Venus Retrograde in Capricorn ~ December 19th until January 29th

Venus Goes Retrograde in Capricorn on December 19, 2021 until January 29th, 2022

by Andrea Dupuis

This month Venus, the planet of love, goes Retrograde in the sign of Capricorn for just over a month. Venus is also the planet that rules women and the feminine in our consciousness. 

Venus is connected to the Maiden Archetype. During a retrograde we may revisit themes from our teenage years. Retrogrades urge us to review our past and tend to anything that needs a deeper look, whether it be patterns, relationships, habits, and so on. A retrograde is the best time to hold our shadows up to the light and take a deeper look. 

The maiden is our innocent, young, vibrant and playful self. Her shadow expression is the Damsel in Distress Archetype. As we age, the Maiden within is still part of who we are and will play a role in our life at different times. 

The purpose of a Venus Retrograde is to see our patterns related to the Maiden Archetype in the context of love and romance.

Venus Retrograde in Capricorn

These themes are emerging to the surface so we can grow and mature. Capricorn is the perfect placement for this evolution to occur, as this sign is all about maturing into the Wise Woman Archetype.

This retrograde is also conjunct Pluto – the planet of transformation. This phase is an optimal time to shift any limiting beliefs, patterns or habits that have been wreaking havoc in your love life. 

Themes you may notice during a retrograde: 

Exes may come knocking – the purpose of this may be an opportunity for you to see how you’ve matured, set boundaries and say no. Or it could potentially be a chance to form a better relationship with the person.

Deeper commitments can be made – It’s not advisable to marry during a Venus Retrograde as a formal commitment carries the energy of the planets when made. It’s best to wait for Venus to be direct and operating optimally! However, it’s a great time to revise current commitment and even get engaged. 

You could meet a new love – If this happens, it may feel rocky at first then stabilize post retrograde. Take it slow and let things unfold naturally, now is not a time for rushing in! 

Relationship challenges can arise for those who are coupled up or married. You may need to revise the relationship or agreements in some way.

You can finally release an old love – You could finally let go of an old relationship that you’ve been struggling to move on from. 

You may feel more magnetic – This Venus retrograde is conjunct with Pluto, a planet related to power and magnetism. You may attract more attention and potential suitors over the next month or so.

How to make the most of this time:

  • Focus on yourself and deepen in self love and acceptance 
  • Enhance your confidence
  • This is a great time to start working out, work on your physique, get healthy and detox 
  • Allow yourself to grow and change
  • Let go of old habits and patterns 
  • Work with healers, counsellors, coaches, anyone who can support you in creating positive change.
  • Spend time with your inner Maiden, listen to her, feel her struggles and connect with the teenage part of you. Have more fun, enjoy play and lightness. 
  • Meditate and write down any patterns you still carry from your teenage years and share with a trusted friend.
  • Write a love letter to your teenage self and spend time in connection with that part of you.

Important to note: We are all impacted by retrogrades differently. Nothing in astrology can be generalized as so much depends on your own birth chart and the condition of Venus in your chart. If you have a very healthy Venus, this time can be beautiful, if you have a debilitated or challenged Venus this time can be quite challenging.If you were born during a retrograde, you’ll enjoy this time as it will feel quite natural to you! 

The impacts of a retrograde also depend on where Venus is in your personal chart. The house and the aspects are very important. 

Learning your own chart is the best way to understand planetary transits and how they personally impact you and those you love! 


Andrea is a writer, astrologer, astrology teacher and tarot reader who combines ancient classical techniques from Esoteric Western Astrology, Hellenistic Astrology, Jaimini and Vedic Astrology into her own unique intuitive astrology system called Sacred Astrology. Check out her Become Your Own Astrologer Course under "Programs" on the menu :)
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