We鈥檙e all well aware that Mercury retrograde is the WORST. Delayed flights, broken phones, and miscommunications at work can make life a cosmic nightmare. But Mercury鈥檚 path isn鈥檛 the only retrograde to worry about. The other planets in our solar system also go retrograde, and those perceived backwards rotations bring about their own sets of earthly annoyances. In fact, it鈥檚 actually super rare that all planets are direct at the same time. Venus is up next, in retrograde from March 6 until April 15. We chatted with our favorite cosmic goddess, Ambi Sitham, on just what Venus retrograde means for our relationships (with our baes and ourselves).

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Venus鈥 vibe is all about love and beauty, baby

鈥淰enus is all about love, beauty, romance, and riches 鈥 basically, she rules everything we value,鈥 Sitham says of the goddess鈥檚 most powerful attributes. Sitham says playing nice with Venus starts by simply loving yourself. 鈥淎ll Venus鈥檚 qualities are linked,鈥 Sitham explains, 鈥渟o if you love yourself, it follows that you鈥檒l attract an S.O. who loves you for you, and you鈥檒l have the confidence in your work to ask for a raise or promotion.鈥 Basically, all Venus wants to do is shower you with beauty, but you鈥檝e got to be willing to call yourself beautiful first (pretty sound life advice, we think).

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So what does it mean for us when Venus is in retrograde? Simply put: 鈥淟ove is also in retrograde,鈥 Sitham says. This means that 鈥渕atters of the heart will bubble up; either existing problems will rise to the surface, or you鈥檒l suddenly feel like you鈥檝e got to reevaluate your relationship.鈥 But Sitham assures us this is totally a good thing. 鈥淣ow鈥檚 the time to review what you really want out of your life, your relationships, and your work,鈥 she says.

鈥淭hink about your self-worth, your value, and what you value鈥 while Venus is in retrograde, Sitham suggests. For example, you may tell yourself you value commitment in a partner, but you鈥檝e been dating someone for five years who won鈥檛 commit. Venus retrograde is nudging you to 鈥渃lear up this bad relationship karma,鈥 so that you can receive what you deserve. 鈥淰enus is all about receiving, whether it鈥檚 love, money, worth, or value,鈥 which makes Venus in retrograde all about reviewing how we currently foster those things in our lives.

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don鈥檛 act On Your Thoughts

Sitham reassures us this doesn鈥檛 mean we鈥檙e all going to break up with our S.O.鈥檚 immediately and die lonely. In fact, she suggests waiting until Venus retrograde is over before making any major decisions. That means no breakups, engagements, marriages, dating, or even plastic surgery or wardrobe overhauls until April 16!

鈥淰enus rules beauty, so when Venus isn鈥檛 direct, your image isn鈥檛 direct,鈥 Sitham explains. So while you may think switching from an all-black wardrobe to a print-infused one is a good idea during retrograde, once it turns direct you鈥檙e going to wonder WTF you were thinking. As Sitham puts it, 鈥淚 can see clearly now the retrograde is gone.鈥

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The summer of love is on its way

With all that said, once May rolls around, Sitham says we鈥檙e in for 鈥渢he summer of love,鈥 when we鈥檒l all be feeling much more content with ourselves and our relationships. It鈥檒l be a summer of meaningful connection and mojo for us all. And if you鈥檙e single? Summer鈥檚 the time to slip on that sundress and hit up the dog park, astrologically speaking.

What鈥檚 one thing you can do that makes you immediately feel all heart eyes about yourself? Tweet us @BritandCo and tell us what works for you!

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