Your Guide To Flourishing During Winter’s Venus Retrograde

The backspin asks us to review what we value in relationships.

Venus enters its retrograde period on Dec. 19 and lasts until Jan 29, 2022.
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Things are about to get stern in your relationships. Venus, the planet of love, begins its retrograde period on Dec. 19 in the no-nonsense sign of Capricorn. This shift is pressing us to be realistic in love — so come prepared for the cosmic mayhem with these do's and don'ts.

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DO: Reflect On Your Relationship Needs

Capricorns are all about discipline and commitment, so Venus' backspin is forcing us to get real about our partnerships. It's time to think about whether your needs are being met and whether the company you keep is serving you.

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DON’T: Bury Yourself In Work

Venus rules over money and finances, so being in workaholic Capricorn makes working hard irresistible. Since Caps have a tendency to hyper-fixate on their careers, it's important to strike a balance between quality time with loved ones and work.

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DO: Be Transparent With Your Loved Ones

Because retrograde periods are generally a hazy time, it's important to be candid about your needs and emotions. Capricorns are all about transparency and honesty, so be honest within your relationships, even if it's hard to do so.

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DON’T: Avoid Vulnerability

Capricorn energy is all about practicality and logic, so it could be a struggle to grapple with the intensity of feelings, but dodging them will only cause more confusion. Don't be afraid to get candid — surrender to your complicated emotions instead.

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DO: Beware Of Karmic Relationships

Venus' backspin has a tendency to breathe life into old flings, so don't be surprised if your exes make a cameo. Cap's ruling planet, Saturn, is all about karma, so you may be tested to see if you've outgrown cycles that have kept you stagnant.

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DON’T: Make Commitments

While Capricorn's ruling planet, Saturn, is all about devotion, Venus retrograde is not the time to officiate new relationships or sign any contracts at work. Instead, make time for quiet reflection when it comes to your relationships and finances.

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DO: Think About The Long-Term

Saturn, the planet of discipline, will be in forward-thinking Aquarius for the next couple of years, so the future of your relationships will be a hot topic during Venus' backspin. It's time now to think about the sustainability of your relationships.

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