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This week the Sun is in the last few degrees of the sign Cancer, and will ingress Leo at 11:30 pm EDT on Wednesday (3:30 am Thursday UTC). Meanwhile, Venus, having just entered Virgo, is slowing to a halt and will station retrograde on Saturday morning (5:28 EDT / 9:28 UTC).
We are experiencing a sign change of the Sun and also an inner planet station-retrograde at the same time.
Either of those could, on their own, have a pronounced effect. Together, the effect is multiplied, and you may feel a condensation of experience.
Things — feelings, facts, different aspects of truth — may seem to ‘come out’ or to reveal themselves, with a lot of emphasis on a relatively short period of time.
Other factors suggest there’s a need for caution around perfectionism, particularly in matters of the heart, and of creative expression. If you are striving to be emotionally and creatively authentic, I would remind you that perfection is not a value.
A natural aesthetic sense can be manifested, through Virgo, into a form of artistic expression. Pay attention to your creative impulses over the next week or two. Be wary of any obstacles arising from over-precision or self-doubt; just let the inspiration flow.
Of course, Venus’ best-known domain is over love and relationships. As with any inner planet retrograde, you may get a feeling of retracing your steps, going over old ground, or simply looking within. Decisions made at this time might also be revisited as Venus returns through the last degrees of Leo.
Venus is retrograde for only about six weeks every 18 months — the shortest total time of all the planets. During these special periods she looms large — both literally and figuratively, since she is closest to the Earth at this point.
Most people can undergo retrogrades in a variety of ways, to some extent depending on the area of the chart affected. However, the planet and sign involved often indicate themes being touched on that are commonly felt by many.
The present astrology in particular suggests the reappearance of old emotions. Notice if you begin to re-experience an inner critic that first arrived in childhood. Most of us have one. If you start to have moments of self-chastisement accompanied by unexplained strong feelings, that’s the critter.
Dealing with early programming can be tricky. What I suggest you do is to try and work out what that pesky voice is saying specifically, and where that comes from. Recognize that it’s there, then try to let it go. You don’t need it any more. Why not listen, instead, to the voices of people who really love you?
Let the Leo sunshine into your heart; relax, unwind, have fun; release your inner Beethoven, or your inner Jackson Pollock. And above all — love, dance and hope.
Additional writing and editing by Eric Francis