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Your (Sex-Positive) Guide To Surviving Venus Retrograde

Nebula’s in-house astrologer, Iva Naskova, shares your zodiac sign predictions.

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Your (Sex-Positive) Guide To Surviving Venus Retrograde

Nebula’s in-house astrologer, Iva Naskova, shares your zodiac sign predictions.

Astrology for relationships platform, Nebula, taps its in-house Western astrologer Iva Naskova to dissect how this transit will affect your sex and love life.

According to Naskova, Venus, the planet of “love, beauty, romance and passion,” goes retrograde in Leo from July 22 to September 3. During these six weeks, there’s a strong focus on sex and intimacy, causing you to reevaluate and rethink, but also “seek more passion and excitement.”

“You might catch yourself examining your partner or crush and making sure you have made the right choice, or you will suddenly raise your expectations bar,” Naskova continued. Ultimately, “Venus in Leo acts like an aphrodisiac, so it can also make all of us feel more hungry for love, affection, and cravings.” Prepare for sex flashbacks and (s)exual exploration like never before.

How does Venus retrograde impact each zodiac sign?

Aries

Venus retrogrades bring fire into your dating life and into the bedroom. However, you might catch yourself rethinking your values and taking a more serious stand even with the people you are casually dating. On one hand, you will gladly experiment with sex, but you would also want to make sure you do it with the right person. In addition, you are also more inclined to hear from your exes or past flings, so the best you can do is stop yourself from acting too rushed. Take time to go through your decision of whether you truly want to get back in bed with an ex-lover or if it is a good idea to spark the old flame since you do not want to burn yourself.

Taurus

Venus retrograde makes you rethink plans related to family, kids, and marriage. On the one hand, you would wonder if you are ready for the next stage in life and in your relationship, while on the other, whether you want or not, during this transit in the bedroom, you will be a more gentle lover. In simple words, you will prefer making love rather than having wild and rough sex. The best you can do during this retrograde is accept your sensitive side and go along with it, as you might discover some new things you’ll get to like.

Gemini

Venus retrograde makes you rethink your routines and wake up a strange feeling in you to want to go back to something close and familiar. As a result, you are more prone to be open to reconciliation with an ex and getting into bed with that one person you keep thinking you had the most amazing sex ever. However, try not to over promise things you can’t deliver, such as commitment and long-term relationships. It is because after the retrograde is over, you are more likely to want to go back to your old self and prefer to have a fresh start in your life rather than glued pieces of the past and sex with an ex.

Cancer

Venus retrograde makes you yearn for power, strength, and masculinity. This means getting turned on by your partner while they work out or, if single, going after a person of authority and financial power. The sexual attraction you feel for people will increase with their social status and position. But do not worry. You are not becoming a materialistic human being; it is just Venus moving backward in your money area. As a result, it will help if you keep yourself to a budget and avoid spoiling yourself or your partner with expensive gifts, even if the sex is so amazing that you feel it is out of this world. Also, be careful with having sex or starting an affair with someone you work with, especially work FOR!

Leo

Looks and appearance become more important with Venus retrograding in your sign. Sexy lingerie and silk are what turn you on and get you wild in the bedroom, and suddenly during sex, you like to play with your hair or ask your partner to pull your ponytail. There is no doubt that things get more exciting, and you will love the sense of freedom Venus retrograde brings. Finally, you will also be focused on your appearance and might even decide to make a few changes. The advice for you is not to get back to old appearance and behaviors that used to cause more damage than good.

Virgo

Venus retrograde acts as an aphrodisiac for you, increasing your urge for pleasure, fun, and enjoyment. As a result, your libido and sexual appetite tend to rise, but you can also develop an overly attached connection with your partner or the person you are seeing. Therefore it is crucial to make sure you are not acting possessive, jealous, and controlling. Moreover, try to appreciate the small things and do not allow your hunger for the “best of life” to control your emotions and actions and get you back to some old habits and dependencies.

Libra

Venus retrogrades bring rethinking about people close to you. This is the period where you might be pickier about partners if you are single or tend to demand more from your partner if in a relationship; more effort in the bedroom, more romance, more excitement, etc. But remember, it takes two people to tango, so just be more open to meeting halfway with the person you are romantically connected or interested in.

Scorpio

Venus retrograde can heat things in the office and kick-start a romance with a colleague. If you are not in the singles market, this period is ideal for spicing up things with your partner and bringing some fresh energy into the bedroom. Your mind tends to be more on work and responsibilities, so make sure you are not neglecting your special person or your intimate and social life.

Sagittarius

Venus retrogrades can make you change your mind about your travel plans and make you rethink where you want and with whom you want to spend the month of August. Try not to overthink everything so much and allow yourself to have more fun, especially in the bedroom. Your libido might not be as high as usual, but if you level your mind with your heart, all will be fine, and you will feel like your old self again.

Capricorn

Venus retrogrades cause you to start seeing everything around you as an investment. Your time, your effort, your relationship, all of them will be heavily calculated by you during this period. As a result, you might find yourself lacking time to spend in the bedroom and with your partner. The best you can do is to try to open yourself more to emotions and stop being so practical about everything.

Aquarius

Venus retrograde affects your love life in a way where you will rethink everything related to this area in your life. Your overthinking and reevaluation might result in distance between your partner, especially in the bedroom, as you can act a bit cold and reserved. If you are single, you are more likely to focus your energy on getting in touch with an ex. It will be helpful if you take a leap of faith and accept that it is okay not to have all the answers and everything planned up front.

Pisces

Venus retrograde helps you make the transition and changes you had in mind for some time now. Your love life will go under severe transformation as you only want the best for yourself. It is the perfect moment to step out of your comfort zone and cut toxic relationships, even if they mean great sex. Your mental health, inner peace, and stability are what need to be a priority during this time.

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