Venus Retrograde at Birth
On this Page:
- Born with Venus Retrograde: Overview
- Venus Retrograde in the Signs: Interpretations
- When was Venus Retrograde? Venus Rx Tables
Venus Retrograde in the Birth or Natal Chart
Venus is retrograde approximately 7-8% of the time, so that approximately 7-8% of people are born while Venus is retrograde.
When Venus is retrograde in the natal chart itself, the feeling nature is deep. Socializing is taken seriously, and rarely lightly. They can be somewhat shy in youth, as there can be an awkwardness felt concerning small talk and social graces, and an aversion for superficialities. Love is extremely important to a person with a retrograde Venus, but they may not be explicit about it enough for others to know just how deeply they can love. There is always more to this person than meets the eye. Their love life (and sometimes financial life) can be hidden in some manner.
People born under Venus retrograde have to watch for self-sabotage in love relationships. There may be an underlying feeling of not being “good enough”, attractive enough, or loveable enough. Deep insecurities can be present. Self-love can be an issue. Fears can lead them to overcompensate, such as overeat, serial date, etc.; or can have the opposite effect wherein the person tells themselves they don’t need love. The same person can swing from both poles in one lifetime. A balance, of course, is ideally sought.
It is especially important for Venus retrograde people to avoid looking for happiness outside of themselves. Create happiness within, take responsibility for your own happiness, and then the love that you deserve will come to you.
Relationships can seem to make or break a person born with Venus retrograde, and this is because they take relationships so very seriously. There is a deep-seated fear of rejection with this position. Emotionally, there can be a very long recovery period after a break-up, unusually so, whether the Venus retrograde person has physically moved on or not. It can take many years to emotionally get over a difficult relationship or break-up.
Venus retrograde people can have an unusual set of values regarding love relationships – at least that’s what others may think. Nevertheless, their ideas are very important and real to them, and many Venus retrograde people follow a strong moral code – it’s just not necessarily the same code the majority follow!
Some retrograde Venus natives seem to be buying love, or they may show their love through materialistic attention more than others if they are not comfortable with what they have to offer as a person. Love and money can be tied together too closely with this position. Venus retrograde natives may in fact lose money through relationships.
There can be privacy or secrecy around finances with retrograde Venus. Perhaps they keep a hidden stash, or conversely, they might privately struggle with debt, they could be a closet shopaholic, or they might secretly gamble, for example. There may also be a problem asking for what they are worth. There may be inhibitions when it comes to accepting money, asking for a raise, or going after high-paying jobs. People with Venus retrograde in their charts may not charge enough for their services.
There can also be too-high standards for themselves with this position. While retrograde Venus people abhor superficiality in others, they may be focused on superficial aspects of themselves, such as through excessive body awareness/shyness or worry about their physical beauty. This is ironic, and people with this position should seriously consider why they have different standards for themselves than they do for lovers.
Insecurities can lead to over-compensation, often with the traits of the Venus sign, as a means to avoid laying their hearts on the line. For example, emphasis can be on sex rather than intimacy, or material gifts rather than more spiritual or direct demonstrations of affection.
Venus retrograde is sometimes associated with delayed love or delayed marriage. However, many retrograde Venus natives do form early close unions. Generally speaking, though, they often take a long time to really give themselves up to the whole process of union. There can be a lot of hesitancy.
Retrograde Venus natives are often misunderstood. This has to do with two things: for one, their ideas about love, marriage, women’s roles, and relationship are not necessarily traditional; for another, they may keep their true feelings to themselves, compounding the problem. Defense mechanisms can make it appear that retrograde Venus natives are not as emotional as they truly are. In fact, they feel very deeply and take a long time not only to warm up to and trust someone, but also to move on after a difficult relationship.
They can be deep thinkers when it comes to love and relationship, seeing issues and flaws that others may not always see, and this can be one of the reasons why their ideas and attitudes are off the beaten track. Many are strong women’s rights advocates and have a particular soft spot for victims of rigid rules and expectations.
Retrograde Venus natives can be a little difficult to love, as they seem to need more reassurance than others. There can be difficult childhood or early love experiences that contribute to complicated needs and fears in their current love life.
I do not believe that when Venus transits retrograde, people born with Venus retrograde have a grand old time. They may be a little more accustomed to the energy that is present during the 40 or so days of Venus retrograde, however, so they might appear to handle this period better than others.
Born with Venus Retrograde: In the Signs
The following are possible manifestations of Venus Retrograde in the signs.
