Venus direct in Capricorn: Time for Changes

On January 29, 03:46 AM ET, Venus stations direct at 11°04’ of Capricorn after being retrograde since December 19. Venus will remain in the sign until March 6.

Venus’ shift of motion is a time for us to make changes according to what took place during the retrograde. These changes are likely to involve our romantic and social life, the global economy, and our personal finances. After a process of rethinking our values, changing the way we inwardly relate with ourselves, and reevaluating the purpose of our connections, it is now the moment to act accordingly.


Venus in Capricorn: Long-Term Thinking


In Astrology, Venus rules two signs, Taurus and Libra. This planet correlates with the relationship we have with ourselves, which in turn determines the type of people we attract into our lives and the connections we tend to form. The archetypal Goddess of Love and Beauty is about wealth, abundance, and receptivity. For this reason, it is associated with our connection to money and with how we manage, spend, and invest our resources.

Capricorn is about structure, form, time, space, and boundaries. It correlates with the social structure and its rules, norms, and expectations, with external institutions and authorities, and with the journey of becoming and trusting our own authority.

In the sign of the Sea Goat, Venus tends to express herself in a rather cautious, controlled, traditional, and sober way. During this transit, we value stability and reliability more than usual. We gravitate towards long-term thinking, and we aim to invest our time, energy, and finances wisely.


Understanding Venus’ Cycle


Venus goes into retrograde motion every 18 months, and this event always marks major shifts in our relationships, values, and finances. It is an opportunity to reconsider, reassess, and redefine how we desire to relate with others, with ourselves, and with society at large.

Retrograde Venus met the Sun on January 8, and their conjunction began a new Venus cycle. This alignment offered us a chance to renew the foundation of our relationships, align with new values, and explore new ways of being in connection, a process that will keep unfolding more clearly and tangibly as Venus moves direct.

The post-shadow phase of a retrograde cycle invites readjustments and brings new understandings of what has been taking place. As the planet begins moving forward again on the same area of the sky where it was retrograding, the pace of our lives speeds up and changes begin to be implemented. The current post-shadow phase will last until March 2, when Venus will reach 26°29’ of the sign, the degree where the retrograde started. After that date, we will notice more clarity about what has been going on and what we truly desire.


Venus direct in Capricorn: New Ways of Being


While Venus is in Capricorn, we may fear other people’s judgments more than we habitually do and, as a result, we may feel more tempted to conform to social expectations. The retrograde cycle that just came to an end gave us an opportunity to reflect on our relationship with the societal systems and structures. It brought up values, relationship styles, and ways of managing finances that needed to be reviewed and redefined.

Venus direct in Capricorn

As Venus moves direct, we have an opportunity to take action on the insights and ideas we had while it was retrograde. The Goddess of Love offers us an invitation to actively gravitate towards new ways of being, give more space to our feelings, and refuse to adhere to standards or rules of conduct established by the mainstream that don’t feel true to us.


Venus square Chiron, conjunct Mars, and conjunct Pluto


Venus stations direct in a tense square to Chiron in Aries. Their alignment is likely to increase our sensitivity and vulnerability, bringing up wounds linked to feeling rejected in relationships and social situations. We have an opportunity to reflect on the foundation of our self-worth and self-love, make adjustments in our behavior and in our relationship choices.

During the rest of her journey through Capricorn, Venus will join Mars and Pluto. Venus will form two conjunctions with Mars in a short time span, due to Venus’ reduced speed of motion after the retrograde. Their first conjunction is on February 16 in Capricorn, an invitation to align our values and our desires and explore new ways of being in connection. Around this time, there is likely to be an important focus on intimate relationships and a surge in our creativity and passion.

Venus direct in Capricorn

Later, on March 3, Venus perfects her third conjunction with Pluto. The Venus retrograde cycle started while Venus was conjunct with Pluto, and this exponentially increased its intensity. The last Venus-Pluto alignment will promote deep introspection, and a consequent transformation of our relating patterns. It may destroy or radically change connections that aren’t built on a foundation of truth and honesty.


