A few quick additional notes on the Venus retrograde:
This is a time when most people will need more sleep – anywhere from an hour to three hours more per evening. The Saturn placement in Scorpio is always demanding (it’s been there for over a year and has another year to run), and it was unusually so this past autumn. So many of us came into the retrograde exhausted. But even if we got rest during the holidays, we need to keep getting lots of rest during this retrograde (and the ones to follow)
With Venus in Capricorn, there may be issues with various structures, from our physical structures (i.e., our health) to the structures of our homes, offices, and machines (computers, cars, etc.) – and these will be looking for resolution now. So, it’s time to get all that stuff fixed and settled.
This is a good time to get a comfortable schedule for our work. Most of us overworked during the fall, so now is a good time to reflect on what we really have the time and energy to do. As a result, we will actually improve the quality of our work.
More later! Thanks for reading!
NOTE: For those who did not receive it, the original notes on the Venus retrograde are below:
Venus went retrograde on Saturday, December 21 (2013) at about 5 pm (at nearly 29 degrees of Capricorn) and stations direct on Friday, January 31 (2014) at about 4 pm (at just over 13 degrees of Capricorn).
The major theme for a Venus retrograde is reevaluation. For each of us personally: wherever Venus is in our chart is where we will feel as if we need to reevaluate some person (including ourselves), relationship, project, or situation.
The major meanings symbolized are these:
Reevaluating relationships, especially the structures of close partnerships and how they may need to be restructured. This includes reconsidering the people we may be in relationship with (family members, coworkers, and friends as well as romantic partners). Old friends and partners may resurface as part of the reevaluation. And with Capricorn, the Venus retrograde emphasizes “old” — in 2014, maturity and elders get noticed (and we notice the lack of these as well).
Rethinking how we handle finances. If we feel that we have not handled finances well in the past, we may now change strategies. Budgeting, saving, investing, and planning for the future may come up for serious rethinking, especially with the Capricorn symbolism.
This is not the best time to make major financial decisions or investments, or create new business or partnership alliances. It’s not even a great time for marriage or divorce proceedings. The reason is that, with emotions turned inward, we may not accurately assess the value of people or situations. However, if relationships are close to some resolution, we may find key insights or strategies for that purpose.
In addition, purchases made during this time may be later regretted, for instance, because we find that we over-valued the product or service. But it’s a good time to practice budgeting, both time and money.
Other people’s charm or beauty may be more apparent than real. But we may get clearer about our values around beauty and charm. And we may consider inner beauty more, especially in a Capricornian sense: qualities such as wisdom, practicality, determination, integrity (which will not be the same as the dominant “control-mentality” notion of integrity, which really means to conform to prevailing institutions), maturity, modesty, dignity, objectivity, and genuineness.
Even our normal sense of color is less accurate, so decisions involving esthetics may later seem off (“What did I paint this room this color for?!”), though again such events may help us clarify our esthetic values.
Legal matters may not work out as planned. We may experience delays or setbacks, or court cases, especially in lower courts, may turn out to be unprofitable. If we buy something or get a valued product or service, there may be delays — products back-ordered or out of stock just when we want them, for example. So, it’s a good time to practice patience and circumspection (good Capricornian traits).
As a summary, I want to emphasize that this reevaluating helps to solidify the foundation we have been building, sometimes painfully, over the past few months. So, this should feel more grounding and productive than other retrogrades.
And all of this should be part of a long rebuilding of self-esteem, which is an important theme just now.
In fact, I hope we do feel good about ourselves, able to move forward with many activities, including celebration for the New Year!
And I’ll be writing more about this retrograde as we go into 2014.
Thanks for reading!
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