Venus retrograde in Gemini is a great time to use the most beautiful part of our minds to hold loving thoughts.
Venus goes retrograde less often than most of the other planets. That's good news, because we need her powers of love and beauty. (After all, she's named for the ancient Roman goddess who was supremely beautiful and spent most of her time enjoying every aspect of love.)
Venus pulls her powers inward by going retrograde every 18 months.
Venus is retrograde in Gemini fairly often. She's there one out of every five retrogrades.
That's because her retrogrades follow a pattern, with Venus retrograde occurring in a specific set of signs over the years.
Here are the signs, in order, where Venus goes retrograde:
After the Venus retrogrades occur in all of these signs, then the pattern begins again with Venus retrograde again in Gemini.
Note: Dates given are based on planetary movements in the U.S. central time zone; the dates below could differ by a day, depending on your time zone and the time of day each retrograde begins and ends.
|VENUS RETROGRADE IN GEMINI DATES|
|IN THIS YEAR||VENUS IS RETROGRADE THESE DATES|
|2020||May 13 - June 25|
|2028||May 10 - June 22|
|2036||May 8 - June 20|
|2044*||May 6 - June 18|
* In 2044, Venus will begin her retrograde in Gemini, but the last part of the retrograde will occur in Taurus.
Notice that the Venus in Gemini retrogrades occur every eight years. This "every eight years" phenomenon occurs with the other zodiac signs listed above.
In a retrograde year, Venus spends more time in a certain sign - the one hosting her retrograde.
Typically, Venus spends about a month in a given sign before moving on to the next astrological sign. A Venus retrograde year is different, however, because of her upcoming retrograde motion: instead of four weeks, Venus sojourns in her retrograde zodiac sign for four months.
In a Venus retrograde in Gemini year, Venus remains in the sign of the Twins four months. As a result, the combination of Venus (love, beauty, pleasure, relationships, values) and Gemini (communication, duality, curiosity, intelligence, playfulness) takes center stage for us all - so we really get her message here.
Whenever Venus is retrograde in Gemini, she gives us opportunities to think about (Gemini) what we find beautiful, pleasant, harmonious, and just (Venus).
This placement helps us become more social, enjoy lighter forms of fun, and engage in playful exchanges with others. Best of all, this lovely energy continues for four months, giving us a welcome relief from any of the heavier and harder astrological energies that might be pressing upon us.
When any planet goes retrograde, it appears to move backward, as seen by us on Earth. Although the planets do not actually move backward, a retrograde period brings us a powerful metaphor about going back over previously traveled ground: we can review the areas of life governed by the retrograde planet as well as themes linked to the sign it occupies. A retrograde also helps us reconsider the affairs associated with the sign(s) that planet rules.
In the case of Venus, we can benefit from looking at love, affection, and attraction. Because Venus is in Gemini, we have an opportunity to review how we express love and affection (Venus) via our minds through thinking, speaking, and writing and via technology such as electronic communications and social media (Gemini).
Because Venus rules Taurus and Libra, this is a good time to analyze our values, bodies, resources, and possessions (Taurus) as well as our relationships—especially marriage and partnerships—and our need for balance, harmony, peace, and justice (Libra).
Venus tends to soften and sweeten whatever she touches.
In Gemini, she can help us communicate with kindness and think positive thoughts about others.
When a planet is retrograde, however, it often feels as if its gifts are missing from our lives, bringing outer challenges.
With Venus retrograde in Gemini, her gifts of pleasant conversation, mental attractiveness, and verbal charm may be in short supply. This loss occurs because a retrograde de-emphasizes outward action in favor of inward exploration.
To make the most of Venus's retrograde in Gemini, we can shift our emphasis from socializing (Venus) and communicating with others (Gemini) to inner reflection and personal analysis.
Rather than keeping up constant efforts to make new friends or have new experiences, we can slow down to think about current relationships and past experiences. In solitude, we can consider which relationships enhance our lives and which could be improved or need to end.
We have ample opportunity to complete this review and then make changes because Venus's sojourn in Gemini during a retrograde year lasts for four months - much longer than usual because of the retrograde.
If you take time to look within, you will find inner beauties and love you may have overlooked. When Venus moves forward again, your life can become sweeter as you begin expressing what you learned during the retrograde.
Retrogrades also help us by enabling us to journey backward to look at influences from the past.
With Gemini involved, you may:
With Venus involved:
You may want to jot down notes about what you experience during the retrograde so you can review your experiences and decide what to keep in your life after Venus goes direct.
Given Gemini's natural curiosity, you may enjoy taking a creative approach to the Venus retrograde in Gemini period.
Go within to reflect on your mind and consciousness and notice how your mind typically works:
Given Venus's presence in Gemini, think about how you express love:
One of the most powerful ways to use any Venus retrograde in Gemini period is to link Venus's love and beauty with Gemini's love of the mind and communication.
Beautify your mind by taking note of your thinking style and making the most of its strengths. Use your mind for constructive purposes and strengthen it by improving your ability to concentrate, reflect, and meditate.
In everyday life, notice your thoughts. Reject negative ones and welcome in uplifting, loving ones.
Train yourself to see the good in everyone you meet and to see a benefit in every challenging experience. Over time, you will make mental harmony a habit and be able to express a thoughtful love that assists others.
Once you have an ability to refrain from negative thoughts, begin to use your mind actively to promote good.
Speak well of others (even people you do not know or may never meet), think happy thoughts about them when they experience good times, and extend compassionate thoughts when they struggle or stumble.
When you observe disharmony or see others fighting, refrain from taking sides and fill your mind with images of an amicable solution and thoughts of love and peace.
Your own peace of mind will influence others by example, and your ability to envision a happy conclusion will help others do the same. Over time, you will find that you have become the fabled "instrument of peace."
To learn much more about Venus, including Venus retrograde, see these articles:
Enjoy every Venus retrograde in Gemini that comes along.
May your reflections during these special "every eight years" periods bring you much pleasure as you consider what makes your mind most beautiful and what makes your thoughts truly loving.