How Venus Retrograde Will Affect Every Type of Relationship in 2022

They say relationships take work, and 2022 seems ready to prove that old chestnut true. Venus is retrograde in devoted, diligent Capricorn as 2022 kicks off—a cycle that began on December 19, 2021 and lasts until January 29, 2022. 

Backspinning Venus holds up the mirror. You attract what you put out there. Your relationships are a reflection of your own inner world. If you want to turn the tide, the change starts with you…not them.

That’s not to say you’re bound to doing all the work! Over-functioning is another shadow of Venus retrograde in Capricorn. That exhausting behavior tends to make others retreat and become even lazier! The “givers” of the world may need to rein it in and stop enabling their under-functioning partners.

Fortunately, tenacious Venus in Capricorn loves a challenge. You may feel incentivized to put in the effort and hopefully your partner does, too. January could bring some uncomfortable (or downright agonizing) tests for couples. But if you are both committed and willing to push through, you can create a lasting sense of security. 

Venus Retrograde for Couples

Even if everything’s copacetic on the surface, check in: Are your life goals aligned? If not, how can you change the structure of your relationship to support one another’s objectives? Maybe one of you takes on a second job while the other goes to school for a semester or you pool resources to buy land. 

Have things been rocky for a while? You might hit the last wall and decide on a trial separation. Whatever the case, you’d be wise to get everything out on the table before January 29. It helps that Venus lingers in Capricorn until March 6, giving everyone a chance to process the retrograde’s grueling lessons.

Venus Retrograde for Singles

Does it feel like you’re perpetually single—and not exactly loving it? Upgrade your criteria. We all have a lusty animal living inside of us longing for bodice-ripping passion. Nothing wrong with that! But if chasing “your type” has thus far led to more heartache than heat, expand your palette. 

Add more sustainable “Capricorn” qualities to the 2022 menu such as reliability and financial security. Few people can maintain peak excitement levels 24/7. And those who boast this superpower are probably living unbalanced lives. Crash! 

Rather than giving in to bouts of romance addiction, try this: Commit yourself to a passion project in early 2022. Throw the same devotion you had for a Tinder thirst trap into making art, raising funds for a community-based organization or helping your sister plan her 40th birthday party. When you keep yourself busy and happy, the idea of coming home to a loving, consistent mate could suddenly become very appealing.

Venus Retrograde and Exes

Do you have a “one that got away”? You may get a second chance with someone who drifted out of your life—or meet someone who has your old flame’s hottest (and coldest) traits. Venus retrogrades can make you act quite out of character. You might even act out a hidden fantasy, one that may (or may not) have been better left to the imagination. Do your best to keep a clear sense of boundaries because “going there” during Venus retrograde can wreak havoc on relationships.

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