Venus stations direct in Capricorn: Time for Changes


During these days, expect relevant changes in global economic policies and financial markets. Those of us with personal placements in the central degrees of Cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn are going to feel the shift stronger than others, and will probably experience significant events in relationships, income, or values.

Venus in direct motion through Capricorn represents an opportunity to align with new values, set new boundaries, and explore different ways of connecting and relating. Karmic encounters or separations, unexpected beginnings and endings are possible. Many things and events are likely to make more sense in the upcoming weeks. Venus stationing direct will bring more clarity and understanding. This shift will remind us to be true to our values and feelings and make choices accordingly.

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Venus in Capricorn & Mercury in Scorpio

On November 5, 06:44 AM ET, Venus entered Capricorn, while shortly after, at 6:35 PM ET, Mercury entered Scorpio.

We have just experienced an intense New Moon in Scorpio, and we immediately undergo another energetic shift. Both Venus and Mercury are leaving a Yang archetype to begin traveling a Yin sign: their transits will increase the emphasis on the elements of Earth and Water, promoting the internalization of our focus and attention.


Venus in Capricorn: Need for Consistency


In Astrology, Venus rules our values, our love and social life, our finances, our self-worth, our receptivity, our relationship with abundance, and our capacity to be open to pleasure. While Venus is in Sagittarius, we value freedom, authenticity, spontaneity: we seek new experiences through which we desire to increase our knowledge of ourselves and the world.

Venus entering Capricorn brings a significant transition in our values. During this transit, we get more serious and begin to think about the long term. We value consistency, commitment, hard work, and reliability: we are not interested in anything that doesn’t provide worth in the long term. We will be more prone to thinking about consolidating our financial situation, achieving deeper financial security, saving money, or investing our savings.

In the arena of relationships and romance, we may feel the urge to detach from those friendships and partnerships we can’t fully rely upon. We will naturally gravitate towards building connections that have the potential to stand the test of time and that offer tangible and lasting value to our lives.

Venus in Capricorn & Mercury in Scorpio

During this transit, we may notice insecurities around our physical appearance, our social skills, and doubts around our right to be loved and cherished as we desire to be. Venus in Capricorn may reveal to us where we still fear other people’s judgment or opinion, where we aren’t fully grounded in a strong sense of self-worth and self-respect, and where we may compromise our boundaries and our non-negotiables in exchange for love or validation.


Venus retrograde in Capricorn: Restructuring of Relationships


While in Capricorn, Venus will go through her retrograde cycle, remaining in the sign for longer than usual, until March 6. Venus is retrograde for the least amount of time than any other planet in the solar system, and her cycle is always deeply felt. This year, Venus will be retrograde from December 19 to January 29.

Her backward journey will inspire us to question and break free from conditioned ways of relating that we have adopted as our own. Relevant changes and new regulations affecting the global economy, politics, and financial markets are also very likely during this time. Venus retrograde will bring a reevaluation and restructuring of our love and social life, inviting us to reconsider what we want from our relationships, what our values are, what the purpose of our interactions is.

During her transit through Capricorn, Venus will join Pluto in Capricorn three times. These alignments will intensify our love nature, our attachments, as well as our mistrust, by increasing our desire for pleasure and passion, but also our need for power and control. Venus retrograde in Capricorn will promote a radical redefinition, restructuring, and deepening of both our relationship with ourselves and our relationships with others.


Mercury in Scorpio: Depth of Perception


Mercury joins the Sun and Mars in Scorpio, deepening our perception of reality, inspiring us to look beneath the surface. Mercury will be in Scorpio until November 24. While Mercury in Libra is concerned with mannerism and politeness, Mercury in Scorpio wants to uncover the truth and will tell it as it is in your face, even if it hurts. Our research and observation skills will be sharper, we will listen more carefully and pay more attention to energetic and emotional undercurrents while spending a greater deal of our time analyzing our own or other people’s psychology.

