Venus is now retrograde, not direct.
Next Venus Retrograde period: December 21st, 2013 to January 31st, 2014
From 29 to 14 degrees Capricorn
Venus, goddess of Love and Beauty, goes retrograde in our skies about every year and a half. When she does, she takes us into a six-week journey into the past to uncover what may be the hidden or forgotten places in our relationships. Each time Venus goes retrograde I write a post or series of posts about it.
What Is Venus Retrograde?
When Venus goes retrograde, she takes our hand and pulls us into the darkness of our relationships. A retrograde period of any planet is a retrospective of that planet’s themes. It is like going into the deep, dark cave of oneself in whatever area of life is covered by the planet that is retrograde. It is a time of moving backward, perhaps of going back to pick up pieces lost in the past. It is a retrieval, a turning inward, perhaps a letting-go. Since Venus’ domain is relationships, this turning inward happens in that domain.
How Long Will It Last?
This year Venus does her retrograde journey in the sign of Capricorn, from December 21, 2013 to January 31, 2014. This may bring up relationship issues which do not fully resolve until Venus has again turned direct (on January 31) and passed the degree of Capricorn where she turned retrograde, which will happen on March 5. On that day she will be done retracing old relationship ground and her mission to teach us about relationships will be over for the year. Venus will be retrograde in 13 to 28 degrees of Capricorn, so if you have anything at all in your chart between 13 and 28 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Libra or Aries, this will likely affect you.
The grand cycle of Venus (of which the retrograde period is only a portion) is marked by two days of epiphany, when Venus conjuncts the Sun. The first, and greater one, I call Relationship Rapture Day. It happens when Venus conjuncts the Sun while moving forward (direct). That always happens months before the Venus retrograde period to come and it’s a time when relationships are moving forward swiftly and smoothly. The last Relationship Rapture Day was on March 28, 2013, at 8 degrees of Aries.
The other epiphany occurs while Venus is retrograde, on the day it conjuncts the Sun. I call this Relationship Clarity Day, because if Venus retrograde has been putting your relationship through the wringer, clarity is likely to come on this day, leading to a deeper intimacy and authenticity in your relationship. The current cycle’s Relationship Clarity Day is January 11, 2014, at 21 degrees of Capricorn.
Venus Retrograde in Capricorn:
Because this year’s Venus retrograde period is in Earthy, Cardinal Capricorn, I’ve chosen to examine the theme Love vs. Gold. Over the upcoming weeks, watch for my posts using mythological tales to explore ideas about love, money and values.
When has this happened before?
In past years, I have written post-threads during Venus Retrograde periods. In these threads I have drawn from mythology to show the unfolding of this journey as it happens. These are among my best-loved posts of all time, so I’m giving new readers access to them, even after Venus moves on:
Venus Retrograde period of March and April 2009:
Descent into Love’s Darkness
All about Inanna’s descent into the underworld to reclaim her dead love.
Venus Retrograde period of October and November 2010:
The Tale of Eros and Psyche, or How The Soul Got Her Wings
The classic tale of love lost and refound.
And this single-page post from the Venus Retrograde period of May and June 2012:
Blossom or Honeybee? Venus Retrograde 2012
Anna and the King of Siam argue about fidelity.