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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 12/19/2013: More on Venus Retrograde

The Moon is still in Cancer, seeking to fulfill its need for emotional security, perhaps by wearing its heart on its sleeve. There are no exact lunar aspects during business hours in the Americas and no Moon void either, so keep on truckin’. This fast-approaching Mars challenge to erratic Uranus next week is in effect now, so please be careful on the roads.

On Saturday, we’ll have two noteworthy planetary events: the Winter Solstice and Venus turning retrograde in Capricorn. Let’s talk about Venus retrograde today; we’ll cover the Solstice in the next forecast.

Venus goes retrograde on the 21st  at 4:53pm at 28 degrees Capricorn. It turns direct on January 31st at 13 degrees of Capricorn. Venus refers to how we need to express ourselves socially. It also refers to women, art, beauty and money; in health matters Venus refers to the belt line area of the body (and internal organs at the belt line, as well as the thyroid and the throat.  Venus also rules copper, which is an important indicator of economic growth in the commodities markets.

In our social interactions, Venus is the sugar that sweetens our needs and demands, facilitating cooperation in relationships. When direct in motion, Venus supports social graces and words like “please” and “thank you”. When retrograde, courtesy and consideration do not come so easily — and relationships suffer the consequences. The image I hold of Venus retrograde is one of those old-fashioned sardine cans — the ones where you had to use a key to open them. Roll back the lid of the sardine can and there you have it: stinky fish exposed, for all to see. There’s no hiding that smell.

Venus retrograde offers a relationship, material or aesthetic challenge wherever it is traveling in your horoscope, in this case 13-28 degrees of Capricorn. Tried and true connections may be strained, but durable. Less sturdy bonds may snap. All that fishy smell can mess up our aesthetic senses, too. Be very careful about starting a fling with that hot new thing during this time period, lest ye awaken in a month or so with buyer’s remorse — or worse — the horrible panicked aftermath of a coyote date. This applies to all partnerships, not just romantic ones.

Don’t believe me? Just ask the voters who put those Tea Party rock stars in office in the November 2010 elections, despite the suggestions posted in this forecast (search the archives) that they might live to regret it. And in fact, many Tea Party candidates who were elected in 2010 did not win in 2012. Some are now running for re-election in 2014, presenting themselves as more moderate candidates. As it turns out, there will be no Venus retrograde in November.

Exercise caution in matters of decor. If you’re planning on redecorating, you hopefully have your colors picked out now, rather than during Venus retrograde. Putting in an offer on a new home? The value of the home may be inflated; make sure you’re not paying too much. Look under the rugs, kick the tires — make sure you’re not seduced by surface charm covering up so much….stinky fish.

If you were born with Venus in Capricorn, you could be quite adept at knowing how to use relationships to get ahead. You may wait until later in life before realizing that love is more valuable than status. During this Venus retrograde period, we may witness many misguided efforts to achieve status through the acquisition of material things or people considered “trophies”.

So what good can come out of Venus retrograde? Artistic and creative projects you abandoned may be ripe for a second chance at completion. You may REconnect with a past love. You could REview your handling of financial matters; perhaps there is room for some REorganizing and REstructuring.  You may find yourself REconsidering the value of all of your relationships between now and January 31st, but there’s likely no need to make an impulsive leap forward or a major break. You may even REconsider the value of what you value, including money — and darned if this eloquent and provocative little video didn’t just show up on my newsfeed as I typed that last sentence. Have you ever heard of Charles Eisenstein, who wrote a book called Sacred Economics? I hadn’t either, but with today’s Moon in Cancer, Venus just about at its station in Capricorn and the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square rumbling in the background, this video feels perfectly timed…enjoy.

Finish your Christmas shopping before Venus turns retrograde!  A personal astro-logical consultation would make a lovely gift — for yourself or a special someone on your holiday shopping list. I have  festive gift certificates to email or snail mail — here’s the 411.