Venus, planet of love, values and the arts, goes retrograde in Capricorn-Uttara Ashada on December 19th 2021, all the way until January 29th 2022.
This six week or forty-day-and-forty-night cycle repeats from the same point every eight years, as the Venus-Earth relationship describes a five pointed star or ‘rose’ in the sky. This present cycle began with the Venus retrograde of December-January 2013-14, so you may revisit outstanding business from that time, in the form of a romantic reunion or simply appreciate a full circle within all your relationships.
Venus retrograde is about knowing what you really want from someone, and a lover or friend may be acting out of character or making you work harder, perhaps in the form of jealousy or competition. In the Vedic tradition, Venus-Shukra is Goddess of love, marriage, beauty, comforts and kama (passion and desire), which is identified with Mahalakshmi, devata of abundance.
It is the karaka of relationship and of the wife in a man’s horoscope, and ruler of pleasure, aesthetic taste and fine quality. All these issues can take an unusual turn. Take care in business too, where you may be deciding issues of cost versus value, and be careful when it comes to buying and selling, especially vehicles and luxury items.
Your creativity and artistic taste might find fresh inspiration, and you also negotiate the politics of a group effort. You can make a definite statement with your image and appearance, with perhaps a retro-chic look, though it may be better to wait before doing anything truly radical.
This Venus retro overlaps with Mercury, planet of thought, also retrograde from January 15th, so the final two weeks of this transit may test your reaction to an old face returning into your life.