Venus, planet of art and affection, is combust by the Sun from August 9th to 18th.

This happens when Venus is close to the Sun and gets swallowed up in its glare, to the point where Venus becomes invisible in the sky. When the star of love and beauty ‘disappears’, you may feel overlooked or underappreciated, as if somebody else’s needs take priority over yours.

You may be anxious about a relationship, your appearance, or a sale or purchase, and lack the confidence to speak up openly about it. Combustion is a debilitating condition, especially as the Sun and Venusian are planetary enemies, and this transit limits your ability to negotiate or find a reasonable middle way in romance or business.

If you’ve relied on charm or a personal rapport to get ahead at work, a more serious test stretches your knowledge and ability under pressure. You may have to sacrifice a luxury item to meet costs, or give up a possible introduction when the situation doesn’t feel right.

As ever with an obstructed planet, you are also motivated to try harder, be extra amenable and forgiving, and may make friends you would not have done otherwise. You think harder about how you come across to others and end up in a better position by reaching a tricky compromise.

This is the second phase of Venus’s six-week retrograde window and crossing the Sun is its symbolic transformation from Evening to Morning Star. You go from being outward and proactive in your social life, to more laid back and receptive, especially as this transit reaches its maximum strength around August 13th.

The New Moon in Cancer on August 16th is another peak point, where the lessons of this transit become clearest.

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