Venus Retrograde

Have you looked to the west in the evening and seen Venus shining bright and beautiful? She’s at her brightest and most brilliant because she has wandered as far as she can from the Sun and is no longer outshone by our closest star.

All good things must come to an end and from 19 Dec 2021, Venus will begin to make her way back towards the Sun. She will appear to travel backwards in the sky; what we astrologers call retrograde motion.

Unlike the retrograde cycles of the outer planets, Venus retrograde only happens every 18 months, meaning this is something of a rare opportunity.

Venus is about harmony. She brings things together through the principle of attraction. Like attracts like.

When a planet is retrograde, it’s time to change your approach to the themes of that planet.

Retrogrades have taken on some notoriety in pop astrology in recent years, but there is absolutely no need to dread the next few weeks.

Retrogrades are reflective. It’s a time to do things differently.

Venus retrograde is a wonderful time to withdraw from your relationships a little to check in with yourself about how you relate, before throwing yourself back into the fray of human connection.

It’s also the perfect time to experiment with your personal and artistic aesthetics, and rediscover old pleasures.

Venus in Capricorn

Venus isn’t naturally and obviously at home in Capricorn. She has some dignity here by triplicity and term but a Saturn-ruled sign isn’t really as luxurious and social as the Goddess of Love prefers.

In the Saturn-ruled sign of Capricorn Venus values longevity and reliability. This is especially true of relationships but also fashion choices.

Aesthetically, Venus in Capricorn gravitates towards classic, conservative style. She’s not one for following seasonal trends. Think black, well-tailored, quality brands. It’s not cheap and it’s rarely cheerful.

Venus in Capricorn means business – and success in business often depends on the quality of your social connections.

Venus is interested in interpersonal connections of all kinds – friendships, business, familial or political. Venus is interested in them all!

Capricorn emphasises the reliability and endurance of these connections. Like fast fashion, this Venus shuns fly-by-night casual acquaintances – unless, of course, there’s a utilitarian reason.

Venus looks to Saturn and Saturn is currently travelling through cool and idealistic Aquarius. There’s no swooning here.

Venus also speaks to our values, particularly when travelling through an Earth sign, which is naturally associated with the material realm.

Not necessarily financial value; it’s more about what we value in relationships, what we consider to be beautiful. Although you can probably see how ascribing a dollar value to craftsmanship, rarity, social approval begins to muddy those romantic Venusian waters.

Venus Retrograde in Capricorn

This Venus retrograde in Capricorn could see a lot of uncommon good sense and social propriety thrown on its head.

It’s a bit of a thing after a pandemic that people go a bit wild (not that ‘after’ seems to have come yet). After the Spanish flu (accompanied by the end of a world war), we had the Roaring 20s.

Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces are certainly likely to encourage that magical sense of hedonism and hope.

Venus retrograde will reveal how socially awkward we have become after long periods of lockdown, isolation, quarantine, masks, and social distancing.

Personally, I’d love to see a revival of ‘agreeing to disagree’.

Venus asks: How do we get back to the serious business of pleasure?

The last time Venus was retrograde in Capricorn was 8 years ago, in December 2013 to January 2014. It’s useful to think back to what happened in that period of your life as there may be resonance between that period and now.

Venus Retrograde Timeline

Venus’ retrograde cycle begins conjunct Pluto in Capricorn which suggests intensity, obsession, a simultaneous attraction/repulsion to wealth and power, with the potential for betrayal. It’s not an easy transit as Venus must also negotiate with traditionally malefic planets, Saturn and Mars. Venus is under pressure and morphing from lump of coal to diamond.

5 Nov              Venus into Capricorn

12 Dec             Venus meets Pluto (1st of 3)        26 Cap

19 Dec             Venus retrograde begins          27 Cap

25 Dec             Venus meets Pluto (2nd of 3)       26 Cap

29 Jan              Venus retrograde ends          11 Cap

17 Feb             Venus meets Mars                       17 Cap

4 Mar               Venus meets Pluto (3rd of 3)       28 Cap

6 Mar               Venus meets Mars                       00 Aqu

29 Mar             Venus meets Saturn                     22 Aqu

6 April             Venus into Pisces

Venus Retrograde in Capricorn Horoscopes


Venus retrograde the 10th house relates to career ambition, your reputation and any recognition that you’ll receive – which is likely to be modest and incremental in Saturn-ruled Capricorn. Rome wasn’t built in a day as they say and Venus retrograde could have you questioning your colleagues and your professional values. Do you align with the corporate mission statement? If there’s misalignment, are you OK with faking it? An appealing workplace opportunity could come your way, but it’s one worth waiting for. A retrograde planet never takes the most direct route, so you’ll have to act counter to your usual straight-forward Arian ways to get what you want – that pay rise maybe? Patience is everything. Behave yourself at the Xmas party.


Venus retrograde is happening in the ninth house which relates to travel higher learning and spirituality and travel. Remember that? Holidays, work trips, gathering with far-flung family. Of course, all that has been curtailed by the pandemic and few of us have had access to these opportunities. Venus retrograde will help you re-evaluate how you see yourself in the context of this wider world. You might dare to plan a holiday or enrol in a course that aligns with your fresh new direction. Retrogrades being retrograde, expect delays and hiccups and, because it’s happening in Capricorn, a huge amount of bureaucratic red tape. Tap into your renowned Taurean patience and recommit to your meditation practice.


Venus is retrograde in your eighth house which relates to death, taxes, other people’s money, taboos and intimacy. Sounds like fun, right? You usually take a very pragmatic approach to such matters but Venus Rx brings an extra level of indecision and emotionality. Wavering desire complicates your situation and muddles your intellect. Your investments and financial plans could cop a flogging in a heavily regulated environment, so review everything carefully – especially if you are setting things up for the long-term (ie retirement planning). Be slow, methodical, and conservative. For some of you, this means the tax office knows about your crypto and they’ll send you a very persuasive letter.


