A Venus (your ruler)-Neptune conjunction in mid-January gets your year off to a compassionate start. There is a softness about you that others may try to take advantage of, so be sure to note the difference between being helpful and doing favors for people versus letting others walk all over you. Just because you're sympathetic to a cause doesn't mean that you're a doormat.
Loving Venus has a difficult trip into aggressive Aries at the end of April, and the next four months may present challenges in areas of finance and relationships. Hastily-made decisions regarding love and money affect your overall well-being, so avoid hurrying yourself if possible. The lesson here is to slow down, take your time, and not rush into anything. If the timing isn't right, maybe what you're chasing just isn't meant to be.
The Sun leaves practical Virgo for your sign at the end of September, which offers a perfect environment for you to take stock of your life. What are your goals and dreams? What do you want for yourself that you don't already have? Where do you see yourself in five years? These are all excellent questions, and answering them can help you reach the balance you strive for in life.
Venus turns retrograde in the beginning of March, so the next six weeks aren't good for making commitments. If you're single and have been thinking of proposing, being proposed to, or simply proposing an idea like moving in together, getting more serious, etc., it might be best to put a pin in that until the energy is more conducive for long-term decisions (late April at the earliest).
Those of you already in a committed relationship may experience pangs of doubt here and there, but wondering 'what if' leads to dead ends or poor choices for the most part. Instead, this can be a very good time to clean out your closet of ex-related skeletons. When the past is dredged up during this time it can be cathartic and healing, so as long as you don't get caught up in a 'maybe the grass is greener on the other side' type of vibe, your relationship should come through unscathed.
Your home planet, Venus, heads into Leo at the end of August, which can really be summed up in one word: DRAMA. Have you always wanted your love life to be like a soap opera? Because this is your chance! Whether you're single or taken, you can't seem to get away from being smack dab in the middle of romantic craziness. Are you causing it? Do you secretly like it? Time to ask yourself those questions and get some real answers.
Venus in Leo also gives you a rather boastful attitude about love, so you like nothing more than to be able to 'claim' the most beautiful person in the room as your own. And talk about major PDAs! You see absolutely nothing wrong with planting a big kiss on your sweetie (or a crush) in front of a big crowd, and whether or not your affections are returned, you're not sorry for having done it. Use your trademark good listening to feel out your loved one's reaction and find that again trademark balance between what you both want and need.
Venus moves into intellectually-curious Sagittarius in the beginning of December, when you really enjoy learning all about love. You might read advice blogs and self-help books, and even take classes on the art of romance just to make sure you aren't missing out on something obvious.
If you're lucky enough to already share your life with someone, you really yearn to spend some quality time together during this aspect at the end of 2017. You love to explore the world and expand your horizons together, the keyword being 'together'. If you're single, by the end of the year you're looking for that one special person who will want to learn alongside you... and libraries, classrooms, public lecture halls, etc., are great places to hang out in order to meet The One.
A Mercury-Pluto conjunction at the end of January brings focus and depth to the party, which can be great for your concentration. It's easy for you to get lost in your work, which can actually have a positive, productive effect. The downside is that if you study something too much (obsess much?), you may start to see problems where there aren't any, which results in a classic case of overthinking. When you start seeing issues that aren't really a problem to anyone else and/or that don't benefit you professionally, and you can go from the hero on a project to someone who the boss now wonders about in a negative way. Aim for the middle ground in order to be most productive during this time.
Neptune goes retrograde in the middle of June, so the next five months can bring out your personal demons. How they affect your work life varies, but it's virtually impossible to separate your private and professional life, so you can bet they'll show up somehow. Have you been in denial about something? Wish you hadn't done something, or wish you'd done things differently? Ghosts of regret tend to show up now, and if you have even a shred of doubt about yourself, it's evident in your work. Two things can be totally unrelated, but the symptoms are connected nonetheless. It's not all bad -- this is a learning period. Accept your faults and flaws, and don't tense up. Things have a tendency of working themselves out, and leaving you to wonder what you were ever worried about.
Venus leaves your sign at the start of November and heads into emotional Scorpio, which highlights loyalty, trust, and jealousy issues. You're very fair-minded, so you feel especially slighted by co-workers or bosses who don't give you the respect you feel that you deserve. Jealousy could rear its ugly head when a friend gets a job or promotion you wanted for yourself, but in the end you're a supportive (despite being somewhat passive-aggressive) friend. Proving you're trustworthy shouldn't be difficult, especially if you have a long track record with the same company, but disappointment can set in when that trust isn't acknowledged or loyalty isn't returned. Good thing you're above all the pettiness.
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