Venus rules over our core values, love language, and the things we tend to attract the most, or feel attracted to.
It also relates to our relationship with money and how we attain it.
Venus's transits are all about creating harmony and indulging in our earthly desires.
All these things have been under revision for 6 weeks. Venus stationed retrograde on July 23rd, 2023 and finally turned direct on September 4th, 2023, a short period but one in which we might've felt thoroughly tested.
But what does Venus retrograde mean?
The Meaning of Retrograde Planets
To fully understand what it means when we say Venus turns direct, first we should look at what a retrograde period is in astrology.
A retrograde is the perceived backward motion of a planet, as seen from our earth's point of view.
Planets do not actually change direction, but simply appear to slow down, station, and begin retrograding.
These "backward" phases happen frequently, and their occurrence is relative to each planet's orbital period.
When a planet retrogrades, its energy turns inward, becomes slower, and more difficult to manifest.
During these periods we might find ourselves reevaluating whatever said planet rules, and events from the past resurface and demand well-thought resolution.
What happens when Venus is retrograde?
When we hear the planet of love is retrograding we might immediately feel panic, are our relationships doomed? Luckily for everyone, retrogrades should not be a cause for fear. After all, Venus does it every 18 months.
Over the last 42 days, Venus has been retrograding in the sign of Leo. This transit was, if anything, a good opportunity to analyze and reassess anything that wasn't working in our relationships and terms of values, possessions, and even self-worth.
Since Venus is transiting Leo, romance and relationships were especially under the microscope, but we might also have suffered creative blocks and asked ourselves if we're truly putting our hearts into the things we love.
It could've felt deeply discouraging, but these are times that help us nail down our true values and desires.
With revision being one of the keywords of this transit, beware of old flames coming out of the woodwork. Using this time to close romantic chapters is acceptable, but don't expect the sparks to last long.
Venus now turned direct, what does it mean?
These past few weeks have likely felt like a test, and in a way it's true. If our partnerships survived Venus' thorough examination, it means the foundations are strong, and every want and need is being successfully met.
Something else we could have reevaluated is our finances and set of values; what we thought was important for us was questioned.
Finding the answers is key, for if we ignored these issues, they would surely come up in the future. With the retrograde now behind us, we feel more confident and open to giving and receiving.
Nevertheless, this period wasn't just revision and tests, now that we've had time to think about all these themes, it's time to take aligned action and bring changes into the areas ruled not only by Venus but also the sign of Leo.
Looking at what house this sign is in our chart can give us insights into how Venus direct in Leo will manifest in our lives.
What Does Venus Direct in Leo Mean for your Zodiac Sign?
To get a general outlook of what's in store for you now that Venus is direct, read the forecast for your zodiac sign or rising sign.
Venus Direct in Leo for Aries
Your passion and creative energy have felt subdued these past weeks, but now you can finally express yourself wholly. Artistic endeavors are favored and there's a general desire to enjoy yourself and have fun. You could also be more flirty than usual.
Venus Direct in Leo for Taurus
Family life and home matters were possibly out of balance during the retrograde, but now you feel ready to make improvements around the house and bring your loved ones for a cozy reunion. Right now you prefer to enjoy your home rather than spend time outside.
Venus Direct in Leo for Gemini
Communicating your needs and desires was probably a hard task lately, mostly because you didn't have clarity on it. The confusion dissipates now and as you feel more secure, other people seem to understand you better. It's a good time to take a short trip somewhere.
Venus Direct in Leo for Cancer
You take pride in your management of finances, so this period of revision might have felt uncomfortable. You had to decide what you really want to do and whether it brings value into your life. Now you can make better decisions that will guarantee you attract more abundance.
Venus Direct in Leo for Leo
You just finished making adjustments to your appearance and the way you present to the world, and are now ready to see how much you can attract into your life by being your best possible self. People will be very receptive to you. This is your shining moment.
Venus Direct in Leo for Virgo
This is a time for stillness rather than decision-making. You've been thinking a lot about your healing process, and you hear the call for solitude right now. Enjoy the quiet ride, for it's a necessary one if you want to shine later on. Your dreams could hold valuable information.
Venus Direct in Leo for Libra
You have a much better idea of which friendships bring value into your life now, and feel secure enough to let go of anyone that doesn't meet your standards. The same goes for your dreams and goals, and you have renewed hope regarding their realization. Networking will prove most favorable now.
Venus Direct in Leo for Scorpio
Career and reputation were your primary concerns these past weeks. You had an opportunity to get clear on what you want to be recognized for and this is the moment to revamp your resume and chase your success. Remember that your confidence is your best asset.
Venus Direct in Leo for Sagittarius
The concept of truth and your life philosophy are significant things to you, and this retrograde made you reassess them. A broad vision is a great quality, but one that can make you adrift. Now is the time to cut distractions and trust the universe, for it always has your back.
Venus Direct in Leo for Capricorn
Issues around emotional and financial investments have been very prominent lately. You've felt as if something was missing, or the presence of an imbalance that caused power struggles. Now you can finally express these concerns and restore harmony in these areas of life.
Venus Direct in Leo for Aquarius
Your relationships went through a tough reality check; all problems were laid on the table and dealt with. Despite being uncomfortable you will see that it was necessary and that the foundations are stronger and steadier now. If not partnered, you could meet someone during this transit.
Venus Direct in Leo for Pisces
What you truly want from your routines was questioned during this transit, and you were able to narrow down your desires in this area. Now you are ready to apply yourself and see the benefits of optimizing your day-to-day life.