Solstices are always powerful because they are one of the great midpoints of the year, but this coming Winter Solstice on the 21st has an extra edgy energy to it that is already building. This is due to Venus turning Retrograde in the sign of Capricorn, as the Sun enters this very sign. The Morning Star will go Retrograde at barely 29 degrees, and continue turning backward until Direct at 14 degrees on January 31st 2014.
A Venus transit is like “Venus with a Mirror”. It occurs every 18 months, and rather than affecting electronic appliances and communications in general the way a Mercury Retrograde does, relationships and emotions are especially susceptible to her influences, which become internalized, introspective, and very intense. The area under reevaluation are the affections, self-worth, values, creativity, finances, and all that pertains to this very “personal” planet. The sub-areas under reevaluation would be not only the energy symbolized by the sign she occupies at the time, but any houses and planets being aspected within anyone’s birth chart.
Capricorn is about hard work and discipline. It represents how we relate to our fathers and any authority figures. It is a cardinal and feminine earth sign ruled by Saturn, showing us where we’re weak as well as where we’re strong, and how we can make positive changes by focusing our energies in a certain – usually physical way. Venus’s brush with Pluto and tension with Mars during this Retrograde indicates that power trips, obsessions, and deep romance or lust could easily pull people in directions they never thought they would go into – and that they might regret later. The cardinal signs in particular (Aries/Libra, Cancer/Capricorn) have not had it easy this past year, and there are a few more kicks in the rear they might experience before things seem like smooth sailing. Then again, it is possible that what they experience within the new year is the final breakthrough to a long-standing problem in an area pertaining to Venus’s Retrogradation.
Taking special care of the health and pampering the body are great activities while Venus is Retrograde, because at this time we can become more aware of the obstacles we have unwittingly created for ourselves. With our heightened sensitivities we have the opportunity to take better care, nurture, and to grow in our compassion for ourselves and all sentient beings. Since Venus is in Capricorn it would be therapeutic to get our hands in the soil as well, whether wet or dry and whether to simply connect with the Earth or with the intent to co-create or restructure with her in some way.
I’ve already posted a blog about the subject of Venus Retrograde, last year when Venus went Retrograde in Gemini. Here are a few of the things that may be the subject of introspection and focus in general over the next couple of months:
- Physical touch & affection
- Collectible objects (particularly those with aesthetic appeal)
- Fashion, accessories, and makeup
- Personal values
- Ovaries, kidneys, throat, and veins