Venus Retrograde in Aries
These are not your typical warrior, risk-taking Venus in Aries people. With Venus retrograde in Aries, there is a shyness present that is certainly attractive, but that is not necessarily as open and free-wheeling as the rest of the Venus in Aries group. There can be a very strong defense mechanism in love – these people will not like others knowing they fear rejection, and will not like to talk about, or admit, having been rejected in love.
Mariah Carey, Venus retrograde in Aries; Jack Nicholson, Venus retrograde in Aries; Audrey Hepburn, Venus retrograde in Aries
Venus Retrograde in Taurus
Strong emphasis can be placed on the sensual side of love, or the security of it, with Venus in Taurus retrograde. These people should avoid spending too much money on their lovers and consider that they are enough. Of course, this puts them in a vulnerable position, as many retrograde Venus people fear that they are not enough. They may be considered selfish or self-centered. Although they can be very sensual and present, there may be a level of intimacy lacking if they are insecure.
Adolf Hitler, Venus retrograde in Taurus; Richard Dysart, Venus retrograde in Taurus.
Venus Retrograde in Gemini
When Venus is retrograde in Gemini, the person may not be as sociable and seemingly open as the rest of the Venus in Gemini group. They might place especially high value on daily involvement and both the quality and quantity of their communications in a love relationship, however, equating lack of communication with lack of love. These people may appear cool and intellectual with their affections, when in fact they love very deeply. A detached manner can be donned in order to hide their vulnerability.
Courtney Love, Venus retrograde in Gemini; Doug Savant; David Morrissey; Amy Brenneman; Joss Whedon
Venus Retrograde in Cancer
With Venus in Cancer and retrograde, the love nature can be very introspective and loving, although many people might not know how much these people care until they truly get to know them. This is a very emotional, sensitive position. Rejection, difficult break-ups, and dissonance in love can stick with these people for years. It can be challenging to get over hurts. If insecure about what they have to offer, they can be so maternal in their demonstrations of love and affection that they run the risk of smothering a partner.
Wentworth Miller, Venus retrograde in Cancer; Courtney Cox, Venus retrograde in Cancer.
Venus Retrograde in Leo
With Venus in Leo and retrograde, the need for reassurance common to many people born with Venus retrograde is pronounced. There can be a tendency to be devout and loyal to the wrong people, or to stick with a bad relationship for too long. When insecure, they may show affection through generous gifts, which can be misunderstood. Retrograde Venus in Leo may not be as confident in love as the rest of the Venus in Leo group, although they may not let others know this, nevertheless acting with pride and hiding their wounds from love, or covering up their fear of rejection with a veneer of confidence.
Amy Winehouse, Venus retrograde in Leo; Harry Connick Jr.; Louis C.K.;
Venus Retrograde in Virgo
With Venus in Virgo and retrograde, there can be some timidity when it comes to sharing their hearts. They tend to show their love through helping, being of service, and tending to the practical side of a lover’s life. Women with this position may have a hard time believing in their own lovability and attractiveness; men with this position may have unusual attractions or fixations that could stem from a fear of closeness. They can be slow to develop serious relationships, and can have a very difficult time moving on emotionally after a relationship comes to an end. They have strong feelings about relationships and assigned roles, tending to reject the traditional, and many are feminists.
Charlize Theron, Venus retrograde in Virgo; Mila Kunis, Venus retrograde in Virgo; Robert DeNiro, Venus retrograde in Virgo; Julio Iglesias, Venus retrograde in Virgo; Chrissie Hynde, Venus retrograde in Virgo
Venus Retrograde in Libra
I have not encountered anyone with this position and can find only a few famous people with it (In the 1900’s, Venus was retrograde in Libra for only a few days). However, I can theorize that with Venus in Libra and retrograde, the love nature is very refined. There can be some challenges, particularly for women, truly believing in their attractiveness. While they may not judge others based on looks alone, they tend to feel self-conscious about their own physical appearance. In love, there can be a great need for closeness and companionship, but some shying away from true intimacy. They can be very idealistic about love and their feelings can be hurt easily. There can be a lot of indecision when it comes to entering and exiting love relationships, and some over-analysis of their partnerships.
Bruno Bettelheim, Venus retrograde in Libra, Arthur Godfrey, Venus retrograde in Libra.
