Cringe Alert! The Venus in Pisces Transit Makes Us Suckers for Love. #NotSorry

Love overboard! A romantic tsunami hits our shores during the January 26-February 20 Venus in Pisces transit. Bare your soul.

Fantasy or reality? Sexy or cringe? Eh, who cares. Dive into the depths of your romantic imagination as Venus plunges into dreamy Pisces from January 26 to February 20. Seduce with the sensitivity and connect with compassion during this soulful Venus season.

When is the Venus in Pisces transit?

Venus, the planet of love, beauty and luxury, lends its decadent energy to every zodiac sign for three to five weeks each year. This year, the Venus in Pisces transit lasts from Thursday, January 26 to Monday, February 20, 2023.

The Venus in Pisces transit arrives on the heels of the airy, intellectual Venus in Aquarius transit (January 2-26, 2023). Astro tip: The next Venus transit is in Aries, February 20-March 16, 2023

Venus in Pisces can bring on a swift current of intimacy! While the love planet cruises through water sign Pisces, you could set new emotional depth records. Enjoy some swept-away moments, but remember that all-important b-word—boundaries—so you don’t get sucked into someone else’s dramatic undertow.

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What does the Venus in Pisces transit mean?

When passionate Venus swings into the passion-fueled waters of Pisces, you may struggle to keep one foot planted in reality. But that’s not necessarily an issue. The love planet is “exalted” in the sign of the Fish, meaning its alluring powers are extra potent during this four-week phase.

Caution: Try to keep one pinky toe planted in the reality zone! Pisces is the master of illusions, which works for composing playlists of The Most Epic Love Songs of All Time but can be dodgy when it comes to screening Tinder dates.

Since Pisces rules the deep subconscious, don’t be surprised if some old triggers and ancestral patterns are activated. If that happens, don’t freak out; in fact, it might be an important litmus test for your relationship’s longevity. Sooner or later, a romantic partner is going to discover your wounds and scars. And when that happens, you want someone who won’t run away because (gasp!) you’re a full human. During this compassionate cycle, “trauma-informed dating” can deepen understanding.

Red flag: Boundaries can blur during this hazy Venus cycle. Watch out for trauma-bonding—a toxic cycle of connecting through abusive behavior such as love-bombing and gaslighting.

Single? Run the background searches (and take your time!) to avoid falling head over red soles for someone who isn’t 100 percent available or reliable.

Coupled? You may need to do some forgiveness work or process old pain that’s blocking intimacy with your partner. The good news is, during a Venus in Pisces transit, you can really go deep. Therapy—couples’ or individual—can be especially effective since everyone’s emotional armor tends to be softer while Venus is in this sensitive water sign.

How does the Venus in Pisces transit affect me?

If you reduce your speed, this enchanting cycle can spur a romantic renaissance. Relaxing can put you in a receptive state, ideal for creating magic and enjoying heart-opening moments.

Romance is everyone’s d’etre, and while in Pisces, Venus serves it with all the trappings: fresh-cut flowers, love sonnets, candlelight dining and moonlit walks. You could spark a connection over a shared interest in a particular genre of art and music. (“Oh, you’re a vaporwave fan, too?”)

Similar spiritual pursuits can also be the glue for couples now. We’re not telling you to go cruising at that meditation circle…but we aren’t telling you not to either. (Tastefully, respectually, of course.) Should that soulmate vibe spark up, “namastay” a little longer to chat and strategically socialize.

Since Pisces skews passive, don’t go for the full-court press during this cycle. Instead, artfully weave your gifts of empathy with an intuitive understanding of what turns people on. One soulfully sexy gaze from you might be all it takes to set off the fireworks.

When Venus visits a water sign, go with the (emotional) flow!

A Venus in Pisces transit highlights this zodiac sign’s element: water.

These transits come around while Venus is in Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces for approximately four weeks each year.

If you want to ease into the flow of life instead of swimming upstream, the water signs act as a powerful current. These tuned-in, emotionally savvy signs remind you of the power of empathy and intimate connection. When a giant wave rolls in, you can’t help but be swept along.