Mercury in Scorpio gives us an opportunity to unearth unsolved issues from our past and dive deep into our unconscious mind. During this transit, we choose deep conversations over gossip and small talk: we enjoy silence and don’t feel particularly drawn to speak more than necessary. This is a fantastic time to undergo therapeutic and psychological work. Mercury in Scorpio supports our capacity for self-understanding, self-analysis, and increases our willingness to confront uncomfortable truths.


Mercury activates the Saturn-Uranus square


During the upcoming days, Mercury in Scorpio will join Mars, activating the Saturn-Uranus square by squaring Saturn and opposing Uranus. On November 10, Mercury will conjoin Mars and square Saturn, pointing to the possibility of feeling silenced, oppressed, blocked, and censored. Around this time, there is the possibility of new restrictive regulations and constraints around freedom of speech and expression.

Shortly after, on November 13, the Mercury-Uranus opposition will magnify our desire to break free from mental limitations, supporting critical and independent thinking and inspiring a desire to rebel against the status quo. Nervous tension, restlessness, and increased mental activity are likely to be present around this time. Mercury opposite Uranus may facilitate downloads that catalyze sudden and fast transformations of how we think and perceive reality, and change how we express what we feel, sense, and think.

Venus in Capricorn & Mercury in Scorpio

These alignments could bring the revelation of something previously hidden or secret: unexpected news may stir up some chaos and unpredictability. What results from the disclosure may inspire us to question our choices and behaviors. The simultaneous activation of the pattern by the presence of Mars may contribute to our decision to take radically different actions and move forward in new ways.


Venus in Capricorn & Mercury in Scorpio: Harmonious Communication


While Venus and Mercury are changing signs, they are forming a harmonious sextile aspect. Their alignment is very favorable for artistic endeavors involving words or the use of our hands, such as creative writing, poetry, and physical theatre. The two planets will support the harmonization of our self-expression and communication style in relationships while promoting a grounded and thoughtful approach to financial matters.

Two personal planets are shifting from Fire and Air to Earth and Water: we are bringing our focus inwards, paying more attention to our physical needs, our values, our changing emotional states and needs. Both Scorpio and Capricorn are concerned with investing time, resources, and energy wisely. These are likely to be relevant themes of the upcoming weeks, and they will continue to be in the spotlight during the whole journey of Venus through Capricorn.

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Mercury enters Aquarius & Venus enters Capricorn

On January 8, Mercury enters Aquarius at 07:00 AM ET, and only a few hours later, at 10:41 AM ET, Venus enters Capricorn. The two planets are changing signs almost simultaneously, and they generate an interesting energetic shift, increasing the pressure on the archetypes of Capricorn and Aquarius, already activated by the transits of, respectively, the Sun and Pluto, and Saturn and Jupiter.

Venus will be in Capricorn until February 1. Mercury instead will be in Aquarius longer than usual: it will station retrograde at the end of the month and enter Pisces on March 15. While Mercury in Aquarius reflects increased creativity and a tendency to get lost in the world of ideas and ideologies, Venus in Capricorn invites us to stay grounded and rooted in our values and needs.


Mercury in Aquarius: Thinking Outside the Box


Mercury, the planetary ruler of both Gemini and Virgo, reflects the way we think, how we perceive the world, and how we communicate what we perceive with others. Mercury correlates to our left brain and linear thinking patterns, to how we learn and logically organize the information we gather

Mercury in Aquarius is original and creative: for the upcoming two months, the Messenger will encourage us to think for ourselves and think outside the box. This transit contains enormous potential for innovation, technological advancement, and interesting discoveries. Mercury in Aquarius promotes a bird’s eye view, invites us to look at the larger picture and to cultivate objectivity and detachment. Our mental energy is likely to increase, as we are encouraged to revolutionize our ways of perceiving the world, to find our own perspective, our own unique way of learning.

During the journey of Mercury through Aquarius, we are encouraged to practice critical thinking and to discriminate the type and the amount of information we take in, to reflect well before we believe in something and accept it as the absolute truth, to listen to different viewpoints and opinions, and educate ourselves through different sources.

