So… Venus, the planet ruling love, romance, sex, and relationships of all kinds is ready to go retrograde.
Quick reminder: retrograde is when a planet appears to be going backwards in their elliptical orbit. The most famous retrogrades are the three periods of Mercury in retrograde that we experience every year; a Venusian retrograde is a different animal altogether.
Typically this is a time when deep romantic relationships are either made or broken — if there has been a someone in your life that you have been ambiguous about (or they you) then expect some rapid clarity and decisive action with respect to that situation over the next month. (It might be time to ask for a clear and definitive sign).
Often old lovers and exes may also show up…especially if there is unfinished business to deal with. Of course, all partnerships you have and deep emotional ties are fair game for review and re-assessment, two activities that are present in a retrograde no matter which planet is reversing their celestial tracks.
From a ritual perspective this can be a beautiful time to work on reconciliation, have deep talks with your object of affection, and made final decisions about whether you should stay or go in your current partnership. Because of the decisive element in this retrograde this can be a period of intense, and final, break-ups as well.
For married couples and those in deeply committed relationships, use this time to consider what is working and what might be improved in the coming year…and above all make time to be together in all ways that feel pleasurable and luscious.