Venus retrograde 2022 carried a bit of its flair into the new year, and now that feeling of uncertainty has come to a close.
The planet likes to toy with our personal and professional relationships, all while providing a new perspective on our finances. Situations are trickier during Venus' backward spin, but overall, we chalked up this cosmic event as a learning opportunity.
Since the planet began moving direct in late January—and the question "What planet is in retrograde?" isn't valid until the end of April—we're going to revel in what's next, especially in terms of our relationships.
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Bye-bye Venus retrograde 2022!
Venus went retrograde from December 19, 2021, to January 29, 2022, and it made communication a bit trickier. (Sound familiar?) Plus, Mercury retrograde 2022 was still in the middle of its first round as well, so it was truly a double whammy.
"With Venus going retrograde in Capricorn, you might've felt like walls were going up in your relationship and you weren't really sure why," says astrologer Renée Watt (opens in new tab). "You might've closed off from love, people around you might have started to close off from love, so it was important to watch what was happening with your personal connections."
Thanks to Venus retrograde in Capricorn, we also reconsidered "our commitment to our legacies in relationships, value [and] money," astrologer Liz Simmons (opens in new tab) adds.
Overall, it wasn't the smoothest of times, but it was significant.
What to expect now that Venus retrograde is over
Let's breathe a collective sigh of relief.
Now that Venus is moving in the proper direction, our relationships are going to be back on track, and day we say steamier than ever? The most romantic day of the year, February 16, brings a planetary connection that will send our love lives into overdrive.
"Venus is the planet associated with romance, love and pleasure in astrology — while Mars is the cosmic ruler of passion, sex and action," says astrologer Nina Kahn (opens in new tab). "When these two celestial bodies join forces in the zodiac, as they will in February, it denotes the start of a new cycle that relates to our desires."
Venus might have had us keeping to ourselves, taking advantage of self-care day ideas and closing off to the world during the hectic holiday season. Now, however, we're going to experience a 180, and we're really looking forward to that fiery passion.
Will there be another Venus retrograde 2022?
The planet is not spinning backwards for the rest of the year, so you're good to go until 2023! In the meantime, familiarize yourself with what's to come from Pisces season and the Pluto return, 2022's buzzy astro event.
The key takeaway from Venus retrograde 2022
All retrogrades are created differently, and although they sound a bit worrisome, they are an opportunity to assess what's working in your life and what needs some adjusting. And, as you can see, struggles need to take place so that we can flourish in the next season that awaits.
Venus, we're ready for anything you bring our way...but no rush!
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment.
The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara.
Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets.
When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a new book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)
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