Venus Retrograde in Scorpio
With Venus in Scorpio and retrograde, there can be an intense need for privacy in the love life. Deep fears of rejection can be present, and relationships are taken very seriously. People with this position often reject traditional gender roles and relationships. There can be some resistance and hesitancy about entering a new relationship, but once established, retrograde Venus in Scorpio natives can stick around for a long time, even if the relationship is challenged or toxic.
Jodie Foster, Venus retrograde in Scorpio; Ted Bundy, Venus retrograde in Scorpio
Venus Retrograde in Sagittarius
With Venus in Sagittarius and retrograde, an outwardly somewhat cavalier attitude towards love usually hides a deeply sensitive affectionate nature. Someone’s spirit and principles are what make or break attraction for a retrograde Venus-in-Sagittarius person. Their ideas of freedom in love are often non-traditional or otherwise not mainstream. They have big expectations in love–love affirms the beauty of life to them. Of course, this can put them in a slightly more vulnerable state–when expectations are huge, the chance of disappointment increases. Adding to this is their tendency to throw their hearts into something without thinking ahead. These natives are very loving and generous once they let you in, and their idealism may be taken advantage of by those not as kind or giving as them. They expect that others trust them, and can be deeply disappointed when a partner doesn’t instinctly trust or believe them. Venus in Sagittarius people have a real soft spot for the vulnerable.
Pat Buchanan, Venus retrograde in Sagittarius; Lynn Carey, Venus retrograde in Sagittarius
Venus Retrograde in Capricorn
With Venus in Capricorn and retrograde, the tendency to be reserved or somewhat private about their love life is particularly strong. They don’t want others to see messiness in the love department, and would do best with a partner who respects this or is similar. Their need to be needed and respected is immense. Love and responsibility go hand in hand for Venus-in-Capricorn people, and it’s hard to understand those who take it lightly. They don’t want to appear vulnerable in love, and might go out of their way to prove otherwise. It can take time and experience to feel truly comfortable and confident with their soft, nurturing side.
Seth Green, Amber Valletta, Elizabeth Banks, Christian Bale, Bridget Regan, Kimberly Wyatt, Alice Eve, Sean Kingston.
Venus Retrograde in Aquarius
With Venus in Aquarius and retrograde, there can be a strong need for unconventional relationships. People with this position often reject traditional gender roles and relationships. There may have been some repression of natural urges in childhood to express their more unique qualities and idiosyncrasies.
Kate Moss, Venus retrograde in Aquarius; Ellen DeGeneres, Venus retrograde in Aquarius; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton); Debbie Allen; Billy Ocean; Anita Baker; Brett Butler; Carolyn Bessette Kennedy; Patrick Dempsey; Rainn Wilson; Stacey Dash; Gaby Hoffmann; Liam Aiken.
Venus Retrograde in Pisces
With Venus in Pisces and retrograde, there may be a strong tendency to romanticize the past, to keep their affections private, or an attraction to secret relationships. There may also be awkwardness with outward expressions of compassion, even though the native is a compassionate soul. These people may need to really work on feeling deserving of a partner who openly acknowledges the relationship, or of a relationship that doesn’t involve excessive sacrifice or imbalance.
Charles Lindbergh, Venus retrograde in Pisces; Tallulah Bankhead, Venus retrograde in Pisces; Langston Hughes, Venus retrograde in Pisces.
Some famous people with Venus retrograde in their natal charts:
Kate Moss, Venus retrograde in Aquarius; Amy Winehouse, Venus retrograde in Leo; Mariah Carey, Venus retrograde in Aries; Robert DeNiro, Venus retrograde in Virgo; Julio Iglesias, Venus retrograde in Virgo; Jack Nicholson, Venus retrograde in Aries; Audrey Hepburn, Venus retrograde in Aries; Adolf Hitler, Venus retrograde in Taurus; Chrissie Hynde, Venus retrograde in Virgo; Courtney Love, Venus retrograde in Gemini; Jodie Foster, Venus retrograde in Scorpio; Ted Bundy, Venus retrograde in Scorpio; Charlize Theron, Venus retrograde in Virgo; Mila Kunis, Venus retrograde in Virgo; Ellen DeGeneres, Venus retrograde in Aquarius.
