Venus opposite Mars Retrograde
Your receptive, diplomatic side is arguing with your assertive, upfront side. The result can be either a battle of wills between Yin and Yang (within yourself or with others), or a new creative dynamic that brings both into a new balance. This could manifest in the form of relationship issues, financial struggles, or arguments about control. Or, you might feel it is time to take action with plans that have been percolating for a while, especially related to beauty, love, relationships, money, spending and negotiation. If you're usually more comfortable with Yin energy (receptive, diplomatic, beauty oriented), you might feel unusually sensitive to aggressive or forceful energy from others. At worst, you might feel backed into a corner or even bullied by someone who comes across as angry, pushy or (over)enthusiastic. If you're more at home with Yang energy (assertive, action-oriented, direct), you may feel pressured or manipulated to tone down your energy level to make it more socially acceptable. Either way, this is about finding a new cooperative balance that works for both sides, through compromise, negotiation and conflict resolution.
Planetary Quirks: Venus and Mars oppose each other about every 2-3 years, although Mars is almost always retrograde. When they are both direct and opposite, these aspects are spaced anywhere from 6 and 32 years apart. And even more curious: between 1700 and 2200, there is only ONE instance when both Venus and Mars were retrograde when they opposed each other: July 24, 1860. In all other instances when they are opposite, Mars is retrograde and Venus is direct.
In this case, both Venus and Mars are direct. Considering that Venus and Mars oppose each other about every 2-3 years, this is very rare! In the 20th and 21st centuries, it happens in these years: 1911, 1924, 1956, 1969, 1988, 2018, 2037, 2050, 2082 and 2095. This is a time when not only your Mars energy needs to be adjusted, but Venus too. Venus (as your receptive, pleasure-oriented, peace-seeking side) and Mars (your forceful, assertive, proactive side) may be reacting to each other in ways that result in them becoming tangled up inside of you, and therefore how you interact with the world can become tangled up as well. One side might be too loud and the other too soft, or they might both be yelling at each other trying to win the battle of whose agenda and priorities will dominate. If you're caught in the middle of a war between Venus and Mars right now, it's probably a good idea to dialogue with those parts of yourself and find out what they each want and what they're each afraid will happen if they drop the fight. This can defuse some of the reflexive reactions that keep them polarized, so that you can see what's happening more clearly.