When Venus returns to Libra each year it is both a chance to enjoy the full impact of the planet of love and to update your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for the coming year. Venus will return to Libra either during, before or after your birthday month but always at the same time of year, making her an integral part in the launch of any new solar year. Last year, held back by a retrograde phase Venus didn't return to Libra until November, so after your birthday month was over and with little chance to impact the launch of your new solar year. This year Venus is leaving nothing to chance and while your birthday month and new solar year doesn't begin until 23rd September, the planet of love is already in Libra. Venus returned on 16th August and since then has not only been working to update your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for a new solar year that hasn't even begun yet but has interacted with planets that over the course of the coming year, can help turn those desires into reality. Venus has returned to find Saturn in your romantic sector for the first time in three decades, Jupiter for the first time in over a decade and with both here at the same time in six decades. Venus has already returned to find the dwarf planet Eris and Chiron, the planet of healing in your relationship sector as they have been for years now. This gives you the confidence to not only listen to your heart but to trust that the desires and expectations you set for this new solar year have a good chance of turning into reality. Venus will leave on 11th September, 12 days before your birthday month and new solar year even begins. Meanwhile, Mercury's return to Libra in the closing days of August brings the planet of communication into the nmix, something that will benefit your relationships. A retrograde turn on 27th September will keep Mercury here until November.