Often when I sit down to write horoscopes I think about whatever I’m seeing people talk about a lot on astro-internet. Sometimes an eclipse, a planetary transit to a new sign, some sort of change worth noting. In a slow astrological news time it’ll be something rather commonplace—perhaps like a retrograde—so when I began to notice that I was seeing a lot of buzz about the summer’s Venus retrograde in Leo, I got ready to put on my grumpy astrologer hat and mumble about how retrogrades are commonplace.
I picked up my ephemeris for the 21st century and started looking for the last time Venus stationed retrograde in Leo. I found quickly that she was there in 2015—but that she began her trip backwards in Virgo, and only moonwalked (venus-walked?) back into Leo. So I started flipping back… and had to get my 20th century ephemeris down… and after a few hours of tracking, I got to 1900 and she still hadn’t stationed retrograde in Leo.
By this point I’d made a spreadsheet and had three books open around me and was digging around for Internet ephemerides. After some time with more charts, I made it back to 1850 without finding the last time she had done what I was looking for and decided to message Pallas K. Augustine, expert on Venus cycles. She told me that the last time Venus did what it’s about to do was 1812! 1812!!!!
I was so ready to say in these horoscopes, “Venus last did this station in year XYZ, so think about what was going on for you then and what has changed.” I can hardly ask any of you to consider what you were up to in 1812. Engaging in cannonfire somewhere in British North America? Tending to Napoleon’s indigestion? Being born, if you’re Charles Dickens? Anyway, suffice it to say I spiraled a bit.
Part of the magic of astrology for me is the way one can use it to time travel. Horoscopes are forecasts for the future, sure, but I tend to be more interested in historical lenses. As I flipped through the 1910s I started to feel this really viscerally, imagining all these astrological stations in a time when no one I know was alive. It felt a bit like looking through a century-old agenda for the whole world and spying on the mundane, as opposed to the highlights of history.
Anyway—what is this significance for your life? Keeping in mind that with retrogrades, any word with a re-prefix is helpful: re-asses, re-consider, re-do. Venus retrogrades mean a re-x of Venus’ favorite things: values, creative pursuits, romance, and comfort. For these horoscopes, I’m going to focus on the house that houses Leo for each of the rising signs, and talk about how a summer of re-xing in this part of your life might look.
As for me—I personally have Venus in Scorpio, so rooting around the past is nothing if not delicious for me.
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