Let’s talk a little about Venus retrograde. Venus will be retrograde until June 25 and catches up with itself July 29. I have written about Venus retrograde each time it comes up which is about every year and a half. Since Venus is the planet that has to do with love relationships, with the power of attraction, it is often a time where we reassess our primary love relationships, or, our loved ones are reassessing their own lives. Either/or. Since retrogrades offer a period in which we re-think past decisions regarding relationships we may find ourselves thinking — should I have ended it or shall I end it or what is it that needs to be addressed so we don’t end it? Relationships are a lot of work. They require time, commitment, communication, and truth.
The last few months many couples have found themselves home bound with their partners in situations that were out of their control. Along with these changes came the added stresses of no income, closer quarters, fewer social connection. The shelter in place is testing how our relationships work, what to do to make them better and, hopefully, learning to be more tolerant of each other’s idiosyncrasies and for being kind to each other first and foremost.
I noted a few weeks ago that the world has seemed kinder. People on trails (social distancing of course) smile or wave now. Signs are being put up to help support and thank our essential services workers. People trade food or toilet paper with each other. People are calling or visiting more than in the past, often speaking with those with whom we’ve lost touch for a very long time. And even walking outside and talking with our neighbors.
This is all the best ‘stuff’ that can come out of this time period. With the Sun entering chatty Gemini on Wednesday May 20 for four weeks and a New Moon (new beginnings) in Gemini at 2◦ Gemini on Friday May 22, there are many opportunities to get those things done that you’ve wanted done since this New Moon and Saturn (focus and hard work) are in lovely alignment. With Pluto (helps transform the way you do things) hanging out nearby there are going to be friends, or, allies, or unexpected helpers showing up to help with your intended project with new input that you may not have considered. Asking for help is an important part of being in relationship with another. Asking for better communication may be a strong theme in the weeks ahead with Venus retrograde and in Gemini.
When communicating needs, remember people hear things differently. Some of them are more visual, some are more auditory, and some are more kinesthetic. Identifying how your partners ‘hear’ you is part of this process. I think it is important to be mindful of these subtle differences as we enter the summer months. An auditory person may need a list to which to refer. A visual person may need an explanation written down to support a photo. A kinesthetic person may need to be hands on with something — maybe even a hug while you communicate. These are all ways of communicating but in different ways.