Bring on the promise rings and paraben-free skin-care products. Venus, planet of love and beauty, heads into virtuous Virgo from Thursday until November 8. This shift marks the end of a prolonged and pretty dramatic chapter for us all. Since June 5, Venus has hovered in passionate, PDA-loving Leo, magnifying all our desires AND our relationship issues. That timeline included August’s notorious Venus retrograde
— a phase we’re all too happy to see in the rearview mirror. It’s been exhilarating and exhausting. Now, the tide turns from “It’s Complicated” to "K.I.S.S." (Keep It Simple, Sweetheart). And with Venus sailing alongside her companion Mars in Virgo until November 8, old-fashioned romance reigns supreme this fall. Visualize Virgo Blake Lively and in her perfectly appointed Connecticut home, mincing organic vegetables for baby girl James while chiseled hubby Ryan Reynolds pours a glass of California cab. It’s all so...wholesome.
More happy news arrives on Friday, when Mercury snaps out of a retrograde that began September 17. Scrambled signals and lovers’ quarrels, begone! With Mercury powering ahead in peacekeeping Libra, the spirit of cooperation descends over the world. While the shadow of the retrograde lingers on until the 24th, we can start negotiating contracts and discussing the future of our relationships once again.