Right after the Sun enters Capricorn on the Solstice, Venus goes retrograde. Here are the MYSTIC MAMMA Astral Insights illuminating the wisdom of this time….
First from Patricia Liles from the Power
“On Solstice day, Venus, our feminine archetype now so beautifully the evening star, begins her retrograde period where she will move closer to the Sun’s light and ‘disappear’ and move underground before she reemerges as the morning star in mid-January.
A feminine time of mystery is upon us affecting relationships, what has worth to us, aesthetics and our desire nature! Retrograde gives her an extended four months time in Capricorn so we can make practical and real all that is stirred and brought forward in the time of mystery.”
© Copyright 2013 – 2014 ~ Patricia Liles. All Rights Reserved
From Cathy Pagano and her Wisdom of Astrology:
“Venus in Capricorn will turn retrograde a few hours after Winter Solstice on December 21st for 40 days, when it will sink into the Sun’s light to be reborn as a Morning Star.   
“Now Venus is a beautiful Evening Star, shining high and bright in the early night sky. You’ll notice that she begins to dim quickly as she sinks lower in the western evening sky.
“Adam Gainsburg describes this phase of Venus’ journey in his book, The Light of Venus: Your Feminine Dharma is to teach, model or seed in others how to act wisely from our own knowing.  In other words, now is the time to look within and listen to Lady Wisdom’s voice for guidance and direction.
“The Sabian symbol for Venus going retrograde at 29* Capricorn is: A woman reading tea leaves.  I love the synchronicity of this image with Venus’ retrograde phase of Completion.  To read tea leaves, we need to listen to our own inner voice—Lady Wisdom’s voice.  This is the ability to see the often hidden but deeper meaning of life events. 
“Venus goes direct on January 31, 2014 at 14* Capricorn: An ancient bas-relief carved in granite remains a witness to a long-forgotten culture.  Hopefully, Venus will help us individually and collectively to re-discover the deep, permanent values that make life worth living.  Something has to!”
© Copyright 2013 – 2014 ~ Cathy Pagano. All Rights Reserved
 From astrologer Chad Woodward from Kosmic Mind:
“One look at her stunning visual brilliance and it’s certainly no surprise the ancients named her in honor of the goddess of beauty and desire.  For those so attuned to the magical and energetic pulsations of the cosmos, one glance at Venus creates a slight tug on your heart chakra.
“Venus has a powerful magnetic appeal and resonance. Aside from her obvious visual beauty in the heavens, her cycle around the Sun, from our geocentric perspective, is mind boggling in its precision, perfection and accuracy.
“Venus’ synodic cycle forms a near perfect rose shaped pattern. And within this perfectly symmetrical natural formation lies a stunning pentagram–each end formed by her retrograde stations that alternate between five zodiac signs…”



“The cycle of Venus moves to a very predictable rhythm and beat, with her retrogrades occurring in approximately the same location (within 2 or 3 degrees) every eight years.  
“As Venus travels through the great firmament, she weaves a beautifully intricate web that interconnects various timelines. She weaves our fate, so you could say, and when Venus turns retrograde many ‘fated’ encounters begin to emerge from the shadows of time…”
“New people, or creatures, with a familiar vibe suddenly emerge. Have we met them before? Perhaps from another life—perhaps a long time ago in another dimensional plane of existence, or another planet, maybe.
“That sense of familiarity is important, and it’s all that matters. From that point on you know: there’s some important business to settle, some desire to exhaust fully…”
“Venus is magnetic and attractive. These connections reemerge because of this attractive force field inherent to the psycheWhen Venus turns retrograde, we must re-connect bridges we may have burned but regretted. We must balance the scales in some way.”
“We turn our gaze backward; our ‘karma’ attracts some ‘unfinished business‘ with a particular association or experience our soul [or maybe ego] felt was incomplete, unresolved or unfulfilled. Something deeply fateful begins or comes to conclusion.
“Either way, the pain, the joy, or the indifference is curiously familiar. It’s all happened before. This is a familiar crossroads. There was a lesson we didn’t learn, and now we get a chance to see it….”
“When Venus turns retrograde, as with all retrogrades, we must reassess some things. With Venus one keyword is reevaluation.
“Our value system gets scrutinized, by ourselves or by others. Our relationships reveal shadows and blind-spots we usually push aside to keep the peace or to maintain a veneer of social grace or politeness.
“A Venus retrograde can bring about a reevaluation of issues of dependency, self-sufficiency and emotional communication within relationships. Whether her dark side or light side emerges, something shifts, something changes. Values are called into question, as well as the personal sense of feeling valuable, lovable and worthy…”
This retrograde cycle can be incredibly useful because it helps to create or reevaluate strategies to effectively and precisely break free of controlling or stifling circumstances.
“The seriousness and focus of Capricorn lends well to getting to the bottom line, dealing honestly and authentically with things we don’t usually see, and very efficiently dealing with unresolved and deeply embedded karmic issues….”
“In addition to her conjunction with Pluto, Venus will oppose Jupiter in Cancer. The past and the future are at odds here. A desire to mature, grow up and restructure our lives finds a strong counter desire to remain in the past, to keep from rocking the boat…”
“But while Venus is retrograde, we must keep in mind that this is a natural time of reflection and reassessment. The ghosts of the past come out to bring us messages and reveal lessons.