At times this swirling energy can make you feel like you’re drowning in your emotions. At other moments, it can bring the powerful inner knowing that guides you to make the most nourishing moves for yourself!

Your soundtrack for Venus in Pisces

Here’s a soundtrack for the Venus in Pisces transit, compiled by Astrostyle’s resident mixologist, Jennifer Newman, AKA Astralselector.

Venus transits 2023

Where will Venus be in 2023?

AQUARIUS: December 9, 2022 to January 2, 2023
PISCES: January 26-February 20
ARIES: February 20-March 16
TAURUS: March 16-April 11
GEMINI: April 11-May 7
CANCER: May 7-June 5
LEO: June 5-October 8 (RETROGRADE: July 22-September 3)
VIRGO: October 8-November 8
LIBRA: November 8-December 4
SCORPIO: December 4-December 29

Venus in Pisces horoscopes for every zodiac sign

Aries (March 21-April 19) Venus in Pisces transit horoscope

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens? How about sparkleponies and unicorns while you’re at it, Aries? Don’t laugh: Starting January 26, romantic Venus sails into Pisces and your quixotic twelfth house until February 20. You don’t have to believe in magic to accept that fairy tales can come true. Single Rams should double down on their dating efforts over the coming four weeks of the Venus in Pisces transit: A true love connection could materialize out of thin air. Attached? Ponder what it will take for you to attain “happily ever after” status. Then go DO something to make that happen!

Taurus (April 20-May 20) Venus in Pisces transit horoscope

Casual socializing with no strings attached can lead to all sorts of serendipitous meetings over the next four weeks! With your ruling star, charismatic Venus, swooping into Pisces and electrifying your collaborative zone until February 20, friendly hangouts could spark auspicious business partnerships or, for single Bulls, love connections. But don’t wait for them to fall into your lap during a Venus in Pisces transit. Check out a new dating app or chat up strangers when you’re out and about. Couples will double their fun by mixing things up and socializing—or volunteering—as a twosome. 

Gemini (May 21-June 20) Venus in Pisces transit horoscope

There’s more than one way to get ahead at work, Gem, and the January 26 arrival of magnetic Venus to your career corner for four weeks will show you a trick or two. It helps to envision what you want to accomplish so you’ll know when you’ve arrived. You COULD burn the midnight oil and volunteer for every dull project management offers up. Or you could turn on your megawatt charm and tap your inimitable sense of humor. With the latter, you’ll wow people so much they simply MUST have you working on their team!

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Venus in Pisces transit horoscope

Expect the unexpected over the next four weeks, Cancer, as dazzling Venus sails into Pisces and your jet-setting ninth house today, upping the exhilaration factor in your love life until February 20. Whether you literally take off on a vacay or business trip (that’s equal parts pleasure) or just have adventures close to home, things are sure to get a whole lot more passionate during this Venus in Pisces transit. Cupid is targeting single Crabs, so make yourself an easy target. Off the market? Plan a getaway with your S.O.—anywhere is good, as long as it’s romantic!

Leo (July 23-August 22) Venus in Pisces transit horoscope

Me-OW! Romance is in the air for the next four weeks as passionate Venus catwalks into Pisces and your eighth house of intense emotions. There’s no time or room for inhibitions between January 26 and February 20, Leo—not with your inner seductress in charge. If your mojo fell into a slump, wake it up by shaking it up, literally! Take an erotic dance workshop or get your kundalini rising with some slow jams in your living room. Coupled Cats need more one-on-one time, so clear out those nonessential extracurriculars and draw the blinds!

Virgo (August 23-September 22) Venus in Pisces transit horoscope

The stakes get high in the game of love on January 26 as Venus, the planet of passion, invades your seventh house of commitment until February 20. Whether or not you’re ready to put a ring on it, you need to know where this thing is going during this Venus in Pisces transit. There are ways of finding out without having a direct conversation, so have some fun playing around! Single and jaded? Take a holiday from your dating apps and get out and mingle IRL. Resolve to make the first move at least half of the time.

