What Does Venus Retrograde in Capricorn Mean for Your Sign?

Are you ready for a romantic revolution—or just a more reliable signal for when you need to tune in to the wisdom of your heart? That chance is here from December 19, 2021 to January 29, 2022.  Venus spins retrograde for six weeks, an event that comes about every 18 months. 

For the first time since December 2013, the love planet’s reverse shift takes place in traditional Capricorn, offering a chance to review and, if necessary, rewrite the future of your love story.  This goal-obsessed sign reminds you to keep your standards high, but your expectations grounded in reality. The road to romantic bliss can be a winding one, and just when you think you’ve arrived, you discover another path to summit. 

Retrograde Venus offers a chance to plunge into a deep examination of how you “do” relationships. Do you avoid attachments or get anxious and clingy when you feel unsure? Maybe you’re a well-balanced soul who could afford to be a bit more passionate. Are you addicted to the thrill of “new relationship energy” only to bolt when things get too real and intimate? How in touch with your erotic desires and power are you, actually? 

Here are tips for every relationship status to make the most of this Venus retrograde.

Questions like these weigh on the collective conscience as Venus’ retrograde pushes us to do all those “re” activities like reviewing, revisiting, reassessing and reconnecting. And no, it’s not gonna be a cakewalk. (Real love seldom is.) But those who are willing to do the work of self-examination and course correction might be rewarded with a fulfilling new chapter in love in 2022. 

Here’s what every sign can expect while Venus is retrograde from December 19, 2021 to January 29, 2022:


Love planet Venus goes rogue in the long-term-planning sector of your chart. You and a partner may not see eye-to-eye about the big picture or may find yourselves suddenly struggling to support each other’s goals. Do you want the same things for the future? Pause to assess, correcting course as needed. Between now and January 29, put stress management at the top of your priority list. You’ll need meditation breaks and midday yoga classes to avoid getting sucked into the insanity of the rat race—or worrying about what the future holds. Powerful collaborators could emerge from your past, sharing their tricks of the trade and paving the way for prosperity.


Duck, Taurus! With your ruler Venus back-spinning through Capricorn and your thrill-seeking ninth house, there could be some misfires from Cupid’s bow. Don’t take any unnecessary risks that could complicate your life. Coupled Bulls, think before you gripe at bae. Before you muse aloud about unhappy feelings, first try sorting out the REAL issue with a neutral third party. That said, Venus’ retrograde can bring some important moments of truth. Remove the rose-colored glasses and see everyone—including your exes—for who they truly are.


Expect frequent emotional temperature fluctuations as Venus retrogrades through Capricorn and your intimate eighth house. An ex could dart back into your life, and the green-eyed monster will make regular cameos. When territorial feelings arise, examine where the possessiveness is coming from. Do you have a valid reason to be distrustful, or is the jealousy a relic of a past hurt? Do everything in your power to increase the peace, like taking time-outs or booking a couples’ therapy session via Telehealth. The work you put into your relationships could bring some serious soul merging over the next six weeks.


With Venus retreating through Capricorn and your commitment zone, this backspin could put extra strain on you, alas. During this cycle, you may have second thoughts about a key relationship or revisit an issue you thought was resolved. If you’re thrown a curveball, don’t overreact. Venus retrograde can be a healthy period to clarify disruptive patterns, take a dating hiatus OR untangle the knots with a couples’ therapist. Pro tip: Ditch the idealism. Even the happiest, healthiest unions have moments of struggle. The key to success lies in learning to navigate disagreements and compromise lovingly. Instead of arguing to prove that your way is the right way, focus on finding win-wins.

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Perfectionist alert! Venus makes waves in Capricorn and your persnickety sixth house, a muddling cycle that could send you down a “compare and despair” wormhole. Eek! Instead of believing those disempowering voices, do things to increase self-love, like showering yourself with compliments, pampering yourself regularly (can you say home spa?) and surrounding yourself with people who reflect back your strength and beauty. When it comes to wellness, be on alert for food sensitivities. Opt for gentler workouts instead of punishing boot camp apps.


Love, actually? During this retrograde, amorous Venus stirs the pot in Capricorn and your romance sector. You could get a tempting text from an ex—one who might be better left in the “so done with that” category. A relationship that’s been on-track may hit some speed bumps. Use this time as productively as possible, ironing out differences or giving each other space to work through issues individually. Creativity can be cathartic over the coming six weeks, but consider waiting until February to share your work with the general public.


As your ruler turns retrograde in Capricorn and your domestic zone, all will not be quiet on the Libra homefront. This backspin can decrease the peace under your roof and with your dearest friends. It might be harder to relax in your space—and there could be friction with a relative or roomie. If they’re pushing your buttons, don’t engage; de-escalate! Venus is the planetary aesthete, and this backspin could inspire you to display more sentimental objects around your space. Hold off until February to paint, hang wallpaper or redo your bedroom since your palette and tastes could shift wildly until then.


With harmonious Venus off course in your social sector, there could be friction with one of your peers, like a sibling, co-worker, close friend or neighbor. Hold your tongue, Scorpio, even if you can read people like a stack of paperbacks. If your bond is going through growing pains, give it some breathing room. On a positive note, Venus’ backspin can bring warm-hearted reunions with friends and even a flirtatious crush. If the connection got short-circuited in the past, this could be your long-awaited second chance. Just don’t make any final calls until Venus turns direct late January.


Slow down, Sagittarius, because Venus is retreating through Capricorn and your routine-driven second house. Romantically, you may feel like tapping the brakes and giving yourself more space. Embrace the courtship process instead of being so results-driven. You’re worthy of being wooed, even if you have to retrain someone who’s been taking you for granted. Tension around money, deadlines and demanding assignments could intensify. Do your best to avoid blowing up at people who push your buttons or make unreasonable demands. Perhaps a bigger revolution is brewing here. Is it time to shift your professional trajectory in a more profitable direction?


Postpone that salon appointment, reschedule the tattoo session. Celestial stylist Venus is retreating through Capricorn and your first house of image. Anything resembling an extreme makeover should be put on hold because results may not be what you hoped for. In love, you could run hot and cold. Check that simmering temper, or you could lash out at the one you love. When it comes to your exes, don’t play with fire. Meeting “as friends” could quickly heat up into a complicated entanglement. Sometimes it’s best to leave the door closed for good.


As Venus spins retrograde in your nostalgic twelfth house, you could find yourself on an unanticipated journey down memory lane. Have you weathered a breakup, a betrayal or some bumpy patches in your love life? With your zone of subconscious healing activated, old hurts can rise to the surface. Don’t resist the feelings that come up. This is an important period to step back and heal before moving forward. This rear-facing cycle can help you reach closure and forgiveness. Deal with your own baggage now, and you’ll fly free in love once Venus resumes forward motion in six weeks.


As artistic Venus turns retrograde in your group zone, you might get the “band” back together for virtual bonding time. Make room for reunions since old friends and creative collaborators could pop up out of the woodwork. Nurturing these connections will keep you sane, especially since Venus’ reversal stirs up friction with another friend group. Single? You could feel frustrated by all the screen time and apps involved in pandemic romance, but don’t give up hope on Cupid. Focus on quality over quantity. Coupled? While it’s fine to be “experimental,” this isn’t the time to tread TOO far into uncharted waters just to keep things “interesting.”

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