Venus retrograde begins December 19th, 2021. However, we are already in the shadow period, which occurs a few weeks before and after. This retrograde will take us into the year 2022, and last until February, with the post-shadow period ending in March.
Venus is the most significant planet we experience in retrograde. As Venus continues her course forward, the illusion in the sky shows her moving backwards. During this time we may feel that we are not making any progress — in reality we are clearing those blockages in preparation for major breakthroughs.
What to expect…
- Possible return of old flames — in your waking life, or your thoughts, or vivid dreams.
- Deep reflection on past relationships (romantic or platonic), reassessment, revelations.
- Taking time apart from your loved ones, spending more time alone
- Financial issues and restrictions, the need to cut back on luxuries and indulgences
- Buried feelings come to the surface such as guilt, regrets, urges, resentment, excitement, etc.
Who will feel it the most?
Signs Taurus and Libra, who are ruled by Venus, will feel this retrograde most strongly — some may feel “personally attacked” by some of the negative affects. Many will have life-changing events
Also, Capricorns will feel this retrograde very strongly, as this one takes place in the sign of Capricorn.
Those with Venus retrograde in their natal chart may experience more positive affects during this time — this period is crucial for healing your childhood wounds and past life karma. You will feel more “natural” and “in your element.”
Best advice for Venus retrograde — allow yourself to think, and to feel any emotions that arise. For singles, this may not be the best time to start a relationship or meet someone new. If an old flame returns, do not push them away — ask what they can teach you. Understand that this reemergence may only be temporary, here to help you grow and learn. For couples, this is a great time to be open and honest with one another about your needs and expectations for the relationship. This may not be the right time to take action steps forward in your relationship — rather, deeply reflect upon what you desire in your relationship. You do not need to put your life on pause during retrogrades — just avoid impulsiveness and think decisions through.
Venus in the sign of Capricorn
Venus retrograde takes place in the sign of Capricorn, meaning that there will be a greater emphasis on your job, career path, and finances. Many will find themselves switching careers or education. For example, you could decide to finally pursue that degree you have been putting off for the past few years. Or, you could be embarking on a business venture that you previously told yourself was too unrealistic. Your dreams meet practicality. Another example, you could sell or donate all your belongings in order to create a new style or new wardrobe for yourself.
In terms of romance, Venus retrograde in Capricorn seeks grounding and security. Collectively, we are craving reliable commitment over novelty and thrills. We desire someone who makes us feel safe — possibly when it comes to having enough money. We look for someone we can attach ourselves to, someone who is logical and rational, someone who we can count on.