- Eric Francis
ARIES (March 20-April 19)
Venus retrograde in your sign is encouraging you to see the world from another point of view, such as that of a relationship partner. How often do you have one of those revelations where you suddenly get that you really understand another person's perspective, or feel the world the way they feel it? Rarely enough that it's a special occasion when you do. It's also a reminder that your actual primary relationship is within yourself. Love in any form is inherently introspective: It comes from inside you, and involves your feelings. If you're not grounded within yourself, intimacy can feel dangerous; and in many ways it is. Venus retrograde is your encouragement to find your inner lover, or what you might call your best friend within. This is different from being narcissistic, self-important or egotistical, so different in fact that it's the polar opposite. Coming from a self-loving place brings a subtle form of confidence. When you get there, a kind of neediness dissolves and gives way to authentic generosity. You recognize and hold gently the fact that everyone is an individual with their own needs, their own spiritual quest and their own healing process. If you want to cultivate deeper contact, listen to what people close to you have to say. At the moment, it's more important that you understand them than that they understand you.