Many people are aware of the notorious Mercury retrograde that sends our technology haywire and stirs misunderstandings in communication. Other planets go retrograde, as well, just not as frequently as Mercury. Once every 18 months, the planet Venus will turn retrograde for 6 weeks. Venus’ retrograde operates on the same principle, but instead of disordered thoughts like Mercury retrograde emits, it is the emotions that go awry. This year, Venus will retrograde in the air sign of Gemini on May 15th 2012 until June 28th 2012. Venus rules our sentiments, what we value and the pleasure we take in life. Venus rules grace, charm and beauty. It is through Venus that we learn about our tastes, pleasures, artistic inclinations and what makes us happy. Venus rules the air sign Libra and the earth sign Taurus.
When Venus retrogrades it will be a time to reflect, revise and review. It is a time to take a closer look at personal relationships, giving, receiving and what we find to be beautiful. That being said, it is not a good time to begin new relationships or make changes to our appearance, as Venus is no longer emitting its full energy. Making large purchases and important decisions during Venus’ retrograde should be taken slowly. People from the past might show up in your life during this phase. Enjoy this phase for exploring your inner desires and what you ultimately value.