Love isn't just in the air, it's also written in the stars — especially as Venus, the planet of love, affection, and beauty, enters sensual Taurus on March 16. The zodiac sign that Venus moves through influences our relationships — how we show up in our partnerships, our current needs, and even our values. Venus's dance through Taurus from March 16 to April 11 is a little extra cosmically juicy because Venus is Taurus's ruling planet. This means Venus is better able to access all of her beauty, love, indulgence, and glory as she moves through Taurus. So even though Taurus season isn't quite here yet, if you're feeling a little extra lovestruck or indulgent, you can thank Venus. Keep reading for the full scoop on what it means when Venus is in Taurus and how to handle this transit in 2023.
What Does It Mean When Venus Is in Taurus?
To understand what Venus in Taurus means, it helps to investigate the characteristics of each, according to astrology. Venus is the planet that speaks to our pleasure: What hobbies or activities do you lean on for self-care? What lights you up? What are you naturally drawn toward and attracted to? Meanwhile, Taurus, the sign of the bull, is known for its stubborn qualities, but also for its straightforward nature. That's not to minimize Taurus's depth, but this zodiac sign has the natural ability to live in the present and acknowledge the beauty of simplicity. Tauruses are naturally tapped into the five senses in the physical world.
For that reason, "Venus in Taurus invokes a sensuality with the present moment," astrologer Catherine Urban tells POPSUGAR. "Slowing down enough to drop into our senses, Venus in Taurus appreciates luxurious scents, long dinners and baths, plush pillows, and whipped chocolate mousse. While Venus is in Taurus, you are encouraged to slow down."
Taurus energy also delivers an opportunity to effortlessly tap into your inner romantic. "Venus in Taurus is the perfect time to channel your luxurious inner love goddess and indulge in some pleasure-centered self-care," says Nina Kahn, astrologer and author of "Astrology For Life." "This transit can majorly up the sensuality factor when it comes to love and romance, so tune into what delights your body, and take things nice and slow!"
Venus in Taurus: What to Expect in 2023
Venus remains in Taurus from March 16 to April 11, which gives you nearly a full month to take advantage of this transit. In these three weeks, the planet of love will make a few intense connections along the way, inspiring change, challenges, and opportunity for healing. To start off the first week, Venus will align with the North Node of Destiny, which will "usher in potential for star-crossed meet-cutes or fateful new beginnings in current relationships," Kahn says. "Anything that happens in love now seems especially meant to be, so be true to your values and honor what feels right in your body."
Then, on March 30, Venus will meet with Uranus, the planet of shock and surprise, at the same point in the sky. For some, this blend of planetary energy will lead to relational breakthroughs, while for others, it could signal a breaking point or split. You may feel called to explore a new way forward and break free from patterns that no longer serve you. This is exciting energy that may also simply manifest as inviting a little more spontaneity into your love life.
A few days later, on April 7, Venus in Taurus will form a gentle connection with Neptune, the planet of dreams and romance. "This alignment puts a mystical, rose-colored spin on relationships and also helps to connect with our spiritual and creative sides," Kahn says. This is a highly creative and romantic aspect that encourages us to honor our feelings and have healing conversations, all while following our hearts.
Then, you may feel especially deep during the final days of Venus's time in Taurus, as the love planet will be approaching an alignment with power-hungry Pluto, Kahn says. While these two planets won't officially connect until April 11, just after Venus leaves Taurus, "you may feel some intensity building, and it'll be extra important to get real about your desires," she adds. After all, this potent energy will create a portal for deeper psychological integration of any lessons you've learned about yourself and your relationships.
Read the below for insight on how Venus's time in Taurus will affect you according to your rising sign, sun sign, and moon sign.
Aries (March 20-April 19)
Venus in Taurus reminds you of your sensuality, Aries. Your relationships will benefit from honoring your senses and incorporating more physical pleasure into your daily life. Book a couple's massage or splurge on an outfit that makes you feel sexy. This is also an aligned time to reflect deeper on your self-worth and how you talk to yourself. Spend time building up yourself and your self-esteem. You're worth it. Your manifestation power is also operating at an all-time high. When you invest in yourself, you might start to notice some financial rewards from the universe.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You are the main character, Taurus! If you're feeling overwhelmed by all the extra attention, this is your cosmic reminder that it's OK that people are noticing you. As the planet of beauty moves through your sign, your charisma, charm, and magnetism receive a boost. This is a powerful time to shift your focus back to yourself. "In particular, Taurus will find lots of opportunities for both personal and professional glow-ups," Kahn shares, "as well as more harmony and stability in their relationships." Venus brings blessings to your appearance, too, so if you're overdue for a haircut or you want to get a tattoo, a makeover is cosmically approved. Don't be afraid to shine bright!
