This Year’s Venus Retrograde

Venus is retrograde (moving backwards), not direct (moving forwards)
Current Venus Retrograde period:
December 19, 2021 to January 29, 2022
From 26º to 11º Capricorn.
The next one will begin in July of 2023.

Understanding the Venus cycle can help you in all of your relationships,
from romantic to business to family.
Venus is the Lover and Mediator in you.
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Venus Retrograde

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. At the bottom of this page you can find posts from past years.

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’s like going into the deep, dark cave of oneself in whatever area of life is covered by the planet that is retrograde.  It will be a time of moving backward, perhaps of going back to pick up pieces lost in the past.  It is thus a retrieval, a turning inward, perhaps a letting-go.  Since Venus’ domain is relationships, this turning inward happens in that domain.

All humans want love, but how much of yourself are you willing to sacrifice to get it? And how long are you willing to stay in a relationship where you’re not loved in the ways that matter to you? How long can you tolerate not being valued or being taken for granted? And here’s another question: would you rather love or be loved–and does your relationship force you to choose rather than allowing you to have both? This transit can bring these issues to your attention. It’s super-uncomfortable, but in the end you can find tremendous clarity on your genuine relationship needs and on whether they are being fulfilled. And on how to go about doing that.

How Long Does It Last?

The Venus retrograde period usually lasts about six weeks.

The Current Venus Retrograde Period:

In 2021, Venus went retrograde at 26º of Capricorn on December 19 and will travel backwards to 11º Capricorn, finishing on January 29, 2022. This brings up relationship issues which will not fully resolve until Venus again turns direct and also passes the degree of Capricorn where she turned retrograde, which happened on March 1, 2022. On this day she is done retracing old relationship ground and her mission to teach us about relationships was over for the year. Venus is traveling retrograde from 26º to 11º of Capricorn, so if you have anything at all in your chart between 11 and 26º of Capricorn, you will likely feel this transit strongly. And if you have anything in your chart in the same degree span of the other Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer or Libra), you will also feel this.

The Venus Cycle and Its Milestones

The grand cycle of Venus begins and ends with a day of “Ah-ha!” or epiphany. This happens when Venus conjuncts the Sun while moving forward swiftly and it brings an “Ah-ha!” in our relationships and helps them progress at speed. There are two of them and they act like bookends, forming the beginning and ending of a Venus cycle. I call these Relationship Rapture Days and you can see on the diagram below that the present cycle began with one on March 26, 2021 at 6º Aries and finishes with one on October 22, 2022 at 29º Libra.

There is another kind of epiphany during the Venus cycle—it occurs while Venus is retrograde, on the day she conjuncts the Sun. I call this Relationship Clarity Day, because if your relationship has been going through the wringer, clarity is likely to come on this day. This can lead to a deeper intimacy and authenticity in your relationship. Alternatively, it can also bring the clarity that leads to a breakup or a discussion of irreconcilable differences pointing to a likely breakup. The current cycle’s Relationship Clarity Day is on January 8, 2022, at 18º Capricorn.

And there is a third, very important point in this cycle and that’s the day when Venus once again returns to the place where it first went retrograde (26º Capricorn), this time to pass through and onward. I call this Relationship Resolution Day and it happens on March 1, 2022. On this day the cycle’s themes resolve and complete.

This Years Venus Retrograde diagram

Venus Retrograde in Capricorn:

2022’s Venus retrograde period falls in the Cardinal Earth sign of Capricorn, which introduces themes of reputation, society, and integrity. A Venus retrograde period is a time to reexamine love in your life: how do you get it, how do you give it, what kind of love matters most to you and what is your type to fall in love with. The Capricorn placement means we ask ourselves, “Does my relationship harmonize with my goals in life? Does it support my social standing? Is it practical and mature? Can my partner provide for me (and vice versa) and is it fair and balanced? Am I behaving with integrity towards my partner (and vice versa)?” Getting better at fulfilling your own life purpose and in supportive tandem with your partner is a great way to use this natural reexamination period to your benefit.

This Venus Retrograde coincided with Juno Direct, and also in Capricorn:

Because 2022’s Venus retrograde period coincides with a Juno (recently) direct period, the pressure to both reexamine and rush into commitment with our relationships is very strong throughout the winter of 2022. After Juno’s retrograde from April 13, 2021 to August 2, 2021, where she traveled from 24º to 8º of Fire sign Sagittarius, she is now full speed ahead in serious, official Capricorn until February 1, 2022. The contradiction between the urge for calculating discernment and the desire to take our relationships to the next level of seriousness make this a potentially good time for deepening commitment, but not necessarily for starting something new. More about this in our blogpost and videos about it:

Venus Retrograde in Capricorn: Taking Relationship Seriously

See Pandora Astrology’s Juno page for more.

Does this affect you?

There’s no doubt you will feel a Venus transit in the area of life corresponding with the house Venus is retrograding through in your chart. That’s something you can find out about in a reading. There’s also no doubt that if your Sun is in a degree along Venus’ retrograde path, you would feel it too. Here are the birthdates (in any year at all) that are affected by 2022’s Venus retrograde:
January 1 to 16
March 31 to 15
July 2 to 19
October 4 to 20

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:

The Venus Retrograde period of May to June 2020:
Love in the Time of Coronavirus
What happens when the two relationship goddesses go retrograde together?

Venus Retrograde in Scorpio and Libra (October to November 2018):
Pretty Woman
How does a “pretty woman” become a gracious lady?

Venus Retrograde in Virgo and Leo (July to August 2015):
Rapunzel, A Tale of Adolescent Awakening
Feminine power and creativity escapes from her isolated tower. 

And this single-page post about Venus Retrograde in Gemini (May and June 2012):
Blossom or Honeybee? Venus Retrograde 2012
Anna and the King of Siam argue about fidelity.

Venus Retrograde in Scorpio and Libra (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.

Venus Retrograde in Aries and Pisces (March and April 2009):
Descent into Love’s Darkness
All about Inanna’s descent into the underworld to reclaim her dead love.

If you are feeling a current Juno Retrograde period
and you want to understand its effect on your relationships
request a reading on Jamie’s services page.