This transit offers us an invitation to detach from ideas and thinking habits that aren’t aligned with the person we are striving to become. Mercury in Aquarius is an open call to experiment with what happens if we adopt new mindsets and introduce different ways of perceiving and feeling about our life situation. These themes will be particularly relevant during and after its retrograde cycle, starting on January 30 and lasting until February 20.


Mercury in Aquarius: Tapping into the Hive Mind


Mercury in Aquarius may bring up the need to connect with our soul family in new ways, and to join different communities that share a similar mindset and view of the world. The upcoming two months represent an invitation to explore new communities, new forms of exchanging ideas, of staying in touch with each other, and learning from each other.

This transit encourages us to break free from ideas, ideologies, and communication patterns that aren’t enhancing our experience of reality. Aquarius rules the internet, and the long journey of Mercury through the sign of the Water Bearer can inspire us to reflect upon our relationship with technology and social media. This can be a great period to focus on developing our online presence and connecting with like-minded souls through different platforms.

Mercury in Aquarius is also inviting us to explore the relationship between our individual minds and the group mind or hive mind. Spend some time pondering upon what your thoughts and your words are adding to our collective experiences, and upon how the vibration they generate is affecting the vibration of global consciousness itself.


Venus in Capricorn: Finding Stability in Chaos


In Astrology, Venus rules both Taurus and Libra and corresponds with how we relate with both others and ourselves. It is associated with our financial resources, our material possessions, our values, our sense of self-worth and self-esteem. Venus correlates with our ability to receive and to connect with our body and its needs.

During the transit of the Goddess of Love through Capricorn, we typically desire to form lasting bonds based on commitment and loyalty. We naturally seek stability and predictability, both in our love and social life and in our finances. Needless to say, we are in a delicate moment of human history, and everything feels very unpredictable and unstable.

Venus in Capricorn encourages us to find a sense of inner stability and steadiness in the midst of global uncertainty and chaos and to commit to consistently cultivate practices, such as meditation, breathwork, journaling, yoga, tai-chi, or any form of physical exercise, that help us ground, reconnect with our personal truth, and realign with Spirit and with the center of our being.


Venus in Capricorn: Reflecting on the Nature of Conditioning


As soon as Venus leaves cheerful Sagittarius, we naturally turn within and become more introspective and reflective than usual. While Venus is in Capricorn, it takes us longer to understand our own needs and feelings. We may notice a tendency to be more cautious and controlled in how we relate with other people: fears of others’ judgment or rejection related to early life experiences can now resurface.

Our relationship with social expectations, rules, and norms of conduct is likely to be an area of focus while Venus transits through Capricorn. During the upcoming month, we are encouraged to examine any sense of guilt linked to not conforming to social standards that is holding us back from living an authentic life, aligned with our personal values, needs, and feelings.

Venus is in Capricorn invites us to reflect upon how the social, cultural, and familiar conditioning we have been exposed to shaped our values, our expectations, our experience of interpersonal relationships, of our role in society, and our beliefs around money, career, and status. Once we become aware of it, we have the opportunity to react differently and to begin a deconditioning process that will slowly help us break free from any unconscious enslavement to consensus values and social standards.


Mercury in Aquarius & Venus in Capricorn: Bringing Ideas into Form


While Mercury in Aquarius opens our minds to sudden downloads and flashes of genius, the influence of Venus in Capricorn can help us build tangible structures out of the insights and ideas we receive. Even though these energies may seem contradictory, we have the potential to blend them in a constructive way and to make significant progress in our spiritual development and individuation journey. 

Mercury in Aquarius

Not being excessively hard or judgmental towards ourselves or others, a common temptation while Venus is in Capricorn, is a crucial reminder to make the most out of these transits. Remaining open to what shows up on our path allows us to flow with reality in an organic and almost effortless way. On the other hand, desperately trying to control an outcome or achieve a specific result typically leads to more stress and nervousness.

Our nervous system is likely to be more active than usual during the upcoming two months, as Mercury and Aquarius have a correlation with our nerves and the natural electric charges in our body. Exploring tools that support a state of dynamic balance between our Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous system will help us navigate any challenge with ease.

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