Venus retrogrades can trouble our finances, creativity, and/or relationships. On December 19, two days before Venus’ official retrograde station, Target admitted security was breached for credit cards used by nearly 40 million customers between November 27 and December 15—weeks that (not coincidentally) coincided with Venus’ pre-retrograde shadow period. Retrograde problems are often planted during the pre-shadow weeks. But it’s fair to ask, why should things go wrong at these times?
During her retrogrades, Venus is looking for fault lines in the sign or house that she is slowly backing through. Problems indicate which areas need more attention. In Capricorn now, the sign of big business, Venus may have been delivering a message to corporate America—including its most profitable citizens: big banks. Despite record profits for financial institutions, credit cards for US consumers rely on an antiquated technology (the magnetic strip) that is easy to steal, while much of the rest of the world uses a safer microprocessor technology. Perhaps Target’s troubles will inspire a positive change.
Given this is a Christmas retrograde, likely more than a few unfortunate gifts were bought and exchanged. Gifts are Venus territory. The closer the relationship, the more important is the gift selected. It should reflect a real connection; it should say, “I know you.” Was that true of your gifts (given and received) this season? 2014 is going to be a pivotal year for relationships. Fault lines exposed this winter—whether through odd gifts or other conflicts—will be tested again this spring during Mars’ long retrograde in Libra, the sign of relationships. If Venus is talking to you now about your love life, pay attention!