Just six hours after the Full Moon in Gemini, Venus stations retrograde in Capricorn at 26°29’ (antisicion 3°31 Sagittarius), its retrograde period ends on the 28th January 2022 at 11°05’ Capricorn.

    Venus in Capricorn is “proper” as well as ambitious and perhaps even calculating. Now it’s time to re-address our Venus traits and those of the house in our chart where Venus is transiting and also those houses ruled by Venus.

    What might we expect during this retrograde period when Venus goes under-cover, so as to say?

    Venus retrograde could declare “war” in a subconscious way on our senses and attitudes to love or finances and on the old died-out values that we attach to these matters as well as our opinion of ourselves. The effects of the retrograde period in this sense are less obvious and immediate and usually emerge after the planet has once more turned direct.

    The houses involved in the retrograde transit will be more vulnerable and unprotected once the planet resumes forward motion since they are areas which we often leave unattended, prior to the retrograde period of the planet.

    A Venus retrograde period:

    exposes those areas of self that are normally concealed from view

    and are often the complete opposite of the behaviour we normally show and this in itself could undoubtedly cause emotional stress for us.

    Thus, the Venus retrograde period is an excellent time to contemplate those which are our deepest and most personal creative needs and if the flaws and faults enhanced, and so readily identified in others, are not really ours. A deep introspection into what makes us happy and what may be missing in order for us to be so could be in order.

    It’s also a good time to work on creative projects, heal old heartbreaks and/or take care of unfinished business in order to make room in life for the things that bring us joy.

    During this time old lovers may also resurface, physically and mentally! Before welcoming them back with open arms (if they do appear in their physical form) stop and think for a while, especially about the reasons why the story ended in the first place and what role you yourself may have had in this (consciously or not).

    New loves may also begin during this period. Again, use caution, keeping your eyes wide open because at the end of the retrograde period things may not be as they initially seemed…you may have been rationalising your romantic ideas too much or have been overthinking and overextending your financial possibilities and this is an excellent period to get a handle on your economic future especially by avoiding major financial expenditures which might have long-term repercussions once the retrograde is over.

    To gain a glimpse of what might occur on a personal level during this retrograde period, think back to eight years ago when Venus was retrograding in Capricorn over more or less the same degrees (Dec 2013/Jan 2014).

    What was happening in your life then?

    Particular to this long transit of Venus in Capricorn are the following aspects:

    Conjunct Pluto (direct 11 Dec 25°19’, retrograde 25 Dec 25°43’, direct 3 Mar 27°50’), on a personal level for those charts affected by this transit, falling madly in love and losing control could be one manifestation of this multiple transit, losing or gaining power over financial resources could be another. On a more global level it could involve huge gains or losses at financial level.

    Sextile Neptune (direct 30 Nov 20°24’, retrograde 5 Jan 20°45’, direct 24 Feb 22°14’), on a personal level for those charts affected by this transit, it’s a pleasant transit if you don’t load it with impossible and unrealisable dreams and fantasies, let’s say that everyone needs a day off every now and then! Globally we may hear of a work of art or a song or music that hits the headlines or brings back fond memories.

    Conjunct Mars (direct 16 Feb 16°53’), Venus in Capricorn is in her daytime triplicity, Mars is exalted in Capricorn. Sexually satisfying if nothing else. For others self-expression and creativity are also good outlets.

    The Sabian symbol for 27° Capricorn: “Pilgrims climbing the steep steps leading to a mountain shrine.” Indicating the ascent of the individualized consciousness to the highest realisations reached by the spiritual leaders of its culture.

    For the antiscion at 4° Sagittarius: “A little child learning to walk with the encouragement of his parents.” Indicating the natural assistance of superior powers during crises of growth.

    “The most overcrowded vessel is the one that sails on the golden sea of memories.” S. Stafford



    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 212, 246, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA


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