Why Astrologers Predict Summer 2023 Will Be The Most Romantic In Years
Venus, the planet of love and romance, begins the year in Capricorn but switches to Aquarius on January 2, quickly turning the tide in a frisky, experimental direction. This could be the year that you rewrite the rules on relationships with a progressive flourish that suits 2023 you.
And happy news for all the die-hard romantics out there. The love planet will then linger in Leo for an extra-long time—from June 5 to October 8! That's four times longer than Venus' usual visit to a sign, which lasts around four weeks. Spring fever could spill over into the most passionate summer lovin' anyone has felt in years.
Caveat: The reason for this protracted Venus in Leo transit is the dreaded "r" word. From July 22 to September 3, Venus will be retrograde, a cycle that comes around every 18 months. (Better renew those vows Jen and Ben…)
During this backspin, Venus changes from evening star (visible at dusk) to morning star (visible right before dawn). The ancients thought Venus was two separate planets and thus has two Greek names: Phosphorus, "the bringer of light" for her morning star cycle, and Hesperus, "the star of the evening," for her evening phase.
Love could imitate art while Venus retrogrades through Leo from July 22 to September 3—but this may not be a "midsummer night's dream."
In the sign of the fiery, dramatic lion, affairs of the heart could feel more like an immersive theater performance. Or maybe a three-ring circus!
Passion or provocation? This six-week phase will be quite the storied one. Venus retrogrades are not always easy. They can exhume ghosts of relationships past…or provoke sudden ghostings just when connections are heating up. Long-lost lovers may reunite but struggle to find their footing when it's time to produce an actual "sequel."
Our advice? Enjoy the dopamine rush of attraction, but wait until Venus corrects course on September 3 before doing any future planning. And if you're already otherwise engaged when that old flame hits you up on Snapchat? Keep lines as clear as possible and just remember that it will all shake out by autumn. Remember that "new love energy" can be intoxicating—but with Venus in reverse, it can also screen out someone's toxic traits.
The big challenge this summer is remembering that love is a two-way street.
When Venus backstrokes through scene-stealing Leo, we'll all want attention in megadoses. But when our friends, family, and lovers can't give it, look out! Tantrums can get reality-show ugly. Plus, who is going to play the role of the cheering supporter? The big challenge this summer is remembering that love is a two-way street. There's nothing wrong with wanting to be cherished and adored, but if you treat anyone like the on-demand president of your personal fan club, things could take a nasty turn. Remember to step back and share the limelight! Helping others shine is so rewarding.
In the middle of the retrograde, Venus disappears from view as it makes an inferior conjunction to the Sun. This year, the rebirth of Venus happens on August 18, which might bring a major perspective shift around love! If you've been perpetually single, you may be inspired to put yourself out on the apps again. In fashion-forward Leo, beauty-queen Venus can inspire you to revamp your style or set up a sexy photo shoot. Start with mood boards, then shop for 'fits and hire your snapper after the retrograde. (Or get it all going in early June!)
What's absolutely verboten during Venus retrograde? (Or should be…) Cosmetic surgeries, drastic makeovers, tattoos, or any changes to your look that are hard to undo. Everyone loves a fringe of bangs...until it's time to grow them out.
Adapted with permission from The AstroTwins 2023 Yearly Horoscope.
Ophira and Tali Edut, known as the AstroTwins, are professional astrologers based out of New York and Seattle. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, Elle, Vogue, and Good Morning America. They have been dubbed “astrologers to the stars” after reading for notable celebrities, including Beyoncé, Emma Roberts and Stevie Wonder. The AstroTwins have collaborated with Nordstrom, Kate Spade and Urban Outfitters, among other major brands. They have authored four print books: AstroStyle, Love Zodiac, Shoestrology, and Momstrology, and have a growing collection of ebooks, including their popular annual horoscope guides.