Libra (September 23-October 22) Venus in Pisces transit horoscope

Healthy and sexy: Now THERE’S a combination you can get into, Libra! Get your glow on from the inside out beginning January 26 as your ruler, ethereal Venus, sails into Pisces and your wellness zone until February 20. But you don’t have to go the deprivation route during a Venus in Pisces transit. For your aesthetic sign to stick to a plan, it needs to appeal to all of your senses. Sweaty cardio workouts will work for some Libras, but for many of you, a sexy dance routine or inventive yoga class will be more your cup of chai. 

Scorpio (October 23-November 21) Venus in Pisces transit horoscope

Kick up your heels and grab your paintbrush. You and your crew will be brush-stroking the town burgundy starting in 3, 2, 1…Scorpio! Love planet Venus swishes into quixotic Pisces and your festive fifth house from January 26 until February 20, adding rocket fuel to your winter social plans. Let your inner style maven out to play! Carefully curate your closet and wear your heart (and your art) on your sleeve. Over these next four weeks, the planet of earthly passion is sure to sprinkle some extra spice on your love life.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) Venus in Pisces transit horoscope

Peel off that power suit and slip into your chicest athleisure. Your heart—and the rest of you—wants to hunker down in your home sweet home for the next four weeks as snuggly Venus lights up Pisces and your domestic sector from January 26 until February 20. Grab that sheepskin throw and dial up quality time at Fort Archer with your S.O., crew or Netflix queue. Don’t worry about disappointing your partying pals during a Venus in Pisces transit. They might actually be envious of your time on the sofa or whipping up goodies in the kitchen.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19) Venus in Pisces transit horoscope

Has your mojo been in slo-mo—or a no-show? Get back in the game, Cap, whether that means redoubling your dating efforts or paying more attention to your beloved bae. Love planet Venus struts into sensual Pisces and your expressive third house from January 26 until February 20, turning up the heat on your already impressive charisma. A little lighthearted flirting can be fun—IF it’s 100 percent innocent. (If not, you need to examine your motives here.) Single Capricorns could meet a worthy candidate through a mutual friend or at a cultural event. 

Aquarius (January 20-February 18) Venus in Pisces transit horoscope

Your wardrobe might get a dopamine-boosting upgrade over the next four weeks as lush and luxurious Venus cruises through your second house of money and values. It’s not like you’re going to become an Instagram shopping addict or anything, but chances are you WILL give in to temptation—on more than one occasion! There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself, Aquarius, especially if you’ve been living with a tightened belt for a while. Just ask during this Venus in Pisces transit: Does this bring me true happiness, or is it a ploy to impress someone?

Pisces (February 19-March 20) Venus in Pisces transit horoscope

Charming Venus sets up camp in your sign from January 26 until February 20, increasing the romance factor in your life AND encouraging you to stand up for yourself. The diplomatic planet helps you ask for what you need and establish healthy boundaries with overly needy people. Single? You’ll clearly see how many fish there are in the sea—yours for the catching (and releasing, if you so choose). Attached? Whatever you do together, infuse it with more affection. Your partner WILL feel the love!

Want more? Learn your Venus sign!

Venus directs your personal style, from your taste in clothes and decor to what you find visually appealing. Here’s where you’re creative, indulgent and romantic. You may have greater ease receiving gifts and support in the realms your Venus sign rules.

As the zodiac’s peacekeeping diplomat, Venus helps you negotiate compromises. Just beware the “nice disease” in the area of life your Venus placement rules. This conflict-averse planet can also make you a bit too quick to settle or accept peace at any price. You may need to strengthen your backbone a bit, so that you don’t wind up saying “maybe,” when you mean “no.”

Use our cosmic calculator below to discover what zodiac sign and house Venus was in when you were born. To accurately determine the house, you will need to know your birth time.

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What does your Venus sign mean?

Now you can read your Venus in Pisces transit horoscope in this article for your Sun sign and your Venus sign! This can give you a more tailored prediction for how you’ll experience the transit. For example if you’re an Aries but your Venus sign is Pisces, you can read both the Aries and the Pisces Venus in Aquarius transit horoscopes for a fuller picture.

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