How to survive Venus Retrograde! (Update for 2023)

How to survive Venus Retrograde! (Update for 2023)

Stop the world I wanna gerroff – the planet of love is Retrograde!

*Although since I’ve been re-thinking my thoughts around Retrogrades, I nearly didn’t post this – but Tarot Romance could hardly let a Venus Retrograde pass by without comment!  So here it is…with the suggestion of not to worry about it. 🙄  (As the more you focus on Venus being Retrograde, the more you will see the evidence!)


By Venus Retrograde, I mean that planet Venus is appearing to move backwards…and therefore s-l-o-w-i-n-g d-o-w-n the important stuff that Venus (+ Taurus & Libra) rule, such as beauty, money and love.

This happens roughly every eighteen months. (Thankfully not as often as Mercury Retrograde). And lasts for 40 days and 40 nights.  😛 

And in 2023, Venus will dig in her pretty heels on July 22nd at 28 degrees of Leo. …Then retrograde back until September 3rd when it will reach 12 degrees of Leo.


That’s ages!



(And that doesn’t even include the pre-shadow period that starts on 19th June at 12 degrees of Leo and the post-shadow period that doesn’t end until October 7th, when it’s back to 28).


Let’s see how you can survive…


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Do NOT get a brand new haircut, clothes, make-up, cosmetic procedures or surgery during this time. (I’m talking to guys as well as gals).

‘Coz you are bound to make unwise decisions you will later regret!



No doubt you will have the urge to buy all kinds of shiny things. (Venus will be in Leo, after all).

But you won’t be at your most practical, so do NOT make major or luxury purchases such as jewellery, cars, or houses.

You are likely to rupture your budget and overlook the small print that will leave you with expensive future troubles.

(This could, however, be the time to make a killing on eBay…..if you sell off the tat you bought on previous Retrogrades – you know, the stuff that nobody in their right mind would buy if Venus was Direct!)





If you meet someone when the planet of love’s on slow-down, they may appear to be more fabulous than they actually are.

So wait until after the Venus Retrograde period before making impulsive decisions.

Venus Retrograde is NOT the time to jump in like The Fool, declare undying love, move in together or get engaged or married.

Which brings us to weddings – eek.

Pin it! 

Nobody Loves you on a Venus Retrograde! UPDATE for 2023


This is traditionally the worst time ever to get wed.

So if you’re engaged and want to set a date, (and you haven’t managed to fit it in before June 19th  – the start of the pre-shadow period, when Venus starts to slow down in preparation for her Retrograde)…

You’d be wise to wait until after October 7th. (When we’re out of the post-shadow).

It may seem tragic (for those in the Northern Hemisphere) to miss out on those glorious summer months, but it will be worth it long term, I promise.


Already made plans?


Change ‘em.


Seriously, the state of the ‘planet of love’ is sooo important to your marriage (as well as the accompanying celebrations) that you want to cement your union when she is healthy and strong – not asleep!



Happily loved-up?

The good news is, if your relationship’s reasonably healthy it shouldn’t be affected.


How to stay calm on a Venus Retrograde


Although it is a time to re-evaluate stuff.

To work out what you really need to be happy.

Especially if you’ve been having problems.

Venus rules our values and when she’s moving backwards she wants to make sure we are truly aligned with our values and self-worth.


So you could re-visit old rows.


And it’s a great time to deal with any old buried ‘gunk’ that might be keeping you stuck in some way – and ultimately improve your relationship.


It’s also a good time to get out the photo album.

Venus Retrograde loves to reminisce and this could be quite a romantic time if you decide to revisit the places or even countries that are special to you both and fill you with nostalgia.  🙂 


So is this a good time to get back with an ex?

Getting back with your ex on a Venus Retrograde


Well, this is a double-edged sword.


It’s quite common to bump into old flames or instigate a reunion at this time.

And when Venus is looking backwards, our past is infused with Venus’s rose-tinted specs.


But good idea?


You won’t really know until after the retrograde period and those glasses have come off!

But it is an excellent time to sort out any ‘unfinished business’ and to find closure in past relationships in order to let them go.


So is this a good time to break up?

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Not really.


As your heart won’t be seeing things clearly, you could make decisions that you later regret…

So wait until after October 7th before finally pulling the plug!


Just remember

Venus Retrograde is not bad, just a time of evaluation.

After the retrograde period has passed will be the time to take action on everything you’ve learned. 🙂


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