Venus retrograde in Leo is Cazimi on the 13th August 2023, whilst square Uranus. Cazimi is a special state during a planet’s cycle with the Sun, a place of power and strength after the weakening of combustion.
As Venus has been going retrograde you may have found yourself questioning or reflecting on what gives you pleasure in life, or the relationship dynamics of the past and present. Perhaps something you love or that brings you joy in life that you once knew but had lost returns again. Whilst Cazimi these themes may become clearer, with the potential for empowerment, release and cleansing around Venusian themes of pleasure, women, love, friendship, harmony, beauty or creativity.
Being in the heart of the Sun, where Venus is temporarily hidden, opens a door to inner liminal spaces like the subconscious, where new knowledge or perspectives can be found.
Profound insights may arise concerning matters where you’ve felt lack of clarity through the retrograde period. It may help you tap into realisations and revelations about what you truly love or desire, what attracts you and brings you happiness or harmony. How do you understand and authentically connect to pleasure, both internally and externally? How do you express that in a confident and authentic way? Whether that’s about your relationship to yourself, in relation to actions and activities you undertake, or how you connect to others, this Cazimi provides an opportunity to reach that core truth.
At the same time the square with Uranus in Venus’s domicile of Taurus brings a push for this breakthrough, with what may feel like electric insights, and a challenge to take any action that’s needed to get back to a place of embodied joy. A feeling of new vitality or restlessness may emerge. The Uranus influence may provoke you to take a risk on exploring and opening up to new revelations about your relationship to pleasure, love and creativity, and to trying something new.
Uranus encourages taking a risk on a new pathway, and to break old patterns, but also to bring that down to practical action and results that you can maintain. It could be a bit uncomfortable, somewhat destabilizing. But with Venus in Leo, and the Sun conferring power to Venus at this time, you may find the empowerment, courage or resources to do just that in a way that is authentic, perhaps unorthodox, and ultimately liberating.
Release & Rebirth
Planets in Cazimi can also be seen as going through a process of purification, through being burned by the Sun. So this period offers a time to shed what’s old or limiting in your life, or to set boundaries – what doesn’t bring that authentic connection to your core desires and loves. With Uranus in the mix, you might really feel that extra push to actively and quickly strip away what no longers serves that purpose and really get down to the heart of things.
In 2018 Venus was retrograde in Cazimi, and in opposition to Uranus by degree. So you may see a similar recurrence of the Uranus influence that arose for you back then. Thinking back to how that Cazimi period felt and played out might provide some insight into what themes and energies to expect this time.