As you prepare for the week ahead, be sure to look not only in your personal planner but to the stars as well. Big things are happening in our love lives this week, as Venus remains in retrograde, so check out this week's weekly love horoscope, courtesy of astrology expert Krystal Smith.
Pisces (February 19–March 20)
Happy solar return, Pisces! Things may be going smoothly for you this week in the areas of inspiration and communication, as the sun and Mercury are in conjunction in your sensitive sign. But with Venus in retrograde, you still have work to do in matters of the heart. All water signs desire a deep true love that feels like a karmic soul-mate connection. It's one thing to dream about the perfect relationship and another to turn those dreams into reality. Be sure to stay grounded and take practical steps in reaching your relationship goals.
Aries (March 21–April 9)
Not only has Venus gone retrograde, it's also retrograde in your sign! Aries aren't known for taking things slowly, so this may be extra challenging for you, especially because your planetary ruler Mars is also in your fiery sign until March 9. Now is a time to be patient, not only with your partner but with yourself. Practicing self-love rituals during this time can help you slow down and redirect your focus internally, toward healing and resolution of any relationship issues you may be experiencing.
Taurus (April 20–May 20)
Your planetary ruler Venus has gone retrograde until April 15. Taurus is already focused on emotional security, so the good news is this transit will be much less uncomfortable for you than it will be for some of the other signs. That being said, there's still work to be done in the area of love and relationships. You love unconditionally while seeking the same from your partner, but you're not always comfortable expressing this love, which can leave your significant other feeling unappreciated at times. Now would be a good opportunity to reminisce about how and why you fell in love with each other in the first place. Retrograde is great for bringing up the past, especially when it's the positive moments you're choosing to remember.
Gemini (May 21–June 20)
With your planetary ruler Mercury in conjunction with the sun in Pisces, you're probably feeling extra dreamy lately. This can be out of the ordinary for you, as you're usually interested in what's going on in the here and now and planning your next move. It's important to give yourself permission to dream and reconnect with your spiritual side, though. This conjunction complements the Venus retrograde, making it easier to open your heart to give and receive a much deeper love. Now is a time to surrender and let go of any limiting beliefs you've been hanging on to.
Cancer (June 21–July 22)
Your sign is known to put love and relationships first, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but be careful not to lose yourself in the process. It's critical to remember that your partner fell in love with you before the relationship existed. Self-love and reflection are going to be a huge theme this week, which will begin with your ruler, the moon, in Cancer. The moon is comfortable here, and you will be able to come back home in a sense and reconnect with yourself. Venus in retrograde forces us to release old habits surrounding our love life that no longer serve us. Releasing these habits will benefit your partner just as much as they will benefit you, bringing you both closer than possibly ever before.
Leo (July 23–August 22)
With your ruler, the fiery sun, in the sign of watery Pisces, you may be feeling a bit frustrated lately. Pisces wants us to reconnect with our spirituality and get lost in our dreams. You, on the other hand, would rather spend time putting those dreams into action with immense passion and vigor. Hold off on the action for now and turn your focus inward as the moon enters your sign on March 8. This will allow you to become more in touch with your emotions. Try to keep the energy flowing for the next week, as this will make Venus retrograde's lessons in love easier on you. There will be plenty of time for action when the sun moves into your fellow fire sign Aries on March 20.
Virgo (August 23–September 22)
With your planetary ruler Mercury and the sun both in your opposite sign of Pisces, you may be struggling to find balance and stay organized—something your earth sign strives to achieve. Try to let go of the need to micromanage for now and turn your attention to more important matters of the heart. Venus's retrograde supports us in finding insight about what we desire and how we attract love. Are your needs being met? If not, are you allowing your partner to meet your needs without trying to accomplish everything all on your own? It's time for self-reflection.
Libra (September 23–October 22)
With your planetary ruler Venus in retrograde, you may be feeling a little chaotic this week, especially in areas of love and relationships. Jupiter is also retrograde and is currently in your sign. While Venus rules love, Jupiter rules luck and expansion. During retrograde, we are forced to look inward and deal with any issues we may be experiencing in these areas. Libras are the negotiators of the zodiac, striving for peace and balance. It's important to remember that your needs are just as important as others', and in pleasing ourselves, we become more desirable to the ones we adore. Challenge yourself to put this to the test this week. Chances are you won't be disappointed.
Scorpio ( October 23–November 21)
There is not much in life that is as important to a Scorpio as love. Your sign has a deep need for intimacy and connection. On the other hand, you often protect yourself from getting your feelings hurt, which can block you from receiving the love you so deeply crave from others. During this Venus retrograde, we are forced to face our fears in love and allow ourselves to be vulnerable. If you've been coping in a way that pushes love away instead of allowing yourself to receive it, now is a time to figure out why and work through any past trauma that you may be avoiding.
Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)
With your ruling planet Jupiter already retrograde in the sign of Libra (which is ruled by Venus), chances are you've already started the process of self-reflection this year. Keep up the good work because Venus is in retrograde until April 15. Now the goal is to dig even deeper into the self and what you desire in loving relationships. Are you and your partner growing as individuals while staying connected to each other? Interdependence is something your sign craves in relationships. It's about forming connections while staying true to self. If you haven't been putting this into practice, now is the time to start.
Capricorn (December 22–January 19)
Good relationships keep us happier and healthier, according to a recent 75-year study! So, during this Venus retrograde, you may want to redefine what "good" means to you. Are you satisfied in your relationship? Do you check in with your partner often enough to assure that his or her needs are being met? Being vulnerable isn't a Capricorn's favorite thing to do; however, your determined earth sign loves a challenge and is willing to put in the work. If you apply these strengths toward your relationship this week, Venus retrograde might not feel so overwhelming.
Aquarius (January 20–February 18)
It's not just the number of friends you have or whether or not you're in a committed relationship, it's the true quality of your relationships that matters. Remember this as Venus retrograde continues until April 15. Remember that you are an air sign who can sometimes easily detach yourself from emotions. Ask yourself what the reason behind this action is and how it is affecting your partner. What do you do to stay connected? Now is the time to dig deep and love deeper than ever. You may realize that being attached isn't so bad after all.