoscope (March 21 - April 19)
How do you define intimacy? Well, one way that you can define it is through authenticity and vulnerability. Part of this may require recognizing that vulnerability is authentic. It's also a strength. As you contemplate the state of your love life, you might arrive at these truths. Ultimately, you will be pushed to get to the truth, especially when it comes to what you want on a deep, emotional level. A relationship doesn't have to mean the loss of your freedom. You just need to make sure it's one that works for you, and that means being more giving of yourself.
Taurus Horoscope (April 20 - May 20)
A significant partnership may come up for review (whether in business or in love) that may encourage you to push for more balance and reciprocity between you. Know that you don't always have to shoulder all the responsibility or burdens in your relationships. Allow others to pick up the slack and share the load with you -- that goes for shared financial obligations, too. If single and looking for a commitment, Venus Retrograde will give you the nudge needed to address the challenges and blockages that stand in the way of you having the kind of partnership you want. Hint: Recognize when to let go.
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 - June 20)
You are often a friend to many, going above and beyond to help others. However, this can sometimes put you in a precarious position of trying to keep everyone happy all the time. The problem with this is that it's impossible to do. Under this retrograde, you'll find that one of your biggest lessons is learning how not to place all your self-worth into how much you do for other people. In this way, Venus Retrograde will ask that you be a bit more discerning. And in terms of your creative talent, it's time to reinvest in it.
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 - July 22)
As a tender-hearted Water sign, love is never too far from your mind, which is why this retrograde is perfect for you. When it comes to love and romance, Venus Retrograde will push you to address the ways you may be settling in love and the ways you can improve. Part of this may require learning that you are deserving of love while also letting go of some of your romantic ideals that may be hindering you. For example, your desirability isn't determined by the amount of romantic interest you get from others. You're desirable because, well, why wouldn't you be?
Leo Horoscope (July 23 - Aug. 22)
Your attention is called towards your home and family, which could have you taking a deeper look at the bonds you share with the women in your family or someone close to you. If there's been a rift between you and someone you love, Venus Retrograde could pave the way for the two of you to make amends. On the flipside, Venus Retrograde could show you where you may need to be less accommodating. Friendships will also need to be reevaluated. In terms of your living space, your peace of mind and well-being might benefit from a redecorating project.
Virgo Horoscope (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
With your zones of communication and income being activated by this retrograde, one of the things you'll find yourself reevaluating over the next few weeks is your social calendar. Another thing is money. You love to be of help to others and show up for people in your life, but you often do it at the risk of overextending yourself. On a similar note, how can you improve the connections and conversations that you have with others on and offline? Hint: They should be helping you to make money or adding some sort of value to your life. Guard your time.
Libra Horoscope (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
It's all about the things you value now, specifically when it comes to your money and the things that you want. However, the question for you to answer is whether you feel you are worthy of having those things. If you've been struggling with seeing yourself as the lovable and valuable person you are, this retrograde will bring you opportunities to improve your self-esteem. This may require asking for a raise, finding a better job, practicing self-acceptance, and being less compromising when it comes to getting what you want. You might even find that the things you found important aren't anymore.
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
Self-love is your gospel over the next few weeks as Venus spins backwards in your zone of self-image. In what ways can you stand to be kinder, gentler, and more accepting of yourself? Can you recognize that your beauty also includes your scars? Meanwhile, if you've been spending too much time overextending yourself with others, your mission is to redirect some of that energy back to yourself. Spending time in your own company doesn't have to feel like a prison sentence either. Take time away to not only rekindle your relationship with yourself but your relationship to the spiritual world. Heal.
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
Though you're an independent Fire sign, it doesn't mean you aren't a hopeless romantic. Oftentimes you are, and over the next few weeks, you're going to be pushed to take a closer look at your ideals about love, especially if you're always going above and beyond for it and getting little in return. There's this saying that goes, "When people show you who they are, believe them." You may need to reflect on this statement, as you have a way of seeing the best in others. You just need to make sure they're willing to bring you their best.
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
Friendships and associations take center stage for you now as you're called to bring some of these relationships under the microscope. Is it time for you to give the ax to an imbalanced friendship or be more intentional about who you connect with online? Has the time come for you to stop seeking acceptance from a certain group or community of folks, especially when it comes to your professional life? In what ways can you be more proactive about giving back to your community? On a separate note, in what ways are you underselling your achievements? Pat yourself on the back.
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
It's time for you to examine how happy or fulfilled you feel when it comes to your current career path or goals. If you're working at a job where you don't feel as valued or appreciated for your talent as you should be, it may be time to consider going somewhere where you will be. At the same time, be careful of comparing yourself to others when it comes to your accomplishments. Remember, what you've achieved or haven't achieved doesn't define you. You are the only one that can define you. How will you do that? Give yourself permission to just be yourself.
Pisces Horoscope (Feb. 19 - March 20)
If you want true freedom, you're going to have to reevaluate the self-limiting beliefs that keep you from experiencing that freedom. In other words, it's time for you to believe in you a bit more and recognize that the desires and the dreams you have are worth going after. On another note, when it comes to intimacy, you deserve a partner that's willing to go to the depths with you while holding space for you, all of you, not just the pretty pieces. To have that kind of a partner, you have to hold space for those pieces of yourself, too.