In the following table, Venus is Retrograde (Rx) from the date when it states Venus Rx (and the sign) until the next Venus Direct date. This table covers all of the 1900s up to the year 2030 – past and future retrograde Venus dates:
1900 5:20 PM Venus Rx Can
Jul 29, 1900 9:30 PM Venus Direct Can
1902 10:02 PM Venus Rx Pis
Mar 7, 1902 7:46 AM Venus Direct Aqu
1903 12:36 PM Venus Rx Lib
Oct 8, 1903 11:36 PM Venus Direct Vir
1905 10:54 PM Venus Rx Tau
May 18, 1905 1:04 PM Venus Direct Ari
1906 10:36 AM Venus Rx Sag
Dec 20, 1906 11:26 AM Venus Direct Sco
1908 9:51 AM Venus Rx Can
Jul 27, 1908 1:25 PM Venus Direct Can
1910 12:24 PM Venus Rx Pis
Mar 4, 1910 8:55 PM Venus Direct Aqu
1911 2:54 AM Venus Rx Vir
Oct 6, 1911 3:24 PM Venus Direct Vir
1913 2:46 PM Venus Rx Tau
May 16, 1913 4:37 AM Venus Direct Ari
1914 10:11 PM Venus Rx Sag
Dec 17, 1914 11:29 PM Venus Direct Sco
1916 2:48 AM Venus Rx Can
Jul 25, 1916 5:48 AM Venus Direct Can
1918 2:51 AM Venus Rx Aqu
Mar 2, 1918 10:24 AM Venus Direct Aqu
1919 5:51 PM Venus Rx Vir
Oct 4, 1919 7:46 AM Venus Direct Vir
1921 6:19 AM Venus Rx Tau
May 13, 1921 8:28 PM Venus Direct Ari
1922 10:21 AM Venus Rx Sag
Dec 15, 1922 12:07 PM Venus Direct Sco
1924 8:50 PM Venus Rx Can
Jul 22, 1924 11:34 PM Venus Direct Can
1926 5:10 PM Venus Rx Aqu
Feb 27, 1926 11:47 PM Venus Direct Aqu
1927 7:42 AM Venus Rx Vir
Oct 1, 1927 9:50 PM Venus Direct Vir
1929 10:03 PM Venus Rx Tau
May 11, 1929 11:02 AM Venus Direct Ari
1930 10:50 PM Venus Rx Sag
Dec 13, 1930 1:23 AM Venus Direct Sco
1932 1:36 PM Venus Rx Can
Jul 20, 1932 4:23 PM Venus Direct Gem
1934 6:45 AM Venus Rx Aqu
Feb 25, 1934 12:43 PM Venus Direct Aqu
1935 9:41 PM Venus Rx Vir
Sep 29, 1935 12:46 PM Venus Direct Vir
1937 2:06 PM Venus Rx Tau
May 9, 1937 1:56 AM Venus Direct Ari
1938 11:22 AM Venus Rx Sag
Dec 10, 1938 2:52 PM Venus Direct Sco
1940 6:05 AM Venus Rx Can
Jul 18, 1940 9:13 AM Venus Direct Gem
1942 8:41 PM Venus Rx Aqu
Feb 23, 1942 2:02 AM Venus Direct Aqu
1943 12:36 PM Venus Rx Vir
Sep 27, 1943 5:15 AM Venus Direct Vir
1945 7:24 AM Venus Rx Tau
May 6, 1945 5:03 PM Venus Direct Ari
1946 11:52 PM Venus Rx Sag
Dec 8, 1946 4:32 AM Venus Direct Sco
1948 10:01 PM Venus Rx Can
Jul 16, 1948 1:25 AM Venus Direct Gem
1950 8:36 AM Venus Rx Aqu
Feb 20, 1950 1:04 PM Venus Direct Aqu
1951 3:51 AM Venus Rx Vir
Sep 24, 1951 8:58 PM Venus Direct Vir
1953 10:53 PM Venus Rx Tau
May 4, 1953 8:33 AM Venus Direct Ari
1954 11:36 AM Venus Rx Sag
Dec 5, 1954 5:39 PM Venus Direct Sco
1956 2:04 PM Venus Rx Can
Jul 13, 1956 5:20 PM Venus Direct Gem
1958 9:47 PM Venus Rx Aqu
Feb 18, 1958 1:17 AM Venus Direct Aqu
1959 7:16 PM Venus Rx Vir
Sep 22, 1959 1:15 PM Venus Direct Leo
1961 3:13 PM Venus Rx Ari
