Venus Retrograde And The Winter Solstice

On December 21st, the Sun enters Capricorn and kicks off the Winter Solstice. The longest night sums up Capricorn's essence; work for the long-term, even if the current potential is at its lowest ebb. After the Winter Solstice, the warmth of the Sun starts to build again.

Saturn-ruled Capricorn is a master at building from the bottom (picture the goat, determinedly picking its way up the mountain). It's a reminder that there is always a way up and out; you climb, one stone at a time.

This Winter Solstice has extra significance, because Venus will turn retrograde (reversed) at 28 degrees Capricorn. You may experience this as a delay in the Capricorn area of your chart. Venus Rx is the time to reevaluate issues around money, love and personal values. Where are you focusing your energy, and what are you getting in return? Who/what are you committed to? The dark of the Winter Solstice will be a potent time to pull back, strategize, and confirm (or reorganize) your Venus-themed plans. If those Venus issues aren't unfolding the way you'd hoped, know this is the perfect time to pause.

Some of you may revisit a past (or past-life) romance, during this retrograde period. Pay attention to themes of authority, boundaries and responsibility; you're responsible for your love life.

This influence is not about short-term gratification. How are your long-term goals looking?

Venus will be retrograde until January 31st, 2014, when she will go direct at 13 degrees Capricorn. If you have planets/angles from 28 to 13 degrees Capricorn, Cancer, Libra or Aries, you'll be most impacted by this retrograde.