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
You're always on the go, Gemini, but it's time to hit the pause button. "Gemini would benefit from rest or carving out space for solo projects," Urban says. Venus is offering you the chance to tune into your internal world. In a partnership, this can look like spending time nurturing your spiritual practices together. Maybe try out some evening meditations together or an ice bath. Or perhaps you're finding you just want a little more solo time away from your relationships. Prioritizing your rest cycles and mental health matters. Release that FOMO, and sink into solitude.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Socializing is key to your success as Venus moves through Taurus, Cancer. If you're single and hoping to land a hottie for the summer, you may find a possible connection through friends or online dating. Don't be afraid to swipe right! Venus in Taurus also offers the reminder that when you spend time with groups of people who share similar interests and values, that connection is unparalleled. This is also an aligned time to network — you never know who is one degree of separation away from helping you achieve some of your hopes and dreams.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You have a reputation for always wanting to soak up the spotlight, Leo, and right now, the stars are aligning. Venus in Taurus is moving through the most public part of your chart — representing fame, reputation, and career. Romantically speaking, you may feel called to share a little more PDA with your beloved, or perhaps you'll meet a promising romantic interest through work or a fun event. Blessings are arriving when it comes to your career, and you're reminded that when you celebrate yourself, others can celebrate you, too. And you deserve it; you've worked hard to get here.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Love is turning a little more intellectual for you, Virgo. As Venus moves through Taurus, you're turned on by witty banter and mental stimulation. You crave a partner who you can learn from and who you can also teach. You're feeling more called to stay up and discuss the meaning of life and the inner workings of the universe. Adding a little more spontaneity and risk into your love life is also beneficial and welcomed at this time. You're eager to try something new. "This is an excellent time for Virgo to plan a weekend getaway," Urban says.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
The soul's depth is limitless, Libra. Your love of love is well known, but as Venus moves through Taurus, you're craving a new level of intimacy. It might feel uncomfortable at first, but you're tasked with sharing your vulnerabilities with a partner or someone in your support system. When you share hidden parts of yourself and reveal layers of your soul, your connection strengthens. Superficiality isn't going to cut it under this transit. You're craving depth, and no topic is too taboo or off-limits. You're ready to merge emotionally and/or physically with a lover or trusted confidant.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
It's a cosmically aligned time to bring your attention to your closest ties, Scorpio. If you're partnered, you might be spending more time celebrating your loved one. Venus in Taurus can bring a sense of peace and calm to your closest relationships. Harmony is in the air. You can tap into this energy by finding a peaceful resolution to any issues you need to address. This is also an opportunity to reignite a spark. If you're single, the planet of love is moving through an area of your chart that governs one-on-one romantic connections. The stars are aligning, and you could meet someone special. You just have to invest your energy and be open and willing to be surprised by the universe.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Work might feel like it's piling up, but you're also gaining some well-deserved recognition, Sagittarius! Venus in Taurus offers us a chance to more intimately reflect on our relationships with our work life and personal life. Are you operating in balance? Is there flow? This is an aligned time to call in healthier habits that will promote easier living that is well deserved. Romantically, you may find yourself working out with your partner or doing daily tasks together, or perhaps you'll meet a potential lover at a work event or the gym. To combat any excess stress that may arise with a busy schedule, Urban recommends scheduling a massage.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You could find yourself hopping from one date to the next, Capricorn. Venus in Taurus ignites your inner romantic and opens up the possibility of experiencing luck from the universe in all forms. Creativity and romance are flowing, so if you're open to finding a love connection, now is a cosmically charged time. Venus in Taurus also reminds you of your connection to childhood joy and pleasures. Carve out extra time to engage in hobbies or activities from your childhood that used to light you up. These feelings of nostalgic joy can open up new pathways to experiencing joy and gratitude in the now.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Focusing on creating a sense of security is what will bring you inner peace, Aquarius. Venus in Taurus reminds us of the love you have for your home and how sacred your space can be. When you invest in your living situation, whether that's buying new sheets or cooking more meals at home, there is an undeniable sense of calm that arises. You deserve a home environment that offers comfort when you need it most. Take care of your heart, and spend more time in your sacred space — for some solo time or date nights in with your beloved.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Did someone say sapiosexual, Pisces? You're feeling extra turned on by other people's minds and words. Venus in Taurus may also encourage you to share more from your heart. Whatever's been on your mind, now is the time to be open and share from a heart-centered place. The exchange of information is ever-present and important, so why not try out a trivia night? Your schedule may also be filling up as you find yourself buzzing around your neighborhood from event to event. "Pisces, take this opportunity to splurge on something fancy," Urban says. "Venus in Taurus is the classic 'treat yourself' transit." And what better way to counterbalance all the busyness than with a little indulgence?