It seems that yesterday, the first retrograde of Mercury in 2020 came to swing in our lives like a wrecking ball. But there’s a new retrograde in town to mix our signals and remind us to slow down, and it’s Venus retrograde 2020, which starts on May 13.
It’s still a month off, yes, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have to be careful, because the pre-retrograde shadow period of Venus – aka Venus Retroshade – started on Thursday, April 9, and we’re all going to start feeling the changes in energy building until the retrograde in May.
So, what is a Retroshade? It is the period of time that takes place both before and after a retrograde, during which a planet moves forward over the same area of the zodiac that it will move backward during its actual retrograde period. In other words, Retroshades represent the period before a retrograde (as well as the descent after).
Retrogrades can bring all kinds of confusions, rewinds and explosions from the past, forcing us to slow down and focus – and in the case of the planet Venus, this drama will affect your love life, your passions and affections, all things linked to beauty, and even pocket money.
If you have underlying problems with romantic relationships or money, you will experience them with additional intensity. And if you’re single, your romantic encounters may seem stronger or more confusing – though remember, everything that starts now may not be designed to last.
“The questions of love, money, and romance will be influenced by many ups and downs until Venus leaves the retrograde area in late July,” astrologer MaKayla Audrey Louise told Bustle. The Retroshade of Venus is when we start to feel the vibrations of the retrograde energy, and this gives us the opportunity to tie up the loose ends of love and to prepare ourselves for anything that can happen.
Find out how Venus Retroshade will affect you, depending on your zodiac sign:
Venus governs the way we show our affections, but with the wind of retrograde coming, it will be easy for your words and actions to be misinterpreted so now is not the time to say or do things unless you mean it, Aries.
“Don’t forget to check with your friends and lovers to avoid any communication problems,” says Louise.
Venus is your governing planet, you will certainly feel that you are approaching retrograde and you will want to keep an extra watchful eye on your wallet. “Your money, your property and, your self-esteem may be affected at this time,” says Louise.
“Be sure to build yourself and save more than you spend.” You will feel better about yourself if you can find the strength to give up those impulse purchases.
The Venus Retroshade and the retrograde will take place in your sign, Gemini so that you will feel the changes on a personal level this time. “You will have to be careful with your perception during this period, as you may not see things as they really are,” says Louise.
“You will also need to pay attention to the vibration you give off when first impressions are important.” Your sense of yourself changes, so make sure you keep your feet on the ground.
Venus Retroshade offers you a chance to go inward, Cancer. You will spend this time assessing what really brings you pleasure in your relationships and what (or who) adds value to your everyday life.
“Meanwhile, know where you need to set boundaries and listen to your intuition,” says Louise. Start listening to your heart now, before backsliding.
Our friendships are certainly not spared from the Retroshade and right now, you are forced to reckon with which friendships really add value to your life as well as the value you offer to others.
“Take an honest look at your social circles,” says Louise. “You may need to be there for your friends, and you can also outgrow a certain group of friends or associates.”
When we enter Venus Retroshade, keep things low-key and move slowly during this transit, as you may not see things with the clarity and attention to detail that you are generally known for. “Be aware of how you describe yourself in public,” says Louise.
“Don’t make impulsive moves that could affect your reputation.” Our judgment is cloudy, but moving slowly and consciously will help.
You are forced to start looking outward and assessing the ways in which you can expand your mind and soul within the given limits, Libra. “If the current pandemic had not affected your travel plans, this transit would have happened anyway,” says Louise.
“Now is a good time to start studying something you haven’t had time before.” Even if you cannot physically enter the world, you can explore mentally.
The Retroshade takes you deep into your inner core, the Scorpio. It is time to face the truths you have avoided about how you love and appreciate yourself and your most intimate relationships.
“It’s a good time to do inner healing,” says Louise. “Keep in mind where your bad habits are and how you plan to transform them to your advantage.” This darkness can bring challenges, but it is also an opportunity to heal.
It is a good idea to put extra energy into your loved ones and close friends now because you don’t want anything in your partnerships to be on shaky ground once the retrograde hits. “Pay attention to how your actions and words will affect the ones that matter to you,” said Louise.
We know you have a quick tongue, so try to stay a little softer and more sensitive than usual, because everyone feels vulnerable.
Taking care of yourself in the form of a work-life balance will be the ultimate goal for you during this Retroshade, Capricorn. It is time to devote as much time to pleasure and leisure as to work and responsibilities, and it is essential to make sure to cover all these bases.
“During this period, you will have to be very attentive to the daily tasks that life requires of you,” explains Louise. “Double-check your to-do list and have high standards for the end results.”
This particular Venus Retroshade has the potential to push you to make impulsive decisions about fun, dating, and romance, so you’ll want to be wary of diving too quickly.
“Don’t embrace an emotionally chaotic romance or temporary pleasures that leave you disappointed,” says Louise. You will want to keep one foot on the brakes when it comes to love right now.
Make yourself comfortable, Pisces, because this Retroshade asks you to kiss your inner core and reconnect with the things that make you most comfortable. “Learn about your family and those who are like family, as they may need some support,” says Louise.
Showing affection in the form of comfort and support is a great way to connect with the people you are closest to and build on your relationships.