Venus Retrograde 2021/2022 ~ Temptress

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In this post I will first look at what this current Venus retrograde 2021 means specifically in Capricorn and then after the Venus retrograde meaning generally. This Venus retrograde December 2021 will take us on a juicy journey of temptation since the goddess of love will be up close and personal with the planet Pluto when she switches direction.

The added spice of Pluto makes an already wanton Venus even more alluring? And what does this mean for us mere mortals? It looks like whatever way we skin this black cat, the temptation to gorge from the tree of forbidden fruit will be powerful.

Venus Retrograde December 2021

Venus Retrograde starts December 19, 2021, and ends January 29, 2022. It will travel through the degrees of 26º Capricorn back to 11º Capricorn. Venus retrograde turns dark goddess during her retrograde and in the second phase of the retrograde becomes Lucifer.


Venus Conjunction Pluto Dates

  • December 10 2021. Venus Direct at 25º Capricorn
  • December 25 2021. Venus Retrograde at 25º Capricorn
  • January 29 2022. Venus Direct at 11º Capricorn

The next conjunction is on Christmas day, no less. So Venus conjunct Pluto will test those in long term relationships. Make or break? Any new affairs that have started at this time could come to a crossroads here, especially if it is a triangular relationship. The third leg could feel quite lonely and sad at this time. 

Venus Retrograde Fixed Stars ~ Peacock & Vega

Venus around Christmas time will be close to fixed star peacock at 23º Capricorn. The meaning is apparent; the Peacock is supposed to be vain and loves to display itself. But Robson says it also gives fame and long life. I believe it makes men particularly attractive since, of course, it is the male bird that has the beautiful plumage.

Venus conjunct fixed star Alpha Peacock makes Venus even more alluring. Some signs are more likely to fall prey to the dark cupid seduction than others. Check out which here:


What does Venus retrograde 2021 mean for your starsign?

Meaning For ARIES – Meaning For TAURUS – Meaning For GEMINIMeaning For CANCERMeaning For LEOMeaning For VIRGO – Meaning For LIBRA – Meaning For SCORPIO – Meaning For SAGITTARIUSMeaning For CAPRICORNMeaning For AQUARIUSMeaning For PISCES

I found some very handsome matinee idols in my research. “The Peacock was endowed with the power to kill snakes, and apparently they are known to eat small poisonous snakes.

Because of its ability to swallow snakes and assimilate their venom, it was seen as a symbol of transmutation, and the venom gave its flesh an immunity to decay. It also accounted for its colourful plumage”  ~ Peacock Constellation

Venus will align with major fixed star Vega in Lyra from January 10 to 19th. (Exact on January 14) Venus is more dangerous here in her Lucifer phase. Two different meanings here. The most negative from Vivian Robson. “Hard hearted, cold, miserly ill-health, ugliness or deformity.” [1]

A less negative view next, but still caution is needed. “The artist and visionary or one who supports different ideas about new social orders. Unrealistic expectations of others leading to disappointment in an idea or person. A celebration of the arts. A charismatic person takes center stage.” [2]


Venus Retrograde In Capricorn Decan 3

December 19 2021 to January 6 2022

Venus is in her Hesperus phase during this period. Venus here can be tricky since she can become quite seductive and as cunning as the fox that resides in this decan. Here are the best storytellers as they have the charm and imagination to sweep you away.

Capricorn 3 gives out an air of class and sophistication; no matter what income bracket they fall into, it will always seem high status. There can be extreme virtue signally on social media and an obsession with being seen to do the right thing at this time. Watch out for these charmers with a very carefully crafted image!


Venus Retrograde Capricorn Decan 2

January 7 to 29 2022

Venus goes into the Lucifer phase after the Sun conjunct Venus on January 9 at 00.49 UT at 18º Capricorn. Venus here can bring out the constellation of the Peacock at its most flamboyant and glorious. It will also clearly define the status of the wearer. This star is 80’s power dressing par excellence. The peacock energy attracts others with its awesome display of status.

There is a dark side here as Venus is not strong in this decan, and often she can be sullen or lazy here if she does not receive the adoration she thinks she is entitled to. There is a tendency to marry a wealthy spouse if one cannot create the luxury they crave. So beware of the gold digger or gigolo at this time!


Venus Retrograde 2021 Summary

The Lilith archetype will be very prominent during the Venus retrograde period. Look out for the femme fatale meme in the mass media. It will be everywhere! The usual sentimentality of the Christmas season will go ultra-melancholic and dramatic. The soundtrack for this dark winter will be Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto number 2. The theme from the film “Brief Encounter.” (Don’t leave your briefs behind either. lol.)

Gentlemen, be very careful if you visit any ladies of the night, for you could come home with more than just the ‘Oh $%#*…’ variant. Venus rules venereal diseases, after all! So Venus will hit Pluto first on December 10 while still direct at 25º Capricorn. Here you might get an idea of what is in store for you during the Venus retrograde period.  

  • 1 Fixed Stars & Constellations in Astrology. Robson*, p.217.
  • 2.Star & Planet Combinations. Bernadette Brady. p. 245.

Venus Retrograde General Meaning

Here I look at the Venus retrograde meaning in general. Venus retrograde usually lasts about forty days and forty nights. Forty is mentioned in the bible often, but most famously when Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness for forty days.

Could this be referring to the astrological phenomena of Venus retrograde? After all, Venus has two sides to her. She is the goddess of love and war according to the Babylonians. The word Lucifer (which is often confused with Satan) means light-bringer and refers to Venus in her morning star phase.

