Venus retrograde is coming! Our last Venus retrograde came May-June 2020, entirely in air sign Gemini. This one hits us in earth sign Capricorn. What can we expect?
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The basics - What is Venus retrograde?
A planet is called retrograde when it appears to be moving backward from our view here on Earth. It's not actually moving backward, and only looks that way. Venus retrogrades roughly every 1 1/2 years for about 1 1/2 months. Mercury retrogrades most often (3-4 times each year for about 3 weeks at a time) while Neptune and Pluto are retrograde for almost as much time as they're not (so much more subtle).
Venus is a personal planet (with the Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars), and personal planets have energy we feel more personally. This makes Venus retrograde important! Venus rules love and money, so you can get your heart broken and go bankrupt on the same day during Venus retrograde (LOL! that'd be a terrible one though!). We tend to be much lazier, more stubborn and selfish, indulgent and immovable during Venus retrograde.
Venus Retrograde in Capricorn 2021 Dates:
Venus Retrograde in Capricorn Effects:
Here comes Venus retrograde! So this Venus retrograde occurs entirely in earth sign Capricorn, which is a practical, ambitious, responsible sign. Venus in Capricorn is usually traditional when it comes to love and relationships, so we may experience some struggles with this, and want to make changes that aren't possible at the moment, or act impulsively and pay the price. Any bad acts and recklessness in your relationships can come out, and you experience the consequences now.
As Capricorn is ruled by restrictive Saturn, if you're in an unhappy relationship or partnership, that can feel much, much worse as you feel way more restricted and limited. The reason for this is to get you to take some positive action. Work on the problems, and try to improve the connection, or find a way to walk away if that's the only option left.
Venus retrograde likes to bring people back from the past, and in Capricorn, this may be old mentors, old bosses, and old authority figures.
With Capricorn ruling career and goals, and Venus ruling money, this may also be a time when you can focus on old professional focuses and try to make them more financially beneficial, or focus on old financial goals and projects and work on better long-term plans for them now.
In general, we may feel less responsible and more reckless with others, or the reverse, we feel way too responsible and kind of overwhelmed by the pressure. What do we need? Middle ground! (Venus does rule that)
With Venus retrograde, it's often important we make plans to take it easy throughout the retrograde. Venus likes to chill, and we can feel way more indulgent and lazier. If you don't have to push, you may not care to. And that's okay (there's a season for everything!).
This retrograde also starts at 26 degrees Capricorn, which is a critical degree. So as it begins (plus with that conjunction to Pluto mentioned in a sec), energy is super crazy high at the onset, and we have to be mindful of how we're using it. It would be best if we have this planned out before the retrograde starts.
Venus Retrograde in Capricorn 2021 Aspects:
Venus makes 4 major aspects while retrograde. They are:
- Venus conjunct Pluto | December 25th @ 25 degrees: This is the strongest aspect Venus retrograde makes, and it starts conjunct Pluto, so it really dominates mid-December. Pluto is passion and intensity and depths and darkness, and we can get way more obsessed with our relationships and partnerships and the people in our lives. In an unhealthy way? Depends on what it's doing for you! Passionate energy runs suuuuper high at the start of this retrograde, so we definitely need to have a positive, productive outlet for it. Otherwise, we run into trouble, and may find ourselves in lots of fights over power and control.
- Venus conjunct Mercury | December 29th 2021 @ 24 degrees: Mercury brings mental focus, and we can come up with ideas and plans for what we need to be doing. We can come up with different ways of communicating and expressing ourselves, and we may keep busy.
- Venus conjunct the Sun | January 18th 2022 @ 18 degrees: This happens during each Venus retrograde, and the Sun shines a light, so this brings extra focus and attention to whatever is happening with Venus retrograde at the time. We may have an easier time seeing how to deal with matters and find resolutions more easily.
- Venus sextile Neptune | January 5th 2022 @ 20 degrees: This helps us to be more compassionate and understanding with others, and creative outlets can be super helpful. We can be imaginative and want to see the good.
Venus retrograde also ends trine transit Uranus in Taurus, and Uranus retrograde ends January 18th trine Venus, but it's not exact. We feel it essentially mid-January to mid-February 2022. Uranus is the planet of change, so we may focus on ways we can make changes in our relationships, partnerships, connections, and dealings with others. Since this is a beneficial aspect, we're less inclined to do this impulsively and negatively, and instead focus on doing this the right way. Perhaps the wonky energy at the start of Venus retrograde thanks to Pluto makes us realize we need to make some changes, and we work on doing this the right way coming out of the retrograde.
Also, Venus will conjunct White Moon Selena on December 30th 2021 at 23 degrees Capricorn. This is actually very nice energy since White Moon Selena is a protector who lights the way for us, and we may feel like we're on better footing and getting back to the right path at this time. It doesn't feel like we're veer off track as much during this retrograde as we normally might.
The Moons of Venus Retrograde:
The Moon is in the same as the Venus retrograde, Capricorn, twice. The first is January 1st (6:02PM ET/3:02PM PT) to January 3rd (5:44PM ET/2:44PM PT), and during that time, on January 2nd 2022, a new moon occurs in Capricorn, and it's not conjunct (aligned with) Venus, but it still may shine a light on any Venus retrograde issues we're dealing with at the time, and may be good energy for second chances and do-overs.
The Moon is in Capricorn again for the end of Venus retrograde, starting January 29th (4:09AM ET/1:09AM PT) to January 31st (4:42AM ET/1:42AM PT). As we're coming out of Venus retrograde, we can give a lot of attention to this ending, and we can think about what we need to work on to get back on track and stay going in the right direction.
Venus naturally rules Taurus and Libra, so when the Moon is in Taurus or Libra, this can make us resonate more with the Venus energy, and we can work on connecting better, relationship issues, getting grounded, and moving forward. Taurus can focus more on movement, stubbornness, sluggishness, and grounding while Libra can focus more on connecting, relationships, and balance. The Moon is in Taurus or Libra on:
December 26th (11:23AM ET/8:23AM PT) - 28th 2021 (4:16PM ET/1:16PM PT) - Libra
January 10th (9:27AM ET/6:47AM PT) - 12th 2022 (10:08PM ET/7:08PM PT) - Taurus
January 22nd (5:03PM ET/2:03PM PT) - 24th 2022 (10:56PM ET/7:56PM PT) - Libra
The retrograde begins at 26 degrees Capricorn, so those of you Capricorn Suns born January 14th - 18th can feel the start of the retrograde most. The retrograde ends at 11 degrees Capricorn, so those of you Capricorn Suns born December 30th - January 3rd can feel the end of the retrograde most.
For the rest of you, check the house(s) Venus will be retrograding in of your own natal chart, and any aspects Venus will make during its retrograde to your natal planets, to fully understand how it will impact you personally.
If you have Venus retrograde in your natal or progressed chart, you may not feel the worst of this. Those individuals generally don't experience the difficulties of the retrograde because it feels more natural to them. Of course, chances are everyone else around them doesn't have the same aspect, so they can still experience difficulties brought on by others. If it's in your natal chart, check out this article about Venus retrograde in the natal chart.
Suggested Reading: Mercury, Venus, and Mars Retrogrades page for general interpretations of Venus retrograde in the houses and aspects