Venus-ruled Taurus and Libra natives are likely to be particularly sensitive to the effects of Venus Retrograde. Also, people who have Taurus and/or Libra associated with love or financial areas of their chart tend to be more affected than others. This includes Aries Ascendant natives (because Libra is on the house of partnerships and, often, Taurus is on the cusp of their income house, the second) and Scorpio Ascendant natives (because Taurus is on the cusp of their house of partnerships). Taurus or Libra on the fifth house of romance is another indicator (more frequently occurring with Capricorn Ascendant and Gemini Ascendant natives), and those people who have Venus in Taurus or Libra are also quite sensitive to the cycle.
Aries and Aries Ascendant: This Venus Retrograde cycle mostly affects your fifth house of romance, pleasure, speculation, and children. Because the cycle directly affects your sector of romance and speculation, you should be especially wary of jumping into arguments with a lover and taking a risk gambling. You may feel you are on shaky ground in the romance department. You don't need to share all your feelings with a lover right now, and you shouldn't jump to conclusions if your lover needs a little space. As well, Venus rules your partnership and income sectors, suggesting that this Venus retrograde cycle is likely to affect you more than most.
Taurus and Taurus Ascendant: This Venus Retrograde cycle mostly affects your fourth house of home and family. From July 27th to August 8th, however, can be a challenging period for you in the romance department. Don't jump to conclusions if a lover is acting a little distant. Wait it out. From August 8th to September 8th, relations with your family may be a little strained. You might want to wait until Venus is direct before you express your frustrations with family members! What you say now may be costly. Furthermore, if you take the time to think about things, your approach to dealing with these issues later in September is likely to be much more productive. With Venus as your ruler, you are especially sensitive to all of the Venus Retrograde issues described above.
Gemini and Gemini Ascendant: This Venus Retrograde cycle occurs for the most part in your third house of communication, siblings, and neighbors. You are likely to withdraw from chit-chatting during this period, and this might alienate a few people, especially siblings and perhaps neighbors. You may be misreading body language as well. Because Libra rules your romance sector, don't jump to conclusions if a lover is acting a little distant. Wait it out.
Cancer and Cancer Ascendant: This Venus Retrograde cycle occurs for the most part in your second house of money and values. As such, in addition to the general cautions outlined above, hold on to your money. Take the time to re-think your sources of income and how you spend your cash during this period, and avoid making any big purchases until late September and October. Relationships with friends and family may be a little strained, as these are Venus-ruled areas of your chart.
Leo and Leo Ascendant: This Venus Retrograde cycle occurs mostly in your sign, affecting your first house of personal appearance and mannerisms. This retrograde cycle will affect the personal image you project to others. Others are likely to misunderstand what you do and say, and misread your body language. Try to keep things status quo with regards to your love life. Don't worry if a lover isn't quite "getting" you for the time being. Things will change once Venus turns direct. From July 27th to August 8th, use extra care with your finances and personal possessions. Venus-ruled areas of your chart are career, authority figures, and communications. Extra caution in these areas of life may be necessary now.
Virgo and Virgo Ascendant: This Venus Retrograde cycle occurs for the most part in your twelfth house of all that lies beneath the surface of things. From July 27th to August 8th, however, Venus is retrograde in your sign before it moves back into Leo, and you might find that others are misreading and misunderstanding you. Keep things status quo in your love life as much as possible. You are likely to be more withdrawn than usual, which can be a source of concern for your lover. People from the past may resurface either physically or simply coming to the forefront of your mind. You may be dealing with past karma now.
Libra and Libra Ascendant: This Venus Retrograde cycle occurs mostly in your eleventh house of friendships, groups, and aspirations. Your friendships or associations with groups may be a little strained during this period--a time when you may withdraw and others might misinterpret your intentions. Venus rules your sign, suggesting that you could be distancing yourself, questioning whether others are truly good for you.
Scorpio and Scorpio Ascendant: This Venus Retrograde cycle mostly occurs in your solar tenth house of career and reputation. For the time being, the social aspect of relationships on the job may be compromised somewhat. Be as non-judgmental as you can with co-workers during this cycle. your partnership sector is ruled by Venus, and you could find some challenges relating to a spouse or close partner. With Venus ruling your privacy sector, you could also be dealing with past actions or karma.
Sagittarius and Sagittarius Ascendant: This Venus Retrograde cycle mostly occurs in your ninth house of faith and adventure. An argument over personal philosophies of life can get you into hot water, or you could be reassessing your faith. Friendships and working relationships are Venus-ruled in your chart, and special care should be exercised in these areas of life.
Capricorn and Capricorn Ascendant: This Venus Retrograde cycle occurs for the most part in eighth house of intimacy, shared resources, and personal transformation. Hold onto your money, work on a budget, and avoid arguments with loved ones that revolve around intimacy and sexuality. An argument over joint finances can also get you into hot water. Hold back. What you say now can have serious ramifications. Venus-ruled areas of your chart are also affected--career, as well as relationships with lovers and children.
Aquarius and Aquarius Ascendant: This Venus Retrograde cycle occurs for the most part in your seventh house of one-to-one partnerships. Misunderstandings with your partner now can do serious damage. If you need to talk through problems, do your best to be as non-judgmental as possible, and don't over-react to what your partner has to say either. A close partner could be distant emotionally. Things will look much better in late September and October. Watch also for less than warm relations with family members, and avoid purchases of new property.
Pisces and Pisces Ascendant: This Venus Retrograde cycle occurs for the most part in your sixth house of work, health, and habits. In addition to the general cautions outlined above, the social aspect of relationships on the job may be strained for the time being. Do your best not to let people get to you. Put off beautification processes during this cycle. From July 27th to August 8th, Venus is retrograde in your opposing sign, Virgo. This can put some strain on your close partnerships. A partner could be distant emotionally.
(Courtesy of Cafe Astrology.)