May 2, 1961 12:15 AM Venus Direct Ari
1962 12:14 AM Venus Rx Sco
Dec 3, 1962 6:26 AM Venus Direct Sco
1964 6:29 AM Venus Rx Can
Jul 11, 1964 9:00 AM Venus Direct Gem
1966 11:21 AM Venus Rx Aqu
Feb 15, 1966 1:41 PM Venus Direct Cap
1967 10:28 AM Venus Rx Vir
Sep 20, 1967 5:34 AM Venus Direct Leo
1969 6:49 AM Venus Rx Ari
Apr 29, 1969 3:20 PM Venus Direct Ari
1970 11:57 AM Venus Rx Sco
Nov 30, 1970 7:03 PM Venus Direct Sco
1972 11:14 PM Venus Rx Can
Jul 9, 1972 12:55 AM Venus Direct Gem
1974 1:07 AM Venus Rx Aqu
Feb 13, 1974 2:28 AM Venus Direct Cap
1975 1:21 AM Venus Rx Vir
Sep 17, 1975 9:47 PM Venus Direct Leo
1977 10:01 PM Venus Rx Ari
Apr 27, 1977 5:49 AM Venus Direct Ari
1978 11:58 PM Venus Rx Sco
Nov 28, 1978 8:09 AM Venus Direct Sco
1980 4:10 PM Venus Rx Can
Jul 6, 1980 5:15 PM Venus Direct Gem
1981 2:45 PM Venus Rx Aqu
Feb 10, 1982 3:38 PM Venus Direct Cap
1983 3:43 PM Venus Rx Vir
Sep 15, 1983 1:22 PM Venus Direct Leo
1985 1:17 PM Venus Rx Ari
Apr 24, 1985 7:09 PM Venus Direct Ari
1986 12:33 PM Venus Rx Sco
Nov 25, 1986 9:47 PM Venus Direct Sco
1988 9:27 AM Venus Rx Can
Jul 4, 1988 10:09 AM Venus Direct Gem
1989 3:50 AM Venus Rx Aqu
Feb 8, 1990 4:16 AM Venus Direct Cap
1991 6:35 AM Venus Rx Vir
Sep 13, 1991 4:56 AM Venus Direct Leo
1993 4:28 AM Venus Rx Ari
Apr 22, 1993 10:14 AM Venus Direct Ari
1994 1:41 AM Venus Rx Sco
Nov 23, 1994 11:57 AM Venus Direct Sco
1996 2:09 AM Venus Rx Gem
Jul 2, 1996 2:51 AM Venus Direct Gem
1997 4:21 PM Venus Rx Aqu
Feb 5, 1998 4:26 PM Venus Direct Cap
1999 9:41 PM Venus Rx Vir
Sep 10, 1999 8:24 PM Venus Direct Leo
2001 8:07 PM Venus Rx Ari
Apr 20, 2001 12:34 AM Venus Direct Ari
2002 2:35 PM Venus Rx Sco
Nov 21, 2002 2:12 AM Venus Direct Sco
2004 6:28 PM Venus Rx Gem
Jun 29, 2004 7:15 PM Venus Direct Gem
2005 4:36 AM Venus Rx Aqu
Feb 3, 2006 4:18 AM Venus Direct Cap
2007 1:28 PM Venus Rx Vir
Sep 8, 2007 12:14 PM Venus Direct Leo
2009 12:17 PM Venus Rx Ari
Apr 17, 2009 3:24 PM Venus Direct Pis
2010 3:05 AM Venus Rx Sco
Nov 18, 2010 4:17 PM Venus Direct Lib
2012 10:33 AM Venus Rx Gem
Jun 27, 2012 11:07 AM Venus Direct Gem
2013 4:53 PM Venus Rx Cap
Jan 31, 2014 3:49 PM Venus Direct Cap
2015 5:29 AM Venus Rx Vir
Sep 6, 2015 4:29 AM Venus Direct Leo
2017 4:09 AM Venus Rx Ari
Apr 15, 2017 6:17 AM Venus Direct Pis
2018 3:05 PM Venus Rx Sco
Nov 16, 2018 5:51 AM Venus Direct Lib
2020 2:45 AM Venus Rx Gem
Jun 25, 2020 2:48 AM Venus Direct Gem
2021 5:36 AM Venus Rx Cap
Jan 29, 2022 3:46 AM Venus Direct Cap
2023 9:32 PM Venus Rx Leo
Sep 3, 2023 9:20 PM Venus Direct Leo
2025 7:36 PM Venus Rx Ari
Apr 12, 2025 9:02 PM Venus Direct Pis
2026 3:16 AM Venus Rx Sco
Nov 13, 2026 7:27 PM Venus Direct Lib
2028 7:02 PM Venus Rx Gem
Jun 22, 2028 6:12 PM Venus Direct Gem