Venus is in Retrograde: Why you’ll hear from your exes in May & June

Is it just me or is self isolation doing weird things to people? It’s a thought I’ve had lately. Have you felt it, too? Well it turns out we’re not all going mad (even with the circumstances). Venus is in fact in retrograde and it’s totally okay if you’re feeling way out of whack.

So if you’re wondering like I was, what does “Venus in Retrograde” even mean? I have some answers for you! Oh, and just as the title suggests, you might be hearing more from your exes this month and next. Read on!

Venus is in retrograde: from May 13 to June 25.

Venus is in Retrograde: But what does it mean?

In searching the web for answers, it seems the common theme here is quite simple. Venus in retrograde is said to cause more emotional problems and challenges than almost anything. According to Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer at and, Venus rules over much more than just love – she also rules over desire, pleasure, art and money. The feminine answer to Mercury, Venus is said to uncover truths that are already existing underneath the surface.

And what does that mean for me?

We’re glad you asked.

Venus in retrograde means the resurfacing of issues that have been swept under the rug. If you’re going to hear from an ex or former flame, now is the likely time. I myself had an ex hit me up on Instagram a few days ago, prompting me to look further into the phenomenon and indeed, to write this article (thanks mysterious ex).

If you’re feeling tempted to bring up an issue of contention with your current flame, think before you speak. Naturally, through this time we are feeling more confrontational, so be sure to consider your words before you make any bold statements. Let your emotions boil over and internalise – a natural response while Venus is in retrograde according to Women’s Health.

Venus is in Retrograde

What does Venus Retrograde mean for you?

If you’re a Taurus or a Libra, prepare yourself. Both of these signs are ruled by Venus, so buckle up! But the truth is all zodiac signs will feel the effects of the Venus retrograde in some way or another. The best way to soften the blow is to spend this time reflecting. Journalling, meditating and approaching tough conversations with care are all great ways to approach this season.

We are more prone to be vulnerable during this time, so be sure to act with caution. The retrograde will also mean receiving love can be a little light on, so take this time to practice self-love instead.

If you’re looking to up the anti in your own corner, try these at home beauty treatments. Especially during isolation, now is a great time to start practicing “me time” from home.

If you think you’d rather escape through the pages, try one of these fabulous memoirs. And if you’re more of a non-fiction reader, you can’t go wrong entering the pages of Where the Crawdads Sing, one of our top picks from the book club.

Brooke Saward
Brooke Saward

Brooke Saward founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen, with a particular weakness for French pastries.

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