Venus retrograde in the seventh house which is your relationship sector. It’s not just about romance though; its partners of all kinds, anyone you’ve got a one-on-one relationship with. It could be a business partner, your spouse or significant other but also any exes or enemies. One thing that retrograde Venus is notorious for is exes popping their little heads up again so be aware, steel yourself, and set firm boundaries. For most Cancerians this will play out in your most long-term committed partnership and signals the need for a softening and renegotiation of harsh demarcation lines. A lot of what goes on in intimate relationships would not be tolerated in a friendship. It’s time to be friends with your lover; honour them as equal.


Venus retrograde in the sixth house is about daily duties routine and responsibilities. It also covers illness. Sounds boring, eh? Au contraire. If you don’t brush your teeth, you can’t can’t charm people with your 1000-watt smile. Think of your daily duties in terms of their long-term benefits. It’s actually a really great time for you to get a dental check up. Venus has a sweet tooth and she’s retrograde in a Saturn-ruled sign and Saturn rules teeth and bones. Working relationships are also in the spotlight. Do you love what you do? Do you feel you’re making a difference? The 6th house doesn’t offer trophies or awards but if you feel you’re serving others you might just extract enough satisfaction to keep at it another day.


Venus retrograde is happening in your fifth house of fun. This sector of the chart rules pleasure, recreation, procreation, kids, and creativity so all these topics are going to be reviewed during Venus’ retrograde journey. Old or forgotten pleasures may make a comeback into your life. For example, if you enjoyed gardening with your grandparents as a child, you may share your green thumb with the children in your life. Capricorn is a serious sign so you’ll see the serious side of whatever pleasures call back to you; a tangible outcome and long-term benefits are also highly desirable. You might question your ongoing involvement in a sport or recreational activity that you’re now “too old for”. Don’t list your gear on Gumtree just until after Venus retrograde ends. Likewise don’t buy a pile of expensive accessories for your latest fad. It might not hold your attention as long you think it will.


Venus retrograde puts your attention fairly and squarely in the fourth House, at the bottom of your chart. You’re re-evaluating your identity from the roots up. This area of the chart relates to your private realm, the time you spend at home, with your family. It also relates to real estate so you could be considering a move or renovation. Be a little less rigid with your family routines and relationships; look at an ongoing situation in a new way and find alternate avenues of resolution. Maybe something you’ve tried in the past will work now. Venus Rx also presents an opportunity to bring peace to old grudges so patching up a family rift is possible (though challenging).


Venus retrograde in your third house means a re-evaluation of communications, your learning style, how you think and how you travel in your local area. Relationships with neighbors and siblings are the key interpersonal connections up for review and renegotiation. There’s an internal process of examining where and how your creative concepts are made and remade. You’ll pull your ideas apart and put them back together again until you feel pleased with the results. Just when you think you’ve finished the thought or smoothed over that peer relationship ripple, it’s time to rediscover and rework it again. Your words could lack their usual flow and social appropriateness, which makes it that much easier to cause offence. This is a really bad time to gossip or trash talk in the comments section.


Venus retrograde in your second house of income and assets isn’t the best for buying and selling. While you might find a secondhand bargain, the flip side is undervaluing something you are selling – and vice versa. Value is distorted. Cash flow could be stopped upstream creating temporary financial difficulties. Whatever you value is under review. Venus retrograde invites you to look at value through a less conventional lens. Practicality is more important than usual and you could come out of this transit with a lot of utilitarian clothing. Be particularly cautious about entering into a new financial partnership. If you’ve just met somebody who seems wonderful and then hit you up for a loan or you feel like you need to buy them expensive gifts, that’s a red flag. If you still want to shower them in diamonds in March, go for it.


Venus retrograde is in your own sign, which means it’s all about you. The first house is your window to the world; it’s where you see out and where other people see in. It also relates to your body and your physicality so this is a good time to play around with your looks and presentation. Try a different way of wearing your hair or adding some colour to your wardrobe (good news: everything goes with black). The key word there is ‘try’. Don’t get the teardrop tattoo on your face. Don’t book yourself in for plastic surgery. Exploring alternate ways of relating to your self, your physicality has a flow-on effect to your relationships too. When a planet is retrograde, it’s examines itself, so this period is fertile for self-exploration and assessing your self esteem. Do you love and value yourself?


The twelfth house is the most secretive place of anybody’s chart; it’s so secret even you don’t know what’s going on in there! Retrograde Venus is on the case delving deeply into your unconscious or subconscious and she may uncover intriguing insights into collective experience and how you have been shaped by the relationships around you. This sector of the chart is also a place of retreat and isolation so you may experience a sense of loneliness and feel like you are misunderstood. Pull back from the wider world and stop sabotaging yourself by putting everyone else before you. This kind of self reflection can seem self indulgent in a society that prioritises productivity but if you can’t do it during Venus Rx, when can you? There will be plenty more rhetorical questions to amuse you.


Venus will be retrograde in your house of friends and group affiliations, which spotlights friendships and the values that underpin them. This sector of the chart also relates to your hopes and dreams so those are also up for re-evaluation. Do you still want what you’re working towards? The 11th house is the luckiest house of the chart, so this transit should ultimately bring a positive realignment of your social life. While this realignment is underway, those friendships could feel awkward. Don’t dial up the drama and feel rejected; remember your friends are having their own Venus retrograde transits too. Be understanding and accept if people are a little less reliable than you’d like them to be. This also gives you some extra wiggle room with your own social commitments.