Today Venus shifts into watery Pisces, enhancing her natural strengths; as well as helping to activate the much-heralded Jupiter Neptune conjunction in Pisces, which is growing ever closer by the day. Today Venus finally gets to rejoice in the familiar and welcoming waters of Pisces after a long 6 months.
Venus hasn’t had much support since mid-September 2021, due in part to her extended retrograde cycle in Capricorn over the summer. This Venus retrograde peaked with her conjunctions to Pluto, a notorious underworld figure who likes dredging up the darker sides of life and relationships.
After her elongated transit through Capricorn, her entry into Aquarius saw her sharing space with Saturn and Mars. Mars who had been conjoining Venus on and off through Capricorn gave Venus more teeth and motivation to surrender to Mars’ desires, she was very much at Mars’ call due to his strength in Capricorn. Venus’ transit through Aquarius was hardly a walk in the park. She was besieged / trapped between Mars and Saturn for some of it, creating an incredibly stressful terrain for her to navigate.
So, today’s ingress into Pisces is a bit of a win for Venus after a difficult 6 months. Usually she moves quicker through the signs, so these delays and difficulties don’t usually last as long. Since mid-September 2021 Venus had to deal with the endless depths and challenges, thanks to her interactions with Pluto, Mars and Saturn, Venus had to put aside her usual priorities as she focused on stressful and difficult relationships.
Venus now gets to swim in her exalted waters of Pisces until May 3rd when she moves into the fiery and Mars ruled sign of Aries. Venus this time around in Pisces gets extra pleasure and strength points, thanks to Jupiter the ruler of Pisces also being co-present in Pisces. April is a wonderful month to enjoy people, places, pleasure, art, music, creativity, spirituality the list feels endless. It’s been a difficult 6 months for Venus and April is the month where she gets to indulge in all the fruits of her labour, and she is finally allowed to enjoy the things she adores in a supported manner. Enjoy, this only comes around every 12 years. Savour every moment of it.
On 19th December we begin the journey of Venus’s retrogradation through the sign of Capricorn, continuing a story or making progress from when Venus was last retrograde in Capricorn (21 December 2013 – 31 January 2014). Venus retrograde’s every 2 years, in different signs for a 40-day / 40 night period. Every 8 years she repeats signs. Each retrograde cycle Venus physically disappears from our sky’s and does her much fabled underworld journey. Reappearing as a morning star as Venus completes her journey through the underworld where Hades / Pluto resides.
We experience Venus, when retrograde as a revisitation, re-assessment, re – evaluations, new insights and readjustments to Venusian topics. Venus governs over relationships, pleasure, values, desire, possession’s, aesthetics and beauty to name a few. While Venus is retrograde these topics are more in-focus or the desire to be more aligned is unavoidable. Its time to deal with the stuff. The sign and house in which Venus is retrograde through, helps tells us what this story might be for the individual.
2021/2022’s retrograde cycle is in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn. Capricorn is a sign which Venus has no essential dignity in and is a sign which grounds Venus bringing her back to more simple and earthly pleasures. Capricorn is more dynamic than mainstream astrology gives it credit for as it has a wonderful ability to holds space for the material, practical, creative and spiritual aspects of life simultaneously. Capricorn is dynamic and supportive, it initiate’s and helps to contain the strong virtues and possession’s Venus likes to acquire. In Capricorn, Venus may appear a bit more dressed down, but that doesn’t take away from her desires.
Pluto is a key player for Venus this retrograde cycle, as Venus and Pluto hold strong aspects through the entire cycle. Venus stations retrograde on Pluto which puts her in aspect to him for a month, rather than the usual two or three days. Venus then carries this powerful plutonic energy with her as she does her underworld journey, stations direct and with these new insights or discovery’s bringing them back to Pluto in the first week of March 2021. She presents to Pluto / Hades the fruits of the retrograde cycle, along with her new found discoveries or initiations from the realms he rules over.
Pluto isn’t the easiest of planetary energies to be working with and has a strong focus on power, control, hidden dynamics, wealth and things that have been buried or suppressed creating a real pandora’s box situation. This particular Venus retrograde cycle is very much about unearthing hidden dynamics and uncovering power plays or control dynamics in the areas of life Capricorn rules in your chart. This isn’t easy stuff that this particular retrograde is throwing up but by looking back to the 2013 – 2014 retrograde that you might find some clues.
In summary Pluto will be bringing an intensification to this retrograde cycle with topics or issues that may have been tucked away or not noticed before; being brought front and centre. Pluto has many hidden pathways and there might be moments of feeling lost or buried by some of pathways that present during this cycle.
Pluto, Venus and Capricorn all represent great wealth in various ways so there is value in really engaging this process, there is gold that will be mined and there are gems to be gleaned from this process. Engagement and working with anything that gets brought up is vital for this retrograde cycle to allow for safe travels through these plutonian realms. Ignore it at your own peril, as Pluto will never go unanswered.
2021/2022’s retrograde cycle might be a bit dirtier and a bit more work than other Venus retrograde cycles but the potential for it to clear out and detoxify things that are dead or of no value anymore makes this particular cycle extremely potent. This is a very rare dance that Pluto and Venus are doing over the next few months but one that will be ripe for some big personal alchemy. This is not a cosmetic exercise and new depths and understanding of the self is intimidating as Venus Pluto aspects are some of the most powerful cycles that astrology can offer us. What makes this cycle so unique, is the length of time they spend influencing each other for this particular Venus Retrograde cycle and that is where the magic lies.
Enjoy the journeying xx
AREAS OF LIFE VENUS AND PLUTO WILL BE DIGGING UP SOME DIRT