The year is almost over, but that doesn’t mean the planets don’t have some last-minute tricks up their sleeve. On December 19, Venus retrograde will kick-off for the first time since Spring 2020, forcing us to get real about our relationships and reassess the things we enjoy for six long weeks.
This backspin, which lasts until January 29, is kind of a cosmic toll on your love life and finances, and being aware of how Venus retrograde will affect your zodiac sign can help you prepare.
Venus is associated with love and romance in astrology, but it also rules over the realms of money, beauty, and our values in general, so this retrograde will cause us to make reassessments and course corrections in all of these areas.
Repressed issues in relationships might surface, or we might seek closure on a past heartbreak. Because retrogrades can cause confusion, be careful before embarking on a new romance, drastically altering your appearance, or making big-money moves during this time.
Look out for your exes as well, as Venus retrogrades are known to bring past lovers. This Venus retrograde takes place in Capricorn. Capricorn is a pragmatic earth sign, so this energy is all about getting right to the point and giving it to you straight.
With Venus here for an extended stay, we will think about our relationships in a much more practical way and focus on the return on our investments, such as how we can bring more stability, longevity, and value to our commitments.
We might also find that we are digging beneath the surface of our desires, as Venus will align three times with transformational Pluto during this retrograde cycle, exposing the secret underbelly of our relationships and the power dynamics at play. Read on to find out how this retrograde will affect your zodiac sign:
You’ll reassess your values when it comes to work, and past conversations about your pay rate might come back around for review as well, so be prepared to talk about your worth.
Does love always seem like an adventure or have your relationships gotten a little too ordinary?
A long-lost love can resurface and grab your attention, forcing you to go beyond your usual limits to explore the vast world that lies beyond your daily routine. There is plenty of fish in the sea, so don’t get trapped in a tiny corner of the ocean.
It’s time to take a look at who and what gets most of your energy, and assess whether these really are relationships, investments, or efforts that you would like to devote your precious time and resources to.
By the end of the backspin, you will know what you want to say yes to and what you prefer to cut ties with.
It’s time to give your relationships a serious boost, Cancer. During this Venus retrograde, you are diving into every nook and cranny of your one-on-one partnerships and cleaning out the grime that has built up over time.
If there are any resentments or old skeletons hiding in the closet, they might break free, so be prepared to talk about your issues and be aware of the dynamics of your love life.
Use this retrograde as an excuse to slow down and enjoy the little things. Love, lust, and luxury don’t need to be reserved for special occasions, especially for a glamorous sign like you!
There is no reason to feel guilty about romantic evenings or indulgent beauty treatments. Look at your life with fresh eyes and find simple yet meaningful ways to add value to your daily routine, seven days a week.
You may find that your tastes change or that you are interested in a different dating ‘type’, passions change over time, and that’s a good thing!
Dig through the emotional archives of your past exploits or reconnect with an ex to help you understand what romantic qualities really kindle your fire and make the chase worth pursuing.
Venus is your governing planet, Libra, so its retrograde can also make you want to slow down and hibernate. Use this period of soul-searching to connect with the things that make you feel safe, stable, and emotionally secure in relationships.
You seek to devote your energy to comfortable engagements rather than uncontrollable adventures, so be clear about what your dealbreakers are and decide who you want to allow in your sacred inner world.
You might find yourself rekindling a flirtation with an old Tinder match that fell off your radar or even reconnecting with an ex who is seeking closure.
While you may wish not to make any serious commitments, look for lots of honest conversations about your romantic values and see where they take you.
Spend some time getting in touch with your self-worth and getting clear on what relationships and investments really matter to you.
If something feels like a drain or a strain, it’s time to take a step back and envision how you might be better off without it.
Your style and self-esteem are evolving, so now is a great time to go through your closet and take a look at your wardrobe with fresh eyes.
Does it feel true to you and does it project to the world what you want them to see? Now review your relationships and financial obligations and ask yourself the same questions.
Whether it’s your job, your partner, or the sweater on your back, you need to surround yourself with an energy that reflects who you are and who you want to be.
This retrograde asks you to consider what brings spiritual value to your life and your partnerships.
You may find that time spent alone is more important to you because it can offer some perspective on relationships, so take this opportunity to be introspective and explore the fears and fantasies that bubble up to the surface of your consciousness.
You may find that the dynamics of your social life change and you reassess whether your current group of friends still feels aligned with who you are.
Don’t be afraid to float downstream and explore other people, places, and situations that give you a sense of belonging.