The ancients said the first few days of Venus’s Lucifer phase was a particularly dangerous time. People born with Venus as a morning star are said to rush headlong into love affairs and are very passionate.

Venus as an evening star has more of the receptive, traditional venus retrograde meaning, this phase is called Hesperus. The retrograde period describes very well the transition between the two modes of Venus and her descent into the underworld before she resurrects as the wildly passionate, but occasionally treacherous morning star.

So what is the Venus retrograde meaning generally? Commonly it is advised one does not start a love affair or buy luxury goods during this time because you might end up paying more than you bargained for. During these forty days, you may have to resist the seductive Lucifer side of Venus and her charms just like Jesus did in the desert. Temptations could be an illicit affair or the lure of luxury goods. We can find significance in this journey of Venus if we regard her movements like the ancient sky-watchers did.

Venus Retrograde Hesperus

During the first phase of the Venus retrograde she is still Hesperus. By now she is below the horizon technically and descending, she is still the evening star. Weakening but still loving, reflective and receptive. Venus here is quite pure and virginal too and possibly a little insecure. During this time we might feel like we need more love, but are extra shy about going out and finding a new lover.

Instead, we might cling to a past relationship, which is why this period can bring the return of old flames and karmic connections. Better the devil you know hey? It might make you mournful of a love lost and very defensive if anyone new tries to step on the ghost of your beloved ex. During this time it might be good to bring closure to any long-dead relationship with a reflective post-mortem. After that, when Venus becomes invisible, give that bad romance a good funeral!

Venus Retrograde Lucifer

For the last two weeks of the Venus retrograde period, Venus is Lucifer the morning star. This is the time when you are most likely to get involved in a ‘Dark Cupid’ or narcissistic affair. You will most definitely be thinking with your reproductive organs and not your brain, so do try to resist the sex if you can.

So what have we learned with this Venus retrograde meaning exploration? You may get a series of red flags but still ignore them. A one night stand might during this time might seem harmless and disposable, but on a spiritual level, this goes far deeper. Your body is your temple so don’t give into the Luciferian psychic vampires. You might find yourself drained for many months afterwards. It’s simply not worth it.

A dark cupid affair

Aphrodite’s bad points are often overlooked. She had a reputation for jealousy, revenge, possessiveness, and infidelity. The stress and misery caused by this behavior can attract unwanted hyper-dimensional entities which feed of the drama.

Sometimes we think we need a sexual fling because it has been a while, we just want to have fun and we feel we can take it or leave it. But with Venus retrograde, we might develop an obsessive attachment to the so-called “friend with benefits”, which we hadn’t bargained for. We could find we are kept in a very unpleasant psychic, sexual bondage.

So I would say proceed with caution with any new relationships. However Venus Retrograde doesn’t have to play out like ‘50 Shades’ of cringe, for like Mercury retrograde, Venus turned inward has its uses.

Lyn Koiner says it “is an excellent time for buying antiques, flea market items and secondhand goods wherein you know the real worth and value of the item but the seller does not.” It’s also good for selling your own unwanted items. Venus Retrograde would be an ideal time for creativity that explores your inner world. Make music, art or poetry just for yourself and not for the public.

Lucifer Morning Star

During Venus Retrograde we might feel like retreating from socializing or from a relationship, so this can be a very valuable time for learning how to love ourselves. As for the dangerous Lucifer period, I would to go with the Babylonians on this one and suggest singletons stay celibate for the last 20 days of it!

I think that Venus retrograde could also function like Eris, since if we go back to the Babylonian/Sumerian myths we see that Innana was certainly an early incarnation of Venus.

In a chapter of the myth of Gilgamesh, Inanna went down into the Underworld and had to remove all her material glamours on her way to re-unite with her sister Ereshkigal. This reflects the planet Venus’s descent below the horizon and its inferior conjunction with the Sun where she is actually also combust.

Then we have her resurrection as the morning star Lucifer after she has experienced the torture of been hung for death on meat hooks by her vengeful sister. This is a time of reflection (Venus’s symbol is the mirror) which may show us our shadow, self-sabotaging sister-self. With Venus, visuals will reflect back to us our deep psyche through paintings, visions, omens, dreams…

Synodic Cycles

The shadow period of Venus retrograde means that Venus will spend a lot longer in a sector of your chart than usual, and work like an outer planet. (I think Neptune!) The effects mentioned in this article will be felt much stronger if you have natal planets in Venus’s path. If you are in a relationship, any unresolved gripes might come to a head at the actual retrograde when Venus hits the planet a second time, but they should be resolved by the time the Venus Direct reaches the post-shadow degree.

What is also very important is Venus’s synodic cycle which forms a pentagram in the sky. Every 8 years Venus will make another point of this magical 5 pointed star so it is worth keeping a record of what happened at the Venus retrograde of 8 years ago and see if there is a pattern. If you were born during a Venus retrograde then your birth synodic cycle should also reveal some valuable information to you.

I hope to add more to this post about Venus’s synodic cycle because it is worth looking into deeply if you are born with Venus retrograde. Until then, there are a couple of great articles on the web that explain it further. Venus Synodic Cycle by Khaldea. And Nick Dagan-Best (On Holes To Heaven ) has a done some great research using celebrity examples and their synodic cycles too. And for those who want to watch Venus against the constellations; Naked Eye Planets ~ Venus 

Lady Lilith, 1872/73, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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