You’ve likely heard of Mercury Retrograde, unless you’ve been living under some sort of rock (Cancer signs, that you?). But seriously, pop culture has taken astrology to new heights and alongside it, it’s dragged Mercury Retrograde through the gutter with warnings of ‘your ex will return’ or ‘they’ll ghost you’. Whilst there may well be a time and a place for astrology-based caution, Mercury gets a lot of attention just because it retrogrades three times a year.
However, I’m here to tell you about the slightly rarer Venus retrograde, what it means for your sign and how to fashionably prepare.
Our planet of love, values and aesthetics will be in retrograde starting 23rd July – 4th September and we’ve already entered the shadow zone of this transit on 19th June. This is big news for the summer!
Venus will be reversing through the sign of Leo, which will set the scene, (pun intended, as Leo’s love the limelight), for what our hearts will value during these months as well as how we want to dress. Looking our best will be top of our agenda, however retrograde planets offer us the opportunity to rest, reassess and reset; which gives us the ideal energy to switch up our style and play with looks.
Think swapping neutrals for colour and not permanent changes like bleaching your dark hair – you’ve been warned. In fact the best way to utilise the Venus in Leo energy is to relax and have fun, channelling this playful feeling into your wardrobe…
Leo, this transit is happening in your house of self – so you’ll be feeling extra experimental with your style, as you experience some respite from the usual attention you garner – we promise it’s a good thing! Switch the heels for some sneakers and trial out the athleisure incognito look you’ve been craving.
Solitude is calling you Virgo, now is the time to take a rest from your usual play hard, work harder mode and put down your organisation hat. This transit is encouraging you to sleep, dream and be with your inner world – who knows what you’ll discover. This could even manifest as more of an interest in occult topics, such as dream meanings, astrology, or tarot. Of course, you’ll need to look the part with some super luxe PJ’s.
Libra, your word of the summer is ‘friends’ and the more, the merrier. You’ll be attracting your favourite kind of people, big characters with big energy. This spans your network from friendships to fans, so it’s the ideal time to keep on top of your outfit of the day snaps, as you never know who’s watching. Dress to attract your tribe with main character style.
There’s been a lot of career activity for you recently Scorpio, whether you’ve started a new role, are about too, or are just open to new opportunities, change is coming. Your career zone is all about passion, boosting egos and being spotlighted for your good work, so take this as your permission slip to dress the part and get noticed.
Sagittarius, I know you find it tricky to stay in one place and this energy is no different. Venus wants you to explore, experience and educate yourself during this transit. What exotic destinations, books or beliefs have been calling you? I know you don’t need an excuse, so here’s your sign – book the flights.
During this transit Capricorn, you are being challenged to let go and be vulnerable. I know this isn’t your usual state, however it will be worthwhile, as Venus visits your house of intimacy and encourages you to reassess your relationships with others. This is a transformative time that you’ll want to actively engage in. Treat yourself to some new intimates to get in the mood.
Aquarius, this summer will be about you – plus one. Committed relationships are at the forefront of your mind as you ponder the other people in your life or that you’d like to attract. So, whether it’s all about date night or hanging with friends, you’ll want to be ready for any love that Venus gifts you.
The daily grind may feel more grindy over the summer and you’ll need more of a routine to keep you invigorated. From workouts to smoothies or just actually reading your work schedule ahead of time, a little preparation goes a long way. So, factor in day to bar (or gym) looks for when the grind is too much.
Aries this is your summer of love that you’ve been requesting, however the retrograde may have slightly different ideas. This isn’t the time to get locked down (wait until the retrograde is over), but it is a great time for dating. Your spontaneous sign loves last minute plans, so keep something cute and flirty on hand.
Your home will be a flurry of activity this summer, as you host family and friends for all the soirees. Taurus, your sign is all about the aesthetics and setting the scene, from lighting, to music, to food, and your style is no different. A mix of BBQ and after-party outfits will serve looks whilst you serve your guests.
Gemini, you are the most sociable sign of the zodiac, and this summer will be no different as you attract new friends from all over your neighbourhood. Your phone will be blowing up with invites to street parties, festivals and beyond. You’ll want to get out and explore all the local offerings.
Over the summer Cancer, be cautious with your spending – you might love it right now, but will you love it when summer is over? Invest in staple pieces rather than trend led style, as you’ll be more likely to still enjoy these come September. There are strong opportunities to also boost your financial sector during this time, with results coming once the retrograde ends.