“This is a highly growth oriented cycle…This may be more of a time for intimacy with oneself, to practically restructure personal goals, relationship needs, and inherent values. This may also be a time of sorting through or processing painful emotional material.
“With the presence of Pluto in the sign of Capricorn, this is a cycle that deeply emphasizes letting go and allowing those decaying elements to leave our experience…”
“With Venus turning backwards, there may be a profound change of heart. There may be a need to face deeply embedded fears and realities that our holding us back. Whatever happens, Capricorn, and its ruler Saturn, teach us about trust.
Can we trust the process at hand? Can we trust that letting go will eventually lead to something new and rewarding?”
© Copyright 2013 – 2014 ~ Chad Woodward. All Rights Reserved
From the always insightful Kelley Rosano:
“Venus will be retrograde until Jan 31, 2014. Venus wants you to review and reflect on what you love and value. What is most important for you? The area of your life that Capricorn rules in your natal birth chart is up for review…”
“Venus in reverse is not an ideal time to begin a new relationship and/or a creative project. Things may be in a constant state of flux and change. What you are attracted to today. You may not be tomorrow. Conditions are ripe for misunderstandings. There could be misrepresentations. Venus retrograde can create delays, setbacks and/or false starts…”
Venus retrograde is brilliant for going back to finish projects. She is useful for examining talents, skills and abilities you are under using. Creative endeavors you may have not had the time for up until now.
“Venus is retrograde in the sign of Capricorn. This is excellent for reviewing your financial matters. Venus in reverse is good for creating new and improved financial strategies. These you will use when Venus is direct. How can you make improvements in your money and investments? ..Get focused. Remove the distractions. Be more efficient. Start on your path to financial independence even if it doesn’t seem realistic. Do what empowers you.”
© Copyright 2013 – 2014 ~ Kelley Rosano. All Rights Reserved
A very inspired interpretation from astrologer Andrew Smith from Cosmic Intelligence Agency:
“Every 19 months Venus appears to reverse her direction, sojourning within a particular zodiacal sign, transmuting light thereby facilitating a re-birth of the archetypal pattern associated with that sign.
“This re-birth, or Renovatio, takes place during the midpoint of this reversal process, which happens on the 11th January, when Venus (love) couples (conjoins) with the Sun (Light), having started on the Solstice, the 21st December and lasting until the 31st January…”
“The importance of this winter’s re-birthing is the uniqueness of the cosmic conditions that speak of the seeding of a new ‘ideal’ concerning the creation of conditions on the earth to house a new form of love-consciousness that will infuse within our personal and collective psyches of the coming next 8 years.
“The universal principle that underpins our lives here on Earth is that the skies above reflect the earth below. This journey towards this rebirth commences on the 21st December and marks a 41 day inner journey during which any seeker faces themselves, alone, in the dark, humbly stripping themselves of their ego, seeking atonement and ultimately raising their consciousness to a level that is able to fully embrace the light.
“This process has three stages to it – a descent into the underworld; a merging with spirit and atonement; and an ascent back into the world of matter and form. This process is essentially inspired by the Cycle of Light, Venus’ orbit around the Sun.
“As Venus descends into the beams of the Sun, seeking to obliterate her sense of self and merge with something much vaster than herself, she starts to radiate in an increasingly luminous hue. This is something that you will notice with those in your life who are shedding their desires and attachments in an attempt to lighten their spirit…”
“As Venus approaches the Sun she will become completely surrounded by Light. Engulfed by the Sun’s rays she will no longer reflect her own light as she is suffused with the Light of Spirit.
“This alignment symbolically depicts the process of shedding all earthly attachments and desires as the light of consciousness cleanses and en-light-ens the Spirit…”
“Similarly as the descent into the depth of your inner world deepens and quickens, the process of shedding and lightening accelerates. The same is true for Venus in her light-cycle.
“I am sure you will have noticed how bright Venus has been in the evening sky, as her luminosity has been steadily increasing over the past couple of months.
“The lustre of her hue will intensified from the 21st December as she appears to ‘stall’ in her forward momentum, reversing her direction, as she is magnetically and irresistibly drawn back towards the light of the Sun…”
“This 41 day journey over Christmas and into the New Year is therefore an ideal time to turn away from both your world and the intense challenges that are emerging in the world in general throughout December and January and to reflect on what heart based themes that were forged back in late 2005 and early 2006 and what, if any, changes you now need to make, so that your consciousness can enlighten.
“The union of the Sun and Venus on the 11th January is a time wherein you have an opportunity to create an idea that will burn the light of love into your soul. Regardless of where this alignment falls within your birth chart, this Light-Portal is opening to beam balance and harmony into your life.
“So I would ask you to hold space during the Cazimi for a dimension of the Venusian archetype within you that feels lacking in joy or balance…”
“So to summarise, the Venus Retrograde Cycle ultimate is a time wherein we experience a Transmutation of Light. It is a time when our consciousness is replenished and re-vitalised as Love fuses with Light.
“Venus’s decent into the beams of the Sun heralds a process wherein the dark of the ego is literally blasted away by the light, since dark cannot exist in the light. All aspects of your soul that keep you separate from joy and light are released and as love connects with Source, your Light flourishes.”
© Copyright 2013 – 2014 ~ Andrew Smith. All Rights Reserved
May all these various insights and interpretations serve as our guiding lights until Venus  re-emerges in our skies.




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